Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Music News You Can Use - August 2014

August!!   Vacation!!  I am hot and happy at Emigrant Lake near Ashland, Oregon on my way to visit family in Portland and then on to Moscow, Idaho, and then Richland, Washington and wind my way back down the Oregon and California coasts.    It is nice to have a break.

Part of what made the last few months so busy was wrapping up the recording and mixing of my third CD.  That is now done, and it is on to the mastering engineer for that magic something they do.  I'll be back to listening and obsessing when I get home in a couple of weeks.  I am lucky to have Dorcas Moulton doing the CD package design and art work, no small task.   I am hoping to have "product" in hand by the end of September, ready for the October FAR-West conference in Oakland.

And, preparations are heating up for that.  Once a month conference calls have become every other week; we'll be talking weekly starting in September, and always lots of email traffic.  Official showcase performers have been selected and showcase rooms are filling up.  Exciting seeing it really starting to take shape.  I like to refer to FAR-West and Folk Alliance, the parent organization, as a business organization for folk musicians, and it is; but the public is welcome at the evening concerts during the conference too, and those shows are a treat.   Getting a spot in the these concerts is very competitive and the performers are among the best.  I'll tell you more when we are closer to the conference.

If you are Facebooker, you already know that our show at the Monkey House with Steve Key and Kyle Alden went well.  Great turnout (thank you!!) and a great show.  It was a pleasure playing such a nice room and with such fine performers.  I have video from that night, and hopefully will have highlights of the show to share with you by the end of the month.   No promises :-)

That's it for me.  Hope you are all doing great and enjoying the summer.   Now, back to camping !!


Roy Zat