The Section: Knights of Soft Rock

Back when there was plenty of room in Hotel California, a crew of hard-living session men created the sound of the 1970s

The Kootch Speaks

Back from NYC! 

Just got back from NYC ...played a great gig there! The Michael j Fox fund raiser for PD..the band was Steve Jordan's Super Soul Banned Experience...great horn section and Steve on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, the phenomenal Isaiah Sharkey, guitar, the absolutely brilliant Mix Master Mike on wheels of steel...awesome! Oh, and me on guitar as well! We played some serious funk and backed up Paul Simon on 3 tunes along with his guy, Mark Stuart...freaken brilliant!

I love LA! 

So nice to be in LA writing with my pal Patrick Droney..and playing a gig with Steve Postell at Witzend in Venice Saturday night....yeah!

A night of Telecaster madness! 

Great gig coming up! Us 3 Telecaster players are doing 2 nights at Iridium, NYC ...sept 25, 26.. That's Jim Weider, GE Smith and myself, playing some rock n roll and some blues and some R & B...gonna be fun!

Cant wait for this reecord to come out! 

Where do these people come from?...I've met some young musicians that are so astoundingly brilliant that I have new faith in the future of music...starting with my writing partner Patrick Downey..writer, singer and guitar player of astounding maturity and brilliance...Josh the chain on drums but also a composer, guitar player ....Tal Wilkinfeld..genius level bass player but also an extraordinary song writer and singer...just to be good at ONE of these skills takes a Hunter Hays… Read more

Some new blog info! 

" Rock n Roll is here to will never die".... Danny and the juniors,1961... True then and true now, baby!

Working hard and having fun! 

Hey! Just spent a productive week in LA writing with Patrick Droney... Remember that name 'cause he's full on great! Gonna do some mixing for my long awaited ( ha!) solo album with Jim Chapdelaine, a gig at black eyes Sally's in Hartford May 24, then more with Patrick... It's so great to work in music you love!

New Album Soon! 

Spent more time working on my solo album...I played or programmed all of the music but it sounds...well, you'll see.. it doesn't fit any obvious genre except "Rock" but it's not just.... any way, it's tunes I wrote or co-wrote with James, Jackson and Henley done different ...and new or obscure tunes ain't no one heard....all of it is groovin! Coming soon!

Great New Year! 

Had a great new year in LA.. Saw some old and dear friends, including my pal Jackson Browne and guitar brother Waddy Wachtel! Also got to jam a bit with the excellent Steve it's back to work on my

High School memory lane! 

Nice to see some folks from my high school.. Mamaroneck High, come out to a couple of gigs.. Still can't believe I actually graduated (just barely) if any if you alums are out there, does anyone remember Duke Schirmer.. Best teacher ever!

Welcome to my new site!

Its been a long time coming, but I'm finally getting into the swing of social media and it all starts with a new web page!

Over the next month, content will be added to the site as fast as my web guy and I can get it to you.  Please stay tuned!
I love computers

Tue, 07/09/2013
Well....the site is back up! I'll be playing with Jonny Rosch July 9th at 78Below upper west side, NYC....with Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta! It was great to see my old pal Jackson Browne at Tanglewood July 4th..I even got to sit in on Running on Empty! Got a gig on Martha's vineyard Aug Dreamland...this one's with the CT cats I play with a lot...Jon Peckman, Ed Corvo and Tim McDonald...that will be a fun gig!

The White House
Mon, 06/10/2013
A great gig with Carole ant the White House....she received the Gershwin Award from the Prez and we played a great show in front of many dignitaries...they are showing it on PBS so check it out if you band with Tim McDonald is playing at Bridge St Live in Collinsville CT July 5th...also playing with my pal Jeff Pevar at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester CT 0n June 27th....also playing on Martha's Vineyard on Aug 6th...hope to see ya!

Last Week
Tue, 04/16/2013
I know I should have posted info about last week’s gigs but I mainly update through my Facebook to do sessions last week with the great Joe Bonadio and Tony Levin up at Pilot studios in Great Barrington! Then played a gig with my CT band (Jon Peckman, Ed Corvo and Tim McDonald ) at Bridge St Live in Collinsville CT....big fun! I'll try posting some pix from the Australian tour I did in Feb with Carole King!

The Road
Tue, 01/22/2013
Well, it’s just about time to go on tour with Carole! Great band...Bob Glaub, Russ Kunkel, Robbie Kondor, and Kate Markowitz...should sound great! If you live in Australia or New Zealand come to a gig and say hello!

Martha's Vineyard Gig

Fri, 06/29/2012
Finally, a gig on Martha's Vineyard....Aug 11th at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs..This is with the cats from CT...Ed Corvo, Jon Peckman and Tim McDonald...hope to see ya!

CT Gig
Thu, 04/05/2012
Gig coming up...Playing with Tim McDonald, Ed Corvo and Jon Peckman at Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford CT, and April 14th...hope to see you!

Gigs 2/1
Fri, 02/03/2012
So….2 gigs this month that are very cool…on the 7th at BB Kings there's a tribute to the great Cornell Dupree…you must know who that is…one of the all-time greats and a whole raft of great musicians will be on hand to pay tribute and play music connected with Cornell's awesome career…I learned so much from this cat…maybe I should say stole from…but we all did!

Dec Gigs!
Tue, 12/13/2011
Some gigs coming up with the great Jeff Pevar…Dec 30th at the Maple Tree in Simsbury CT…along with Jeff and me will be Tim McDonald and Burt Teague…great players and great cats! Also Morris Chestnutt (hope I spelled that right)…
Then New Year’s Eve we'll be at Infinity Music Hall…That band will be with Jonny Rosch and Shawn Pelton….I love these cats and we play together doing my tunes in NYC every once in a while…It will be a gas!

Some more tunes
Tue, 11/15/2011
Posted some more music in the Music Box…More on the way.

Facebook Hell
Fri, 08/26/2011
God I wish I could figure out all this stuff... I miss having a personal Facebook page... They told me after 5000 "friends" I needed a fan page ... now I miss having a regular page where I can communicate with my pal old and new... Trying to set up a new personal page... So far no success... Much love to whoever reads this!

Upcoming gigs!
Sat, 07/16/2011
A few gigs….7/17 at Long's Park Amphitheater, Lancaster, PA
719 at P&G, NYC W/Jonny Rosch

Wed, 06/15/2011
Hey gang…gig coming up…this one is at Bridge Street Live, Collinsville CT,..
June 24th. Great band…Tim McDonald, Jon Peckman, Ed Corvo and me…
we will be rocking the house! Come by and say hello!

Latest Gig
Fri, 05/20/2011
Here comes another gig…playing with Jonny Rosch at the P&G Tuesday night ..(24th of May)….make it if you can!

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Mon, 04/11/2011
The best way is to get to play with James Taylor...April 20th to be precise. JT is doing a night of songs that
influenced him as he was growing up, which is the same music I was listening to...some country, some folk, some blues, some r&b, some standards.....lots of great musicians on this gig, including his regular touring band plus
some great Nashville cats, like Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Alison Krause...gonna be a great evening and I’m proud to be a part of it! Hope to see ya there...

Sun, 03/20/2011
Gonna be playing Tuesday March 22 with Jonny Rosch at the P&G bar on the upper west side of NYC...same band as played Iridium last month.. Love these cats! Also it looks like I'll be participating in the James Taylor series of gigs at Carnegie Hall in April...always love playing music with my old and dear friend. I'll be telling some more stories from the halcyon days of soon as I can remember them! So many great stories but I have to be cautious, ya know?

First Show
Fri, 02/25/2011
We played our first show last night! What a gas to play with these wonderful musicians! It seemed like the crowd dug it...can't wait to do more of this stuff. The set list ...Too Many Irons in the Fire (Fab T birds),Machine Gun Kelly (JT),Not Drinking enough (Henley),Lost In the Shuffle(second solo album, NY Minute (Henley),Honey, Don’t Leave LA (JT) God Make Me Good (new unrecorded),Dirty Laundry(Henley),All She Wants to do is Dance(Henley, Shakytown (Jackson)...all written or co-written by, well.......ME! HA!

NYC Gig!
Mon, 02/14/2011
Coming up on gig time...I'll be playing Iridium feb 24 and 25 with a first class band...Jonny Rosch on keys and vox, Neil Jason on bass and Shawn Pelton on drums....I'll be doing a bunch of originals from various stages of my endless career ...jeez! Come down 'cause we'll be rockin...

Sundance Film Fest
Mon, 01/24/2011
Not that I got to see too much of it...I’m here with Carole and Lee to help promote a film called "Troubadours', about singer-songwriters..Actually quite good! Haven’t seen much of Park City except a lot of snow and about a million condo's...tonight we do a short set at a club...always great to play with my dear friends..I really miss everyone from the tour last spring/summer...I wish we could have kept going, but nothing lasts forever. I'm having a ball playing my tunes with all the cool cats in NYC and CT... An ongoing search for the thrill of playing with a great band!

Wed, 01/12/2011
So Dig.....looks like I'm gonna do a gig in Iridium,51st and Bway...Feb 24 and 25...kinda scary! I'll be doing tunes I wrote or "Honey don't leave LA" and "Shakytown" and "Dirty Laundry", etc...The band is some of the best cats in NYC..Neil Jason on bass, Jonny Rosch, keys and vox and Shawn Pelton, drums and samples and's been sounding great in rehearsal....come and see for yourself. If you're in NYC please come by and say hello...we will be rockin'!

Fri, 12/31/2010
Hey! I’ve been hanging with my beautiful girls for the holidays and getting ready for '11....exploring more live gigs featuring my originals in the northeast....I'm pretty sure I'm going to Park City at the end of Jan. to play a few tunes with Carole and Leland...a doc was made called "Troubadours" about the attack of the singer/songwriters in the 70's and their favorite hang, The Troubadour in west LA...The film is being shown at the Sundance film festival ....we're going to play a private affair to promote the film. Always cool to play with my dear pals of course.

More stuff
Fri, 12/10/2010
I gotta get more stuff going on this site.. About to do an update of the whole deal...also about to put more music up on the site ...pix too. Thanks for visiting me.. I’m gonna tell some more stories from the days of yore (or yo!) so hang with me. Gonna play with cool cat Jonny Rosch Dec 14th at the P&G in NYC...78th and Columbus, I think...come say hello! More later!

Music in NYC
Fri, 11/19/2010
It’s amazing how much great music is going on in NYC (and probably everywhere) on any given week. Since there’s no more mainstream, it’s up to the individual to find this stuff, or recognize it when it comes along. Here’s what I was digging. Plastic Bucket Guy... not just any bucket guy but the BEST I ever heard..He had a variety of found items arranged where he could get to them with mismatched sticks..A tin can and a few plastic buckets

Stuff to Come
Wed, 11/03/2010
Yo! I'll be announcing gigs when they are firm...playing up in northern CT with Tim McDonald and some fine players...original tunes. Also jamming in NYC with some pals....I'll let you know. Still working on recording my own versions of tunes I wrote that have been recorded by some of my amazingly talented Henley, JT, Jackson and more. I'll post them when I deem them worthy.

John-John of the King Bees
Mon, 10/11/2010
Johnny McDuffy was the lead singer and played keyboards with the King Bees, my first band. Now, I lived out in the suburbs of NYC with my family...after High School I knew I had to start a band...the 60's,ya know! Richard Frank, my school buddy and fellow music fanatic was in. Then, our housekeeper Fanny Kelly said she knew of this young man who was a friend of a friend in Harlem who could play and sing and was said to be really talented.

King Bees tunes and general overview pt 1
Thu, 09/23/2010
Well...I just straightened out my music box page...On it you will find several King Bees tracks recorded in the 60's....maximum R&B! Johnny McDuffy is in full cry as you will hear..That is my first band! We actually were really good, with an authentic "Black Guy" lead singer....I could never decide whether I wanted to be in the Kinks or Wilson Pickett's band...I was being influenced by all the great music of the 60's, equally by Curtis Mayfield and Procol Harum and The Byrds....and of course Beatles and Stones...a heady time to be playing music.

The King Bees in NYC
Fri, 09/10/2010
Soon it will be time to tell everything I can remember about my first band, the King Bees. We played around New York in '65,66...Dickie Frank was the other guitar player...we had gone to High School together in Mamaroneck, NY, home of......nothing! But Dickie had great taste and he turned me on to lots of great stuff like The Staple Singers and the Hiway QC's and Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Lonnie Mack...we hung out and played together a lot. Dickie saw life differently than me...probably less spoiled a kid...One day he showed up with a brand new Supro guitar....bursting with pride

Blogging Bitch
Wed, 09/08/2010
I'm still working out how to post stuff on the site, because I'm a Luddite when it comes to new social media...but I’m learning. Please let me know if everything is coming up like it oughta!

Blaze 3
Wed, 09/08/2010
There were many guitar players and friends of friends coming by to say hello to Jeff….who was polite but indifferent…he was there to play. Only 2 events

Blaze 2
Wed, 09/08/2010
So….now we have the band …engineer is Robbie Jacobs-one of the very best…trained by the great Shelley Yakus. All the cats that came out of A&M when Shelly and J Iovinne were in charge, were first class…but that's another story…

The saga of "Blaze OF Glory, pt 1
Wed, 08/18/2010's been 20 years since the making of Jon Bon Jovi's first solo album, Blaze of Glory. Who cares, right? Well, it’s a good story because of the people involved and because it was made "old style”. Great musicians all playing together in the studio, 2 or 3 tracks a day.

Latest from after the tour!
Fri, 08/13/2010
Well...I'm finally getting used to being off the road. We has such a ball on the TRT that civilian life is hard to get used to...but now I'm planning my next moves...gonna be playing with my cats up here in northern CT, and looking to do some gigs in NYC as well. I’ll post info when I know some dates. Also recording my tunes that were done by some of the great people I worked with...I'll post those too, when they're ready. Thanks for all the kind words and support from all of you!

Tue, 06/29/2010's so hard to write about this tour while it's happening...too much input! This is the most incredible musical event I have ever been part of, and it's hard to be a participant and a spectator at the same time. I will write more when the tour is over and I have had time to digest it. Like all tours, it’s the bus to the venue to the hotel for a few hours’ sleep, back on the bus and off to the next gig. Did I mention the hotel bar? Russ and I are making some tentative plans for after the tour...we want to be working on projects together.

On the road
Tue, 05/11/2010
We started the stateside part of the TRT tour by rehearsing in Boise for a few days because of the elaborate stage...check out the TRT reunion website for a clue....the stage is in the round and took dome getting used to, but hey! It’d not like we never played this music before...then Portland, then Seattle...HUGE reception for JT and CK...I think there is a longing not just for nostalgia, but that which is authentic....we have plenty of artifice in our lives so JT and CK's music has even more power than it first did....time is a motherfucker!

Down Under
Thu, 04/01/2010
So different being down here...for one thing, there isn't the constant political upheaval like in the get the sense people of different political views don't hate each other like we do ...a lot to be learned from the Aussies in that regard...maybe it's because aussie football is the most brutal sport ever!

Big Tour!
Thu, 03/04/2010
It's great to be out in L.A. playing music with some of my favorite people in the world! This JT/CK tour, known as the Troubadour reunion Tour, is gonna be a great gig....every song is absolutely a gem, and It's a wonderful thing to be playing these tunes every day...every once in a while we'll be playing one of these tunes and I'll get a flash on the first time I heard it and how much it hit me! Like Country Road...I still remember James playing that tune right after he wrote it, and it still gives me the same indescribable feeling now. Cool!

The Fugs at the Pentagon
Fri, 01/15/2010
Here's a story from the swinging sixties for ya - remember, this is from my memory bank so others may have a different recollection...but hey! This is my version.

Latest news...Jan 11th,'10
Tue, 01/12/2010
So...My band in northern CT is playing Saturday jan.16th at Avon Old Farm...come and say hello! We play a lot of my originals, plus some cool covers - Tim McDonald is in the band playing guitar and singing...he's just great at both! Also, Jon Peckman and Ed Corvo on drums and bass. Really good musicians and we have a lot of fun doing it! Band is called Dirty Laundry!

Godin Gtrs
Tue, 01/05/2010
I've been playing the Godin 5th Ave guitar and loving it..Really cool guitar!

JT/Carole tour
Tue, 12/15/2009
Getting my gear together for the JT/Carole tour...mostly Fender gear but I might be using some Taylor gtrs as well. Been going over the set list and re-learning some older Carole and James tunes...great stuff

Upcoming tour

Mon, 12/07/2009
Yes, there will be a world tour...JT/Carole King, with the original band..Russ Kunkel, Lee Sklar and! Cool, huh? I am so looking forward to this world tour, which starts in New Zealand in late march. We will be touring the states starting in May...this is going to be a hell of a show, because every song will be something you know and love, or something you should know and love! We are stoked!