Happy Spring friends!
We're excited to be performing again at the wonderful Fiddler's Crossing up in Tehachapi this Saturday, April 9th! Hope all of you up in the mountains will come out to see us!
Later this month we'll be flying out to North Carolina for our first time performing at one of the greatest music festivals in the country, Merlefest. As part of the brilliant Doc Watson legacy, this festival boasts the best in Americana, Bluegrass and Country artists from all over the world. We're thrilled to be a part of it this year, and we hope to make new friends and fans out there.
After May 1 we'll be taking a summer hiatus and will return in mid-August for the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival up in Tres Pinos, California. More about that one soon.
Please stay tuned, and thanks for reading!
Happy Spring to you all!
Well here we are in a new year again, and the days are bringing us news of much sadness in the world of the arts and those we have lost. It’s been a cruel month in that regard, but we hope that we can remember those who have been lost as inspirations for us to continue making art and giving it in loving community.
The band started the year off with a bang at the Sutter Creek Theatre on another great co-bill with the Houston Jones Band in one of their last shows together. It was a great night in a packed house and lovely hosts.
We move on to share the last Houston Jones concert in February, this time at the Boathouse Concert Series in Oakland. February 13 will be the last show played by Glenn Houston with the great band he co-founded with Travis Jones back now about 15 years ago. We’ll sing them out and stand to honor them in what is now a sold-out house concert setting. It will definitely be bittersweet.
We have some other great shows coming up this winter/spring, with our first foray with the San Diego Folk Music Heritage on March 5th. Then I’m happy to be welcoming my good friend, Jean Ritchie son Jon Pickow to Los Angeles in mid-March as we offer up two shows with him and our trio, along with guest Joellen Lapidus on dulcimer. April takes us back up to Fiddler’s Crossing in Tehachapi, one of our favorite places to play, and then the crown jewel of our calendar this year, we’re off to Merlefest in North Carolina at the end of April. We can’t wait for that adventure.
All of these shows are on our Calendar page. I invite you to check them out and if you’re in the LA area come join us. There’s more on the horizon, so if you’re not on our mailing list for newsletters please sign up here on the website. You’ll see the box to do that electronically and you’ll get a newsletter about once a month from us.
We wish all of you the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Hey there Friends!
As I write, the band and I are truly excited to be getting out on the road again this month, back to two great venues we've loved in the past: The Noe Valley Music Series in San Francisco (joining our friends Houston Jones on a great co-bill), and Rich Warren's FolkStage on WFMT Chicago, a venerable and highly-respected live radio broadcast which has been part of the Chicago traditional and folk music scene for many years. We're also adding one new concert location in Chicago, Two-Way Street Coffee House, which will welcome us as touring musicians the night before we hit the airwaves of WFMT.
We've been developing new songs especially for the Chicago performances, by request from Rich ~ a fuller and deeper exploration of the Jean Ritchie canon, especially in how it relates to our new music by our resident composer Rob Carlson. Jean has been inspiring us for many years, and now we get an opportunity to share her work along side of ours, pulling along the story-telling traditions and styles of her Appalachian roots.
If you're in the Chicago area, come join us at Two-Way Street, and if you're not, listen in live to the radio broadcast Saturday night on WFMT. Check our Calendar page for info on tuning in to the LIVE STREAM!
"I celebrate Life!
I tangle my fingers in its long-haired grasses...with gladness.
I beat upon its breast with futility.
I lie across its loin with joy.
I give to it and take from it sweet juices of abundance with...pain and pleasure.
I replenish it with my tears and the vibrations...of my laughter.
Until it sweeps me off, I will not leave it,
This World, this Earth!
This Universe, this Time and Space!
This Chance at finding God!
~ Jean Ritchie
May she fly on the wings of doves.
We welcome all newcomers to our website! The Hilonesome Band and I have really enjoyed getting back out onto the musical boards during April and have had some stellar shows already ~ most notably Bill Wagman’s House concerts in Davis, McCabe’s Guitar Shop with Houston Jones and the Red Barn Community Music Series in Los Osos, CA. We’ve had great response to the new album as we’ve been introducing it and sharing the new songs. Thanks to everyone who made those shows possible!
Not That Kind of Girl is in pre-release and will officially hit the online marketplace on June 12. The album is already garnering great reviews – this especially fine one from our friend Terry Roland at No Depression: http://nodepression.com/album-review/not-kind-girl-susie-glaze-and-hilonesome-band
And from a publication new to us: The Red Dirt Review: http://www.reddirtreport.com/rustys-music/susie-glaze-hilonesome-band-%E2%80%9Cnot-kind-girl%E2%80%9D
Our new friend William Phoenix from AXS wrote a fine article as well: http://www.axs.com/susie-glaze-the-hilonesome-band-to-release-not-that-kind-of-girl-49190
Even though the album is not yet available in on-line stores, you can still get your copy directly from us until mid-June at our shows or from our Paypal store. Here on the site, look to the right column for the album cover art and “Buy Now” button. Be one of the first!
We’ve got exciting news of great shows coming up in May and June! All details can be found on our Calendar Page, or keep reading below.
On Thursday, May 28 we return to the Western Music Association for their “Out West” Concert Series in Santa Clarita, CA. Join us at the Repertory East Playhouse for a show filmed for SCVTV. Repertory East Playhouse ~ 24266 Main St, Newhall, CA 91321 for an 8:00 p.m. show. Theatre Phone: (661) 288-0000. Visit here for more info http://www.repeastplayhouse.org Filmed by SCVTV and air on Time Warner Channel 20 and AT & T U-Verse channel 99 and live 24/7 at www.scvtv.com Also visit www.scvoutwest.com
Truly exciting! On Saturday, June 6 we make a return visit to a very cool venue in Northern California, The Palms Playhouse in Winters. We’re sharing this night with our great friends and musical collaborators Houston Jones AND with special guest the great Joe Craven sitting in with both bands. The Palms Playhouse ~ 13 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694 Info: (530)795-1825. Doors: 7:30 Show: 8:00 pm $20 tickets. 13 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694 Info: (530)795-1825 For more information visit http://www.palmsplayhouse.com/homepage.html
On Saturday, June 13 we return to the fabulous Southern California music series, the Pasadena Folk Music Society at the Little Beckman Auditorium on the campus of CalTech University in Pasadena, CA. http://dola.com/venues/pasadena-folk-music-society Get tickets here: http://www.caltech.edu/content/tickets Visit their website for more information here: http://folkmusic.caltech.edu
And finally, there will be some changes made to my regular column for FolkWorks from here on out. During the last few years I’ve been writing “Singin’ the Moon Up” I’ve focused on the work, life and legacy of my friend, the great Jean Ritchie. I will still be writing about Jean and her important and seminal body of work, but will also be taking some side trips from time to time, to blog about what’s going on around me here in Southern California. I hope you’ll all “tune in” as you have been. In the meantime, my current column on Folkworks for May can be found here:
Here’s to a lovely summer for all ~
Susie and the Hilonesome Band ~ Rob, Mark, Steve and Fred
The Hilonesome Band Returns to the Stage with New Album and Music Video on the Way
Hello Dear Friends,
Well, the Hilonesome Band and I send you greetings as we begin to emerge from our winter's cocoon ~ hibernating with the work of our new album "Not That Kind of Girl" which is in it's completion stage as I write.
There is lots going on these days for the very busy Hilonesome Band, as we prepare for the last of this year's shows and finish recording work on our new album.
This month we have several great shows. We're happy to be returning on November 7 to the best acoustic listening room in all of LA, the venerable and great McCabe's Guitar Shop, with our friends Jeni and Billy doing an opening set. They'll be joined by fiddler Craig Eastman and introducing their new album "Picnic in the Sky." On Sunday, November 9, we have our first ever show at the Cellar Sessions ~ held inside the beautiful Old Oak Cellars Winery in Pasadena, with Gary Stockdale doing an opening set. It's a late afternoon show that includes wine tasting and music through the afternoon. Then we return to our own series, “The Woodshed Sessions” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Friday, November 21, with guest Brad Colerick. Visit our UPCOMING SHOWS page for details.
And In Other News!
My new column is published on FolkWorks, a retrospective of the new tribute album, "Dear Jean ~ Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie." I’ve been honored to be included as an artist on this very fine project – check out the column here:
Stay tuned for more news of the new album project coming in the new year. That and other great shows and collaborations are on tap for 2015 so sign up on our mailing list and keep updated!
We had wonderful house concerts during September at Musica del Rio and The Barn in Gilroy. It was a real pleasure to have Glenn Houston of Houston Jones sit in with us to help announce our double bill shows with Houston Jones next summer in Santa Cruz and Berkeley. Stay tuned for announcements about those shows.
The Woodshed Sessions return on October 17 with another helping of new and debut songs from the Hilonesome Band and our guests. Don Raymond joins us in October.
"Dear Jean ~ Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie" is now in official release from Compass Records and continues to reap great reviews. This double-disk CD project boasts performances from Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, Tim O'Brien, Suzy Boguss and Alison Brown (and myself!) among many other wonderful artists. This recording will become an instant classic and collectible, a seminal collection of Jean's remarkable life's work in music.
Find "Dear Jean" on Compass Records here: http://compassrecords.com/album.php?id=1065
Visit the "Dear Jean" Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/DearJeanCD
New Album on the Way
Recording continues on the new album project with Herb Pedersen producing. We're excited to work with Herb and have him and Chris Hillman guesting on the record. A new music video is also in the works, so stay tuned!
A Remembrance and Fond Farewell: Celebrating the Life of Ron Sutton
We very sadly mark the passing of our dear friend and wonderful sometimes band-made, Ron Sutton, who left us on September 7th. We loved Ron and loved playing with him, as he dazzled us on his fantastic resonator guitar. Ron grew up in the Woodstock area of New York, learning to play the dobro at age 5. At 12 years, his family formed a band called the Bluegrass Cutups, becoming pioneers in the bluegrass folk surge of the 1960's in the Catskill area. They opened for many headliners, including Minnie Pearl, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, and were heard on local radio. He also had the privilege to play on stage with Johnny Cash. His musical career included several Woodstock and Los Angeles bluegrass bands, singing, songwriting, and playing the pedal steel guitar in country bands. His good nature, humor and talents will be missed by all of us and we send him Godspeed, and prayers to save us a place. Rest in Peace, friend Ron.
Our October show schedule can be found on the Show Calendar page. Come out and let us see you at a show!
Lots of love from all of us,
Susie & the Hilonesome Boys
The Woodshed Sessions are BACK for another round of new and debut songs from the Hilonesome Band and our guests for a four month run. With more new songs from us and new LA songwriters to share with you, Merlin Snider is first up, with Brad Colerick, Don Raymond and Brian Joseph taking us through December.
Check out The Facebook Event Here:
and find our show at the Coffee Gallery Website: www.coffeegallery.com
"Dear Jean ~ Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie" IS NOW IN OFFICIAL RELEASE from Compass Records!
This double-disk CD project boasts performances from Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, Tim O'Brien, Suzy Boguss and Alison Brown (and myself!) among many other wonderful artists. This recording will become an instant classic and collectible, a seminal collection of Jean's remarkable life's work in music.
Find "Dear Jean" at Compass Records Here: http://compassrecords.com/album.php?id=1065
Become a Facebook Friend for "Dear Jean" Here: https://www.facebook.com/DearJeanCD
Our show schedule for September can be found on our Calendar page.
We hope to see you at a show!
Lots of love, and thanks for reading!
Susie & the Hilonesome Boys
KCSN writes: "Susie Glaze does something with a song that only great singers can do...she grabs hold of a song''s deepest emotion and purpose and wraps it tightly around your soul."
Folk music legend Jean Ritchie has called Susie Glaze "a fresh young voice - a communicator - to me the most important of qualities in a singer.."the wonderful thing to me is that when I hear your recording of any song of mine ("L&N" definitely included), I feel as though it is myself, singing...It cannot be sung better - differently, but never better."
...and Bluegrass Unlimited calls her "an important voice on the California Bluegrass scene."
Winner of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album, and Folkworks Magazine''s Pick for Best Bluegrass Album of 2005 for "Blue Eyed Darlin.''"
"…she held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival
"Susie Glaze has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today.
She performs a song straight from her heart and soul." Roz Larman, KPFK''s FolkScene
"Susie is as good as it gets…you owe it to yourself to see this band and find out what you've been missing." Ken Frankel, San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley, CA
Entertainment Weekly writes "...she can blow the roof off any joint lucky enough to book her."