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Wednesday December 7th

The True Story of Benjamin Darling

The ABC Boston TV show Chronicle recently produced a piece about Benjamin Darling and the interracial community on Malaga Island. This is the story that inspired the Year Of The Crow song "The Story Of Benjamin Darling, Pt. 1." Watch it on the WCVB website.


Tuesday November 8th

See You On December 16th

Hi Everyone,

Election day is upon us at last! I hope Hillary knocks this one out of the pahk! You still have time to vote if you haven't gotten down to the polls.

I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know that I'll be returning to The Paradise in Boston on Friday December 16th for our Calling All Crows Annual Benefit Show. I’ll be joined by my compatriots JR and brother Willy, opening the set will be songwriter / activist Ryan Harvey.

This year Calling All Crows has been focusing on gun violence and what we need to do to stop it. We’ve teamed up with an organization called Everytown that is working on policy change to keep our country safer and less gun happy.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 12PM EST, but you can get tickets tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12PM EST with pre-sale code: COMANCHE

We'll also be having a little VIP get together before the show. VIP tickets include an open bar, pre-show acoustic performance, early access to the venue and a signed event poster designed by my good friend Darren Buck. We've only got 100 VIP tickets so grab them quickly.

12/16 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club (All Ages) - Tickets | Info

Have fun voting and continue to stand up for what you believe in!


Tuesday October 18th

December Tour Dates

Just made it out to Marin County, north of San Francisco, to do some recording with Dispatch. My usual 7 o’clock wake up on the East Coast is a gentlemanly 4AM out here so I've got some time on my hands to write a little update here. It's amazing here! I can see the Pacific Ocean from where I sleep.

On the solo front, Willy, JR and I are doing a run of shows on the East Coast in mid-December. $1 from every ticket will benefit the efforts of Everytown and Calling All Crows to curb gun violence in the United States. Check out Everytown’s 7 WAYS TO ACT NOW if you’re interested in getting involved. This year Calling All Crows has been concentrating on helping to end gun violence. It is too easy to kill someone in the United States and the statics reflect that. 91 Americans are killed every day by guns.

Incidently, Willy has been doing some hitch hiking in the UK and he was talking about this sketchy guy who picked him up. Although it did get weird, Willy said that it wasn’t a big deal because he was pretty sure the guy didn’t have a gun. Here in the United States, you can go into a pawn shop, show your license and purchase something that can instantly end someone else’s life. All you have to do is pull the trigger. It's really crazy, but there are things we can do. Thank you in advance for helping and supporting our efforts.

Here are the dates:

12/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC (21+) - Tickets | Info | Volunteer
12/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (21+) - Tickets | Info | Volunteer

And lastly the studio at Levon Helm's barn!!! I’ve been dreaming about playing this place for years! He was my hero!

12/17 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios (All Ages) - Tickets | Info | Volunteer

Tickets go on sale Friday October 21st at 12PM EST. We'll also be announcing our annual December CAC show at The Paradise in Boston shortly. More on that soon.

Willy, JR and I have some new tunes to play at these shows that I hope will eventually make their way into a rock opera, in the vein of Tommy, The Wall or Hair (hopefully).

The December shows will be the last ones before I have to go under the knife at Mass Eye and Ear. One of my vocal chords is starting to bleed so I need to have surgery on it, after which I'll need to be quiet for a few months.

In case you didn't see it on Facebook, I had to cancel the 10PM show on the October 28th double header in Northampton, MA. My doctor said that I could sing between now and surgery, but not to push it. It wouldn't be the first time that I've had a blood vessel rupture (happened in 2002 right before State Radio's first tour, which we had to cancel). With that in mind, I unfortunately needed to listen to the doctor's orders and cancel the late show. Please get in touch if you bought a ticket for the 10PM show on October 28th and haven't received a refund for the ticket price.

Thanks for listening and take care,


Wednesday October 12th

Northampton Late Show Update

Northampton, I’m sorry to be writing this, but I’ve got to cancel the late show (10PM) on Friday October 28th at The Iron Horse. I have a blood vessel in my one of my vocal chords that's starting to give way. I went to see the doctor last week and he said that I could sing on it, but not to push it or do anything crazy because it could rupture. Incidentally, that's what happened in 2002 right before State Radio's first ever tour, a national tour opening for Slightly Stoopid, and we ended up having to cancel it.

This night comes directly in the middle of the Dispatch recording so I don't want to chance it.  I'm sorry if this causes anyone any inconvenience. I'm wicked psyched to be back at The Horse, even if it’s just for one show.

Happy fall to all, peace and love. - Chadwick

P.S. If you would like to convert your 10pm ticket to a 7pm ticket, please contact the Northampton Box Office at 413-586-8686 before Thursday October 13th at 5PM EST.  Please note all refunds will be processed less applicable, non-refundable box office service fees.

Friday September 16th

3rd Annual Farm Jam

Farm Jam has become a really special gathering of friends and musicians who combine a good ol' fashioned pass-the-guitar-around hootenanny with giving to different causes. This marriage of music and social intent has always been my dream and farm jam nails it. Can't wait for year 3!

Ayer, MA @ Top O' the Hill Farm
$25 / 4PM-9PM / ALL AGES

Tuesday September 6th

Halloween in Northampton

It’s been a long-standing tradition for Chad and Calling All Crows to celebrate Halloween in Northampton so we're pleased to announce that he'll be back on Friday October 28th!

Chad will be knee deep in recording DISPATCH's new album so this year’s Halloween festivities will take place in one night at The Iron Horse. There will be an early show (7PM) and a late show (10PM) and each will feature different sets, special guests and more.

For all you walkers and fun-runners out there, we won't be doing a Calling All Crows 5K in 2016 so everyone should bring their costumes to The Iron Horse.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

As always, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Calling All Crows.

Northampton, MA @ The Iron Horse
$25 ADV / $30 DOS - 7PM (Early Show) / 10PM (Late Show)
InfoEarly Show Tickets • Late Show Tickets

Tuesday April 19th

Spring Update From Chad

Hi All -

It’s been a blustery winter here in Massachusetts. We’ve been living on Cloudberry Farm and have enjoyed connecting to the land a bit more- even though it’s more of an isolated existence compared to Jamaica Plain. Lefty and Kitty Cat Kodak are most pleased by our temporary relocation. Aside from looking after the little ones, Sybil has been busy as ever with her interior design foray with sister Farley (named SirTank Design after my old dog who years ago informed an animal talker friend of ours that he felt that Tank was a bit demeaning and he would prefer Sir Tank or Tankers) and I’ve had more time than I’ve had in years to work on new songs and unearth old ones.

For much of January, February and March I’d walk down to the cottage where my aunt and uncle used to live (now a halfway house for whichever brother is breezing through town) to light the wood stove and slog through the process (sometimes like wading through mud, but the occasional moments when you’re so deep in something that the physical things around you disappear - make it all worth it). On some of those cold February days, I’d swear I’d just get the cottage to a livable temperature and then the sun would be setting signally my work day done. My friends JR and Brad Corrigan both visited to play around a bit. I did a couple of shows in New Hampshire and a show in Virginia — (the show in Virginia was the coldest one by a long shot. - I kept having to stick my hand down my pants in-between songs and make up something to discuss with JR to buy some time to keep any kind of feeling).

Calling All Crows teamed up with Oxfam America at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA to commemorate National Women’s Day with some help from our friends in the killer band The Dingo Babies and a cameo from poster boy Darren Buck from The Hank Wonder Trio. I also went into my old junior high school for Martin Luther King Day to talk about activism and service — toughest crowd of the year so far - good kids, but man is that whole teaching thing tough.

Oh yeah, and there was a trip to Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah for a show and a some turns in the snow. I also went down to SXSW to play a couple shows and speak on a panel about doing service in the music industry that Pandora put together.

Spring is here and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see if the trees we transplanted into the ancient ashe stumps are going to take root. I've also been fixing up the old chicken coop in hopes of getting some feathered friends back on the farm. Also found a tick on me and so I’ve been taking a regiment of my veterinary aunt's horse antibiotics - makes you feel like a 100 bux.

As I look forward to the spring, JR and I are psyched join up with my friends in Elephant Revival for a little east coast run.

April 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore - Tickets | Info
April 28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - Tickets | Info
April 29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club - Tickets | Info
April 30 - Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater - Tickets | Info

Then it's off to Europe with DISPATCH:

July 2 - Cologne, DE @ Summerjam Festival - Tickets | Info
July 3 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Raucherkammer - Tickets | Info
July 5 - Nuremberg, DE @ Hirsch - Tickets | Info
July 6 - Innsbruck, AT @ Weekender - Tickets | Info
July 7 - Innsbruck, AT @ Weekender (sold out)
July 8 - Feldkirch, AT @ Poolbar Festival - Tickets | Info
July 9 - Burg Clam, AT @ Harvest of Art Music Festival - Tickets | Info

Basically every Tuesday has been a nail biter to see where and how this election is breaking down. Supposedly the Bernie Sanders camp is going to reach out to see if i have any interest in playing some tunes somewhere — I’ll keep you all posted on that — I’m game - I love that guy.

Be well folks, spring is here, well it was here and then it left, but now it’s back. Thanks for your support.



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