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The Lovely Carla and I always talk about “expanding the circle.” Meeting new people. Making new friends. Performing in new places. Pushing forward. Creating an inclusive vibe.

We are so excited to have the opportunity to perform at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Sept 9, 2018, @ 1:00 p.m. We will set up in the atrium. A gorgeous setting for our performance. There will be a special lineup for the show, just three of us: Douglas Johnson on double-bass, James Moeller on acoustic guitar and Carla Hayden on vocals & percussion.

We hope to fill that amazing space with music and energy, expand the circle, make new friends. A free show, open to all. We’ll let you be in our dream, can we be in yours?




wwsp @ the rock house

One advantage to being a band that plays music in the Chicago area, the opportunities to play seem pretty inexhaustible. There are bars, churches, art galleries, street corners, concert halls, parks, homes, basements, coffeehouses.

This weekend we played the Rock House in Glenview, and leading up to the show, I kept quoting an old Ernest Hemingway short story,  “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” So true. A very nice, clean, well-lighted, little venue, serving coffee, snacks, pizza, beer and wine. Did I mention the lighting was great and the sound was superb? An excellent music room.

First time we ever played there, first time we were ever in Glenview, for any reason. The trek from Evanston was actually quite beautiful. We rented a car; an enjoyable a tree-lined jaunt.

We shared the stage with one of our favorite bands, The Remember Knots, and they debuted some new tunes and totally captivated the room. A hard act to follow. We did our best to fill the space, and keep the positive vibe going.

There was sort of a David Lynchian decor: red drapes, dangling chandelier, all that was missing was a little dancing guy. We felt good about our performance, lots of good post-show comments, made some new fans, sold some CDs. That was a good one!  The Never-Ending Tour continues… – Jammer

AB Reference MastersWe just received the “reference master CD’s” for our forthcoming release “The Alternate Boot Vol. 1 &2” from Lurssen Mastering today. So exciting. Another step forward in our mad, two year, adventure.

It’s been a pleasure, and a kick, to work with the legendary Gavin Lurssen. Gavin and his team were so knowledgeable and professional.  We are big fans of many of the records he has mastered, including Lucinda William’s “West,” Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ “Raising Sand.” We were hoping to conjure of a bit of that same mojo for our record. The proof is in the listening. To our ears every track now has a bit more power, presence, richness, & shimmer.

We started with fully-realized tracks to begin with, thanks to the recording and mixing wizardry of Victor Sanders at Lakeside Media in Chicago. And well, we worked with a pretty incredible group of musicians to help bring the songs to life.

Next step: Carla is working on the CD packaging now. We are kicking around some cool cover ideas. Another creative rabbit hole. Every step counts. The process: meticulous, obsessive, a bit mad, no, I mean like completely, totally insane. But we love it. Love doing the work. Always, always doing the work.

When will this project get launched into the Universe? Thinking this fall?  – Jammer




Not really. Welcome to 2018. The Future. What is our band doing this year? If all goes according to plan, we will be releasing a new record. Working title: The Alternate Boot – Sun/Moon. A 2-CD set. 14 songs. 61 minutes.

Playing shows too. We love to play shows. We are hosting a new series of r&r shows at The Store in Chicago. We are calling this series: All My Strangers are Going to Be Friends. Standing Larry McMurtry’s great novel on it’s head. The first show in the series is slated for March 10, 2018! Exciting! – Jammer



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Neil Young’s great song, “My My, Hey Hey” has been kicking around in my consciousness for quite a long time now. It’s from “Rust Never Sleeps” recorded in 1979.

Is it better to “burn out than to fade away?” Probably not. I suppose, if  I had to choose, I’d say it would be better to shine on brightly, as brightly as possible, for as long as possible. So anyway, a great song, one of my favorite songs about life and death. So simple, so clear, says everything in just a few, plain words.

I have been haunted this year, 2017, by death, death, both near and far, I mean, of course, it’s like any other year, people come and go. That is how it goes. I sing this song,  as a sort of elegy for all those who passed this year. And all those who passed in previous years too. I mean, yes, I know it’s a long list, not even a list, a vast never-ending river… rolling along.  My, my, hey, hey… – Jammer


Two whitewolfsonicprincess‘ shows on Saturday, September 30. An afternoon benefit show, (just an acoustic trio), at the Doggone Music Festival, and then a full-band late night show at The Store. Two very different shows. Very different feels. One was in the blazing light of a fading fall afternoon. The other a cool late night bar, a cozy, well-lit music room. One comment is still ringing in my head from a post-show conversation: “We came to see you guys to get some spiritual transcendence.” Don’t want to over-promise for a show, but wow, that is totally excellent goal, “spiritual transcendence one song, one show at a time!” The good work for sure! – Jammer

photo by Joshua Hanson

The Lovely Carla and I recorded Eddie Hinton’s great song over at Sadie’s place on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The dining room had such sweet, natural reverb. We originally discovered the song via the Drive by Truckers’ album “Go-Go Boots.”

Essential. Beautiful. Oh so true. Yes, we could all use a bit more love. “Nobody ever found happiness, living their lives all alone.” – Jammer

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The first Annual Yippie Fest was hosted this last weekend at the Prop Theatre in Chicago. 3 days of Comedy, Burlesque, Music, Theater. It was quite the event. I was the sound-tech for the Music on Stage B. 24 acts on B Stage: bands, solo artists, standup comics and a storyteller.

Some of my favorite bands in the city performed, including: Flapunco, The Remember Knots, Voodoo Asylum, Parallelicopter, The Telepaths (I play guitar in the Telepaths too), and Audiobon.

whitewolfsonicprincess did a full set of originals which we like to call our “Get Right With God” set. We look very serious in the above photo. It’s a serious business, for sure, and very serious fun.  Seriously, it’s the good work. – Jammer