Monday, April 12, 2010

An acrostic poem to promote April 13th

An acrostic to promote Tuesday's Full band show at the horseshoe! Hope to see you all there!

H..appy happy joy joy, its a free show
O..pening the night so be there at 9pm
R..ead my lips... no more taxes
S..hort people are welcome
E..veryone is welcome, not only short people
S..padina and Queen is the main intersection - FG
H..oly moly, i'm finally playing the horseshoe
O.. bama would be there if he lived in toronto and liked my music
E.. mo music won't be featured during my set

"T.. ell all your friends about me" - batman
A..ll right already, whats with the acrostic?
V.. iagra? now 50% off in your junkmail folder
E.. nigo Montoya was played by mandy patinkin
"R.. ealize that life goes fast, its hard to make the good parts last" - WC
N.. ow magazine probably won't come, but that shouldn't stop you!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

VBLOG: A Door Wide Open, Live @ The Bluebird in Nashville

My musical pilgrimage to Memphis and Nashville has been amazing! Will make a much larger blog post soon, but in the mean time:

Played "A Door Wide Open" at the Bluebird in Nashville, it was requested via twitter:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Top Five Memphis Songs that Weren't written by Paul Simon or Marc Cohen

Hey Everyone,
just arrived in Memphis for my first FAI conference. Never been here before, apparently its Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, so I'm heading to the parade in a matter of minutes!

I loaded my Ipod with as many songs about Memphis as I could find, and I've compiled a top Five list of the best songs that use Memphis as the focal point!

Clearly this list is a matter of fact, and any debate is futile (jeeeeezeee, I'm kidding.... I'm searching for as many great songs as possible!)

If you're in town this week, come say hey! I'll be the one dancing


here is my list:

5) Going to Memphis - Johnny Cash
"wish i was tied to Bertha instead of this ball and chain, I'm going to Memphis"
In my opinion, this tune blows "working on a chain gang" outta the water! No disrespect to Sam Cooke, but the remakes have killed it!

4) Back to Memphis - The Band
"wish i was back to Memphis, back home with my mamma... the only clothes I got left are these rags and my pajamas"
They kicked off their live set at Watkins Glen with this track, and although its been played by lots of folk, that recording is the clincher!

3) Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again - Bobby D

"Grandpa died last week, And now he's buried in the rocks, But everybody still talks about, How badly they were shocked.
But me, I expected it to happen, I knew he'd lost control, When he built a fire on Main Street, And shot it full of holes.

Seems like a theme here, each tune thus far is sung about the city from the outside. Anyone who's been in a situation they can't control can relate to this hyperactive harrowing romp

2) Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis
This song has a helluva lot more then just "half a teacup of bass" if ya ask me!

and my current number one tune is:

1) Memphis Midnight/ Memphis Morning - Lyle Lovett (couldn't find a video for this one, so I put in my favorite lyle lovett song)

Oh Lyle, how silly I was as a young'un when i wondered how you landed Julia Roberts!

"she bought me good whiskey in Memphis, she bought supper and paid for the room,
as best as I can remember, she paid dearly for loving me too"

One music lover's opinion, feel free to contradict

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Big Show, CBC, Hugh's Room, Newfoundland, Memphis, Nashville etc

January is like a 31 day hangover from holiday madness, I've been laying low, working on new tunes, traveling on seemingly endless subway rides to various jobs, and watching far too many cowboy movies. Day to day productivity is definitely down, but I've been planning carefully so once February hits us like a cold wet towel, I'll have tons of projects and adventures! I'm very excited.

A) FRIDAY FEB 5th I'm performing in prime time at one of Toronto's most storied venues "Lee's Palace."
Here are the details:
FRIDAY FEB 5th 2010
Dave Borins, Blues in D, The Jing Bang Show
Lee's Palace 529 Bloor Street West
Doors 9:30pm, my set: 11pm, $10

It used to be a Chinese restaurant until the mid eighties when it was morphed into a venue, the name did not change! Other acts who have performed on this stage include: Nirvana, Caribou, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elliot Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Blue Rodeo..... so ya, I'm a little excited.

I'll be playing with a full band including Josh Cockrill (guitar), Blaise Alleyne (Violin), Angie Hilts (Vox), Alastair Whitehead (Bass), and Richie Piasetski (Drums).

B) At Hugh's Room, a year ago last Friday, I played my 100th show! It was an event unlike any other I've ever organized, and the support I received was remarkable! I want to sincerely thank those who came out. I now view it as a major turning point in my career, and I still feel its momentum! Can't formally announce anything yet, but in October I'm going back there for a two night run to record a live album/ DVD. Amazingly I'll have played over 200 times by then, 1/4th of the time it took for the first century mark!

Check out "turn on your love light" from the 100th show:

C) Heading to Memphis and Nashville for the last two weeks of February. Planning to case the joint before making the big score. Future plans include hightailing it to the Caribbean and living as an outlaw on the proceeds.

If you know people in Nashville or Memphis, drop me a line, I'd love to connect with locals! They'll know all the best spots to hear great music!

D) NEWFOUNDLAND FOR ST PADDIES DAY!!!!!!!!! I'm doing a 5 show run in St Johns Newfoundland (my favorite place in Canada), Fortunately, all of these show happen BEFORE March 17th so I'll have a day of rest for the big celebration!
Check the listings on myspace for the dates, I'll write more about this closer to the date!
Youtube video from my last visit:

E) "the Lucky Ones EP" is now in the CBC database, so I suggest you bombard them with song requests for yours truly! I've been getting a few plays, but I think its time to up the ante! Take some time to leave a comment here:

OK, enough for now, lots going on, please drop me a line! This mailing list is more then just promotion, its a way for me to keep in touch with old friends, and people around the globe who have touched my life in one way or another!

much love

"the gods have a sense of humor don't they? If you lack the iron and the fizz to take control of your own life, if you insist on leaving your fate to the gods, then they will repay your weakness by having a grin or two at your expense. Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked. The dull and prosaic will be granted adventures that will dice their central nervous systems like an onion; Romantic dreamers will end up working in a rope yard!"
- Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume)]

"let there be songs, to fill the air"
- Robert Hunter

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bono and Rihanna sing back up for jay z: most awkward duet ever #hopeforhaiti