up at crazy o'clock (thanks east coast time) and taking a deep breath. back home - surrounded by dogs, and organizing the next round of this life - I want to stop and say thank you. Thank you to the art and culture of NYC and the inspiration it constantly throws my way. Thank you to Yours Truly, Michele for being a great musician and an amazing tour mate - who knew 11 days on the road could go so fast! Thank you to the incredible musicians we shared stages with - including but not limited to JonEmery Dodds, John Shepski, Matthew James Sasser, Bart Budwig, Anna Tivel, Antonette Goroch, and many more, thanks to the venues that gave us stages, libations, and sustenance while we sang our hearts out for you - yes I'm looking at you Fox & Goose Public House, Oberon's Restaurant and Bar, The Secret Society, Trillium Cafe, Hattie's Hat, Axe and Fiddle, Sirens Pub, The Sevrd Head, and Orr Hot Springs Resort! And holy wow thanks to our hosts who kept us off the streets and gave us warm beds full of friendship, laughter, and love where we could crash and refuel - special call outs to Ed & Laura, Bethany & Paul, Erin & Ryan, Emily & Jarrod, Whitney & Molly, and Antoinette - you made 2300 miles seem like home - thank you for your generosity and rockstar-ness. xoxoxoxox (now to recover before the next tour in Sept!)
photo by Wolf taken at Hattie's Hat in Seattle
Tour starts TODAY!!!! We've got the songs warmed up and are ready to woo you folks! See you at Thee Parkside 4-8pm - NO COVER!
that moment when a specific performance / event at a bar inspires you to write a song, and then you find out that your friends videotaped a bunch of that event, and then they make you a video out of it for the song that you wrote about it. talk about gratitude / synergy / trusting the universe! All of that to say - thank you to Carolyn Mark for filming the best moments and Dennis Siemens for making them into a music video for me.
And please - enjoy (and share) the new music video from the Secret Emchy Society - SUNDAY AT LOGAN’S!!! Filmed on location in Victoria and Saturna Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
We all know SF can be a cold place come June. While the Bay heats up, Mister Fog cools us down. What better time to pull together a few Secret Society members and go heat up old Pop's bar in the Mission! The night is hosted by our old pal Lester T. Raww from the Pine Box Boys - and yes friends - he will be playing too! Come on out, have a drink or three, and let's get the good times rolling! xo
Well kittens the Canadian tour with Carolyn Mark was an unbelieveable success. From late night jams in Victoria's Chinatown, to limo rides around Gabriola Island, to music video shoots, countless bottles of wine, and so so so many songs sung, written, and stomped along to - we had a great time! Here's a few photos just to prove it! Huge thanks to all of the new members of the Secret Emchy Society (Joel, Dennis, Sweet Diesel, Carolyn, Grayson, & J.) as well as Hearse, Dave Lang's epic Jazz Ensemble, Carolyn Mark, and all of the other rockstars that shared stages and couches with us!
Well last Friday's show was one of those solid barnstormer sorts of shows. We got a good crowd. I got to hear Storm Florez and Shawna Virago perform some just amazing music - and we all came together to celebrate music and share a little intense intimacy over the loss of Prince. A loss that hit me (as well as so so so many people) incredibly hard. Prince was my childhood musical crush. My 'you can do it' guy. The person who inspired me to be me and to run to Detroit and buy every bootleg of his Motor City shows that I could find on cassette because a. what he had released just wasn't enough and b. I was too young for my parents to let me actually go see him live. It has been a lifelong obsession, sometimes more at the forefront sometimes less, but most people who know me in a real way know that I'm a Prince kinda gal. Storm paid excellent tribute in song and we all just sang, snapped, and wiped away a few tears while we came together.
In just under a week I hop on the plane for the Great White North. My good friends up there are waiting and we have a ton of shows to do in a short amount of time. ... ADVENTURETIME! :) I'm up to my eyeballs in customs paperwork to make sure I can bring a few cds and shirts up for people who've already asked. And so with that... please enjoy a little video of the Lost Church fun.
Dang. When it rains it pours and the Northern California rains are pouring a ton of activity over onto Secret Emchy Society Headquarters. First off - I had an AMAZING time yesterday on FCCFREERADIO during Lilycat's show! Performed a few live songs, told some stories, fangirlled out on Storm Miguel Florez, Shawna Virago, Carolyn Mark, Hearse, Shovels and Rope and more, and of course went on a ton of lefty political tangents. Hear the podcast here: http://www.fccfreeradio.com/shows/lilycat/live/lilycat_show.mp3
We mostly talked about the upcoming show at The Lost Church on 4/22. Advance tickets ($5 cheaper in advance) are available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/204686073226705/
and THEN I got the art for the flyer for the Canada Island Queens tour with Carolyn and J. <3 SWOON! Design by the incomparable J. McLaughlin.
and then the tshirts came in early - holy wow! get yours today! https://emchy.bandcamp.com/merch/official-secret-emchy-society-tshirt
So excited yesterday to donate to AIDS/LifeCycle! This may be the first official Secret Emchy Society donation as an actual business. I'm VERY happy to have it be for such a good cause - if you can chip in as well - click >>>HERE<<<
And in other news - last night in the music cave I decided to pull out The Book and turn two songs from orphan drafts into the real deal - complete with phone recorded demos and everything. VIVA LA MUSICA!
So it looks like 2016 is the year where I hit the road and often. Right now I'm holed up in Oakland watching it rain and making budgets, staring at calendars and maps, and starting to send out a kabillion emails to get the next few months in serious order. First things first - The Secret Emchy Society has a private parlor show with a KILLER line up on April 22nd. It's me, Storm Florez, Shawna Virago and as my pal Meliza Bañales said - BABEFEST is gonna be HOT! It's an acoustic songwriter night full of amazing folk, americana, rock, and straight up badass roots music. Plus you're HELLA supporting queer artists. Tickets are available (and cheaper) if you get them in advance so please do. These shows often sell out. https://www.facebook.com/events/204686073226705/
So in honor of sharing a stage with such rock stars, AND the pending May shows up in Canada with alt country legends Carolyn Mark and Hearse - I have ordered TSHIRTS... AND PATCHES! Not only that... but you can EVEN buy them online. https://emchy.bandcamp.com/merch
New songs are being written, travel is being planned, and I almost died! Ok well not quite but I was at the ER with a gnarly health scare last night. Nothing like the old mortality panic to get the creative juices flowing! At the moment there are about six song drafts rolling around, shows booked for Mar and May, and a songwriting / recording session for Rhubarb Whiskey in Feb. Woo what a year! Hopefully y'all will come out for a show soon - see the show pages for details.
where the rust belt meets the wild west