So I decided I need to do something more with music, and I want it to be an ongoing project, something that will keep me thinking creatively. I’ve considered the rock-opera / folk-opera, but I’m just not sure I can pull that off. (I did write one in high school, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve wanted to write more, though, and what better way to start my 28th year than with a song project?

Butch Hancock had his tape-of-the-month, Paleo had The Song Diary, so why not? It’s fairly reasonable to assume someone (in this case, me) could write and record one song a week. Of course, four a month and fifty-two a year sounds a bit more intimidating. But one week at a time.

The first song is written and will be recorded and available by saturday. Then I’ll be down to fifty-one! Unless I decide to keep the project going, but don’t get your hopes up.

Rushmore Beekeepers’ fifth release, Throwing Mud At Your Streetlight, has hit the shelves (figuratively speaking)! Amanda Hawkins ( designed (and printed, cut, and sewed) the insert and cover art, which was stenciled and stamped by Carrie and me. It was recorded, like most RB albums, over the course of a few years and, for the first time, all across the Great Southwest: Las Cruces, NM; Las Vegas, NV; and one song recorded at Greene Means Go in Phoenix, AZ, with Sam Greene of flyaway tigers.

All together, Throwing Mud, we’ll call it, has sixteen songs and one blank track; two bonus songs (you know I love bonus songs) are alternate takes from 2004’s Maybe By This Time Next Year: “Gallery Opening” (a song I meant to include but lost somewhere) and a band-sounding “Gravity’s My Best Friend.” It features live favorites “What It’s Like To Be Sad” (aka “The Zombie Song”), “Some Bad Words,” and “Like A Pirate’s Hat” (the last two are originally Like Winter Weather songs — remember them?), and some other songs I love just as much.

<a href="">hands out to the sun by rushmore beekeepers</a>

You can buy it at in its name-your-price digital version or as an old-fashioned CD, which includes an immediate download to hold you over. (I should note the digital version doesn’t have the two bonus tracks, but I’ll post those as free downloads soon, I promise.) I plan to put some of my “classic” material on bandcamp also, and perhaps some free songs (if you’re good), so check back!

As always, thanks for reading, listening, and just being you.


Dear Everybody,

I played my first Las Vegas show one year ago today! A house show with A Crowd of Small Adventures, Sundance Kids, and Cataldo. It was so much fun, and I met many amazingly wonderful and friendly people there. I think I knocked over someone’s drink, but I remember her being very nice about it.

So happy anniversary rushmore beekeepers and the Las Vegas music scene!

Much Love,

P.S – Just want everybody to know I’m not a nerd, I just remembered, and only because I found the set list. I keep all my set lists. Okay, I’m a nerd.

How exciting! From

Best Local Band Name: Rushmore Beekeepers.

We don’t envy readers being asked to pick one favorite local band; for us, that’d be like picking between children. But we can definitively pick our favorite local band name: Rushmore Beekeepers. Not catching the reference? Apparently you haven’t seen Wes Anderson-directed film Rushmore as many times as Vegas folkster Zach Fountain. No word on whether Fountain and his crew of pals/sometime bandmates do The Creation’s “Makin’ Time” in concert. ( (Spencer Patterson).

Las Vegas Weekly Staff’s Best-Of Buffet:

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