Here, at last, is my long overdue blog update. In fact, I think that’s the official title of this blog: The Long Overdue Blog Update.
Greetings and happy holidays from northern Alberta, where the Northern Studio is located. I’ll be here all through the holidays until we resume touring in mid- January. The photo is from last Christmas here.
Speaking of which, we’ll be starting up again with a tour of the Pacific Northwest, which will include Portland, Vancouver, and our first-ever appearance as a band in Kamloops, B.C. You can find info on our tour page.
Looking back on 2017, it was a really good year, and we have lots to be thankful for. “Made to Move,” our latest album for Mountain Home has done very well for us, and to date has yielded two #1 songs on Bluegrass Today’s weekly chart, “I’m a Wanderer,” and “All the Ways I’m Gone.” (the band photo is from last August at The Great Lakes Folk Festival).
Also, this past year, Gina Clowes released her very first solo album for Mountain Home to rave reviews. A number of tracks are receiving strong airplay around the country, including “Puppet Show,” “Saylor’s Creek,” and “Dust Can Wait” is currently #1 on the Roots Radio Report Traditional bluegrass chart.
2018 is looking exciting for us. In the first quarter of the year, we’ll be making our first tour of Ireland, and we’ll also be making our first trip as a band to the Folk Alliance Conference. Later in the year, we’ll be playing lots of U.S. venues and festivals we love, and new ones, too.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year from all of the Night Drivers and me. If you have a broad taste in holiday music, I recently put a Christmas playlist together on Spotify which you might enjoy. The playlist includes our “Kentucky Noel,” and a recording by our own Mark Stoffel along with Nathan George. The rest of it covers a lot of ground, from Ella Fitzgerald to Homer and Jethro, to our label-mates Balsam Range.