Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! Here we are at the beginning of November, can you believe it? This has been an incredible year full of growth, changes, and treasured moments. Here’s to more of those things!
Here is what is happening in November. I hope you’ll scroll down to read all the newsy news, look at random photos, and browse my rambling thoughts on gratitude and the future! (and thanks to John Gessner for this awesome pic from The Rooster’s Wife show!)
Fri, Nov 4 – Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT
Sat, Nov 5 – Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT
Wed, Nov 9 – Workshop and Concert at Pagosa Springs High School – Pagosa Springs, CO
Thu, Nov 10 – The Living Room at The Line — Richardson, TX
Fri, Nov 11 – Fischer Fest – Fischer, TX
Sat, Nov 12 – Russ & Julie’s House Concerts – Oak Park ,CA
Sun, Nov 13 – Cellar Sessions – Pasadena, CA
Wed, Nov 16 – Wine and Song – Pasadena, CA
1. GRATITUDE. Oh my heart. It is bursting with gratitude! Thank you to these wonderful folks for making October on the road so much fun: Tom O & Lisa, Niki & all at Lincoln City Cultural Center, to Laura, Mary & Les and all at Pistol River Concert Series, to Mark & Jeanne Kaufman, Jeanette Lundgren and the entire FAR West community for a wonderful conference, to Chicago Mike Beck, Freebo, Mama Hen, Uncle Bonsai, and Avery Hill & Jaspar Lepak & Artichoke Music for hosting me in their showcase rooms, to Farm Felty, to Susan & Stoney & Robert & all at The Purple Onion, to Sandra & Kathy & Mama & Eve, to Jon & Jean & Jesse and all at the Little Lizard Lounge, to Janet and all at the Rooster’s Wife, to David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach for rocking my socks off, to Caaaaat, to David Stoddard and all at the FARM concerence!
2. THE NEWS. Well the good news is that November is full of visits to wonderful new places and venues! I have been hearing such wonderful things about Moab Folk Festival in UT an Fischer Fest in TX, and I get to be a part of both! And I will play new places in CO, TX and CA…somebody pinch me please! After the whirlwind of the first half of November, I’m excited to take a little time off from the road. Winter is my time to slow down, go inward, put on my fuzzy pants and make soup. 🙂 I am hoping to rest, write, cook, run, volunteer, hike, and create a vision for my 2017.
There is some exciting news on the Portland home front. I have been invited to join the fundraising committee for our wonderful community non-profit organization Artichoke Music! Artichoke is one of my favorite listening rooms to play, but it is so much more than that! Artichoke Community Music started off as a retail storefront 40 years ago, and it has grown and developed to include a music school with classrooms and outreach programs for adults and kids and a lovely, intimate workhop and performance space. Artichoke is facing several significant challanges. Due to rent hikes, we need to find a new, viable location and to raise funds for the move and the future of Artichoke. I am excited to be a part of the team, and we’re searching and getting creative around the goal of keeping Artichoke alive and thriving! Along with Avery Hill, I’m helping out with special fundraising events. So if you want to host a house concert as a benefit for Artichoke, or you have other ideas, please lemme know at firstname.lastname@example.org! You can also become a patron of Artichoke through patreon, a website that connects artists/organizations with their supporters. It’s so easy! Check it out here!
Well I’ve been thinking and brainstorming about how to celebrate my 2oth year of touring next year!! Some ideas…How about 20/20 – releasing 20 songs in the next year for $20? Or how about a celebration concert that will be broadcast on Concert Window so everyone can watch from anywhere in the world? I’d love to hear your ideas!! Holler at me at email@example.com if you have any thoughts..thanks!
3. NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS. Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!
Fri, Nov 4 – Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT. The Moab Folk Festival is produced by the Friends of the Moab Folk Festival (Friends) a 501c3 non-profit corporation that came into existence in March of 2005. Our mission is to promote community building through music appreciation, education, and environmental stewardship. Based in the small, rural community of Moab, Utah, Friends strives to bring diverse Folk Music talents and educational opportunities from around the country to the area for the entertainment and enjoyment of the local community and visitors. Other artists include: James McMurtry, John Fullbright, Anne McCue, Jeffrey Foucault, the Railsplitters, Ma Muse and more! BW opens the evening in Star Hall. At 7 pm.
Sat, Nov 5 – Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT. BW opens the evening at GCHS. 7 pm.
Wed, Nov 9 – Workshop and Concert at Pagosa Springs High School – Pagosa Springs, CO. 800 S. 8th St. BW is excited to work with the Americana Project in Pagosa Springs schools! Workshops during the day, and there will be a concert open to all in the evening, with a special group finale! At the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium. $10 (12 and under free). Tickets available at the door only. Doors at 6:30, music at 7.
Thu, Nov 10 – The Living Room at The Line – Richardson, TX. 940 E Belt Line Rd. 972-231-8419. A listening room series hosted by friends Craig Bernhardt & Lee Wauters. Join us for a bite to eat, a drink, and some music!$15 adv/$20 door. 7 pm downbeat.
Fri, Nov 11 – Fischer Fest – Fischer, TX. Fischer Fest is a non-profit organization and our mission statement is quite simple: To continue the tradition of American Roots Music in Fischer, Texas as a community by supporting the artists and funding education in the arts. At historic Fischer Hall. BW will open the festival on Friday evening at 6 pm!
Sat, Nov 12 – Russ & Julie’s House Concerts – Oak Park, CA. A co-bill evening with the great Larry Murante. For information, go to www.houseconcerts.us. Reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org It’s really an adults-night-out kind of setting, but older children who are interested in music and who can sit without being a distraction are always welcome. $20 suggested donation. 8 pm.
Sun, Nov 13 – Cellar Sessions – Pasadena, CA. 2620 East Foothill Boulevard. Join us for a magical Sunday afternoon in the barrel room at Old Oak Cellars in Pasadena. Complimentary Wine tasting begins at 3pm followed by music. Light snacks provided or bring something to share if you like. Take home a bottle or two of Old Oak Cellars award-winning wines $5 from each bottle sale goes to MusiCares – a charity that supports musicians in times of need. $22 adv/$25 door. Co-bill with the great Larry Murante!
Wed, Nov 16 – Wine and Song – Pasadena, CA. At Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane. Every Wednesday, extraordinary artists, enthusiastic music fans, and a few bad golfers gather for what has become the hottest hub of acoustic music this side of Austin. Host Brad Colerick brings a great lineup of artists each week. $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Adjacent to the listening room is the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring a bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Showtime is 7pm.
well shucks, thank you Lincoln City Cultural Center!!
and they even had a green room with my name on it!! i felt right at home…
what fun we had at the FAR-West Folk Alliance conference!! After 10 pm, two floors of the hotel turned into little listening room venues…so fun! Thanks Mama Hen and all the good folks who hosted me!
one of my favorite all time spots to sip coffee.. Farm Felty in Brevard..sigh…
oh what fun we had at O’Connor’s! singing with Anne Weiss is a blast!
and then the next day I was in Iowa singing with my good buddy David Stoddard at the FARM folk alliance conference. SO much fun!!
we might have been goofing around a little bit.
i am so excited for my first Moab Folk Festival..woop!!
and hey, if y’all live near LA, this will be a wonderful evening…just sayin!
4. THE FUTURE…Oh, how I am looking forward to some time off from the road! I do have one fun event coming up in December. The Eugene Caldera Songwriters will be putting on our 5th annual community concert and fundraiser for the Egan Warming Center! This is one of my favorite nights of the year, and it’s a great way to have some fun, celebrate the season, and give to a very important organization that gives shelter to folks who need it when the temperature falls below 32 degrees. Check out this beautiful poster designed by Laura Golden! And I hope if you are anywhere near Eugene, you’ll celebrate with us!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and there is so much to be thankful for this year. Here below is a little thanksgiving poem. I wish you peace and love in this dawning holiday season. And please remember – I am so thankful for you! With much gratitude from your fan,
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THANKSGIVING DAY PRAYER
For this day I bow down and give thanks.
For yesterday and each yesterday that came before.
For the blessings that are obvious and for
the good sense to recognize and celebrate them.
For the blessings that are downright ugly,
the lessons learned the hard way, well of
cleansing tears and grief, necessary counter-
weight to joy. For the blossoming of flavors on
my tongue and for the savoring. For these dear
humans who created me and raised me with intent,
and for their good health. For the love that is alive
in my heart, for the ability to give it away and never
empty it out, and for the ability to receive it, too.
For all who share my blood and for all who are gone.
For dear friends (chosen family) and for our priceless
laughter, shared sorrow, bright joy. For the hands
that forged these utensils, the hands that grew and
prepared this food and for all the life-force that
has gone into this very meal. For the knowledge that
this moment is all we have. For this breath
and for the next I give thanks. Cinnamon, salt,
cranberry, thyme, this is what gratitude tastes like.