Westward… with Friends

Dear friends,

There’s a whole lot to catch up on and I intend to post some more insightful thoughts soon. But in the meantime, I’m working and traveling and fiddling… with friends!

I’m heading to Wyoming this weekend with Kasey Rausch, and we’re stopping in Rapid City, SD on the way. We finish our amazing mini-tour in Colorado Springs on Sunday. Check the calendar page to get the scoop!

Then I head to the Western Slope to team up with Honey Don’t for a weekend of shows and festivals.

Grateful to be out there doing what I love to do… may you all have moments of love and gratitude yourselves.

ain't nothing finer than having a giggle with a friend! Photo by Emily Evans Sloan
ain’t nothing finer than having a giggle with a friend! Photo by Emily Evans Sloan
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Heading West with Charlie Parr!

Howdy, folks, it’s almost spring and my feet wanna move west.

Newsletter coming soon with all the details… I’m starting my tour with Charlie Parr on March 29 in Denver!

Had a great time in Texas with my good friends Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. We played the Mercury Lounge in Tulsa, a house concert in Livingston, TX, the MidCoast Takeover in Austin (run by KCMO non-profit musicians’ assistance organization Midwest Music Foundation), the Folk Alliance Party, where a few dear Austin friends joined me too (Jenn Miori, Silas Lowe, and Sean Tracey), and I joined (WOWSER OF A) country singer Silas Lowe and his band for a swingin’ session at The White Horse, and then hopped over to the Difibulators’ party at Licha’s Cantina to throw down with The Austin Steamers, before joining KC’s Drop a Grand for their finale, none other than Baba O’Reilly… What a day/night! We finished our tour at a perfect house concert in Springfield, MO, surrounded by friends, just as it should be.

Stay tuned for the newsletter!

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Folk Alliance 2014… the gratitude edition

(no links, just plain text. Re-post from a social network. And, this has no mention of plenty of inspiring and exhilarating moments… those got posted earlier and well maybe I’ll put them up here too later…)

I guess I’m not done thinking about last week’s experiences (well they ran into this week), and a few more thoughts are worth writing out for my peace of mind. I can’t let another day go by without publicly thanking some folks. My note Monday was one of a different nature. Rather than tagging, I will do it old-school style and whoever sees it, sees it. It’s putting it out there in a sincere way that means something, for me right now. Hmm, it feels weird though, because it looks like an acceptance speech. I guess I will call it an acceptance of a successful FAI conference… because no one can do it alone.

I am so honored and fortunate to be a part of the Folk Alliance team, as Traditional Studies Coordinator. Grateful to Louis Meyers for putting trust in me, and Andy Cohen too, for his constant support. And I’m impressed with the whole team; staff, crew, volunteers… I’m too aware of all the participatory roles it takes to make something of this magnitude come together. It came home in a very sweet way on Sunday evening when Cindy Cogbill said to another about me, “She’s one of us”…

My management company, 12×12, along with Hearth Music (who publicized High Moon Order) and Quicksilver Productions (who booked me for a year and a half as I began life after Wilders)– John Smith, Cassie Michel, Devon Leger, Martha Dantzic, Rob Miller, Sam Gooding… y’all put on a great private showcase room and I’m honored to have been on the bill for two nights, and also including the very special Saturday night closer. Great community feel with all the musicians and guests to the room!

My music buddies… partners… with whom I performed; golly there are a lot of you, just from the conference. I’m so blessed. Kasey Rausch, all of Rural Grit, Andy Cohen, Brett Hodges at our welcome jam (we welcomed!), Chad Brothers and Chris DeVictor (my Goodle Sprit bandmates!), Howard Iceberg, Linda McRae & Steve Dawson, all my Hillbender brothers!!, well and now I can include David Amram and Catie Curtis, who both embraced me musically as we sang and played together at the Pete Seeger memorial concert. Special thanks to Chad for his considerate help at the memorial and my official showcase. Yeah, buddy.

Special friends too who just really helped me so much, either directly and/or in uplifting ways… so much gratitude to you Kim, Beau, Kelly, Ryan, Barry, Christina, Mikal, Elaine, Erin… actually this list isn’t fair, and I do not want to leave anyone out at all… so many kind friends and I hope I can return the kindness… My mind is still in a bit of haze and I am truly grateful to absolutely everyone I connected with at conference. We are all part of such a community!!

I suppose a balance is created with a few regrets. Some Folk friends I never even got to see, and that’s just wrong. Shawna Cooper, I’m thinking of you first thing. <3 Several others who maybe I said hi to and that’s about it… let alone amazing performances I missed. I believe I did everything I could for the most part, maybe a little carried away on a couple of the late nights with random socializing!, but I could only do so much with my full day jobs and night performances. Sigh. Next year… agh, have to wait a year?

I am kinda contemplating where to take the next step. I feel like there are a lot of paths to choose and while I want to explore them all, it’s time to focus on something very honest and helpful and expressive and growth-worthy. I have a garden to cultivate, and I guess I’m choosing which seeds to select… Thanks for listening and for living.

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I believe in Community Radio

KKFI, Kansas City’s Community Radio, is near and dear to me. I’ve been listening and participating for years. I get to play live music on air, promote my shows, help to encourage donations during fund drives, choose songs for airplay every once in a while, and I get to listen to a tremendous variety of amazing music, so much of which is local and regional music.

This year, KKFI is partnering with Folk Alliance International, another organization that means a great deal to me. FAI wants KKFI to broadcast live from the conference. That means purchasing special equipment necessary to the task.

Yes, I mentioned it’s community radio? Volunteer radio?

Those Kickstarter campaigns can be a big help in times like these. The power of many can make such a huge difference without hurting any one’s pockets too much.

If you believe in the power of community radio, and are able to help out with this meaningful project, I will personally be grateful and besides, you can benefit from this no matter where you live, because KKFI broadcasts online all the time! That means even if you live a world away, you can sit in and listen to music at the conference!

Thanks for considering.

 KKFI Kickstarter

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Folk Alliance International Conference… and CAMP!

I’m beyond excited about FAI’s move to Kansas City. This city, this music and cultural community, is both a boon and a beneficiary. I’m teaching at the brand new concurrent Music Camp as well as showcasing at the conference, participating in panels, and coordinating the traditional music panels.

I’ve been watching and joining the changing role of folk music over the last decade. More than ever, I embrace the word folk to describe my genre. With my dedication to old time music and the traditionalists I’ve learned from, to my personal folk music (music of various genres that helped shape my creative life from the time I was very young), and my own new creations, it’s truly an exciting time to be making and teaching music in the world.

Join me at the Conference and Camp!

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December 16…

Happy holidays to you and yours! I’m kicking off the holiday week this Saturday, December 21, with a Holiday Song Swap and Jam Session at Folk Alliance International’s Folk Store, at 5th & Delaware, KCMO. The jam runs from 1-4. All are welcome!

This New Year’s Eve, I’ll be ringing it in Columbia MO’s Eve Fest. Chad Brothers will join me for two sets of folk and bluegrass music. The next day, I’m presenting an Ozark Fiddle Tunes workshop in Columbia. You can come whether you play or not!

Details and links for these and more on the Calendar page.

New newsletter coming out soon with a heck of a year-end review. In the meantime, enjoy this link to my performance of my original tune “Stamper” at the WAMU studios in D.C.!

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From the Crooked Road to the Twin Cities: October Touring Is in the Air!

Hey friends,

I’m gearing up for another stretch of tour dates starting this Friday. The past couple of weeks have been lovely; I spent some quality time amongst the wonderful community that comes together each year for Winfield, and visited St. Louis for the Folk & Roots Festival, where I taught a fiddle workshop and sat in as a judge for the Folk School’s fiddle contest. The bonus from the contest was a finale fiddle tune played by the judges: myself, Geoff Seitz, and Marc Rennard, joined by Andy Gribble and Dave Landreth. Now that was an all-star jam! I also had the immense pleasure of seeing the one and only Ralph Stanley perform. So inspired and grateful for these experiences.

Before I leave for my tour of the Appalachians and Midwest, I’m playing a very special event in KCMO tomorrow night. Jeff Harshbarger curated and organized this program called “The Sounds of True Grit” – it will be held at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch at 6:30pm. It’s free–more information here!

The first stop on my October tour is Knoxville, TN, where I’ll play live on-air WDVX’s Blue Plate Special on Friday, October 4. I’m looking forward to a return to this super awesome program (more information on the show and attending it can be found here). You can stream Blue Plate Special live online at wvdx.com, come out and watch it happen in person for free, or tune into 89.9FM if you live in the area–the show begins its live broadcast at noon Eastern time. I’ll also be playing in Abingdon, VA on the 4th, at a BBQ joint and music venue called Bone Fire. I’ll perform solo, and then a band from ETSU, Crazy Water Crystals, will take the stage. We’ll round out the night with an old time jam…Yum!

Saturday, Oct. 5, I’ll be sharing the stage with some talented acts forAbingdon’s Crooked Road Festival. My set starts at 1:00pm and will be on the indoor stage at the beautiful Heartwood Building. Click herefor details.

After a couple of days in Abingdon, I’m hitting Nashville on Oct. 6 to open for JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers album release show at The High Watt–this will be my solo debut there, and I’m excited about it. Then on to St. Louis for a show at the Venice Cafe on Oct. 8! Thanks toJenny and the Late Nite (a kickin’ country outfit) for making this night happen, and Seaby too…I hope to see some of my good friends in St. Louis out that night. Then I’m off to Urbana, IL to play at The Iron Post on Oct. 9 before heading to St. Paul, MN for a gig at Turf Club on Oct. 12. I’m opening for Charlie Parr in St. Paul, who is an excellent blues picker and folk singer. The Wilders played a show with him in Seattle a while back and I’m really looking forward to seeing him again – it’s sure to be a special night!

That wraps up this tour alert installment! Keep an eye out for updates on my Facebook page and on fiddlebetse.com. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see y’all out there soon!

Best wishes,

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