What’s The Buzz ?
Do you have Olympic fever like I have Olympic fever? Maybe it’s because I just returned from London after a monthlong tour of the UK, where that city was abuzz with excitement. It was amazing to see, and I got to drive past Olympic Park a few times and saw that gorgeous Velodrome. I’ll be rekindling my childhood love of gymnastics (I was a huge Nadia Comenechi and Mary Lou Retton fan, despite my inability to ever land a back handspring), watching the track and field and biking and tennis and probably forcing myself to go out and try for a personal best in my own runs and bike rides. I was never a great athlete, but I do harbor those fantasies…
The tour with Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys of the UK was amazing. Alejandro invited me to sing a duet with him on the Spanish “Sabor a Mi” and I joined the band for the encores. I so enjoyed playing all over the UK. And I had a great time at the festivals and playing on the BBC. I wrote about the tour at my blog, INNERSPEACE. Come take a peek.
So, despite the fact that “Land Like A Bird” was JUST released over there, making it feel brand new, my focus now is all about the NEW RECORD, tentatively called “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat” (a song I co-wrote with the wonderful Sally Barris). Yes, that’s right. I’ll have a new record ready for you in the Spring of 2013. I’ll be recording it in October here in East Nashville with Neilson Hubbard again. It’s still in the initial stages but it will include the song “The Sea and The Shore” that I’ve been playing in shows lately. We’re very excited about the songs and the players and the whole idea of it all and I can’t wait to share it with you, but I wanted to let you know to stay tuned to all emails you get from me coming up, because very very soon, I’ll be asking YOU to be an integral part of the making of this record. I will be putting it out with the wonderful record label, Thirty Tigers, but this time, I’m going to be financing it on my own so that I can own my own work. Important stuff these days. But I cannot do it alone. Many many artists are turning to fan-funding, from complete indies to name-recognizable artists. I will join them as I will be announcing a KICKSTARTER campaign beginning sometime end of August, beginning of September. Records take money. I hate to be blunt. But they do. My budget for Kickstarter will include RECORDING, PROMOTION & TOUR SUPPORT. You will get something for your contribution. So, please, look to the next few emails I’ll be sending out and I’ll be asking for your help, not just in contributing as much (or as little) as you can (from pre-ordering to being a big donor), but also in spreading the word by passing my Kickstarter campaign along to your friends. Every little bit will help. This journey as an artist is so dependent upon you: without you in the audience, there’s no need for me to be onstage. Without you buying my CD… etc. So this time, I’d love to invite you to really partner with me. So, for right now, all I’m asking is if you are not connecting with me on FACEBOOK or TWITTER, follow those links and let’s get connected, because you’ll be able to share the video (once I make it) with your friends and that’s what we call viral….
In the meantime….
The upcoming tour… I am looking for a few very last minute fill ins for anyone willing to host a house concert. If you are, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with HOUSE CONCERT in the heading.
With so much gratitude,
AUGUST TOURDATES (MI, TN, CO)
House Concert Openings — please email me asap at email@example.com
Thursday August 2nd — Chicago, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, somewhere in between Nashville and northern, MI
Friday August 10th and Sunday August 12th: Anywhere in Colorado
Friday Aug 3 @ 8pm
HORTON BAY HOUSE CONCERT
Horton Bay, MI
Email: Ken Allen firstname.lastname@example.org for RSVP
Saturday Aug 4 @ 7pm
MARSHALL HOUSE CONCERT
Ann Arbor, MI
Email: Sheryl Rose Marshall email@example.com for RSVP
Sun Aug 5 @ 6:30pm
THE PUMP HOUSE CONCERTS
368 Orchard Street, East Lansing, MI
Tues Aug 7 @ 8pm
THE FAMILY WASH — SHORT SETS
2038 Greenwood Avenue, Nashville TN
w/ Andrew Duhon (New Orleans) and Doug & Telisha Williams (Nashville). Hosted by Cole Slivka
Sun Aug 19th
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL
I’ll be performing on the mainstage as part of the Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Tribute Concert.
Wed Aug 29 @ 7pm
BOYD’S JIG & REEL
101 S. Central Street, Knoxville TN
upcoming in September: Hippie Jacks’ Festival (TN), Americana Music Association Conference Showcase…