This photo was taken on the last date of my June tour through the United Kingdom and Ireland, opening for Jesse Malin. The trip was a success and I have a lot of people to thank for that, but most of all thanks to Jesse for asking me to join him. I’ve been a fan of Jesse’s since the early 2000s and had the pleasure of meeting him in NYC (when I played drums in his band during US and UK tours for The Heat from 2004-2005). We’ve kept in touch since then, and I’m honored that we’re friends. He’s a deeply genuine person and a true artist, not to mention a great songwriter and dynamic performer. Jesse is New York to the bone and has been a major part of the music scene for decades. He paves the way for upstarts (i.e. me) the same way that others paved the way for him. I can’t say enough, so I’ll stop here; but not before I tell you to get his new album ‘Sunset Kids’ on August 30th and go see him in concert.