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Bay Station Love the Bay Video Series with Bob Hlllman

 

 Just before I lit out for the foothills last weekend, Kwame and I released the seventh episode of our Bay Station Love the Bay Music & Video series. This month's featured guest is Bob Hillman, a great artist we met through a songwriting group years ago who recently released yet another excellent record Some of Us are Free, Some of Us Are Lost. Bob shared several songs from the record plus a lot of great insight into his writing process:

 

 

August Music Doings: Gigs, Love the Bay & New Record update

 

I spent a good amount of last month vacationing in Washington, Colorado and Wyoming. After all that singing and listening to the new record-in-progress, The Department of the West, it was time to be in it.  This month (and much of the next year!), I'll be taking the material that much more to heart, spending yet more time in quintessentially Western regions.  I'm again heading for the hills, albeit these in California, to play a few shows outside Yosemite. Will you be near the the national park this weekend or have you friends in Mariposa or Coulterville?  Thanks for coming by and/or spreading the word!
Yes, mixing of The Department of the West is complete and the tracks are onto the next steps in the production line. I'm excited! (You can pre-orderThe Department of the West for any amount $10 and up, by clicking HERE.)

Finally, while I've spent a lot of time away from the coast this summer, the Bay Station Love the Bay project continues apace! Read on HERE for all the details. THANK YOU! Deborah
 

Next Steps for The Department of the West

 

This month has felt like a vortex of sorts, one of those periods of times where many things are ending and beginning at once. Bay Station released a new Love the Bay episode (featuring Michael McNevin) the day we started another bay tour (fun!); we filmed another episode and then I went into the studio to finish mixing the new record(!!!!) Amid all this, there’ve been friends coming and going, from celebrating big events or significant birthdays, to moving or outright leaving this realm - dear friend, voice teacher and amazing human Faith Winthrop. 

And then of course there’s all the crises rumbling in the country, on the border and in the air. It’s a lot to hold. Was it all the planets lining up a few days ago? The full moon lunar eclipse? It’s seemed  like a good time to pause for a moment and consider next steps...which is a lot of what I’ve been doing this week on a family trip to Washington and now Wyoming. Big sky and water and land are what led to the songs on The Department of the West so spending time in these  locations as I’ve been listening to the mixes (figuring out an order before I send the files to the mastering engineer) has been kind of perfect. 

As will be playing these songs live next week in San Francisco! Thursday July 25 I’m sharing a bill with The Handler Brothers and White Limozeen - come on out!

 

 

 

More Love the Bay July 3-5

 

 

Bay Station is once again setting sail around the San Francisco Bay, playing music with special guests at our ports of call in San Francisco and Sausalito. Tune in on Facebook or Instagram for daily broadcasts from Espresso's aft deck stage!

 

Songs About Something Recap

 

What a delight it was to share a stage with Paige, Josephine and Laura on Sunday for Paige's Songs About Something Series. We each played four songs, one each along the Old, New, Borrowed and Blue theme. My mini-set featured "Grandma Mission Blues" (Old), "River Stones" (new), "Long Roads" (Blue) and "Airstream Song" by Miranda Lambert (Borrowed.) Thanks to the all friendly faces who came to the show.

Here's a snippet of "Long Roads":

 

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June 23 Songs about Something at The Ivy Room

 

Ivy Songs 2019

 

Love, Love, Love: New "Love Some More" Video

 

Agape, Eros, Philia, Philautia, Storge, Pragma, Ludus, Mania aka Unconditional Love, Romantic Love, Affectionate Love, Self-love, Familiar Love, Enduring Love, Playful Love, Obsessive Love. I can recommend all of these (save for the last which will likely lead to trouble); hence, "Love Some More," a song from several years back that we chose to use for the latest in Bay Station's full moon video series.

We got rained out of an actual sail during the May Flower Moon; nonetheless, we called up the boat model and incorporated footage from the spectacular Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon, and a visit to Lava Rock A.I.R. to complete this take on the deep cut from the KCDC Your Own Reaction record. Enjoy!

 

May 31 Bay Station at Pt San Pablo Harbor Club

 

I hope you had a great holiday and are ready for more! After a fun run up to Oregon and Washington to play several duo shows and visit friends, my love of the road has been reignited. Fortunately, I've some interesting local shows to look forward to this weekend, including a gig TONIGHT with Bay Station Band at Pt San Pablo Harbor Club. This venue is bit of a local secret getaway: at the end of a drive along the edge of the Bay close to the Richmond Bridge, Pt. San Pablo is worth a visit for the view alone. There's also a restaurant, a bar, a marina and most importantly for our purposes, a music venue! Please join us. Our friend Peter Whitehead (Closer to Carbon, Conspiracy of Beards) opens. 

Friday, May 31, 2019  7pm $10 donation
 

New Love the Bay Video Featuring The Keller Sisters

 

Love the Bay  Episode 5with The Keller Sisters

Check out Bay Station's fifth episode of our Love the Bay series featuring The Keller Sisters! Lots of laughs, great sister harmonies, and an acoustic marina version of my song "River Stones."

 

 

Making Art, Hitting the Road

 

First, a #tb . 2001. I was living part-time on the coast north of Santa Cruz. My dad was sick, in his last year, and I was holding as tight as I could to my dreams to write and sing and generally make art. It was a messy time, but I got up every day and did my practices, including doing some watercolor sketches of the view and the animals who lived on the ranch, among them, the close-to-feral cats who (sort-of) controlled the barn rats. The view of the ocean was never the same, always beautiful, which is good to remember this week. Making art and working on projects has always been my go-to. Given that the weird, unseasonably wet weather here has wreaked havoc on my weekend #lovethebay  and gig plans (and the national news blows), its time to make something new!
So what's new?
Well first, I had a great time last weekend, playing atop Mt. Tam as nearly a thousand folks hiked and biked up for the Mother's Day breakfast at West Point Inn. I would happily play my music for people atop a mountain any day! It was magical singing "What the Land Will Tell You" (a newer tune included on the forthcoming record) surrounded by nature. And on that day, sunny, wildflowers in bloom, hummingbirds buzzing to and fro, the land seemed to be saying 'Yes! Life is beautiful!"
I live for moments like that.
And later that evening, we played a Bread & Rose’s gig at a rehab center, and at the end, when we had most of the room up and dancing (yes, Bay Station Wiggle-ing), I likewise felt like I was exactly where I should be, and very grateful for my winding path.

This week, pivoting amid the cool bluster of clouds over the bay, I'm now wood-
shedding, helping edit a new Love the Bay episode, and getting read for a Bay Station mini- duo tour starting next week. If you live in Salem, Eugene or Olympia, come on out and say hi:
May 24, 2019, Vagabond Brewing, 2195 Hyacinth St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 8pm-10pm duo
May 25, 2019 Hotel RL Living Stage, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 5pm duo
May 26, 2019 Sam Bond’s Garage, 407 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402 8pm

 

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