|(thank you to Devon Stross for this photo from Harris Bridge Winery!)
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!
Wow, what a ride this summer has been so far. And it won’t slow down any time soon! Here’s what’s happening. As always I hope you’ll scroll down for the news, gratitude, random musing and photos and show details.
Aug 1 – Wednesday Writers’ Night at the Red Clay Music Foundry – Duluth, GA
Aug 3 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA
Aug 4 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA
Aug 17 – Harris Bridge Folk Festival – Philomath, OR
Aug 22 – Live @ Lunch – Bellevue, WA
1. GRATITUDE…BIG THANKS to all these generous folks for helping make July so epic: Courtney & Michelle and all at Big River Music, Bob Hemenger, The Wood Pile (Woods, Hurts, Howes, Audlins!), Ocea and the Skyhorse family, Mike Midlo and Janis Carpenter and all at Fishtrap, East Fork Brewery, the great David Stoddard, Pat & Bruce, Chris & Annette, Betsy & Eric, Pete and all at Acoustic Fest, and Ron & Jackie.
2. THE NEWS…Well the big news is that we finally have a release date for the new ablum THE LONG ROAD, woop!! The official release will be on October 26, and we will be working the the awesome folks at The Press House to get the word out far and wide. There will be a three month ramp up to the release in which we will release singles and reach out to local, regional and national press, radio, Spotify, and all the other places music goes that I don’t understand. (ha!) The Press house has gotten great results for many of my musical co-horts so I am feeling really excited about working with them. My Kickstarter supporters were vital in helping me get take this next step so THANK YOU!
Well David Stoddard and I just completed another tour, or what we like to call another successful caffeine-fueled cheese binge hahaha! We saw wild turkeys and Sandhill Cranes and Ruffed Grouse on the side of the road and we walked along the Little Bay de Loc of the great Lake Michigan in the upper peninsula. We had a blast harmonizing and giggling and driving hundreds of miles and I am SO EXCITED that Dave will be coming to Sisters Folk Festival this year. I love watching people’s faces when they see Dave play for the first time…sheer delight! You can listen to Dave’s new ablum here… and thank goodness, we finally figure out our mission statement
I am SUPER excited to return to Georgia for two nights with my favorite concert series, Home By Dark!! If you have never seen two songwriters backed by the most amazing band on the planet under a pavillion at a horse farm on a summer evening with fireflies glowing in the background, I highly recommend it! Can’t wait to play with James Casto and friends again – it is pure magic every time! And I’m also excited for my first time at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth (started by Eddie Owen of Eddie’s Attic fame) with the Wednesday writers in the round show hosted by Chuck McDowell!
Other great news is the wonderful festivals coming up…my cup runneth over! I am so honored to be a part of the very first Harris Bridge Folk Festival at the beautiful Harris Bridge Winery outside of Corvallis. These wonderful folks hosted the eclipse weekend last summer and it was so delicious and fun! The setting is breathtaking and the community is so welcoming. It’s an amazing line-up with Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, Paper Wings, Tyler Stenson, and Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw. You can come and camp all weekend or come for a night – I hope you’ll join us! Click on the poster below for info..
I’m excited to return to the singer-songwriter stage at the Art in the Pearl festival in Portland on labor day weekend! The festival is free and open to all ages! And before we know it, the beloved Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy will be here!! This year is especially exciting since the festival was canceled due to wildfires last year. We are all ready for a do-over! The line-up is off the charts amazing, and I am so honored and grateful to be a part of this amazing community!
And right after Sisters, I’m thrilled to be heading east for my first time at the Apex Music Festival in NC. Produced and curated by Six String Presents, the killer line-up includes Shawn Mullins, David Lamotte, Eliot Bronson, The Willies, Malcolm Holcombe, and many more. This event benefits Guardian Angel Thrift to assist them in their mission to support Alzheimer’s research, so it’s a win-win!
3. SHOW DETAILS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!
Wed, Aug 1 – Wednesday Writers’ Night at the Red Clay Music Foundry – Duluth, GA. 3116 Main Street. 404-478-2749. BW is honored to be a guest at Wednesday Writers’ Night at the Red Clay Music Foundry hosted by Chuck McDowell and featuring national and local, touring songwriters! With Wyatt Easterling and David Robert King. Will be streamed live at YouTube.com/EOPLive. General Admission $15 in advance ($20 day of show). 7:30 pm. Tickets available here.
Fri, Aug 3 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. 678-665-0040. At Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. HOME BY DARK is a songwriters in the round concert event unlike anything you’ve seen or heard featuring the best performing songwriters in America accompanied by the best instrumentalists on the planet. Hear the stories behind the songs and witness powerful performances as honest and as authentic as they come…from the songwriters themselves. Also featuring Tony Arata and the best house band in the world. Generad admisson $23.
Sat, Aug 4 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. Same awesomeness as above!
Fri, Aug 17 – Harris Bridge Folk Festival – Philomath, OR. 22937 Harris Road. Join us for the Harris Bridge Folk Festival on Aug. 17th – 19th, 2018! This is a family friendly event that will span the whole weekend filled with music, camping, swimming in the river, food from Burnheimer Meat Co., games on the grass, and a jaunt up to the Summit Summer Fest on Saturday! With music all weekend by BW, Paper Wings, DTW, Tyler Stenson, Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw, Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel! Paper Wings will kick off the evening on Friday, followed by BW. For a full weekend pass: chick here. For a single day pass: click here. BW plays at 6 pm.
Wed, Aug 22 – Live @ Lunch – Bellevue, WA. 555 110th Ave NE. Bellevue Downtown Association presents Live at Lunch – a free summer outdoor concert series. BW plays at noon at City Center Plaza.
Oh we had so much fun at Big River Music in Creede! Bob Hemenger playing his heart out…
Guess what, I wrote two songs with my dad!! It was so much fun and hmmm…maybe this is the beginning of something!?
Ahhhh, big sigh… This was my beautiful home nestled in the trees at Fistrap gathering of writers near Joseph, OR. It was such a wonderful retreat, and I got to work with some great songwriters and hear many authors read their work. So good for my spirit!
This is the background for the stage at East Fork Brewing in Joseph. Wowza!
We had so much fun at Acoustic Fest in Manitowoc! I think I was praying for it not to rain…
and the wonderful Gerkin Fest in Crystal Lake where it was much sunnier…
Oh my heart, these cuties! This is CJ and Patches (I’m not sure Patches was into it), the greeting committee in Rapid River, MI.
And THIS guy. This is my boyfriend Kevin who lives with Chris & Annette near Marquette, MI.
Kevin is cute but Dicky really runs the entire show, basically with her ears.
Look, she’s famous!!
Check out the poster for this year’s festival by the awesome Dennis McGregor…I can’t WAIT!
4. THE FUTURE… I am so excited for the official release of THE LONG ROAD!! It has been a long road indeed and I am so proud of this work we created. I’ve got wonderful shows coming up this fall in OR, NC, WA, KS, CA, and FL, and I can’t wait to make the rounds in support of this album!
My wonderful time at the Fishtrap gathering has me dreaming about teaching more and developing more workshops. I look forward to exploring that very rewarding work further in the future.
As always, I hope to see you and your friends out there the road. Thank you for believing in what I do. It means everything!
With a very grateful heart,
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Down the road a piece…
Sep 1 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR
Sep 4-7 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR
Sep 7-9 – Sisters Folk Festival
Sep 15 – Apex Music Festival – Apex, NC
Sep 21 – The Doug Fir – Portland, OR opening for Carbonleaf
Sep 22 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA opening for Carbonleaf
Sep 23 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA opening for Carbonleaf
Sep 28 – HPPR Living Room Concerts – Garden City, KS
Sep 29 – Last Minute Folk – Topeka, KS
Oct 4 – Live on Amaranta – Palo Alto, CA
Oct 6 – Private Party – Oakland, CA
Oct 7 – Fiddler’s Crossing – Tehachapi, CA
Oct 19 – Camarillo Cafe – Camarillo, CA
Oct 20 – House Concert – Rodando Beach, CA
Nov 1 – Listening Room of Palmer Ranch at the Music Compound- Sarasota, FL
Nov 3 – Academy for Five Element Acupuncture 30th Anniversary Gala – Gainesville FL
Nov 24 – The Old Firehouse – Edom, TX