Well, obviously, spring & summer are the most wonderful times of the year. Can I get an amen? Sorry, Christmas, you're just a little cold & dark & busy to win the title around here. Everything is nicer when the sun is shining, including me. So here's to the season for making merry & making music outdoors whenever possible.
Thank you for sharing the COVERS album with your friends & family!
I'm in love with the whole project & the way people have connected with it, and it wouldn't have happened without your support. That's a fact.
This awesome t-shirt featuring original art by Mandy Rogers Horton & design by Shelly Eve is available & will re-ordered in additional sizes, so if you don't see yours, please let us know what you need, so I can add it to the list!
TWO BIRDS mini-concerts
Along the lines of making music outdoors, my musical friend Taylor Leonhardt & I spontaneously started something we can't seem to quit, a series of back porch mini-concerts (or front porch, when it's raining).
If you could use a little live music over your lunch break, sit in while we share just one song each with a 10-minute rehearsal & an iPhone.
We've dubbed the series "Two Birds." Here's our most recent episode.
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SLOW TRAIN COMING
Last night, I had the extreme privilege of participating in a collective tribute to Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming album in Carrboro, NC. Esteemed musician Tim Carless planned & led the way & Emmaus Way of Durham sponsored us at The ArtsCenter.
It's crazy energizing to play together with other musicians. Hoping we have more opportunities to work together!
ESCAPE TO THE LAKE
Discount tickets available for night-only concert passes (for a limited time). Use promo code "fireworks" and save $5 per ticket (no limit). Tix/Info: bit.ly/ettl15n
I especially recommend ETTL to any of you musicians who are serious about both faith & excellence in art making. It's a uniquely intimate setting where you'll get to spend time with artists, listening, asking questions, being inspired. Join us!
MASTERPIECE PROJECT 2015
End of July always finds me leading songwriting studio for high school students at Masterpiece Project in southern Kentucky.
I can't say enough about the way Masterpiece impacts students & staff. It's one of the highlights of my year.
The July week is already full this year, but my friend Jessica Campbell will be leading songwriting for Masterpiece the week of June 21, and there are still several spots open. Masterpiece is not just for musicians but for young artists of any medium. Each week offers specific studios--get the details on their website.
I'll be in Nashville to write next week & will play a couple shows with Jessica Campbell July 17&18 in WV & VA, but in general I'll be hanging out around Raleigh more over the summer, which I'm glad for.
And...a surprising announcement coming soon regarding the fall, so stay tuned!
Hope you & yours are finding ways to be outside, be together & be present.