I know it has been a long time since I have posted news, but a lot really has happened since we last sat down for a chat. Performing at the ACL Moody Theater downtown opening for legendary songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker (a true songwriting hero of mine) was a total thrill. Then I was off to Nashville to attend the Americana conference and had the greatest time performing at the Bluebird Cafe with my friends Noelle Hampton, Andre Moran, Amy Speace, and Charlie Faye.
October took the boys and me to Arkansas to play at the Denny West / Wildwood Festival, and I scored some serious bargains at the thrift shops in Little Rock. I shared the stage swapping songs back in Texas with the always entertaining Butch Hancock, and then I hit the studio to record with my friend (and cellist extraordinaire) Brian Standefer at his gorgeous studio in Buda, TX. We worked together like peanut butter and chocolate (unless you are allergic to nuts or cocoa – I just mean to say it was a match meant to be)!
We got twelve songs recorded, and I have been excited about the album ever since. Straight out of the studio, I left the flooded – yet still suffering from drought – hills of central Texas and ventured back north to Canada for another super-fun (but snowy as heck) tour with my pal Doug Cox through November. Why do I always go to Canada in November?
I guess it was the autumn of heroes, as I met and shared the stage with the great poet Nikki Giovanni when I got back to the States. What a hilarious, irreverent, amazing woman she is! I was thrilled to hang out with her backstage, joking around and snapping selfies with Ms. Giovanni!
December and January was a lot of good quality family time and gigs around Texas – and the birth of a new side project Short People: Michael Fracasso, Kacy Crowley, Charlie Faye, and me. I gotta tell you, this band is FUN, and we have been having a blast writing together and rehearsing. It may be a while for us to get gigging, since we all have a lot going on, but I promise to let you know when we launch onto a stage.
February and March…hmm. ah – more shows, including with my friend Sam Baker, the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City where I got to show off my new band and new sound to my folk family across North America, and then back to Austin for SXSW madness. I volunteered for one of my favorite stations in the universe (KUT/KUTX), flitted back to Nashville for a week of writing and showcasing at Tin Pan South, came back to Texas to start taking a screenwriting workshop, get my braces off, and buy a bunch more stones for my new jewelry business, and that pretty much brings us current!
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