a show of hands, who LOVES Parks & Rec? I've always kind of prided myself
on the fact that I don't watch TV, but dang Netflix, you make it so easy!! Plus
it really makes the time fly when I'm making "Oh, My Stars!" covers or
knitting hats, scarves or the like.
But I digress, and I haven't even started yet! My oh my this past month
has been PACKED full of exciting things. Since I last wrote, I volunteered
and networked like a crazy woman at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach,
FL. It was there that I also took my first run. That might not seem
like a big deal to some of you, but to those closest to me, one of my defining characteristics
has always been that I don't like exercise (am I proud of that? Maybe not but it's
still true!) so the fact that at 30 (almost 31! March 7th, wooohooo!!) I purchased
a pair of shoes with the sole purpose of using them for running is a pretty big
I've been talking
about it a lot. The running.
After Florida I had the pleasure of playing 3 shows with Doug Mains and the City Folk (Louisville, Evansville,
Nashville) and let me tell you, what a treat! The band, usually 5 piece, is
currently on the road as 3 and they are rocking cities left and right. We
met last summer on the road playing Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN and I have
a feeling there will be many more stages to share in the future. They also
asked me to collaborate on Doug's song "Pennies" for a video, and it turned out beautifully!
Keep your eyes peeled for Miss Otis and Maybellene's paws.
Jet setted north (why not?!)
for a couple Wisconsin shows (we can check playing at the Woodville Senior
Citizens Arena off my bucket list) and my 3rd Stageit show, and now I'm waiting
impatiently to hear if I've been selected to play at one of Nashville's bigggest
songwriting festivals, Tin Pan South.
Through a series of random moments, I got a hug from Amos Lee, chatted with the producer, engineer, multi
instrumentalist Jay Joyce and met Tom Hemby (father of Natalie Hemby, one of my all time favorite songwriters)
and had the opportunity to enjoy some jazz fusion music by my very talented friend Bernie. Nashville.....what a magical city.
HOWEVER, in the
midst of all of this wonderful stuff, one thing sticks out. If you didn't
see me sharing and reposting it on Facebook, please take a moment to read this incredible review by Jeffrey Kurtis. Jeffrey has met me
once and seen me perform once. I can't find the words to say how flattered
I am that this is what someone takes away from my performance. I couldn't
have asked for a better summary. I'm on the right track folks, and thanks
for all of the encouragement to keep me truckin'!
Last thing, I said "bless her heart" in a conversation
to a new friend last weekend at the Steeldrivers album release show. I'm morphing
into a true southern belle.
you on the road! bring your friends :)
3/16 - Ebeneezers Coffeehouse, DC
3/19 - Red Lion, NYC (with Vintage Language Trio)
3/20 - Cafe 9, New Haven CT
(with Marjory Lee and Mike Clifford)
3/21 - Burlap and Bean, Newtown Square PA
3/23 - Purple Fiddle, Thomas
- Purple Fiddle, Thomas WV
3/26 - Natalie's, Columbus OH (with Eric Nassau)
Amber Falls Winery, Hampshire, TN photo credit: Becky Jane Newbold