I can't say what exactly signals the end of summer and beginning of fall. It's probably a feeling more than anything, and I'm starting to feel it. I've been enlisted by some of my favorite musicians for the first two weeks of September. Last week Keller Williams asked me last minute to join him at the Strawberry Music Festival for one more Grateful Grass set this summer and Sarah Siskind has me backing her on upright at the Mountain Song Festival in our hometown of Brevard, NC. The Stringdusters head west for a week then stop off in Raleigh for the World of Bluegrass and Nelson County, VA for The Festy Experience. Enjoy the transition of the seasons, see you out there...
In the midst of the Best Summer Ever. Stringdusters, Sunliner, Grateful Grass, solo shows, and a bunch of time in the woods. I've fallen off the habit of getting on here to keep it updated, mostly because I've been focused on getting as much sun on my face and dirt under my feet/tires as possible. I've relocated to Brevard, NC and couldn't be happier. The Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are my mountains, Folly Beach is my beach and the view out my backdoor is every bit as inspiring as it was in Virginia. Starting the planning process for a solo record, the Stringdusters are nearly done with our new album and Sunliner should be finishing up our debut record in early 2016. I'm in the planning stages for the second season of Bikes, Bluegrass and Beer and I've also been getting a lot of inquiries for house concerts and other solo engagements, which I love and welcome, so keep them coming! Tour dates will be updated soon. Stay cool, hope to see you at one of the late summer festivals.
Update from the road: The 'Dusters are in the middle of a 10 day spring tour, bouncing down the road in the van. We're preparing to go into the studio the first week of June to start work on a top-secret project. Most of the summer I'll be touring with the Stringdusters, hitting up festivals and outdoor venues from CA to MD, NY to OR, IL to GA. Sunliner will perform once more this summer at Red Wing Roots Music Festival before taking a break to have a baby and finish a record. I'm honored to be joining Keller Williams for a handful of Grateful Grass shows this summer, the first one this week at Summercamp. Big summer ahead, soak up some vitamin D!
Spring has sprung so I'm spending all my time outside in the hills, writing new music, or packing up the house! The family is relocating to Brevard, NC this spring/early summer and we couldn't be more thrilled. Lots of great friends and even more great outdoor opportunities in that little corner of NC. It will be heartbreaking to leave the Rockfish Valley of VA, but we'll be back, for The Festy if not sooner. The Bluegrass, Beer & Bikes Tour was a smashing success with over $2500 raised for local bike trails. Hopefully we can do it again next spring, possibly even expand the concept and head west! The Stringdusters head to CO, Austin and the midwest in April and May, we're working on a new record that's shaping up to be the most interesting music we've ever made. I have a handful of solo shows in VA before we leave, full schedule on the SHOWS page of the website. Stay in tune and stay in touch!