lofi is meant to be honest

Monday, December 12, 2011

"I WILL FOLLOW YOU TO JAIL" picked as a 2011 Essential Release!

I was honored last Friday when I WILL FOLLOW YOU TO JAIL was named as one of SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC's Essential Albums of 2011.  Ive recorded five albums this year, and I am happy to get some recognition for my efforts. You can read about it and other album nominations at

thanks for listening. olds.

Friday, December 2, 2011


I plan on releasing a limited run of t-shirts early on in 2012. They will be of the design above, black on white. If you think you re interested, follow me on facebook, or just drop me a comment below with your email, and i will contact you when i start printing them. They will be $15 and include a link to a new album.


thanks for listening.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

times are tough all over

Seriously, it seems like everytime you turn around a little bit of your wallet is lost. Im sympathetic to those who have to choose between a new cd or a six pack of beer. I can guarantee you that beer will win almost everytime in my house, and then I hit Pandora to listen to the tunes....
So with these thoughts in mind, PLAINSPOKEN, my latest release, is FREE for one week. NOVEMBER 1-8. Please feel free to download it, share it, tell your friends about it, and generally enjoy it.
you can find it here:

dont forget---in the liner notes included with the download-- a link to a "secret" album!!!!

let me know if you like it- it makes it all worthwhile.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011


On OCtober 23rd, I will be playing with Dave Lefever and Thomas Roue at the CHestnut Hill CAfe in Lancaster. In honor of the gathering, the three of us recorded a campfire session at my house under a full moon one early October Night. Amazing good times. This night is captured on FIELD RUST #1- its an all live, one take Song Circle. Its a free download, just click the link below.


In other news, I was asked to compose a few songs for a script "ELIJAH THE PROPHET"

"Elijah the Prophet is the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition’s 2010/11 winning screenplay that tells the comedic story of Elijah: the pious, chummy… and alcoholic prophet, whose yearly antics have graced Jewish households for ages. Unfortunately for the childlike servant of God, not everyone understands drunk driving is, for him, a divine right, and he soon ends up in trouble with the law."

IT was really fun to read a script and write songs inspired by the words. Its a killer, smart script and the people involved have been very cool to me. THere is a KICKSTARTER campaign to get the project rolling.
You can find it here:

thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


                                        ---  15 tracks
                          --- free 2'x3' poster
                          ----FREE 13 track bonus album
                          ----liner notes



"plainspoken is full of restraint. You can hear the raw edge of sleeper’s passion for his sounds and his subjects, in his singing and his playing, yet he holds it all back with steely discipline. There are no histrionics. There’s a sense of tired experience in the songs, of hard earned wisdom and insights dearly bought. The music conveys neither cynical disillusion nor despair, but there is a powerful streak of melancholy, and of realism. I am rarely engaged by a recording as deeply as I have been by this one, which displays the kind of mastery of its musical materials that can only be discerned in the lightness with which it is worn. Beautiful, moving, and richly layered with meanings, more of which are yielded up the more deeply you listen, this album is, nevertheless, plainspoken."

- Oliver Arditi, full review here http://oliverarditi.com/2011/10/13/olds-sleeper-plainspoken/

Thanks for tuning in. Olds.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

NEWS, OCtober 2011

a Malfangled Dog, CrackerSwamp Promotions release.

Perhaps the most realized effort I ve put together,ever.

stay tuned.

Also, Nick "rev NIx" Redditt and his company,
is helping promote the next release.I am extremely proud to be affiliated with CrackerSwamp....Nix has the same aesthetic taste as I do...we both love authentic, heartfelt, no bullshit music that cuts to your guts.

I try to record that kind of music.

Home of HUSKY BURNETTE, one of the finest blues artists Ive ever met - he plays a thick fuzzed out blues with rhythm that makes you want to break shit.  Moments of pure electric brilliance- one serious guitar player. Amazing man.

CrackerSwamp also
represents LONEWOLF OMB, one of the most unique artists youre ever likely to hear...gypsy,
southstomp, gravel throat, clawhammer One Man Band. Banjo master. Bruno Esposito's music is an inspiration. NO ONE SOUNDS LIKE LONEWOLF.

CLick on the Cracker Swamp Link at the right to check out the site.

I am proud to say that I have a Darren Brown Cigarbox guitar, he is the owner, operator and Nova Scotian luthier wizard of DB CUSTOM CIGARBOX GUITARS.
There will be a permanent link on the right of this blog to Darren's work. You can custom order almost anything from Darren and be guaranteed a great sounding instrument that will inspire you to play more.
He made the neck of my guitar from a piece of driftwood he found on the Nova Scotian shore. Its a pleasure to play. Plus, he's one of the nicest dudes, ever. No lie.

ONe last thing, if you did not read the review of "I WILL FOLLOW YOU TO JAIL" written over at http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/
I think you should check it out.
Not only did Triggerman give me props, but he managed to describe my music and my approach
in an inspiringly articulate way.
more soon.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


from the upcoming album, "Plainspoken", Sept. 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


(catching night before dawn,2008- cover detail)

IN JUNE of 2010, QUIET SONGS issued a double-release: OLDS SLEEPER "JUNE" and its companion EP, "GEMINI".


Both albums were recorded from fall of '09 to summer of 2010.
http://www.oldssleeper.bandcamp.com/ for download, name your price!!

    A Hollow drum from a Hallowed PLace -fall 2010
   http://www.oldssleeper.bandcamp.com/ name your price!


Lofi- and faded    March 2011


 ( the green album)       May 2011
     an ALL CIGARBOX guitar album


June 2011: http://www.oldssleeper.bandcamp.com/

Oct, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

COming SooN

for the latest release from the malfangled dog.
its freaking free.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

in the darkness of fall and winter

So-- I had a bunch of songs that I recorded around the house during the dark hours of fall and winter. I figured  I would just release them as a free album, and throw on a few old songs that were sitting around staring at me.

What came about was "In the Darkness of Fall and WInter"; many of the songs were recorded in different places in and outside of my house. Just one take. Me sitting with a guitar or banjo, and trying to capture the mood that I was feeling. Yep-- there are bad notes and mistakes, but I felt that the honesty of that moment was more important. Its the flaws that makes it human.

You can dowload it here:

if you like it, share it.  Stay tuned...upcoming radio interview...will keep you posted.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Upcoming show, Review and New ALbum....

Winter is always a tough time for me....too much darkness and being indoors creates an unsteady view of the world...luckily, some good things occur here and there to bring me back to productivity....

I am playing a show at York Emporium, the coolest bookstore I have ever been to and the site of last year's Cigar Box Festival, (future site of THIS years Cigar Box Fest in late August)

Its On Friday, February 4th at 7pm, and I will be playing some cigarbox guitar  as well as performing some songs acoustically on my banjo and D-28---I know its advertised as "LOUD HOT AND BLUE" but much of the evening will be pretty intimate---no PA system, so it will be very much like a living room concert. Cool Place, if you can make it...I would love to see ya. Bring some wine or beer or something in a bottle to keep ya warm.

James Carlson is a talented journalist from PA and he was kind enough to do a piece on yours truly...the feature is here:

My favorite line from the article is below....especially the word "messy".

"In many ways Olds Sleeper’s songs are exercises in genre defiance, as well as merging old-timey styles with modern styles, the organic and the mechanical, noise and clarity, messy compositions and well-structured compositions, the light and the dark, the human and the spiritual, waking hours and dream worlds, and so on."

Lastly, I have collection of songs Ive been recording around the house....thinking of releasing them as a very low key album of sorts..for free...February is gonna be the time. I will keep you posted. If youre here, thank you.