I have added some recordings to Patronism that we did with the band I tour with in Belgium, The Lazybones. That tour last fall was so inspiring that I realized so many possibilities were available in terms of growing, touring and experiencing the music with different bands across the world. I will be traveling to experiment more with this next month in August. A friend and fellow musician in Jackson Hole Wyoming has invited me to play a few shows up there and his band, Ghost Rider has offered to learn the songs and back me up for some shows. If things go well, we may travel to Mendoza, Argentina in November to do a few shows and spend a week in a house with a recording studio in it. I also hope that it empowers me to have the flexibility and affordability to do more Rocky Mountain touring in the future. I am experimenting similarly in New Mexico. On my last trip there, my friend Elaine introduced me to several wonderful musicians who are also inspired to back me up when I go back in September. It has been such a struggle for me to envision routing and touring again – the expense is immense, it’s costly to pay bands in new markets when you don’t have a fully developed fan-base and the booking and routing and promo take a huge time commitment and frankly- after I was sick for so long and went completely broke from touring nonstop, I was really nervous about ever trying to again. . . I’ve learned so much from these experiences and I’m feeling good, inspired and ready to get bak out there in a different way. . .
While I am in Jackson Hole, I intend to take a week after our gigs to write a hand-full of new songs. As much as I try, writing is one of the hardest things for me to schedule in my life between gigs, rehearsals, travel and running the business. My process is one that requires practice, space and lots of room to just play with concepts, try them out, discard them, play with others. . . It’s really time consuming and my writing process produces best results when i am not thinking about an administrative checklist, survival or social/business calendar for a couple of days. . . So, I’m going to isolate a little out there and see what comes . . . I only wrote 2 songs last year and I really hope that this one yields at least 10 times that much!
Your patron support will help me to afford to stay out there the extra week to write. I’m so grateful.
Love to all of you and THANK YOU for believing in me and my work.