Mark Erelli

December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

I traditionally devote the last newsletter of each year to expressing gratitude for all the people that help me do what I do. I once sang of the troubadour life that "sometimes it feels like church, sometimes like I'm the last man on Earth," and I stand by that sentiment. I've had divine and transcendent experiences making music for people, and I've felt utterly alone and forsaken. But on the rollercoaster ride that is the music business, I've got some wonderful people around me who support my efforts and keep my faith alive. Since many of us make lists in December, here's one of my own:

Thank you to...

Rosanne Cash: If she hadn't believed in my idea for a multi-artist version of By Degrees, that would've been the end of it. But she did--enough to sing the first verse, connect me with Sheryl Crow, and introduce me to the lovely people at Giffords: Courage To Fight Gun Violence. It was important lesson in how to use one's artistic voice for something bigger than oneself, and to do it with grace, courage, and boundless generosity.

Kristina Latino & Lori Peters: Kristina is unfailingly positive, an extremely quick learner, and an eminently capable representative for me in nearly any situation. I've been looking for a manager for a long time, and am so grateful that I have someone to bounce ideas off of and to work with to bring them to fruition. Lori has booked my live engagements since maybe 2003--I've lost track because it feels like she has always been there, helping me bring my music to the people. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Zachariah Hickman & Barnstar!: Everyone should be so lucky as to be involved in such a diverse and kickass array of musical mayhem with their closest friends. I cherish every minute of it.

The "By Degrees" Team: I can't thank Rosanne Cash, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Shery Crow, Anais Mitchell enough for lending their voices to my words, and Larry Campbell, Marco Giovino, Zack Hickman, and Sam Kassirer for providing such a great track to sing to. It has been an honor to team up with Leah, Katie, Mark and Gabby at Giffords: Courage To Fight Gun Violence--thank you for making a difference. To Jim and Flora at Signature Sounds, Brad Paul, and Sean and Leslie at Songlines, thank you for donating your time and talents to help this song get heard.

Last but not least, my family: For 20 years now, my wife Polly has been a relentlessly supportive, constant example of how to love someone. Much of what seem like "business decisions" are simply the logical thing left to do after prioritizing my marriage and my family--and I haven't regretted a moment of it. My boys, Owen (11!) and Caleb (8!), are two of the best reasons to try and shine a little light and make a joyful noise in this world. In ways I don't expect they'll understand til many years from now, all of this is for them.

YOU: None of this means much if no one connects with my songs, and for this I am forever indebted to you.

MUSIC SALE: The holidays are upon us, and everybody loves a sale. Order CDs and LPs at my website store and get 15% OFF! **Order by December 17th to get your order by Christmas.**

BY DEGREES UPDATE: Since the song's release in October, we've raised just over $5,000! In an era where "music is free," that is an impressive number in my book. Even more heartening is to know that all that money is going directly to support elected officials stepping up to fight the gun violence epidemic. You can still contribute by purchasing the song online (iTunes, Amazon, etc) or by paying whatever you want at the By Degrees website.

MP3 of the MONTH: We lost a true musical genius in Aretha Franklin, so I'll end the year with a cover of her song "I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You). I didn't do anything fancy with this one...it was enough to just be able to actually sing all the notes in the melody! It's available for free for the month of December. Enjoy!


Wed Dec 5 - 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, Washington DC - 7 pm
I am truly honored to perform "By Degrees" at this event, which will be held at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church. It's free to attend, but you need to register at the link above.

UNDER THE COVERS with Jake Armerding, Rose Cousins & Zachariah Hickman
Fourteen years ago, some friends and I gathered together one December to perform a night of our favorite songs by other artists. Little did I know then that it would become a treasured tradition that has evolved and grown into basically my favorite night of the year. With a handful of exceptions, these shows have mostly been at Club Passim in Cambridge's Harvard Square the weekend before Christmas. This year, we moved the shows a bit earlier and had time to add some more dates at Passim and beyond. If you haven't been to one before, I promise you you won't regret it if you have to road trip a bit to make it. The Passim shows are a handful of tickets from being sold out, so don't tarry if you want to come!

Thu Dec 13 - Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River MA - 8 pm
Fri Dec 14 -Parlor Room, Northampton MA - 7:30 pm
Sat/Sun Dec 15-16 - Club Passim, Cambridge MA - 5 & 8 pm (TWO SHOWS EACH DAY)

**NOTE: The setlist for this show is TOP SECRET. If you catch one of the earlier shows, please do not post anything on social media or YouTube that will spoil the surprise for those who have tickets for the later shows.**

Dec 21 - Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield ME* *with Lori McKenna
Dec 22-23 - Club Passim, Cambridge MA* (SOLD OUT)

Jan 6-7 - Three Mile Island shows at Club Passim, Cambridge MA
Feb 2 - Irvington Town Hall, Irvington NY (opening for Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams)


updated: 9 months ago