Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to Columbia, Missouri’s Centro Cellar Studio to record a new album. And after a couple very long days, the new album is in the can. Katie, Doug, Christian and Jad were all on hand, along with producer, David Cover and engineer, Wil Reeves. There’s no official release date yet – it’ll be late this fall or in the first quarter of 2018, but I’m excited about this one. Thank you to all our friends who made it out to The Hideout the weekend before to listen to a preview show. And thanks for all the encouraging (and constructive) feedback!
This Saturday, March 25, we are back at The Old Town School of Folk Music for a show in Szold Hall. I am excited that the fabulous Milwaukee artist, Zach Pietrini is opening for us and bringing his brand new album with him. And I’m also very excited that the inimitable Katie Ernst is playing bass with us for this show. It may never happen again – so you don’t want to miss it…..
There are still a few tickets available for the John McEuen and friends show on January 28 at The Old Town School of Folk Music, and I’m getting more excited as it approaches. Mr. McEuen has given a few more details about what we’ll be doing, and I have several cameo appearances, including singing Mother Maybelle Carter’s Keep on the Sunny Side of Life. And, of course, Will the Circle Be Unbroken will make it into the set. The only other time I’ve ever done that song on a stage was a few years back when I opened for the lovely Carlene Carter. She was kind enough to ask me up during her encore to take a verse…and if any of you were there, you may remember my frenetic running back and forth across the stage trying to figure out whose mic to sing from. Apparently, I become quite nervous in the presence of musicians I grew up trying to emulate. I’m going to hold it together, though. And I hope to see many of you there!
I’ve been thinking about Missouri today and thought I’d share this old video from The Hideout a couple years ago which mentions good ole Festus, Missouri. I sort of always wished I wrote that song (Bobby Braddock did). However, I have written some other songs. And I’ll be playing them this Sunday, 10/16 at 7pm at Wishbone North (3300 N Lincoln Ave) in a songwriter’s showcase with Sue Fink and Ryan M Brewer. Come and join us!
Alright, Missouri! Doug, Katie, Christian, Jad and myself are packing up the minivans and headed to Lake of the Ozarks. We have a show tomorrow, September 23 at the Shawnee Bluff Vineyard in Eldon supporting the Oak Ridge Boys. We take the stage at 7pm and the Oak Ridge Boys will perform at 8pm. If you still need a ticket, you can get them here. Even before I could spell my own name, I knew the words to “Y’all Come Back Saloon”. I still love everything about that song – the mysterious man known only as “Cowboy”, the tambourine with the silver jingle, the idea of a late night benediction in a bar….and I can’t wait to hear the Oak Ridge Boys sing it. We’ll be in St. Louis the next night at a secret backyard show that you’re all invited to. If you need to RSVP to that one and get the exact address, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you the information. Looking forward to seeing you in the Show-Me-State!
My family and I have been in Amsterdam for 20 days now and it’s been a lovely respite from normal life. Many kilometers logged riding a bike have been at least countered by the number of stroopwafels I’ve consumed. But this morning I headed over to Tyndale Seminary, which is near where we are staying, and they kindly let me borrow one of their chapel guitars to play for a couple hours. So now I’m excited to announce our upcoming backyard show in Lincoln Square on Saturday, August 27. This date marks the 5th year that Rob and Liz Krebs have hosted an annual concert for us. And we’ll be joined by our good friend, Jonas Friddle. Since the location is secret unless you RSVP, here’s a link to do just that. Doors will open at 6pm, with the music beginning at 730p. Looking forward to seeing you there!
This past Sunday, June 5, marked the 17th wedding anniversary for me and my husband, Chad. I am very happy that we were married and that we are still married. However, much like every other day during 2016, I couldn’t help pausing to look over my life’s work, worrying that since I turn 40 later this year, maybe there isn’t much time to add onto the pile. After all, I’ve been working on writing and recording a new record since Whiskey Halo came out in 2014, and I certainly have no record release dates to promote in this post.
After that, I decided to see what other artists had done with 17ish years – of life, not marriage; none of them were married – and I discovered a Billboard article about the ages of musicians with their first few breakout hits. A synopsis of those songs that I know all the words to:
- Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus, age 20
- Complicated – Avril Lavigne, age 18
- Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera, age 18
- Love Story – Taylor Swift, age 16
- How Do I Live Without You – LeAnn Rimes, age 15
- Royals – Lorde, age 16
But then I thought of my very favorite artist, Merle Haggard, who passed away just two months ago on April 6, his 79th birthday. And I realized that even if I smoke a couple packs of cigarettes a day, by God’s grace, I may still have another 40 years to write and perform. And, hopefully, even longer than that to be married.