So I went out to dinner tonight by myself...determined to leave my cell phone alone. It was a hipster place -probably a bad choice, but I wanted to try something new. Because I had no reservation, they asked me to sit at the bar, which was fine by me. I had two seats to choose from…one next to two couples talking and one next to one couple more my age. I chose the latter. I soon discovered this was a mistake. To my left, there was an older couple around 70 talking to a younger couple around 40. They asked them about art and classical music...the younger couple admitted they knew nothing of either. I scoured my brain for bits of information about Mozart and Beethoven and Bach – all of whom my mother loved – and the brief “music appreciation” course I took in college as a liberal arts requirement. I came up short. I noticed the box of Fruit Loops next to the Talisker Whiskey behind the bar and I couldn’t help feeling sad - like something has [...]
Hey guys - - sorry it's been so long since an update! Lots of changes around here. In fact, "around here" has changed too. In late May I packed up a 16' truck with all my sh*t and drove 1100 miles to Williamsburg, MA where I'm starting the newest leg of my journey. New England has a long rich tradition of folk music and I felt I needed a change of scenery. Having lived in Tennessee all my life, it was a bit scary to move so far, but it's exhilarating too. I loved living in Nashville, but it was time for a new adventure. So many people are moving to Nashville at the moment! But it feels right and I have my first show since moving tomorrow afternoon in Flushing, NY. :) I love this little village too. The post office, library and pub are within walking distance (no more nutty Nolensville traffic!) and the best lobster roll I've ever had is $8.00 down the street a bit. What's not to like?? Yes, I know - the winter! I am already shopping for a giant puffy coat and boots. As God as my witness, [...]
I'm relieved, a little scared and a lot excited. The past five years have been challenging and rewarding in ways that I never could have imagined. When I posted to Facebook yesterday that the new album was online for sale, the outpouring of support and kudos made me cry. I am so grateful. This is all I've ever wanted to do with my life - to sing and write. I have no idea if this album will reach a wider audience and I have no control. I'm just enjoying every opportunity to play and sing for you.
I got a nice little review today on No Depression (thanks Arthur!). #lifeisgoodindeed
Last weekend was one for the books.
I played the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - one of the oldest running folk fests in the country. I also got to lead the audience in a song while on stage with the legendary Tom Paxton (and lots of others!) during the Pete Seeger tribute (!). Wow. I felt all the beautiful history of the folk world and felt like I was a part of an amazing community. Very emotional for me. Then on Sunday, I played Fly Fest near Cooperstown, NY with The Strangebyrds and Steve Chizmadia - both great acts - and we had a blast! Thanks Sue and Bruce!
I can't wait to see what adventures are in the offing next!
Thanks to the incredible generosity of my fans and friends, the new CD campaign for Lay It Down is at 50% of goal ($5000+)! I'm just so happily stunned by this. So, now, we're in the last 2 1/2 weeks of the campaign and I'm really hoping to hit that $10K goal. This has been such an interesting, humbling and exciting process. I know being a traveling performing songwriter, I may seem like a brave person, but I'm really not. I play it safe sometimes and I'm not a frequent risk-taker. This campaign has shown me that I can push through that and just go for it...just put myself out there and try even though I paced around my apartment for an hour before I could push the "launch" button. You guys are really coming through and helping me in more ways than just with the campaign and I am eternally grateful. Thank you.