Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn Leaves


Sweet September!

"Who knows where the time goes..." as Sandy Denny said so eloquently. We're back in Nashville again, after spending our summer in Denver, Colorado...visiting family and friends, spending a little time in the mountains, and making some new friends and fans along the way. We even brought the cat; he approved. We burned some gas, weathered a few storms, got some sun, shed a few tears. Sold a few CD's. Can't complain.

We kicked off the summer with a June show at The Park House in downtown Denver (a new venue that just celebrated its second year in operation, and a beautifully cozy place to hear live music...never mind the fact that there is a first class recording studio in the back run by our friend John Macy, still one of the best steel players I know, and a fine producer and engineer as well).

 Next, we did two dates out at the ancient and venerable Toad Tavern in Englewood, Colorado. The first night, as part of the Toad's regular "Acoustic Circus" series, we had the chance to re-connect with three of our favorite Denver songwriters: Andy Ard, Trinity Demask, and John Nathan. What a pleasure to hear all three of these talented folks. After the show, we all sat around trading war stories until the bartender had to throw us out. It was great!

In July, we were on the radio! We made the drive up to beautiful Fort Collins and played the "Live At Lunch" segment that airs on KRFC Fort Collins Public Radio every day. That was fun...and a real delight to know that friends and fans were listening all over the country. Thanks so much for tuning in, and for taking the time to let us know about it!

The very next night we returned to the Park House for hooks At the House, a songwriters' night hosted by singer/songwriter Ed Skibbe and his band, featuring ourselves and two more excellent writers, Casey Frazier and David Starr. David Starr enjoyed us so much that he invited us to come and play at a festival that he hosts every year in Colorado on the Western Slope...a little more about that in just a moment.

Finally, our last official show in Denver came at the end of August in Lafayette, Colorado at Cannon Mine Coffee, sharing the bill again with the lovely Trinity Demask. It was a great night and between us all we packed the place!

Playing in the Denver area was the best...looking up and seeing the faces of friends and family enjoying our music is the biggest blessing there is. Our thanks and love to everyone who came to the shows, and took the music home with you...we appreciate it so very much!

We kicked off our arrival back in town earlier this month with a couple of writers' nights, one out in Goodlettsville hosted by our buddy Billy Lee, and another at the Back Alley Diner downtown hosted by Angela Hesse. Last night we found ourselves downtown again at one of our favorite venues, The Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar, at the Thursday writers' night-and-guitar-pull, which I don't mind telling you is nothing short of legendary. Times at The Fiddle have taken on a bittersweet flavor lately, since the venue will be closing at the end of the year (apparently to make way for somebody's version of progress...but that's a whole different blog from this one)...but we'll be back there as much as possible till the doors close for good. It's a special place with a rich history, and home for quite a few with singer/songwriter-ish/guitar monster inclinations. You know who you are.

Anyway...time waits for no man (or woman), and the calendar is starting to morph again.

Next week we'll be out at Ri'chard's Louisiana Café in White's Creek (Come for the music, stay for the beignets) for another writers' night with John Nemeth. Week after that we'll be doing a short set for the skinny jean/fedora/ big beard crowd out at The Five Spot in East Nashville for Two Dollar Tuesday (always a blast with Derek Hoke hosting and playing).

To our surprise, we'll be turning right around and heading back to Colorado for two more dates in the area at the beginning of next month. On October 1st we're playing at the Dickens Opera House in Longmont, Colorado...our first time in a classic venue and a lovely community. Pretty excited to get in there!

Then, on the 4th, we head to the Western Slope and Applefest (thanks to David Starr who I mentioned earlier) in Cedaredge, Colorado...a two-day mountain festival with music, a beer garden, a pie contest, food vendors, crafters. artists, a 5k run, an antique car and tractor show, a motorcycle show, and...something called an 'outhouse stuffing contest' which I, for one, will clearly not miss because my life is not complete without knowing what that entails. All of this will take place in an area known for beautiful scenery, and hopefully we'll be blessed by one of those beautiful October Indian summer weekends that Colorado is capable of!

Right after that we'll be jumping back in the car and tearing back across the country again to Woodstock, Georgia, to play on October 10th at Copper Coin Coffee, another new venue that I can't wait to check out.  On October 11th, I am pretty sure we'll be at home, asleep.

Just a recap of the upcoming dates for you:

September 17 Ri'chard's Louisiana Café 4420 White's Creek Pike, White's Creek TN  8:00 pm

September 23 The Five Spot 1006 Forrest Avenue Nashville, TN   9:00pm-ish

October 1 The Dickens Opera House 300 Main Street Longmont, CO   6:30pm-9:30pm

October 4   Applefest     Cedaredge, CO ( noon )     see www.applefestmusic.net

October 10 Copper Coin Coffee 400 Chambers Street  Woodstock, GA 8:00pm - 10:00 pm

All in all, we've been pretty busy, and most of it has been with guitars in our hands. I feel graced to have a life where we get to keep doing this strange and lovely thing we do.

Wishing you all every possible blessing, until the next time. Victoria


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Joy!

Peace and many blessings to all of you as the holidays loom! It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce the release of the brand new CD "SOUL HOUSE" as of...well...TODAY!!! We are very excited to finally have it finished and ready for you. It is available for purchase right here on this very website...you can buy it with a credit card or use your Paypal account...it comes in a downloadable version, or if you are one of the hardy souls who still likes to hold something solid in your hands, we will mail you an authentic handmade "Advance Copy". The complete finished package with booklet and artwork will be ready hopefully by mid January in all its shrink wrapped glory, but if you just can't wait we've got you covered! Order the download, and we'll send you a preview of the artwork along with our thank you note...




Our first CD release show was last week, December 10, at The Five Spot in Nashville. Derek Hoke hosted the weekly Two Dollar Tuesday showcase, and we shared the stage with a stellar lineup: Dan Christopher, Melody Walker, and Frances and the Foundation, along with Mr. Hoke's very elegant trio. Beer was drunk, noise was made, friendships blossomed, and a great time was had by all.

We were also very pleased to find out that one of the tracks from the new CD, "Mother Theresa", was featured on the home page of No Depression Americana and Roots this week; quite a nod from this quality online authority on Americana and Roots music! You can check them out at www.nodepression.com .


All in all, we're delighted with our new project and can't wait to hear what you all think about it. 2014 promises to be a busy and fruitful year for us with lots of activities and ideas coming your way, including video, some impromptu Stage It shows, some traveling, and some new merch for your shopping joy. It's gonna be busy and fun around here! Might have to teach the cat to type.




As always, we love hearing from you, and so appreciate your ongoing warmth and support. Creating music is our passion, but without you listening we'd just be in the garage pissing off the neighbors. So thank you!
Hug your loved ones, have some eggnog, and we'll see you next year.  Love, Victoria, Steve & Miles

Sunday, March 31, 2013



Blossom Wind

When I tell people that I am a songwriter, they instantly draw a few conclusions about who I am before the conversation goes any further. Just like, if I were to say that I'm a policeman (which I am not), there would be a number of assumptions instantly made about my level of fitness, my ability to handle a firearm, and possibly my moral character...none of which might be accurate. But people would put me in a box entitled "policeman" and not think twice about it. Same with the songwriter box. Alot of people, upon hearing that I am a songwriter, instantly assume that I like to stay up late (I do), tell stories (absolutely), play a musical instrument or two (fairly accurate), and that I take my joy in interpreting life in interesting and beautiful ways that can be shared with others (ok). All those things would be true, and I would be honored if you all thought that's how I spend all my time when I'm not doing the laundry.
There are some other assumptions made about what I do that pinch like a tight pair of shoes. One is that because I want to make make money as a songwriter, I am willing and /or able to write music that will sell to the masses. I am here to tell you, friends, that all music will sell to somebody. In workshop after workshop after migraine-inducing workshop I have been told that my priority is to GO FIND MY AUDIENCE. They are out there, I am assured. But they didn't need to tell me that. I know my audience is out there, every time a stranger approaches me with a faraway look in their eye and asks, "What was the name of that last song? I really liked it. It made me think of..." Those moments, my friends, are the ones I live for. Not the  moment of pulling up my ReverbNation page a while back and seeing that I had hit number #35 in my local ranking (no mean feat, apparently, in Nashville TN)...but I have to confess that I don't know what that means. Why is it important? Do I just sound like my grandmother now? I know what a man at The Bluebird Cafe means when he crosses the room to tell me he's lived in this town for twenty two years to have the kind of experience he just had (after I played one of my songs at the Monday open mic/cattle call). An old man. Even older than me! Wavy silver hair and blue eyes. Never told me his name.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I am engaged in a quiet struggle for my role in this industry. I do not spit on social media, to be sure. Am I not blogging right this minute, after all? I do seek my audience. And I find them. Even as my standings on the internet don't reflect it (right now I'm at a whimpering #175 on Reverb locally. I've neglected my page. Too busy doing laundry and playing the guitar), I don't question the reality of this thing I've been doing for as long as I can remember. I don't question the word that has landed, the spoken picture that has filled up someone's eyes, a conversation in the corner that has paused mid point because some winged melody in the room took it captive. I revere those things. They are my touchstones. As an artist, and as a human being.
I am a songwriter, yes. People ask me about hits. When will I write a hit?... because of course that's what all songwriters want to do, apparently. All songwriters want mass acceptance and commercial rewards and respect and a swimming pool. Don't misunderstand me, I would LOVE a swimming pool. I even wrote a song about it. But I don't know how to set about writing a hit, not because I lack the tools, but because this is a process that occurs on the inside of me, not on the outside where all the workshops are taught.
So I keep on. I write alot of music that seems to baffle, yet it feels good. Like the smell of approaching spring. Unexpected. How can you refuse that blossom wind?

 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Incoming!

Hello out there! I bet you thought I had abandoned this whole website/blog business altogether and was now starting a shop for gardening tools or something. But no. Still playing the guitar and talking to self with great vigor. Welcome to late February 2013, just to get our bearings...Steve and Miles and I are still here in Tennessee, still making music and living by the lake. I know it sounds idyllic and in some ways it is, but as you all know, life comes in, sometimes like a little butterfly and sometimes like a big smelly three-toed sloth. We have re-dedicated ourselves recently to this whole making-music-and-getting-it-out-there thing. I never fell OUT of love with music itself, to be clear. I just wearied temporarily of what I like to call, the "machinery" part of it. I have never been very good with machinery. But I do recognize that some work with machinery is required if one wants to be part of an industry. So I plan to have my face in the computer a little more this year. The way I see it, if it gets my music into your ears more effectively, then it's worth a little kicking and screaming.
We'll be doing a number of things, but the first will be to complete a new CD that has actually been in the works for about two months now. There's a working title and a large pile of songs (really large)...I'm currently whittling it down to the ones that seem to get along with each other the best. Sometimes this process feels a bit like putting the right people together at dinner...or maybe even more accurately, the right kids together in a sandbox. I want them to have fun without pulling each other's hair out. There is a deadline on the table...right now it goes by the name Late Spring/ Early Summer. Kinda flaky, I know. But that's an upgrade from the even flakier Sometime Next Year. I really hated that one.
I will be making a concerted effort to touch base with all of you alot more often. I welcome your input (you can post comments here or find me on Facebook under Victoria Woodworth). I am terrible at getting back to people in a timely way and you definitely should slap me down about this. It is the only way I will learn, so help a sister out. Don't give up on me, and again: I LOVE hearing from you. Even when it's only to tell me I talk too dang much. Blessings to all of you, and stay tuned for more exciting verbage!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New video

Hey everybody! I am delighted to announce that the new video to "Bread and Flowers" has been released today after much breath holding and squirrel chasing. Said epic was shot a few weeks ago one beautiful morning VERY early (for the light, you understand) in the morning, in the lovely Tennessee woods near our home. We had the expert help of Miguel Sabogal, a slim New Yorker who manned the camera, produced and directed, and delivered the final beautifully edited version you see here. Thank you Miguel, and thank you every one of you for watching and sharing it! We can't wait to do the next one but we have to save our pennies... Enjoy!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Come on in and sit right down!

Welcome, friends and strangers! You have found the website of Americana singer/songwriter Victoria Woodworth...that's me! This is where you can listen to and purchase my music, check out my show calendar, and catch up on reviews, photos,video,blogs, causes and more. Feel free to look around and enjoy. Be sure to join the email list so I can keep you updated, and drop me a line...I love hearing from ALL y'all!