I was asked by good friends, Brian Geltner and Hilary Hawke, to play pedal steel on on their Brooklyn based band, Dubl Handi’s record last year and its come out to to rave reviews.
NoDepression.com has a nice
review of it, and I get a nice mention, “Jonny Lam provides subtle pedal steel that cries just under the surface and is quite a dramatic addition to the performance.”
Last week, Sinkane headed to Portland to play Pick-A-Thon music festival. It was an eclectically curated, really amazingly run festival. They are a forward eco friendly, family friendly camping festival south of Portland. Everyone there was so accommodating and where else could I see bands like; Leon Bridges, Tinariwen, The Quebe sisters, and SHabbaz Palaces? We played twice in the weekend and I came home to New York and sat in with Hot Chip at Webster Hall on pedal steel and guitar for their encore. The second night they played, I ran into David Byrne and asked him to come and play percussion for the final encore song, “Dancing In The Dark”/”All My Friends”! It was a fun surprise to have David come back into the dressing room with me and see everyone’s faces as he followed me in.
Here is a link to a piece and some photos from the Hot Chip concerts.
Sinkane then got to play another Summerstage Production opening for Caribou at the East River Amphitheater. Caribou was absolutely incredible, such amazing musicianship, really great band. The crowd was there in full effect for us as well, and we played with the full 9 piece band. I am looking forward to getting some time to practice and relax! Here is a photo of the crowd!
Im home from tour for a few more weeks and really looking forward to it!
There is so much stuff happening! I have a bunch of really fun gigs on pedal steel and guitar in New York and in Brooklyn, the Campilongo + Honeyfingers record has been mastered (it sounds amazing), and work on the Honeyfingers instrumental album is happening.
Sinkane will head to Terminal 5 in New York City, and we will be direct support for Toro Y Moi, and its going to be a great night.
Honeyfingers will dust it off, May 7th and perform the entire Ray Price album, “Night Life”, which is a steel guitar text book by the king, Buddy Emmons. I cannot wait to do this. We will have a special guest, Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and its going to be a great time. The other bands are playing iconic albums as well.
I am also going to head to Nashville for rehearsals with amazing singer, Jamie Lidell, in preparations for a show at Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 21st. There is going to be a marching band performing with us as well!!
I hope to see you out there!
Back on the road, in the US this time, playing a headlining tour with Sinkane. I am playing pedal steel guitar and electric guitar, it’s a real treat to play pedal steel in front of audiences that may be seeing it up close for the first time!
I even got to be in opener, Helado Negro’s tinsel costume to dance on stage during his show!!
We are just getting to our West Coast stretch of runs as we make our way south from Seattle, down through San Diego, and then East again. You can check out dates below!
Ticket information is at sinkane.com
10.17.14 – Barboza – Seattle, WA *
10.18.14 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR *
10.19.14 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA *
10.21.14 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA *
10.22.14 – Casbah – San Diego, CA *
10.23.14 – Last Exit Live- Phoenix, AZ *
10.24.14 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ *
10.26.14 – Empire Control Room – Austin, TX *
10.27.14 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *
10.28.14 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL *
10.29.14 – Exit In – Nashville, TN *
10.30.14 – Ohio State University (Wexner Center) – Columbus, OH *
11.1.14 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *
11.02.14 – SOBs – New York, NY
* with Helado Negro
Well. That was pretty cool. I played guitar with David Byrne!
update:looks like they took the tonight show video down, but here is a clip from the first run of US shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.