Remember this pic from What my parents think I’m doing? The look of publicity, sending my new CD Torch and Sass out into the ether?
Well, it’s happening: my music is now On Air on radio stations from Alaska to the Netherlands. Eeeeeee! I love it when that happens. But it feels kinda surreal. To feed this new little burst, I’ve been busy doing radio promo for the CD, here in Cali. And I just had one of the best ever in-studio concert/interviews in the KMUD Studios, Humboldt County, CA.
When a radio station starts to play your music, they will sometimes let you know (how I love to hear from a DJ who is impassioned about anything!… other new artists, their favorite songs…). More often, DJ’s will ask for either a station ID, or an in-studio performance and interview to talk about the new release. For the interviews- I show up either solo, duo with a guitarist, or with the full band to play our music live in the studio. Past radio spots looked like this:
So, I accepted the invite to go back up to north coast stations, both because I love the redwoods (this time, hoping to see salmon running upriver), AND because these stations are all about community run radio, raising funds this time of year. Many of these communities have high unemployment and not much money. So it feels good to come out to help. For fundraisers, I gift radio stations CDs and Accordion Babes Pin-up calendars (next post) 😉 which, for the last 3 years, are popular pledge gifts.
But the real joy for me- is playing for a small community that actively enjoys music. Performing live like this has been the most intimate, immediate, and heartfelt experience. I’m not sure if this is unique to northern CA regions, or in all small towns, but literally, when I’m playing in the KMUD studios, listeners come to the studio! I will look up to see folks walking in the door and peering curiously through the glass. People will say they heard a song they liked, drove off the highway, and pulled into the station in Redway to see who is singing and maybe get a CD!
It’s unbelievable to feel community like this. Or folks will call in all excited. The station raised over $3,200 during my radio spot. (Of course it wasn’t all me; they also had a drawing to give away a cord of madrone wood. 😉 This year, I just played the interview solo- singing and switching from bass, to accordion, to ukulele to accompany myself. And at the end, a sweet violinist named Katie showed up to jam. She & I will play together next time. (sorry I don’t have pics- I never think about pics when I’m playing… Which is why traveling with your publicist can be a good idea.
Here is recent footage from a radio spot with KECG- El Cerrito- another cool studio run by high school students. With guitarist David Ehme. I accidentally introduced the wrong author of the song! Nature Boy was popularized by Nat King Cole, but written by Eden Abhez. haha…!