In 2004 Beki Hemingway and I recorded and released our Americana duet album Tennesota! This month we're celebrating the album's 10 year anniversary. We have only 20 copies of the CD left, and we're making them available now in a special $15 bundle: a signed copy of Tennesota, a Salt Lady Records Extra Credit sampler CD featuring rare Beki & Jonathan songs, AND a download card for the out-of-print Beki & Jonathan Christmas EP Present. Click here to order!

Last week I was interviewed for the LaCrosse Tribune newspaper...the reporter asked very thoughtful questions, and he was the first journalist to hear my forthcoming album LOOK UP. Read the article here!


Upper Michigan, Lower Michigan, and California! Details at my dates page.

  • FRI 12 Rapid River, MI
  • SAT 13 Petoskey, MI
  • SUN 14 Lake Ann (Traverse City), MI
  • MON 15 Sault Ste Marie, MI
  • SAT 27 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • SUN 28 Manhattan Beach, CA

I've got some cool dates developing across the Midwest this Fall and Winter. Specifically, I'd love to find a couple dates in Ohio early next month, near St. Louis on OCT 26, and in the U.P. on JAN 30.

Email if you've got ideas for towns, venues, hosts, or events where I should play! 

I've got new promo posters created in Northfield, MN by Dig and Be Doug design!

I've got new promo posters created in Northfield, MN by Dig and Be Doug design!


'Twas great to see old and new friends on my East Coast tour last week! Now in August I'm excited to be zipping across the Midwest for a weekend of shows with fiddle/mandolin phenom Jake Armerding! Check us out on FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 in Madison, WI; SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 in Peoria, IL; and SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 in Cedar Rapids, IA in a special performance with Trish Bruxvoort Colligan!

So that you can more conveniently find out when I'll be playing in your neighborhood, I'm trying a new online platform for my tour dates. Check out my page...there you can click the "Track This Artist" box for updates when I'm in your area, share specific shows across social media, RSVP, buy tickets, and more. 

Harmonium on wheels...

Harmonium on wheels...

Some fun behind-the-scenes photos (including this one of my harmonium load-in!) are featured in a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal. Back in June during Walter Salas-Humara's Midwest tour, our Madison show was covered by a reporter who was profiling the awesome venue Kiki's House of Righteous Music.

In other press-related news: Jake Armerding and I were interviewed by the Peoria News Bulletin in advance of this Saturday's the interview here!

STREAMING AUDIO LINK, good  for the week of August 3rd:

STREAMING AUDIO LINK, good  for the week of August 3rd:

On Sunday, August 3rd, WUSB radio in Long Island, NY, broadcasted an hour-long special interview with singer/songwriter Brent Bourgeois in support of his new album Don't Look Back. I was very happy to contribute to the interview myself...I spoke with the host about Brent's guest vocal appearance on my forthcoming LOOK UP album. This streaming-audio link can be opened in iTunes...listen around 28:00 for my comments, and then hear an exclusive preview of my yet-to-be-released song "Northbound Traffic" featuring Brent's harmonies. 

JULY 2014

I'm very excited to be traversing the continent in the coming months! Visit my DATES page for specific info...


Last Fall I had the amazing opportunity to perform live on NPR's Mountain Stage radio show. Joining me were the brilliant Jake Armerding on fiddle/mandolin and Matt Patrick on electric guitar. Performing on the same show were favorites of mine songwriter Jill Sobule and Midwestern rock legends the BoDeans, complete with Kenny Aronoff on drums. Incredible!

This month, in the week after July 18th, NPR will be re-broadcasting the episode! Check your local Public Radio listings, and tune in to hear me sing the folk song "Stagger Lee" with fellow Finnish-American Minnesotan guitarist Erik Koskinen, Kurt from the BoDeans, and Kenny playing drums...a highlight of my career!

Lutherans in Australia are singing my songs!

Lutherans in Australia are singing my songs!

INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING NEWS Songwriter and publisher Robin Mann has provided liturgical resources to Lutheran congregations in Australia for decades. I'm very pleased to announce that Robin's latest published compilation ALL TOGETHER ALL RIGHT features three of my songs: the atmospheric "Calm The Storm," the trucker-Gospel "No One Does The Things My Lord Can Do," and the audience fave "Hey Hey Samuel." It's so cool to think of people on the other side of the globe singing my songs! Visit Robin's webpage and check out his resources for church musicians. 

Last month I spent a very fun week on tour playing keyboards with Walter Salas-Humara! Check out our appearance live on WGN-TV in Chicago! We're playing Walter's new pop gem "Like A Satellite," complete with satellite hats. Other new videos appear at my YouTube channel.

JUNE 2014

I'm super psyched to be the guest keyboardist for Walter Salas-Humara on his solo Midwest tour this week. Walter is one of my all-time favorite songwriters (you may know him from his band The Silos), and he's also the producer of my 2004 album Public Library.

We've had some shows already, and have a few more to go:

TUES, JUNE 3: Aster Cafe, Minneapolis

THURS, JUNE 5: Kiki's House of Righteous Music, Madison, WI with Wooldridge Brothers Email to RSVP

FRI, JUNE 6: Schuba's, Chicago, IL, with Jon Langford

The Lutheran camps in South Dakota have produced an album of songs they sing at campfires...and they've included a couple tunes that I wrote! Thanks, Dakotans! Check out their Songs We Love album at Bandcamp.

MAY 2014

My PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign was successful, and has now closed. The LOOK UP album is complete, and the official public release date will be sometime in the coming months. Stay tuned! 

My PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign was successful, and has now closed. The LOOK UP album is complete, and the official public release date will be sometime in the coming months. Stay tuned! 

STUDIO ADVENTURES: I'm very pleased to have contributed accordion, harmonica, Wurlitzer electric piano, and pre-production consulting for the brand new album WILD ACRE by Trish Bruxvoort-Colligan. Preview Trish's beautiful new songs here:

INVITE ME TO PLAY A CONCERT IN YOUR TOWN! Available dates and locations: LATE JULY in DC, VA, PA, NY; EARLY AUGUST in WI, IA, IL; MID SEPTEMBER in MN, WI, UP of MI; EARLY OCTOBER in OH, MI, IN, IL, PA. Email with ideas for venues, hosts, events, etc. Cool stuff is developing....see you out on the road!

INVITE ME TO PLAY A CONCERT IN YOUR TOWN! Available dates and locations: LATE JULY in DC, VA, PA, NY; EARLY AUGUST in WI, IA, IL; MID SEPTEMBER in MN, WI, UP of MI; EARLY OCTOBER in OH, MI, IN, IL, PA. Email with ideas for venues, hosts, events, etc. Cool stuff is developing....see you out on the road!

APRIL 2014

The crowdfunding campaign for my new album LOOK UP has passed the 100% milestone!

Thanks so much to all of you who have pledged so album will now be funded!

This is not the end, however! Pledges will still be received until early May, so you still have time to pre-order the'll receive the download (and even the CD if you'd like!) next month, and your Summer 2014 road-trip soundtrack will be ready to rock. CLICK HERE to visit my PledgeMusic site, read about my album, watch the invitation video, and check out the options for pledging. 

If you don't pre-order now, you'll have to wait until the public release of the album, which might not happen until August or LATER! Here's another great reason to pre-order the album now, before May:

PledgeMusic allows a portion of the proceeds of my crowdfunding campaign to go to a charity. I'm very pleased to be partnering with ELCA World Hunger for my LOOK UP album! Ten percent of all pledges from now on will go to this very worthwhile cause.

There are some very cool items still remaining for pledgers! For example, you may pledge $200 and receive my new album LOOK UP on CD, plus 20 more CDs spanning my entire career...the 20-CD completist brick! Surf over to my PledgeMusic site, check out the remaining exclusives, support indie music, and fight hunger.

20-CD career-spanning completist brick

20-CD career-spanning completist brick

MARCH 2014

These past few months have found me spending a lot of time in the studio! In addition to recording my new album, I've had the pleasure of playing sessions for other artists. Recently I played accordion for the new album by East Coast folk songwriter Robbie Schafer...and his album Ruby has now been released! Check it out on iTunes and listen for me playing on the lovely song "Hole In The Sky."

WINTERTIME MEDIA COVERAGE: I got interviewed in the Living Lutheran blog regarding my music and my support of the ELCA's World Hunger program. Also, I appeared as a guest on the Things That Matter podcast where I talked about this collaboration. 


Big big big big news! I'm recording a new album entitled LOOK UP, and I'm using as a platform for funding the project. CLICK HERE to visit my Pledge site!

Over the past year I've had a crowdfunding conversion experience. I've shared these thoughts on my BLOG.


Just announced! On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28th, 2013 I'll be the opening act for THE BoDEANS here in Burnsville, MN! I'm super excited to play a show with one of my most formative bands, especially since the glorious Kenny Aronoff will be playing drums with them! I'd love to see you at the show…tickets are $40 and $45 reserved seating. Show information HERE.

I've been doing a ton of studio sessions this Fall, and it's been a great pleasure. There will be super-cool guest appearances unveiled in the new year, and here are some just-released projects that you can sample immediately! I played piano and vintage Stringvox keyboard on the Storm Home compilation of liturgical music, and I sang on Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan's new collection of Psalm settings.

(Hey, BTW, if you're working on a recording, you could possibly hire me to sing/play on your project! Email me at to share your idea…)


A couple weeks ago National Public Radio aired the episode of Mountain Stage featuring the BoDeans, Jill Sobule, The Pines, and me ! Yow! The show is archived at the NPR page….link here to listen! Videos from my performances are uploaded at my YouTube Channel

Ten years ago I was wrapping up the tracking for what would become the Public Library album, produced by the brilliant Walter Salas Humara and featuring The Silos. In celebration of that musically momentous occasion, I'm releasing a deluxe digital edition of the album, available at my BandCamp page. In addition the original album's 11 songs, you'll receive 6 bonus tracks including the acoustic demo of "Librarian," an alternate take of "Second Language," and the shelved first version of "Smart Girls" (recorded in a key too low for me to sing)! Check out the audio streaming below...


Autumn, my favorite season! I've got some very unusual and cool musical appearances coming up:

On THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17th I've been invited to play my tune "Norman Borlaug Polka" at the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony, held at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines, IA! I've recorded a brand new Acoustic Trio version of the tune....check it out, and download it for $1. 

Those of you in Iowa can tune in live at 7PM and watch the ceremony live on Iowa Public Television

Then, during the week following October 25th I'll be appearing on the National Public Radio program Mountain Stage! Click here to check your local NPR station for the show's airdate and time, and listen in! It was a thrill to share the bill with amazing artists like Jill Sobule and the BoDeans. Here's a video preview of "Libarian" from that episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live during the show's taping a few weeks ago: