Taking a break from promoting my music in order to focus on the election cost me in more ways than I expected.

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If you’d have asked me what I did for a living at the beginning of this year, before the pandemic, I would have said writer and musician. Working writer, working musician. In other words, that’s how I made my money. It’s been that way for many years. In fact, save for a couple of self-imposed exiles, it’s mostly been that way for 25+ years. Percentage-wise, I’ve sometimes made more from writing, sometimes more from music. But it’s pretty much always been those two.

That all changed, of course, when the pandemic arrived.

Suddenly, there was no performance-related revenue. None whatsoever. No performance fees, no merchandise sold from the stage. No gigs, no private events, no booking. Nothing. It’s been brutal. I’m not going to share financial particulars, but suffice it to say, when live music went away, a significant percentage of my total income went with it. Gone, virtually overnight. …


Preacher Boy

“Preacher Boy is a songwriter of startling originality.” —MOJO #AltBlues #Americana

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