Time-Lapse John Henry Painting

In a previous post, I waxed all poetic about the silk-screened posters for The Ghost of John Henry that LA-based artist Mike Estano created. I love when art inspires other art, and having been on the receiving end of so much of that inspiration, I consider it a tremendous compliment when the band is able to provide a similar spark to another artist.

Now, Houston-based painter Melissa Doron has created a new work on canvas inspired by the album, specifically the penultimate track, “John Henry, Part II.” I asked Melissa if she’d be willing to record herself painting the piece, and I’m happy to present the result:

Melissa does some beautiful work, which you can see and/or order at her website. Here are some of my favorites:

And speaking of the Ghost of John Henry posters, we’re running low, so order one before they’re gone. They’re hand-made, limited-run posters, and when they’re gone, that’s all, folks. There are a few white ones, but only one gold one left…

Your Walls Have Never Been More Beautiful

There are moments where life just makes me so tremendously happy and thankful. This is one of those.

Last week, I met with LA-based illustrator Mike Estano, who my wife used to work with. He’s a tremendously talented dude who liked our album “The Ghost of John Henry” and wanted to talk about collaborating on a silk screened poster for it. I don’t know how much “collaboration” really came into it, since I pretty much said “Neat!” and he made this amazing poster

Sci-Fi Romance - Ghost of John Henry poster

One of the things Mike and I have in common is that the only art we buy these days and display in our homes is handmade, and he hoped to come up with something that would stand alone as a work of art even beyond somebody’s enjoyment/familiarity with the latest album from my band. In my mind, he succeeded well beyond my expectations.

Listen, I made a whole record about John Henry – a story and folk song that has stuck with me since I was about eight years old. One of the themes of the album is that the work of human hands is powerful and meaningful. There is almost nothing that could give me more pleasure then, but to make these amazing posters available to our fans.

These are LIMITED RUN, handmade silk screened posters inspired by the album. They are available on two types of paper, a white edition (21.25″ x 9.25″ in.) that there are 24 of in the world, and a gold edition (22″ x 10″ in.) that there are only six of in the world. Seriously, six. In the world.

They started selling at our most recent gig, and will likely not last long. Grab one while you can.

Buy a white one:
Buy a gold one:
And thank you all for making 2012 such an amazing year. We were recording the album at this time one year ago, and we could not have imagined the response it has received. We continue to be thankful, and extremely humbled. Making art that inspires other art is about the highest form of praise that I can think of.

Cheers. And may 2013 bring you many blessings.

Coming Soon – Folk Art!

I like computers, they’re fine. Every piece of music I’ve recorded this millennium has been aided in some way by computers, although I usually try for as non-digital a sound as I can manage. Some people dinged us on the latest album for it not sounding “perfect,” but I wanted the sound of people making music, not something that came out of a can. So if I mis-fretted a note here or there or plucked a string a little too hard, what of it? There’s still magic in the work of people’s hands.

To that end, I’m thrilled to be able to tease out some info about the Sci-Fi Romance The Ghost of John Henry hand-made, silkscreened poster. LA-based illustrator and artist Mike Estano has designed, cut, and hand-pulled/printed some amazing, limited edition signed and numbered posters inspired by the album.
Mr. Mike, inking the first screen.
Halfway done.

We’re playing this Saturday night in Hollywood, and the posters will go on sale for the first time there. After that, I’ll post images of the finished poster and you’ll be able to get them from the Sci-Fi Romance website, or from me, should you happen to run into me someplace.

When Mike first ran the idea past me, he said his goal was to make something that would be artistically and aesthetically engaging, even apart from the music, and he’s more than accomplished that. These things are just itching to get framed.

Maybe by you…