Friends! We have new stickers and tshirts and a fresh tank of gas and soon an oil change which can only mean one things - TOUR!!!! Yours Truly, Michele and I are hitting the road for the 2018 Songbirds and Sinners tour up and down the West Coast and can't wait to see you! Here's a quick round up of our dates:
Feb 22: Stories Books & Cafe, LA, CA
Feb 23: Greater Goods, Ojai, CA
Mar 16: Morgan's Mill, Woodland, CA
Mar 21: w/Ana BonBon, WISE Hall, Vancouver, BC
Mar 23: w/Hearse, Atomic Vaudvillia, Victoria, BC
Mar 31: w/ Loretta Lynch, The Lost Church, SF, CA
I'm super happy to let you know that we got named by the Atlanta Auditory Association as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2017. There was a lot of competition out there and hot damn that felt good! To celebrate - and since Valentine's Day is close in the rearview mirror - our little love song Jagged Edges is going to be a free download for the rest of the month - because I love you <3. Click the link to get the good stuff.
Check out the rock steady Victoria edition of Secret Emchy Society - featuring Dennis, Tolan, and Grayson (on piano) helping me slay our new song Down to the River <3
Whew. It's been about two weeks since I got back from the whirlwind 14 day tour of America's Middle West with Shawna Virago and hot damn that was a good time. I must say I'm most proud of the fact that we left Kansas City, MO on a Sunday morning and were back in Oakland, CA by 7:30pm on Monday. And was even WITH getting a good night's sleep Sunday night in Evanston, UT. Other highlights include playing in the Great Salt Flats, experiencing an hour of petrichor while driving on the edge of a thunderstorm, the pagan biker lady gas station attendant in ... Utah? Colorado? well it was someplace between Reno and Cheyenne.
I will say one of the coolest parts was meeting so many folks across the country. Friendly, open, ready to share stories and generosity. My favorite town of the trip was probably St Louis. The part of town we were in was full of activism, diversity, jazz, and good good food. Missouri had some of our most busy shows and it was great to hear what's happening there in terms of music and also just see so many people out and ready to have a good time.
In seven days I hit the road again for a run through the Pacific Northwest and then up to Canada for the Accordion Noir festival, Farm Fest, Fig Tree Fest, and so much more with my road bestie Mz Carolyn Mark. Rumor has it I'll even have the full album band at a few shows! If that's your region - well come on over kittens! Full show listing at emchy.com/shows <3
The new record - The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville is LIVE! You can currently grab it on bandcamp (emchy.bandcamp.com/album/the-stars-fall-shooting-into-twangsville) and iTunes. We've hit a small delay with Spotify, etc but it should be there in the next few hours. So far it's been called gritty, sexy, contagious, and dangerous. I'm just so proud of it y'all. Have a listen. I hope you love it.
Now if you'll forgive me - I'm going to go obsessively refresh the stats on bandcamp!
So proud to announce that we've released the first video for the album - Two Feet and a Dream! (also available on iTunes / Spotify / bandcamp and all of the places! <3
The video is a creation of internationally showcased filmmaker Charlotte Gutierrez, who shot footage for the video and also compiled 5+ years of road and show footage from a million sources and formats to bring the dream and journey to reality. Thanks to Yahoo Music for giving the video an exclusive premiere to thousands of new fans! You can check out the video straight from our YouTube channel here:
Just back from a hot and bothered weekend in sunny Los Angeles and while I may be sunburned it was totally worth it! From the packed and awesome Play Like a Girl Festival at Echoplex, to hearing Miranda Lee Richards at Mimosa, to the dudes killing the CCR covers at The Lost Knight to my own two sets at the Topanga Vintage Market - just wow. Thanks for welcoming me in with such open arms LA!
Other awesome news - a feature on me and the new album just came out in Vents Magazine - check it out here I'm on page 174 / 175
We are seriously trucking along folks! Next up the album preview at Queer Country West Coast with Eli Conley - as part of the National Queer Arts Fest on June 11th from 1-4p at the Back Room in Berkeley. Yay summer! Hope to see you at some shows soon!
Having an amazing time up in BC touring with Carolyn Mark - here's a little moment from our concert at Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria. <3
...Cindy Emch and her musical comrades give Americana to those of us on the edges of American culture. The songs on this album become our anthems. We might not be the ones on the covers of glossy magazines. We might not be conventionally pretty, we might be queer or otherwise marginalized. We might be “crazy and witchy,” but that’s just fine as long as we can shake our asses and drink with our friends. We’ve got the road, and we’ve got the stories of our lives. And these stories, with all their heartbreak and hauntedness, may not always be pretty…but they are goddamn beautiful.... [read more]
Pre-order the album here
My debut full length album is currently available for pre order - PLUS you can hear the first single Down to the River over on bandcamp!!! https://emchy.bandcamp.com/album/stars-fall-shooting-into-twangsville
Good morning campers! Some fancy songs just for you are coming in the next couple of weeks - as I've just finished laying down tracks up in Canada while working on the new album with Tolan McNeil, Dennis Siemens, Carolyn Mark, Joel Fernandes, and a whole passle of great folks and it went awesome. Below is a little video of us blowing off steam and electrocuting pickles after two 10+ hour days down in the studio crankin out songs. I'm gonna estimate this at 3:15am.
I also just launched a Patreon where I plan to release a couple of my favorite cover songs every month - only available to supporters over there. So if you're looking for rare tracks that no one else will ever have - head on over to https://www.patreon.com/emchy
Now that the album is trucking towards the finish line I'm spending my time finalizing ads, writing press releases, researching music reviewers, checking out music associations, booking summer tours / travel, listening to the rough mixes over and over and over and over, and essentially planning out how to help make this record take over the world.
Wish me luck!
where the rust belt meets the wild west