A Whimper into the Void
First things first. I want to admit to you that I haven’t been telling the truth when I give you the weather report and then claim that I don’t know why I love to talk about the weather so much. I do know why. It’s because it’s so damned hard to talk about other things. We may not all agree on all things, but we probably can agree that these past two years have felt much like living in the middle of a maelstrom. It. Never. Ends. And maybe it’s naive to pin it all on these past two years. Maybe it’s all years, all the time, for all time. Maybe. But these past two years have been particularly hard for me personally. It’s a hard time to be human. So with all this in mind, I will not give you the weather report other than to say that weather happened. Some of it was catastrophic. Some of it was lovely. Let’s move on.
It is August and it is raining. I should have written a post in July so I would have had something, anything different to say about the weather, but I waited too long and now we’re back under water. There are flood warnings in our area and we are hoping that we get through this bout with less damage than the last time. And that is your weather report. I’m not sure how or why I became a weather reporter, but I seem to love doing it so expect more to come!
In other news we have been hard at work recording songs for our second album, working on new stuff for our shows, learning to appreciate red wine, and generally having a good time. It’s been a good summer so far. Here is a clip from the new song Dogwoods to Maples, taken at a recent practice session.
We have some exciting shows coming up. On Thursday, August 30th we will be playing a patio show at The Grey Eagle. This show is from 5 to 7 and we’re pretty excited about it. The Grey Eagle is one of the best venues in Asheville. We’re starting on the patio and hoping to get ourselves on their main stage one day soon.
In October we get to do one of our most favorite things and play a house concert at the beautiful Far Flung Farm in Canton, NC. Ben and Kelly Lovejoy moved here from Columbia, South Carolina, where they hosted an ongoing house concert series. They are now starting a farm and continuing the tradition in WNC. Their series is called The Opulent ‘Possum House Concert Series and you can find them on Facebook.
That’s about it for now. Looking forward to playing some great shows in some new places and to seeing lots of your beautiful faces in the not so distant future.
Hello friends! Here we find ourselves suddenly at the end of a very soggy month of May. It’s warm and lush and wet as anything around here.
A few nights ago we played a show at The Whistle Hop Brewing Company in Fairview, North Carolina. And no surprise—it was raining. We have played there before, out on their big deck, but on this rainy night we all piled into a vintage boxcar, set up a minimal sound system and had a party. It was a good time. We will be there again on Saturday, June 23rd and I’m almost sort of hoping it rains. You can see from the photos how pretty it is inside, with beautiful reclaimed wood and twinkling lights strung from the ceiling. Everything looks better in a vintage boxcar!
It's Spring! Just kidding... No I really mean it this time! Just kidding...
So that's been April in a nutshell. And that's your weather report. Moving on....
We had the amazing opportunity to play The Blue Plate Special live show on WDVX out of Knoxville, Tennessee. We packed up and had our first Scatterlings road trip. Granted it was only two hours away, but it still felt exciting. Maybe because Rick made us leave at 7am so it felt momentous as I generally only get up at 6am if a plane is being caught. If you haven't ever been to Knoxville, and I hadn't, it's a beautiful city. I'm eager to go back and explore it some more.
You can listen to the show here: WDVX Blue Plate Special. Be sure to click on “Select a previous date” and choose April 14th. The Blue Plate Special starts at 12:00 pm that day.
Looking to the Spring
Hello again. It's been a while. We've all been busy enduring the winter and trying to be productive human beings. It's a work in progress.
We have been slow as molasses on working on our second album. Winter always seems like a good time to get things done, since you can't do lots of other things that you might like to do. But then it turns out that early darkness leads to early drinking of hot toddies and you can figure out the rest.
However, we did get it all together to record our song “Mockingbird” and it will be available to purchase March 15th, which is basically right now! You can download it at cdbaby.