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UPCOMING SHOW: July 13. House Concert with René & Michael Jarmer of Here Comes Everybody! Details to come.
I was delighted a year and a half ago to hear one of my songs had been included in the Loud Family/Game Theory legend Scott Miller's book, "Music: What Happened?" (He named Stagg Field #5 for 2008). The updated third edition came out this year and I was floored to learn Miller had included another of my songs, Modesto Waltz, in the new edition. Seriously? Made me feel like--I don't even know what. It made me feel good. Thank you, Scott Miller. p.s...many thanks to Sue T for passing my music on to Scott, and for sharing my music in general. I look forward very much to meeting you in person one day).
[NOTE 4/18/13: I just learned today that Scott Miller died, Monday 4/15/13. What a terrible loss! I will always be grateful to him for including my music in his amazing book]
I hope you were able to join me in celebrating John B. Jones and his excellent show, Hello Cruel World (on KZME) on April 13. John's and HCW's 300th Show Anniversary was filled w/ live performances by Crystin Byrd, Hunter Paye, Alan Kanning, Duover and more, including me and Ben. John has been a tremendous support to me and my music, ever since I met him (through John Vecchiarelli's kind recommendation) back in 2006? 2007? Thanks for all the support and friendship, JBJ. Here's to 300 more.
Had a wonderful time playing Rachael's Broken Back Benefit w/ Rachael Levasseur & Michael the Blind & the Els, and also Lewi Longmire, Will Carpenter (of Towering Trees), and Elwood Johncox. At the Blue Monk. A successful benefit for dear Rachael Levasseur to help cover medical expenses after she broke her back while working with one of her horses (she rescues them--equines). My band played with me and it was just plain exhilarating to have them. My drummer got sick the day of and so Blind Pilot's Dave Jorgensen sat in with only a few hours notice. What a nice fellow! He did a great job, too. Big thanks to Jeff Langston, Ben Landsverk & Leigh Marble for being such adept cue-givers.
Dropped in on wonderful Daniel Flessas's show a couple times this winter, The Outside World on KBOO. I think you can hear one of our visits via the link... On our December stop, Ben and I happened upon a passel of Portland musicians and they joined us on "Christmas Time is Here"--so pretty! Leviethan Cecil, Scott Magee, the Lanning family all sang. It was a really nice show.
Jeff Saltzman and I are at the finish line with the new album! It's heading to mastering this week. My biggest thanks to Jeff S., the band (Ben Landsverk, Leigh Marble, Jeff Langston, Liz Savage, Katie Taylor, Lisa Stringfield), and all the folks who so kindly shared their talents (THE CHOIR! Acoustic Minds! Thom Sullivan!) and spaces (Danny, Jennie) to help my more grandiose visions come to light.
I hope to release this album simultaneously w/ two other albums I'd like to get recorded, so please keep fingers crossed like pretzels.
[older news but very good news]
Very honored to be on this album--"Carry On"-- to celebrate the life and the work of Teisha Helgerson (of the beloved Portland band, Amelia), who died in September of 2011. Teisha was a uniquely compelling person and singer and songwriter. A group of Portland musicians completed songs that Teisha had started--I set some lyrics of hers to music. For a cranky person not too fond of what passes for collaboration, I loved collaborating with Teisha. She wrote a wry and wrenching lyric that I wanted to do justice to. Our song is called "Arithmetic." You can listen to all the songs there--I hope you do. A very talented bunch of comrades. I truly like the whole album--rare for a compilation.
Wanna hear me play crappy guitar, impromptu(ly) and unplugged? Go here! The "Hello Cruel World" show, starring John B. Jones. John and I talked about my apocryphal album, "Meat Harbour," and discussed my earlier albums and the making of them, as well as kids in restaurants. Here's a handy link to the podcast, in case you missed the live broadcast: KZME Radio--Hello Cruel World with Rachel Taylor Brown.
p.s....some radio shows and podcasts i like:
Hello Cruel World on KZME with John B. Jones
Kill Ugly Radio with Rich Lindsay
In Memory of John Peel on Radio23 with Zaph Mann
Ola's Kool Kitchen on Radio23 with DJ Ola
Trixie Pop on KZME with Denise Kowalczyk
p.s...My friend Zakk of the Nunnery made me a fan page on the FB: the
"Rachel Taylor Brown Fan Page for Musical Enlightenment." Please believe me that I didn't name it that.
p.s...if you need anything and it's not here please just give me or Alex Steininger at inmusicwetrust.com a shout.
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