Fortunately for us we got to escape for 10 glorious days mixing performances with some much need vacation down south. It started warming up the minute we crossed the Ohio border into Kentucky and we woke up in Knoxville to sunshine and 45 degrees! Thanks to all the folks at Blue Plate Special on WDBX, to Elaine Mahon and the folks at Sandhill Stage in Gainesville (70’s and sunshine), to the always gracious and lovely Tracy Grammer along with Ray Lewis and the generous audience at the Mudville Room in Jacksonville (80’s and sunny) and finally to all our new friends at the Trent River Coffee Company and Down East Folk Arts Society in New Bern, NC (60’s – still sunny). What a great trip! Wish we could have brought some of that warmth back with us but good things are afoot here in Michigan and we can feel the spring trying desperately to spring!
We would be remiss if we didn’t put a big shout out to the most awesome Wild Ponies (Doug & Telisha Williams and Jake Winebrenner) and our favorite band mate, Jason Dennie for helping to make this 10th My Folky Valentine Concert truly special. The Laws got stranded south of the weather but we only feel a little bit sorry for them cause at least they were warm!
It’s been almost two months since we’ve returned from Texas and we’re already making plans to go back in October to perform at Songbird Sanctuary House Concerts in Houston. More about that later. Kerrville was, once again, a really groovy time which can primarily be attributed to the people. Friends old and new, from all over the country, converge on the Quiet Valley Ranch – which is anything BUT “quiet” during those 18 days. We were so grateful and honored to be one of the 32 New Folk Finalists again this year. And we could not be more happy for our dear friend, Whit Hill, who dazzled the judges with her amazing songs and performance securing her place as one of the 6 winners!
Back home for a little while until mid July when we head back out on the road – this time we’re eastward bound to play some super cool shows and showcases. Check out this crazy routing, tho… HA!
We hope to sharing some reports from the road, but it might just be another two months before we get around to it… :)
In the meantime, stay cool. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a heat wave going on out there!!
It’s quite possible that you’ll hear a love song or two at the 8th annual My Folky Valentine show, like you would at most any concert you attend. HOWEVER, this concert is not just for lovers. We celebrate the couples on stage – the way their love of music brought them together and the way their love of each other infuses itself into their music. But you don’t have to be a couple to appreciate what is always a magical time. Visit the calendar page for all the details.
The rest of the month you’ll find us on the road traveling through southern Indiana and southern Illinois then on to Tennessee. For those of you bound to southern Michigan, there is much going on. Two things of note are The Ark’s Annual Storytelling Festival (Feb 18/19) where the lovely Allison Downey will be performing; and our pal Dave Boutette will be guest-hosting Empty Chair Night at the Trinity House on Feb 19th.
Now, about this LOVE thing…
She was talking about music. Jazz specifically. But in general, how some ‘critics’ can be so judgmental and opinionated, becoming rather belligerent when one disagrees with their opinion. Continue reading