This will probably be my last blog until after the holidays, so I wanted to wish you all happy holidays, and I hope you have a great time with your family and friends. Please travel safe and don’t forget to eat a lot of holiday fudge!!! I know I will! It’s my favorite, and no one makes chocolate fudge better than my own mother.
Anyway, I know you’ve heard this before, but thank you for all of your support this past year. My debut album has done well, and I’m very happy about its outcome. Like I said earlier, I have one more gig for this year before I wrap up the 2013 touring. My last show will be during December, on The Pride and Glory of Logan County. I will be featured singing Christmas tunes and sharing holiday memories. The air date has yet to be announced, but you can always check it out on You Tube later if you miss the Channel #5 air date.
I wanted to give you the heads up that January and February will be break time for me. I’ve been working on Bottle of Wine for several years now, and it’s depleted me in a number of different ways. It’s time for this girl to rest. During these two months I plan to take a time-out, of course, but also take time to revamp my show while organizing my 2014 show schedule.
In addition to touring Illinois next year, I’d also like to venture into Indiana and Iowa on a regular basis. I’d like to include more instruments in the show, but still embody that raw sound I love so much…think Ingrid Michaelson’s live shows. It’s still up in the air whether that means adding more musicians to the set up or me just switching instruments for each song, but that will all be hashed out. I appreciate you sticking with me while I rest up. You all are truly amazing, and I’m lucky to have you in my life!!!
I’ll keep you updated on Twitter, Facebook, ReverbNation, You Tube, and on my website, www.dyanneharvey.com. And yes, yes, I’ll try to add more videos, lol! I keep getting requests for videos, so I’ll get right on that!
It’s been just over 8 months since the release of my debut album, Bottle of Wine, and the whirlwind of 2013 swept me off of my feet. Back in December I remember receiving my first bulk shipment of the CDs, and I was wondering how in the world I would ever sell all those CDs by myself and empty all the boxes. I wish you could see my closet now…not many of those boxes left! For that, THANK YOU!!!
Central Illinois has been very kind to me, but the kindness didn’t stop at the state lines. Both venues and fans from all over the nation have been very supportive and loyal to me during this year. I’ve been in the music business for a while now, but this has been my first solo launch. I greatly appreciate the backing!
In addition to live performances at venues, I was lucky enough to have impacted radio this past year too. Several of my songs from the debut album have been played over the airwaves as well as me being featured during on-air interviews in a number of different states. Radio turn tables weren’t the only thing turning though, Bottle of Wine turned TV dials as well. Being featured as one of the most impacting individuals in my region on a local TV show was a very enlightening and encouraging experience. Thank you to all those who listened to my music over the radio and watched me on TV!
The exposure of both TV and radio were a huge boost. In addition to both of these avenues, I was able to squeeze in two tours in support of the album. Friend and fellow artist, Erisa Rei, and I teamed up for the Troubadour Gypsy Tour in August 2012 and for the Jokers and Gypsies Tour in October 2013. We also completed a mini-tour this summer in Central Illinois and Missouri. To all the faces we met and memories of you in our minds, thank you for the experience and support!
The future looks bright for this girl! I plan on finishing out the year with a bang then taking some time to rest and do some song writing at the beginning of the new year before jumping back into the hustle and bustle of the music world. I have another album up my sleeve, but will probably take it a slightly different direction than my debut album. Just as a sneak peak, I believe I’m going to strip my music down a little bit and keep it a little more raw next round. I’m very excited about the future and I really appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU!!!
Friends, Family, Fans...We are going on tour!!! By "We" I mean artist Erisa Rei, musician Erik Ferguson, and of course me. For those of you who aren't familiar with our group dynamic, Erisa Rei and Erik are two of my dearest childhood friends. We share many memories, more than enough hardships, and mostly this crazy passion for making music. We're going to be heading through a few Midwestern states on our way to the East Coast, singing and playing all the while. The last two weeks in August are the dates we've blocked out and our event calendar is filling up fast due to Erisa Rei's hard work booking, booking, booking! Erisa Rei is a Roots-Rock/Americana artist from Spring Hill, TN and one of my dearest friends. She will be promoting her first full-length Roots/Americana album, "Black Ball". This album charted #2 on the RMR's Roots-Rock Internet charts, #27 on the Roots 66 International charts, and #110 on the AMA charts, earlier this year. Erisa Rei's schedule has been filled with playing at some of Nashville's finest venues and it's an honor to be able to tour with her in the Fall. Her voice has always been one of my favorites and if you look in my car, "Black Ball" is one of two CDs in there. Get to know Erisa Rei better at http://facebook.com/erisareimusic or on her website at http://www.erisareimusic.com. I'm sure you'll love her music as much as I do! Guitarist Erik Ferguson has been described as a “beautifully fascinating melting pot of musical styles”. An official student of classical music, he has been just as much an unofficial student of blues, rock and the folk musics of the Americas and Eastern Europe. His playing combines an Albert-King-like soulful drive with classic-rock grit and a rhythmic punch that would make James Brown and Wilson Pickett shake their hair from here to Toledo. Yet, Erik possesses a melodic and spiritual sensitivity as if he were the blood brother of Jeff Buckley and John McLaughlin. His professional experience includes recording with drummer/producer Trey Gray and bassist Dow Tomlin, and performing with legendary jazz keyboardist Gintas Abarius and guitarists Oleg Timofeyev, Marten Falk and Vadim Kolpakov – everywhere from Chicago and Nashville to Latin America and Russia. As for me...you probably know me and my endeavors fairly well by now. I will be releasing my first full-length Pop/Rock album, "Bottle of Wine" this year and will be doing shows with Erik Ferguson to promote the release. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri will be my target audience for the radio promotion and press release. Erik and I are anticipating playing at an array of venues, but I think the focus I'm most excited about are the wineries. I mean the record is titled "Bottle of Wine" so what better place to sing and play than a winery drinking delicious wine...of which Erik and I are huge fans! We're hard at working preparing for our upcoming shows and look forward to seeing you all out and about.