Greetings my friends!
As you may or may not know, I am currently spending a few weeks in Michigan with my family before I fly out to Napa. I have been doing my best to make good of my time and see as much of my family as I can and also do as much stuff that I can. I grew up in central Michigan and like all adolescents, I thought it was tragically lame. Now the validity of that is up for debate, but I wanted to kind of be a tourist in Michigan and see as much of the cool stuff in Michigan as I could. Michigan’s struggles as a state are not secret and it can often be the butt of many people’s jokes. However, I have always loved Michigan and have hoped that it and the amazing city of Detroit can turn it around. Actually, the title of this post is a bumper sticker that was distributed around Michigan at the height of Michigan’s woes in the 80s.
As you may or may not know, I have recently moved away from Louisville, KY in order to pursue a dream of mine that has nothing to do with music. Starting in August, I’ll be living and working at a winery in St. Helena, California on the north side of Napa. I’ll be there for 3 months and then I’ll head down to Mendoza, Argentina to apprentice with a winemaker down there. It’s all exciting and amazing, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
So, much has happened this year, and I don’t have enough time to tell you about all of it, but I wanted to give you guys a quick update on what’s going on in the world of Bro. Stephen (because a lot is going on!).
I played a few recently shows that I probably neglected to mention on here. After the Simon Joyner show I played a crazy sold-out show at Headliner’s in Louisville with one of the fastest growing bands I’ve ever seen (and for good reason): Louisville’s Houndmouth. What a wild night. Too bad I started getting deathly ill that morning. Read more…
Hello there friends. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve updated you all on what has been going on in the world of Bro. Stephen. My apologies. I have been using my time wisely though (I think) and I have some new things to tell you. Some exciting things I believe. First off, I have a round of new shows coming up and I think you’ll be happy to see who will be on these shows. There will be some shows with some old friends like Cheyenne Mize, Kalispell and John Davey, but also the great songwriters Laura Marling and Simon Joyner. Exciting stuff indeed.
09.30.12 | Lafayette, IN | House Show w/ Kalispell, John Davey
10.01.12 | Louisville, KY | The General Store (1264 S. Shelby St #1) w/ Cheyenne Mize, Kalispell
10.02.12 | Bloomington, IN | Bear’s Place w/ Kalispell, John Davey
10.20.12 | Louisville, KY | Zanzabar w/ Laura Marling [tickets]
11.11.12 | Louisville, KY | Quill’s w/ Simon Joyner
What do you do with the 15 minutes each day when you’re not writing songs? – Everyone Ever
I get this question all of the time. And here’s the answer: wine stuff.
On Tuesday of this week I passed the Level One Sommelier Exam. I’ve been studying hard for several months for this (and the exams to follow) and it’s incredibly gratifying to have passed this first big step. Like music, wine is a tool I use to understand the world around me. Understanding a wine’s geographical positioning, it’s soil, the weather, the way it was maintain, etc can give you a great appreciation for what the wine is even if you don’t particularly care for the flavors. Learning to appreciate the people around me based on the elements that have made them who they are is a great quality that I really work to get to. And like a Master Sommelier explained to me after I passed my first exam, “It’s a long road, but a good one.”
Be well my friends.
I am back in Louisville after tour and I’m back at work trying hard to get back to normal and get over this pesky sinus infection that showed up to party and doesn’t seem to want to leave. However, after letting the dust settle just a little bit, I actually have quite a few new shows to tell you all about. They are all in the Kentucky and Indiana but more touring is planned for later on this summer so let me know if you want to see Bro. Stephen in your town.
Without further ado, here are some dates for you.
04.16.12 | Bloomington, IN | The Pourhouse w/ Anna Vogelzang, Chad Serhal
04.20.12 | Louisville, KY | Record Store Day Midnight Sale @ Please & Thank You w/ Whistle Peak
04.28.12 | Indianapolis, IN | Indy Alliance w/ New Terrors (record release!), Everything Looks Like Coyotes
05.20.12 | Louisville, KY | Uncle Slaytons w/ Dark Dark Dark
I hope you are all enjoying Baptist Girls, but if somehow you haven’t had the chance to pick up your own copy yet, then you definitely still can buy it on vinyl or CD at your local record store or from XRA Records here. Of course, you can still listen to the record on Spotify or on Bandcamp or all of those other places where it’s available to stream.
I definitely have more for all of you soon and I am definitely staying busy making sure that the hits and all the treats keep coming. I miss all of you and can’t wait to see everyone again soon.
4 weeks of shows. 1 week of SXSW. 4 days of vacation. countless emails. unending friendships. 1 tour mate. 0 car accidents. 0 parking tickets. 0 discouraging shows. lots of records sold. 6 or 7 records purchased. about 500 hours of podcasts. a wealth of new gratitude.
Tour is over and the miles on my car have really been racking up. I am currently taking a couple days of vacation to recuperate from all of the traveling and incessant on-the-go, but I am happy to say that the firstBaptist Girls tour of 2012 was a rousing success. There were so many great shows where I got to meet so many new folks and see some dear dear friends. I can’t thank everyone enough for helping make this tour far and away the best tour I’ve ever done. It feels really great to build on the success of past tours and share this new record with so many people who had not heard it before. I am certainly tired and raspy and excited to crawl back home and get back to things and people that keep me anchored.
Before I show you a few of my favorite pictures from the tour, I wanted to let you know about my return to the fore with show coming up in Louisville, KY that will very much be a special one for me. On May 20th, I will be playing a show with the incredible Minneapolis band Dark Dark Dark. The show is at Uncle Slayton’s and if you know anything about Dark Dark Dark, then I’m sure you are beyond excited. You can buy tickets to the show here. You should do that.
Here are a few photos from tour:
The union of these 2 entities has birthed a few new videos!
I got to hang out with Mr. Anthony T. from GemsonVHS while I was in Nashville a few days back and we recorded some videos for all of you lovely folks. We hope you like them. Feel free to let the GemsonVHS folks know how much you like them and check out their other video work too! They’ve done some great work with great friends of mine like John Davey, Laura Balke, and Moorhound.
Without further ado,
“Patrons Of The Arts”
“Tears On Tape”