We launched my new CD at the State Room in Salt Lake City this past Saturday to a nearly full house of around 250 friendly people. The first half of the show included the screening of a short film Taki Telonidis and I produced for the Western Folklife Center, "Why the Cowboy Sings," The stage then went to some wonderful stories from the ranch told by my beloved, Teresa Jordan. She even recounted a story from her amazing blog, A Year of Living Virtuously, Weekends Off
I also had a chance to sing a couple of ancient cowboy songs and Flavia Cerviño-Wood played a violin solo that brought back some spirits.
The second half of the show brought most of the musicians from the album on stage including Phillip Bimstein, Charlotte Bell, Harold Carr, Kate MacLeod, Flavia again, Anke Summerhill, Rex Flinner and Cathy Foy. By the end of the concert we all had such a feeling of unity with the audience. It was a great thrill to have all these people along with the musicians to launch my music out to sea. Where this little silver disk will drift none of us knows. If you see it along the way, give it a shove in a good direction. -- Hal
Good February to you,
The days are getting longer and there's excitement in our house. The dog, me, and Teresa, to a lesser extent, are itching to howl at the moon. Why?
The big news is that my CD is done. I'm told its quite listenable. You can order it HERE!
I want to thank all of you for helping me name the CD. My Mom and Dad get the prize. The title is simple, direct, and you can only use it once in your lifetime for a record.
If you are anywhere near Salt Lake City on February 12, I hope, hope you will come to my CD release party where I'll sing the new songs, my friends will play lovely music in accompaniment, and the best surprise is that Teresa Jordan, my lovely wife, will tell a few of her wonderful stories from the ranch. You can learn more about the concert and buy tickets HERE.
Any other news? Briefly, just had a fabulous National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Taki Telonidis and I have one of our What's in a Song stories on NPR this Sunday on the morning news, nationwide. You can hear Ian Tyson telling how he came to write "Four Strong Winds," after hearing Bob Dylan sing "Blowin' In the Wind." Oh, one more thing, our TV show Red Rock Rondo just won best Entertainment Show of the year from the national organization for Public TV stations, NETA.