In the last 24 hours Nashville
has enjoyed the wintry mix of rain, sleet, hail and a snowflake or two and I am
ready for the grey gloom to pass! Luckily, I’m packing up the ole Jeep
and heading to Florida in two short days.
Oh yes, heading to Santa Rosa Beach to volunteer for the 30A Songwriter Festival. I learned about the festival
too late to submit my own music so I figure this is the next best thing; I’ll
be networking and listening to some stellar tunes all weekend long.
Filling in a few more dates for my March tour with Tyler Flowers (still waiting on Pittsburgh and possibly
Chicago) and we can’t wait to hit the road. I would say about half of
the venues we are playing are new and I am thrilled to be sharing the stage with
Jesse Terry for our show at Café 9 in New Haven,
CT. He’s awesome! I’m also looking forward to 2 shows at
The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West VA which are extra special because they are part
of “50 shows in 50 States” to raise awareness for
epilepsy. I was contacted last week by the foundation putting together this
awareness project and I’m the West VA rep! Other artists involved are
Def Leppard, Chicago and….wait for it….Spin Doctors. SLR has
never been in such fancy company! (is it weird when I refer to myself in the
As you know, after reaching
out on a limb to find the fruit by sharing my original duet “Dear John, Dear
Abby” with Gary Nichols of The Steeldrivers, we ended up in the studio recording
another duet last month. That went so well that I drove down to Alabama after
Christmas and we tried co-writing (something I am very intimated by!) which was
a great fit and “Today is Not a Day for Grace” tumbled right out of
us. And if that isn’t exciting enough, we decided it’s not going
to stop there. After much thought, it was decided that Gary is going to produce
my next album! So much more on that as it unfolds…I can’t wait!
I remember when I released Ruby Red Shoes (produced by Henry Paul and Michael Bush)
thinking “this is the best representation of who I am right now, this is the
very best I have to share and offer.” I look forward to capturing who
that SLR is today when I go into the studio with Gary.
I am in danger of writing too long of an update so let me just remind you once again
that I do have a kids album now, “Oh, My Stars!” which was released
just before Christmas. Just $7 and one could be yours. Not only will
you hear the musical stylings of myself, Amber-Dawn and Brian, but the stellar star
cases are homemade by yours truly!
book a house concert! They are so fun!! If you want to talk it out a bit or
you want more clarification, drop me a line! Last year, as you may know, Sarah Siskind performed at my house for my 30th
birthday and it was such a wonderful experience. I’m tossing around
ideas in my head for a special guest for my 31st …. I mean my
2 year anniversary of my 29th… birthday in March.
Ok, Casey Jones is barking (again) so for the sake of my neighbors sanity,
I’m going to try and get him inside.
Have a wonderful day and an even better weekend!
here is a video from my show last week in Nashville at The Family Wash
with my incredible Handsome Devils:
and here is a photo, courtesy
of Charlie Upton! (from left to right: Brian Granfors, SLR, Joe Huettner, Amber-Dawn