Pass the Gravy

October 27th, 2018

Most of the leaves have dropped after a glorious fall in Teton Valley. There’s a dusting of snow above 8000’ and the smell of winter in the air. The locals are busily buttoning down the hatches, raking leaves, hunting (with hopes of filling freezers) and putting away lawn furniture. Here on Birch Road, we are planting next year’s garlic and putting the garden to bed. I am also deep into putting a small addition on to my studio (the Henhouse), so as to provide an additional isolation room and more storage space. This will allow for for more flexibility when recording larger groups and will be put to use in fairly short order with some exciting projects coming up: Natalie Padilla, the One Ton Pig, and two recordings of my own (one w/ Eli West). Pass the gravy.


May 1st, 2018

Spring has brought a variety of work and stuff to do that highlights all the extremes that come with living in the Tetons. Snow in the mountains and daffodils in the yard. Skiing corn one day, fishing or biking the next, and skiing powder the next (today – May 1st). Camping in the desert one weekend, and playing at the AlaskaFolk Festival in Juneau the next.

I have had a number of mixing and recording projects in the Henhouse, plus one film soundtrack, AND I’m getting closer on two recording projects of my own.  Looking forward to upcoming summer gigs with John Lowell (Growling Old Men), Eli West, Jackson 6 (dixieland) and others.

Too cheap to buy the plaque, but was recently honored with this reader’s choice award from Planet Jackson Hole.
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2018 is here!

January 1st, 2018

Owen disc w: shadowGreetings and Happy New Year.
Here’s hoping for Peace and Health (both yours and the world’s) and less political turmoil.
2017 was a good year for me and I’m optimistic that 2018 will be even better.
One of the highlights of this past year was the completion of Owen Thomas Winship’s debut CD. Owen is my oldest son. He is a circus performer (currently in London performing in the musical, Barnum) and a part-time singer songwriter. The EP features 7 original songs with backing by Eli West, Eric Thorin, Margo Valiante, myself and others. More info here.


June 22nd, 2017

studio-3-2Riding faders, riding bikes, steering flatpicks and trucks. Working on lots of new recordings – Hollerin’ Pine, Mia Edsall, Bar J Wranglers, V, Eddie Buchannen, Madeline German, Dillon Jr Fiddlers, Nicole Madison – and even some of my own!

Load up your gun and whistle up your dog!!!

February 1st, 2017








Happy Groundhog Day

January Music & Ski Tour with Eli

December 28th, 2016





This rigorous schedule may have us sitting down to perform…

Across the big Pond

November 15th, 2016

Looking forward to heading across the Atlantic for a couple weeks with my pal Brian Wicklund on the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll be taking the euro version of Brother Mule to Germany for a week of gigs with Thomas Kärner, then riding the train west for another week in England, Wales and Scotland with our pal Ben Somers. Deets here. Has been a good, albeit unseasonably warm, fall here in the tetons. Several recording projects happening in the Henhouse Studio (Jess O’Neal, Kerry Wallace, The Canyon Kids, the Gypsy Cowbelle, and Owen Winship – yes, my son!!). Had a nice northwest tour in Oct with my pal John Lowell and looking forward to a mid January run in the northern rockies & BC with Eli West.


August 29th, 2016

GillBilly-logo-v1-600px-300x261Looking forward to tunes and fishing with my pal Chris Coole at this workshop in BC next month. Followed by a Northwest Growling Old Men tour with John Lowell, and a Europe Brother Mule mission in Nov/Dec with Brian Wicklund. Has been the busiest summer for me in many years – a blurr really. Just catching my breath now and gearing up for a handful of studio projects. Summer highlights that I can remember included a quick stop at Weiser, Fishing Music set in Livingston, MT w/ Mollie O’Brien, Grass Valley Fest in CA, a great teaching gig w/ Joe Walsh, Brittany Haas and others in Maine, some New Reeltime Travelers gigs w/ Beste Ellis and Eric Thorin, and a blissful week floating and playing tunes on the Salmon River. Hoping to carry the joy of the summer through what promises be be a continuing ugly battle for the White House – lord help us. “Left Wing, Right Wing, Chicken Wing”

“Left wing, right wing, chicken wing.” ― Woody Guthrie

May 12th, 2016

IMG_5732 Enjoying a few weeks at home between some crazy spring travel and upcoming summer schedule (which is looking full). Its a georgous time of year in the Tetons with snow persisting up high (and occasionally in our yard), birds, flowers, mushrooms and baby critters popping up all over the place. Recent highlights included a trip to Patagonia, Argentina followed closely by the AK Folk Fest in Juneau (7500 miles from S to N!), and a fun tour in Oklahoma w/ New Reeltime Travelers. Especially enjoyed visiting the Woody Guthrie archive/museum. Recent studio projects: Cowboy CD for Mike Dowling/Liz Masterson, the Jackson Hole Chorale, The Miller Sisters gospel/hymn CD, and John Kidwell’s dixieland CD. Hope to see you at a music festival or on the river this summer!

Fun Shows in Feb/Mar

February 28th, 2016

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