Andy just sent out his August email update. If you don’t get these updates but would like to, go here.
Hello friends, enemies, frenemies and strangers.
There are only a few minutes left in the month of July, so naturally that means that I will be staying up late to write a super-important message to you before my monthly credit runs out for this email program. Yes. That is how professional I am. Those of you who know me are not surprised by this. But is there a better time for an email update? Of course not. So here I go.
There are really just a couple of things I want to tell you about right now. For the sake of letting you know what you are getting into in this mailing, I will now tell you what those two things are.
1. Pre-releases are available
for my new record, Beyond the Frame, that is set to release worldwide on August 13th. By “worldwide”, of course, I mean “worldwide web”.
2. The Beyond the Frame fall worldwide release tour. By “worldwide” I mean pretty much from Florida to Connecticut over to Chicago and down to Texas. As a subplot in this section, there are a few slots still open for shows this year around other existing shows if anyone out there wants to keep me away
from my wife and kids even longer.
So that was the outline. Here come the details.
My new record, Beyond the Frame, releases on Tuesday, August 13th. At that point it will be available at all of your normal retail outlets as long as your normal retail outlets are only the RabbitRoom.com, iTunes or AmazonMp3. But I am happy to say that as of today, you can get the record early
at the Rabbit Room. I am very excited about this record and the people that have listened to it already have all had nice things to say (my mother AND mother-in-law). I think you will like it.
At the Rabbit Room
, I will also have chord charts and my trusty old video charts available for all of the songs on this record. This will save me many minutes of emailing people back with a response of “No. I am so sorry. I don’t have my act together enough to have charts for these songs available.” So if you are into that kind of thing, Merry Christmas!
I do have a favor to ask of you if you are getting the pre-release
. Somehow I have made a living as a “recording artist” without having a publicist, a promoter, a manager, a booking agent or record company. The fact that I don’t have any of those official people in my life is probably why I just put “recording artist” in quotation marks. But to be honest, I like not having any middle-men in my transactions with the folks who connect with my music. I am also very cheap. But I also think that the best kind of “promotion” is just the trusted word of a friend.
So if you listen to the record and you happen to like it, love it, connect with it or want to marry it, I would be honored if you would simply tell folks in your community about it when the record comes out on August 13th. It could just be a sentence with a link or a full on review. I guess it could also be a series of animated videos – it is really up to you. Your community could be Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Myspace, or anything else that is actually not a technological substitute for human contact and community. You are the best promoter I could ever have. (That last sentence might not technically be true, but the sentiment behind it is sincere.)
If you listen to the record and hate it, tolerate it, kind of dislike it or want to wash your ears out, I simply ask that you write down your feelings about the record, put them in an envelope, and then throw it in the fire. That would be quite helpful to me.
If you haven’t already clicked on any of the links for it, here is the most obvious one to use to get to the pre-order. I really hope you like it. It means a lot to me.
BEYOND THE FRAME FALL TOUR
I have a number of shows coming up this year. I hope to see you at all of them. Honestly, if any of you come to all of these shows, I will give you some sort of prize. Maybe an Oreo. Or at least part of an Oreo.
Also, if you see that I am coming within a few hours of where you live and you want to add a show onto that run, please let me know
. Or if I am not coming close to you and you want me to come anyways, let me know about that as well. Really, you can let me know about anything you want to talk about. I will always respond. It might take a long time, but you will hear from me.
Full details for these shows are (or will be shortly) available on my website
8/2 – Laity Lodge in LEAKEY, TX
8/3 – Laity Lodge in LEAKEY, TX
8/4 – Laity Lodge in LEAKEY, TX
8/9 – Wild Goose Festival in HOT SPRINGS, NC
8/21 – COLUMBUS, OH
8/22 – PITTSBURGH, PA
8/23 – GROVE CITY, PA
8/24 – CLEVELAND, OH
8/25 – **looking to add a show in Cincinnati, Lexington or anywhere around Ohio
9/6 – Laity Lodge in LEAKEY, TX
9/7 – Laity Lodge in LEAKEY, TX
9/8 – Laity Lodge in LEAKEY, TX
9/9 – **possibly add a show in Chicago area
9/10 – ST. CHARLES, IL
9/12 – **looking to add show in NC
9/13 – **looking to add show in NC
9/14 – GREENSBORO, NC
9/15 – RALEIGH, NC
9/16 – **looking to add show in NC/SC
9/19 – KNOXVILLE, TN – The Square Room
9/21 – GREEN BAY, WI – Cup o Joy with Jill Phillips
9/22 – CHICAGO, IL – with Jill Phillips
9/26 – FRANKLIN, TN
9/27 – **looking to add show in the Northeast
9/28 – DANBURY, CT – Community Coffeehouse with Jill Phillips
9/29 – LONG ISLAND, NY
10/10 – GASPARILLA ISLAND, FL
10/11 – GASPARILLA ISLAND, FL
10/12 – GASPARILLA ISLAND, FL
10/13 – **looking to add show in FL
10/17 – **looking to add show in TX/OK
10/18 – **looking to add show in TX/OK
10/19 – FRISCO, TX
10/20 – **looking to add show in TX/OK
10/25 – POWHATAN, VA with Jill Phillips
10/26 – RICHMOND, VA with Jill Phillips
10/27 – **looking to add show in VA
11/7 – ST. PAUL, MN – Art House North
11/8 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – retreat
11/9 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – retreat
11/10 – MAPLE GROVE, MN
11/11 – OWATONNA, MN
If you have any booking questions, don’t hesitate to email me
As always, thanks for your support and friendship. I hope to see you sometime on the road.
p.s. I didn’t have time to proofread this. Please forgive any misteaks. hehe.
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