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
Shows with Houston Jones and Good Old Fashioned, Firefly Bistro and the Woodshed Sessions Return September 5!
We're scratchin' gravel to get going on our early August mini-tour. We're on the road on August 8 to Northern California for a shared show with our great friends Houston Jones at a new venue for us, St. Cyprian's in San Francisco. The SF Live Arts Music Series is a well-known and respected venue for live music and we're thrilled to be part of an upcoming stellar night with HJ, the Bay area's best kept secret. Then the next day we'll be catching up with old friends and teaching guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass and singing workshops and performing a main stage set at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival with the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Later in August we're back in LA to join our friend Brad Colerick at the Firefly Bistro writer's night. It's a lovely restaurant and the food is tremendous, so if you're in the South Pasadena area come and check it out. The lovely and talented Tom Corbett will be joining us for some wonderful tunes of his own.
Recommendations for good reading and listening: I've been listening to some great new records lately, including Jeni & Billy's new one "Picnic in the Sky" and Willie Nelson's "Band of Brothers." It's a comfort and delight to know that traditional Country is so well looked after by these three stellar artists. You can check out Jeni & Billy at their website: www.jeniandbilly.com and Willie's new one on iTunes.
I've been completely blown away by the astonishing poetry of Appalachia coal country from author Diane Gilliam Fisher in her book "Kettle Bottom." This writer's command of this subject and understanding of the culture and language can be likened to that of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. Please check out this very fine piece of writing.
For those of you in Southern California who enjoyed our Woodshed Sessions series at the Coffee Gallery last winter/spring you will be pleased to know that it is back by popular demand, beginning a once a month residency on September 5. 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.
Thanks for reading, pals ~ keep in touch, stay cool out there and we'll see you at the show! Check our Calendar Page for more shows coming for the rest of the year.
"...Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."
~ Fred Buechner
Happy mid-summer everyone:
Well things have slowed down for us now that a very busy May and June yielded up some fantastic shows both here and outside of LA our home. We're buckling down now on the new album project and it's all sounding great. We're excited about the project and will look forward to sharing it with you all in the coming months.
On the show front we will gear up again in August and go on the road to Northern California for a shared show with our great friends Houston Jones at a new venue for us, St. Cyprian's in San Francisco, and then the next day will be teaching workshops and performing at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival put on by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Later in August we'll be back to join our friend Brad Colerick at the Firefly Bistro writer's night. It's a lovely restaurant and the food is tremendous, so if you're in the South Pasadena area come and check it out.
A retrospective article on the pre-release concert in Berea, Kentucky with Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and myself is the subject of my Folkworks article this month. Check it out at www.folkworks.org.
For those of you in Southern California who enjoyed our Woodshed Sessions at the Coffee Gallery last winter/spring you will be pleased to know that it was such a popular series that we will be returning in September, September 5 to be exact, with more new songs and new LA songwriters to share with you. Stay tuned for more on this series in next month's newsletter and plan on joining us. We'll be once a month there through December. Visit our Show Calendar page for more info on all the great shows coming up.
Thanks for reading, pals ~ keep in touch and stay cool through a great summer!
Happy June folks,
The quote from Herman Hesse above is something I came across recently and it seemed to reflect my new thinking about my place and life and how and where my inspiration comes from. Perhaps it might make sense to you, too?
Here we are at the start of summer and there's lots going on. We spent a May running from place to place and enjoyed shows up and down the California coast. In mid-May Steve and I were honored to perform on a bill in Berea, Kentucky with Kathy Mattea and John McCutchen honoring music legend and our friend Jean Ritchie as we celebrated a pre-release of the new Ritchie tribute album "Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie." Stay tuned for news of this release later this summer. The artists involved are amazing, from Judy Collins and Janis Ian, to Peggy and Pete Seeger ~ perhaps Pete's last recorded project before his death last winter. Joan Baez and Dolly Parton write liner notes, and the music is extraordinary. It'll be released in August by Compass Records and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of what I know will be considered a landmark legacy recording.
And now that a new month is here the HL band and I are planning a few more shows here in Los Angeles and then beginning a new recording project, headed by our producer Herb Pedersen. We're excited to be working with Herb who has an eye-popping resume in his long music career, working with everyone you can name.
Herb began his career in Berkeley, California in the early 60s playing 5 string banjo and acoustic guitar with people like David Grisman, Butch Waller, David Nelson, and Jerry Garcia. Herb has done well in adding his talents to the recordings of many folk and country music artists of today. For the last thirty years, Herb has lived in southern California, and participated in select music groups, either in recording, or traveling on the road doing concerts. His recording discography is like a who's who of the singer/songwriter scene, so prevalent in the 70s and 80s. His own groups, like The Desert Rose Band, and The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, show why Herb is so respected in the industry. Artists like Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Johnny Rivers, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jennifer Warnes, John Prine and Jesse Winchester have used Herb's talents in the past. So we're super happy to welcome Herb into the Hilonesome fold and look forward to the best album we've ever created. So please stay tuned for news of the new album coming soon! For more on Herb you can find his website here: www.herbpedersen.com
We're happy to doing two co-bills in LA this month with our pals Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan and their Folk Unlimited Orchestra. Claudia's songs and albums have graced our ears for many years and her latest CD "All Our Luck Is Changing" is truly remarkable. Check out their sound at their website: www.claudiarussell.com and plan to join us for at least one of our shows with them on either June 20 or 21. Details are on our Calendar page.
I've also been asked to be on the bill for another Pete Seeger tribute concert, this time at the historic and beautiful Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on July 31. Details to the left and I hope you'll join us for some stellar music and of course singalongs!
Please sign our mailing list if you are not already on it (if someone has forwarded this to you) and keep in touch with us. There's a signup box below this letter. Lots more good stuff on the horizon!
Enjoy the beautiful June and happy trails,
Hey Friends, and Happy Spring!
Well! After launching the first four-month installment of the concert series we began in January, "The Woodshed Sessions" were such a big success that we’ve committed to bringing them back in the fall! We’ll be back at the Coffee Gallery in early September with another round of special guest singer/songwriters, the best of Los Angeles, with their new writings along with our brand new tunes – make plans to join us!
Friday, September 5: Merlin Snider
Friday, October 17: Don Raymond
Friday, November 21: Brad Colerick
Friday, December 12: Brian Joseph
May is here, and it’s a busy month full of shows! Check them out over on our Upcoming Shows page. If you're in the Bay area we'd love to see you at the Point Richmond show where we visit our friends Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan, and we're also happy to be returning to the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest this year on the main stage (we're on early at 11:30 a.m. please note!). Later in the month Steve and I are thrilled to be joining the first of many concerts celebrating the upcoming CD release of "Dear Jean ~ Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie" along with Kathy Mattea and John McCutcheon. More about this important release is coming soon so stay tuned.
Those of you who joined us for shows during the last six months know that we've been preparing for a new album and so it will begin this summer. Join our mailing list here on the site to be signed up to get our once a month e-news letters to stay in the loop on the album news.
Again, our show schedule is up to date on our Upcoming Shows Calendar page, so check it out and come see us! Some exciting new things are just around the bend!
Lots of love,
Our new concert series continues Friday March 7 at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena....read on!
Hi again, Friends,
Well, our first two "Woodshed Sessions" are under our belt, with the series beginning in January. The series has been a big success so far. We’re continuing to debut brand new songs with each show and have some exciting new material for our March 7th show, where we’re delighted to welcome our good friend Tracy Newman as our special guest.
"The Woodshed Sessions" will be our new "workout room" where we debut new songs we're writing and preparing for a new album, just to get them on their feet. Also each month we'll be featuring a different local songwriter we love who will also be bringing new works to the stage. The shows will be relaxed and living-room like in the spirit of experimentation and innovation.
Visit the Coffee Gallery website at www.coffeegallery.com and
THEN CALL 626-798-6236 to make your reservations!
Top Ten Americana Albums for 2013 on No Depression
Our newest album "White Swan" is on No Depression's Top 10 albums for 2013! Read It Here on No Depression! http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2342817%3ABlogPost%3A1030851&commentId=2342817%3AComment%3A1031006&xg_source=activity
Our music has been selected for airplay on Earbits Radio! Check it out here! Harlan County Boys - http://www.earbits.com/s/pRDYN0NKdaNf
Charting on Roots Music Report
“White Swan” is now charting on the combined internet and terrestrial chart for The Roots Music Report’s Weekly Top 50 California Album Chart for the Week of Feb 15, 2014. Check it out here! http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/charts/view/album/state/california/weekly
Pandora Radio ~ Find the Hilonesome Band on Pandora!
Check it out here: http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1869158696238719696 Mac users also look for us on the new iTunes Radio.
Boulevard Music Teaching
I've been put on the roster at Boulevard Music in Culver City as a voice instructor, teaching vocal technique for bluegrass and folk music styles in private sessions. Call Boulevard Music to schedule your voice lessons! Visit www.boulevardmusic.com
"Singin' the Moon Up" on FolkWorks
My latest column is now posted on FolkWorks, this month about Jean Ritchie's favorite song from "Old Christmas," the Southern Harmony's "Brightest and Best." Read the column on FolkWorks here: http://folkworks.org/columns/singin-the-moon-up-susie-glaze/42035-brightest-and-best