I hope you all had a great holiday season and started off the New Year with a bang!
My transition into the New Year was musical, warm, classy, and wild all at once. I started out New Year's Eve with a performance at Ballou's Wine Bar in Guilford, CT. It's a hidden gem and if you're ever passing through the area, it's my top recommendation for delicious food, a friendly staff, and needless to say a nice wine selection! Not to mention the great music ;-)
After a fine evening at Ballou's, I headed over to the VooDoo Grill to watch my new cover band rock out the remaining hours of 2010 and kick off 2011. The place was packed and there was a lot of dancing, singing, and general merriness. These guys really knows how to get a crowd going... we all had a blast. I'm excited to announce that for the new year, I'll be joining the band on keyboards and female vocals!
New Year's Day I performed with the band at the Black Sheep in Niantic, CT. Some of the songs I feature on include "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga, "I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett, and "Since You Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson. Quite a change from my usual mellow mix of folk and pop... I love it! I've got the band backing me on one of my favorite covers, "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. It's so exciting to be playing with a full band!
In other news, I just got a Little Martin guitar... and we are in love, completely inseparable. If you've ever seen me perform live you know I'm a little person with little fingers, and the Little Martin fits me perfectly. We were made for each other! With the guidance of my guitar-playing friends, I've been diligently learning, practicing, writing, and building up my calluses... I feel more confident than ever about bringing the guitar on stage with me. Look forward to meeting Little Martin this year!
Last but definitely not least, you are probably wondering what happened to the full-length studio album I promised way back in the fall of 2010. We've had some major setbacks with that - recording always seems to be a much more grueling process than I bargain for - but I'm sorting that situation out and I'll keep you updated on the release date.
In the meantime, I've lined up my first few shows of 2011 and I'd love to see you there:
1/21/11 @ 10pm - Daniel Packer Inn - Mystic, CT
1/29/11 @ 9:30pm - The Gold Eagle - Danielson, CT
2/1/11 @ 8pm - The English Club - Worcester, CT
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!