A few months back I was bitching about how shitty Chicago was for songwriters. Like where are they? Where are the showcases and what’s the deal. Seems like everything in this town is a cover band. or the songwriting or writers I run into are so FOLKY that even I don’t wanna hang around and listen. Hell I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great players and writers here but where are all the venues that put on the songwriter shows? Lagunitas is doing a thing now which is great to see. I know Fitzgeralds has some regular things happening, but what about the small clubs and local bars? Seems like all you ever find are cover bands or tribute bands, or bad blues bands. ughhh. Where are the listeners and the listening rooms? I was about three beers in when a songwriting friend of mine Richard Pryzdia mentioned that he had been heading to Michigan to this little theater called the Acorn to do a songwriter open mic thing they have monthly. He said to call ahead to get on the list since it sometimes is filled months in advance.

Hummm…I said shit, I should check that out some time.
The next day in the ol’ cube farm I thought “Hey, you should email the Acorn Theatre and see if you can get on the list”. I’ll continue this story in the coming days and tell you more about the scene up there and how I met the next big thing…..(Lil’ Meg Robinson). For now here are the two songs I played. First time out publicly with “Start All Over Again” and a decent version of Baltimore.

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