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August 2014 Newsletter

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August 2014 Newsletter
SUMMER SCHOOL

I feel like I've been in summer school for the past month, what with all the logistics and legwork it took to fill the Kickstarter rewards. Don't get me wrong, I was amazed and humbled by the response to the MILLTOWNS campaign. But even for a fairly organized former straight-A student like myself, I grossly underestimated the effort it would take to actually deliver the goods. I'm sure I screwed up somewhere, and I'm sure someone will let me know, but I can truly say that I've been working very hard to make good on the faith you put in me.

Once the album release publicity kicks in next month, there will hopefully be lots of wonderful things to tell you about. And I'm actually looking forward to interviews for a tribute record because I'll get to focus a bit on someone else and maybe not so much on me. Some of you have heard the new record already, and your comments are surprising. For me, Bill Morrissey's songs have always sounded best in fall and winter, preferably somewhere north of Boston. But of course, I can't sing them or play them like he did. So when I hear that some of you are listening to and enjoying the album in the height of summer, it makes me feel like I may have tapped into my own take on the songs that isn't so wedded to grey skies and dirty snow. This is a good thing: it means the songs are evolving and I'm carrying them forward and maybe giving them new life. If that's not folk music in spirit and practice, then I don't know what is.

So I'm very excited for the fall and all that looms on the calendar. But what I'm most interested in right now is a moment's pause, a brief respite, wherein I try to take some of my own advice and live up to the lyrics of my song "August." We'll talk more about MILLTOWNS and Bill Morrissey soon enough. Right now, the katydids are fiddling, there really are brown bats circling round these old house eaves, and the salt breeze is actually blowing in through the screen door.

May each of you enjoy this last month of summer. Unplug (but not before reading my newsletter and downloading the mp3!) and relax (but still come to my shows!) and we'll get back to work in the fall.

MP3 of the MONTH: I love it when I can share a new song with you at just the right time. I wrote this month's track at the top of the summer, after a magical week-long songwriting retreat on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. My wife says it's the perfect song to play at a folk festival...now all I have to do is get booked for a folk festival again. In the meantime, please enjoy "Moonlit Lullaby" for free for the month of August. It's on my Bandcamp page, it's not available anywhere else, and it'll be gone by September. Enjoy!

THE SHOWS:

Sun Aug 10 - Payomet Performing Arts Center, North Truro MA - 8 pm
What a treat to play a gig on the Cape on the last night I'm here before heading back up to Boston. I'll open for Lori with a set of my own songs, and then accompany her for her entire set. Just two friends and acoustic guitars, like the way we recorded her new record "Numbered Doors," which also comes out this fall.

BARNSTAR! on a BOAT
Sun Aug 24 -
Rock & Blues Cruise, Boston MA - 3 pm
As if we didn't act enough like bluegrass pirates already. Now we actually get to do a whole show on a boat that cruises around Boston harbor. I'm begging Zack to let me sing a Jimmy Buffett song. The Provincetown 2 has a bar on it and everything...we may never head back to port!

SIDEMAN SECTION:
Aug 1 - Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield ME (with Lori McKenna)
Aug 2 - The Inn on Main, Wolfeboro NH (with Lori McKenna)
Aug 28 & 29 - Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Rockport MA (with Paula Cole)

ON THE HORIZON:
Sept 5 - Harmony Hall, Three Rivers MA (***Milltowns CD release)
Sept 6 - Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit MA (2nd annual Americana Hootenanny)
Sept 7 - City Winery, New York NY (o/f Josh Ritter)
Sept 19 - Katherine Hepburn Center for the Arts, Old Saybrook CT***
Sept 20 - New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA***
Sept 28 - One Longfellow Square, Portland ME (o/f Lori McKenna)

peace,
m

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