Monday, October 24, 2016

Next up, San Mateo

Next up on the Way Out West Tour, a house concert in San Mateo hosted by the wonderful Steve Eulberg! Wednesday, Oct 26! I hear there might be some dancing....

Saturday, October 15, 2016

First concert, Way Out West

2200 miles in the world's cutest rental car and here I am in Los Angeles! First concert of the Way Out West Tour tonight at The Living Tradition in Anaheim. Come along!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jeni with Craig Eastman Tour Dates

Way Out West 2016

Hello Friends, 

I hope this note finds you enjoying cooler days and the promise of autumn colors.

It’s time for the Way Out West tour. This year the tour is happening in two parts. Billy played at the Conway Public Library on Thursday night (I’m sorry I didn’t get out the newsletter before that!) and he will be giving another concert at the Fort Stockton Public Library in West Texas on Tuesday, October 11th. Then he’s coming back to Nashville to work on a production project that he couldn’t pass up!

I am heading out to California and our great friend and collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and champion fiddler Craig Eastman, will join me on that tour. Craig’s wife and my best pal, Ali Eastman will also join us for several songs bringing together the Red Shoestring Band again for a second year! I’ll also be playing a few dates on my own. You can see our website for details about the show line-ups. 

I’ll have our new CD, “Heart of the Mountain,” with me, as well as Tea Towels, Tote Bags, and T-shirts!

See you soon!!

Jeni & Billy too

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Happy September!

Hi Friends! Jeni and Billy are taking the month of September off. So, I won't be posting on social media. Lots of songs to write and banjo tab books to make. But these red shoes will click us back to the internet in early October. So, Happy September to you! See you again soon and I hope you have a beautiful month ahead full of music and magic.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Goodbye Dad

Report from I-40, on the road to Smith Ridge from Nashville: On Saturday, up on Smith Ridge, my family, friends, and the people of the Friendly Chapel Church will celebrate the life of my Dad, Greg Hankins. I will sing Polishing Stars -- the last song that I wrote while in a musical conversation with Dad. We'll sing two of Dad's favorite hymns, Lord of the Dance and In the Garden. His best friend from college will speak about him and my sister will read a poem. Our friend Dwight will read Dad's favorite Bible verses. And we will put some of Dad's ashes in the family cemetery next to Pawpaw Avery and Mawmaw Narcie. 

People all over the world will be enacting a similar ritual at the same time. And for all of us, these motions will be a goodbye among goodbyes. 

I say goodbye to Dad every time I reach for the phone to ask him a question or ask his advice. I say goodbye when I hold a piece of leaded type in my hand or thumb through the last book he gave me. Dad is everywhere except in his body anymore. And the admixture of goodbyes with the hello of discovering his voice in me, makes for an entirely new walk with Dad.

Thank you so much to all of my friends who have sent condolences and encouragement.