A couple letters ago, I asked you to send me glamorous footage of your dogs, and many of you delivered! Check out the official video for my original fiddle tune, 'Acorns and Hazelnuts', and please SHARE it with your dog-loving friends :) This is the first song to be officially released - I'll share more exciting previews as we lead up to the Album Release on June 18!
'Acorns and Hazelnuts' - the Official Music Video!
Have you ever heard a song and thought, "this would be the perfect last song on a playlist (...or mix tape...)"? 'Swatting the Flies' is a whole record of those. What started as a series of recording projects while in solitary lockdown, turned into a full-length record with special guests that I'm really proud of. I'm excited to finally deliver this music to you all.
Some of the highlights of the album are collaborations with my runnin' pardners The Crawdiddies, and G. Elwyn Meixner, a rejuvenation of a song recorded in 2014 with my old funk band - The Blue Lemons (Mediocrity), a Cajun Waltz sung in French (La Vie Sans Conflits), and a Brazilian Banjo Samba (Belamina) featuring Rochester percussionist Barbara Johnston.
I won't spill too many beans, you can read all about each song in the liner notes. It will be available in all the usual places, so please be sure to follow me on Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube, or wherever you get your music. If you want the attractive, high quality CD package, you'll be able to order it on Bandcamp once it's released.
CD RELEASE PARTY: Friday, June 18 from 6 to 8pm at Noble Shepherd just outside Honeoye, NY, my hometown. A refreshing variety of ales and stouts and a delicious menu provided by Pad Thai Catering! (We'll provide some FREE egg and spring roll appetizers, too ;). Bring lawn chairs, there's plenty of space to spread out and watch the sunset over the valley. There's a large tent and a covered stage, so please come rain or shine! If you're a facebooker, please RSVP here.
*If you'd like to help out during the event (staffing the merch booth, running for extension cords, running after wayward paper plates, etc... ) please reply to this email. Thanks!
**If you'd like to make a small donation towards the appetizer offerings and other event costs, they are gratefully accepted and can be sent here.
ROCHESTER RECORD STORE RELEASE: Thursday, July 1, 8pm at Bop Shop Records. What better place to debut my record in Rochester than at my favorite record store!? A special, filmed and recorded performance with the trio. Limited seats available. Seats MUST be reserved online prior to the event. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to mask up and practice physical distancing. Attendees can request a physically-distanced seat when making their reservation online.
Chew on it...
The summer solstice marks the ONE day each year where the sun will set farthest to the north along the horizon. Only this one moment each year will a certain spot in your house receive direct sunlight. Find a room with a large west-facing window (or east-facing if you're an early riser!) and notice where the edge of sunlight lands on an opposing wall near sunset on Sunday, June 20. Maybe hang a prism here, or a picture of a cherished relative. And know that it will illuminate at only one special time each year!
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