I’ll be honest–I have no business sitting down to peck out a post right now, but I’m here, and writing a quick note to you feels good. I’m in pre-departure scramble, high-speed wobble mode–running a load of laundry while reviewing/restocking merch inventory while drinking coffee while deciding how many CDs to order (of the new release). While needing to re-shoot the funding campaign video and in the interest of the public health, it would probably be good to shower. You get the idea. Although by now, you’d think I have this very familiar part of my life down COLD. But nope. Though I feel very lucky to be able to do what I do, every time it’s a self-stressout fest, alternately murmuring little prayers and hopes or cursing loudly. And ultimately getting out the door at least two hours behind schedule. Which is why I tend to leave for a road trip a day early. But at least I get to see my mom, and hopefully my sister, brother-in-law, and niece and nephews once I park the land-sled in Mississippi for the night. And here’s what’s coming up, starting tomorrow:
Thursday 5/24 Utility Brewing Ruston, LA 6pm (solo)
Friday 5/25 Flying Tiger Brewery Monroe, LA 6pm (duo w/Monty Russell)
Saturday 5/26 (private event) Ruston, LA
Sunday 5/27 SOLO Songwriters Festival Lafayette, LA (solo)
I’ll be playing twice on Sunday–doing a couple of songs, one by my dear friend David Egan, at the Dreamer Brunch, at around noon; then playing the festival that evening (please check schedule for showtime). Really looking forward to these shows–I hope if you’re in the area, or can be, that you’ll come out and say “hey.”
New Record Update: As you know, for the last couple of months we’ve been running a funding campaign, essentially a pre-order sorta thing, for the forthcoming new release, which will officially drop on July 27. The campaign ends on June 1–only a few days left to get in on the good stuff! You can find out more by clicking on the “Let’s Make a Record” tab in the top menu on any page on my site, kevingordon.net. As ever, if you have questions, you can email me directly at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP. So far, almost 70 sponsors have participated, bringing in over $10,000. That might seem like a lot of money, and gee-whiz-hell-yes I’m grateful for every dime–but we are running a national marketing campaign here, and let’s just say: it gets expensive, and fast. So, if you like what I’m doing musically (and if you’re reading this, my guess is that you DO), want to see this new baby get out there and reach as many folks as possible, and haven’t checked out the sponsorship options yet, please do. Thanks to all of you who have joined us; by pre-ordering the record (and assorted perks which are included as thanks for your participation), you’ve provided funds that help offset the costs of manufacturing and promoting this new release. Also, sponsors: I’ve set up the exclusive sponsor page and will be emailing you with the password soon; you’ll be able to get a first look at the cover art, which features a tintype by Louisiana artist/photographer extraordinaire Frank Hamrick, and a bit of the story behind it.
Thanks very much to Marty and Brian from Switchback for having me return to their annual Songwriters Weekend in Dubuque, IA recently. I had a blast, and really enjoyed meeting all the writers, hearing new songs, and soaking up the generous hospitality found at Four Mounds Inn. Great people, beautiful setting.
Okay, gotta run. See you out there, somewheres . . .
Tuesday, May 8: I’m sitting here feeling like I’ve accomplished something, like I deserve this “got-er-done” mood—though it’s kinda
ridiculous. I just cut the backyard with our “new” used mower. And it’s 80 degrees out, not 95. KG is killin it today! (I’m beating myself up a bit–every day comes with an abundant agenda; mowing was #4 out of about 20.) Changed clothes, and am trying to ignore the poison-ivy-looking rash on my left hand. Me and green things outside don’t co-mingle so well. But it’s a beautiful day out there. My faithful companion Pearl is working hard over on the sofa, on her 8th nap of the day, after calmly observing my mowing progress from the deck. This dog snores like a mockingbird sings—with infinite varieties of vocal (and nasal) expression. She’s into it, unconsciousness. I am too, but damn, she’s full-on proud and committed! I’ll be taking the van out this afternoon for an oil change, and then doing a little hunting for an old suitcase to display my merchandise in when out playing shows. Speaking of which–
Iowa: I’m heading out this week, playing The Mill in Iowa City on Thursday evening, May 10, at 8pm; doors are at 7. Then Friday I drive up to Dubuque to take part in the annual Switchback Songwriters’ Weekend, in a beautiful deco-era mansion right on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river. Got a last-minute itch to hang out with Martin and Brian from Switchback, myself, and some other song-making folks? It’s a laid-back good time, and we all learn from each other. More info is available here: http://www.waygoodmusic.com/switchback-songwriters-weekend.html
The sponsorship campaign continues for just another three weeks! The response has been overwhelming, and I am truly humbled and grateful for your support of our efforts. Due to overwhelming demand, we are now offering a few more Level 7 and 8 sponsorship packages. If you’ve already purchased a lower level package and want to upgrade, that’s fine; let us know and we’ll make it happen. (For any questions whatsoever, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.) To become a sponsor, or to just find out what all this noise is about, go here, online traveler: http://kg.kevingordon.net/2018-sponsorship-campaign/ We’ll be touring quite a bit in late June into July, leading up to the record release show here in Nashville at City Winery on the day the thing drops: Friday, July 27! If you’ll be in town then please make plans to attend now—your advance ticket purchase (show/ticket link will be announced shortly) is very much appreciated. We’re also working on a very exciting opener for the show, and will announce that soon as well.
That river—I can’t seem to ever get far from it, though it’s never the same one twice. I was in New Orleans last week for a few days, and played a really fun show at the House of Blues. Then stuck around for a couple of days and went to Jazz Fest on Thursday, which wasn’t quite as claustrophic as a typical week end Fest day.
Ran into a bunch of folks I knew, which is kinda nuts, considering how many people were there. Saw/heard my pal Ketch play the Gentilly stage with his band Old Crow Medicine Show; they were just as engaging on that big stage as they had been when I saw them at the tiny Station Inn here in Nashville a couple weeks back. I will admit to having had a bit of a “lost weekend” while in NOLA—such things are done with great ease in that town, and I gotta say, I think I needed it. Yes, I ate some incredible, and incredibly unhealthy things, including a fantastic catfish plate from a donut shop that’s open 24/7 near where I was staying. Yes, they have donuts, but you can get your aforementioned seafood OR a Philly cheese-steak, etc. etc. too. I got the fish for “now”, and an apple fritter for “later”, meaning breakfast the next morning, er, afternoon. While there, my hosts and I narrowly avoided involvement in a dispute between the two halves of a couple—she took refuge inside the brightly-lit restaurant while he sat out front in the dark with a Miller 40 oz., hands on his head, staring at the ground and looking imminently combustible. Hope everything worked out with those two, eventually. After the Fest we stopped in for an early dinner at the legendary Frankie & Johnny’s–“one of each, please . . .”
Sometimes folks ask what I’m reading. Right now it’s fairly sporadic and spontaneous. Books I’ve picked up lately: Lewis Hyde‘s “Common As Air”; Mary Gaitskill‘s novel “The Mare”; various poems by Kenneth Rexroth, James Wright, and Peter Balakian. Listening to Lucinda Williams‘ “The Ghosts of Highway 20” (to catch up, a year later?) and advance copies of a couple of friends’ forthcoming new releases.
Thanks for your support of, and interest in, what I’m doing. Hope to see you out there, somewhere, soon. (See you Thursday, Iowa City!!!)
As you read this, if you read this, in a timely fashion (sometime today), I’ll be driving south towards home. But not just Louisiana: New Orleans—that other beautifully obstreperous ‘nother-country that lies within the state lines. As you read this I’ll be driving and probably listening to my new record, not because I derive any […]
so just wish me luck. Rather than fulfill the stereotype of “adults” discussing their various bodily ailments and complaints in excruciating detail, let’s just say the biggest thing I have to face today (far as I know) is my own claustrophobic nature, and the MRI tube. Showtime, 2:30pm CST. So I’m armed with one prescribed 10mg […]