The Crippled Lion

I have been asked to participate in a multi-artist tribute to the great Mike Nesmith of The Monkees (info here: This promises to be fun, in an experimental, fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kinda way. What we’ll try to accomplish, with no rehearsal and relying on our wits and skills, is a stripped-down version of Nesmith’s The Crippled Lion. I have been calling it “torchy.” Brian Marchese has been calling it “sparse.”

The personnel attempting this will include yours truly on lead vocal and electric guitar, Ken Maiuri on keyboards, Brian Marchese on drums, Jason Bourgeois on bass guitar, and Ryan McGovern Quinn on pedal steel. I think. Honestly, anything can happen.

And that’s exactly what is fun about saying “yes” to events like this. A group of musicians on stage, communicating wordlessly, figuring out how to proceed and just letting something special happen, trusting our instincts and having a good time.

This version of Mystics Anonymous will be going on early, probably second, and the whole shebang starts at 7:00 pm, so try to be there early. Then stick around, because a lot of talented people with some rehearsals behind them will very likely blow your mind with great renditions of great Nesmith songs.

And I’ll be able to just relax and enjoy the other performances, having already performed myself, so feel free to come over and say hi. Just don’t tell me if you think we’ve bombed. Because I’m sensitive. 😉