Art by Hayley Nikkel of Grand Juncion CO
Oh My Goodness. Too many road stories to recount them all. Many unending thanks to everyone who has shown us so much kindness along the way. We are ecstatic that our Kickstarter succeeded and inspired by the generosity of everyone. Because of a collective effort we are able to release our second album this fall. WOW! To celebrate, on June 11th at OK Mozart we are playing a Kid's Show and releasing an EP made expressly for the YOUNG UNS - Apes Barfday - All proceeds from this project benefit the Hargrave Aracade- a DIY Arcade/Music Venue/Bike -In Cinema that raises awareness and funding for humanitarian causes. Trey and Bonnie and Dioji run this rad place more info here. http://www.hargravearcade.org/
Ok Mozart- https://www.okmozart.com/
We are waking and cleaning up after a fantastic house show at Casa Coyote in Grand Junction Colorado. It was our second show with *We Speak Imaginese* and OMG we so enjoy their music!
We #hangingwith ChaniLynn #oldfashionedgal and inspired by her work at MESA Univeristy.
We are also proud to announce a sighting of Rence from *Dear Rabbit*. We met him in Lawrence KS at the Replay last June, and caught up with him in Spokane WA at the Baby Bar. We backed him up on a few tunes and felt like r0ckst4rz! https://www.facebook.com/dearrabbitsongs
Our new full length studio album is almost totally done being mixed. We are way too excited for anybody's own good and discussing using elephants in the artwork. Luv,
Big News! We are in the studios with a HOT BAND this week in Austin and we are working on our second album. I put together a video about our adventures in the past year and it is on this kickstarter page where we are are doing pre orders for vinyl, CDs, Digital, house concerts and lessons. We leave Austin tomorrow for the west coast. Life can be so rad.
Here's the link to our pre-sale and to our little video. You can track our progress and tell your best buds about it by checking it out here:
Thank you so much everyone for your support for the past year and a half!
JP, VW and BOXIE
Well, we made it back down to Austin, and I'm kickin it at our buds the Lonesome Heroes house, about to dig a futon from their shed to put the finishing touches on the "hotel" portion of our tour van. OH YEAH NAPTIME RULEZ!! Exciting news: Our 30 Minute Music Hour broadcast just came out on PBS, and you can check out the showtimes and view a streaming video of it by clicking here or go to our "video" section and it is up there now as well. It is beautiful in Austin right now, and I am excited to go to Tacodeli and eat some of that delicious green salsa. YUM
We are packing up for tour, leaving after spending a month in beautiful Whites Creek, Tennessee. We are entering tour via Bristol (TN/VA) tonight, where country music was born. "A pretty good place to live." We have four new songs to debut, inspired by our time off following what seemed like a 14 month world tour. We attended a very interesting songwriting seminar at the Bluebird this month, and I bet we should give that some credit for being so excited to develop new tunes. The working titles are "Scab", "Anne-yr-sm Stomp", "My First Divorce", and "Wild Child". This year we have big plans, touring all over the States again and working on our second record. We think the USA is PRETTY and we're excited to go and look at it some more. West Coast here we come!
Happy birthday to Sarah Walters, Lisa Miles, and best wishes and wah-wah-wah-welcome to baby William Winston Blevins!
Yesterday was Rosa Park's 100th birthday! Wahoo! She was just about as old as Woody Guthrie.
Well we arrived in Nashville where we have time off this month. Reading Grapes of Wrath, Edible Forest Garden's, and anything by Mike Blakely. It's gotta be 70 degrees today! We had a great end of January
in the frigid North of Chicago, Madison, Sturgeon Bay and Neenah, oh boy! We are heading back up that way July 5th to play Fitzgerald's American Music Festival in Chicago! Also pleased to announce we are opening for the GREAT Pokey LaFarge on St. Patrick's Day (Sun 3/17) in Bartlesville OK for Ok Mozart concert series.
In 2011 our late RV was cast in a Swerve Pictures film called LOVES HER GUN. The film premieres at SXSW Film Fest next Month and wahoo the rising sun lives on!!! The film was co written by Lauren Modery, Geoff Marslett and Geoff Lerer. http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13846
In other news, Boxie has a new purple collar with her name and my cell number written in pink, a present from Lisa Miles! =)
We are freezing cold in DC, where we watched the inauguration yesterday (from inside on a TV)! BRRRRR!! Just a couple of weeks ago we were in Nashville meeting Laura Partain, who took this rad
<---photo in her backyard. We have since met Matt Arnett in Atlanta, where we won the Eddie's Attic Open Mic, played with the lovely Appleseed Collective, London's Leogun, and we have a live recording coming out soon from our show with Dragonsaur, recorded at Norfolk's Beltmont House by Wes Johnson.
We are getting excited to spend some time off in February in Nashville. I feel a songwriting storm coming on, which is good because we are in the beginning stages of planning our 2nd full length album!
Happy New Year! We are gearing up for an exciting 2013. Hopefully as exciting as 2012 but minus any collisions with 18 wheelers, untimely deaths of agents, etc. So far we have January plans to play all over the South, Northeast, and the Midwest. We'll be at Kiki's House of Righteous Music in Madison and Fitzgerald's in Berwyn IL at the end of the month. We are also going to be featured on PBS 30 minute Music Hour in Wisconsin on Feb 2nd. What an honor. http://www.wpt.org/30mmh/
We are taking most of February off from road shows and we'll be renting in Nashville TN, trying to get to know that scene. We are opening for the White Ghost Shivers at Austin's famed Continental Club, wahoo on Valentine's Day no less! We appreciate the love and support of everyone out there, and we wish everyone a wonderful start to the New Year.
Tonight we are at Austin's famed Driskill Hotel. We are really enjoying a cozy homecoming in our old hood.
Jenny wrote a book about her grandmother Beatrice Arbour Parrott who played professional baseball. We celebrated with a show at the White Horse in Austin, which is the new hottest spot anywhere.
We highly recommend Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh's holiday cd "In the Bleak Midwinter".
Here are a couple of tracks we recorded in June http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3K15SS/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1355529745&sr=8-2.
In our first 12 months of touring we clocked in 203 performances. It's been a great year. Thanks for coming out to shows and singing the words. Soon we will take a short break for eating holiday cookies and zzzleeping.....
Have a safe and happy holiday season friends. Xo
Home in the USA! WAHOO! a few days of Thanksgiving and rest before we head out touring the south, down to the heart of Texas and back. All in all, we played about 30 shows in 7 countries (Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Holland, Czech Republic, and Turkey) and boy did we see a lot. It was the trip of a lifetime and we are so grateful.
111.02.12- Hello from Amsterdam! We just arrived from spending 10 days in Berlin, where we recorded and played with avant garde super baritone sax player Boris Hauf. We got to back him up in his project called Owl and Mac. We also watched a cat fall from the sky, visited important buildings, learned a lot about the wall and WW2 atrocities. We ate pizza and spring rolls. We have been on the Euro road now for 6 weeks, with 2.5 more to go. It's been a wonderful adventure and I feel more acquainted with the world. I am also looking forward to seeing Texas again in December. The mind can live in many places! We are missing our loved ones in good old US of A, and thinking of you thru big Sandy. Love to you all, Jenny
10.18.12- Hello big world- from Dresden Germany. We are one month into our 2 month, 2 continent, 6 plus country tour. We have had lots of interesting experiences, like hearing Kurt´s bass bounce out of the trunk of a Taxi onto the pavement during Istanbul rush hour, playing to curious Istabullys in the heart of the Asian neighborhood of Kadkoy, and had a private whiskey and Schpetzle tasting in Bavaria. In Berlin we will be joined by Boris Hauf on saxophone and cello for a few gigs. Later we head to Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Holy needles! Hope you are all very well, healthy happy and full of love.
9.22.12 - DANG! we play a show tonight at Black Bear in Morgantown WV and then tomorrow we fly across the ocean! We won't be able to update this much over there, but you can follow us at facebook.com/lovesitmusic What a wild ride it has been lately.
9.13.12- Happy Birthday to lifelong friend and inspirational teacher Kyla Welch-Rubin. She and I (Jenny) grew up together and went to middle school, high school, college and Austin together. She now teaches PRE K in Austin and when I'm home I sing with her adorable sponge brain 4 year olds once a week. They rule. She rules.
In 10 days we leave for Europe. Our Danish agent Eugene Graham passed away this weekend, much too early for all those who loved and cared about him. It will be strange to meet Denmark without him. We then travel on to Turkey, playing in clubs around Istanbul and busking in busy streets with Kurt Johnson, our new and inspiring bass player. We then return to Western Europe, playing shows in Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland. We can hardly believe our lives right now. Peace, health, love and happiness to everyone. Be good to each other! luv Jenny (& Boxie)
We're up in CT right now having a wee business meeting and drinking coffee. Last night in Brooklyn was such a blast and it's so great to be back on the road. We are cruising in a rental minivan! LOL. We're going to freaking europe in a month. Here's a new video we shot with our new bestie Kurt.
Here are a few pictures of our motorhome after the wreck. We are still in physical therapy, but Jenny has has developed psychic powers and Vaughn has see through skin. His blood is PURPLE. ewwww NASTy!
In happier news, we're going to attempt to start playing shows again on August 19th, and we are starting rehearsals with our shiny new bass player Kurt Johnson! He plays with Lozenge (from Chicago), and has played with Brian Wilson and Charlotte Church, as well as orchestras all over the world... and he screen printed our new blaze orange/camo hats! If you would like to view his screen print work (designed by our homie Catfish), mosey your little booty over to the "Buy" section of this webpage and check out our new merch spread. I've been working on getting that all up to date since we've been in WV for the past few weeks with all the shows we've had to cancel. Thank you so much for the kind words you have shown us and all the support! We can't freaking wait to get back to work!
Almost a week ago we were in a terrible car wreck in Virginia. We are alive and recovering in West Virginia, but have had to cancel some shows. Our apologies for any inconveniences and our sincere gratitude for your love and prayers as we figure out what the heck to do.
Aaah, we are hanging out in WV for a few weeks. so rad. Playing regionally before headed into the Northeast in August. I ate about a gallon of blueberries today. Delicious.
Been a couple months. Perhaps no news is good news! We are on the road for a 10 weeks all over the US- playing festivals, bars, fancy restaurants, sh!tholes, you name it! In July we're going to land in West Virginia for a spell and enjoy the (relatively) cool mountain air. We will be playing a Saturday evening residency at the Purple Fiddle, a wonderful venue in Thomas West Virginia where Vaughn heard some of the best roots music growing up and making sandwiches! Hopefully we will be joined by some of their rad local musicians.
We are currently in beautiful Truckee California, in the middle of a 3 week stint of California shows. This state's beauty is beyond immense! WOW! We love how healthy they eat too.
We realized that we already played 77 shows this year! Funny when you put events into numbers. Thank you to everyone who has been listening and supporting us a long to way. It takes a village to make a band!
Holy crap we made it home! Over three months on the road and somewhere around 80 shows and we are back in Austin! We are stoked to play at the Hole in the Wall tonight at 10pm, and just generally to get in the groove of life in Austin for a little while. Thank you so much to all the great people we met on the road! We are rolling east again this summer and can't wait to see you again! I woke up in the middle of the night last night and had no idea where i was. I was in my own bed! har har, life is wild. Goodnight!
1.29.12- It's our wonderful friend Anna Lisa's BERTday! We're in Connecticut cold chillin' after a wild 4 shows in Vermont, 3 in it's famed and rural Northeast Kingdom. We never knew such a place existed! Phew. Our camper did fine in the snow with it's 6 wheels and 2 gear slow drive mode. We are learning a lot, and appreciate the kindnesses of music listeners everywhere. We really like all the people who make and share food with us! MWAH!
12.11.11- Um Hello! We're on tour in Florida! We played a super great show last night at David and Carol's House concerts, and now were doing the brunch dishes. Boxie will be getting her first taste of ocean water in the next few days! We are learning a lot, trying not to SUCK- and having a general good wholesome time. We feel really lucky to be doing this, and we thank everyone, Uncle Bob and mother earth for helping us! PS- We have discovered that practicing in the back of the RV while the other person drives is totally RAD! Get's better with it!
Holy crap we leave on tour TOMORROW! We've been hustling for festivals and generally running around like crazy trying to get together the final details of what we need to do to leave town for three months. We have 49 shows booked now and there are many more to come.
In other news we raised over $600 for Meals on Wheels and more at the Hargrave Arcade on Saturday night. Lonesome Heroes and Sean Tracy and Silas Lowe played as well, and if you haven't seen the movie Xanadu, you gotta check it out.
Okay Okay, wish us luck, and check the tour dates! if you live on the eastern half of the US, chances are we're coming pretty close to where you live.
11-9-11: We are working like MAD to finish booking our winter tour- which looks so great so far. We have shows from Texas to the south of Florida, to Vermont and Chicago and back- with everything in between. We want to get to know our fellow USA-ans this winter, and bring our songs around! We are also planning an event at the HARGRAVE ARCADE Saturday November 26th to benefit Meal On Wheels and More in Austin. We party for charity! Proceeds from this Sunday's Hole in the Wall show with Atomic Duo and Hem and Haw go toward funding the Arcade Event.
In other news, I (Jenny) have a new fiddle on loan from a secret mentor, and I led my first song in a jam on fiddle at Black Pot Fest in Lafayette late October (Tennessee Waltz). Hallelujah! I also have only 4 more shows with beloved Swing trio Shotgun Party...
Vaughn has been tearing it up on his new electric guitar, and singing and playing electric bass in Austin's premier Eagle's tribute band- Eagleize It. They play Wednesdays at 7 at the Hole in the Wall.
Them's the news! luv you all... Jenny, Vaughn, Boxie and Frank ii
10-17-11: Today is the official release date of our first video! Directed by our super friend John Donofrio and made in Austin with friends and pets- it's for the first song on our album, "What Kind of Love". See the video on http://vimeo.com/30412183! Hope y'all like it.
Tues August 16th- Sitting in front of the fan in the AC. yep. we are psyched we got an really darn generous press quote from old farty pants Kinky Friedman. YAY! and there's been a lot of fiddle jamming and singing going on, so we are gonna sound better wahoo! Got the bedazzler in the mail too, gonna make some sparkly custom merch! Oh and were gonna play at my alma mater in january! VASSAR! ha ha!
Wed July 20th- Well its a yogurt and grape nuts morning after staying up til dawn. We each leave for tour with our other bands (Shotgun Party, Leo Rondeau and Dynamite Tales) soon and we won't be reunited until the fall! ah! We are happy to be planning our winter and spring tours for 2012 with the help of friends like Ginny Prater, and our new publicist Janelle at Green Light Go. So exciting! We're taking the splash plunge and changing our business methods to see what we can see, to go where we can go. Were sending our big luv out into the world to see what happens. Thanks for keeping in touch!
PS- new shows to be announced in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia all the way to MAINE!
Sun 5/1/11- Birds are a chirping... Happy MAY EVERYONE! This week we are so excited to be playing at Austin's famous CACTUS CAFE (Th 5/5 with local hero Ethan Azarian) at 8:30. We hope to launch our LOVES IT TV project soon, and hopefully everyone will have fun sharing in our imaginative world of videos/music/friends and luv for all things nice! Yesterday I went to GRAMMY U, a summit for members of the Texas Recording Academy and learned all about how to do better business! Let's see if it works! Sometimes those people on panels can be overwhleming with their advice, but I'll sort through it! Also we will be LIVE on KOOP.ORG Thursday at 10 am, and we made it into the Austin Chronicle. "Solid Hits!" They said! =) xxxooo
Wed April 27th!
***Vaughn's 30th Birthday Tour is up and running!*** New dates announced in Decatur, GA; Scott, LA; and hopefully soon Ocrakoe Island, NC! YAY! We are also pleased to announce our first appearence on Austin's KOOP radio Thursday 5/5 with host Rod Moag at 10 am in support of our CACTUS CAFE show that night. We might be taking fancy press photos soon!
April 15, 2011
Hi! So we got a bunch of shows coming up, including one on May 5th with our bud Ethan Azarian. And we're going on a total tourcation out east and playing some stops along the way. Wilmington, Avon, Aberdeen and more to come! See u! xoxo
March 21, 2011
Wow, what a whirlwind SXSW week was! We played five shows, made a ton of new friends and had a blast! But now it is over waah waah and have a few regional shows planned for the upcoming months, so hopefully we will see you out there in the universe!
March 15, 2011
We are so excited for our little band! Our RV is up and running and we are doing our best to TOUR with the new album "YAY!" while still performing full time with our other bands!
We luv you! Please come out and see us, and tell your families and friends. We're hitting it HARD for SXSW and hope to make some new buddies! xxxooo