“an underwater spaghetti western” – Greg Ferris
In 2008, I was given a nickname. It sprung from a dull inside joke, a simple misunderstanding, a combination of grandmother spirits, of an organist and a flower arranger. Marion and Josephine. So, Mosephine it was.
I picked up the guitar to learn a cover tune, to woo a then-love. A week later, dumped on their doorstep, I wrote the first song of my own.
I found solace and an audience in my sun-saturated hometown in Sarasota FL with like-minded makers on a big wide porch. Guitars passed around a committee formed by tomfoolery and absurd plans on many a warm night. We stormed open mic nights as a crew, and helped each other start our bands.
At some point that year, I formed the Equines, released an EP (Hearts on Faces, Finch House Records, 2009). Friends of mine and I then formed Tiny Ensemble so we could all have an excuse to piggyback on a friend’s tour in a veg oil school bus, and I developed a still-unsatiated taste for the road. Later, I met and then joined forces with a cellist in 2011, forming Bard and Mustache, releasing 3 EP’s, and toured the east coast. We evolved into Teach Me Equals and moved into a camper, living and performing on the road from 2013 to 2018.
Teach Me Equals released a debut album (Knives in the Hope Chest, Minorlit Records, 2014), a Split EP (RedRumsey / Teach Me Equals, Exotic Fever Records, 2016), and a followup album (Fix History, Wild Klamath Records, 2018), and then, parted ways.
Along the way, I’ve collaborated with many a wonderful human, shrieking, playing violin or guitar and experimenting in many mediums. With all those miles beneath my belt with other musicians, it’s a bit different setting out on my own. Following my nose. Watching the sky and the storms. Observing the vultures. Watching the petals fall so that more can emerge. Playing old songs and songs I love. And the new ones are also coming. Hoping to sing to you soon ❤