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CHANNELING MIKE HESSMAN
You may recall that my latest CD includes a song about Mike Hessman, a baseball player who hit
the most home runs in minor league history. Mike retired after the 2015 season and is now a
hitting coach in the Detroit Tigers system.
I was able to catch up with him last week when his team, the Erie SeaWolves, was playing an
afternoon game in Portland, Maine. I got a press pass so I could enter the park early. It was kind
of amusing that the press pass listed my affiliation as "Singer-Songwriter."
Mike is a very nice guy and we chatted for a few minutes, then took a photo together and I had
him sign a copy of the lyric sheet to the song. This was actually the first time I was able to meet a
subject of one of my baseball songs, although I did have a very brief, long-distance chat with the
late Tug McGraw back in the mid-'70s. He was doing some pre-game throwing in the bullpen prior
to a game and I gave him a shout (literally) from the stands.
About a week before I met Mike, I received notification from the National Baseball Hall of Fame that
a copy of "The Ballad of Mike Hessman" had been accepted into the museum’s archive. All pretty
If you'd like to see the photo, listen to the song and get some self-serving propaganda, visit
Six more summer shows are on tap, beginning with an Aug. 8 concert by Knock on Wood, my folk-
rock duo, in Bedford, N.H. One of them is an indoor concert at the Middleboro Library on Aug. 15.
We've been having a great time and hope you can make at least one of them. They’re all free.
We do a bunch of classic rock covers along with some of my songs. We might even do a kids' song
or a Frank Sinatra tune if a senior citizen is spotted in the crowd. You just never know what you’re
going to get.
For our complete schedule, videos and other assorted info, click here.
KNOCK ON WOOD: INDOOR VS. OUTDOOR SHOWS
A lot of people ask about the difference between our indoor and outdoor shows. It's the same
instrumental lineup, so what gives?
Well, an indoor concert is more intimate and folks basically sit and listen so we do more of my
originals and more audience participation.
When we play outdoors, there are families, dogs, Frisbees and lots of other stuff going on. So we
play more covers but still squeeze in at least three originals per set.
We love doing both kinds of shows. It’s just a totally different atmosphere at an outdoor concert.
CD SALES ARE BOOMING
This has been a great year for CD sales. It’s the first week of August and I'm within six of last
year's total, which was an all-time high. I won't give you the exact numbers (that’s proprietary
financial information) but it's three figures. OK, I'll give you a chance to catch your breath.
If you’d like to contribute to the total, click here.
Or, even better, save the shipping fees and come out to a show.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Here's my concert schedule.