Babylon – SZA – Feat. Kendrick Lamar

I’m loving this track, but I’m a sucker for anything with Kendrick. Music is in such a great place right now. It really feels good to say that. There are so many producers and artists pushing creative boundaries. I’m inspired.





My lil homie Ryan Lot, Aka “Son Lux” along with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti just released an album under the name Sisyphus. Not only is the album funky as hell but they have one of the coolest album covers I’ve seen in a long time. Ryan reached out and asked me to play bass and guitar on the track below. I love how it turned out.

I love making music with my friends.



Friend’O Friday – Jesse Thomas


Jesse is one of my BFFF’s and one of the most talented chicks I know. I met her when I was playing pedal steel for Green River Ordinance when they stopped through Los Angeles a couple years ago. Jesse opened up for them and she gave me her EP. I listened to it the next day and was so inspired that I wrote a song for her while I was driving home, recorded it, then sent it to her that night. We finished it together the next day and we’ve been hanging and playing music together ever since. Not only is she insanely talented but more importantly she’s an amazing human being and I’m blessed to know her. She has a new album coming out soon so be sure to check it out. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram – @iamjessethomasInstagram. The pic below was taken at a Fanswell show a few nights ago by the one and only Graham Colton.



This is from a live recording we did at Infrasonic Studio’s.



CNN Suck List



I would say that around 80% of the TV I watch is cable news. I pretty much bounce around all of the networks but I watch CNN more than the others by quite a bit. That was until the Malaysian flight went missing. I’ve gone through so many emotions since they’ve started their wall to wall coverage of that damn plane crash. It started out as annoyance, then frustration, then anger, then I was actually kind of impressed that they could report on nothing for so many days in a row, and I’ve finally arrived at disgust. I know this sounds naive of me but I thought CNN was above this kind of desperate ratings grab. Obviously they’re not. The parasitic nature in which they’ve attached themselves to this tragedy is revolting. But you know why they do it? Because people are actually eating it up!! Their ratings are up. I don’t get it. Just like I don’t get their lineup. Whoever does the hiring around there should be fired. Finally the smuggest man on television, Piers Morgan, got the can. He sucks so bad it amazes me he had his show for this long. The second smuggest man on TV, Wolf Blitzer, has been dead panning the news for years now. Their saving grace is my journalistic hero, Anderson Cooper. I’m a huge fan. That dude has more character and journalistic integrity than everyone else on his network combined. I will say they have some other good one’s, but in my humble opinion he’s the only great. Hopefully once CNN moves on from the crash I’ll be able to tune back in while I eat my morning bowl of raisin bran.



Such a bad ass.




Friend’O Friday – Chester

College baby.

College baby.

I have some incredible friends and I think I’m going to start using my Friday posts to talk about them. This Friend’O Friday belongs to one of my best and oldest brohams. His name is Jason Groves (but we call him Chester… or variations on that name) and he lives in Basalt, CO. We grew up in Altus together and a few months ago I flew out to do some fly fishing and camping with him. We tore it up for 3 days on the Frying Pan, slayed some trout and had one of the most amazing camping experiences ever. Below are some pics from that trip. Chet practices law for WATERLAW and is basically kicking ass in all area’s of life. Love you dude. He married his high school sweetheart Shayla and she’s a bad ace graphic designer. I’m already jonesing to get back out there for another trip.


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Shades on SoundCloud

I finally got to uploading a couple of Shades of Jackson tracks to SoundCloud. I’ll be posting demo’s, B-Sides, etc. as well as some new idea’s in the future. Thanks for checking it out and feel free to comment!



Happy Birthday Coco!!



Happy 1st birthday to the beautiful Colette Colton! I can’t wait until you get older and I can tell you about all the fun/stupid stuff your dad and I have done together. You have two of the greatest parents in the world and I consider myself richly blessed to have them in my life… and now I have YOU! Happy birthday Coco!!