September 21, 2011

A new guitar

Sometimes you just need to buy a new guitar. Today is one of those days. I think I'll break it in at my gig this Friday.

You're looking at a Breedlove Atlas Series guitar -- a Solo D350/CMe to be exact. None of that matters as much as the sound it produces, which is something you really just need to hear for yourself. If you play, go pick up a Breedlove at your local music store and see what you think. I'm usually a Washburn girl, with my sights set on a Taylor, but this one sidetracked me and there's no going back. It's going to be worth every penny and every bowl of ramen noodles I'll have to eat to pay for it.

May 31, 2011

Last Band Standing

Welcome, Last Band Standing Voter! If you haven't voted, I must put you into one of two categories:

1) Voted? What on earth are you talking about?
2) Jury's still out -- I haven't decided which band to vote for yet.

To group #1, I say you should check out Last Band Standing, a contest that will give one of 21 competing artists a spot on a Bele Chere stage. Bele Chere, for those of you who are not familiar, is the biggest festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Go now, check it out, then vote for your favorite. I shouldn't have to tell you who that is.

To group #2, I'd love to plead my case, but as with any artist, the art should speak for itself. That said, you can download a few of my tracks absolutely free -- just scroll down a bit until you find the menu on the left that says, "Click Play." The free MP3s are listed there.

And to all I say thank you. Thanks for wandering over to my bloggy blog and for caring, even if you just accidentally clicked but are somehow still reading this (shouldn't you be working? or outside? or reading literature?).

And for the four of you who are dying for my next CD release, I can proudly tell you that I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA when that will be, but I'm more anxious than you are and I'm definitely working on it. Good things are in the works. Especially if this Bele Chere thing turns out.

Now get back to work, or go outside, or read some literature!

April 26, 2011

Crash Test Dummy

When I bought my mixing board and the last of the necessary recording gear in January, I thought my next CD would be ready for release by the end of April. I can now confirm that this is most certainly not going to happen. We are now four days from the end of the month (which beats being four days from homeless) and just last night, after several hours in my home studio, I achieved what will henceforth be called The Sound. Learning to play guitar, write songs, and perform them flawlessly is a daring feat. Learning to record and mix said music is like performing a miracle, considering my nearly non-existent knowledge of the principles of sound and electronics. However, after fiddling with the mixing board and multiple pieces of software, I believe I have finally found The Sound I've been looking for. For which I've been looking. Whatever.

The product of... 6? hours in the studio last night was a test track with guitar, vocals, and harmonizing vocals. I also messed around a bit with harmonica and percussion, which turned out pretty well also.

The test track will now fulfill its only mission by being played through computer speakers, car speakers, cheap headphones, and a high quality sound system as well. It will be like the crash test dummy of Mp3s.

And then, FINALLY, I will be moving forward with actually recording real tracks, with real songs, and turning them into a real record. Hallelujah.

April 25, 2011

What I'm Listening To...

Inevitably, the music I listen to finds its way into the music I write. Reminds me of the saying, "Bad company corrupts good character."

However, these musicians and bands are very good company.

Artist -- Favorite Track
Mumford and Sons -- Little Lion Man
Jones Street Station -- The Understanding
Dead Models -- Step Aside
Joey Ryan -- Permanent
Katie Costello -- How Do We Know
Pretty and Nice -- Tora Tora Tora

Go. Listen. Support. It's good stuff.

Video #2

I'm still finding my way around on YouTube (and in the software used to record videos, for that matter), but I've posted my second video. It's pretty laggy -- operator error, I believe -- but minimize the window and just listen and it's not a problem.

Thus, I give you: Salt and Pepper (Oh Suzie).


March 6, 2011


Well, my brother has been telling me for a long time that I need to post a video of my music to youtube. I'm not a great listener, so it took me a few years, but here it is!

In other news, I now have all my studio equipment and am slowly but surely working toward the release of a new album. Shooting for late spring at this point.

Stay tuned!

January 28, 2011


Currently hibernating and collecting gear for my home studio. Planning to record some great new material over the next two months and release a new disc in the spring. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, like me on Facebook! (Not on Facebook? That's fine -- I'm satisfied for you to just like me in real life.)