Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
As an indie artist, CD Baby has been my loyal companion and part of my career for many years. I was lucky enough to met the CD Baby people at the Folk Alliance international conference earlier this year and they emailed me a while ago and asked me to write a blog about how to plan and execute a US tour.
When I got the questions I felt like, hey, my answers will be sooo long it’ll turn into a book, because there’s just so much I’ve learned along the way and there’s so many details that I could include. But I tried to keep it brief so that you wouldn’t loose site of the purpose (or your excitment on planning your tour) halfway through all the tiedious details on how to get a US drivers license etc. I hope I covered the basic “need to knows” as well as some good tips for artists, touring or not, and the rest is out there in cyberspace if you google it 🙂 Read it here!
Going down a mountain in Idaho our rear tire exploded. We made it down to a small restuarant where we could call for help as there’s no cell reception at all in the mountains. A new truck tire is obviously expensive, but that’s not the worst of it. When it exploded it ripped up the compartment for the black water tank and banged up another compartment. But worst of all – it ripped off a lot of electrical wires underneath, which means we don’t even know the extent of the damage yet. Check out the video below and you’ll see what it looks like.
This is the Ohio episode of Drivin’ & Dreaming. We check out the Zombies in Canton and visit some folk radio shows (read more and listen to them here). The RV breaks down again and my fans come to the rescue! A big big thank you to all who chipped in and helped us get back on the road!
I’ve released 9 episodes so far and the next one will be the last of the show. Stay tuned for the season finale!
You can see pictures from all my shows on my Facebook page here!
As usual all music in the episode can be found here! Help me keep the “Drivin’ & Dreaming Tour” on the road. Donate Gas, Food and Beer – Click this link and follow the instructions http://pic.twitter.com/7dEothYK
Don Draper went for Jaguar. I’m going for Dodge and YOU can help me. So what do you have to do?
Well just accept my humble gift of a free download of my song King of the Willow Tree from my Florida album!
Already have it? Well, you can always give it to a friend. The nice thing is that all you have to do is download it and that will count as a vote towards getting it in to a Dodge commercial, so that many more people get to hear it. You don’t have to keep voting every day and stupid stuff like that, download the song HERE and you’re a song richer as well as having helped your favorite artist (that would be me) out. Not bad huh?!
I’m actually one of 500 hand picked artist to be a part of this challenge so that alone is a great thing!
I’m really excited to announce that I will be doing a Daytrotter session in early August. Daytrotter is one of today’s most interesting music formats, inviting artists to play their songs acoustically in their studio in Rock Island, IL making them available to listen to for anyone in the world. Or as Daytrotter themselves describe it:
These fine people – as they’re traveling through America’s heartland – take two hours out of their travels between shows to stop in for a Daytrotter Session at The Horseshack in downtown Rock Island, Ill. The name of the city is not ironic. They use borrowed instruments, play with their touring mates, utilize an often unkempt toilet, eat some food and then cram back into their vans for the last half of the drive. What they leave behind is a pile of ashes, sometimes a forgotten stocking hat and four absolutely collectible songs that often impart on whomever listens to them the true intensity that these musicians put into their art, sometimes with more clarity than they do when they have months to tinker with overdubs and experiments. These songs are them as they are on that particular day, on that particular tour – dirty and alive. We want you to make this your new home as it is ours. We promise that you will love it here.
Stay tuned for updates on when YOU can listen to my Daytrotter session.