• Surf & Turf, V.6

    A durable November tradition notches its sixth season as Dave Boutette and I once again swap songs of the sea (surf) and the old west (turf) at Surf & Turf, Volume 6 on Sunday, November 11 at Ann Arbor's Old Town Tavern. Altering our well-established format for the first time, Dave and I will now each take on our fair share of songs from both genres so you can really see what we're made of (mostly brine and hard tack). 

    More importantly, the great Jenny Harley really outdid herself on this year's poster which is usually the best part of Surf & Turf anyway. 

    As always, the galley/chuckwagon at Old Town will be offering up a Surf & Turf entrée to compliment the salty tunes.

    Music starts at 8pm.
    Always free, always fun.


  • Where the Songs/Gigs Are

    Although I'm trying to write year-round, it's largely a lot of brick wall-hitting with the occasional new line or two which to me constitutes a small creative victory. It's always been like this. I'm a very slow songwriter.

    The exceptions are in the shoulder seasons and, almost like clockwork, I tend to get a little more inspired and productive in the first weeks of September (and similarly in early April). Several half-written songs that I'm very proud of and have been toiling over for years are almost done and that's an exciting feeling! I've thought a lot about writing this year and even lead a workshop at a songwriting retreat in Michigan's Upper Peninsula over the summer which forced me to really examine my process. While it hasn't sped things up very much, I've gained some new perspectives and learned from others which seems to be helpful. 

    I'm also learning a lot from working on music that isn't my own. Over the past month I've been helping Lansing singer/songwriter Monte Pride record his second album and it's been so much fun getting to know his songs and methods in an intimate way. Helping out with production and arrangements is something I love to do and working on Monte's earthy poetic music has served as inspiration to approach my own songs in a different way. 

    Over the next couple of months I've got a handful of shows around Southeast Michigan and if you listen closely, you might hear me working out some of my new ideas on stage.

    Sat. 9/29 - Black Fire Winery - Tecumseh, MI
    Fri. 10/5 - Zou Zou's Cafe - Chelsea, MI
    Sun. 10/7 - River's Edge Brewing Co. - Milford, MI
    Sat. 10/27 - Flying Otter Vineyard - Adrian, MI
    Sun. 11/11 - Surf & Turf VI - Old Town Tavern - Ann Arbor, MI
    Fri. 11/23 - Ann Arbor Distilling Co. - Ann Arbor, MI


  • Announcing a special springtime co-headlining show with my good friend Dave Boutette at Ann Arbor's historic underground house venue, Johnny's Speakeasy. Following our fifth Surf & Turf collaboration last November, Dave and I decided it was time we book a show together that focused strictly on our own material. We were lucky enough to book the most exclusive and charming venue in town. If you've been to Johnny's, you know the drill. If you're a rookie, we urge to you check out one of the Midwest's best kept secrets. 

    Tickets are $15 and will be sold in advance only. Doors at 7pm, show at 8. For information on how to join us, please e-mail


  • Dr. Spaceman's Spring Calendar

    If you've been disappointed by how few planetariums I've played during my career, 2018 is the year I make amends. On March 9, I've been invited to lay down a wave of phase at Adrian College's Robinson Planetarium & Observatory. It's the most geographically alluring of a series of other great Southeast Michigan shows I'm playing that month which also includes a train station. First up, though, I'll be making my debut at the Hamtramck Music Fest on March 3, followed a few days later on March 7 by an appearance at the On the Tracks songwriter showcase in Chelsea. The following weekend, on March 16, I'm going to be part of a great triple bill of songwriters in Detroit with Danny Kroha and Andy Dale Petty at PJ's Lager HouseCheck out the full show listings here


  • Looking Back / Looking Forward

    Calling 2017 a tumultuous year might be underselling it, but amid all the turmoil there was brightness, joy, and progress too. For my part, I'm very proud to have been able to put some new music into the world, film my first video, and play a bunch of fun shows with a great band. Thank you to all who listened to and enjoyed Amber Lantern and especially to my many collaborators throughout the year. Jenny Harley, Brian Lillie, Chad Sturdivant, Matt Collar, Tom McCartan, Leah Diehl, Patrick Herek, Greg McIntosh, James Monger, Fido Kennington, Peter WoodmanGeoff Michael... I'm looking at you! 

    I'm am excited to make as much music as I can in 2018 and already have a number of new songs written and shows on the calendar. First up is a hometown show in Saline, MI on January 27th at my local brewery Stony Lake Brewing Co. as part of the Acoustic Routes series. I'll be co-headlining with my friends Gifts or Creatures from Kalamazoo whose third album, Fair Mitten, was one of my absolute favorite releases of this past year. The poster is another gem from Jenny Harley.

    Wishing you all happiness and health in the new year.


  • Hayward

    It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my first ever music video. The song, "Hayward," is one of the centerpieces of my album, Amber Lantern, and we did our best to give it a striking visual aesthetic to match the recording's pastoral romantic nature. It was filmed in late summer entirely in my old hometown of Brighton, Michigan whose rustic lakes and forests acted as a stand-in for the song's namesake, Hayward, Wisconsin.

    A video is something I've thought about doing for many years, but somehow never made a priority until this year and I have my friend Brian Lillie to thank for helping me finally see it through. It was far less painful than I thought it would be and ended up being one of the highlights of my summer.

    So as the weather grays and the temperatures drop, here's one last bit of Indian Summer warmth for you to view on the small screen of your choice. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.

    I also urge you to please read the following acknowledgements as all of these people were crucial in making this project a reality.


    Director: Brian Lillie
    Aerial Photographer: Peter Woodman
    Launch Boat Captain: William H. Monger
    Craft Services: Mary Jane Monger + James Christopher Monger

    Starring: Timothy Monger, "Old Paint," Jack Spack's canoe, and...

    Matt Collar - trumpet
    Patrick Herek - electric piano
    Chad Sturdivant - drums
    Tom McCartan - bass
    Leah Diehl - keyboard

    Thank you: Brian Lillie, Peter Woodman, William H. Monger, Mary Jane Monger, James Christopher Monger, Matt Collar, Patrick Herek, Chad Sturdivant, Tom McCartan, Leah Diehl, Kristie Brablec, Jack Spack Jr., Natalie + Nathan Zolg, Jenny Harley, and Skylar Woodman


  • Surf & Turf, V.5

    A now-annual event whose legs have proven remarkably seaworthy, Surf & Turf enters its fifth year. Once again, my compadre Dave Boutette and I will enliven a Sunday evening in November with songs of the sea (myself) and songs of the west (Dave) while our host venue, Old Town Tavern, serves up a tasty dish to match. 

    As always, our silent partner in this venture is the remarkable Jenny Harley whose artwork has now graced each of the five Surf & Turf posters. 

    Sunday, November 5th
    Old Town Tavern 
    122 W. Liberty St.
    Ann Arbor, MI
    8-10pm | No Cover