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

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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

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Yes, it was an especially good show last night. The first time we ever played at TheNewStudio. The first we’ve ever played alternating sets with another band.  The first time we ever ended each set with a big, two-band sing-a-long.

The Remember Knots vs. whitewolfsonicprincess.  Not really a rivalry. Certainly not a blood feud. Of course, it did make for a good poster. It’s not often you meet another band you can consider true fellow-travelers. Total inspirers.

We are so different in our approaches, our music, our presentations. But there is an affinity, an energy boost when we play on a bill together. It’s definitely a cool mix of sensibilities. A strange and beautiful alchemy.

An intimate, friendly room. The audience seemed to enjoy it immensely.  “That was a good one.” Yes, it was, for sure… – Jammer



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We all come from something. The Lovely Carla and I have been on a little creative journey the last couple of  decades or so. First with our performance group, Black Forest, and then also, with our band, whitewolfsonicprincess.

Someone once dubbed our thing, “Rock and Roll Theater.” That sits right. And just where did that come from? I mean, we all come from something, right?!

There is almost a direct line from Patti Smith and Sam Shepard and their work in the theater and on the r&r stage to our efforts. I mean, maybe no one else saw it, but we knew it in our hearts and heads. Always.

Patti and Sam are the “precursors:” – A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner. AND – A substance from which another is formed, especially by metabolic reaction.

Yes, let’s say it was just metabolic reaction!

When we heard that Sam had passed, it was like an existential wobble, a rent in the fabric of the universe. We only knew him through his work, and it is the best, finest stuff imaginable.

Patti writes about Sam in the New Yorker. It brings a flood of tears. We are left with the tears, and the work – that wild, shimmering, uncontainable, inspiring work. We carry it with us. Always. – Jammer

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“It’s show time, folks!”

One of my all-time favorite lines, from one of my all-time favorite movies – the late Roy Scheider in a role of a lifetime as the late Bob Fosse character in that amazing, beautiful, and thrilling movie (fantasy/drama), “All That Jazz” (1979).

I use the line often. And it is one of the most hopeful, promising things a human being can say. Anyway, this is a roundabout way of mentioning that we have another r&r circus show coming up. The poster has all the vitals. – Jammer




My Father, bless his soul, was a “talker.” He had the “gift of gab.” He’d often quote Vince Lombardi: “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.” 2017 in  America, it’s time for some serious getting going. We need to hunker in for a long battle, those of us who still believe in that old American Dream – inclusive, diverse, no walls, no divisions, just people. Human Beings trying their best to live meaningful, soulful lives.

Equality, Liberty, Fraternity!

My Father loved to tell me, “No one promised you a rose garden.” Right. We need to dig & plant, water & tend to, our own gardens. If we want roses we must plant them, and care for them, ourselves. But once we grow our own roses, we should share them with other folks. Gladly.

My Father  also would often say, “Make no small plans.” It’s easier said than done. There’s always failure & disappointment lurking around every corner. Broken dreams, broken hearts. But hell, sometimes you just have to plow ahead, “Damn the Torpedoes!”

We are working on our next whitewolfsonicprincess album. Tons of work left to do, but making slow, steady progress. We do have a rough concept for the album & a working title: “Alternate Boot.” We think it’s some of the best music we’ve ever recorded. Includes contributions from Tim O’Brien, Rich Meher, Ian Ogdon, Chuck Wasserburg, Randy Farr, Douglas Johnson, Victor Sanders & Steve Rutstein.

Still mixing, mixing, and more mixing. Still need to decide which tracks make the final cut. Thinking of Mastering it in L.A. or maybe once again in Nashville. We will do an IndieGoGo campaign to help finish it all. Bring it out in a blaze of glory. Still early stages. But the vision is there… yes, “Alternate Boot,” we can SEE it! Writing it all down helps clarify the VISION! WWSP Lives!