¡paLABra! Self-Titled Record

¡paLABra! is an album of interpretations of pre-revolutionary Cuban standards performed with a mix of rock, Latin, jazz and psychedelia. The band originated from a society gig performing background music at a Cuban-themed fundraising event. Vague charts, open ears and a healthy dose of improvisation were the required ingredients for the evening's musical menu. Subsequent live performances lead...

Peter Mulvey with SistaStrings: Live at the Cafe Carpe

We recorded over two nights in late January 2020 at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, WI. I flew to Mexico two days later to immerse myself in another culture. A few days after my return in late February, the realization of the pandemic hit, and our worlds paused. This is not only a record of two nights sharing music in a sold-out listening room. It's also a love letter from the past and a hand...

Gig Preparation

Preparation is key to a good performance. The only time I’ve ever been nervous to perform is when I know I haven’t fully prepared. “Practice” is what you do on your own. I practice to keep my body in shape and the chops to do the job because art shouldn’t suffer from a lack of technique. Some gigs require additional homework where I’ll chart songs if the material is new to me....

Jonathan Burks: Self Talk

The Jonathan Burks band planned to enter the studio in March 202O to begin recording the follow-up to Jon's 2017 release, Getting High. But, unfortunately, the global pandemic had other plans. Didier suggested we try jamming online, and so began the band's transition to remote working, eventually finding an approach that worked for us. Zoom meetings to keep in touch turned into rehearsals and...

Peter Mulvey: Take Down Your Flag

Peter Mulvey wrote and debuted "Take Down Your Flag" two days after the 2015 Charleston church massacre. He then posted the song on YouTube, which prompted many other artists to contribute additional verses and upload their own versions of the song. Read the L.A Times article, "Why the ‘Take Down Your Flag’ songwriter was willing to be rude after Charleston shooting" Video I've performed...

Jonathan Burks Band Working Remotely

The Jonathan Burks band was scheduled to begin recording in March 2021, but then Wisconsin's aptly named 'Safer at Home' order was issued. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.Hunter S. Thompson We began Zoom meetings to stay connected and maintain at least a little momentum until we can reconvene again in person. The meetings evolved into virtual rehearsals and we are now proceeding...

Pezzettino: Venus

I played drums on Margaret Stutt's (aka Pezzettino) 2020 EP, Venus, recording drum tracks over two sessions in summer 2019. I used my tiny suitcase drum set for a couple of tracks and a vintage set of Rogers drums for another. Co-producer and guitarist, Allen Coté, brought me into the session. Margaret and I met on the day of the recording session. We discussed the music during set up and then...

I Don’t Play Drums; I Play Songs

The best seat in the house is the one behind the drum kit. I'm in my happy place when the band is connecting and songs are landing. I perform because I want to share an experience with people. Photo by Nath Dresser Drumming is a very healthy exercise. great for working out aggression, tension and aggravation. It's also great for developing coordination and connecting the mind and body. But when...