Greetings and salutations!!
It's Opening Day for my beloved (and bad) Phillies, so of course there's three inches of snow on the ground. Maybe it'll help: maybe the child-like wonder of a spring snowstorm will awaken a passion for the game that will push us through to October! Or maybe we'll lose 95 games this year. Time will tell.
To begin: one year ago today, I took the stage, flanked by several of my very closest friends, in front of many more of my very closest friends, to bid farewell to Philadelphia. The picture above is from that show. I can't say that I've had very many better times on a stage, and I say to all of you: I miss you terribly from here in the (usually) green country! One year on, and it seems like yesterday. Time is funny that way.
Now then: I'm working on this record, maybe I've mentioned it? #JHDebut is maybe halfway through tracking (turns out, getting a busy producer AND a busy engineer AND a busy folksinger in the same room at the same time is harder than it seems), and is sounding AMAZING. I absolutely can't wait for it to be finished so I can share it with you. Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to pay for it all (your generosity in fundraising was astounding, but recording never goes as quickly or as cheaply as you want it to, particularly if you also want it to be good), but there'll be water if God wills it (might help if I believed in God...?). I'm hopeful for a late summer release, but autumn is a possibility.
Moving on: I'm booking booking booking for the next few months; if you want me to come to your town, help me find a decent small venue and maybe a couch to crash on, and I'll do my best! This month, I've got:
Sat 4/9 - Pianos, NYC 7PM
Tue 4/12 - Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale NY 7 PM
Sat 4/23 - Brick House Pub, Housatonic MA 9 PM
Fri 4/29 - HVSS Music Night, Glenford NY 7 PM
Future dates (and more info about these dates)(and lots of other stuff) at www.jameshearne.com, as always.
Miss you!! Love you!! Always thinking of you!! Keep on spreadin' the good word!!