What's happening

Hi – the end of 2015 is very busy with:

  • My new band The-Eyebrows are recording our first record with the legendary Mitch Easter. Tracking starts in October, and looking toward an early/mid 2016 release
  • Finishing a fourth record with Temperance League (keys/piano/organ/etc.)
  • Performing with both bands wherever and whenever we can
  • Playing guitar and keys with Amigo on their new split 7″ and upcoming record, again recording with Mitch Easter


Coming to a venue near you


Date City Venue Country
03/19/16 Charlotte, NC Birdsong Brewrey United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1016 North Davidson St.. Venue phone: 704.332.1810.
03/22/16 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10.00. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1228 Gordon Street. w/ Faye and R.Ring (Kelley Deal of the Breeders with Mike Montgomery)
03/24/16 Charlotte, NC Petra’s United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1919 Commonwealth Avenue. w/ Evergone

Temperance League  

Date City Venue Country
02/12/16 Winston-Salem, NC Krankies United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 211 E 3rd.

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Jay's blog and other musings
  • Music Update October, 2015

    While writing and performing weigh heavily and compulsively on my mind, I don’t think much about promoting it. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself, and to be honest, I really don’t like having a website. It’s fairly transparent to everyone but the self-promoter that anyone who relishes in self-promotion is clearly nuts. While I’m sure there’s an artistry to it, I don’t see that as the role of an artist.

    But, promotion is an ambivalent vice for rockers. I do want people to know that I love creating music, and I want to continue sharing what I love. In an effort to start promoting, I’m going to post a monthly update about what I’m doing musically. I’m not ashamed to admit that this month is very exciting.

    The-Eyebrows are recording our first record with famed producer Mitch Easter this month. Our aim in our first session is to track basics (drums, bass, guitars, keys, vocals) for up to ten songs. We will need 2-3 more sessions to finish the project, so look for a release in early to mid 2016. If you didn’t know, The-Eyebrows is my new band, and hopefully sounds like something between The Talking Heads, The B-52s and my confessional, moody songwriting, but I’m trying to move away from the latter. Maybe it doesn’t sound anything like that, because we also get comparisons to Queen and The Smiths. Go figure! Anywho, we’re really excited about this. We’ve started to book shows, and are happy to say that we had 93 fine-looking people at our first show. Did I mention my vision challenges?

    Temperance League is also putting on the final touches on our fourth album with said famed Mitch Easter, and a new record will be out in early 2016. We’ve been playing a few festivals and shows – check out the schedule when you can. I’m on the keys these days, and I think I’ve gotten much better at them recently.

    I’ve been asked to do a few solo shows, but I’m not really into doing that right now. Like I said, I’m not really into promoting me, but into something I can be a part of.

    Also, I’ve been toying with ambient music. The challenge with ambient music is that it’s not really music that you listen to directly, so a show would and should be a moot point. I’m fascinated with Brian Eno’s ambient works at the moment. More on this later.

    Thanks for reading! Looking forward to producing more news in November!

  • Temperance League releases The Night Waits

    I’m honored and happy as hell to be a part of Temperance League as we release the band’s third record, The Night Waits. Produced by famed producer Mitch Easter, of the band Let’s Active and producer of some of my favorite records by R.E.M., Pylon, Pavement, Loud Family and Game Theory, this is a record that I feel really good about and I think will stand out. If you know me, I’m rarely ever satisfied with anything. This time, I think the songs, the performances and the production are something special. I hope others feel the same way.

    I’ve been with the band a little over two years and two records, playing bass, various keys and organs. While neither instrument is my goto choice of expression, I have enjoyed learning what it’s like to play in a six piece band with incredibly talented and dedicated guys who are also my good friends. They are part of the reason why I stay in Charlotte.

    While I’ve been a part of ensembles before, I often struggled because I had the somewhat cantankerous and conflicted urge to lead. Over the past two years, I learned how to play less and listen more, or as I call it, “unplay”  and “unwrite” parts. My point being, I think good bands have to lose their personal egos and self to a certain extent, and let the songs channel through them much like lightning rods ready for a coordinated musical shock. I had to learn to be comfortable with myself in that role first and trust the band. That doesn’t happen overnight, as that comes with a lot of practice and shows (and perhaps a lot of beer and late nights at The Thirsty Beaver).

    We recorded most of the record over two days, and had several other days booked for vocals, overdubs and booking. Also, we got to work with the talented Missy Thangs who assisted Mitch in the engineering. I met Missy a few years ago when my band Garrigan opened for The Love Language at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte. We really enjoyed her engineering skills and the record shows how great she is.

    So to close, I probably should once again thank Bruce and Shawn for saving me. I’ve been suffering from horrible, painful recurrent corneal erosion since Dec. 2011, and the pain and vision loss, for a time, killed me creatively in 2012 where I left my record contract and band (and yes, I’m in terrible eye pain this morning as I write this – but I guess I’ve accepted this as part of my life). Inviting me into Temperance League let me focus on some creative/musical things without the pressure of running and owning a band. I’m not sure if they realize how much of a positive influence they have been on me and my sense of musical self, giving me chance to be musical at a time when my creative mind was muddied and blurred by noise and pain. So thank you once again boys. I’m so happy to be a part of this record and band.

    ROCK AND ROLL, once again, makes life worth it all.

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