I hope your October was filled with spooky adventures and teeth-rotting sugary goodness!
The spooky shenanigans began with a Halloween House Show at the Street Change house! It was the first show I ever played in an attic! The evening began with Travis Guin (of Take It Personal and Like Changing Seasons) playing a solo acoustic set, which he killed as always. Following Travis was the powerful ukelele punk rock of Mike Martin. After Mike, Street Change played, throwing us all a curve ball with their version of "Eye Of The Tiger." It was a great evening and as always, Madeline of Street Change joined me for a spunky version of "Summer Everyday." It was a beautiful evening of music, friendship and pasta.
Her band consisted of fellow Woman Songwriter Collective members Carolyn Walker and Lisa Marie Ellengsen on violin and guitar, and the Michael Stevens on pedal steel. Wishbone Zoe joined us on banjo for the last song, "You Don't Know" as well. The show had a very autumnal feel. Christa wore a beautiful, floor length, soft orange gown and her band wore black. The velvet curtains of the Parlor Room stage shimmered behind her as she performed her album cover to cover. Her husband, Jeremy Kent, opened the show. They even performed a Carter Family song together for her encore, which was very touching and beautiful.
I had the privilege of singing back up vocals on the album and even in the album's rough form, one could tell that it was going to be an amazing creative endeavor. From the sultry and slow "Last Call" to the heartbreaking "At This Hour" and the fun and twangy "Busted Heart", "Daughter of Your Lost Art," is a wonderful and diverse group of songs and truly represents what an amazing artist Christa Joy is. I am so proud of her! Check out the album here. And a big thank you to Scott Caldwallader for taking these awesome photos!
There were many surprises and retro inspired collaborations. Mike Martin and I performed a cover of "You Belong To Me" from the Jerk as well as a 1950's medley that included "Teenager In Love" and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." Andy and Mike rocked a Frank Turner song together which was quite lovely. Andy and I did a rendition of "Earth Angel" that included a sweet harmonica interlude. I'm also happy to report that the True Believers did a surprise rendition of a Black Sabbath song that ROCKED. I also got to join them for Ben E King's Stand By Me. The True Believer's have so many great songs and are planning on releasing a new album this coming year! Some of my favorite tunes of their's include "Sunday" and "Hidden Underneath," which you can also hear if you click the above link!
The Monday night series, called Monday Night Dinner Party, happens every Monday night at Bishop's Lounge from 8:00-10:30 with different performers each week. I encourage you to check it out. Andy, Mike, The True Believers and I get to play together at Bishop's once a month and have been doing so for about a year now. I can't wait to see what we do next month!
Shout out to Tim Reddington for taking such beautiful photos and the varies folks who snapped pictures with my disposable camera throughout the night!
We saw many lovely costume that night, however, Wednesday Adams and The Flower Child take the cake!