I’m working up a tour recap from these last three months.  But in the meantime, just thought I’d post a few links to some fun stuff.

Spotify session we did in Portland- was a good ‘ol time. Our Juno-60 has had a rough tour, and really needs some repairs soon.  Somehow it held up for this whole take, which is rare.

JHS pedals promo vid– these guys have treated me extremely well over the past year.  Outstanding customer service, overnighting pedals to me when I break them, and letting us sample all the newest analog goodies.

And this is a Paste mag bit they had me write up about pedalboards.  Just a little more gear talk, for those of you that are into that.

So until my next post, here’s my current favorite ? pic of our kitty Charlie:

Cornbelt Chorus!


So I’ve been in a local band for years now, and we finally released our first full length album this year.  I just put it online this week, so for those of you that enjoy seeking out new bands and tunes, check it out:

If I have to pick a favorite track, I’d pick ‘go home,’ followed by ‘wishing well.’  But I’m really proud of the whole album.  The band is comprised of some of the best talent in Springfield, MO and I’ve always been proud to play alongside them all these years.  I’ll put a pic of the liner notes so you know of whom I speak.

Cheer up yer ears!  -TG

Odd Soul Tour 2012

Hi friends.  We’re halfway through our Odd Soul 2012 tour and are taking a much needed week off to re-calibrate our machines and our muscles.  For the more animated ones (Darren, Paul, Darien “Disco Ball” Koop) it may require more than just a week, but that’s all we’re alloted this time.

The production rehearsals were really exciting pre-tour.  For many of us involved, it was our first time seeing any 3d video mapping, let alone so close-up and on such a big structure.  The technology is simply mesmerizing.  Most aspects of this tour have been well documented, so I’d be hard pressed to tell you about anything you couldn’t find on your own, but just in case- there’s a great behind the scenes video here that gives credit where it’s due.

As for the actual shows and touring, they’ve been exhilarating to say the least.  The crowds, night after night, have brought such an infectious energy to the venues, that it starts to feel like we can do no wrong.  A great example happened just in our most recent show in Minneapolis at First Ave, where only the third song into the set and around the second verse (of Blood Pressure) we lost power to the majority of the amplification, but more importantly to Paul’s mic.  So, still having our personal amps on, and of course the drums, we just kept playing through the song anyway and the crowd cranked up their collective vocal chords and sung the rest of the song for us- probably as loud as I’ve heard a crowd that size get for just impromptu singing.

Other mishaps inevitably have happened, like: the rhodes collapsing shortly after Paul stood on it, Darren stabbing himself in the eye with a broken drumstick (yes, accidentally), knobs of pedals breaking right off in my fingers, calling B3 repairmen every four days, and the temporary failure of just about every piece of gear at least once, and of each facet of the drums- at least three times.  Actually I was recently thinking to myself that it often feels like we’re professional troubleshooters first, and musicians second.  That being said, we’d be seriously screwed without our invaluable crew, who I’ve mentioned before.  Because even if we can diagnose the issue, they are usually the ones with the know-how and tools to actually fix said problem.  They are forever watching over us: (proof)…

Yes that’s right, that is Mr. Nate Lampa looming in the kick drum reflection.

Overall, I think most, if not all of us are having some of our favorite tour experiences to date this past month.  Of course it’s many different areas that can lead to this satisfaction, but ultimately it always comes down to the music.  This latest grouping of songs, which includes every track from Odd Soul, is consistently just really fun to play.

That’s about all I feel like recapping at the moment, but I’ll leave you with some of my favorite photos from the tour, which include much confetti, phantom drumsticks, honey i shrunk the Meany, and lots of jumping.  I just found most of these online, so thanks to all the great photographers out there.  And if you want even more behind the scenes pics, feel free to follow me on instagram under the name ‘grandepic’.















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If you’re reading this and you have kids, or if you have nieces or nephews, or if you spend the holidays with little tikes running around at some point, or even if you’re basically just an adult child, then keep reading.  I think that’ll include at least ninety percent of everybody who comes here.

I recently finished a kids album called The LMNOPs, and you should ALL buy several copies for you and your loved ones.  Even if it won’t arrive in time for Christmas, you can buy the digital copy, and just promise the kids that the physical copy is coming in the mail.  Check out the whole album here:

OR at the very least, you can check out our first music video on vimeo or youtube:

The Alphabet Song by The LMNOPs

I had a really great time making the tunes with Zach, lead singer of Cornbelt Chorus, which is a local band I’ve been in for years.  He writes and sings most of the material, and I arrange and play most of the music on it.  My awesome artistic wife Laura made all the visuals for the artwork.  We have more songs on the way, so if you dig it, you can expect more in the future.  Also a big thanks to Brandon Goodwin for making the video for us- he’s done several MM vids among tons of other awesome videos.

Merry Christmas from The LMNOPs!

Kimmel / Leno

We had a really great time playing Kimmel and Leno recently.  The hardest part of Kimmel was figuring out how to get all the cameras attached to us in a way that didn’t impede our playing movements too much.  Mine wasn’t too bad, but apparently Darren’s was digging into his skull the whole five songs. (We played four more songs just for the crowd after the cameras stopped.)  One great moment was at the very end of Allies- right after the last note, I kicked a beach ball good and hard, and my shoe flew right along with it.  The man in the front row saved me though, catching it cleanly and tossing it back like a center fielder taking a routine fly ball.  Thanks shoe-catcher, wherever you are.  Here’s the link to that video:

Both Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno were very pleasant hosts to us, as were all the staffers.  I can’t really pick a favorite experience though, because on Kimmel you get the huge outdoor stage, with a real live standing crowd, and then on Leno we all got our pictures with Miss Piggy!  So, I guess we’ll call it a draw.