Announcing “Other States” vinyl REISSUE!

Very excited to partner with Debacle records for a vinyl edition of “Other States”, originally released on cassette via Geographic Norths’s wonderfully-curated “Sketch for Winter” series, and now lovingly remastered for LP by Chuck Johnson with new artwork by longtime friend and collaborator, Billy Joe Miller.

This music would not exist without the confluence of so many amazing people and experiences (visit link for more detailed context) including Paul Clipson, James Sterling Pitt, Bobby and Farbod, along with so many who helped this music come to life. 

Preorder now / Nov. 4th official release!

Thank you as ever for listening and supporting!

With love,


Happy 20th Anniversary to Three Lobed Recordings!!!

Earlier this week, the good folks at Aquarium Drunkard put together a feature celebrating 20 yrs of Three Lobed Recordings. To mark the occasion, a variety of people were invited to share thoughts on albums that have made an impact on them. I am humbled to have been included and grateful to be a part of this incredible family of artists!

Below are some thoughtful reflections on my LP “Between Two Words” (2013) by William Tyler and Chuck Johnson, both of whom happen to be personal guitar heroes and all-around solid human beings. Truly touched by these words:

via companion feature on the equally awesome site, Doom & Gloom From The Tomb

I definitely encourage you to visit the full feature linked above, as it takes a deep-dive into an even deeper catalogue of varied adventurous sounds.

Here’s to another 20 yrs to one of the best labels around!

Wishing you all good health and peace,


2 0 1 5 !

Happy New Years to those these words reach!

Looking forward to exploring new musical spaces in the year ahead…

Onward, onward with love and light ) ) )




1/22 @ Studio Grand w/ Chuck Johnson in conjunction with Little Nickys Oakland series (Facebook event)

2/14 @ Palo Alto Art Center w/ Felicia Atkinson in conjunction with Chris Duncan for Hear This!
(Facebook Event)

John Fahey’s 75th tribute

Pleased to be part of this show celebrating the late great John Fahey on his 75th!  There’s a nice line-up of folks including Sean Smith (curator of the event), Chuck Johnson, Rich Osborn, Andrew Weathers, Henry Kaiser among others.  Hope you can make it out if you live in the area!  Check out the flyer for all the details…


2013 & Looking Forward…

Hello and Happy New Year!

Just wanted to take a moment and reflect on some highlights from 2013 as well as mention a few exciting adventures to look forward to in the New Year…

This past year saw the release on my third album Between Two Worlds on Three Lobed Recordings.  Cory Rayborn, who runs the label, is one of the most passionate dudes out there!  It was such a pleasure to work with him on this!

Played some great shows.  One highlight involved performing on a moving bus along the Pacific Coast Highway as the sun set. It was pretty epic.  Thanks to the folks at Soundwave Fest for hosting that!  Did some touring along the West coast with Chuck Johnson who released his gorgeous album Crows In The Basilica LP on Three Lobed around the same time as mine.  We shared some great nights with the likes of Marisa Anderson, Eyvind Kang & Jessiika Kenney, Golden Retriever, Date Palms, and Daniel Bachman.  Other highlights included a show with Grouper, playing a benefit for a documentary in the works about the great Robbie Basho w/ Bill Orcutt, Chuck Johnson, Andrew Weathers, Henry Kaiser, among others, and sharing a night of film & music with my buds Paul Clipson, Evan Caminity, and Trevor Montgomery.  Good times we’re had all around!

Got to travel out to Albuquerque, NM and collaborate with artist and dear friend Billy Joe Miller on his Wake exhibit.  Billy has done all the covers to my solo releases so it was a dream to be able to physically perform among his work in real time.  He took me to some of the beautiful surrounding areas …  The Ojito wilderness left a particularily deep impression on me.  2014 will see more collaboration in this series…  again in Albuquerque this February on a farm.. details forthcoming!

Another exciting collaboration I got to participate in was with Bay Area artist David Wilson.  Wilson was chosen for the biennial SECA award given out by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Bay Area artists.  I composed music in collaboration with friends Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and Tony Cross for a site-specific piece in park Presidio.  We performed live and it was recorded and left on a cassette as an ‘artifact’ for folks to engage with alongside David’s amazing painting.  It was an incredible experience!  Here are some pics of the event.

The new year starts off with some exciting news.  My better half and I have been invited to do a nine day residency at the Harrison House out in beautiful Joshua Tree!  The residency is based in the late composer Lou Harrison’s desert retreat in his honor.  It sits on some of the most beautiful land in the world.  We are so thrilled about this adventure!  Leaving first thing tomorrow!

The first show of the new year will be in conjunction with artist James Sterling Pitt’s exhibit “Hello Green Cosmos” at Gallery Paula Anglim in SF, Sat. Jan. 18th at 4p.  Can’t think of a better way to get things started!

Lastly, there are a couple exciting releases on the horizon for 2014.  Both of which will be released on the excellent Students of Decay label who put out my second LP, In Search of Light.  The first of which will be an LP collecting some of my earliest acoustic recordings dating as far back as 2004, and the second will be a collaboration with guitarist James Blackshaw.  Really looking forward to seeing these take shape and sharing it with you!  Both have no set release date yet, so please keep an eye out as the year unfolds.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read and listen …

Wishing you a fulfilling, healthy, and happy New Year!


Some pics from 2013:


New LP’s arrived!


Bought a 12 string and so began my love affair…


Ojito Wilderness


Performing at Davis Wilson’s “Arrivals” w/ Tony Cross


Bus show along the Pacific Coast Highway



New ride!



Bye bye DOMA!


Our little Eli..


Last sunset of 2013


Bay Area show’s with Marisa Anderson

I’m thrilled to be sharing a couple show’s in the Bay with excellent Portland-based guitarist Marisa Anderson as she passes though on her mammoth US tour.  We will be playing in Oakland (w/ Chuck Johnson!!) and in SF respectively, so no excuses for those afraid to cross to the other side!  She will also be playing an intimate in-store at Stranded records in Oakland Nov. 13th – a great option for the early-birds.  Really hope you can make it out, and please be sure check out her additional tour dates…


Tues 11/12 – Hemlock Tavern, SF CA w/ Marisa Anderson
Thurs 11/14 – @ Life Changing Ministries, Oak CA w/ Marisa Anderson & Chuck Johnson

Marisa tour poster 02 oakland

Robbie Basho Tribute & Documentary Film Benefit

I’m very honored to be a part of this benefit concert for the (long-overdue) documentary film in the works about the life and music of Robbie Basho.  Basho’s work has left an indelible mark on myself, countless other musicians, and music lovers throughout the world.  This should be a nice moment to celebrate his legacy as well as raise some funds & awareness for the film.

Hope you can be a part of this exciting event!

Much love,


Berkeley Arts presents 
A Robbie Basho Tribute Concert and Documentary Film Benefit

When: May 8, 2013 8PM
Where: Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Ave. Berkeley, CA
Cost: $10-20 Suggested donation

Berkeley Arts presents a concert in tribute to the late guitarist and Berkeley resident Robbie Basho. The event is also a benefit to raise funds to complete the first ever documentary film about Basho – titled Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho – currently in the works by London-based filmmaker Liam Barker.

The lineup includes several Bay Area performers whose work has been inspired in some way by Robbie Basho’s music, including two guitarists who personally knew Basho: fingerstyle guitarist Rich Osborn and renown improvisor Henry Kaiser.

The concert will include short sets by:

Henry Kaiser
Rich Osborn
Bill Orcutt
Chuck Johnson
Danny Paul Grody
Aaron Sheppard
Andrew Weathers

We think this will be an historic event, and a fitting tribute to Basho’s legacy – in the same spirit as the John Fahey memorial concerts that took place at the Freight And Salvage in 2002.

About Robbie Basho
Robbie Basho (1940 – 1986) was a Berkeley-based composer, guitarist, and vocalist and one of the foremost proponents of steel string acoustic guitar as a solo concert instrument. Along with John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Basho was part of the triumvirate of pioneering guitarists on the Berkeley-based Takoma label in the 1960s. Basho went on to record for Windham Hill, and was an important influence on the label’s founder, guitarist William Ackerman. His innovative guitar compositions incorporated American folk, European, and Eastern influences, and he is credited for developing the improvisational “American raga” style.

About the Film
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an artist’s lifelong struggle – designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated. Self-funded entirely to date by director Liam Barker, Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho features interviews with Basho’s former students, contemporaries and few close friends; interspersed with abstract employment of archive footage and photography of the natural phenomena and localities that informed Basho’s work. Basho claimed to paint America with music; the film will attempt to transfigure Robbie Basho with sound and images.

Principal photography began on Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho in October 2012, with the filmmakers shooting (and intermittently battling superstorms) in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and California. A Kickstarter campaign is set to launch in spring 2013 to enable the film’s continuing production and subsequent post-production costs.

Liam Barker – Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Justinas Vabuolas – Director of Photography

Donate on Kickstarter!

Facebook Event


West Coast Spring TOUR !

Dear friends,

I’m very happy to announce dates for the fast-approaching tour I’ll be doing with friend and fellow guitarist Chuck Johnson.  Both Chuck and I have the honor to be releasing solo LP’s respectively on the wonderful Three Lobed Recordings later this Spring/Summer, and in anticipating their release, we’ve decided to put a string of shows together up and down the beautiful Western Coast.  Please have a look at the details below and sure hope to see some of you at a show or two!

Much love ) ) )



3/22 – Oakland (Private Show – RSVP by email for details)
3/23 – @ Human Resources, Los Angeles CA w/ Amps For Christ + Daniel Bachmann
3/25 – Eureka, CA (TBA)
3/26 – @ Valentines, Portland OR w/ Planton Wat & Golden Retriever
3/27 – @ Rickshaw Theater Lobby (Vancouver) 9PM – Ben Rogers, Danny Grody, Chuck Johnson, Leathan Milne
3/28 – @ New City Theater (MAGMA Fest!), Seattle WA w/ Lori Goldston & Marisa Anderson + Eyvind Kang & Jessiika Kenney
3/31 – @ Hemlock Tavern, SF CA w/ Date Palms

Facebook event 


2011 In Retrospect

Greetings and Happy New Years to you all!

A list of what made this year memorable – enjoy!


Adopting our little feline companion named Eli. What a dream he is!

Music (in no particular order):

Grouper – AIA: Alien Observer / Dream Loss
Talk Talk – Laughing Stalk (reissue)
Mark Hollis – s/t (reissue)
Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
The Psychic Paramount – II
Leyland Kirby – Eager To Tear Apart The Stars
Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces
James Blake – s/t
Peaking Lights – 936
Golden Retriever – Light Cones
Bombino – Agadez
Tim Hecker – Dropped Pianos


Tinariwen @ Yoshis, SF – can’t remember the last time I danced with such abandon!

Solo set’s by Neil Young & Bert Jansch (RIP) @ The Fox Theater, Oakland – woah!

J.D. Emmanuel @ Brava Theater, SF – absolute blissssss!

Hearing Kenric sing his heart out with 30 person choir IOCSF (International Orange Choral) at the lovely St. Marks cathedral. It was an Eastern-Block themed program – so amazing!

Playing solo more than ever, and in so many wonderful non-club venues with such great musicians; The beautiful SF Zen Center w/ Barn Owl & Date Palms, St John’s w/ Myrmyr and art spaces like Subterranean Art House w/ amazing guitarists Chuck Johson & Alexander Turnquist, both of which put out excellent releases this year.

Getting back on the road with my band The Drift and touring Europe supporting our good friends Explosions In The Sky. So grateful for the experience and a nice anecdote to what had been some very challenging times – Rest In Peace Jeffrey! Your still with us.

Recording and releasing the Moholy-Nagy debut, my second solo album, and The Drift’s fourth full-length all in the space of one year. Here’s to 2012 being just as fruitful!


Nostalgia For The Light – hands down one of the most achingly beautiful documentaries.
Arbor – find this doc and see it. it will blow your mind on so many levels.
Midnight In Paris – Woody’s best in years.
Bridesmaids – LOL!
Cave of Forgotten Dreams – great Herzog doc. see it in 3-D for maximum effect.

Wine tasting with the family…

Becoming an Uncle to my third nephew Charlie.

All the best to you in 2012!


Show recap & News

I had the pleasure this past weekend of sharing a bill with friends and excellent guitarists Chuck Johnson of Oakland and Alexander Turnquist of Hudson NY.  We played in Berkeley at a lovely little art space called Subterranean Art House.  It was an intimate room with nice acoustics, perfect for delicate music.  I definitely recommend folks in the area to check it out.  The turnout was modest, but you really felt that people came to listen.  I opened the evening with a set of electric pieces I’ve been toying around with as of late.  Material I hope to record soon.  Next up was Alexander on acoustic 12 string.  As soon as he began, the room was immediately under the spell of his intricately picked guitar webs.  Hard to believe all that sound could be generated from just two hands on one instrument.  Very beautiful and deceptively complex music, despite how relaxing it was to listen to.  Closing the night was the always elegant work of Chuck Johnson, who played many of the pieces from his recently released debut album, ‘A Struggle Not A Thought’ released on the Strange Attractors Audio House imprint.  His set was pristine in every way.  Each note, scrape, pluck, and strum was played with so much intention and finesse.  What sets Chuck apart from so many finger-style players to me is his ability to marry formal technique with real feeling and nuance.  His melodies linger and often have an aching beauty to them without ever feeling forced or saccharine.  So nice.  It was really a treat to be a part of it.  I highly recommend you pick up both Chuck and Alexanders excellent new albums, both of which are available on LP, CD, and for download.  Click on the album art below for links to purchase them.

In other news, I’ll be slowing chipping away at recording some new songs for an album to be released in 2012 on the excellent Three Lobed Records!  I’m very excited to be working with them.  More details on that soon to come.  In the meantime, I’ve still got copies of my recent LP ‘In Search Of Light’ on the Students Of Decay imprint – hit me up if you’d like to grab one!  For those of you without a turntable, I’m happy to say it’s also now available for download via Morr Music digital distribution at Boomkat and Emusic, with more retailers forthcoming including iTunes.

As always, thanks for reading and listening!  Till next time….