A 16 song selection of highlights from 8-15-2013.
For the Ohio stop of my Light The Dark tour that summer, I rallied the Ullman boys' high-school bands--The Bushmen (my dad and uncle's from the 60's) and Enormity (brother Brian's from the 90's)--to round out an evening of music at Akron's Musica concert club. This was the fourth in a series of "Evening With The Ullmans" lineups, and we were fortunate to have the venue's engineer extraordinaire, Jim Bethel, record the proceedings for us. Even though there are bum notes and mistakes here and there, this collection captures some very memorable collaborations for me. For starters, I got to sing U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" with The Bushmen and my brother Brian, as well as close the evening by joining Enormity for a rockin' rendition of the Pearl Jam classic, "Even Flow." This "warts-and-all" recording also includes unreleased performances of my duet with Zach ("Happiest Sad Song"), cellist Tara Hanish classing up "Light The Dark" and "Upward Down," and Brian backing me on my murder-ballad "Fear Followed" and kitschy "Bad Country Song."
As I gear up for a handful of new projects in 2020, I've been fast-tracking the population of www.dreamingoutloudrecords.com. In the last six weeks alone, I've added 11 collections to the site--all free to stream and download with bonus items aplenty. It's more "records," as in "the sum of the past achievements or actions of a person or organization" than "record label." The first "Dreaming Out Loud" logo appeared on one of my projects with this crew 20 years ago, so it seemed like a good time to flesh out the library. There are presently 33 offerings there with another half-dozen soon to follow. Many have picture-rich PDF liner notes included in the download bundles.
This entry to the catalog comes with a 33-page digital booklet featuring over 50 photos from all four "Evening With The Ullman" shows at Musica, as well as a bonus video of the All-Ullman Band performing Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."