Spring is almost here! There is so much to love - the weather is beautiful, the mosquitoes aren’t terrible yet, and it’s festival season! Festivals are a wonderful way to relax, enjoy some great music, and catch performances by talented new artists and those you know and love. I hope you can join me at some of these events this spring!
Will McLean Music Festival Sertoma Youth Ranch Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11
Gamble Rogers Music Festival Colonial Quarter Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6
St Augustine, FL
Florida Folk Festival Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center State Park Friday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27
White Springs, FL
HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE, GAINESVILLE, FL - JULY 1ST
I'll have the pleasure of opening for The New 76ers at Heartwood Soundstage on Saturday, July 1st. The New 76ers are fabulously talented songwriters and performers and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. This is their first time performing in Gainesville and I'm honored to open the show for them. Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. For tickets and more information click here.
BLUE GOOSE STUDIO LAKE CITY, FL - JULY 14TH
Happy Spring, everyone! Festival season is in full swing! I'm looking forward to playing these venues/festivals in the weeks to come. Click on the locations for more information.
Sunday, April 9th 4pm CST Roberts Hall Lynn Haven, FL
Sunday, May 7th 1:40pm Gamble Rogers Music Festival St. Augustine, FL
Friday - Sunday, May 26 - 28th Florida Folk Festival White Springs, FL
It's been six months since the release of "Twists and Tangles." A huge "THANK YOU" for all of your support! It is so encouraging to me!
I'm excited to announce that many radio stations around the country and in Europe have added songs from "Twists and Tangles" to their rotations. Most of these stations allow you to tune in online so give them a listen and drop them a note to let them know I sent you!
WMVY - TISBURY, MA
CUIT - TORONTO, CANADA
CROSSROADS RADIO - BERGEN, NETHERLANDS
ISA RADIO - LHUIS, FRANCE
KAFM - GRAND JUNCTION, CO
KAOS - OLYMPIA, WA
KDNK - CARBONDALE, CO
KKFI - KANSAS CITY, MO
KMUD - REDWAY, CA
KPFT - HOUSTON, TX
KXUA - FAYETTEVILLE, AK
RADIO PARKSTAD - PARKSTAD, HOLLAND
WAER - SYRACUSE, NY
WAGS - BISHOPVILLE, SC
WBZC - PEMBERTON, NJ
WEFT - CHAMPAIGN, IL
WEHC - EMORY, VA
WHFR - DEARBORN, MI
WKKL - BARNSTABLE, MA
WMKY - MOREHEAD, KY
WRRW - WILLIAMSBURG, VA
WWUH - WEST HARTFORD, CT
This Sunday I’ll be playing a showcase as part of the wonderful High Springs Music in the Park Series. The event will be held at the High Springs New Century Women’s Club from 2 - 4 pm. I’ll be joined by Barbara Paul, a fabulously talented blues performer and Ellen Bukstel, an amazing Americana/folk singer-songwriter. I am quite humbled to share the stage with these ladies. They are both extraordinary talents. Best of all, the event free. Tips will benefit Relay for Life. The High Springs New Century Women’s Club is hosting a “Soup, Sandwiches and Sweets” luncheon prior to the show (11:30 am -1:30 pm) as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Admission is $8.
Friday, February 3rd I'll be playing a Songwriters' Round at The Emerald Thread in Lake City with two of my favorite people - Elaine Mahon and Larry Mangum. This one will be lots of fun! Doors open for coffee and desserts at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8 pm.
I will be returning to the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, FL this year - May 26-28. Woohoo! I'll post more details about this one as they become available.
I'm looking forward to adding more shows in the weeks to come so check back for updates.
Last fall I was honored to be a finalist in the Music4Macy Singer-Songwriter Contest. I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning to the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon on Saturday, July 9th to perform at A Concert for Macy. This concert marks the official kickoff for the 2016 Music4Macy Singer-Songwriter Contest. All proceeds benefit The Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation and their efforts to find better treatments for and ultimately cure childhood cancer. The foundation was created to honor Macy Easom, beautiful little girl diagnosed with liver cancer who passed away at the age of five. You can find out more about the Foundation by visiting www.princessmacy.org. If you're in the Macon area come join us as we celebrate Macy's precious life, her love of music, and raise money to cure childhood cancer. Visit www.coxcapitoltheatre.com for tickets.
The Florida Folk Festival is just around the corner. I am thrilled to be participating as a performer this year! There are arts, crafts, dancing, workshops, a children's area and music, music, music! I'll be performing:
2:30 pm Friday @ The PawPaw Stage
2:00 pm Saturday @ Song & Story Stage
1:00 pm Sunday@ The Seminole Camp
The event will take place at Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park in beautiful White Springs, Florida Friday, May 27th - Sunday, May 29th. Get your tickets here.
It's going to be an awesome weekend! I hope to see you there!
It is a beautiful spring day here in North Central Florida. The wildflowers are blooming, the birds are singing and my new album is almost finished! We are currently polishing the mixes and should have Twists & Tangles available next month!
One of the great things about any new endeavor is the awesome people you meet along the way. One of those awesome people is Wrenda Slaymaker, owner of Wrenda Slaymaker Photography. She did a wonderful job photographing this camera-phobic songwriter : )
Last Friday night at The Emerald Thread was so much fun! Many thanks to everyone who came out to hear Megan Webb, Matt Stanland and me performing our songs. It was The Emerald Thread's first ever songwriter's round and the turn-out was great!
For those of you who missed it, Shaun got some video clips of some of me doing a few songs. Enjoy!
I'm happy to announce that one of my newest songs, "Down to the River," was named to the top 10 of the Will McLean Song Contest! This is an annual contest that honors songs written about Florida. "Down to the River" is my first Florida song. It's based on my memories of growing up near the Ichetucknee River. Here's a video of early draft of the song filmed at the head spring of the Ichetucknee - one of my favorite places on the planet.
I can't wait to hear some of my favorite performers and discover new favorites at the festival. It's going to be an awesome weekend!
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