Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time to shimmy on down to the central coast for two concerts this weekend with our fiddling friend Craig Eastman!! The Red Barn in Los Osos on Saturday and at The Brickyard for a house concert in Atascadero on Sunday. Both shows at 6pm! Y'all come join the Big Picnic!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Hey, let's do one more concert before we leave the Bay Area! Tomorrow night, San Mateo, 7pm, Owl Mountain Music Fair Trade House Concert. Contact the wonderful and musical Steve Eulberg for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Sally Haig for the great photo.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Word is that we might not have cell service up in Santa Rosa where we have a concert tonight. If you'd like to come, head to our website tour page for details! More tour reports on the way....been a little nutty this week. Hugs, friends. www.jeniandbilly.com
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Much to our delight, a NARAS member submitted our CD, Picnic in the Sky produced by Dave Way and Dillon O'Brian, for the Grammys and our music has made it to the first round of voting in three categories including Best Folk Album! Ballots have gone out and we are launching a grass roots effort to get the word out and get Jeni & Billy through this first round of voting! We'd be tickled to pieces if you'd SHARE this post. You never know who might see it and decide to check out our music. If you are a NARAS member and would like a copy of the CD for review, please message us. To hear the nominated song, Picnic in the Sky, go to http://jeniandbilly.bandcamp.com/track/picnic-in-the-sky
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
You know you are in Burbank when your friends make sure their neighbor's house matches your outfit! Burbank is the home of Warner Brothers. Stardom is just around the corner! But actually, we are much too busy for the movies just now, because we are heading caravan-style down to Anaheim with Susie & Steve for our co-bill at The Living Tradition! Come on out and hear a whole evening of song and story rooted in Appalachian and Southern Musical traditions! Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band and Jeni & Billy. The journey begins at 7:30. http://www.thelivingtradition.org/tltbodyconcerts.html
Photo by Susie Glaze with some color magic by yours truly :) teamwork!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Report from West Texas: In ninth grade, my family moved from temperate, gorgeous Las Cruces, New Mexico, to cold -- unreasonably cold -- Omaha, Nebraska. We only lived in Omaha for one year because we protested and my Dad found a job in Nashville. But sometimes I
forgot all about the cold because of my friends -- Rachel, Shanna , Clint, Jason, and Shawn.
El Paso used to be a place we rushed through trying not to see the feed lots and resisting the urge to yell, "Run!," to the cows from the windows of the Jeep. But now it's this great place where Clint & Laura live with their very lovable kids. Alex took us on a narrated tour of their house. Samantha told us about a very gross centipede. And 18 month old Isaac nearly came out on tour with us! Cyrus was adopted into their family for a few minutes and us for a few hours. It felt really really good. And we even went away with brownies and a Juarez drink cosy.
Tonight, we entered New Mexico and said goodbye to Texas -- a state that opened its arms to us for a week through the kindness of its people.
Here's a parting shot from one of our favorite Texas landmarks, the diesel repair shop in Van Horn, Texas.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Report from Humble, Texas: Humble is the ancestral home of our beloved Anet who makes cherry pie and sings Forever Young at the dinner table. She is a Buddhist and loves Our Lady of Guadeloupe. We met Anet & Charley at a B&B in Barnes, England, suggested by our devoted fan and friend, Peter. Anet & Charley invited us to stay with them when we came out to the Central Coast of California and they meant it. Here's celebrating five years of delicious friendship this fall with the lady from Humble and her true love, Charley of the cherry rice. We love you two. (Taken with the TimerCam app. I thought the photo had been taken and started to walk back to the tripod. Serendipity, Kim.)
Friday, October 10, 2014
Report from the Texas/Arkansas border: we came to the crossroads and decided that we are going to Houston. We don't know anyone there. I've never been there. Billy went there once and just happened to meet the famous bluesman Willie Dixon. We've both always wanted to see Rothko Chapel and I've always wanted to go to a Quaker Meeting and Houston has the Live Oak Meeting with James Turrell's Skyspace. We have the weekend free and it's only 200 miles out of our way which is like 5 minutes down the road in Texas miles. This cloudscape at the border seemed an auspicious sign for a new adventure. Here we go!
Report from Arkansas: A man driving a Jag who sounded just like Bill Clinton, and who had the bearing of an oil man, took a photo of the Airstream in the parking lot of Whole Foods. Said his wife had always wanted one. A friendly Asian girl in Keds without laces did the same. She even took a tour and some photos inside. I like living in a house on wheels. Hundreds of strangers from parking lots and truck stops have looked inside and taken a photo for their true loves and dreamed a little with us.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Our friend, Anne, asked us to re-post this photo of the Airstream in the forest. It's so good to be headed out west again.
We're off to California via the southern route, naturally! We get started tonight in Conway, Arkansas. I've got a little musing in here about fall and, if you click the link on the far left hand side of the newsletter for Billy's blog, you'll hear a swell new tune he wrote called Goldie's Chase.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Here's to you, Marcia Carruthers Kemp, who went on up to the picnic in the sky on this day back in 1991. Billy tells me that you made fantastic spaghetti sauce, you loved to read romance novels, and that you made gorgeous sounds on the piano in the basement. He says you came around to country music eventually and were Billy's biggest fan and you helped him straighten out his misunderstanding about Merle Haggard pitching woo and pitching wood in Okie from Muskogee. We certainly hope the picnic you are having today up there is under a rainbow umbrella on the beach. I wish I had met you, but I thank you for this crazy wonderful true love heading to Alabama with me today. Cheers!