Great Smoky Mountains National Park

“Into the Wild”

Inspired by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1997 I made what felt like a breakthrough observation a few days ago that one of the earliest songs that I ever wrote and recorded was actually inspired by a National Park and should be included in this project. I wrote “Into the Wild” at a time when I was frequently camping and backpacking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The title … Continue reading “Into the Wild”

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

“Ice Bat”

Inspired by Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summer 2014 I visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park while on tour with Royal Holland between dates in Cleveland and Canton, OH in September 2014. During our brief visit I saw that Ice Box Cave was closed to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of cave-hibernating bats caused by a fungus. Demos 10/28/2015 I was inspired to come back and … Continue reading “Ice Bat”

“Tutokanula”

Inspired by Yosemite National Park, Summer 2015 The main inspiration for this song actually came from a guide book I read while planning the trip. The story tells the Native American legend for how El Capitan was formed. Demos 09/13/2015 It’s been a crazy busy month since my trip to Yosemite and I’ve been busy playing shows with Royal Holland and Wonky Tonk but I finally … Continue reading “Tutokanula”