Archive for ‘November, 2011’

‎”Once I Was A Bird” can now be found in the coolest indie record stores across the country! Support your local purveyor of musical goods and visit one of these great shops:

  • Amoeba – Hollywood and San Francisco
  • Cactus Records – Houston, TX
  • Decatur CD – Decatur, GA
  • Dimple Records – Sacramento, CA
  • Disc Go Round – Corpus Christi, TX
  • Disc Exchange – Knoxville, TN
  • Ear X-tacy – Louisville, KY
  • Easy Street – Seattle, WA
  • Everybody’s Records – Cinncinati, OH
  • Exclusive Records – Wisconsin
  • Fingerprints – Long Beach, CA
  • Grimey’s – Nashville, TN
  • Homer’s – Omaha, NE
  • Johnny’s Records – Darien, CT
  • Music Millenium – Portland, OR
  • Newbury Comics – Boston, MA
  • OZ Music – Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Park Avenue CD – Orlando, FL
  • Plan 9 – Richmond, VA
  • Princeton Records – Princeton, NJ
  • Rasputin’s – Berkeley, CA
  • Record Exchange – Boise, ID
  • Salzer’s – Ventura, CA
  • Schoolkids – Ralegh, NC
  • Silver Platter’s – Bellvue, WA
  • Twist & Shout – Denver, CO
  • Waterloo Records – Austin, TX
  • Zia Records – Arizona

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From the window seat of a plane carrying me from Boston to San Jose, I feel like I’ve left summer camp and am trying to thumb through the files of memories I’ve accumulated over the last month to keep them fresh and present in my mind. 

 

The last week of the Communion tour found me crunching leaves on a perfect fall day in Nashville, getting to indulge in some thrift store shopping and a good cup of coffee before our show there at the newly remodeled 3rd & Lindsley, a great gig as it was a hometown appearance for the David Mayfield Parade. Atlanta’s show was at Smith’s Olde Bar and was an especially fun and high energy set for everyone. We also made stops in some places I’d never been: Raleigh, NC where we played a beautiful place called the Lincoln Theater to an enthusiastic crowd that seemed to come out of the ether, as the part of town we were in seemed so empty when we got there.  We even got to enjoy a day off in a cute town just outside of Raleigh- our first off-day that didn’t involve a long drive. It was wonderful to be able sleep in and do such normal things as take a walk or lay around listening to Tommy from Matthew & The Atlas tell us ghost stories.

 

From there we moved on to Vienna, VA and played one of my favorite stops of the whole tour at Jammin’ Java- an unassuming oasis of a venue located in a strip mall.  That night all 12 of us crammed into a friend’s nearly-empty apartment and slept for a couple of hours before we continued our journey eastward.  We did a radio performance at WXPN in Philadelphia and afterwards enjoyed a day of wondering around the city and getting some exercise in the park across the street before our soundcheck and show at World Cafe Live, one of Philadelphia’s most revered venues.

 

I think everyone on the tour would agree that a major highlight was our show at the Mercury Lounge in New York City.  We had an early load in that day and were able to enjoy some fun city exploration afterwards: pizza, coffee, music shops and an evening walk through SoHo in the perfectly crisp air right before it rained. The show was packed and the energy was electric and I think all three acts delivered very memorable performances that night. For the last song of our group encore at the end of the night, David Mayfield invited anyone who wanted from the audience to get on stage with us, which resulted in more people on stage then there were in the house! My Dad had flown in to catch the show and was able to come share a mic and sing with me, and we even had a friend of Harry’s (from M&tA) do a freestyle rap verse in the middle of the song. It was great fun for all that night.

 

The tour ended with a stop at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT which was a treat as that part of the country is so breathtaking, and brings back fond memories from my childhood when we used to visit there often. Our final show was last night in Boston at Cafe 939 which is located on the Berklee campus. Another full house and you could tell that everyone in the room was really there to listen and enjoy the music. It was a fantastic crowd which fueled a fantastic show, and a great way to say Bon Voyage to my amazing tour mates. At the end of the night as we packed up and went our separate ways, I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, trying not to get choked up as I said farewell to the people I’ve grown to love so dearly over the last month of our shared adventures together. I know we built a bond that will last forever and I am so grateful for the experience and the chance to befriend such incredible musicians and people. Holy Communion- what a ride!

 

Thank you David, Kristin, Shelby, Wes, Joe, Matthew, Harry, Tommy, Lindsay, Dave, and Helen. I love you all and can’t wait for the next time around.

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The ladies of Communion: Kristin Weber (of the David Mayfield Parade), Lindsay West (of Matthew and the Atlas), LS, Shelby Means (of DMP) and Helen Tierney (tour manager).

Closing out our second week of the tour, I’m fighting some sniffles and may not be as caught up on sleep as I should be, but all is well in the land of Communion as we prepare to roll out of the Midwest and head Southeast.

It was bittersweet leaving my beloved West Coast last week after two fun shows in Seattle and Portland. The drive up was breathtaking with perfect fall foliage and crisp, cold air. It was fun for all of us to stretch our legs in such great cities; the shows were well received and a great close to our first week on tour together. After a grueling drive from Portland to Denver, we arrived in a beautifully snowy setting and a packed house at the Soiled Dove, one of our best shows so far! Another long trek and we made it toAmes, Iowa where we played a historic venue called the Maintenance Shop, then to The 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN where some backstage silliness resulted in an a cappella rendition of the children’s song “Baby Beluga”, performed by the ladies of Communion  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=?wmode=transparent]

My favorite part of this leg of the tour were the last two days in Illinois: Halloween found us just outside of Chicago, at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston– by far one of my favorite venues we’ve played and another fantastic crowd that included some very special family members of mine. Although we collectively decided that playing in costume would be too silly when trying to sing our more down-tempo/serious songs, we did spy some pretty fantastic costumes in the audience!

After Evanston came Rock Island, IL which I am pretty sure most people have never heard of. However, I was beyond pleasantly surprised to find the venue that we played at, Rozz Tox, completely unique and full of character and charm. The turnout was fantastic and you could tell that the people who came out were there for the sole purpose of supporting and enjoying live music in a town with, I am guessing, pretty limited entertainment options. The hidden gem of Rock Island, however, was the unassuming door past a pizzeria off of the main street, with a small mailbox that says “Daytrotter Studios- 3rd floor,” one of the most infamous online music outlets (noted for its beautifully recorded live studio sessions and unique paintings/drawings of the musicians that pass through). It was a blast to get to do a live Communion collaboration there today in addition to a solo set of my own. Many thanks to the good folks of Daytrotter for having us. Now we are enjoying a night off in St. Louis, partaking in a little group yoga and gobbling up the veggie chili and free wireless internet at the house we’re being put up at. Tomorrow we’ll play here in the city at Blueberry Hill, and then it’s off to Nashville. Tell your southern friends we’re coming their way: all aboard the Communion train (or in our case- van)!

 

 

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Lauren Shera’s new video for the song, “Blood Lust,” featuring a guest appearance by Jackie Greene, debuts today on Relix!

The video was shot in August during Lauren’s album release concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. It was directed by renowned photographer and filmmaker, Jay Blakesberg. 

The stellar band supporting Lauren includes Andy Zenczak (bass, vocals), Kevin Hull (Mandolin), Gianni Staiano (Accordion), Chad Kaltinger (Viola), Chris Lynch (Violin) and Alexis Hawks (Cello).

Check out the video on Relix and please share the link with all of your friends!

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