100th show!

On Saturday night, I played at Gable Music Ventures‘ “The Six” singer-songwriter showcase in Wilmington, DE. I closed out the night and enjoyed watching Lauren Kuhne, Stewart Lewis, Joy Ike, Elephants Gerald, and Sol Knopf all play before me. It was great to meet the wonderful Joy Ike. She runs one of my favorite musician blogs, Grassrootsy. Through that site, she has helped me get to where I am today. Yay. It was great to meet the other performers as well. Sol is the only other musician that I’ve played with who is from Smyrna. It was only Lauren’s second show, but she is very impressive. Yeah.

Joy Ike! (and her sister Peace on percussion)

This show marked my 100th performance (solo, as Battleshy Youths, and as The Honey Badgers) since I started playing music publicly in December 2010. It was a great night. I played a new song and a few others that I don’t often perform and then Erin joined me for a couple.

Here is the new one, based on Bukowski’s “Bluebird” –


Also, Erin had her last pageant-y event last night. She is amazing.

ERIN! (Outgoing and new Miss Wilmington and Miss Newark and Outstanding Teen)

the new year

In 2011: I played 52 shows, not counting twenty or so open mic nights that I attended/played. Battleshy Youths’ bandcamp account had over 2200 streaming plays, we had a couple hundred physical CD sales at shows, around fifty online sales, and our Youtube account received close to 2000 total views as well. I’m really happy with that and so grateful that people and friends and fans come out to shows and buy our music and support us and like us on facebook and tweet at us and are, in general, pretty awesome ^_^ I wouldn’t want things any other way. Thank you for an amazing year; I hope the next is even better.

My car’s engine decided to explode the other day, so I am currently carless, but this New Years’ Eve/Day weekend was wonderful anyway. We played Friday night as The Honey Badgers at the first ever Mayan Pub house show. Lots of fun. Ricecracker Riley joined us on Irish Accordion for our song, “Over My Head.” It was a very unique and wonderful experience.

New Years’ Eve was marked by an awesome afternoon acoustic show/Shane Palko CD release. Harmony the Harpist played and I ran sound and The Honey Badgers did a set as well as Soriya and Ian and then of course Shane played stuff from the new CD, “Songs From Pretoria,” and also some newer songs (it’s weird that by the time a CD is out, you already have new material written).

The Honey Badgers with guest Ricecracker Riley on Irish Accordion, 12/30/11

Ricecracker Riley with the Honey Badgers:

Harmony Mooney playing “Lamentation” on her harp, Minnie.


2011 had some lows but also a lot of high points. I was live on the radio a half dozen times, in the state newspaper and the UD newspaper multiple times, and most importantly I met lots of incredible people in bands and at venues and through mutual friends…things are great. The community we’re building here is such a great experience/experiment. I am joyful.

One of my favorite pictures from 2011 ^_^

My new years’ resolution (lame) is mainly to get back on top of the things in my life – to keep up with deadlines and meetings and being on time and being prepared and knowing what is happening. I’ve been in an overwhelmed, sleep-deprived, downward spiral for the past few years, and things are starting to look up. Thanks for reading friends; you make all of the things that I do so worth it.

the paper janes

Two pictures today!
Last night I played at my friend Shane’s house show. I got to open up the night and then just sit around, eat, record, and enjoy the music. Here is Shane with his bandmate Jess. They are both amazing and very talented  musicians:

The Paper Janes
The Paper Janes

When I got home, I found this. My (married) friends Mitch and Laura stopped by while I was out. Yay:

mitch and laura
Mitch and Laura

Besides Spain winning the world cup, it was a great weekend.

a different venue

The first time I went to a Palko basement show, it was Thanksgiving break 2008. I was very impressed by how natural and low key it all was. Everybody was friends with everyone else. I wanted to experience that companionship. Two years later, I got to open up the last show Shane will host for almost 6 months. While I sang and played I looked out and saw my friends. This made me happy. The circle is complete. It was very natural- the music and meeting new people and laughing and smiling and eating. It was a good night (: