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The Countdown is On!

I can't believe it's already mid-October! Things are starting to gear up in anticipation of the CD Release with some interviews and requests to come on some podcasts. It's been fun to learn about the new communication landscape and share more about the project with both new folks and old friends. Part of me just appreciates those of us that are still around either making new music or writing about it or both after all these years!

 

I wanted to share a couple of exciting things:

 

1) We made a music video that will be released on October 24th! Those of you who have followed me over the years know that I've experimented with making video collages in my DIY way here and there. I love visual arts and jumped at the chance to work with Weston Manders and his team when the opportunity arose. I appreciate working with folks who both know their craft and approach it with creativity and care. We had so much fun making the video and I hope it's fun to watch too!

 

2) I am very excited to have the team from Libro Musica as my media partner for my upcoming CD Release show! The team at Libro Musica is all about supporting local music. They are THE place to go to learn about awesome artists and their music. Check them out here on Facebook and hit the like button (http://www.facebook.com/libromusica)! Be sure to check back after the Nov. 3rd show to see their coverage!

 

As always, I feel profoundly grateful to be a part of a community that supports and nourishes music and the arts and those that create them. Thanks for being a part of my circle and including me in yours. Cheers!

Latest News!

I've been busy finishing up the record and working with Weston Manders on my first ever official music video! More to come on that soon! But in the meantime, I wanted to share the latest news: 

 

I released the title track from my upcoming album, “Now,” as a single this week to give everyone a taste of the sound and feel. Every record is different for me, and this one is no exception. Working with producer, Ben Williams, was a great experience, and he and the band brought fresh creativity and positive energy to the recording sessions. I can’t wait to share the entire record with you, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this first glimpse! Rachel Cholst premiered the single on her blog, Adobe and Teardrops, and you can check it out here! It should also be available for purchase or streaming on the music page on this site through CDBaby, as well as on iTunes, Spotify, etc.

Another bit of exciting news I’m honored to share is that the amazing Bonerama recorded “Mr. Okra” for the new album they’re releasing this week on Basin Street Records! Mr. Okra was inspired by the real Mr. Okra, who is a fruit and vegetable vendor that drives around New Orleans announcing his wares and selling them from the back of his truck. Craig Klein and I wrote the song and recorded it on my last album, “A Place for Everyone” in 2014. It's a thrill now to hear the Bonerama version! The band amps it up a notch and you can feel the joy, joy, joy, joy when you hear it!

 

It’s always an adventure and a challenge to leave one musical venture and embark on another, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I feel lucky and honored to have the opportunity to continue to record and perform the songs I write. Thank you for making this possible. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming show soon!!

Bookends

I can't believe it's already almost July! I'm excited about the upcoming recording sessions and looking forward to immersing myself in music. It feels like serendipity that the week we chose to record will also be full with friends' shows and my own performances as bookends. Music feeds my musical soul and contributes to a better whole I think. The journey starts July 8th when I'm going to open for Hannah Thomas at Eddie's Attic. Ben and Josh will be rockin' with Hannah that night too before we head into the studio the next day to begin laying tracks for my new record. So on July 9th, be sure to send some good juju our way as you're enjoying your summer Sunday! Hopefully we'll capture something special in the studio as the week progresses, and I'm already planning on some celebrations. Amy Ray will be at the Variety on July 14th and Paul Sanchez will be performing for Red Boots Roots House Concerts early evening on the 15th. Then I'll be playing my second Java Monkey residency show that evening starting at 8pm. I hope to see some friendly faces along the way whether I'm on stage or in the audience. Life is better with live music:)

I Still Believe

I wrote this song in April right before I played a Red Boots Roots House Concert. It's a song about faith in hope that was written from a place of despair about the ways in which hatred and politics intertwine these days to drive wedges between us. It's a song about endurance and recognizing that the march towards people being treated with equal respect based on the content of their character, not the color of their skin, the creed of their religion, or the gender they were born into or are attracted to, has been a long and slow one that many have contributed to over time, and we still have a long way to go.

I decided to play the song that night despite the fact that it was so new, and the response was immediate and overwhelming. My friend, Chardy McEwan, was there sitting in with me on some songs and witnessed the connection. After the show, I asked him if he could help me record the song so I could share it with the RBR Community in a more permanent format. Chardy is the bombdiggity, and he made it happen. He invited me into the Sixthman office after work one day when he had enlisted other Sixthman staff and friends to stay late and man the cameras. Tanner set up a new ribbon mic he wanted to test out, I ran through the song once for a sound check, and then we hit record. Tanner did the audio, Chardy mixed the video and sent me a link and instructions on how to upload it to Facebook. So about a month after I first played it for them, I was able to share the song with the RBR group. How's that for friendship and community?

The news is really heavy of late, and sometimes I find myself rendered mute with despair, but I do still believe that most people think that all people have the right to live their lives in their different skins. So here's me in mine, raw and real with emotion but doing my best to do my part:

http://www.sixthmansessions.com/session/117/?autoplay=true

New Project in the Works

I'm looking forward to another rehearsal tonight with Benjamin Ryan Williams and the fellows from Atlanta band Dank (Josh Birmingham, Matt Henderson, and Jimmy Bones). We've been jamming on some of my new songs and working them up so that we can lay down some tracks hopefully this summer. On this record, I'll be swinging back towards my rock 'n roll heart while keeping the groove alive and moving. We've only gotten together a couple of time so far, and the vibe is resonating as a pretty deep sound. I love how Matt and Jimmy swap trippy licks between the Moog and guitar while Ben and Josh keep it swinging. There's going to be a lot of heart in this one for sure!

Summer Residency at Java Monkey

Starting in June, I'll be playing the third Saturday of the month at Java Monkey in downtown Decatur, GA. I plan on filling the evenings with songs new and old, inviting musicians and poets who happen by to share their own talents, and generally have a good time surrounding myself with friends and community. Music is a live art form, and you just never quite know what will happen in the moment, which of course is part of the fun!

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