Summer's a Wrap, but Autumn is a Burrito

(Originally posted September 12th, 2017)

Hello, sexy people!

I’m currently sitting at home in NE Portland sipping homemade green iced tea, my feet are up, and a pot of accidentally over-spiced tomatillo salsa is simmering down on the stove.  I just returned from my first real vacation in over a year. It was fantastic, and it arrived just a week after the band’s 2nd tour throughout Oregon, which was also fantastic.  I feel lucky that there are musicians in town who have supported me and stuck around to make live shows possible this year. I want to congratulate them (and myself) for playing more than 35 full-band shows in Oregon so far this year, all while keeping our jobs, playing in multiple groups, and making time for loved ones. That’s hard work, and I’m proud of us.

The August tour was the kind of tour I’ve always hoped to do. Four friends traveling the state, playing shows where people actually show up, making new friends in the music world, catching up with old friends who came out to our shows, and always having a comfortable place to sleep at night. Unfortunately our drummer, John-Paul, was unable to come on this tour (and we missed him deeply), but thankfully our new buddy Carl was able to make the trip, and he did an incredible job making the songs his own.

We played our first coastal show in Coos Bay at 7 Devil’s, and I can’t wait to get back there next summer. Our night in Coos Bay was by far the most memorable – perhaps because the venue supplied us with bottomless drinks???? Perhaps because we all got  a little too high with Carl’s weed??? I’m not sure, but either way, we had a fantastic show, and then the four of us stayed up til morning sharing songs in a song circle in our creepy yet cozy motel room. We each played the first songs we’d ever written, and that was pretty hilarious, too.

The rest of tour was equally awesome, with stops in new places like Grants Pass and Salem, and of course Eugene is always a must. There isn’t too much else to say about the tour, other than it was a lot of fun, all the bands we played with rocked, great crowds came out, and my cousin Elica and her husband Joe (who put us up in Eugene) built an amazing tiny home in their backyard.

What’s next, you ask?

This fall will be a much-needed slow down for the full band. For starters, our bass player and long-time friend Shane got married! So he and his lovely wife, Linnea (also my dear friend), will be doing their thing. Pete is in another band called Fir and they’ve come some cool gigs coming up!  Lastly, I have a few festivals to play as a solo act and some solo shows in Portland. That said, we are going to record a single (new song!!) this November, and I’m sure we’ll have some kind of release party for that, either this fall or early next year. When I find more time I’ll make a tour video with some of the footage I took on this August tour, and we will be making a fancy music video for this new single we record.

As for the festivals, I’m pleased to announce that I will be playing in two festivals this fall. The FAR-West Regional Folk Festival in Bellevue, Washington is putting me up and I’ll have 5 or 6 showcases there, which I’m very much looking forward to. I was also invited to play the Spokane Fall Folk Festival up in Eastern Washington, which I am VERY excited about as well. It seems like there will be a lot of international folk artists there, and I’m looking forward to learning from them and hopefully sharing some songs.

I guess two festivals, a smattering of local solo shows, recording a single, making a music video, and writing new material for another album is a slow fall/winter for me? I’m also starting a new job as an advocate. Ha… I never let myself sleep.

I love you all, I’m so happy you’re here reading this. Talk soon. xx

Olivia Awbrey