We are hitting the road for Sweden tomorrow morning! Some shows will be shared with Laurel’s project, Premo & Gustavsson, as this will be the Swedish CD-Release Tour for their 2016 album ‘ I Walked Abroad.’ If you want to follow along with us on the Scandic adventures, tune into our Facebook and Twitter feeds for a smattering of photos and updates along the way. Dates for both Red Tail Ring and Premo & Gustavsson appearances have now been updated on their respective website calendars.
We’re feeling so rejuvenated and refreshed coming back from this year’s Folk Alliance International conference, held in Kansas City, MO. Both of us got to sit on panels discussions ranging from ‘Touring in the U.S.’ to ‘Women in Music,’ and we attended many more workshops in addition to our nightly Red Tail Ring performances. We also saw a ton of great music – more than we could ever recount here – from friends like Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and Ben Bedford, to people we’ve never gotten to hear up close, like Robbie Fulks and Betse & Clarke, to brand new finds such as Handmade Moments and Curly Strings (from Estonia). The conference also featured keynote speeches by Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg, both of them inspirational and rousing, and focusing on social justice. Usually, after these things, which are non-stop, seemingly 24-hour-a-day, Wednesday through Sunday affairs, we’re exhausted, but this year the experience was equal parts exhilarating and energy-inducing, in addition to markedly helpful from a music biz perspective. We’re sure to go back in future years.
Fall Away Blues was awarded West Michigan’s ‘Local Spin of the Year’ at this year’s WYCE Jammie Awards! Here’s a photo of Michael crooning out an acceptance speech, as well as a link to the article.
Over the next week we’ll present two Michigan shows in two of our favorite places to play in the entire state – The Ark in Ann Arbor and Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo – all with our friends Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful! Please join us for these two special sit-down shows in some of the best listening rooms anywhere.
For the last two weeks of October, Laurel is performing on an album release tour with her instrumental project Premo & Gustavsson. For the past two years, Laurel has been collaborating with Swedish nyckelharpist Anna Gustavsson to create an album featuring traditional music from SWE & US as well as new compositions based on both of those roots. Here’s a link to the concert and workshops details of their US CD-Release tour. You can purchase their brand new release starting October 19th through CDbaby and iTunes.