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Hey, Friend,

Fall is finally upon us!

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, it’s the perfect time to pull out your favorite blankets and curl up to some groovy tunes. If that sounds like your cup of pumpkin spice, have I got some great news for you!

In a stroke of fortuitous timing, I just so happen to be releasing my sixth album this month, a full-length record brimming with new music. Titled House of Ghosts, I’ll be (very fittingly) releasing the album on Halloween, my favorite holiday! To celebrate the launch, I’ll be hosting not one but TWO release parties in late October. You can catch an intimate, private show on Saturday, October 27, at a very special venue in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District: McFarland Manor. Why is it special? Well, for one, I live there. But more than that, it’s a DIY house show venue project I helped found, and the Halloween event will be its sixth show. Yes, my sixth album will be released at McFarland Manor’s sixth show, being held in the Sixth City….

If you can’t make it to the first show, I’ll also be playing in Akron on Sunday, October 28. The Oddmall Outpost, an “emporium of the weird” featuring wares from some of the area’s most unusual, creative, and unique vendors, will be hosting a plethora of events for Halloween, and yours truly will be playing the entire House of Ghosts album live in the Assembly of Odd Sunday afternoon.

Regardless of whether you can make either of my live events, the album itself is already available for pre-order on my website. Though the vinyl pre-order was launched last month, I’m so very happy to tell you that CD format ordering is now open. Head over to reserve your copy and score free shipping with your pre-order!

So, I’ve done CDs, and I’ve done vinyl, and for We Are the Architects I even did LEGOs, but now I think it’s time for something a little different. House of Ghosts will feature an exclusive 3-D PRINTABLE digital album option! From what I can tell, this special release is the first of its kind, so allow me to expound on the idea: you’ll purchase the 3-D printable file just like you would order the album on CD or vinyl (through the website). The 3D data in that file will be split into four piece, each representing a quarter of the final item. Once you’ve printed the pieces, you’ll assemble the item, which will form a scale 3-D model of McFarland Manor – which is featured on the album cover as my own personal house of ghosts. On the bottom of the model, you’ll scan the digital music code and voila! I’m serenading you with my latest hits. You’re welcome!

Whichever way you choose to experience it, I hope you’ll find, as I do, that House of Ghosts is my most compelling album yet. Over the years I’ve learned that no matter whatever city we may move to or wherever we may roam, we carry the phantoms of our past with us. The songs reflect my realization that the memories and heartbreaks of life and relationships create inside each one of us our own house of ghosts.

Album release aside, I still have plenty of upcoming tour dates for you to catch me live! In fact, just after clicking “send” on this month’s letter, I hopped in the car for a trip down to North Carolina (how do I know this? There are time paradoxes involved, best not to get into it), where I’ll be playing a Friday show at Olde Mecklenburg Brewing in Charlotte before heading over to Cary to catch the US Women’s Soccer squad take on their next opponent in the World Cup qualifiers. If you’re in the area, be sure to bring your smiling face over to say hello!

As always, there’s a chance I might end up picking up a few more shows over the coming weeks, so be sure to like my various social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and keep an eye on the Tour Dates page to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Once again, thank you for taking this journey with me!


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