I’m trying not to notice that the last time we wrote was almost three months ago. Those three months have been so full of music and wonderful friendships and the kind of life we only ever dreamed about living. So, why is it so hard to stay upbeat and happy sometimes? I don’t know, but I can tell you that it my life’s goal to research that very thing. In a world that is fraught with frustration, heart break and self centered people, music is our life blood, our church, our bliss, our best friend, our favorite place, our truest selves. The music BUSINESS, however is pretty much the opposite of all of that. That’s not to say that everyone in or everything about the business is evil, its just hard to separate the thing you love to do from the things that make it so hard to do.

In the past three months we have shared gigs with awesome and inspiring musicians who we were proud to call friends (Yellow Room Gang, Allison Downey/John Austin to name a few), we have shared our music with new audiences at new venues (The Front Row Theater in Gladwin, The Foundry Hall in South Haven), we have experienced our first NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference) where – thanks to amazing and supportive friendships – we held our own.

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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