Here’s a song that didn’t make the cut for my new CD, which is coming out March 28. It’s a song I wrote in about 1988 on a solo camping trip in the BWCA. Not sure why I was thinking about cows at the time. I do remember I was thinking about those signs that used to appear outside of dairy farms that said “Registered Holsteins” with a picture of a cow. Musicians on this are Quillan Roe (bass), Angie Talle (vocals), Sean Egan (clarinet), Levi Stugelmeyer (drums), Dave Strahan (guitar). Erik Brandt produced it and might have played on it too. Levi recorded it. http://www.reverbnation.com/brettlarson/song/20085384-holsteins

New CD

I have a new collection of songs I’ll be releasing on House of Mercy Recordings March 28. (Thanks to Jim Larson [no relation] for the cover art.)


There will be a CD release show on March 28 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul. A bunch of friends will join me, including the following:

Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Blood-Washed Band, and Beguine Brothers. Erik produced the CD.

The Blood-Washed Band, which is the house band for House of Mercy church in St. Paul, which was started by good friends of mine (including my neighbor Debbie Blue and long-time inspiration Russell Rathbun). The Blood-Washed Band is led by Page Burkum, half of the acclaimed Cactus Blossoms.

Jon Rodine, one of my oldest friends, a great local songwriter and interpreter of American roots music.

Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers. Quillan was nice enough to play bass and sing some harmonies on the CD.

Pocahontas County, a great Twin Cities bluegrass band that includes Jake Hyer, who collaborates in all kinds of acts around town, including Martin Devaney. Jake also played fiddle and mandolin on the CD.