Last month I attended Folk Alliance in Kansas City, MO. Folk Alliance is a folk/Americana music conference that takes place every year in February. It was so fun, I heard great music, made new friends and re-connected with old music friends. I enjoyed hanging out with fellow song-writers and friends, Curtis McMurtry, Bettysoo, Bill Kirchen, David Halley, Will Sexton, Jon Dee Graham, Michael Fracaso, Jimmy La Fave and discovered a great new band out of Colorado, “Bonnie And The Clydes”. And Al Gore made a super presentation. It was an amazing four days!
Another thing I did recently was visit Monterrey Mexico with my sister and some of our old high school friends. I had not been there in a long time and even then I was only there for a weekend. This time we went for a whole week. I wondered what we were going to do for seven days in Monterrey, I didn’t think there was that much to do there. Well, I was wrong! We visited the beautiful Horse Tail Falls (Cola De Caballo Cascada), toured an amazing cave, went up to Chipinque Mountain, had a nice boat ride downtown, danced our buts off at a 70′s disco event, ate some amazingly good food, and did some great shopping. The week just flew by. We had lots of laughs, had a great time, and met lots of really nice people. I know Mexico is having a lot safety issues these days, and people are being told not to go there. That is so sad. I traveled alone to Mexico City and Puebla in the last couple of years and everything was just fine. So, that said, I want to encourage you to visit Mexico. It is still one of the most special, beautiful, and friendly countries in the world (maybe Mexico’s publicity bureau will read this and give me an honorary trip for the nice pitch I just gave!).
I was just in California to do some recording with my upcoming tour buddy and friend, Anny Celsi who lives in the L.A. area. We recorded one of each of our songs for a limited edition CD that we hope to sell at our European shows. We will sign and number the first hundred. We are very happy with our new songs and very impressed that we got the whole thing – recording, mastering, printing and packaging all done in about three days! Now I am back in Austin preparing for the tour. We are very excited about visiting London, Wales, Dublin, and Galway. They are all such beautiful and friendly places. We will also have two shows in Germany. The tour begins in London on March 30 at “Green Note,” a sweet intimate club in Camden (check out Anny’s website: annycelsi.com, or the tour page on my website for dates and show info). Anny is a good friend and a perfect travel buddy. I really love her music (you can listen to some on her website). I think you will all agree. She set us up a special Facebook page for the tour. So, all you friends in UK, Ireland, and Germany, check it out. We will post photos and comments throughout our adventure. By the way, Anny will tour through Holland on her own after Germany. Her dates are posted on her site.
We hope to see you at one (or more!), of our shows, and bring friends! We’d love to see sold out shows. I hope your spring is springy, and that you are enjoying the blossoming flowers and trees around you!