Fear the Heart

 My old friend Scott Wiser just put out a really cool new album with his band Mount Desert. Mount Desert is a collaboration between Scott and drummer Jordan Norton. “Fear the Heart” is their second album. The record is a wild blend of thunderous heavy rock with other-worldly ambience. Scott’s production on this record is stellar! Scott asked my daughter Mei Lin and I to lay down some fiddle and mbira tracks to contribute to the world music influenced tune […]

New Tumble Video & the Evolution of a Band

From my vantage point, Tumble has gone through three distinct periods: the trio, the quartet with Bill Douglass, and the current quartet with bass player Rob Holland. Each transition has resulted in distinct changes in the evolution of the sound of the band and its musical direction.  We began playing with Rob Holland in early 2019. Rob has brought so many special new elements and influences to the group. Rob plays a variety of basses with Tumble including acoustic upright […]

Boston Ravine CD Release Concert

How might I “sum up” the last 2 1/2 years during which I co-created a bluegrass band with my daughter? From starting out as a duo, doing early gigs with some of our musical friends Walter Webb & Randy McKean, connecting with our bassist Karl Chelette and becoming a trio, co-writing songs with wife/mother Juli Marks, and recording our album during the early days of COVID shelter in place. For me, it has been a time of magic for sure! […]

Ragged Road

My daughter Mei Lin and I started playing bluegrass/old-timey fiddle tunes together around the time that she first played fiddle at 7 years of age. Although she started off learning the Suzuki method, her teacher thankfully also taught her old-time fiddle tunes from the very start. Over time, her passion for bluegrass music overtook her interest in classical music. Once she started learning “Oh Susanna”, “Cripple Creek” etc… I naturally pulled out the old guitar and started playing these tunes […]

New Boston Ravine Single – My Mama’s Heaven

Back in the summer of ’19, my family and I decided to go camping at Mill Creek in the Shasta Cascades just south of Lassen with some good friends. My wife Juli had grown up camping with her family every summer at a place called “Hole In the Ground” which is just a few miles from where we were camping. During our stay there, her mind was filled with childhood memories of camping with her extended family. She got inspired […]

Favorite Music of 2020

2020 was a “mindblower” on so many levels! During this time of uncertainty and unexpected changes, music that I listened to played such a crucial part in my emotional and spiritual life. My list of favorite albums for 2020 is “ginormous” – so much great music this year! I am therefore highlighting just a handful of my favorites from the year’s list. I decided to avoid reflecting on the more well known artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple, Bob […]

Tumble – “Waves”

By the time my band Tumble released our first album, “Music for Trio”, in February of 2017, Tumble was already a quartet. We had the good fortune of adding bass player Bill Douglass as a full time member in 2016. Bill is a master musician and improviser who has played with so many musical greats including Paul McCandless, Mark Isham, Art Lande, Mose Allison, Tom Waits and many others. For Randy, Sean and I, Bill was a musical mentor and […]

Boston Ravine – new band and debut EP

My daughter Mei Lin and I have put together a bluegrass band – Boston Ravine. This peculiar band name comes from the original name given to our neighborhood back in the Gold Rush days. Pioneers from the Boston area settled in and around Wolf Creek in search of new fortunes. Later on, the whole Grass Valley area was called Boston Ravine before the township settled on “Grassy Valley”. As we live just across the street from Wolf Creek, we thought […]

Best of 2018 – Collaboration and the Craft of Songwriting

While looking back on many of my favorite songs from 2018, I was surprised by how many happened to be written collaboratively between two or more songwriters. Music is inherently social and the history of songwriting is rife with many great collaborations – Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein – John Lennon & Paul McCartney – Elton John & Bernie Taupin and so many others! Music composed collaboratively is like a magic that would not exist without either partie’s influence upon […]

Glen Suneson and The Early Days of Breathe

Back in late 84, my friend Ed Snyder and I were talking about putting together a new music project. Inspired by Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, This Mortal Coil, Norwegian guitarist/composer Terje Rypdal, and “Unforgettable Fire” era U2, we were both interested in doing something more impressionistic – more melodic – than our past projects. We recorded a song called “Rain” as a duo that reflected some of these influences. Our friend Al Olefer saw what we were doing, and highly […]