Spring…into action!

So it’s the first day of spring and I’m feeling pretty good about the music related projects I’m involved in. Sorrow Knows Digital flyer

Gun Club Trib Poster

Been working pretty hard this month, both on Andalusia Rose recordings and shows as well as preparations for Sorrow Knows: A tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club

I go into more detail about this in my previous post here:

I would however like to add that in addition to confirmed guest of honor and former Gun Club member Kid Congo Powers, recent confirmed performers include Penelope Houston of The Avengers. Rykarda Parasol, Mark Eitzel, Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless), Greg Dale as well as my Andalusia Rose bandmate Wendy G.

I will be handling bass for 2 line-ups and have been busy brushing up on roughly 25 Gun Club/JLP songs and the rehearsals are going really well. I would highly recommend checking this out if you live in the Bay Area! I also look forward to working with Kid Congo and all of the guest singers who will be joining us!

Here’s a sneak preview with Geoff Ball on vocals, myself on bass, Doug Hilsinger on slide guitar, Eric Moffat on rhythm guitar and Joezef Becker on Drums:


We recently got our test pressings in for the vinyl version of the ‘First Stone’ EP and after listening to it on multiple set ups we are giving the go ahead for production. We should be receiving the records sometime in May!

pre orders are available here:




Jeff Vengeance Producer
Jeff Vengeance Producer

I started recording a song for an upcoming split 7″ single for a label out of Portugal called Raging Planet .This will be a split with another band from Portugal called Sons of Misfortune.

This is a DIY style recording that we are doing in our own studio. I got drums and Bass down first in just a few takes. Then I had Wendy splatter wicked guitar all over it, also in just a few takes. All that’s left are vocals and any sauce we wanna add on for fun.

If this all goes smoothly this will be the first time I’ve ever had something I solely produced released on vinyl!

Behind the scenes in the lab:


Andalusia Rose at GAMH Mike RosatiReally quick off the top, I wanted mention another vinyl release for Andalusia Rose via a label out of Portugal called Raging Planet  we have already started recording in our own studio and will have a song ready for a split 7″ inch with another band from over there in Portugal. so look forward to that!

Sorrow Knows (A tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club)



In the link above is a review from a couple of days ago that covers the Gun Club’s 3rd album released in 1984. The timing of this is excellent as this is almost the end of the 20th anniversary of Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s death March 31st (April Fools Eve) 1996.

JLP Gun Club poster
2006 tribute show poster

Continuing the thread that I started in Part 1 of this update regarding working with Eric Moffat and coming in just a couple of days before the end of the anniversary of JLP’s death, I am more than excited to announce ‘Sorrow Knows a tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club’ 

This event will take place at The Make Out Room in San Francisco on March 29th 2015. I will be involved (on bass) in 2 of the main line-ups as well as Eric Moffat on Guitar.

JC, Jeff and Eric
JC, Jeff and Eric

One of the line-ups will consist of Doug Hilsinger who did an interesting Eno cover album of note and was involved in the 2006 tribute show “Give Up the Sun” , Jozef Becker (Loud Family/ Thin White Rope) on Drums and also, we have on board, Peter Case and original Gun Club member Kid Congo Powers, so it’s sure to be an exciting evening!

Eric and Doug chop it up.
Eric and Doug chop it up.

So far these songs will be played and it was a blast learning them!

(Fire of Love LP)

sex beat

Preachin’ the Blues

Promise Me

She’s Like Heroin to Me

For the Love of Ivy

Fire Spirit

Ghost on the Highway

Black Train

(Miami LP)

Brother and Sister

Run Through the Jungle

Bad Indian

Sleeping in Blood City

Goodbye Johnny

(Las Vegas Story)

Walkin’ With the Beast

Eternally is Here

Bad America

Moonlight Motel

Give up the Sun

(Wildweed JLP solo)

Love and Desperation

Hey Juana


March Music Update Part 1

Photo of The Nile Project by Monica Berini 2015. All rights reserved.The only show I have attended recently was The Nile Project at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley featuring musicians from all along the various regions along the Nile River. You can read an in depth review here. It was a very creative blending of styles representing multiple and divers cultures that have existed along the River Nile and it was a very special opportunity to hear a musical conversation between all of these regional styles.

The Nile Project; Aswan Video:

There is actually a thread that connects this event to my next couple of bits of news.

The Nile Project has amongst it’s members an artist by the name of Meklit Hadero who is a Bay Area based jazz  vocalist who pulls a bit from her East African influences and the connection is that A couple of her albums were produced by Eric Moffat who recorded our EP ‘First Stone’. He produced her 2010 album ‘On a Day Like This’ as well as an album of covers featuring Meklit and Quinn Deveaux who I have actually played with a couple of times many years ago.

sound samples:




Wendy Rising

These past couple of weeks I have been starting the Andalusia Rose First Stone’ EP campaign, as we finally got the process under way to get the vinyl pressed at Pirates Press and we should have this out by mid May! I have been reaching out on the social networks and trying to make connections, so if you have any interest in pure swampy rock and roll fronted by a very talented guitarist and writer of heartfelt songs you can pre-order vinyl or a cd at the above link via bandcamp. Also connect with us via any or all links below:




We have a channel on youtube that has been recently created but right now most of our videos are on my youtube channel, so do go and check out both and subscribe for the most recent uploads.

Andalusia Rose Youtube Channel

Andalusia Rose playlist via Alphastare’s Youtube channel

Our next show is at DNA (Main Stage)  March 12th with Anthrax’s Scott Ian’s new band Motor Sister and our buds Devil In California

DNA flyer for March 12 2015

Here’s a sick video from Motor Sister:

There is more exciting news on the horizon. Another Andalusia Rose split release via Raging Planet (Portugal) and another epic live project involving Eric Moffat and a tribute show for Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club.

Stay Tuned for Part 2!!!