Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you peaceful holidays cherishing the ones you love,


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Under the influence, over the moon

I keep pinching myself. Not only do I get to perform on the regular with one of the best rhythm sections in the country (The Finest Kind), but in preparing for our October 28th show at The Cactus Cafe, I have gotten inspiration from other truly amazing performances as well.

In the past, my shows have been under the influence of live performances by Tom Waits and The Roots, among others.

For this show, it's Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (I love and admire bassist Victor Wooten endlessly and got to see them at the Paramount Theater last week) and Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, for whom I opened at One World Theatre a few days ago. Dr. Stanley's music has soothed souls for over 6 decades. These folks are musical vessels through and through.

Expect some new twists at The Cactus Cafe show, inspired by these great musicians. I hope to pass it on, even half of it, even a drop of it. Potent and alive. Inspiration!

Add that to the fast-rushing river I have found with The Finest Kind during our residency at Club Deville. I sang classic poetry (Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, Kalil Gibran, Sara Teasdale, Shel Silverstein, etc.) over top of the trio's luscious dub improvisations. Within those explorations, we have become something new. I absolutely can't wait to share it with you. Maybe you will find something new there also.

Erin Ivey & The Finest Kind at Cactus Cafe
Friday, October 28
Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30
This is an all-ages show.

You can get tickets at Advanced tix are highly recommended.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Update: Poster sale

Due to popular demand, the few posters left from the "Chocolate" music video premiere party are now up for sale at the Erin Ivey store-for-all-seasons.

Most posters are just $5, but I have limited quantities, so help yourself before they're gone.


Thursday, September 01, 2011

Solo acoustic series wrapup

Many times in Austin, we're all gigging so much or on the road or just trying to make ends meet in so many ways that it can be difficult to get out to see all the live music we'd like.

When the folks at Frank asked me to sing on Tuesdays in August and bring a new guest artist with me each week, I was so excited to reach out to some of the great musicians I have been dying to see again - and get a good dose every week! Frank ( turned out to be a fantastic late-night venue. The vibe actually reminds me of the Cactus Cafe, that dark wood, blue light, red velvet kind of place, intimate and laid-back.

HUGE THANKS to my special guests who made the whole experience amazing:

Wendy Colonna
Cheryl Kaderli
Brennen Leigh

Thanks to every one of you who came out late on Tuesday nights to hear the music we made.

Thanks to Josie Fluri, Glynn Wedgewood, Barbie, and everyone else at Frank who makes it such a great place to be.

Thanks to Kevin Connor for spreading the word on KUT 90.5FM here in Austin about these shows.

I don't know if you can tell, but I loved "curating" these past Tuesdays. Next up in the hot seat is Colin Gilmore. I hope he'll have as great a time as I did putting these Tuesdays together.


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Watch "Chocolate" music video on Huffington Post

Well, our little video made it to The Huffington Post!

Check it out RIGHT HERE.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CHOCOLATE - recipe

After posting this photo on Facebook, I'm inspired by the comments to give you my recipe!

Erin Ivey's raw, sugar-free, dairy-free, guilt-free chocolates

1/2 c unfiltered coconut oil
1/2 tsp stevia powder (to taste)
1 pinch salt
1 Tbsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
2 Tbsp almond butter
1/2 c cocao powder

Add the stevia to the coconut oil. Pour into a blender (I like the bullet ones best).
Mix in vanilla & salt.
Mix in almond butter.
Mix in cocoa powder.
Pour into ice cube molds with a small spoon.
Put in the fridge for an hour or freezer for 20 minutes.


It's flyer time!

Is it "flyer" or "flier?" Regardless, I'm playing a month of Tuesday nights, solo acoustic with some special guests, at FRANK during August. Check to find out what guests are on tap. Then, come on by for hot dogs, cold beer, and chill music.


Last night, I figured out that this flyer was hard to read (after printing 50 pages of the damn thing). So, now every one of them is personalized. Hopefully readable, too.

Making "Chocolate" - photos

Here are a few pictures from editing the music video with Andrew Shapter. The video premiere party - and full band show - is this Friday, July 29 at The HighBall. Music starts at 10:30pm. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook
Like it on Do512

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy birthday, Amelia!

In honor of Amelia Earhart's bday on Sunday, I'm giving away the whole Broken Gold album at all weekend. If you don't already have it, or if you want to turn friends on to it, now is the time!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Spanish Moon

I had the good fortune to perform before Little Feat a couple weeks ago at One World Theatre. I listened to a ton of Little Feat in high school, back from the Lowell George era, so I was very curious to hear what they sounded like after years of personnel changes. Would they play their old stuff? Would it be stale?

Happy to report that Little Feat opened their set with "Spanish Moon" and then went into a really long jam, which set the tone for the rest of the night really well. I was never sure what to expect, which kept me really interested. They did play other great old tunes like "Willin'" and "Dixie Chicken," but with really creative arrangements and instrumentation. On the other hand, a couple of songs were so new that they broke out lyric sheets and charts. Keyboardist Bill Payne played a beautiful solo rendition of The Yellow Rose of Texas for us, seein' how we're in Texas and all...

It was really cool to see how healthy of a band they are. Not just cruising on their old hits played the same way every time. The set was really thoughtfully crafted. They weren't just phoning it in, as I have seen many long-standing bands do.

So, put on your sailin' shoes and go see 'em. It was an inspiring show. Isn't that what live music is all about?

"I pawned my watch and I sold my ring
Just to hear that girl singing."
-Spanish Moon

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chocolate music video

UPDATE: The HighBall is concocting a very special drink for us that night only... The CHOCOLATE CAKE MARTINI - Godiva chocolate liqueur, Frangelico, White Cream de Cocoa, Vanilla Vodka, Cream. Ummm, yes please.


I've been working with Andrew Shapter and a wonderful group of conspirators to bring you a music video for the song "Chocolate" off the new Broken Gold album. It's inspired by Pedro Almodovar's films and is waaaaayyyyy different than anything I've done before. I hope you'll come out to the premiere party July 29th 10pm at The HighBall in Austin. We're planning a really fun night.

If you are so inclined, here's how you can help!

Like it on Do512
RSVP on Facebook

Thanks so much. See you there!

Call yourself an Austin musician

In recognition of Michael Corcoran's retirement from The Austin American-Statesman yesterday, I am re-posting something he wrote back in 2008. Austin and it's various art scenes are changing fast, but a lot of this still definitely applies.

By Michael Corcoran
Monday, January 28, 2008

At the end of the year, I decided to not rank the nationally acclaimed "Shepherd's Dog" by Iron and Wine as an Austin album. I&W's Sam Beam might live in the area, but he's not truly an Austin musician. Neither is Kina Grannis, the "Crash the Super Bowl" finalist, who moved here after graduating from USC in May. Bill Callahan, who used to call himself Smog, is no more an Austin musician than Bob Mould was in the '90s. It takes more than a ZIP code that starts with 787 to truly be considered a hometown musician. Use this guideline to tell the difference between a musician who lives in Austin and an Austin musician:

Sorry, but you're not an Austin musician until ...

... you've played at either Emo's, the Hole in the Wall or the Continental Club.

... you've been rejected by SXSW.

... you've opened for Guy Forsyth.

... you've been ticketed for double-parking on Sixth Street while unloading your gear.

... you know your order without looking at the menu of the Tamale House No. 3.

... you know who Paul Minor is. (Bonus points if you know exactly what it is that he does.)

... David Cotton won't return your calls.

... you've looked forward to playing out at the airport because at least that gig pays.

... you are a 94-year-old blues legend. (Pinetop Perkins exemption.)

... you've snuck a case of beer out the back door after a gig.

... you've had your name misspelled on the Red Eyed Fly marquee.

... you've worked double shifts at Thundercloud to save money for studio time, put your heart and soul into every track, proudly mailed your first CD, your baby, to critics, then watched Jim Caligiuri give it half a star in the Chronicle.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pork butt and Dr. Pepper

I'm doing it! Along with strawberry and lime-infused vodka.

Did you know that pork butt is actually the SHOULDER?

Low and slow. Here's the recipe. Thank you, Pioneer Woman. :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Survey says...

I love seeing the responses to the survey about your favorite songs on the Broken Gold album.

You can get the results by taking the survey, if you haven't already. Fascinative!

Opening for David Ramirez at The Cactus Cafe 4/26/11

Check out this post by David Ramirez, with whom I am honored to be performing at The Cactus Cafe next Tuesday, April 26:




Friday, April 08, 2011


Really, Twitter people? "Pootie tang?"

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Sunday, April 03, 2011


Latest discovery: Elements for the next phase are wood and gold.

I haven't worn gold things for years. Now I realize how lucky I am to have them.

So, there's my deep thought. Wood and gold.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Favorite quote of late

From my friend Chef Kevin:

"I have 1/2 my staff running around singing GO GO GO....well, at least the GO, GO, GO part.... Now if I could just get some of them to take those words to heart....maybe I could use reverse psychology on them if you wrote a song called Stand Around and Text."

Monday, January 03, 2011

2011: The big picture

Around this time last year, I dove wildly into Chris Guillebeau's transformative Annual Review - taking stock of the past year and setting intentions and goals for the next, in a style perfectly suited to management spreadsheet nerds like I am.

2010 was a year of EXPANSION. 2011 seems to be beckoning for focus on two things in particular: QUALITY and SUSTAINABILITY.

With the new album (Broken Gold) due in February, I can't wait to see how the new year unfolds.