What a year. For some of you, it has been an "old year," one you'd rather forget. Believe me when I say I empathize. If so, may 2013 be your "new year" whereupon the birds return to sing their hopeful songs over you. 2012 has been an incredibly gratifying year for me. The release of my ninth album, BiRDS OF RELOCATiON, has been heartily received, resonating with many folks, falling on seemingly fertile ground. Hopefully BiRDS has fallen so on yours. I am grateful to have seen this album come into existence. What a grace to me.
One of my new year's resolutions was to paint two canvases a month for the year. As of this writing, I have sold 35 paintings, which is absolutely amazing to me, both in that I produced more than I initially set out, and that so many folks have found something likable, perhaps beautiful in this new outlet of mine. I have, from the start, sought to bring something pretty into the world, to paint scenes I myself would like to see, to remind myself that, though so often obscured, the light has not been overcome by darkness. Nor will it ever.
I am thankful that folks like you still purchase music and art, believing wholeheartedly that if the creative labor of artists is not supported, such intensive work will wither and cannot survive. As a recipient of such affirmative grace, I thank you. Merry Christmas and a whole heart to you and yours.
EP, Danielle, Ellis & Monroe
Purchase bulk BiRDS OF RELOCATiON CDs at greatly discounted prices
Sale ends 12/18/12.
Box of 5 CDs = $30.00 ($6/ea)
Box of 10 CDs = $50.00 ($5/ea)
Also, be sure to check out my Box Set
Includes: BiRDS OF RELOCATiON, Chrome, Scarce,
Miracle of Forgetting, and The Only Thing (Ridgely)
What's Coming Up in 2013...
I've been secretly writing a book. This summer, while writing an essay piece for Art House America in which I concocted a narrative to accompany one of my hobbyist photos, it dawned on me that I was in possession of a cache of such black-and-white photos, and that perhaps those too had stories to tell. My interest was piqued to develop the concept, to amass a collection of such imaginings, and to publish them (or attempt it) as a book. Basically, the ongoing work entails me staring at one of my prints and concocting a story to accompany the photo. I realize that staring at innocuous photos sounds like a miserable way to spend a work day, but I can imagine – and have experienced - much worse. Having worked as an electrician's assistant, I can attest. The book is very tentatively titled The Far Side of the Sea: A Photo Essay. I am excited about it. Look for it in 2013!
BiRDS OF RELOCATiON & Chrome CD Release Show
That's right, since I never did an official release show for Chrome (2009), I am doing a double-CD release show featuring songs from both albums. FULL BAND show. It's gonna be fun and folk-poppy!
January 10, 2013
7:30 doors/8pm show
w/ guests Ben Shive, Stacy Lantz
NEW in the EP Store!
Handmade Folk Art Christmas Tree Sculptures.
Order by 12/14/12 for Christmas delivery.
Constructed from spared pine tongue-and-groove ceiling
Limited Edition Poster
Screen-printed by my talented friend and artist, Ben Welstead
BiRDS OF RELOCATiON T-shirt
BRAND NEW item. 100% ring spun cotton T's
BiRDS OF RELOCATiON CD + youth "Beep Beep" t-shirt.
VERY limited quantity. First come, first served.
Booking 2013 Shows
Though I can't see myself playing 2,013 shows in any single calendar year...I would, however, love to play my songs for you. I have grown to absolutely LOVE playing house shows (small, intimate, casual events literally in someone's living room). If you are interested in having me play in your town, at your church, in your home, I promise to knock the mud off my shoes, and be on my best behavior. Please contact the wonderful Laura Preston for more info: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.