What an honor it was to represent Godin Guitars at this year’s Winter NAMM. Doug and I had a terrific time checking out guitars, mandolins, banjos, pedals, and more! (And yes, there is a new Godin guitar making it’s way south from Canada as I type this!)
Thank you to Bob Borbonus for always taking such good care of us! NAMM is indeed the musician’s playground!
I am excited to announce that I am officially an Artist Representative for Bedell Guitars! I have been playing my Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor Guitar since February 2016 and love that Bedell Guitars is committed to thoughtfully and sustainably honoring our connectivity between the woods of our forests and our music, creating beautifully crafted instruments from “seed to song.” Bedell is superb in delivering on both compassion and tone, and I am so proud to be a part of the Bedell Family.
photo by Ciro Hurtado
I have been using Couch Guitar Straps for years! I am honored to represent this wonderful company based in Long Beach. They make vegan guitar straps made of automotive and upholstery vinyl, made of at least 25% found, deadstock or recycled materials. They look sharp, work great, are reasonably priced, and available at: http://www.couchguitarstraps.com
Dreams do come true! I am so proud to represent L.R. Baggs. What an incredible difference live! Now I have total control over tone, volume, and gain, with no feedback, and an onboard tuner! A must have for every acoustic guitar player!
I’m so excited to share my new Seagull Artist Studio Concert Hall Element with you. I’m honored to be a part of the Godin family.
This guitar has the most amazing, full spectrum sound and is wonderful for both flat and finger picking!
Stopped by the Shubb booth at NAMM this past Saturday and the lovely Rick Shubb gifted me with the brand new Shubb Fine Tune Capo. This wonderful new capo has an innovative adjusting knob makes it the most ergonomic screw operated capo. Because the knob maintains a fixed relationship with the frame, for improved ease of use, and for the lowest profile when stored behind the nut. This is my new favorite capo! Thank you, Rick Shubb! <3
Year in Review
Looking back at 2015…
I am a bit in awe of last year. It was an incredible year for me musically and I have to thank everyone who has supported me personally, in my music and my dreams. I have achieved much and reached far and wide.
Jan: Schubb Capo Artist Endorsement
Feb: Finished recording/Mixed “Life Death, and the Spaces Between”
March: Mastered “Life Death, and the Spaces Between” in Nashville/Played The Bluebird Open Mic in Nashville, TN.
April: Released “Life Death, and the Spaces Between” / CD Release Party at WitZend with full band / First review in AXS.com by Will Phoenix
May: Attended 10th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social & Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival and found my tribe.
June: Started Radio Campaign / Played amazing solo shows in Colorado Springs and Denver / Played El Cid/Honky Tonk Hacienda
July: Received 5 Star review from Country Music People, United Kingdom / Submitted to the 58th Grammy’s
Aug: LA Music Critic Award “Fan Favorite” winner, plus nominated for Best EP, Female. / CDs Exported to England via Nashville
Sept: Nominated for HMMA Award for ‘Live Like an Angel’ in Americana Genre. Attended Americana Fest (photos) / Toured parts of NC and TN (photos) (Land~of~Sky Tour 2015)
Oct: Accepted in 58th Grammy’s Round One for:
-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), and
-Best Americana Album (Life, Death, and the Spaces Between)
also played Adam’s Pack Station for the Second Sunday Series – last “Second Sunday” show of the season, and such an honor!
Nov: As HMMA 2015 Nominee attended awards ceremony / Played inaugural Mesa Music Festival in Mesa, AZ/ Received “Strong” 4 Hat Review from Smalånds Country Club, Vimmerby, Sweden
Dec: Named #22 in Albums (for Life, Death, and the Spaces Between) and #21 in Singles (for Off The Rails) in NBTMusic Radio Station’s Top 180 for 2015. / The Home for the Holidays Show in Colorado Springs was a wonderful success – played to huge crowd alongside Doug Conlon, Chuck Snow, Chris Schutz, Collin Estes, and Erin Caitlinn / Was named #3 in Critic’s Choice, Best of 2015 Top Ten List (Writer Paul Riley) Country Music People, United Kingdom (Jan 2016 issue).
2016 looks to be every bit as promising and I welcome it with open arms.
Thank you, everyone. <3
I am honored to represent Shubb Capos. Thank you, Jaime Wyatt, for introducing me to Gary Mobley and the Shubb Capo family. We use Shubb Capos on all of our guitars/banjos/mando and I’m very happy to represent something I cannot play without!