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ATB Staff Concert Weekend 1 (Photo by Mark Jewett)

June is just about over and as always there were so many reasons to love this month. Aside from being my birthday month and the beginning of summer its also the month of our wedding anniversary, the Shari Kane & Dave Steele CD Release concert, the Nor-east’r Music Festival, Above the Bridge Songwriters Weekend, the beginning of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Chelsea Sounds & Sights and more. Oh… and then there’s this –

Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide

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What a beautiful thing!! Check out this video LOVE IS NOT A SIN by Wild Ponies!

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CD Release Concert (Photo by Fred Ellert)

Suffice it to say that we’re coming down hard after a 30 day high and like a really great song, June’s excitement left us feeling elated and satisfied but a little sad that it ended. Unlike a song, we can only play it over again in our heads. We were already riding pretty high from our own CD release concert at the end of May! What an amazing night! So grateful to all the stellar musicians who shared the stage with us and made our songs sound so good – Ozzie Andrews, Mike Shimmin, Drew Howard and most of all Jason Dennie, without whom these songs would not be what they are! So much love in our hearts for all the folks who came to the show and made us feel so special that night.

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[000007]It was this very time last year, sitting in the tiny living room of the townhouse at which we landed in early 2013 after an abrupt, radical and painful change in our life, when we decided to make another change – this time for the better. Don’t get me wrong, the townhouse was a perfect place for us to do what we had to do … get rid of, let go of, purge, both material and emotional crap that was cluttering up our lives. It just wasn’t a home. So as I was sifting through boxes and boxes of really old photographs – the kind taken with a crappy Instamatic camera by a not-so-great photographer (me) that you had to pay to get developed and of course why wouldn’t you want TWO of each in case the crappy photo of the person in the photo might actually want a copy?? Please. And I realize that not everyone would agree with me, but why would I hold onto this photo of that guy I dated for like a second? Seriously. It was unbelievably cleansing to say good-bye to them.

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“Love is all you need”, “Love makes the world go round” and yes, “Love hurts”

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…

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Like a new born baby, this one is definitely our little bundle of joy. Co-produced by the most amazing, Glenn Brown, this album features several songs you’ve been hearing at our shows over the past year, like Serenity Road and Honey Sugar Baby Mine, along with a few brand new songs. We’re proud to say that Jason Dennie is all over this recording, both on mandolin and vocals and the list of special guests includes some of the greatest musicians in our neck o’ the woods. You really don’t need to look outside of Michigan to find these ‘knock yer socks off'” players. Listen to samples & Order your copy right now!!

Just got finished watching our CD release concert video from The Ark in June and I have to admit, as much as I hate watching myself on screen, it was pretty fun remembering that incredible evening. Jason, Jonesy, Chuck, Whit, Christine and Madcat – all wonderfully talented and what great energy! Wish I could say that it was DVD quality, but alas, it is not. We may grab bits and pieces here and there and post to the website for fun, but mostly we’re gonna have to try again with the video thing.

Got some great news the other day about our new CD and the Folk Radio charts! We’re #11 (out of 100, I think) and “In This Town” the song was #3! What does this mean exactly? Who knows, but its pretty darned cool! I think it means they liked us!

So we’ve got some plans to tour out east in the not-too-distant future but in the meantime, we have some really fun shows in Michigan to attend to. Hope to see you.

Who’s reading this anyway? Are you? hmmm…well…that’s very nice!

xoxo – annie

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