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Thanks be

I think it's part of human nature to spend some time reflecting on the past year as it draws to a close. At the end of 2016 I made some major changes in my life, both musically and personally. Change is always difficult, even when it's voluntary, if for no other reason than the uncertainty that comes with the unknown. But we all must make our leaps of faith at certain times. My guiding principle has always been to lean into the things that bring joy and let go of the things that become a drag on the spirit. 2017 was all about leaning into the joy of music (rock and roll!) and collaboration with friends both old and new.

 

I feel profoundly grateful for so much this year... for all of the opportunities I had to perform live... for all who made the recording project for "Now" one of the most creative and supportive I've been a part of from the studio time to post production, video making and promotion... and for all who came out to shows, sang along, listened to the new album, and supported me both professionally and personally through musical changes and personal losses. The two CD release shows in Atlanta and New Orleans at the end of the year felt like the culmination of all of this, with so many friends both on the stage and in the audience filling Eddie's Attic and Chickie Wah Wah with the big love vibe and what felt like musical magic. I will never forget those nights and cannot express how much they meant to me. Thanks to Libro Musica, you can see some pictures and videos from the Atlanta show here, and I'll also paste some below.

 

Looking ahead to 2018, I am still leaning into the music and trying to let go of things that detract. One of those things is social media. Though some are able to use it as a way to connect and promote their music, for me facebook in particular seems to take more than it gives in terms of time and energy. So I am exploring how to better use other platforms that are more focused on sharing audio and visual art, such as Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify. One of the things I love most about music is the way it connects people, both audience members and band members. I just want to make sure that the platforms I use for communication, social media or otherwise, support connections and not divisiveness. It is an ever-evolving landscape, and I am still learning how to navigate these virtual spaces, so we'll see how it all goes.

 

In the meantime, I'm happy to share that I will have a few surprises to share in the new year. I've been back in the studio with Ben Williams, Luke Campolieta, Josh Birmingham, and Matt Henderson having some fun "reimagining" a few old favorites. Stay tuned for more soon. Until then, I hope you all have a safe and happy new year and look forward to seeing you in 2018!

 

peace, st

 

Pictures by Libro Musica from Eddie's Attic (November 3, 2017) CD Release Party with Ben Williams on bass, Josh Birmingham on drums, Matt Henderson on keys, Jimmy "Bones" McAlpin on electric, and Amy Ray, Seersha, and Hannah Thomas on guest vocals!!

 

 

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