12/19/17  As the final mixing comes together for the new album, I'm pleased to announce that, thanks to a Grant from SC arts council, I'll be collaborating with artist/ illustrator Mike Bencze on a Graphic Novella based on one of the songs from the upcoming album to be released as a multimedia single in the next year.. whoop!

09/05/17  The new album's coming together beautifully, as the tracks make their transatlantic passages to include the host of international musicians involved..

Here's a teaser of one of the new tunes. "South of San Gregorio" recorded in a cave in the Santa Cruz mountains w/ Dorota Szuta on violin:


05/08/17 NEW album begins!   This week I went into Lord Huron's Clubhouse/ studio in LA to begin work on my next project. Irish songbird/ flautist Nuala Kennedy  is at the helm, guiding a polyrthymic crew.. i think we got captured something special... stay tuned.




1/17/17 Coming to the famous McCabes for the first time:

11/18/16  Looking forward to a weekend of Bay Area shows with Raina Rose

Saturday 11/19 at the Lille Aeske Arthouse in Boulder Creek tickets almost gone.. a few left here

Sunday   11/20 Poplar Playhouse Berkeley looks like a few tickets left, so RSVP here

4/19/16 Good news Londoners (??)!  We've added a second show! Thanks to the good Folks at Folklore, who are hosting myself and  the wonderful Jack Harris, May 5th at the Harrison in Kings Cross. click here for tickets and Info!

4/08/16 Well that was quick, just after it was announced, the London Show Supporting Birds of Chicago has Sold out, possible second London show in the works.

 3/11/16 It's hard to believe been 5 years since the passing of Jack Hardy. I'm really proud to be a part of this tribute coming out today on Smithsonian/ Folkways records. I was privileged to attend (at write all of 'Scrimshaw') at  Jack's songwriting meetings in the East Village. The record features tracks from a small section of artists who Jack Influenced and encouraged throughout his career: Suzanna Vega, Nanci Griffith, Richard Shindell, John Gorka, to name a few. Check it out here :




1/24/16  I'm an Alligator! pulling out a couple bowie tunes in a rare local SC show!

1/15/16   SOLD OUT! i'm the featured performer at this month's Your Going to Die event.

1/07/16 New Year starts off with a bunch of new Bay area shows. First off, I'm honored to be warming up the crowd for Matt The Electrician at Doc's Lab in San Francisco

12/06/15    I've been invited on as guest instructor/ writer on a mystical / medieval Swedish island at the Gotland International Sonwriter's retreat. May 8-15 2016..

9/14/15 Santa Cruz! I'm really excited to get a chance to perform in this magic venue, A cave in the Santa Cruz MountainsBuy tickets soon, this will definately sell out!

8/7/15 Happy Summer! I've been selected as an official showcasing artist at this year's Far-West Conference in Oakland, ca!

3/02/15 Proud to be a part of this benefit for Monarch Community School in Santa Cruz, CA. ill be on air at KPIG to talk it up. (also pretty excited to be billed as the 'Acoustic Space Cowboy')


2/15 /15 Showcasing at this years Folk Alliance conference KC, MO

7/4/14  Off to mystic Lentas Crete where ill be a Guest songwriting instructor.

5/24/14  In session at London's House of mercy

5/22/14 Glasgow Herald reviews the Fallen Angels Club Show

5/20/14 Metro UK says "Scrimshaw is a sublime Americana offering, with a depth and poeticism thats found in only the purest of folk music. It may claim to have found it's inspiration in bygone days, but it's a relevant record, in the vein of Robert Ellis or Anais Mitchell: it uses a timeless medium to tell modern tales."

5/20/14 Feature about my trip up to the Scottish highlands.


5/07/14     feature/interview w/ upcoming UK Dates.


4/01/14   NY! special  ticketed Rockwood 3 show/sendoff to UK w/ Jonathan Goldberger on guitar

     Click HERE for Pre-Sale tix.




3/20/14 Spring  UK Tour dates Announced


2/13/14 ready to be reunited with my fellow folk itinerants at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City next week, trying out old jokes / new songs in the carpeted hotelrooms.

1/15/14 HAPPY NEW YEAR im emerging from a fall writing sabbatical with a new albums worth of material/ record in the works. just found out i'll be helping teach a writing retreat in the mystical Lentas, Crete this spring . Details here

11/16/13  leading off Spring UK tour to take part in the Glasgow Americana festival

7/6/13 Excited to go on air tomorrow at my new hometown radio station KPIG

5/6/13 Back safe from the UK, Good to see you all again.  Next, I play Mainstage at Kerrville Folk Festival, and am honored to be a judge at the 2013 Newfolk contest.

5/1/13  listen to a session I taped with  the Legendary Billy Butler for BBC Merseyside, Liverpool

4/23/13 Video from last night's glasgow show:



Metro Scotland:



Glasgow Evening times.



4/20/13  I finally turned the corner from 'up and comer" to 'cult folk troubadour'!

4/18/13 Me and Kinky Fridman in session at the House of Mercy

4/16/13 Eventbrite loved the Shropshire show.

4/13/13 Live review of the sold out London Show!

4/3/13 The good folks of at Folkradio.uk have put scrimshaw as an 'Album of the Month', talking up my Upcoming UK tour, and including a little interview.   thanks guys!

3/15/13 apparently Scrimshaw made beat surrender's best of 2012 !

3/4/13  Next week I head to Austin for SXSW

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Guero's Taco Bar
South by Soup Fest Benefit for Caritas of Austin www.firstgiving.com/southbysoupfest ComboPlate Booking Roster Party
1412 S. Congress Ave.  

Thursday March 14,

Caritas soup kitchen w/ Ben Solee & Gregory Alan Isakov

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Rock Room Concerts
w/ Rod Picott & Phil Lee
Austin     TX

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

SXSW Songwriters w/ Sam Baker, Carrie Elkin, Dannyschmidt, Ruth Moody, Steve Poltz, The Sea The sea, Roem Baur, Tim Easton, Megan Bauer, Carrie Rodriguez, Robby Hecht, Ben Mallott     - noon-6pm


2/28/13 My friend,  the amazing songwriter Paul Curreri,'s visual take on my song Barroom Bards.



Barroom Bards from nels Andrews on Vimeo.

2/26/13 Toronto Ill be your way a couple days playing an official Showcase at the Folk Alliance conference, and haunting the late night  halls of the Delta Chelsea hall, and taping a live session for CIUT and XM radio.

2/19/13 I'll be in Boston live on WUMB at noon chatting and playing some songs with host Dave Palmater, then playing later that night at Club Passim w/ Matt the Electrician.

2/14/13 Nice review in The Alternative Root I'll be swinging by their Boston Studio to tape a live video session next week!

1/05/13 Brighton UK's Gilded Palace of Sin waxes on Scrimshaw's POMO (POst MOby Dick) aspect in it's Best of 2012 list.

12/23/12  Scrimshaw hows up twice on  Americana UK's critic's 2012 best of list!

12/17/12 Jim Blum at NPR's Folk Alley picks 'Scrimshaw' in his top records of 2012! saying "Where has this guy been hiding? In the library, maybe."

12/13/12 Dutch popmagazine Heaven puts Scrimshaw in it's top 10 for 2012. writer  Pieter Wijnstekers places it in fine company, with Iris DeMent, Phantom Limb, Rose Cousins, Glen Hansard, Husky, Gretchen Peters, Anais Mitchell and Kathy Mattea.

12/7/12 Featured on this week's Freight Train Boogie

12/4/12 Elevation Outdoors magazine puts 'Scrimshaw" on its best of 2012 trail mix!

12/1/12 Thanks to John Platt at WFUV, who mentioned "Scrimshaw" on his WFUV staff picks 2012

11/27/12 The first Scotttish date for the April Uk tour is announced Here

11/24/12 Ill be on the air at WFDU from 9am-noon this morning on 'Crash on The Levee' with Jerry Treacy, playing songs live in the studio. Then I'll be at Zirzamin in the west village celebrating the US release of Scrimshaw. One of my hero/mentors David Massengil will be on at 7pm, Ill come on at 8pm (joined by Brandon Seabrook on banjo), and folowed by Curtis McMurtry (son of James @ 9:30.

11/20/12 Scrimshaw debuted in the top five most added records in Americana radio this week!

11/18/12  On Air at the legendary WFUV , I brought the band by the studios for a session and interview with John Platt. then later in the night stopping by the WMSC studio's for a session with Joe Pszonek at 9:00pm.

11/17/12  tune in today for a live in studio session at WFDU's Carnvial of song.

11/13/12 In NY tonight with the band for a live Taping of XM's Living room to the Loft sessions

11/6/12 Nice words from the Blog Fingertips !

11/5/12 Grassclippings Blog picks Scrimshaw as First Sunday six pics for November.

10/30/12  No Depression previews Scrimshaw, streaming the entire album here.

10/22/12  I had a quick Q&A with the folks at American Songwriter Magazine. I weighed in on such heavy topics as yard sales and sextants.

10/20/12  During the months of January and Feb, I'll be flying long distance with you, as part of Lufthansa Airlines inflight programming.. wish I got the miles as well.

10/15/12 Kickstarter goal met!  Thanks to all of you who pre-ordered, we did it! ok off to press..

10/10/12 American Songwriter premiers the first track from Scrimshaw!

10/5/12 Colorado, I'm coming your way for the first time in years next weekend! Scott Foley at KRFC got a preview of the new record and will be playing a track on his 'Routes and Branches show tomorrow. check out the little interview we did for his Blog.

9/20/12 Scrimshaw release date in the US is November 13! You can Pre-order the record through a Kickstarter campaign I launched.

9/10/12 Folks in the UK! we'll be over April 18-28th,  dates will be up as soon as possible on this site and over at our friends at Grapevine booking.

8/15/12 Maverick Magazine calls scrimshaw a "Wonderful and delicate work of art" 4/5 star review.

8/10/12  9/10 review in the August issue of Whisperin' and Hollerin'

7/20/12 This morning's Irish Times bestow's a 4/5 star review..

7/19/12  Nice words from americana roots website

7/11/12 New issue of Rock' N Reel magazine hits the stands today in the UK with Woody Guthrie on the cover and a 4 star review of Scrimshaw.

6/17/12 Tomorrow night in NY  Folk Alliance presents a special night at the Living Room for the new music seminar NMSFlyer.jpg

6/5/12 Scrimshaw is officially available in the UK june 11!  I'll have a limited number of hand letterpressed copies in the store in the next couple days, in the meantime, there are a few advance copies over at my friends Fish Records

6/5/12 Woke this morning in California to sunshine, blooming Jacoranda, and this 4/5 star review in London's Telegraph!

6/2/12  After a week up in the dust of the Kerrville Folk Festival, I'm back in Austin. My show In fort worth for sunday unfortunately was cancelled, but luckily my friends Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt, have spur of the moment offered to host a show at their house, with a few really special guests.. we've officially sold the show out thanks austin!

5/11/12 Scrimshaw is album of the week on Iain Anderson's show BBC Scotland. He calls it "A true wellspring of 21st century music."

5/7/12 Lonesome Highway over in Ireland takes a good look at Scrimshaw. The reviewer Steven Rapid says "Scrimshaw is a collection of songs of flickering characters and places, like an early Vitascope projection on a peeling wall." cool.

5/4/12 The hour long radio session we taped for RTV's Live At Lloyd airs tonight in the netherlands, and then streams.


5/2/12 Nice words from the UK in FolkRadio , and Fatea

4/30/12 Wow, really nice review in Italy's Distortioni magazine.

4/18/12 New reviews in this month's Lust for life (formerly Revolver)OOR, Heaven, and Volkskrant

4/8/12 New review in from the Flying Shoes Review

4/5/12 Goodbye New Amsterdam hello Old Amsterdam , details of the upcoming netherlands tour here. were celebration with a bon voyage show at Zebulon, Brooklyn. myself, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar, Anthony Da Costa on Bass, and Andrew Borger on drums.

4/1/12 Scrimshaw made it's debut this morning as #1 on the Euro Americana Chart for the month of April!


The new record is out now in the netherlands.. how's your dutch?

reviews are coming in glowingly:



Johnnys Garden



Well be over In April, come see us at the shows and pick up a copy. It should be available in the UK in June, and the US in the fall. Ill be printing up a 180g Vinyl copy and digital extras to those who pre-order.


a track from live radio session of mine featured on the VPRO's best of studio 6 sessions compilation.


I'm off Monday to Austin for SXSW, I'll be joining a whole slew of my friends, playing a bunch of new songs.. come find me


Last winter, I lost a friend,   hero, and mentor Jack Hardy. His weekly songwriter’s exchange from his little apartment in Jack's NY’s west village apartment, was his gift to so many writers, myself included. I recorded an unreleased song of Jack’s (with vocal help from my buddy Anthony Da Costa )   for a tribute album that will be out on Smithsonian / Folkways  later in the year.  The record features a bunch of folks (Suzanne Vega, David Massengil, Nanci Griffith, John Gorka Suzzy Roach, a whole host of others) who’ve been a part of the exchange over the years, They’ve graciously suggested that we share the album with fans until the record comes out to spread the word. so for a limited time is available as a free download (along with a great 100 page booklet of essays and pics ) here tinyurl.com/jackhardy. enjoy, share!


Welcome! New website, New Year, New Record!   We've put the finishing touches on the new record, which will be called 'Scrimshaw' . It was produced by my friend Todd Sickafoose , was recorded at Brooklyn Recording this Fall, and weaves together the voices and instruments of friends from New York and beyond. The new record will be out in April overseas, and  I'll be  down in Austin for SXSW this year, followed by tours of Netherlands and the UK to promote it, check the Calendar page for details. I've been making field recordings of the new songs and posting them here on the video page if you'd like a preview.

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  • Nov 10
    Radius Gallery,  Santa Cruz

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