There’s so much news this week, I hardly know where to start. Since I’m in Canada at the moment, perhaps I’ll start with a polite apology: I just realized that I had failed to post our upcoming album release party at the Station Inn in Nashville on the tour dates page. That date is easy to remember, unfortunately: September 11th. Sorry for the oversight. That has been remedied. All other confirmed dates have been added too.
The biggest story is that our new album, Lonely Comes Easy comes out officially on Tuesday. We’re very excited about our band’s first all-new release since Cloud of Dust in 2009. You can read all about it on Erin Scholze’s blog:
A day after the release, Wednesday at 11:00 Am eastern time, Ned Luberecki and I will sit on the other side of the microphone and be Kyle Cantrell’s interview guests for “Track-by-track” on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction (channel 61).
Later in the week, we head to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a bluegrass festival there, with Peter Rowan, Ricky Skaggs, and others. After that it’s back to Nashville for the aforementioned not-previously-posted album release at the Station Inn.
Sally and I just got back from playing as a duo for a few days in Nanton, Alberta, at the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival. We had a great time, and it was great working there with, and listening to, John Reischman and the Jaybirds again. The Blue Canyon Boys from Colorado were also there, and I always enjoy seeing them. I sat down members of both bands for some Bluegrass Junction interviews.
So have you ever wondered whatever happened to the Girl From the North Country? And what about the guy who was travelling there, who was supposed to see if her hair hang long? What about the guy in the song “Rank Stranger”? Have you ever thought to yourself, “where are they now?” If you haven’t, I completely understand, but in any case, I have some answers for you, some of which may be surprising, others a complete letdown. That’s the subject of this week’s Bluegrass Today column.
Oh yeah, that reminds me: I received a surprise (at least to me) nomination from the IBMA for “Print/Media Person of the Year” for my Bluegrass Today weekly column. I feel pretty lucky, considering that I regard my work there as basically journalistic goofing off. I do enjoy it, though, and I really appreciate that recognition.
Got to run. The photo (left) is from just down the road from the “Northern Studio” just after our return from Nanton. Feel free to comment below. Thanks!