A lot of life has been lived to arrive at the point where one of biggest influences of one of my top 5 favorite bands has materialized into the making of a record with John Ashton, former guitarist and songwriter with  The Psychedelic Furs. The band continues to tour playing  songs that make up John’s legacy as an artist and I have seen them live every year since 2011 in Nashville, NYC and now Portland, while John produces independent artists of his choosing as well as rock and punk luminaries  Sisters of Mercy. He has also written and recorded with Marianne Faitfull. More recently John launched an exciting new project Satellite Paradiso whose record is other-worldly and includes musicians with envious musical resumes.  

 

At the end of October 2017 I spent time with John in his studio. We got a lot done. I am super proud of the songs. I learned a lot, laughed a lot and lived some more. It was quite cool and I am grateful to everyone who helped me to get there. 

 

There is more to go and more to come. 

 

 

 

I maintain nothing worth having comes easy but comes with the largest of rewards. In this case I look forward to my finest songs for you yet.  And what is sure to be an extraordinary and memorable experience for me. It already is.

A lot of life has been lived to arrive at the point where one of biggest influences of one of my top 5 favorite bands has materialized into the making of a record with John Ashton, former guitarist and songwriter with  The Psychedelic Furs. The band continues to tour playing  songs that make up John’s legacy as an artist and I have seen them live every year since 2011 in Nashville, NYC and now Portland, while John produces independent artists of his choosing as well as rock and punk luminaries  Sisters of Mercy. He has also written and recorded with Marianne Faitfull. More recently John launched an exciting new project Satellite Paradiso whose record is other-worldly and includes musicians with envious musical resumes.  

John is iconic. Read any article about the top guitarists of the 1980s, new wave, post punk et al and John is up there with The Edge (U2) and Will Sergeant (Echo and The Bunnymen.) His music has endured decades when others have come and gone. I can't go anywhere and not hear a Furs song. Which is OK by me!

He has toured the world, appeared on David Letterman, , American Bandstand and Top of the Pops all the late-night shows and anywhere else music has made its footprints. He has been produced by and worked in the studio with Todd Rundgren (New York Dolls, Hall and Oates, XTC and Lady Gaga’s wardrobe) and Steve Lillywhite (Rolling Stones, Morrissey,Peter Gabriel, The Killers)  to name a few. And thirty years after the release of the John Hughes' film Pretty in Pink, The Fur's Love My Way is back on the Hollywood radar again on the soundtrack for the Oscar nominated Call Me By My Name. Amazing. 

3/4/18

Now that the first leg in the studio is completed rewards are being updated as the next phase gets launched and a new CF campaign begins. All previous promises made to the first set of donors will be and are being kept.  I am working on this update now. 

Any current music purchases you make from the Music Store all go right to me, to my bank account and towards the record. 

Mx