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:
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!
Hey guys! Welcome to my new and improved website! You can check back for news and updates here and I'll do my best to keep it current!
Right now, I'm on tour with Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. They are a great band out of Michigan and if you haven't heard of them yet, you should check them out! I've been out with them since September 4th and will be until after IBMA in Raleigh where I'll be joining them for their official showcases!
In other news, Balsam Range's version of my tune, Row by Row, is up for IBMA's Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Award! I'll be there enjoying the award show and crossing my fingers in my Sunday best!
I'll try and get all my performance dates up soon, but in the meantime, you can always follow me on facebook!
Thanks for reading and thanks for the support!