I’m incredibly excited about this upcoming tour in the mid-west! Please check out my tour page for detailed show information. I’ll be playing a beautiful artist series in Wisconsin, Storyhill Fest in northern MN, the Great Rivers Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, and a smattering of other performances along the way. YAY!
Join me along with hosts Ellen Stanley & Anthony Ihrig to dig deep into my 2009 album, Call it My Garden. We’ll play songs from the record, talk about the process of making the album, and share cocktails (or mocktails if that’s your preference!). It’s a happy hour affair. And it’s free! AND SO FUN! You’ll be able to comment and ask questions, too.
Here’s the scoop:
WHAT: Back Catalog Listening Party
WHEN: Friday, January 29th, 2021 @ 4:00 PM Central
Well hello there!!! I’m so excited about this upcoming show hosted The Folk Project…..here’s the scoop:
WHAT: The Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway series
WHEN: Friday, January 22nd, 2021 @ 6PM Central
Super excited to play the Bands In Town series, Outskirts Live, on July 1st @ 4PM Central time. Danny Schmidt and I will be singing songs and making fun of each other.
Hi beautiful friends,
Just a quick message to let you know I have a couple SXSW showcase situations as well as an upcoming Pacific Northwest tour (including as far north as Vancouver Island, BC!). This will be a family affair….shared shows with Danny. AND Maizy will be with us (we know she’s the biggest selling point of all). After the PNW, we’ll be on the opposite coast for a string of shows, and then I head out solo to the UK for two weeks. YAY! It’s a busy time. Lots of fun summertime festivals being booked. It’s shaping up to be an eventful 2020, and we’re thrilled. Please visit the tour page of my website for all show information.
Also, here’s the link to my latest newsletter. We’ve been working through some newsletter issues as of late. Most of the folks on our list haven’t been getting them for some reason. We think we’ve figured it, but here’s the link in the meantime:
Sending love to y’all and hope to see you real soon.
Just had a wonderful time at the International Folk Alliance in New Orleans. Seriously Amazing. Was wonderful to see so many friends, and make new friends, and play new songs, and all that good stuff.
Just wanted to let you know Danny and I will be at the Houston Folklore Society on February 8th, and then have a nice break until April when we’ll head to the Pacific Northwest for three weeks of shows in and around Seattle, Portland, Northern California, and Vancouver, BC. We’re really excited to get back to that part of the world. We love it.
My friend Rob Hanning took this photo at Folk Alliance and I think he captured a beautiful moment. Thanks, Rob!
Love y’all so much and hope to see you real soon.
So excited to be hitting the road again! I’ll be singing at Fischer Fest with Danny in November, and then heading off on my first solo-ish tour in quite some time. I’ll be in Minnesota and Iowa come December! Johnny Hermanson of Storyhill will be on the road with me sharing some of his own songs, and singing with me. I’m honored to have him along and incredibly excited! Please click the tour link of my site for all upcoming dates. Thanks so much, as always, for your continued support. I’m really looking forward to being back in action. YES!
I’m so excited to be in the middle of The Penny Collector Release Tour! Please take a look at my tour page to see where we’ll be and when! We just finished up the Southeast part of the tour and are headed to the Northeast and then through the midwest. After this US stint, we’ll be in the Netherlands and the UK for a month. WOOHOO!!! Danny is opening all these shows. It’s been so special to be on the road as a family.
Good Morning, Dad!
It’s been a while since I’ve written. Life has been busy (in a good way)! I woke up so many times throughout the night thinking of you, and realized upon waking this morning it’s September 16th. It’s been three months since we said goodbye to you. I’ve been inspired to write to you many times during the past month, and every time I think about it, it feels too difficult. But today, it feels right, so here goes…..
I received a book from a friend called “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis and it is the most healing book to me. I got all teary eyed from the very beginning. He said. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” This is so very true to me. Really. It is. That’s exactly how it feels. And I think this feeling starts to dissipate, but at the beginning, it’s unbearable. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has lost someone close to them. Thank you to my friend Carolyn for sending it to me. I believe C.S. Lewis was doing what I’m trying to do, which is to find healing in the writing. He was SO GOOD AT IT! Thank you Mister Lewis for the raw emotion you expressed so perfectly. I am inspired by you. Trying to figure out where God is in all of this is the hardest part for me. It’s difficult not to think God is such an asshole sometimes. And that sounds harsh, I know. But who hasn’t felt that way before?? Where is GOD? Why did you die, dad? UGH!
DAD! You would love it here. I always wanted to bring you on tour with us….especially over seas, but never got around to it. SO, I’ve decide not to waste such time anymore. Mom will be coming back to Europe with me for my next tour here beginning on October 19th! I keep gently reminding myself to make things happen NOW instead of making excuses of being too busy, or saying we can just do it next year, etc…..We just never know what will happen, right? For now though, Danny and I are in the Netherlands playing beautiful shows. You’ll be happy to know, when I first landed in Amsterdam, I thought to call you. You always liked when I checked in straight away. You always wanted to know I was okay. And safe. I am. We have the most kind driver named Koos. He’s getting us to our destinations safely. Next up, we fly to the UK for a couple more weeks. Then flying home on October 12th. Then flying right back here on the 19th with Sam Baker (and with Mom!). WHOAH WORLD! It’s good to back out and singing. It would make you happy, dad. OH, and we’re here celebrating the release of Danny’s new album, so I’m just singing with him (which you know I love). BUT, I had one festival performance of my own and I shared the song I wrote for you. Every time I sing that song, I can feel you with me. It makes me want to sing it all day long. I miss you and love when I feel you so close.
*YOUR CELEBRATION OF LIFE!*
WOW WOW WOW. Thank you to everyone that helped me write your celebration of life ceremony. I took pieces from all the suggestions y’all made, and it was a joyous occasion. I hope you think so, dad. I mean, how could it NOT be joyful? It was all about you. And your best friends from childhood are just the most wonderful group of guys. And, all the cousins were together in one place for the first time in probably 20 years! You were always so good at bringing people together in life. In death, you do the same. Thank you for encouraging me to have life long friendships. AND, I think all the cousins will get together next year again. We will continue to have joyous occasions in your memory, dad. On a side note, we scattered your ashes on second base of the little league field you grew up playing on and it was so great.
*ON HAVING A BABY*
Well, in three months, we lost two pregnancies and you, dad. We’re hopeful though. Found our new egg and sperm donors and are moving right along. Jeeeeesh……….what a ride this has been. Taking a break from all the hormones for another six or so weeks. Will be back to normal just in time to start on all the hormones again!!!!! I guess we have the choice to lose hope or have hope……so I’m sticking with having hope. I’m sticking with believing it will happen.
*SENSE OF PURPOSE*
I’m still working on this one. I’m excited to be home in November. Excited to be still for a little while. Excited for rest. I believe this is when the light will shine on the thing it is I’m meant to be doing right now. I know music is part of that, but I also think getting involved in helping others with grief is a part of it. I’m not sure what that will look like.
I guess it’s time to hit the road here in he Netherlands. I wish you were here with us, dad…..
I love you.