The day has finally arrived!
I'm pleased to announce that the PledgeMusic campaign for record #6 has officially commenced!
We had so much fun during Set Me Free, but I can't wait to see what new and exciting things we're going to accomplish this time.
I've spent this last year writing some tunes I'm really excited about. I must have been in a romantic mood, because there's a theme happening here: it's all about the love.
Love is such an amazing subject because it never ceases to amaze; there is so much to it. More than just romance, it requires patience, forgiveness and strength. It's intimate and dangerous, marvelous and tragic, even plentiful and elusive. In a way, it seems I've been led down the path of exploring that old favorite verse you hear so often at weddings "love is patient, love is kind…"
But don't be fooled, there's some vintage JK headed your way with plenty to celebrate and cry about. I truly hope this will be a collection that tugs at your heart!
So come on in and be a part of the making of … what are we gonna call it? Log in and you'll be the first to know!
I cannot say enough about how encouraged I am by your ongoing presence, support and interest in my musical journey. Without a doubt, you have fueled it, in the past and now toward the future. Thank you for being here. Thank you for begging for more Pledge action…I look forward to giving back with #6.
You love it. I love it.
So let's do more!
I'm talking Concert Window online performances.
I'm pleased to announce the 2nd Thursdays Retro Series.
Every second Thursday this fall, I will be going back in time, performing record by record, each album in its entirety. We've already done Kansas to huge acclaim, so we're gonna move on to Lay It Down, The Way I Am, and revisit Letting Go and Set Me Free. And if that's not enough, yes… I'll even do an encore performance of Kansas.
That's weeks of regularly scheduled, timeless music all for your listening pleasure. (Wait…I sound like a TimeLife infomercial from the 80s!)
Who knows, maybe I'll play the odd yet-to-be-recorded new songs slated for record #6. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the upcoming PledgeMusic campaign. The launch is fast approaching!
See you there!
Now that spring has sprung, how about a beautiful, bright music video to go along with it? Because you're awesome and have been so encouraging, I'm happy to present "Set Me Free," another delightful piece of cinematography from my favorite visual artist, Fairlight Hubbard. Watch it, tweet it, favorite and share it with others!
On the live concert front, I've been doing this little nifty set list I call the TwoOneTwo. It's been loads of fun. The format is simple: I play songs from one record, followed by a single new song, as yet unrecorded. This guarantees you'll hear something from every record, all the way from Kansas to Set Me Free. I came up with it on a whim during our run of shows and it was such a fan favorite that it's stuck! So for the many of you that have the courage to shout out your favorite tunes many of your requests have made it into the current set. But I will warn you, not every night is the same. Sometimes I cheat a little and play a few more than two from a given record!
As for what's ahead, I'm starting to set some dates for more online shows. After the HUGE success of the Kansas online concert I suspect there may be a reprise for those of you so upset about missing out the first time. Follow me on Concert Window so you don't miss out on the next one.
I'm planning on separate, full album performances of all the records. So we've got Lay It Down and The Way I Am to look forward to in the very near future. As always, I'll try and cook up some unique, one-time swag to go with the concert to help cement our memorable moments together.
For those of you Kansas fans out there (my how passionate you are!), I've got some news to share soon about die-hard collector's item you won't want to miss. I'll leave it there for now and let your imaginations run wild…
Make sure and check out the live shows near you and I'll see you there!
OK, maybe I’m a little ahead of Punxsutawney Phil, but forget him… it’s the yellow daffodils that truly catapult my spirit into spring! They’re on their way, I can feel it!
Yellow daffodils are my favorite flower because they remind me that the drudgery of winter hibernation is over. Even with the occasional cold snap that may be still to come, their vibrant color energizes me! If they’re popping up in yards in my neighborhood, it means the wild ones are popping up along the highways of America. I start getting restless. I wanna to get out on the road and start doing some shows.
I very much enjoyed my winter break. I got to do some family catch up, spend some time at home and even got chilled out enough to do some songwriting!
Spring means new things, so keep your eyes peeled and a few dates free in your busy schedules. I’d love to catch up with you!
March starts the touring season, with a few dates in Florida (finally!). I’ll head back up to the Northeast and hit the Mid-South… and that’s just what I know of now.
So, keep your ear to the ground, because there are also going to be online shows as well. In April I’ll be showcasing some new songs in an online mini-concert series from Concert Window called “New Beginnings.” I’ll break out some absolutely new songs and am toying with playing a few cover tunes along side them. I’ll most likely dive into how I approach songwriting and what inspires me along the way… I’m really looking forward to this one!
See ya there!
Warmest Holiday Greetings all!
It’s been a great year. It was a blast getting to see you all out on the road while touring the Set Me Free record and the Facing The Music book. There were a lot of great chats that went along with some memorable concerts, so thank you all so much!
What stood out was how many of your drove some decent distances to see a show. This spring we’ll be working on coming to some closer cities as well as add in the ones where we know you’re already rocking out. So stay tuned!
This year, of course, Margaret Becker and I are camping out by the fireplace and doing our annual online Christmas concert. I’ve already whipped up the eggnog (spiked, of course!), baked our cookies and even I pulled out the ole trumpet. So make sure and join us for a great holiday evening!
The Hymns of Christmas record is available here. So make sure you get yours so you'll be ready to sing along! And, don't forget, we've got custom ornaments as well. They're perfect for stocking stuffers and trimming your rockin' tree!
Here’s wishing you all the most wonderful of Holidays. Merry Christmas, friends … and a very Happy New Year!
I’m about to hit the road for the last shows of 2015! I hope to see all you folks in the Southeast, New Orleans, and Texas this month. See the tour dates on the shows page here.
See you out there!
Now, for your viewing pleasure, may I announce the music video release of "Neosho."
As distant memories are prone to do, they can grow hazy, yet they can live on with an emotional potency that keeps them from fully fading. Occasionally, we may be blessed with glimpses that refresh them into clarity and allow them to remain with us a little longer than we imagined. Many thanks to photographer and director Fairlight Hubbard for such a gift as this. By far, this is one of the most touching visual realizations of a song I've ever had the privilege to collaborate on.
Vulnerable and reminiscent, now you know what I see in my head some days when I'm lost in a song…
I'm sure I'll be driving over a few rivers just like Neosho as I make my way through the Midwest. I do hope you will join me on the journey! Check the dates here. Meet me there so we can swap stories of the roads we've taken in our coming together.
As always, it’s your enduring enthusiasm that has kept me going all these years. So why not celebrate it from the beginning by performing the entire Kansas record? After so many requests, I’ve taken the plunge. So tomorrow, August 20, it’s on!
Many have you have been requesting these songs at recent concerts and I’ve shied away, simply because I didn’t have the confidence that I could even remember how to play them. Not surprising, considering I haven’t even hummed some of the songs in over 15 years!
And yes, it’s true, in order to practice I have had to Google some cheats on a few, but once I put my fingers to the frets, it all (ok, most of it) comes pouring back.
There have been a few surprises along the way as well. For example, I rarely performed “Visions” due to its length and timing challenges. While the I find myself critiquing my songwriting from 20 years ago, I find (much to my surprise) that the guitar work on this record is as easy as it’s ever been.
I’ve got a lot more to say about the experience, but I’ll save it for the concert. I’ll talk as much about the playing, the songwriting and the spirituality of the record as much as you egg me on. As usual, I’ll have a chat moderator, so make sure to chime in with those questions about the music you’ve been dying to ask all these years…
As an added bonus, Derek Webb is going to drop in and play a few of his own to get us all warmed up.
This is going to be so much fun!
PS… If you can, make sure and buy your tickets prior to the broadcast day. This insures that we know what our technical load is going to be and our host, ConcertWindow is prepared to offer the appropriate support. This means a better viewing experience for all!
Woohoo! I'm coming to California this weekend!
It's been a while, so I'm super stoked to be back!
And here's a little JK trivia for ya… LA's Hotel Cafe was the very first venue I played after my hiatus. My knees were shaking so bad, I swear I sounded like a bleating goat! I was so nervous. I was convinced I'd bomb. But as we know, everything turned out fabulous and now, I'm back to my old tricks. No nervous knees this time! It's going to be brilliant.
And let's not forget San Francisco either! Hotel Utah is a new venue for me, so I'm looking forward to making new friends. Let's show them how we roll… See you there!
In further news, I’m heading west to California, Texas, Washington and Oregon! There are limited seats in many of the venues, so make sure and grab tickets while you can.
Until then, here’s a live performance of “Neosho” for you to whet your whistle!