Lyons, CO | Americana
Members: Jami Lunde ,Eben Grace,
Eric Straumanis, & Jamie Mitchell
I will be honest. I left a 15 year marriage, 2 dogs, an 1875 farm house and an entire
life, because I met a guy who, to me, looked like a 1972 Neil Young. Turns out he
was not infact a 1972 Neil Young but God Dammit if I didn't try to find even
one ounce of Neil Young in him. In the course of about 3 months, our spring
fling had fizzled and I had kicked him out of my old log cabin, loaded his
bed in the back of my old brown ranch truck, and drove it to his job site, at the
urging of my best friend, and said that's it, we are done. And we were. The
dream I had in my head was so great. It may have been the best one I've ever
had and it hurt to let it go...but I did.
I was born to a Neil Young soundtrack, perhaps even conceived to one. He has been
the one and only soothing voice in my life. When times go south, as they often do,
I put on an old Neil Young album and just sit and listen. To say I love Neil would
be an understatment. Some of my best concert memories have been at Neil Young shows...
If I could have any band in the world be my back up band...it would be Crazy Horse.
I always tell my bass players to keep it simple in a Billy Talbot sort of way. They
all might not be as well versed in the 'down sit down' rhythms I have pounding
in my brain at all times but if they did their homework, they'd know.
My guitars and songs sound seated the most in drop C tunings, like the ones Neil
has used in songs like 'Don't Let it Bring You Down'. I am not sure
I could ever play an entire show with out playing one Neil Young song. His songs
are my religion.
Here's a great story on Neil from Graham Nash...More Barn
This November marks my Awnry Girl Productions 6th annual tribute to Neil Young. It
is my favorite tribute of the year. If you would like to be included in playing
this very special night, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with
your top 3-5 song choices, band configuration and any time issues. We will have
it again I think at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids in Longmont on Wednesday
Nov 20 7 pm.
As many of you know, Awnry Girl Productions has been doing fundraisers for some of
our musician friends in Lyons, who lost everything due to the catastrophic flooding
in September. I am proud to say, we have raised nearly $6,000 and the recipients
are nothing but appreciative and tell me how much it means to them. So thank you
for being part of this (if you have been).
I have had some time to think over the last 6 weeks about what is next and here is
what I've come up with.
As many of our Creative Lyons' residents have lost their homes and ways, I want
to be part of the solution that keeps Lyons the creative community we have all come
to know, love and be part of. As a girl with a trailer park heart, seeing the Riverbend
Trailer Park (the one across from Planet Bluegrass) destroyed by the flooding, and
hearing that the owner of the land, says he will not build another trailer park
again there, has left me feeling broken. I want to help rebuild and be part of the
solution. It is my goal in life to in some way, make either another trailer park
or make a seriously affordable (to artists' wages) housing development as quickly
as possible. It it my goal to use our creative types (musicians, artists, photographers,
hair dressers, printers, sound engineers and more) to draw attention to the fact
that Lyons will not be the same if it does not continue to include our artistic
community. After going to a meeting Sunday morning in the Lyons' Elementary
School gymnasium on afforable housing, I was pleased to hear that our mayor, Julie,
and many residents feel the same way. We realize we have an opportunity to get specific
funds to keep our creatives housed in Lyons and also a chance to perhaps bend the
rules a bit to find a parcel of land that would be used to rebuild a trailer park
A couple weeks ago, I had an idea come into my head as I was cleaning, that I wanted
to make a double album and documentary film that included local and national musicians
who would contribute songs having been inspired by or having to do with what happened
due to the flooding. Some artists may have songs already recorded that would fit,
and some artists would write specific new songs for the project. It was my hope
to have this raise awarness of our unique artistic community and how we don't
want it to slip away. It is my intention to raise not only awarness but money to
fund grants to our creative community who want to continue to live in Lyons proper.
I would like to get the costs of the album making and film making donated or funded
by Grants (which I hear are available). I approached local musician and film
maker, Sally Van Meter, to join me in in both aspects of this recording and film
project. With out any hesistation, she agreed and had a million ideas too.
This is the first step. I do not know what this will look like necessarily but I
do know that it will have a lot of heart and soul. Last year was the first Lyons'
Film Festival and I'd like to have this new documentary done by the time the
2014 one rolls around. The documentary will tell the story of our creative/artistic
community, who lost thier homes, it will show our efforts in returning people to
Lyons and include the songs and musicians, artists and photographers who will be
part of the project. We have a very unique opportunity to try and hold on to what
was so special to all of us about Lyons... If you are interested in keeping up to
date with this project, please email me at email@example.com and let me know
what you'd like to do. I will be searching for musicians and songs, studio time,
mixing, mastering, replication, art work, photos, hair styling, promotion, bookings,
It has been roughly 6 weeks since the flooding and Lyons is still in rough shape
but each day small steps are being taken that return us closer to the life we knew.
Our number one goal is to go 'Home Again'. I think I just named our project.
Home Again. This is something my friend and neighbor Annie Grace has been saying
for a long time. She is not a song writer or musician, but she's sung this song
to me for so long that I think It's my job to finish it.
South St Vrain By Jami Lunde
We all just want to go Home Again...
As many of you know, I have purposley taken a bit of a break musically. It was my
plan to start recording my third album this fall and winter with Eben Grace. Then
the flood came and both of his studios are now gutted. So I am left with no shows
to play (as I didn't book any thinking i'd be busy recording) and no studio
to begin our work in. So I am happy to have been invited to play this Saturday 10/26/13
in Sandstone Park in Lyons before the Halloween Parade...details to follow. I am
looking for co bills, openings, residencies, and listening room shows to start playing
out some of my 40+ new songs that were written over the last year. I had the great
pleasure of playing with my new 'maybe' band as last month's Gram Parsons'
tribute and it felt good to bring the rock n roll back.. I am also looking for house
concert opportunities. If you have any ideas, want to share a show, host me in a
residency program (where I come play every week-like on a monday or something) or
have me in your home...I am feeling a little lost with out a full schedule of shows
or plans to record soon. Thank you for reading, don't be shy about communicating
with me. It has meant so much to me those of you who read these and write me back.
We are not so alone after all. Email is the best way for commuicating with me if
we aren't in person. I hate answering the phone, listening to messages or talking
on the phone.
Up on the Sun By Jami Lunde
"A world traveled alt.country troubadour, Lunde parks it in Colorado with some
local luminaries with national reputations and turns in the set people that who
would like a Lucinda Williams that speaks to a younger generation have been looking
for. With concise, hard hitting lyrics leading the way, this is one of those indie
albums that sneaks up on you and blows you away. A welcome new vector for Americana
— Midwest Entertainment
"Jami Lunde is one of the primary musical forces emanating from the outsized
arts community in Lyons. She produces concerts in the area, including the popular
tributes to various venerated artists at Oskar Blues. She's also a serious songwriter
— Quentin Young, Longmont Times-Call
"Over the years, Jami has gathered over $16,000 from you generous and caring
folks of this wonderful little town for: the Japanese tsunami, the Haitian earthquake/Bresma
orphanage, the Fourmile and Waldo fires."
— David McIntyre, Lyons' Recorder