It’s been some time since we’ve updated the site with news; how are we doing? Breaking news occurs daily! My DC/Virginia roots have me reeling with what’s going on both in Congress and in the Virginia statehouse. Whether you are glued to the television, out advocating, or holding your hands to your ears, let’s hope we can all make sense of, and stay standing, throughout this tumultuous time in our country.
On the Blue Room front, we hope you’ll join us on Sunday March 3rd up in the City Winery Loft. I’ll be curating a Night of Obsession. Yes, I know a thing or two about that. I’ll bet my ’57 Gibson Country Western you do too. Hate those wankers who tell me to “snap out of it!” Guests on the night include (so far) Cindy Mizelle, Russ Valazquez, Frank Simms, Terry Radigan, James Maddock, Eugene Ruffalo, John McCurry, Gary Schreiner. Let’s see who else I can cram on the stage.
We’ve begun work on two new records: New songs written over the last year, and a collection of my favorite Cole Porter songs, given Americana instrumentation and love. Cole, the ultimate obsessive American songwriter. Passion, desire, wit, trouble…
I hope you’ll also join me and several other amazing artists for a wonderful festival in May at the Schimmel Center at Pace University. This is the Crossing Bridges Music Fest, celebrating American songwriters and roots music performers. This is a 2-day festival curated by the multi-talented producer/performer Paul Guzzone, and will take place on May 10th and 11th. I am proud to participate in this festival with Paula Cole, Dom Flemons, Vance Gilbert, The Kennedys, Abbie Gardner, Adam Ezra Group, and Jonathan Coulton. Visit http://schimmelcenter.org/event/crossing-bridges-music-fest for tickets and information.
Please visit us at http://www.janiebarnett.com for information on other shows, to purchase music, and to say hello.
Thank you for keeping the faith, for keeping the arts alive, for staying strong and staying engaged in these challenging times. If you’re having a hard time, remind those close to you that you need some help. We all need help, and we all need to offer it too.