I’ve been privileged to sing with a number of talented folks in the area — something I’ve always dreamed of doing, but never thought would actually happen!

Oddly enough, a random job at a local paper connected me with Dave Cooper, who is arguably one of the best guitarists in town. We’ve done a number of acoustic sets over the past few years, and it’s always a great time. Although most of the time it was just Dave and me, our more recent gigs saw the addition of Jace Hoppes on djembe, who also accompanied me to a brief-but-fun weekly gig at Memphis On Main with guitarist Steve Meadows.

After a bit of time getting my “stage legs” back, I got the incredible opportunity to sing on stage at The Canopy Club with the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company’s production of The Rocky Horror Show. This was no shadow cast here—this was the real deal! It was then, and still remains, the most electrifying performance experience of my life. I was so thrilled to have a part in that!

Some connections through Rocky Horror connected me to a burgeoning burlesque troupe called Carnivale Debauche. Their first couple of shows brought me back to the Canopy, either playing keyboards or singing solo as support for the dance troupe. The photo above is from a Carnivale show, with guitarist Benjamin Spoden in the background.

One of the guest bands for Carnivale was the fantastic quartet of folk/jazz/rock craziness known as The Curses. They have a great sound, and they were fun to work with besides. I just happened to mention to Benjamin that I’d love to sing with them if they were ever in need of some backup vocals, and the next thing I knew, I was in the studio recording a couple of tracks for their latest album. A little of me goes a long way, though—particularly with these guys’ gritty groove—so I’m not in there much. But it’s always a blast to sing with them, and I guarantee every track on their album Old Magazines is amazing! You should buy it, and Like them on Facebook, too!