September 2017 Newsletter
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
I MADE A MIXTAPE 4 U
How many of you out there fondly remember the mixtape? More than just a collection of songs by various artists, a mixtape had a sense of purpose--commemorating shared times, cheering someone up, or simply just telling someone "these are songs that I love." Mixtapes intimately confided in others, telegraphing emotions we weren't confident enough to put into words. With juuuuust the right group of songs, you could indelibly capture the memory of a certain summer or let someone know you wanted to be more than "just friends."
A certain level of craftsmanship and dedication was required to make a good one. Before we dragged, dropped and streamed, songs were recorded off of other LPs or cassettes, or taped as they were broadcast on the radio. Labels were intricately lettered in your coolest possible handwriting, and adorned with scraps from magazines or hand-drawn images. In an age before instant gratification, making a mixtape was an investment in the power of music in our everyday lives.
For my 11th solo record, I have made you a MIXTAPE and I love you so much I took 13 years to make it.
For over a decade now, I have looked forward all year to my annual Under The Covers concerts each December at Club Passim in Cambridge MA. These perenially sold-out shows have featured the likes of Lori McKenna, Jake Armerding, Zachariah Hickman and Rose Cousins in-the-round, performing songs by other artists. They are fun and wide-ranging celebrations of the music we love, as likely to feature songs by Joni Mitchell or Bob Seger, as others by Sir Mix-A-Lot or Journey. For MIXTAPE, I drew upon some of my favorite songs that I've performed at these shows over the years. It's like a mixtape with just one artist singing all the songs. Or think of it as a greatest hits...of songs that aren't my hits.
I've already put my heart and soul into this record, and now I'm going to need your help to get this record out and give it a fair shake in the world. I'm launching a new Kickstarter campaign for MIXTAPE on **Wed September 13**, and you can help by:
- Choosing a reward that works for you
- Spreading the word about the campaign to other music fans in your life
MIXTAPE won't be officially released til January 2018, but all backers will get a digital download in mid-October, with signed CDs and other rewards soon to follow. In the meantime, you'll get access to exclusive content like studio videos, tracklisting and album art.
You've taken me over the finish line three times before, and as always, I am grateful to you in advance for helping to do it again.
TWO SEPTEMBER EMAILS: It is my unofficial policy to send you just one email a month, but I am making an exception this month and send you a 2nd email on Wednesday, September 13 because I want you to be among the first to know when the Kickstarter officially launches.
FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: I'm going to broadcast live on Facebook on Wed Sept 13 at noon EST to celebrate the launch of the MIXTAPE Kickstarter. I'll talk a bit about the new album and the crowdfunding campaign, I'll play a couple songs...it'll be life-changing for all of us, I'm sure.
MP3 of the MONTH: Since I'm announcing a covers album, it only makes sense that this month's track is a cover of the Guy Clark chestnut "Anyhow I Love You." I didn't cover Guy on MIXTAPE, so consider this a sort of bonus track! You can download it for free at my Bandcamp site, and t's available for the month of September only. Enjoy!
Wed Sept 6th - Lizard Lounge, Cambridge MA - 9:30 pm
SUB ROSA is Rose Polenzani's brainchild, and features spontaneous collaboration amongst Boston's rich singer/songwriter scene centered around a particular theme. This night's show explores "A More Perfect Union," and will feature songs by me as well as Rose Polenzani, Zachariah Hickman, Billy Beard, Dinty Child, Rachel Kilgour, Dietrich Strause, Lisa Bastoni, Deni Hlavinka, Catie Curtis, Alastair Moock and Jennifer Kimball.
(Wed Sept 13 - Did I mention already that this is when the Kickstarter launches?)
Sat Sept 16th - The Family Wash, Nashville TN - 11 pm
This is my official showcase for Americanafest, and I'm thrilled to be performing in Nashville with Zachariah Hickman on upright bass. Check out the Americana Music Association's website for more info about the the festivities.
Sat Sept 23 - House Concert, Seekonk MA - 7 pm
If you're annoyed by the scale of all the arena dates I play, than this is for you. An acoustic show by yours truly in a living room...don't get more intimate than that.
Sun Sept 24 - The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA - 6:30 pm
A multi-artist show celebrating Leonard Cohen in "song, dance & poetry?" Sign me up! I'll be in the house band for this event, which will also include performances by Tony Trischka, Mark Erelli, Rose Polenzani, Sean Trischka, Dietrich Strause and many more.
Sat Sept 30 - Parlor Room, Northampton MA - 7 pm
Northampton was ground zero for all my musical dreams coming true, and every time I go back it feels like home. This will be a solo acoustic show featuring a little bit of everything, including a taste of upcoming covers record.
Thu Sept 14 - 3rd & Lindsley (with Lori McKenna)
ON THE HORIZON:
Oct 12 - Charles River Museum of Industry, Waltham MA
Oct 27 & 28 - Boston Globe Live, Paramount Center, Boston MA