Hey Everyone! It has been far far too long since the last missive from Falcon HQ. I have spent the last 8 months being alternately worried about everything and chomping at the bit to get back out into the world. The EP, ‘Here From There,’ languished in limbo, my pedalboards have expanded and contracted, my voice has come and gone and come back again. It has been a surreal year of surviving that is for sure. I hope all of you reading this have made it this far and are vertical and breathing.
I recently booked a gig and will be schlepping my gear to The Hall in Valley Junction once again. I am equal parts nervous and excited. Nervous because I haven’t played live for people since June and before that since February of 2020. As an artist, I constantly vacillate between crippling anxiety of not being “good enough” or “why would anyone listen to me” and the excitement of writing a new tune and gearing up for a show. I would guess many of you understand the peaks and valleys of the artistic sine wave.
So I am really a hot ball of mixed emotions, but damn if I am not excited to get back out and sing and play and commiserate with all of you in the near future. In the meantime, mask up, be kind, and I be on the look out for some new tunes and more gigs for the rest of the year!
So. I wrote this song, called ‘What Can We Say,’ a while ago (read: 2017). I believe it rings true still today, especially after the events of last week and this weekend. It expresses my frustration with the uncertainty of the present, with the helplessness I feel at times, and with a lot of things happening and the general state of our country.
I guess it feels like the right time to share it. I recorded this song along with 4 others for release on an EP titled, “Here From There,” with my good friends, Chris Fordyce on Bass and Dan Tripp on Drums. We had planned to release it this Spring but covid19 had other plans. We are still working on an actual release show for the EP ( and I do have hardcopies), but digital will have to suffice for now. So give it a pre-order at chrisfalcon.bandcamp.com and get ‘What Can We Say” and “Hilltown (Reflections)” to download immediately as a small token of appreciation.
Finally, I want to let everyone know that ALL proceeds from the digital pre-orders for the ‘Here From There’ EP from now until the release date (whenever that is) will go to a local charity (to be announced soon, in an upcoming post) in Des Moines that supports local Black communities and their enrichment.
Thanks for listening. Be Kind, Stay Safe and Stand Together, my friends.
I love Ellicott City. This song was featured on the virtual pre-party for the 24 Hours: To Hell and Back – Save our Town episode that aired on 5.12.20. I wrote this song many moons ago about this town and a moment in time in that town before all of the craziness of floods and pandemics started. Give it a listen. It appears on my new EP, ‘Here From There’ (preorder link > chrisfalcon.bandcamp.com ) and I hope you dig it. Stay tuned for full release information and enjoy.
Alright my fine feathered friends! 2018 is here and the world is still spinning, though there have been MANY changes and will continue to be more. After a busy, weird and wonderful 2017, there is quite a bit to look forward to in 2018. For musical me, 2017 was a year of musical exploration and #resistance playing lead guitar with the political prog-folk band, The Bowling Green Massacre, the musical tides have turned and I will be spending my creative energy focused on solo endeavors and collaborations, both live and in the studio, for the foreseeable future. I am actively tracking demos (I know, I know. I always say that, but seriously this time!) and collaborating with some great musical friends in Ellicott City, MD and Chicago, IL. Be on the look out for some new tunes popping up at live shows and fresh arrangements of some old Chris Falcon classics as well. Stay tuned for more news as it happen!
Seriously though, THANK YOU all for your support and I will see you on the road and in the real world. Keep well and be kind to everyone you meet!
It has been quite a full year as with many changes in my world and across the world. 2016 saw amazing things like the birth of my son and sad things like the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Sharon Jones, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, Kenny Baker, Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Bernie Worrell, Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, Gary Shandling, Abe Vigoda, Paul Kantner, Glenn Fry, Ron Glass and many more. I played my original songs on the largest stage of my career (Main Stage, Merriweather Post Pavillion) with my brothers in Dropping Sully in support of our hometown, Ellicott City, MD. There have been many more ups and down and I know that the year is not out yet.
As 2016 comes to a close we find the ourselves and the USA in need of some seriously healing. So with that I have found renewed purpose in my art. There are so many times that the unspoken connection that music can create has healed me and brought me through things that have been hard. It can bring people together. Singing together with people is one of the most invigorating experiences in my world.
So I challenge you to join voices with people around you as the year comes to a close. Sing with your friends, sing with your family, sing with a stranger. Raise your voice and make a joyful noise. It is sometimes all we can do to be a light for each other in dark and challenging times. Keep singing and be well!
p.s. I will be playing at Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co. in Bondurant on Thursday December 1st from 6 to 9pm! Come out and ease into the holiday season with me. Support local art and artisans!
Quick update from the Iowa studio! After a weekend filled with subzero temps outside, I made the most of the inside time. I am currently plugging away on the acoustic guitar and lead vocals for this record thing. It has been a fun change of pace from just rolling through the tunes live. Recording them in this controlled environment has allowed me to bring out some of the subtleties that get lost in a noisy bar. So as I get these tracks laid down, I am sending them back to my good friends at Patapsco Recordings in Maryland for a few additional layers and general studio things. It is slightly different than a traditional studio environment but exciting to really get this thing moving.
As the Winter rolls on, I am going to be pulling together some musical friends and gearing up for an album release show in late-March/early April. Stay tuned for more updates and some sneak previews of new material from the Des Moines studios over the next few days!
Also, I have a couple of live appearances happening this week. I will be playing a solo show at The Beaver Tap on Wednesday at 8:30pm and then on Thursday I will be hosting the Open Mic Night at the GasLamp downtown. Drop on by to one or both if you have a chance! Cheers and Stay Warm, my fine feathered friends!
Good morning, Good people of the Internet! Another year has gone by and a new one has started right under our noses. 2015 was an awesome year for some things and a rather un-awesome year for others. It was a banner year for me and my family and 2016 looks to continue that trend in a huge way. As I play more shows here in Des Moines, I am (finally) getting my act together for a solo album. I am going to be assisted by some of my long time friends and musical collaborators on the East Coast and possibly a few here in Des Moines. I am very excited to finally make this happen! Be on the look out for more frequent updates as production really ramps up in January and February for a mid-March release. I will be putting together a CD release show around the time of the release so stay tuned for details on that. Be sure to check out my SHOWS page for info on my upcoming live appearances in Des Moines!
I want to send a special and very heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone out there reading this. If you were here cruising the ‘net for tunes or at my shows being your awesome selves it is, in measurable part, because of you that my music keeps going on. If not for you there would be no shows or albums and that would be a bummer. So THANK YOU and keep being awesome in 2016 and I will see you out in the real world!
Next Show is Tuesday January 12th at The Greenwood Lounge on Ingersoll. I will be bringing some new material and workin’ in some older tunes as well! Music starts at 8pm! See you then!
Alright, Everyone. It has been a bit of time since I last updated the blog portion of this site but suffice to say that it has been a busy few months. I have been deep into the preproduction for the new solo record, rehearsing for some really cool live opportunities and doing other non-music related things that adults are wont to do.
I finally got my DIY studio set up and really dialed in. New interface, new condenser mic, new chair, new Gamecube (for relaxing between takes), guitars back from the guitar doctors and various other little things. It has come together nicely and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am really excited to get some of these new tunes out into the world but I want to give them their time in the studio before they get out to you all. I will be posting some snippets from my session this weekend so stay tuned to the various social media settings for that one.
Most recently, I was asked to play a gig at Wooly’s with Des Moines guitar wizard and all around awesome guy, James Biehn and his band. I was humbled and honored to be asked to join him and his band for their set opening up for Bonne Finken. It became a rather all consuming thing, what with learning all the tunes off his new album and a few covers to make everything happen. I was rehearsing/practicing/listening for hours every night after my day time commitments ended and engrossed in getting the nuance of the tunes and arrangements worked out. After a couple weeks of work the day came and the show went off really well. As I am my worst critic there were things I would have changed but on the whole it was a really great experience. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with James and his crew again (look for a possible date in July!!!)
So there you have it, folks. I am going to be writing some new tunes, recording some old ones (and new ones) and expanding the repertoire for solo acoustic and more electric band oriented material over the next few months. I will be playing here in the Des Moines area on June 11th at Tonic (Downtown), June 23rd at The Greenwood Lounge and June 25th at Saints Waukee. I have a pair of shows coming up during the “Days Between” in August so stay tuned for some special news on those in the near future (special guests and fun things). In the meantime, stay tuned in to the internets and keep on truckin! See you at the Show!
Seriously! This has been a great February here at the Falcon’s Nest. Not only have I officially been playing music in Des Moines for 1 year (more on that in a minute), but I am playing my first new acoustic guitar in 15 years and I am debuting new original material all the time. So, THANK YOU to everyone that has come out to shows this year, spread the word online or to your friends and generally purveyed the good vibes! I really appreciate it.
So as I mentioned. It turned out that unbeknownst to me, Feb 27, 2014 was my first official gig in Des Moines. I played the Songwriter Night at House of Bricks (now defunct). It had been since October 2013 that I had been on stage before that so it was a fun experience. New Town, New crowd. So, one year passes and I am playing at Tally’s in Beaverdale on Feb. 27th, 2015. Exactly one year later I am on stage again playing for a crowd of fun folks in my new neighborhood (Beaverdale). Quite a bite has changed in the mean time but I still get to take myself and everyone in attendance away from their daily routines with the power of music. I feel very privileged to share my music with everyone. I don’t know about you but I find that pretty cool. Check out a couple of pictures below for proof and changes.
Stay tuned for some album pre-production updates from The Falcon’s Nest and don’t forget to check out my upcoming shows! Next Show: Wednesday March 11th at The Beaver Tap!
Alright everyone! Here it is, the website is live and ready for you to check it out. Over the next few days leading up to the first show of 2015, I will be posting some fresh multi-media material. 2015 is going to have a lot of fun happenings. I will be making my live debut in a number of venues, starting production on a fresh set of recordings and generally spreading my wings here on the Great Plains!
Before I get too far ahead of myself here are some of my upcoming shows:
Tuesday February 10th – The Greenwood Lounge – Music at 8pm – FREE
Friday February 27th – Tally’s – Music at 7pm – FREE
And finally to hold everyone over, here is a fresh cut from The Prairie Demos sessions, “Travellin’ Tune.” Give is a listen