Category Archives: Stories from the road

The making of Dare, part four: sometimes it’s about the muscle car

Before I knew it, it was back to Asheville, NC, in late June for the last two days with engineer and co-producer Chris, this time for mixing. This is the process where we check the volume and quality of sound … Continue reading

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The making of Dare, part three: Sometimes it’s about the skippy-skip

Recording this new album has been beyond exciting. There are times when I’m sitting on that couch in the studio and I’m so damn happy about the musician and their part that I feel like I’m levitating. With Kara Barnard … Continue reading

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The making of Dare, part two: Sometimes it’s about the conversations

As you could see from part one, I’ve started recording my new album, Dare, and I’m sharing the journey with you because you know how singer-songwriters are – we can’t help talking about ourselves.  Here’s another post about me. Hope … Continue reading

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The making of Dare, part one: Sometimes it’s about the food

I’m recording Dare, my tenth album. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Back when I did my touring with Wilma Flintstone, I did it full time and that meant putting out a new album every two or three years. While I still … Continue reading

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Drive All Night, so far

I’m writing a collection of tour stories that’ll be published in 2014 by Bella Books. A few of you have asked about it. First, I’ve got two books. The one tentatively titled Drive All Night has a publishing deal. My … Continue reading

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Paper wars

Today I was doing one of my favorite parts of my work – posting flyers to advertise guitar lessons.  I know, you thought that with my glamorous jobs (musician, teacher, and writer) that someone else did all that. It’s true that … Continue reading

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Through snow, through rain, through tangled tire chains

As I played at the bar in Spokane, I could see the snow falling outside. Big fluffy flakes drifted to the ground as I made my way through my set. As a native of the desert, I hadn’t had much … Continue reading

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Damned cafes and other tunes for Halloween

There are the obvious song choices for this holiday, like “Monster Mash,” and while I always sing along to that one (I do a killer Boris Karloff impression), there are a few other songs that might rock your ghost boat. … Continue reading

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Clogging, harps and Holly F***ing Near – National Women’s Music Festival 2012

I headed to the airport in the quiet North Carolina morning, anticipation mounting because I was going to one of my favorite music festivals in the whole world, the National Women’s Music Festival. They were the first big festival to … Continue reading

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Pardon me, is that a beaded bra or are you just here to surprise me?

I stood there in the middle of a cavernous college student center with my acoustic guitar, singing songs for GLBT pride week. Some students were scurrying off to classes while three or four lingered around the pride week information tables. … Continue reading

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