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The Fencemen, Teag & PK

I’ve recently been collaborating with The Fencemen, a solid, gritty rock band – too much for one hand – based here in Lansing. We met virtually through a mutual friend and I recorded some sax for their forthcoming album Times Are Alright. I sat in with the guys last month at Lansing’s The Loft (some video here), and I’ll be doing so again this coming Saturday at Mac’s Bar in Lansing. If rock is your bag, this band is not to be missed. I grew up on rock and in a way it’s sort of a home base for me, so this has been a real treat. I’ve had a great time getting to know and make music with them. I should be sitting in some more beyond this weekend so be sure to check my itinerary for updates. And definitely hit up their website.

Teag & PK continues to surprise both Matt and myself (in good ways). After going full bore into the singer/songwriter direction (including our 3-Way Singles Club edition and some other recording) we unexpectedly dove back into the ambient explorations a couple weeks ago at East Lansing’s Wanderer’s Teahouse. Matt reflected on the evening . We intend to hit the studio to capture some sonic escapades soon. We have a show at the end of the month at Jackson Coffee Co. if you’re in the area.

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2012 has thus far proved to be another productive year, and it’s been so great to be making music back in Michigan. There are some June dates in the works before I head to Austria to teach throughout July, and I have an eclectic potential series of gigs already in the works for my return in August. Stay tuned.

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Teag & PK Single, Broadcast, and Gigs

Matt and I are pleased to announce that Teag & PK‘s debut single is now available! “Rocket” is part of 3-Way Singles Club, Volume Ten, released via Lansing label It Takes a Village to Make Records (ITAV Records). The monthly release series features three songs, one each from three regional bands, for $3. You can purchase our volume here. That’s equivalent to or cheaper than a trip to your coffee house of choice, and a great way to support local artists! And speaking of local artists, our volume also features Sunil Sawani and Small Houses.

We’re following this up with our return to Port Huron’s Raven Café this Thursday (02.23) evening, 7:30-10:30 PM. Playing there in December was a real treat, and we’re quite looking forward to heading back. Friday morning we’ll be making a couple of radio appearances on Lansing’s 89.7 WLNZ. We’ll be talking and (likely) playing on the Coffee Break Morning Show, and are slated for 9:45 AM. Then at noon we’ll hit the airwaves on The Grand River Radio Diner, 12:00-1:00 PM. For the latter performance, we’ll be playing live at Lansing’s Sir Pizza Grand Café. If you’re not in the greater Lansing area and want to catch any of Friday’s music, you can listen online here. Give a listen if you can!

We recorded our single at Deep Deep Pink, where we’ll be returning the week after next to begin work on our forthcoming album. Stay tuned for details on that.

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January Dates

2012  is off to a great start, featuring a number of fun upcoming shows. Tomorrow (Tuesday 01.10), I’ll be starting the year as I ended 2011, performing with Mitchell & Harris and Daniel McDonald. We played a great show in Bay City on December 29 (also joined by guitarist Nate Powell, the other half of The French Henchmen), and will be doing it again tomorrow night as a quartet at the Shepherd High School Auditorium. Definitely come check it out if you’re in the mid-Michigan area.

Teag & PK also has a few upcoming shows worth mentioning. Thursday 01.12 we’ll be doing an ambient improvisatory set for the Fourth Annual (SCENE)MetroSpace Fundraiser, followed on Saturday 01.14 by a show at Lansing’s Gone Wired (joined by Stargrazer and Delicious Bass). Next week, we’ll be playing a set at The Loft’s first Lifted Music Festival, a mid-michigan jam band festival. We also have some recording planned.

Stay tuned for more updates!