For whatever reason, deep in the muck of my monkey mind, during my time in Taos I’ve decided to re-work the songs on Holy Bones and make piano versions out of them. WHY?
****** Follow up to this – this band no longer exists! Apparently we did have some trouble brewing 😉 Awwww band drama. However I have a great new line up (Zac stayed!). And these tips are still valid for the touring musician. 😉 ****************
How to get your band from Duluth to Nashville to record for two days without killing each other
I’m embellishing of course! I didn’t exactly TAKE my band against their will! I invited them to come and record four songs with me at an awesome studio in Nashville called Welcome to 1979. In 2014 I won a prize of one free day of recording from their Battle of the Bands thing and wanted to cash in on it! April seemed like a good month to go. Not as risky driving from northern Minnesota and wouldn’t we all like to get away from the mud and muck and end of winter drear? And isn’t this a dream come true for a lot of musicians???! Wasn’t too hard to convince them it would be fun. 🙂
I sit in deep reflection, staring out the window at lightly falling snow in this cold/crusty/beautiful northern city, thinking about the past year that Holy Bones has been roaming around the world.
Holy Bones is my 6th full length album and signaled an artistic turn for me. After being mostly a solo, piano-based singer-songwriter I found that I was boring myself and felt compelled to change and follow the muse. She led me to a heavier, grungier, indie-rock, electric guitar sound. I found some like-minded musicians to collaborate with and bring that sound to life, starting from simple guitar demos to full throttle, darkly synthesized song creations.
I may have alienated some long-time fans (sorry dears – you know I love ya!), but other people graciously said, “it’s like when Dylan went electric” (in no way do I compare myself to Dylan, but was nice to hear) – the example being that the stylistic shift could be polarizing – people wanting you to keep doing the same thing (which I understand) vs. exploring other realms of the psyche …
Join us for the music video release party for “Veal” on December 13th 2015 at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, MN. 5 pm! Screening of the video plus live music by Toby Thomas Churchill, Katy Vernon, Mary Bue + the Holy Bones. $5. 10% of proceeds go to the Humane Society. Optional vegan potluck starts at 5 – bring a dish if you want + tons of vegan cookies for all. Video produced by Jon Hain w/ assistant Angelica Engel. Video will be live on the web shortly after!
It feels trite to say that I’ve always loved animals.
Trite because it’s such an understatement. But the truth IS I love animals! I grew up with dogs, fish, rabbits and cats. In the country, surrounded by deer, squirrels, chipmunks, birds and all sorts of varmints. I got to see exotic animals in zoos and books and fell in love with pandas and koala bears, dolphins and orcas. I had a dream in junior high and high school of becoming a veterinarian and helping sick, injured animals or a marine biologist and learning about ocean life. I took horse riding lessons and studied dog and cat breeds. I drew their pictures and wore t-shirts and puffy sweaters with animals all over them.
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In 40 minutes, me and my fancy new band will go on TV.
Actually, the segment was filmed in December and it airs tonight, Feb. 19th at 9 pm on a very fabulous PBS show called The Playlist, all about the arts in Northern Minnesota. Host Karen Sunderman made everyone feel at home, and the crew was SUPER DUPER including pro sound by Jake Larson. The band is Kyle MacLean, Scott Millis & Heather Millis. They rock my socks off. After today, it will be shown again on WDSE / PBS North on 2/20 at 8 pm and 2/22 at 3:30 pm.