I am happy to announce the release of The Droge & Summers Blend Volume Two. The five-song EP will be available at independent record stores nationwide on March 25. Visit THINK INDIE to find a store near you.

On February 18, we will launch a PLEDGE MUSIC pre-order campaign. By pledging you will gain immediate access to the whole record via digital download. Plus you can pre-order the CD, t-shirts, a coffee mug, poster & more. Also available will be two one-of-a-kind items: a mosaic guitar by Elaine Summers, and original folk art by me, Pete Droge.

Regular readers of the All Droge News Compendium know that this record was long in the making. We are thrilled to finally share it with all of you. To stay updated, like us on FACEBOOK.

Calico the Band recorded a song I co-wrote with Elaine Summers & Jaime Wyatt. I contributed slide guitar to the recording as well. The song was recently featured on the ABC hit, Nashville.

Last November I spent a couple of days in the orbit of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Elaine and I sang two songs for the aforementioned icons at their EMP Founders Award ceremony. It was nerve-wracking at first, but after making eye contact with Crosby bobbing his head to the groove and sporting a very satisfied, squinty-eyed smile everything clicked into place. Also singing songs from the CSN canon were Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, Head & the Heart and other luminaries. EXTRA! EXTRA!

The CSN gig was not the only time I left the house this winter. I sat in with Kim Richey in Gig Harbor. LOOK!

I donated an unreleased song called “First Kiss” to a compilation benefiting Compassion Through Action. LISTEN!

I have signed on to executive produce a record for Portlanders Rob Stroup & Naomi Hooley. Stay tuned.

On the stovetop: Earlier today, I pulled some Mike McCready tracks from the metaphorical freezer and placed them on the front burner. On my to-do list I’ve been looking at a task called “Shape up McCready tracks” for over two years. I have not been successful at finding a clearing in my schedule wide enough to devote my full creative attention to these sonic experiments. So, even though I have other things cooking these days, I have decided to apply at least a touch of heat. Once they are fit for consumption, they are likely to be part of a charity record. WATCH!
Until next time,