Hey friends. The sad news is that the show this Friday at Turtle Anarchy Tap Room has been cancelled due to the venue's failure to obtain proper music license and pay all the fees that need to be paid.
We are all bummed and nobody wins in this situation, but let it be a reminder to all the venues to get their affairs in order so that live music can continue to thrive. The work that ASCAP, BMI and SESAC do is important. It is a big part of how many artists make their living and get paid for the songs that have brought joy to so many music lovers over the years.
I hope that we will see you at a show in the future and that everyone has an amazing holiday season! Thanks for your continued support and love!
Just finishing up some computer work here, and also this poster for the show at the Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company on December 13th in Franklin Tennessee!
I've been there before and the people are nice and the beers are tasty! I'll be joined by Nate Lee and Matt Wingate and we'll be playing all of our favorite tunes for you between 7 and 9PM! Here's what the poster looks like:
Hope to see you there!
Well friends, I had a tea party, was visited by Santa, finished a handful of new songs and I added some new shows to the calendar! I'm feeling pretty productive!
If you're like me, then you're probably looking forward to the holidays and you've probably lived in your vehicle on more than one occasion.
I'm getting excited for the holidays for all the regular reasons people do, but I'm also pretty giddy about spending some quality time roaming the country in my van! Road trips are awesome. I do like to travel with friends or family, but I love to travel solo or with my Ruby dog. I've been getting my van all decked out for a little camping and a few long drives. Its always a nice feeling to get out on the road, let your mind wander, listen to music, or just be still surrounded by the soothing hum of the highway. I'm hoping to reactivate my brain, stir the creative pot and get a lot more song fuel over the next month and a half. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has an amazing, loving, fun, creative and fulfilling holiday season! And don't forget to give to those in need (now and always), after all, you don't want to end up on Santa's Naughty List, Do you?
Ho! Ho! Ho! and a gobble, gobble gobble!
Tea party with my friends!
Ruby dog and Shevannigans.
I am loving being in Nashville this fall, although I'm not sure that it is still fall after the first snow. Here's a picture of the city from the Shelby foot bridge last month when the weather was absolutely perfect!
As much as I love the fall, I am so ready for winter, and I hope that this winter we get a few substantial snow days in Tennessee! I think today was a good sign. I had to wake up super early to drive a friend to the airport and the wind was blowing and the tiniest little snowflakes were swirling all around. As much as I enjoy late nights and even later mornings it is nice to experience the early morning hours now and then.
Now, enough about the weather and on to a little recapping what else has been going on.
We had super spectacular Halloween show/party at Dino's to celebrate most every kid's second favorite holiday! We called it the East Nashville Spooky Spectacular! The place was packed, the costumes were elaborate, the drinks were cold and some of my favorite musicians and people came to lend their talents for an amazingly fun time! I only wish I had have taken more pictures, but here's one out front midway through the night, courtesy of Kate Weekes.
No Halloween is ever complete without my Ruby and her traditional "problem bear" costume. She celebrated by snoozing in the van while the festivities went on inside.
I've got a bunch of new songs that I can't wait to share with you, as soon as demo's are done, or sooner if you happen to make it out to a show in the near future. I also have a handful of shows that I'm pretty thrilled about that I'll be adding to the calendar shortly. Which one am I the most excited for, you ask? I'll be opening up for Missy Raines at the Bluegrass Underground on February 1st! If you don't know this about me already, I love caves! I also love Missy Raines! I've always wanted to live in a cave, but I guess I'll settle for playing a show in one, for now.
I hope you're enjoying the look of the website and I hope to see some of you at a show sometime soon! Enjoy the upcoming holidays, friends!
Here are a few more pictures from the last month or so:
Wow! What a great week in Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association Convention! It seems to have taken me this long to decompress and reflect enough to write a little about it!
First off, Raleigh was a great host! I must admit that I wasn't a fan of moving it, for my own selfish reasons, but Raleigh won me over pretty much the first day!
IBMA is always fun, but this year some pretty incredible things happened, the least of which was having a song on the ballot and
on Balsam Range's Papertown,
which ended up winning album of the year! From Noam Pikelny's
speech to start the week off to Tony Rice's amazing acceptance speech
, it was a monumental week. If you haven't seen his speech yet, you should go and watch it on youbute right now. It was an incredible! The room got suddenly very still, everyone had tears in their eyes and looks of sheer astonishment frozen on their faces. I still get chills just thinking of it. I could tell you all about it, but its not something easily put into words, so do yourself a favor and watch it here
It was wonderful to get to see many old friends, make new ones, play music with some pretty fun people, run all around Raleigh and hear many of my friends and favorite musicians play! I was so honored to have had a song on the ballot and so pleased that Papertown
and Balsam Range won album of the year! Love those guys!
The theme of this year's gathering seemed very much one of acceptance and keeping the spirit and essence of bluegrass music alive, and I'd say it was the best year yet!
Here are a few pictures from the week:
Everyone getting settled at the awards show
Last set with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
With Garian Vigil and Jessica Smith in the lobby
Before the awards show with Robyn Taylor and Whitney Campbell
Now I'm back in Nashville, getting settled into my new place, working on some new songs, playing around town and really enjoying the beautiful fall weather!
Take care, and stay tuned for more updates!