Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Wow, what an exciting time this has been. THANK YOU to all of your support for my Kickstarter campaign! We reached our goal and then some and I couldn’t be more grateful! More about that later… but for now, here’s where I’ll be in March. I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, show details, and random pics and musings…
Sat, Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA
Sun, Mar 4 – Aurora Chorus Concert for International Womens Day – Portland, OR
Fri, Mar 9 – Private House Concert – Waupaca, WI
Sat, Mar 10 – Bluff View House Concert – Holmen, WI
Mon, Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN
Sat, Mar 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR w/Tom Faulkner
Sun, Mar 18 – Songwriter Series House Concert – Bend, OR w/Tom Faulkner
Fri, Mar 23 – KPTZ 91.9 FM – Port Townsend, WA
Fri, Mar 23 – Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA
Sat, Mar 24 – Singing Workshop at Dusty Strings
Sat, Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA w/Christopher Hayes
1. GRATITUDE…BIG THANK YOU to all of your collective energy and support in helping me reach, then exceed my Kickstarter goal! And thank you to these peeps for making Feb’s shows really fun: Dana and all the crew at Pilot’s Pub, John Wynn and friends, Nancy and Joel and friends, Jenny and Oakley, Ann and Bop (awesome roadies!), Cathy and Rick, Lane and the crew at The Bugle Boy, Thomas & Gayle and all at Sycamore Creek, Rob & Tanya and friends, Bill and Mickie Lippe and friends, Mark and Jeanne and friends, and the great Tom Faulkner and Ara Lee.
2. THE NEWS…The biggest news of all is reaching and exceeding our goal on my Kickstarter campaign so that I can finish and promote album #11!! I must admit I was nervous about asking for your help, but you guys answered me with a resounding YES and I could not be more thrilled or grateful! We are in the mixing phase of the album right now, which means that all the recording is done (except for one cello part we are waiting on for Mai Bloomfield to do when she gets home from tour…woop!). Matt is diving in to the mixes at The Rye Room and it is sounding amazing! I will keep you posted on things as they develop.
Next piece of amazing news is the my 2nd book, “Ladder To The Light” is here! I stopped by Mezcalita Press when I was in Texas and got to pick up a few copies. It was such an amazing feeling to see my vision realized into this book! I’m super excited about the cover — thanks to Jen Blair for her great work on the graphics! And thanks to Nathan and Ashely for patiently working with me to see this book through to the finish. I will be working on getting this new book up on my website. In the mean time, I will have them at shows, or you can order one from me here.
I’ve got a few things coming up on my home turf that I am over-the-moon excited about! FIRTSLY, Ara Lee and I have been invited to be the special guests of the Aurora Chorus, a women’s choir here in Portland, this coming Sunday at their concert in celebration of International Women’s Day! We will sing a few songs, then the choir will do their program and then back us up on our song “Nasty Woman” and another couple songs. Wowza! THEN my good friend and one of my musical heros Tom Faulkner is coming to Oregon! Tom and I have played tons of shows together over the years, and he is one of my favorite artists and writers of all time. It has been a dream of mine to share his music with folks up here in the northwest, so please come show him some Oregon love! We’ll be playing at the lovely Artichoke listening room on Sat, March 17 and at John Cook’s Songwriter Series House Concerts in Bend (this one is already sold out so thank you, John and please come see us at Artichoke). Check out one of my favorite videos of me and Tom (with special guest my cousin John David on washboard!)
and one of my all-time favorite Tom Faulkner songs from one of his Troubdaour, TX appearances…
AND THEN I am also super excited about a workshop here in Portland that I will be co-leading with Vicki Ambinder on April 7 & 8! Vicki has been a part of the folk community for many years and does amazing work as a performance coach. Her positive energy and approach along with her theater background and experience make her a wonderful coach to work with in addressing musical performance. Vicki and I have dreamed up a two-day songwriting and performace workshop for women songwriters that we will lead together. It is called Go Outside(Yourself) and Play: A Character Creation and Performance Workshop for Women Songwriters. It will be 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day at a quiet, private location in the West Hills, woop! Cost is $165 per person (includes both days). Registration is required and is limited to 12 participants. I hope you’ll join us! If you have questions or to begin the registration process, please email Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about it here!
Speaking of workshops, my cup runneth over this year with workshops! I am so honored to be leading a singing workshop at Dusty Strings in Seattle on Sunday, March 24. The workshop is open to all levels of singers, and we will be focusing on the breath and how to use breath as a tool to support relaxed, natural singing. And in April I will be co-leading the first annual Songsmith School in Brevard, NC with the great Sarah Siskind! My friend John Felty and his company Mountainsong Productions are putting on the first Songsmith Gathering – a songwriters festival at the beautiful Brevard Music Center. John and Sarah and I have been dreaming on the idea of a song school for a long time, and it is finally coming true this April! We will be leading a one-and-a-half day workshop gathering on April 19 & 20, and then we will sail right into the Songsmith Gathering on a wave of creative joy! Click on the beautful poster below to read more about Songsmith Gathering and Songsmith School!
And finally this blows my mind that I was invited to lead songwriting workshops at this year’s Summer Fishtrap Gathering in Joseph, OR. Fishtrap is a week-long writer’s conference located in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains at the south end of Wallowa Lake – with workshops in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, special workshops just for youth, and songwriting! Somebody pinch me please!
3. MARCH SHOWS AND HAPPENINGS…life is so uncertain, please call ahead!
Sat, Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA. Located in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave. Anchor Coffee House is a relaxed, intimate, family-friendly venue featuring local, regional and nationally known folk, bluegrass and blues artists. In addition to great music, delicious fair trade coffee, fresh hot tea and homemade desserts are available to delight your taste buds while you enjoy the music! Free childcare is provided at each performance by a trained childcare provider. $15 advance/$20 door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all shows begin at 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Mar 4 – Aurora Chorus Concert for International Womens Day – Portland, OR. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park. Since 1992, Aurora Chorus has honored the strength and beauty of women’s lives through the fine art of choral singing. Aurora was founded on the belief that music can be a powerful instrument of peace—locally, globally, and in the hearts of all who sing and all who listen. Directed by renowned choral composer Joan Szymko, Aurora Chorus is comprised of more than 90 singers from the Portland/Vancouver metro area. As the special guest artists for this special concert called “Sisters You Keep Me Fighting,” BW and Ara Lee will perform a 15-20 minute set and be accompanied by the choir on their anthem “Nasty Woman”. For more information, call 503-287-6721. $12. 4 pm.
Fri, Mar 9 – Private House Concert – Waupaca, WI.
Sat, Mar 10 – Bluff View House Concert – Holmen, WI. A lovely house concert series hosted by the Schippers! For reservations, email Dave at email@example.com. Suggested donation is $15.00 each. 7:30 pm.
Mon, Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN. Lips Atrium, Charlton Building-Subway Level. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Concert series is a weekly music program sponsored by Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, initiated through the generosity of Rosemary and Meredith Willson (the “Music Man.”) 12:10 pm. FREE.
Sat, Mar 17 – Artichoke Music – Portland, OR. w/Tom Faulkner. 2007 SE Powell. Join us at the new Artichoke listening room for a foot-stompin time! with the great Tom Faulkner!! 8 pm. Advance tickets here: https://031718.brownpapertickets.com/
Sun, Mar 18 – Songwriter Series House Concert – Bend, OR w/Tom Faulkner. A beautiful house concert hosted by John Cook. With the great Tom Faulkner!! 4 pm potluck, 5 pm music. You may RSVP by calling John at 972.741.3251 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $20.
Fri, Mar 23 – KPTZ 91.9 FM – Port Townsend, WA. BW will visit KPTZ for a conversation and some tunes! 1 pm (Pacific Time). FREE – it’s radio! Listen live here: https://kptz.org/listen/
Fri, Mar 23 – Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA. 701 Water St. Matt Miner Presents Songwriter Showcase features musical performances in an intimate art gallery atmosphere. $12 in advance/$15 at the door. 7 pm.
Sat, Mar 24 – Singing Workshop at Dusty Strings – Seattle, WA. 3406 Fremont Avenue N. Join us for a two hour vocal workshop – Breathing for Singing: Breath as a Tool for Natural Singing. Breathing is the foundation of singing. Explore how to breathe in a way that helps support your singing. Learn exercises to develop this tool and to think about songs in terms of breath. Use these exercises to raise your voice in song with others in this class for all levels of singers! $40. 1:30 pm.
Sat, Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. 504 Pacific Ave N. BW is thrilled to return to the beautiful Peninsual Arts Center in Long Beach, this time with Christopher Hayes on guitar! Concerts at The Peninsula Arts Center presents the best and brightest in the Northwest music scene in an intimate house-concert-style setting with professional production and staging. Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. The Peninsula Arts Center is a Fair Trade Music venue. 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30) and tickets are $15. Beer, wine, and other refreshments are available.
ohmygosh this place Pilot’s Pub was so awesome! check out the bar stools y’all.
and I had the best roadies ever for my Texas trip!
This is the beautiful Sycamore Creek barn…designed specifically for concerts…it was such a joy to sing there!
we stopped by Mezcalita Press headquarters for a very important meeting with their CEO Cayenne (and to pick up my new books)!
Kira was very excited about our house concert in McKinney
And this is Oakley. THIS FACE!
and this ol gal!
and this is how I always feel leaving texas.
and OMG, Ara Lee and I got to rehearse with the Aurora Chorus last night for our upcoming concert!
4. THE FUTURE…Wow, the future is looking quite full of awesome adventures!! We will keep working hard on this album and I will keep you posted on our progress. As always, I am in awe of your encouragement and support. THANK YOU for showing up, reading my silly yet newsy newsletters, and supporting my creative dreams. With much love and gratitude from your fan,
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DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…
Apr 2 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR
Apr 7 & 8 – Songwriting/Performance Workshop – Portland, OR
Apr 13 – Sessions at Chateau Ste. Michelle – Woodinville, WA
Apr 19 & 20 – Songsmith School – Brevard, NC
Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC
Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concerts – Auburn, AL
Apr 28 – TBA – Gainesville, FL
May 1 – House Concert – The Villages, FL
May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL
May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA
May 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR