Who Is Dr. Ea$y?

 Readers of my stories and gig announcements will often see a reference to a certain “Dr. Easy”. There never seems to be an actual, verified photo or video of him; he's nowhere to be found backstage at shows; no one…

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Close Encounters


Nothing was unusual about my walk back from Drunk Bay - just down the path from the Salt Pond Bay that lay east of Coral Bay, St. John. I'd done it dozens of times over the years. On this beautiful…

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The 8th Gate of Hell - or No Bar-b-cue for You!

Prelude Pericoloso

“I think you should deal with this.” 

 Something about the emphasis on 'you' got me to put my coffee down and look at the letter she slid across the table. I noticed our car's branded logo prominently featured…

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Modern Flight


It’s a Tuesday evening in early February and I am sitting on the porch of my funky, remote Shackteau in Coral Bay, St. John staring at quickly fading sunset, the illuminated cumulus clouds floating placidly over Tortola, BVI. A pair…

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Dupy & Me or - How I Got My Hand Back

“Oh! I see you have Dupuytren's,” said the old man to me as he stared curiously at my left hand. He took my hand and turned it over, revealing my lumpy palm. “Lay your hand flat on the table,” Frank…

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BuskerBlog - by Ari Jewel - July, 2021

As I write, I’m thinking about “street culture,” and how I could define, or imagine, that phrase. For me, street culture is about the art and connection happening inside museums, music venues, and online, coming out to the sidewalks and…

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The Making of Gypsy Davy


     In November 2018 I began recording this, my fourth, studio album. I seem to enter the recording studio, whether I want to or not, about every ten years. I suppose I'm a little late for this one, but I've not…

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Dr. Ea$y's Cigar Box Goes South. Sort of.


The other night I was sitting around the wood stove and scrolling through Facebook when I came upon some intriguing posts by Gypsy Elise.  I'd heard of this ballsy, brassy singer from N'awlins who is currently residing with her husband…

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"Digby" Shot; Another Hit for Trumbull Studios?


On a recent gloriously Berkshire July morning Marky-T, the Samster and I (along with my dear Claudia who took these photos!) reconnoitered at Doug Trumbull's MAGI studios to begin the filming of our first music video.  Hidden deep in the…

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Trumbull and TamPro to Merge Forces

Movie special effects pioneer Doug Trumbull and TamPro to combine forces?  Looks like it.  For a short while, anyway.  And my mind is totally blown!  Those who've known me awhile have likely suspected something was awry - and now…

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Will Power In the Land O'Goshen



Will Power in the Land o'Goshen


I had occasion to play a Labor Day gig this year with a r&b band called Will Power. They are usually a 5-piece show band outfit that plays in casino settings like Atlantic City,…

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Dr. Ea$y's Sonic Boxes

For almost three years, Dr. Easy has been sneaking down into the woodshop and foolin' around with David's tools and nicking as much of David's decorative wood as he dares to use on his cigar box instruments. Over the years…Read more