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We had a truly amazing night at City Winery Loft in late October.  All were on hand for a night we shared with our friends in Vicki Kristina Barcelona.  Special thanks to James Maddock for joining me on a duet of Petty’s Learning to Fly.  And to all extraordinary Blue Room musicians involved in the show:  Jeremy Beck on piano, Larry Saltzman on guitar/mando/banjo, Richard Hammond on bass, Frank Vilardi on drums, Angela Reed on vocals, Gary Schreiner on chromatic, Ben Stivers on piano, Rob Killenberger on sound.  We loved the room, and y’all filled it to the rafters! We’re grateful for every one of you.

We’ve begun work on two new collections of music: original material you’ve been hearing on the shows, and a collection of my favorite Cole Porter songs, treated with an Americana twist.  We’re very excited to be developing these projects for our fans, with the trusted mixing hand of Michael Golub.

See you at Barbes on Nov 28th for the Bushwick Book Club’s monthly installment.  This month we’ve read the Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing, by Mira Jacob.  I’ll be performing the song that sprung from me after this great but challenging read. Young lovers doomed…ghosts returning to reclaim lost time.

It was a fantastic month for us.  Rockwood Music Hall, always home to us.  The trio experiment was a joy, and guest songs from Angela Reed, Jeremy Beck, and Shannon Conley, plus my buddy Eugene Ruffolo sharing vocals with me on a new duet.  I premiered a new song at the piano written on my friend Rob’s 1910 Spinet. A delight.

Then it was off to DC to play 3 nights opening for our friends to Bacon Brothers at my hometown venue, the grand Birchmere, where Americana thrives.  Such a beautiful weekend with fans, friends, and family.  The boys offered us an extra night up in Albany at the Egg, NY State Theater.  I can only say that folks up there are earnest and fun loving, and I had a great visit after our set talking music and local gossip and signing CDs.  What a nurturing scene.

It’s time for some writing, before going to Europe for some masterclasses in Rome at the end of August.  Then 3 days in Dublin to soak up some crooning before starting fall gigs and recording new music.  Have a great month, one and all, and thank you for staying engaged.

We had such a great afternoon at City Winery NYC on April 15th.  Our Urban Americana Tax Day Party brought together friends new and old, special guests Tookes, Freedy Johnston, Ben Stivers, and Darryl Tookes, and you! City Winery has been welcoming and enthusiastic and we will see you there in the fall!

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In May I had the pleasure of joining my pal Patty Larkin, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, at the Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham, Mass.  It was a very special reunion for us, and the sold out crowd was absolutely wonderful.

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We’ll be taking some time to make plans for the fall, and explore new outlets for the music, both live and recorded, and in July we’ll be heading to DC to play the Birchmere with our buddies the Bacon Brothers.  Look for a night at Rockwood Music Hall with a bevy of friends and collaborations.

Until then, we send you happy spring greetings and hope for good communion.

This is a fascinating in-depth conversation between Janie and Christian Howes, for his platform Creative Strings.  Christian is a brilliant musician and mentor to countless emerging artists, and a very thoughtful navigator of the issues that all creative people  encounter.  Enjoy the podcast of their conversation here!

https://christianhowes.com/2018/03/29/artistic-pursuance-vs-long-arc-w-janie-barnett-creative-strings-podcast-ep-28/

We are thrilled the new video for “Sweet Thursday” premiered in late February on the all-things-Americana site Mother Church Pew.   Thank you to Susan Hubbard for your excitement and support.  Please check out the video – we hope it will put a smile on your face! And all y’all should check out this great site for Americana music makers and music lovers.

From the site:

Virginia native Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, church coffeehouses, and the American Folklife Festival.  When she met iconic Americana barnstormer and newgrass pioneer John Hartford at Folklife, so began her love affair with the alternate roots movement. Always dancing along outside-of-the-box boundaries, Barnett found her place in New York City, making a name for herself as a smart, precise, and professional chameleon musician, singing on countless film, television, and commercial projects, as well as singing backup for iconic stars like Linda Ronstadt, Celine Dion, and Rickie Lee Jones.

Barnett has released several collections of music through the years but felt none had fully captured her authentic voice as a writer or musician; her latest album, You See This River, is the culmination of Barnett’s years of searching and exploring, and living a life that many of us find ourselves living.

Today, she unveils the video for album track “Sweet Thursday,” an homage to two of her favorite creations—Steinbeck’s wonderful little novel of the same name, and its companion novel, Canary Row.  “The stories are whimsical, full of love and street heroes,” she explains. “The music is a tribute to Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon.’ That lilting piece of perfection is so simple, like a love story to all the small notes of music that can make life sweet.” The video features footage captured on cell phones and reflects these sentiments—the sweetness of life in the everyday moments, spending time connecting with friends and loved ones over wine and music and plenty of laughter. “In this life,” she says, “we get to choose our friends.”

Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Sweet Thursday,” the new video from Janie Barnett ft. Blue Room:

http://wp.me/p6GjUh-3xb