Celebrating a New Album, an Alaskan tour, and the Northern Lights
Saturday night the Aurora was dancing across the Alaskan sky. As Bryan and I pulled into my driveway, a beautiful, bright ribbon of green was there above my house. I can’t think of a better ending to an already magical night. We had just gotten home from our album release concert, played to a packed house at Out North Theatre in Anchorage. It may have been one of my favorite shows we’ve played, ever. The vibes were right, our playing was strong and I could feel that wonderful energy being traded back and forth between us and the audience. They were getting it, feeling it, accepting it and loving it. It’s the reason I play music. We also got to have guests Corwyn Wilkey and Megan Plonta join us on stage for trumpet and backing vocals which really added to the dynamic of the show and was an exciting way to showcase a bit more of the sound of the new album as Corwyn played trumpet on that as well.
Friday night was a great success as well. We played in the beautiful new Sutton Library to a large, excited crowd. There were several family friends in the audience and it was a joy to see my father’s face lighting up and laughing at stories shared with childhood friends. I always get an extra buzz from playing in the Mat-Su Valley, knowing all the family history that I have there and how it wasn’t so long ago that my grandfather was up in the hills searching for gold, my grandma there to help with my dad as a baby strapped on her back. The library’s structure had been modeled after an old plant in the region and had beautiful high ceilings which offered us great acoustics for an unplugged show.
We can’t leave out our St. Patty’s day show. We played a lovely house concert in Palmer filled with friends and family. Delightful food, (Mom made pie) and great company made this event a joy for everyone. Our host Denise, went above and beyond with her spread and created a great concert atmosphere.
Today we are getting prepped for the first day of our music video shoot. Director and good friend John Norris has some really fun ideas to make this video unique and fun. Bryan and I are very excited to see how it all works out. We got to do some thrift store shopping for costumes. We can’t disclose the theme just yet, but we will keep you updated! I can say that it is going to be for our song, “Life on the Road.”
This weekend we head south for our Homer and Seward shows. We are crossing our fingers for beautiful weather.
Check out one of the views from our music-filled weekend: