August 7, 2015
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The new Motel Mirrors LP needs your help

Most of you know about my band with Amy LaVere, Motel Mirrors. You may not know that some time ago, Amy married Austin guitarist, singer, and songwriter Will Sexton, and now he’s in the band too, thankfully. So what started out as a side-project for Amy and I to sing duets has blossomed into a new band with three singers and writers all collaborating and contributing. (The guitar playing is pretty fun, too).

We booked a week at Scott Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording and about a week beforehand sat down in Amy and Will’s kitchen and wrote a record (they cooked, too). We need your help to finish it. We’re using 8-track 1″ tape with no computer, the way great records used to be made. It’s been an exciting process and we all think we have something special and that you’re going to love this record. But we need your help to pay for it. Please check out our Indie Go Go campaign and think about supporting us if you can.

March 16, 2015
by JPK
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SXSW 2015

For the first time since 2009, I’m coming to South By Southwest, both with my trio and with Motel Mirrors. Full schedule below.

3/17 Motel Mirrors – Ginny’s Longhorn 10:00p
3/18 JPK / Motel Mirrors – Goorin Bros. 7:45p
3/19 Motel Mirrors – Twangfest at Broken Spoke 1:00p
3/19 JPK – Last Chance Showcase at Hole In The Wall 5:15p
3/19 JPK – Sam’s Town Point 10:00p
3/20 JPK – One to One Bar 11:30p
3/21 JPK / Motel Mirrors – The Roost 10:30p
3/22 JPK – Hole In The Wall 11:00p

And as always, I have to post a free download of this track for all of you who aren’t going. Let’s do this.

January 22, 2015
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The new year is here

thacker logoHappy 2015, everybody. I am excited to announce that I will be the house bandleader on the next season of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s weekly Thacker Mountain Radio show. The show is taped before a live audience in Oxford, MS at Off Square Books every Thursday in February, March, and April, and again in September, October, and November. The program airs every Saturday night on Mississippi Public Radio, and you can listen from anywhere in the world online. I hope you’ll join me and the terrific house band, The Yallobushwackers! (And special thanks to Luther Dickinson for the reference). You can read more about it here.

A don’t worry: I’ll still be touring as much as possible, and working on the next album, along with some other projects I can’t tell you about just yet. Between my shows, Thacker Mountain, and our Motel Mirrors side-project with Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, it’s going to be a very busy 2015. Stay tuned.

October 8, 2014
by JPK
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The 78 Project

78project-album-Cover-Volume-2-1500x15002I was honored to participate in The 78 Project film and to be featured on Volume 2 of the official soundtrack. You can pre-order your copy here. It’s a limited pressing, so you wanna grab one while you can. This is a fascinating project, and this volume of the soundtrack has Victoria Williams, John C. Reilly, the Bo-Keys, Ben Vaughn, myself, and more. Order it!

The 78 Project documentary will be making its local debut at the Indie Memphis Film Festival on October 30.

June 2, 2014
by JPK
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Summer is here

DKDC summer 2014 final smallSummer is here and we’re back from the European tour. Thank you to everyone who helped us get there, everyone who put on the shows, and and everyone who came out to here us. If you want to kill some time you can check out my pics from the tour on Instagram, hashtag #EuropeCirca3AM.

In other news, two of my friends have released records recently which I had the pleasure of playing guitar on. The first is Arkansas’ Jim Mize, my labelmate and one of the most soulful singer-songwriters around. I was particularly proud of the track posted below.

I was also happy to play a little guitar on Amy LaVere‘s new album, Runaway’s Diary, produced by Luther Dickinson. Amy is of course my collaborator and duet partner in Motel Mirrors. We’ll be doing a handful of Mirrors gigs here and there in the coming months, so check back often.

As for my own act, we’ve added a lot of shows for the summer, including a Wednesday night residency at the lovely Bar DKDC here in Memphis. The cover is $5 and starts at 9:30, every Wednesday in June and July. Share with a friend!

– JPK