April ShowsApr 03, 2015
So glad spring is springing and grass is showing. I have some great April shows coming up, including lots of shows with The Tricksters.
Saturday April 11, I've been invited by the Vermont Society of Modern Psychoanalysis to be their guest for an afternoon luncheon and salon regarding music and the emotions it evokes. How does music make us feel...as writers? as listeners? as performers? as audience members? I'll be performing a short set and then participating in a discussion. This all takes place from 11:30-3:00 at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction. Please email Bonnie Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
That weekend (and the one after) is also filled with Tricksters shows. The Tricksters is a fun pop-rock cover band I'm in with Seth Barbiero, Trevor Jewett, Lane Gibson Jr, and Spencer Bladyka. With 3 lead singers and killer instrumentalists, we keep the audience dancing to and nostalgic for their favorite tunes from the 80s through today.
You can see us:
Friday April 10 / 9-12 / Salt Hill Pub, Newport, NH
Saturday April 11 / 9-12 / Windsor Station, Windsor, VT
Friday April 17 / 9-12 / Salt Hill Pub, Hanover, NH
Saturday April 18 / 9-12 / The Shanty, Sunapee, NH
Hope to see you soon,
New Tune and Songwriters ShowcaseMar 06, 2015
Hard to believe that this time 4 years ago, Hotels & Highways was out pounding the pavement, touring the country as we released our debut record, Lost River. We had innumerable awesome experiences, but one of our very favorites was the honor of stopping by Joe Pisapia's studio in Nashville. Joe is an amazingly talented human who has toured with and written/produced for k.d. lang, Ben Folds, and Guster (to name a few). He is also a super nice guy. Well, late one Nashville night, he not only gave us a tour of his phenomenal studio, but invited us to crowd around a single microphone and sing some rowdy background vocals for a song on a solo album he was working on. The wait is over; his album, "Nightvision," will be released March 19, but you can hear the track we sang on NOW. Head over to Joe's Bandcamp to listen to "Burned Out." Stream it, buy it, love it, share it. Oh, and take note of the gorgeous artwork by our dear friend Sam Smith, who also co-produced the record.
In other news this month, I'm super psyched to be playing a local Songwriters Showcase in Pomfret VT next Friday, March 13. The Artistree Community Arts Center is a true gem in the Upper Valley and is constantly bettering our community with art of all kinds. Hosted by my dear friend Jim Yeager, this will be an intimate night of original music in a true listening room with songwriters Matt Seiple, Billy Sharff, and yours truly from 6:30-9pm (with just a $5 suggested donation). We would love to see you there.
This Friday in Boston with Chad Perrone, Next Friday in Burlington with Gregory DouglassFeb 19, 2015
Well, sure is February, especially here in VT. I don't think we have enough snow here though, so I'm going to Boston tomorrow. So thrilled to be opening for my dear friend Chad Perrone TOMORROW (2/20) at the always-amazing Club Passim. This true listening room in Cambridge is a staple of the Boston music scene. Please join us (there are still TICKETS left) for a night of laughter, harmony and warming up from the cold. I'll be opening the show and singing plenty with Chad as well.
Then next Friday (2/27), it will be a bittersweet night of saying goodbye to Gregory Douglass before he heads to the West Coast. So happy for my dear friend as he takes this leap, yet very sad to put distance between our hearts and voices. Gotta love a good excuse to go visit California, though - please remind me of this next February. Join us as we bid a fond farewell to Greg and his wonderful husband Glen. Gregory's All-Star Girl Band (featuring Monique Citro, Jane Boxall and yours truly) and The Glass Project (featuring Joshua Glass) will play from 8-10, followed by a good old-fashioned party. Come join us at Higher Ground in the Showcase Lounge.
That's all for now. Stay warm!
Featured on Women of Substance Radio PodcastJan 29, 2015
Just a quick note to share a little good news.
I am one of the lucky indie ladies featured on this week's Women of Substance Radio Podcast. Bree Noble and her awesome online station do such a great job introducing up-and-coming "women of substance" by playing them right alongside the most famous and wonderful ladies we already love. The accompanying podcast showcases some kick-ass women and this week, I'm one of them!
Click HERE to download today's episode; you can hear my latest song "Tell Her" right at the top of the show, giving mention to two of my inspirations, Edie Carey and October Project. I'm very grateful for this opportunity; share the love with this LINK.
Click HERE to download "Tell Her" for your very own, as a single or as part of the VT Indie Compilation "Twists & Bends" on Mallett's Bay Records.
(Honorary Woman of Substance)
Here's to a New Year of Music and LoveJan 19, 2015
I hope the first few weeks of 2015 have treated you well. I want to thank you on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day for supporting my endeavors as an artist sharing my voice with you. May we all be allowed the freedom to speak and live our truths.
2015 is sure to be a wonderful year. I am thrilled to be marrying my best friend, Seth Barbiero, in June; you may know him for his bass-playing talents on my record, or with one of his many bands in and around VT (like The Tricksters, Justin Levinson & The Valcours, Frydaddy, Given, or The Gregory Douglass Band, which is how we met). I'm so grateful to be embarking on many many years of making music with this guy.
This Friday, I'm psyched to return to the Jericho Cafe & Tavern which is owned and operated by fellow Skidmore alumn, Bridget Dorman and her husband Chris. The food there is seriously delicious and is prepared and presented with the utmost care. I love that they feature as many local ingredients as possible and local musicians too! I'll be playing from about 7:30-9:30, so come in and treat yourself to a nice meal (I know I will).
Always check the Tour Dates area of this page (lower right) for detailed show info and look out for local dates in VT/NH solo, with Gregory Douglass or with The Tricksters!
Much love and gratitude,
VT Artist Compilation CD Release at Higher GroundNov 17, 2014
Woke up here this morning to the first snowfall, just a light dusting to barely cover the ground and rest on the branches. With the start of the holiday season upon us, I'm looking forward to a few gigs this week, one of which is a true celebration.
For a few years now, I've been lucky enough to be represented by Glory Douglass Reinstein of Mallett's Bay Music, who pitches the music of indie artists for film/tv licensing opportunities as well as for radio promotion. She works tirelessly for her artists, most of whom live and play in Vermont, and this year she put together a fabulous compilation of these artists called Twists & Bends. It was a blast to get back to Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering (where I made "Momentum") to record a previously unreleased tune of mine called "Tell Her," as well as to lend my harmonies to tracks by Gregory Douglass and Patrick Fitzsimmons. I'm proud to be Track 1 on this compilation and in the company of so many talented VT artists.
Tomorrow night (November 18th at 7:30pm) we will celebrate the release of Twists & Bends with a concert that showcases all of the artists on the record and a killer house band led by the record's producer: the super talented Colin McCaffrey. The record won't be released until tomorrow, but you can download my song RIGHT NOW as the album's "instant gratification track." Click HERE to get "Tell Her" on iTunes. Click HERE to get tickets for the CD Release show at Higher Ground in South Burlington.
I'll also be playing this weekend at a fabulous getaway up north in Jay Peak called "The Inn." Come enjoy some dinner music with me on guitar and vocals and Seth Barbiero on bass. Details below under the Tour Dates column.
Be well and Happy Early Thanksgiving,
Fall ShowsOct 03, 2014
Writing to you from the capital of Leaf Peeping, and boy is there a lot to see this year. Feeling very grateful for our home here in VT as we continue our renovations surrounded by the most vibrant colors.
Certainly check the shows listing on my page for details about all fall shows; very excited to have a variety of gigs coming up over the next few months...some solo, some with my fun new cover band, The Tricksters, and some with the incredible-as-always Gregory Douglass.
Love and Leaves in New England,
September ShowsSep 02, 2014
Love love love this time of year...warm days and chilly nights (at least here in VT). September is the new January, or so they say; it's a great time for renewal and reflection as we get ready to hunker down and cuddle up for the fall and winter. It's also a great time to drive around this beautiful Green (slowly turning Multi-Colored) Mountain State to play music.
I'm always thrilled to be a part of the Gregory Douglass Trio, and it's even better when we can sing for a great cause. Outright VT builds safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, and Shelburne Vineyards will donate a portion of the night's proceeds toward this wonderful organization. Come join us on Thursday September 4 at 6pm (but you can start your picnic at 5:30); it's free!
On Friday September 5, I'll be playing solo at the new Jericho Cafe & Tavern. The only thing I love just as much as good music is good food, and it looks like this farm-to-table spot is doing it right and producing honest, locally-based cuisine. Yum. Come enjoy the eats and sounds from 7:30 to 10pm.
I'll also be back with The Tricksters at Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH on Friday September 12. The response to our first few gigs has been pretty great. If you'd like to hear us rock some hits from the last 30 years...you won't be disappointed!
To finish out the month, I'll be at the Common Man Restaurant in Claremont, NH on September 28 from 5-8pm. If the weather is right, I just might get one more day playing on their patio by the waterfall!
3 Shows This Weekend!Jul 30, 2014
Just a quick note to tell you about my 3 shows this weekend!
Friday August 1st will be the debut of a new cover band that I'm in called The Tricksters. I'm thrilled to be one of three lead singers in this band, covering so many of our favorite songs from the 80s to today. This will be a fun night at Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH from 9pm-midnight!
Saturday August 2nd I'll be with the Gregory Douglass Trio on the concert lawn at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, VT. Surrounded by 1000 acres of organic farmland on the shores of Lake Champlain, ASIG boasts one of VT's most stunning views. The Gregory Douglass Trio includes G-Doug himself on piano and vocals, Yo-Yo Mo(nique Citro) on cello and yours truly on vocals. We'll be opening for the amazing, Austin-based alt-rock band, Alpha Rev.
Sunday August 3rd I am back at The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont, NH, serenading the patio with original and cover songs, just me and my guitar. If you've never sat outside there while the Sugar River rushes past, it's wonderful. I play from 5-8pm.
And that's just this weekend...check my shows listing for gigs throughout the rest of the summer.
Flip-flops and lobster rolls,
Tonight's Show is now TOMORROW'S Show!!Jul 16, 2014
Just a quick update that my gig at Colburn Park in Lebanon, NH opening for the wonderful Momentum Theatre Troupe has been moved to TOMORROW (Thursday), July 17th. I'll be playing at 7pm and "A Juliet and Her Romeo" (an adaptation of Shakespeare's classic) goes on at 8pm. Bonus: Both shows are FREE and The Lebanon Farmers' Market will be showcasing local goodies too, so come set up a blanket and settle in for a gorgeous night of local talent!
See you then!