Tonight I’ll be playing four songs by the iconic and seminal singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood at a tribute night in Eastlake. Seems strange to me that these don’t occur more often given the huge shadow he casts over American music. He’s the most famous musician you’ve never heard of. There seems to be a cult around him here in Seattle. There’s a bar in Ballard named … Continue reading Me and Lee.
Recently, I’ve been venturing into solo performance for the first time since I started playing accordion over 15 years ago. I gotta say, it’s been a rewarding and learning experience. When Alana from Miss Mamie Lavona’s White Boy Band/L’Orchestre Incroyable invited me to open for them at Conor Byrnes a couple months back, I hastily agreed in an effort to force me to get back … Continue reading A Return to Solo Performance, The Beery House & Temporary Autonomous Zones
Yeah, those leaves on the ground always seem to signal big changes for the ‘ol Pickpocket and this year was no exception. After much thought and consideration, I decided to walk away from my band of the last 12 years for an indeterminate amount of time. Probably one of the bigger decisions I’ve made recently but somehow it felt like exactly the right thing to … Continue reading To Remember and Then Say Goodbye….
So, this blog is the result of an almost two year writer’s block that I’m hoping to shatter by “flexing the muscles” as it were. My name is Jimmy the Pickpocket and I sing and play accordion for a local punk/cabaret/Americana band called The Bad Things. Having recently become a father to a charming young son, I’ve found that my songwriting time has been diminished to … Continue reading Come One, Come All! It’s Pickpocket Times.