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Hi & Happy Sunday.
Thanks to everyone who came out to my shows this past week. I had a great time reconnecting to you and to myself musically in a way that I hadn’t in a while. I’m going quiet again until after the first of the year, but there will be more shows soon.
Love,
Allison

30A Songwriters Festival January 2014

I’m so happy to say that I’ve been invited back to 30A this year. If you haven’t been, it is such a good time. Great writers and music and food, and who can argue with the beach in January?

The 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is a three-day music festival featuring more than 150 songwriters and over 200 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches and turquoise waters along scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida. For more information and constant updates, please visit the website: http://www.30asongwritersfestival.com/

set my soul free

The new song on the music page is one I wrote a few years ago. The story behind it is kind of amazing, if only to me. I was on tour somewhere in Germany, in a bottom bunk of the bus curled up with my son John Henry, who was about eighteen months old at the time. Touring with a baby was fun but stressful, and I was bone tired.
I don’t know what woke me, most anything can now that I have that mother hear-a-pin-drop ability, but I opened my eyes and these verses came through me in waves. They were in my father’s voice, without a doubt. I felt around for my trusty iPhone so that I could get them down (what did we writers do before the memo pad on our phones?) quickly. I knew they would go through me and leave if I didn’t write them down that instant, much like he makes a visit to me every time I move into a new house; he just comes through and takes a look, then he’s gone.

We recorded it at House of David last summer. I had a 102 fever.
guitars: Kenny Greenberg
acoustic guitar and vocal: me
upright bass: Brad Jones
drums: Chad Cromwell
strings: Eamon McLaughlin
knobs: Richard McLaurin and Adam Bednarik

september 4, 2013

While it isn’t quite fall yet I can feel it in the air. One of the best things about living in New York City is that we get it early, and it’s nothing short of spectacular. I live very close to Central Park, on the Upper West Side in a tall building where I can monitor the progress of the trees. When I moved in they were just getting full, and now I look forward to the reds, ambers, and browns that are soon to replace the lush green I watched develop only five months ago. Cycles are interesting to me. Everything and everyone goes through them. There is a season for all things, yes indeed.

Play List # 1

1. Driva’man – We insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite
2. Lay It Down – Al Green
3. Words – The Bee Gees
4. Wasted and Ready – Ben Kweller
5. Oooh Love – Blaze Foley
6. Trouble in Mind – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
7. Let It Grow – Eric Clapton
8. Skylark – Hoagy Carmichael
9. The Loved One – INXS
10. Crawl – Kings of Leon
11. Going Back to Cali – LL Cool J
12. Mazzy Star – Halah

New Website!

I wanted to create a website that is an outlet for me. A way to communicate. Not something static where you just get information about me, but something that would let you know who I am, what I’m interested in, and what I’m doing in a more honest way, through photos, playlists, videos, and songs of my own, old and new. I’m grounded these days. I can’t travel much or do many shows right now due to my responsibilities as a Mama, which I’m happy to fulfill. But I’m excited about having a real forum, or playground, again.

I’ll be stomping around here a lot, so come back often.

Love,
Allison

new year’s day

Dare The Devil

A Soft Place To Fall