News & Notes

Winter 2021: Where are we now?  

Music in the time of the pandemic. Is it safe to play? Or is it a political statement if you're out gigging right now vs hiding at home quarrantining? Or are we supposed to carry on as musicians to give this world something worth living for, let the artists make their art, please! I dont have the answers, and I completely look forward to 5 years from now when we can look back on this time with some perspective and hopefully...answers. 

With that said, its been an interesting journey to keep pursuing this hobby, both with the current state of the outer world, and my inner world with a new baby. I just saw that Shovels & Rope released a children's album, which made me laugh, because I get it. When you have a baby all your songs are at their whim, and if they are your only audience member then you start playing only things that they might like, which vastly changes your repertoire. So, since not much brand new material is coming out of me at the moment, I've been going through the past and shining up some dull pennies cast astray. Digging up bones. Following old ideas. Also, entered in to my life is new friend Aaron Campbell, who has so far produced the music to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and Its Christmas Time (You're All Mine) ...a truly talented soul. Looking forward to more collaboration in the future! 

New Group: Canoe Capital! 

So I have the honor of being a part of a new group out of Front Royal that is aptly named "Canoe Capital", alongside Logan Moore. Please check out our facebook page for videos and shows!   


Heres a video of us covering "Golden Embers" by Mandolin Orange. Looking forward to all the fiddle I get to play now. 


Spotify Playlists 

Had the idea to make Spotify playlists of all music exclusively from artists from the Shenandoah Valley. This project was like digging for gold. I carefully excised tunes for each list and set them in a complimentary order. It was exhausting and rewarding. Two lists for ya: 

Shenandoah River Ride : A laid back acoustic folk playlist featuring artists exclusively from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Get your sunscreen and fishing pole and let these tunes help paddle you through the day.


Shenandoah Trail Run : Upbeat acoustic Americana alt-country bluegrass and folk music playlist designed to amp you up for your trail run through the mountains.