Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birthplace of Bluegrass

Nashville!  What took me so long?  I already love you.

It was awesome to represent Austin music in the Music City itself, playing for the ASAE annual convention.  Similar to Austin in all the ways I love (and a couple that I don't), Nashville was invigorating and inspiring. 

The trip was short, but sweet.  I met some beautiful people and look forward to returning for some co-writing sessions in the near future.

Since I've recently taken up the mandolin, it was a total thrill to tour the Ryman Auditorium, an historic church-turned-theatre venue (and home of the Grand Ole Opry) where Bill Monroe licks are baked into the walls.

You know that feeling when you meet someone briefly and totally click?  That's how I feel about Nashville.  I can't wait to get back.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In loving memory

By the outpouring of stories and condolences, it seems we have all been touched by the life and work of Robin Williams.  I was stunned to learn of his death this week and saddened to hear that it was at the hand of his battle with depression.

Depression is more like a war, really.  A long internal war with lots of fronts and waves of fighting.  I can't help but imagine all the work Robin Williams had ahead of him.  How much more he could have done.

This is another good reminder to be grateful for all the organizations that support Austin artists in very fundamental ways.

In particular, the SIMS Foundation provides mental health care to local musicians.  SIMS has played a significant role in my life.  And I am only one of many they serve.


If you are looking for a good place to make a difference, whether financially or as a volunteer...  please consider the SIMS Foundation in your giving.

If you are an Austin musician struggling with depression, a life change, addiction, recovery, or just want to get a mental wellness tune up, please call the SIMS Foundation at 512-494-1007.  They care.  They exist to help.

Yours in loving memory of Robin Williams,
in honor of health and healing,


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

All you gotta do

As I prepare for my trip to Nashville next weekend, I am thinking back on how wonderful it has been to connect and reconnect with so many of you in New York, Michigan, Maryland, and Texas this summer.

It means more than you know, to independent artists especially, that you come out to shows, purchase music and merchandise, and tell others about the songs and artists you love.

It's just that simple.

All the precious moments we spend sharing music and building community together are invaluable.  I am ever grateful for your support, encouragement, and companionship on this musical and entrepreneurial journey.

See you down the road!