A New Album and 3 Shows Left in 2017!

This summer we recorded a new album called Buzzard’s Bluff. That’s bluff as in the landform….It’s mixed and mastered and the vinyl and CDs are being pressed for release in March of next year. More details coming soon!

But in the meantime, I’d love to see you at the last three shows of 2017. I’ll play some of the new Buzzard’s Bluff songs and all three of the shows are bills with new (to me) artists. Here are the details:

Saturday, October 28 at 7pm – Rogers Park House Show. All ages. $15 suggested. Doug and I will play this show together, and opening up for us is the very talented 16-year old, Ruth Santiago, from Albany Park. To RSVP and get the exact address, email me at booking@jodeelewis.com.

Thursday, November 2 at 7pm – Wishbone North (3300 N Lincoln). All ages. Free. I’ll play this show solo and share the bill with Indianapolis artist, Cliff Ritchey.

Saturday, December 9 at 8pm – Fitzgerald’s (6615 W Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL). $20. Tickets go on sale this Friday. This is the 20th anniversary of the legendary Chris and Heather’s Country Calendar Show. Details about what that means, if you don’t know already, are here. I’ll be solo and singing a little Joan Baez. Other fabulous performers include: The Flat Five, Devil in a Woodpile, Joel Paterson, Nora O’Connor and Kelly Hogan.

One Last Summer Show

I just finished buying what seemed like a million dollars worth of school supplies for my three kids – Freshman, 5th grade and 1st grade. I’m not quite ready for summer to end, so please join us this Saturday, 8/26, for our last show of the summer at Skokie’s Backlot Bash. Besides a lot of great music, there will be rides and food and even a car show! Details are here.

In the Can

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!

Keep on the Sunny Side of Life

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!

Not the Jet Set

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!