In 2015 I played 90+ shows. In the Midwest, on the west coast, in the south. This is nothing compared to the more seasoned full time musicians, non-stop touring, living in their vans & buses, 300+ shows a year. However for me, doing my own booking and promoting and holding down rent and some yoga teaching in Duluth at the time — it was quite a lot. I have so many great memories (and alas, some not so great!) and especially love the travel aspect and connecting with new and old friends. This country is incredible and huge and its inhabitants vast and varied.
I hope the end of March is inspiring some roaring in YOU like the lion it is running out with! It’s been one helluva month and I hope yours was awesome, and a little less crazy than mine! This was my email newsletter to my subscribers – thought I’d update the rest of you, too 🙂 Please sign up to never miss a beat!
Gonna keep this update quick because I’m typing with one hand! After playing the super fun & fantastic Dulutsen festival last weekend, I took advantage of one of the perks – free lift ticket! I tried snowboarding for the first time, did an awesome cartwheel, crashed down on my right shoulder and now it’s in a sling. Bad rotator cuff sprain and a bit of fractured humerus. Can’t lift my arm for 6 weeks! Just in time to record in Nashville (April 3 – 10) and open my yoga studio in Minneapolis (get the keys April 1, grand opening June 11th thankfully).
Doesn’t life have fabulous timing??? I don’t find it very humerus … get it??? Humerus instead of humorous???? Bwaaaa haa haaa
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 …
Photo by Jon Hain Photography
Health and wellness are something I’m super passionate about, although I have my contradictions. Some nights reach well into the early morning hours, beyond 4 am, even looking at the dawn. Sleep deprivation clutches on in a life where I try to pack SO much into each day, always wishing there were more hours. But on the road, it’s a different story – sometimes with TOO much downtime, or packed so full you can’t see in front of your face. I have a few quick tips to staying healthy on the road that I’ve picked up along the way – I hope they are helpful to you, even if you aren’t a touring musician! I love this topic so will keep returning to it!
Summer News: Chance to collaborate with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, August upper midwest tour and more!
This is more of an update than a blog, but there is so much going on. A contest to collaborate and perform with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, tours both solo and with the band in the upper midwest and the regular giddiness of Bue.
In 2008 I moved away from the musical momentum that I was working hard to build in Minneapolis. I had an incredible booking agent who had discussed becoming my manager, was getting some nice press from my 4th album Boat With No Oars and was starting to have a blast on my solo tours and meet amazing friends on the road. Waiting tables on the flip side was paying the bills and my gym membership at a neighborhood fitness center in NE Minneapolis was keeping my head out of the dirty snowy MN winter gutter.
Amanda Palmer is a force to be reckoned with. I first learned of her wily charms from her duo The Dresden Dolls and from afar have followed her marriage to the rad author Neil Gaiman, her solo career on the ukelele, her SMASHING Kickstarter success of over 1.2 million dollars and her celebrated TED talk reflecting on her life as a musician, artist and live statue called “The 8 foot Bride.”
Sheboygan, Madison, Chicago, Grand Haven … ahhhh the exotic destinations of the upper midwest … These are the cities and towns that made up half of my last tour, which I titled “The Partial Great Lakes Tour” (didn’t see Lake Erie on this one!) In this blog we’ll continue on our way with attempt #2 at a travel blog and head to Detroit, Calumet, Marquette and back to Duluth, Minnesota just in time for the snow …