Today is Sophia’s birthday. I wanted to honor her as she was such an important part of my life for so long. I wrote last song, “Sweet Sophia,” on Life, Death, and the Spaces Between, the day after I was told she had cancer and had but a few days left with us. I wrote this song with her in my arms. You can hear her meows in the song as I recorded her meows and her jingle bell collar rubbing up against me and the guitar neck. We always slept together anyway but once she became sick we were inseparable day and night. I didn’t leave her side. I don’t wish this pain on any creature. I will always love and miss her and looking at these photos of our life together reminds me of the gift I had in my very special friend. Always rescue your pets from shelters when you can. The most amazing gift will be waiting for you.
I took over a thousand photos – no kidding. Here are a few hundred to peruse at your leisure, including several of the road. I know, I know… but there are some great shots of us playing, the gorgeous mountains, and a friendly katydid who made friends with us along the way.
Nashville, TN’s Americana Fest 2015 was a blast! I had such a great time, learned so much, and saw so many wonderful artists and bands perform! I took a ton of photos which you can peruse here. There aren’t too many of me, haha, but my good friend Tiffany Shea captured this one of me after the Calico set at the Hi Hat, my hat properly askew after a long day of seeing Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, before heading over to catch Calico’s midnight set. It was worth it!
Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, and Best New Artist, as well as:
Best American Roots Performance (First Suicide),
Best American Roots Song (First Suicide),
Best Americana Album (Life, Death, and the Spaces Between)