Thursday, December 18, 2008

Seattle & Vancouver: Travels End

The last leg of our album release tour was spent out in the far northwestern lands of Seattle and Vancouver. It worked out that we were able to spend time with our family over Thanksgiving weekend in Seattle, and then proceed on up to Langley and Vancouver, BC for a few Christmas concerts and an intimate show on Granville Island (Thanks, Mike Wipf!). It was a joy to meet up with my good friend Trace Bundy and his wife Becca, as Trace and I shared the stage together each night of our northwestern tour. We endearingly call these short tours together "The Gunbarrels Tours" (Bundy + Garrels = Gunbarrels, see). Our last show together was at one of the most beautiful venues that I've ever had the privilege to play, The Triple Door in downtown Seattle. It was the perfect ending not only to our northwest tour, but to the months of traveling around the country that have collectively made up my album release tour for "Jacaranda" . That night, shared with so many friends and family at the Triple Door, will live on in my memory as one of the highlights of my musical career. Thanks to all of you who came out.

Playing at "The Spirit Of Christmas" festival in Langley, BC. Photo by Mike Rathjen

Sharing the stage with Trace at "Spirit of Christmas".

A quick snapshot before we travel on to Vancouver. From left to right: Becca Bundy, Michelle Garrels, Heron Garrels, Josh Garrels, Trace Bundy.

Trace and I scoping out the venue before our soundcheck.

Performing at "The Backstage Lounge" in Vancouver.
Photo by Michelle Garrels

Gorilla in the mist of Granville Island. Michelle calls this one "Urban Warrior", but I think it looks like I'm on a movie was a surreal evening.

The show flier for our show at "The Triple Door". Designed by Trace Bundy and David Salinas.

Taking the stage at Triple Door.

As an encore on our final night, Trace and I performed "O Come O Come Emmanuel".
Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pennsylvania Tour

A big thanks to all who hosted us and came out to the shows in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Gratham, Pennsylvania! This rather short leg of our "northeast" tour was exciting, grueling, but really meaningful! We look forward to coming up to the Northeast again, but next time, we'll head all the way up to New Jersey and New York. Anyone up in Boston and Maine want to help me book a show? May as well go all the way, aye? Here are some photo highlights from the Pennsylvania tour.
Downing a cup of coffee while listening to opener Katie Becker at Senorita Burrita in Lancaster, PA.

An "up close and personal" set at Senorita Burrita.

We stayed in an old row home for a few nights in Philadelphia. Two of the guys living there were welders/artists who transformed the home, inside and out, with old scrap metal and extra bike parts. It felt like we were staying in the lost boys' tree house. It was rad.

Spending some time with our friends Jay Beck of "Psalters", and Aimee Wilson of "Porchfront Factorye" at the market in Philadelphia.

A thank you note drawn by Stephanie Beach during our show at Circle of Hope.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Art For Sale.

My sister and brother-in-law, Gala and Zack Bent, have just posted a body of work available for purchase on All the drawings from my latest album "Jacaranda" were done by my sister Gala, and currently both Zack and Gala work as full time visual artists in Seattle, Washington. Their work is beautiful and rich, and I'd love for more people to get acquainted with them. Feel free to visit their store here , and get some of your Christmas shopping taken care of. You can even get your piece framed and delivered to your doorstep, all at the click of a mouse!

Drawing and Watercolor by Gala Bent

Photography by Zack Bent

Full Length Video of Jedidiah Florida Tour

Video by Russell Brownley