Legacy I 

Just returned from an awesome (albeit short) run to Boston. I got the honor of playing a couple shows with 2 guys that have helped mold me into the writer and singer I am today. 

I'm remembering a CD that came out in the late 1980's- It's called Legacy. A collection of up and coming singer songwriters of the time. I loved this record. It's where I discovered David Massengill, Sara Hickman, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, Pierce Pettis, Iain Matthews, and others.  

I'm not sure if I had ever heard a song like I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair- It totally took me by surprise and I found it so intriguing and quirky and cool and smart.  
I find myself singing that song randomly! John's Land Of The Bottom Line is one of my all time favorite recordings.

My Father's Shoes - The voice of Cliff Eberhardt is one of my favorites. And, a great guitar player too.  The Long Road played in my cd player for a very long time. Richie Havens comes in a takes turn too. Love this record.

So, I was more than just thrilled to be able to share the stage with John and Cliff. I'm just so very grateful to be a part of this amazing folk community.
 

Texas, I adore you! 

Headed to Texas in a couple days to play a few awesome shows. Seems like I have waited forever to play Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse in Huntsville Texas- so glad it's finally here!  Then to Austin for a Sunday brunch at Strange Brew and then a house concert with a couple of new friends. Jamiee Harris and Tom Meny. I met them both at Kerrville this year. Jamiee got in touch with me to see if we could get a show together and she made this house concert happen. If you are in the area you should for sure come!  
Gonna be a good weekend in the heart of Texas!  
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Rocky Mountain High 

Dang, another amazing couple of weeks spent in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. 

For the last 7 years I have been making the annual trek from Columbus, OH to Lyons, CO. I just point the car west and stay on Interstate 70 for 1300 miles or so! 

I have been playing at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park for about 5 years now. A gig that I look forward to playing every year. I never thought that I would enjoy it so much but I love driving up into the mountains and playing for the folks who come out and listen.  It's a very interesting gig that brings out entire families from all over the country. We chat after the show and find all kinds of similarities in our differences. 

Then to Song School. Ahhhhhhh… it's a deep breath that I need avery year. A chance to make new friends and catch up with peers and learn from heroes in a setting that is supportive and inspiring. I got the chance to share some insight of my own at an instructor this year. My class was "Making Music Work For You." How to be relevant as an artist full-time or part-time. It was a awesome discussion with folks who are at various levels of playing and their desire to play more. I also did some individual mentoring! 

Folks Festival 
Following the 4 day song school was the 25th anniversary of this formidable festival. Wow. Highlights for me include Mary Gauthier, Kasey Chambers, Sufjan Stevens, Session Americana, Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell, The Waifs, Richard Thompson, and closing out the weekend was Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. I even had the chance to perform on Sunday during the festival in the The Wildflower Pavilion with one of my favorites - Christopher Smith.
 

HOME
The trek home always gives me time to reflect on this amazing community of music makers that I am lucky enough to be a part of and glad to know that so many of them are my friends. I am GRATEFUL!
 

SOMETHING FINE 

New record!    
I have a brand new recording that I am super stoked about. Its a covers record. I love writing songs, but I also love singing. Interpret songs that really speak to me is so much fun. You know, the ones that you keep hitting repeat on - over and over. These songs ring true for me and I am so honored to have put them on a record and make them my own. 

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