I just got back from the annual Folk Alliance conference in Memphis–four days of music and music business, all congealed inside the downtown Marriott. I had a great time, despite my own less-than-great expectations, got a fantastic response wherever I happened to render my songs, and enjoyed hearing lots of really talented folks. My clock got turned completely upside down; most of my shows were after 10 pm, and because of late-night song swaps I didn’t get to bed til 4:30am a single night I was there. Some of you caught the late-night action on the Red Beet cam–thanks for logging on/tuning in, and cheering us on. Special thanks to Charlie Faye & Will Sexton (Wine & Nut room), Nancy Apple & Aaron James (Woody’s Motor Lodge), Eric Brace & Mary Ann Werner (Red Beet Bunker) for having me perform at their venues on the 18th and 19th floors. And to Judy Peiser and Renae Taylor at the Center for Southern Folklore; I really had a fun gig there last Friday night. And to Lindsay Hayes, also at the Red Beet bunker, for keeping the restroom/closet/bar/perch for the restless/, available to me and other roaming souls.
Thanks so much for all of the recent online mail orders and downloads. With all the recent press (New York Times, USA Today, No Depression, et al.), we’ve seen a real increase in sales, and have made lots of new friends. This is such an exciting time–and I really appreciate your interest in what I’m doing.
I’m pleased to welcome Rodney Metoyer, to take over booking duties; if you host a house concert series, book a venue, festival, etc., and would like to have me play, please contact him at: rpmetoyer@gmail. com I’m also very happy to announce that I’ll be opening for John Prine in Montclair, NJ, on April 20! Stay tuned for details.
I’m off the road this week, catching up on those mail orders(and sleep), and among other things, trying to plan out my garden . . . the kids have requested more things “we can eat”–I guess six habanero plants (and groups of 4 other peppers) didn’t exactly serve the family well in that respect last summer.
See you soon–