I turned 22, released my 7" vinyl "Sweet Moon," at the Parlor Room and have been on tour sense the release!
Where to begin?
Well, I arrived for soundcheck at The Parlor Room and Signature Sounds around 5pm on Sunday, September 13. I was absolutely jittery with nervous excitement. The moonshine helped.
Lisa Marie Ellingsen was scheduled to open the night and we had some beautiful moments in the green room together before the show. We both whipped out our guitars and ran through "T For Texas" by Jimmie Rodgers and our nerves melted away. Lisa got the nod from the sound guy and it was time for the madness to begin.
She played a beautiful set, probably one of the best I have ever heard her do. Nobody plays like Lisa. Her solos are slick, bluesy and straight badass. Nobody sings like Lisa either. I love the way that at times, it sounds like she is whispering her stories; telling tales of love gone wrong and nightlife adventures. I'm always hanging on every word.
There were so many amazing moments that night it's hard to single out a few. I will say that "Sweet Moon" was filled with delicious latin flair that night. "Jim Dandy," a tune I don't play very often, was treated with amazing cotton candy guitar and soft, thoughtful bass and drums. The band also added a new intensity to "Hotcakes," which was so fucking sick. Having drums, bass and guitar behind me made me feel like super woman!
I also got to play MY NEW GUITAR for the first time in front of people. I received a beautiful, Luna acoustic for my birthday, appropriately and unoriginally named "Luna." I played a the first half of the set with the band and took a break to play a few tunes solo in between. I reached for Luna and performed my new tune "The Road" totally solo. It was nerve-wracking, as I don't usually play guitar plugged in AND in front of people who were PAYING ATTENTION very often at all. I am happy to report that it went swimmingly and Luna shall become a fixture in live shows! Also during the solo portion of the show, I busted out "Twins" another tunes I never get to play. Before the band came back up, Aaron jumped joined me for "Can't Help Falling In Love," the Elvis classic. Our two voices sound really great together and it's always such a blast to sing a sappy tune with one of my favorite people.
One of the highlights of the evening was getting to bust out "Lovesick Woman." The boys NAILED all the weird stops. I think I am going to start including it in the set more too!
We closed to evening with the Beatles classic "Oh Darlin," which I have performed 1,000+ times in 1,000+ bars. Never in my life have I enjoyed playing it more. There was something in the air that night. The True Believers absolutely BROUGHT IT.
Seriously, thank you to everyone who helped make the release so awesome. Tour has been going amazingly well and will be writing about that very soon!