The Year is Half Over, Which is Ridiculous

Hey Friends,

I hope you had a Happy Memorial Day!

I’ve been playing at a lot of venues that are brand new to me and they’ve all been really awesome – I especially recommend you check out Avion & Claw in Atascadero, even if it’s not a night I’m playing there!  If you have a favorite hangout that has live music and you’d like me to play there, let me know about it [ ] and I’ll see what I can do.

I’m returning to a lot of my favorite venues in the month of June, and trying out one brand new one that’s kind of a big deal, Vina Robles in Paso Robles!  Here’s the lineup, check the shows page for details.

June 3rd @ Pomar Junction – Templeton

June 5th @ SLO Farmer’s Market on Chorro Street

June 8th @ Luna Red – SLO

Jun 9th @ Bon Temps Creole Cafe – SLO

June 12 @ Shell Cafe – Pismo Beach

June 28th @ Vina Robles – Paso Robles

In other news, I can neither confirm nor deny (psst – I can confirm it!) that I’m writing new songs and hard at work on planning the release of my live album, which you guys helped me name (thanks again!)


First Concert of 2014 – Hallelujah!

Hi Friends,

Just a quick update this time, I’ve got my first real concert of the year this Friday the 7th at Creative Juices Lounge in Guadalupe from 6 to 10 pm.  I’m joining Rob Larkin and John Batdorf, my set is from 7 to 8 and there’s a $5 charge at the door.  I call this a “real” concert because I’m not providing background music for a winery party or some other event, this time the music is the event.  Creative Juices is a great new local establishment with awesome food and drinks, friendly staff, and a serious love of great live music -  if you’ve been hoping for a chance to just relax and enjoy some music, this is your chance!

Details on this show and about a dozen others can be found on the shows page –

And speaking of real concerts – here’s another video from my performance at last year’s Band Together.  This is my cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah”.  I hope you enjoy it. –

And be sure to check out the rest of my videos on the youtube channel at, and subscribe if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss any of the new stuff coming down the pipe!

Thanks for reading, talk to you later,


There And Back Again… A Songwriter’s Tale

Summer’s almost over!  You’d never know it though, this has been the hottest week or two all year.  That’s what’s so cool about this place we call home though, you can go see live music all year round and almost never have to worry about the weather!  Oh, speaking of live music and awkward segues :

I’ve got shows coming up!  This Sunday the 8th I’m at Pomar Junction in Templeton from 11:30 to 2:30, it’s my first time playing out there but they have some GREAT wines and I’m very excited to have a glass and play some tunes.

Oh, then on Saturday the 14th I’m heading down south to Santa Maria’s Riverbench Winery from 12 to 3 to play some music, and this one has a fun little twist.  I’m only allowed to play original music, no covers.  That’s pretty different for me, I usually go about 50/50, I’m excited to give it a shot though.

Details as always are on the shows page! –

There are only a few months left in my “In Honor Of…” ( ) project, 4 to be precise.  This was a really cool experiment, trying something new like this.  When I originally envisioned the project, one of my big motivations was simply to keep myself working.  I hate feeling like I’m in a rut creatively and I’ve always gone through ups and downs as far as my growth as a musician.  Being stagnant is one of the easiest ways to lose interest in something so it’s important for me to always be bettering myself, trying new things, and I felt like a monthly recording project was a good way to do that. 

Of course, I didn’t know at the time that this would also be, by far my busiest year of shows ever.  I’ve made tons and tons of contacts all over SLO county and played more shows than I can keep track of and it’s been an incredibly fun experience and it’s pretty much the sole reason my wife has been able to stay at home with our new baby as long as she has.  It has also, however, been a ton of work, for myself and my wife, and the monthly recordings have added to that workload considerably.  So while it’s been fun, I can’t say I’m going to be sorry to have a little extra free time to spend with the family once it’s over.  I’ve been mostly happy with the output, even with the constraints I gave myself.  Seems like you guys have enjoyed it too, the cover EPs have been getting lots of attention.  So anyway, thanks a lot for making it a worthwhile experience, and remember to check back every month on the 15th, I saved some of the best stuff for last ;)

Alright, thanks for reading, talk to you later!


House Concert: Engage!



This Saturday!  My first House Concert!  I’m really excited for this… and nervous, to be honest.  It should be a huge blast though, I hope you can make it!

Be sure to check out these other groups too, they all rock and I’m lucky to be sharing the stage with them :

The Honeytrees –

Hilary and Kate –


The Dirigibles

See you guys there,


In Honor Of… Elliott Smith!

This Month’s Tribute is out and it’s available right here! –

Really quickly before I talk about it, I want to remind you I’m playing this weekend, the 17th at the Garden Shed in Cambria, lots of great wine and music from 4:30 to 6:30, you’ll love it! –

Garden Shed Pary

Elliott Smith… was an extremely talented person.  I’ve read a few books and articles about him and still have no real idea what he was like as a person.  He had a rocky life that ended with what is widely believed to be a suicide in late 2003.  In his far too short career his contributions to the music world were immense and powerful.  His songs were mostly mellow or even dour, but there was a light there – a hoping for something, I don’t know, improvement?

Anyway, I’ve loved his music for a long time and I simply hope that my tribute to him this month does justice to the quality of his work.  I tried to not change the songs much at all and not add a lot of unecessary instrumentation and clutter.  They’re beautiful and I thought a clean, simple presentation would be best.  I also tried to find songs that had that glimmer of hope, of light.  “Biggest Lie” might be the most positive of the songs on this collection and it’s certainly not what anyone would call “cheery”… but there’s hope there, you just have to want to find it.

Go have a listen on the music page and let me know what you think via e-mail (, facebook (, or twitter (@lorenradis)! –