I hope y’all are having a good time this holiday season. There is so much going on and it seems the days run by so quickly. I have been re-acquainting myself with the Austin live music wonderfulness since my move back from Germany last summer. I am enjoying having a long-time friend visiting Austin for the first time and we have been making the musical rounds: We went out to see Gary Hartman and Lone Star Swing band at El Mercado, James McMurtry’s midnight set at The Continental Club (followed by late night breakfast at Magnolia’s south), Asleep at the Wheel at The Broken Spoke, Marvin Dykhuis and Danny Britt and their great band at Donn’s Depot. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is beginning this week and there is LOTS of good music and shopping to be enjoyed there from now til Christmas. What a lucky town we are!
I will be joining in some of the musical happenings around the state this weekend. Thursday December 19, Marvin Dykhuis and I have a holiday and record release show in McAllen, TX at the beautiful and special “Quinta Mazatlan”. (Friday night we are going to drop in to Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s Christmas show at Gruene Hall on our way back to Austin!) Saturday Dec 21, I will have my own Holiday / Record release show in Bastrop at the lovely old Bastrop Opera House. I will be performing a special show for the kids in the early afternoon, then a regular concert with Marvin Dykhuis that evening. On Sunday Dec 22, we will be joined by Chip Dolan for the early (noon-4pm) at Gruene Hall. These shows are all different and special andI sure hope you will be able to make it out to one or all of them!
My new record (CD) “After TheFair” is selling well and it seems to be receiving a warm welcome. I just played some record release in-store performances at some great classic Texas record stores: Waterloo Records in Austin and Cactus Music in Houston, TX. I had small but fun tour in California in November with my friend, singer-songwriter Anny Celsi. Marvin Dykhuis was along and accompanied both of us beautifully. I am really sorry that the first part of the tour had to be cancelled. I got pretty sick and ended up in the hospital and had to cancel some dates that were booked with the wonderful musician, California’s Joel Rafael. I was able to pick up with Marvin and Anny later. Hopefully Joel and I can try again another time in the near future.
I loved my California to Portland tour and hope to reach other parts of the country a little later to introduce my new work. Hopefully I will get the NE and mid-west booked for spring and summer 2014.
love, abrazos, always,