Howdy music friends!!
I'm so excited to let you know about the New Year's Eve show with Edwin McCain at Charleston Music Hall. I am so honored to open for my good friend, who is also a big inspiration to me musically and as a human being. This show will sell out, so get your tickets today. Here's that link to e.tix!
Many of us have enjoyed Edwin's songwriting, world class voice on his amazing recordings. To me, every Edwin song is a hit, not just the charting number one hits!! Hearing Edwin at Charleston Music Hall is a once in a lifetime treat for music lovers. Charleston Music Hall is the PERFECT venue for Edwin's work. You will be amazed and I hope to see you at this show.
WAIT! I never told you all about my recent UK tour and how it turned out. It was excellent and inspirational. Martin Stephenson was my headliner, champion, friend, and host. Martin is one of the best musicians I know and have heard play live, and you guys know I have been fortunate enough to be around a good many bad-asses. Martin's catalog is extensive. I recommend starting with “Haunted Highways”
I met Martin years ago on UK tour when we both opened for Indigo Girls. It was truly an honor to play with Martin again and meet many of his friends and one of his daughters, Phoebe Stephenson, who is in the up-and-coming band El-Cid.
Seeing Martin in his home country, headlining, and owning his crowd was amazing. He brings a live show like no other and to hear his fans singing along and laughing at his highly intelligent wit was amazing. Martin can invite just about anyone he wants over to play shows, and he has the crowds there at the venues. He chose to have me over this past tour and I'm still reeling from it as a friend and fan.
It was my first time seeing Martin with his full band. They were so good and treated me like one of their own. I don't like traveling without my band and this time I had to. It was so nice to be looked after so well. I will return to UK in July of 2016. I'm beside myself!!
People really listen and cared there. Martin has a load of awesome fans which truly helps an unknown artist like myself. I had some of the most meaningful musical experience of my career during that tour. Thank you Martin for championing me, from the bottom of my heart.
Returning home, I shed some tears for my UK friends that I still miss, and then some tears for the folks of South Carolina that were devastated by flooding, while I was away. I flew into Charlotte, NC and stayed a few days there with family. I had no idea that my home was affected at that point. My damage was nothing to compared to the people who lost everything, and some lost their lives. My heart goes out to all.
I have not been able to live in my house since I returned, so THANKS to all the folks who have let me stay in their homes. My little cabin (called The Baby House) had some manageable problems before, due to the fact that Awendaw, is kinda well, it's a swamp. So, mildew and mold set in further at the Baby House. This will all get figured out somehow, but it has been challenging. Prayers and advice welcome.
Fortunately, I have been able to be of some use to my SC community. I was asked to play Big Dam Jam in my hometown of Columbia, SC. Many bands gathered, under the direction of Tom Hall from The Plowboys, and a good time was had by all. 33 thousand was raised for flood relief. Many artists auctioned off house concerts and I was proud that mine was sold for $900.00.
This won't fix my house and that's ok. Having our community KNOW musicians care and being able to help was a huge shift. I'm letting the universe know a part of my focus, and that is for myself and the people in SC is to have safe, functional places to live.
Many amazing gigs are coming up in my world. There are more benefits to do, and just more gigs to play. With this said, it is a good time for anyone wanting a winter house concert to book it now. I'll help you clean up after- it's cool.
Parallel Chords – Short, The Film I helped produce (among other things) is doing very well on the festival circuit. I'm lucky to have some song placements in here too. Check out our trailer here.
also, follow on Facebook- be our friend- to see just how well this film is doing.
It's new songwriting time for me! Songs are being born left and right. Fall is a great time to for me, even though my house situation has jammed me up a bit. There's a new song up on the website now, which can be downloaded for free when folks sign up, so please tell your friends. If you are a mailing list member, and would like this song, shoot me an email and I'll send it on over!
The Song is Called “How Do You want To Go” written by Danielle Howle and Zach Bodtorf. It was produced by our bass player Sean Kelly (A Fragile Tomorrow) at Low Watt studios in Savannah, which me co-owns and founded. Engineers are Brendan Kelly and Ted Comeford. The tune was mixed by renowned engineer/produced Malcolm Burn. Our drummer, Josh Kean, also of the band All Get Out, truly made this track come alive. We had a blast recording it. The Song is up for a limited time, so please share that with friends!
More news on my studio adventures soon. Not quite ready to announce our producer!! I am shoring some awesome things up right now.
OH, here's D-Tales Episode 3.
Check it out and share away!!
Hear the full, new song from D Tales 3 on
Sound Cloud - Rhythm of You
All my very best,