• Harvest Gathering 2017

    Back in 2011, while promoting my second album, I was lucky enough to land a slot at Earthwork Farm's annual Harvest Gathering music festival in Northern Michigan. I had few expectations at the time and just a small bit of apprehension about spending a weekend camping in close quarters in a remote field.

    It ended up being a personal highlight for me in an already fortunate year. I met some wonderful people, connected with some old friends, heard a ton of great music, ate amazing food, and spent a very carefree 48 hours lounging about on some of the nicest land I can remember. I always vowed I'd find a way back up there and now, with another new album out into the world, I'm finally trekking back up to Lake City, Michigan. 

    In a wonderful twist of fate, I'll be joined once again by my great friend and Great Lakes Myth Society bandmate Gregory McIntosh, with whom I recorded this amusing video during the 2011 festival:

    It will also mark the unexpected third date on the 2017 Monger/McIntosh reunion tour which has so far included Dexter, Michigan and New York City. Many thanks to Seth Bernard and the Earthwork team for booking us.


  • Summer's End

    I know a lot of people mourn the dwindling days of summer, but it's generally one of my favorite times of the year. As someone who is always trying to control his environment, I welcome the dramatic shifts into spring and fall. Whether I'm ready or not, it forces me into a change of surroundings which usually sparks a creative period. Sure enough, as the evenings start to cool earlier, I find myself filling notebooks with the raw material of future songs and feeling like anything is possible!

    Meanwhile, there are live dates on the calendar to attend to. Here's what's on the docket for the creatively fertile months of August and September...

    August 24 / The Blind Pig
    A solo set opening for Canadian indie rockers Current Swell at a beloved hometown joint.

    August 26 / Holler Fest
    State Park returns to this pastoral festival spot in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

    September 15 / Harvest Gathering
    The last time I played at Earthworks' lovely Northern festival was 2011. This time I'll be joined by my dear friend and Great Lakes Myth Society bandmate, Gregory McIntosh for our third appearance together this year!

    September 23 / Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery
    Another solo acoustic show and seasonal bookend to my April show at this beautiful Southern Michigan winery.


  • A2SF + NYC + GLMS

    Having enjoyed some spirited solo sets on the acoustic stage for the past few years, 2017 marks the debut of State Park on the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's Top of the Park main stage. Come see us headline the Rackham Stage on June 29th at 8:30pm! This show will feature the expanded six-piece lineup.

    Also that week, on June 27th, I'll be in NYC for a brief one-night appearance with Great Lakes Myth Society guitarist Gregory Dean McIntosh at City Winery as part of our friend Jesse Paris Smith's 30th Birthday Celebration

    Lastly, -- and dramatically overshadowed by fellow Ann Arborite Bob Seger's similar announcement -- Great Lakes Myth Society's catalog is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, and wherever else music is streamed. 


  • This show is special for a number of reasons, the most significant of which is the return to Ann Arbor of my good friend and Great Lakes Myth Society bandmate J. Scott McClintock. After relocating out East in 2010, Scott joined cosmic Americana gang the Royal Wigs who will be making their Michigan debut with us on May 13th at the Blind Pig. In an ironic twist, the Wigs' drum throne will be manned that night by GLMS's other rhythmic half, the mighty Fido Kennington who also pulled off a successful guest appearnce with State Park back in March. Also joining us that nice are newcomers Caviar Gold

    As many of you are aware, the Blind Pig is up for sale and our musical community is keeping its fingers crossed that its doors will remain open so it can maintain its vital link in the chain for regional and touring rock bands. My own musical history (as a concertgoer and perfomer) with the Pig spans nearly a quarter century and Great Lakes Myth Society (and the Original Brothers and Sisters of Love before that) played some of our most ferocious, sweatiest, and epic rock shows on its stage. We are sincerly hoping this will not be a swan song for one of the great Midwestern rock venues.

    Whatever future befalls our beloved venue, there's no time like the present to come out and champion great music! 


  • Track For ACLU Charity Compilation

    I recently donated a cover of Bob Dylan/The Band's "I Shall Be Released" to Detroit-made compilation benefitting both the Michigan and national chapters of the ACLU. Stronger Than Fear is out today (4/21/17) via Fourth Line Records and features some other great cover song contributions from my friends Fred Thomas, Zach Curd, Korin Visocchi, Dave Lawson, and others. The digital album is available on Bandcamp on a pay what you want basis. You can listen to my track below and check out the entire album here.


  • State Park's Spring Season

    Two early spring shows for your consideration:

    The Ann Arbor Distilling Co. has emerged as an up and coming venue in Ann Arbor. A sort of choose your own adventure space, we've opted to offer a free early show on Saturday, March 25th with our friends Little Traps. In a room full of barrelled spirits and amps, everyone is a winner.

    A week later, on March 31st, we'll make our Oakland County debut at Ferndale's favorite pool hall/rock grotto, the Loving Touch. The last time I was there I watched Teenage Fanclub mop the floor with melody, setting the bar pretty high. But, we're game and we will certainly benefit from sharing the evening with Border Patrol and Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men.


  • Amber Lantern, Available Now

    My third album, Amber Lantern, is now available to purchase, download, and stream. 

    Downloads, CD's, and limited edition orange vinyl can be found at my Bandcamp site.

    You can stream or download Amber Lantern from...

    Amazon MP3
    Google Play

    ... and numerous other digital outlets across the web. 

    This album was not easy to make, nor was it made alone. I owe great debt of gratitude to Geoff Michael, Jenny Harley, Chad Sturdivant, Patrick Herek, Matt Collar, Christian Anderson, Ryan Gimpert, Serge van der Voo, Cathy Franklin, James Christopher Monger, Brian McCoy, Eric Conn, Dan Shepelavy, Kristie Brablec, William & Mary Jane Monger, Mariah Cherem, the Ann Arbor District Library, Doug Coombe, Chuck Sipperley, Jim Roll, Peter Woodman, Brian Peters, Tom McCartan, Leah Diehl, Greg McIntosh, Scott McClintock, Fido Kennington, and of course the many fans who supported the Kickstarter campaign which allowed me to finish my work. Thank you also to my talented friends in the musical communities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit, and throughout Michigan. 


  • Grey's End, Where Colors Begin

    "Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can." - Herman Melville

    "Grey's End," the optimistic second single from Amber Lantern. Full album available on February 10. Pre-order now from Bandcamp.


  • Record Release Concert

    On February 8, 2017, I will be celebrating the release of my third album, Amber Lantern, at Michigan's premier listening room, the Ark. This show will also serve as the debut for a brand new lineup of my band State Park who will help me bring these songs to life on stage. We will be playing the album in its entirely along with a smattering of older chestnuts from my catalog. 

    To seal the deal, I've secured the talents of one Caleb Dillon, braintrust of psych-pop heroes Starling Electric to perform an extremely rare opening solo set. We are all working very hard to bring you this show and I hope that you'll consider joining us at the Ark.

    Many thanks to Jenny Harley for her beautiful design work throughout this project, including this poster.