Rain Poems – update

02023-08-03 | Rain Music | 3 comments

I think the recording has been wrapped up. More of Jon’s bass tracks arrived via the cloud. The next step will be mixing and more mixing. Perhaps several singles… I enjoy creating covers for individual pieces of music and the concept of singles will let me present different versions of a track. 

I am so happy with this album! Really, I am thrilled. I put together a new studio in a backpack and figured out how to record high quality sound outside of a traditional studio. I learned a lot. This will open all sorts of new possibilities for the future. I enjoyed the the playful place I was able to occupy. So many cool guitar sounds, using a sponge and pieces of paper and cloth to prepare the guitar. My head is already humming with ideas for the next album…

I will have a little under two weeks to concentrate on mixing after returning from my retreat and before leaving to play duets with Jon. Then another week before playing in Seattle and Denver with the trio, and more than three weeks from the end of that run until the east coast tour starts on 11 October. During all of that time new singles will appear on Backstage. 

In November I will be in Japan for several weeks. I will walk around a mountain on an ancient trail and will experience a few places I never visited but always wanted to. Then a little time off in December before we start it all up again with a run in Texas in January, followed by our traditional three week tour in California in February. 


  1. Eric Nolan

    Very excited to hear the new album when it’s released and I hope you’ve had safe travels. I’ll be in Oakland, CA in February. Do you know offhand if you’ll be playing in the Bay Area at all?

    • ottmar

      Yes, but I’ll have to ask my agent about those dates. I know we will perform in Napa, but we may play at Yoshi’s as well. I’ll find out.

      • Eric

        Great, either way I’d love to see you and your bandmates when you’re in the Bay Area. I’m working at a university out this way so one way or another I’ll be around to catch your show (which I haven’t seen in years!). Very curious to hear the new album and the new approach you used.


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