The first half of 2015 flew by as Rich and I got Acme Hall Studios up and running. Our awesome instructors taught eager music students a semester of lessons in guitar, bass, cello, voice, ukulele, piano, and drums and the recording studio hosted some amazing clients.
During off hours, Rich has been hard at work producing and arranging for my new record! We are now in the midst of recording at the studio. The album will be released in early 2016 with tour dates in the UK in January and the US in March/April. I’ll have pre-orders available in the fall.
The arrangements for this new album build on the sound we’ve created touring as a live duo over the past few years. With the guitars as the driving force, our approach is more intimate and acoustic. We are so excited to be welcoming in special guest musicians Spencer Cohen, Serena Jost, Greta Gertler Gold, Emily Hurst, Dan Shuman, Deidre Struck, Karen Dahlstrom, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and many more, to add layers of harmony voices, upright bass, cello, and percussion to the record.
We are looking for house concerts and other shows in the UK to fit with what we’ve booked so far. If you’d like to host or help us find a good performance space, please reply to this email. In March and April we’ll be touring in the US and welcome your ideas for shows or invitations for house concerts there too.
In other news:
I had a fantastic time opening for Shawn Colvin around the northeast in April. Just as spring was springing, we got to get back on the road and see trees blooming. We played to wonderful audiences of dedicated music listeners and worked out many new songs including our cover of “Heatwave” by The Blue Nile, which will be on the new record.
On July 4, I had the honor of singing with a small choir at the one and only Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. I don’t think I have ever experience an event that embodied Brooklyn as much as this one. It was awesome to be a part of it. In case you’re wondering, Joey Chestnut ended his 8 year winning streak by being beaten by a newcomer who ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Thanks and enjoy these (hot) dog days of summer!