Here are some links to my brand-new single: Nine Bridges Lamentation at Apple Music Nine Bridges Lamentation at Spotify
This is a brand-new version of an original tune from about 1993. It is in the spirit of an Irish slow air, and it has strong modal flavoring throughout. The original recording was just solo acoustic mountain dulcimer….fingerpicking style and just some open string drone in spots. This new recording uses a few tracks of … Continue reading New Single Coming Soon!
For the last 4 or 5 months, I’ve been spending more and more time gradually building quality playlists of relaxing and meditative instrumental music on Spotify. Thanks to this platform’s Spotify For Artists program, I’ve had some success in networking with other musicians who are also building great playlists. Here I want to introduce you… Continue reading Spotify Playlists
Here is a playlist on Spotify that I’ve been slowly building for a while. It has some great acoustic guitarists, like Vin Downes, Lance Allen, Michelle Qureshi, Tommy Berre, Al Petteway, and many more, but there are also some players of Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Chapman Stick, and Harp. Many of these tunes have strong… Continue reading Relaxing Acoustic Instrumentals
This one has become a long-term project in many ways: it started out with Kate’s Tune probably five years ago. Kate’s Tune, in 4/4 time, is kind of a mesmerizing mixture of a Grateful Dead jam and something from the slower end of the Celtic realm. This month we are working on the waltz version… Continue reading November’s Waltz on Soundcloud
At Spotify, I made a 14-tune introductory playlist for my catalog of electric and acoustic dulcimer music. This spans three full-length albums, with a shorter album, due 9/15, arriving shortly. This is great music for relaxing, reading, studying, doing yoga, meditation, and even winding down into a deep sleep.
Less than a week now! It took about two years to complete this new album, and we are pretty jazzed-up about it. There are eight tracks of meditative electric and acoustic mountain dulcimer: seven of my own compositions, and one traditional tune – the Irish song/air Star of the County Down. I think I learned… Continue reading This Saturday – September 15 – Starlight Variations Arrives!
My last album, The Singing Messenger, was released November 15th, 2016. Since then I’ve been busy with a Winter-themed album (which is still in process), and this brand-new EP entitled Starlight Variations. This new EP will be available in all the major streaming platforms and at Bandcamp on September 15, 2018. Until then, you can… Continue reading New EP Release Coming in September!
Listening to Jerry Rockwell’s new EP “Starlight Variations” is like opening a magic box. The gentle but sharp sound of the dulcimer, combined with heartfelt and unpretentious composition, makes this into something truly unique – even divine. If you are new to Jerry Rockwell’s music, “Starlight Variations” EP is a great place to start. –… Continue reading Starlight Variations
An recording of soothing and meditative instrumentals featuring the electric and acoustic dulcimer, by Jerry Rockwell
In today’s world, where everything seems to go faster and faster, it feels like a privilege to slow down and experience something genuine and heartfelt. These two words sum up the essence of Jerry Rockwell’s Nine Meditations for Dulcimer. And when you take the time, you’ll see that there’s a poetic depth here too that… Continue reading Nine Meditations for Dulcimer
June 24 – 29, 2018 Bardstown, KY I’m really feeling blessed and excited for KMW this year!! I’ll be teaching four classes: Play Modal Tunes and Songs While Tuned DAD – No retuning, no capo, just learning some E Dorian, A Mixolydian, and B Aeolian repertoire! Easy Rounds and Jam-A-Rounds For Ensembles – Really, this… Continue reading Kentucky Music Week 2018!!!