Geez oh Petes, If a new website isn’t enough to get me to write the first new blog in nearly a year, then its a lost cause. So here we go. I couldn’t even begin to recap everything that’s gone on since January of oh nine, but I can tell you that we had one “My Folky Valentine” show, one Folk Alliance Conference, another trip to California, a Nor-east’r Festival, three CD Release Concerts for “My Blue Garden”, Above the Bridge Songwriter’s Weekend, FARM, Canada, and several amazing musical adventures in between all that. Now as we gear up for another NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) Conference where we’ve been selected as one of 30 Tricentric Showcasers, we can honestly say its been an exciting year. The trio with Jason Dennie has been working really hard and we’ve been having a blast making music together and looking forward to a new exciting year to come. (That last line was just in case I don’t get back here till after January again :-)

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!!

I found a sweet old book at our local antique store a long time ago, and bought it, not for its contents but for the way it would look on my shelf. What can i say, i’m a visual person first. Anyway, the other day something prompted me to open it up and read it. Its a book called “Sesame and Lilies” Three lectures by John Ruskin, LL.D. The “revised and enlarged edition” is 4 inches tall with minuscule type… Near as I can tell it was revised in 1871. In reading the first essay I initially found myself simply enjoying the old language. Continue reading

Its been too long since we’ve updated the Cappsule although i’ve begun several rants over the past few months which i though better of posting. Blogging has never been something we’re too good at finding the time for. Its hard enough to make time for friends and family, let alone actually making music and writing songs, and we do have our priorities. For now, this list of highlights for 2008 was sent out in our recent newsletter and reposted here if you’re interested.

2008 HIGHLIGHTS

We played over 60 shows last year in 10 states; many stages were shared with good friends who also happen to be amazing artists. Below are a select few of our fondest moments.

January – 3rd annual Yellow Room Gang show; Allison Downey & John Austin CD Release Concert.

February – 4th annual My Folky Valentine show; Godfrey Daniels w/Mustard’s Retreat; Folk Alliance Conference; WXPN, Philadelphia (Gene Shay’s Radio show)

March – Bound for Glory – Ithaca, NY

April – California; Beaucoup Blue comes to Michigan

May – WFMT Folk Stage show in Chicago w/ Yellow Room Gang;

June – Nor-east’r Music Festival; 2nd annual birthday show w/ Jason Dennie; North Carolina

July – Yellow Room Gang does the Flint Folk Festival

August – Farmfest; Hollerfest

September – Sally Spring & Ted Lyons come to Michigan

October – FARM Gathering

November – Barrack Obama elected President; Yellow Room Gang CD hits the airways; NERFA; Doug & Telisha Williams come to Michigan for the big Thanksgiving weekend with The Milroys

December – We begin recording the first 5 songs for our new CD; 7th Annual Concert for Peace; Erin Zindle & Friends Christmas concert

Go ahead. You can say it. Yes, its another new design for our website. Is it really so hard to fathom? This is me after all. Its like rearranging the furniture. Or changing clothes three times a day (no, I don’t really do that. not very often anyway) – what does this have to do with anything anyway… the point is we’re here and at least I’m updating the Cappsule more often…

So August was a crazy month. We’ve been flitting all over the state and playing a LOT. Its been fun, fun, fun and breaking in the new {old} Hummingbird has been one of the best parts. Let’s see, what have we been doing? Criminy, I can’t remember. I think we played Crazy Wisdom Tea Room some time this month but it seems so long ago. I just know that we’ve had a blast.

And anyway, I really should be writing a song for the new Yellow Room Gang record. Its gonna be a doozy if I ever get it done!!

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