PBS To Tape SongwritingWith:Soldiers Concert
PBS Taping: SongwritingWith:Soldiers Concert
Thursday, August 1st, 8PM
War Memorial Auditorium | Nashville, TN
*TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE*
Please join us tonight in Nashville!
We'll be singing songs written in collaboration with veteran participants and their families who attended SongwritingWith:Soldiers Retreats. The concert will be filmed for a PBS Special.
For tickets and more info, text "SWS" to 444-999.
SAVED BY A SONG
With a few weeks off the road, I am working hard on my book on songwriting. "Saved By A Song" explores the deeper meaning of songwriting in my life.
Excerpt from "Saved By A Song"
"It is difficult to be a trauma survivor of any kind, but most difficult when you are kept in ignorance of what it is you have survived. Although I knew that a piece of myself was swept away on the day I was born, I also knew that I must not attempt to retrieve it. To retrieve it would pry open a sealed vault, betray those who'd rescued me and expose my deepest terrors.
The mind will protect itself from what it cannot weather, it will shut down and lock secret doors inside itself to keep danger at bay. But when the danger has passed, the doors remain shut. The shut doors become barricades to love, truth, spirit and imagination.
My songs were opening doors for me, walking me into darkened rooms and turning on lamps. Songwriting showed me how to take a step back to a bearable distance.
Songwriting took me from being the story, to becoming the storyteller. This is a strange experience, this step back. It is as if I am observing someone else. The self, observing itself, can only do so in reflection. In other words, I was always looking backwards in time, reflecting on someone that was not I, the observer. I was looking at someone who no longer existed.
The songwriter, looking back and writing songs about the self, was not the same person who had suffered the trauma. I found freedom in this paradox, and power."
Stay tuned for more from "Saved By A Song"
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
WRITING WITH ASHLEY MCBRYDE
Ashley McBryde is a genuine, full-on, raise the hair up on my arms,
songwriting badass! What a day!
Congrats on her GRAMMY-Nominated Album, "Girl Going Nowhere!"
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD AT THE OPRY
On July 17th, my friend Ray Wylie Hubbard played The Opry for the first time. I was so happy to be there to cheer him on. Pam Tillis introduced him, and he came out and worked his magic with his son Lucas by his side. It was a beautiful performance, and my heart was full. We've been friends for nearly 30 years. I'm grateful for so many wonderful moments over the years with this beautiful man and his bride Judy.
We can now add The Opry to the list!
UK & IRELAND TOUR
UK Americana Music Association's International Artist of the Year 2019
I am excited to return to the UK and Ireland this fall with Jaimee Harris and Michele Gazich. We will play seven dates, including the Fitzroy Church in Belfast, Whelan's in Dublin, London's Union Chapel, Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh and more.
Find a full list of tour dates on my website at
August 10th: Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
August 27th: Albuquerque, NM
Outpost Performance Space
August 29th: Taos, NM
Casa de Musica Songwriter Workshop
with Eliza Gilkyson
September 15th: Freehold, NJ
Concerts In The Studio
September 21st: Columbus, OH
Ohio Lesbian Festival
September 26th: Boston, MA*
City Winery Boston
September 27th: Fall River, MA*
Narrows Center for the Arts
September 28th: Norfolk, CT*
Infinity Hall & Music Bistro
*with Gretchen Peters & Friends