Introducing Ghost Man On Second

Pike 27 will continue to be on hiatus for a long time. Meanwhile, Mike Fair and I are in a new band called Ghost Man On Second. You’ll recognize our new bandmates from well-loved bands like The Light Wires and Wojo.

Drawing on a crate-digger’s attic of influences, we make instrumental soundtracks for the movies in your head. You’ll dig us if you dig: Bill Frisell, The Police, Los Lobos, Tom Waits, The Meters, Pell Mell, Tortoise, Calexico, shortwave radios, numbers stations, and vintage tube amps.

Kitchen sink, no vox.

We debut Friday, May 24, at Lucius Q, 8-10pm.

Email band [at] to join our email list.

The band is:
Mike Fair – guitar, keyboard
Andy Hittle – guitar
Dave Purcell – drums, samples
Aaron Zlatkin – bass

Jan 27: Dave Davis Tribute and Scholarship Benefit

In early November, the Cincinnati music scene lost one of its guiding lights in mastering engineer/producer/audio guru, Dave Davis. I lost a good friend and mentor. Dave died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision a week prior. Dave was truly a Cincinnati music legend, having worked with the likes of The Twilight Singers, Guided By Voices, Bob Pollard, Wussy, Barrence Whitfield, The Ass Ponys, Heartless Bastards, and Freekbass. Dave was also a longtime friend and associate of The Afghan Whigs.

On Sunday, January 27, we’ll pay tribute to Dave’s memory and raise money for a audio production scholarship in his name at UC; the scholarship will support women who are interested in being audio professionals. The show starts at the Woodward Theater at 5pm sharp, tickets are $15, with all proceeds — as well as funds from the silent auction — going to the scholarship fund. We’re honored to join The Tigerlillies, Fairmount Girls, The Sundresses, and Wussy in honoring Dave’s memory.

We’ll be on at 6:30pm sharp and play a 30-minute set. I’m stepping back out to sing for this show to honor my friend and guru. Without Dave’s support and encouragement, our first record, Falling Down Hard, would not have been as strong and well-received. And without the success of that record, we might not still be a band.

It will be a special night. Please join us.
— Dave

On Hiatus





Hi friends,

We’re taking a long break. If you want to hear about when we’ll crank it up again or want to know about my new yet-to-be-named band, please sign up for our email list at: band [at]

Thanks for listening, coming to our shows, and supporting us — it means a lot.