Hey Everybody! Jes here. I have recently become slightly addicted to Instagram. I just really like the way it shows authentic moments and art from the people who are posting it. I am there sharing insights and blunders and new work, and it makes me feel creative. If you want to join my party, It is at here!
Hey everybody! We have had a great winter tour so far - with some sold out shows (THANK YOU!!!) and the chance to be creative and get ready for The Folk Alliance International Conference coming up next week! We have an official showcase! We want to make new friends! Please let us know if you will be there!
Here is our schedule:
Folk Alliance Official Showcase
Thursday Feb 18, 7:45 PM Liberty Ballroom
Wed Feb 17:
Access Film Music Green Room rm 629: 1 AM
Friday Feb 19:
Ocooch Mountain Music: rm 747: 11:15 PM
Colorado and Friends: rm 715: 2 AM
Sat Feb 20:
Access Conscious Alliance Rocky Mountain Suite: rm 532: 11 PM
The Bliss Hippy Room: rm 638: 2AM
With understandably mixed feelings, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband would like you to know we are about to play our last two shows with Daniel Ullom and Forrest Marowitz. January 9 at The Tractor is Seattle and January 15 at Mississippi Studios in Portland.
Being on stage with these guys the last two years has been really special. We are all thankful for the time we had together; We are all thankful for the album we made together.
Touring is hard, and not for everyone. Longterm goals are important. That is what this comes down to. We wish Forrest and Daniel the absolute best. Seattle and Portland - Don’t miss these farewell shows.
We really are celebrating the music.
Jes, Jakob, and Alex are looking forward to what The Blackberry Bushes have in the works. Forrest and Dan will be missed; we are looking for permanent replacements, but in the meantime we have really great players coming on to fill those roles, and we are excited to be an Official Showcase Artist at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City this February. Thank you for being a part of this chapter of The Blackberry Bushes Stringband.
Well y'all, Jes here. I have had a little break from communication- mostly because I have let myself get too busy. It is kind of ironic that we are trying to make music that helps people release and be present, and in the process of making our living doing it, we can fall as prey to the chaos and the hurry as anyone. We're on our homeward journey now- a couple of big shows coming up at The Fox Theater in Boulder with The Travlin' McCoureys and our homecoming at The Nectar Lounge in Seattle with Head For The Hills and Trout Steak Revival. I am looking forward to a slower pace for the winter, time to muse and find some new inspiration to bring out into the world. I am looking for ways to be a better artist.
Hey y'all. Jes here.
I recognize the path. I know the songs they sing here. The yellow room at the end of the hall. The sliding glass door at the back of the kitchen. The living room window that became a mirror to dance in after dark when my parents went to bed and the tv was turned off.
I am at home. I sat on that back porch before my parents started using the backyard as a driveway, when I would just look at trees and space, and learned to strum the guitar and sing my own songs. That is where I dreamed of some grand adventure, but the part I didn’t realize, is the best part of an adventure, is coming back home, to find we have grown and changed, and so has home.
I am so thankful to be able to bring the band all the way back to VT!
Hey you guys, Jes here. I saw a really great video today that gave me such a lift.The basic premise was this - You are what you love, not what loves you.
We have a place where we can create that is totally unselfconscious. Don’t get hung up on what to call it, call it inspiration, call it instinct, call it God, call it nothing: just go there.
I am so far from a perfect person, but I do have a strong motivation to create. I will do what I can to spread joy.
The path to joy is not all fun. sometimes we work really fucking hard to be happy. To be happy, we work for justice, and for justice we work for awareness. For awareness we listen. After you listen: Create.
Here’s to noticing something beautiful, and adding a piece of yourself to the greater story.
I read a blog by Seth Godin this morning about how ideas are adopted. It made me that much more aware of how cool the folks who seek out new original music are.
By the time original music gets to be well known, It has already had to pass through several layers of culture. The people who are into the new thing or the hot thing come several layers after the people who first seek out original music; those people are the fringe. There is a group around them, who want to know what the fringe like. They are edgy and risky, but they are not willing to be the fringe. Around them are culture watchers who may or may not decide that something circling in the edgy risky group is a new thing. There are folks watching the new things and they make some of those into hot things. Once something is a hot thing, it could go mass. But obviously, that is a rarity, since only a few artists and songs bubble up from any given layer of audience.
That is a buttload of layers for a new song to go through before it becomes a part of the soundtrack of a lot of people’s lives. The great thing is, the only people we ever really have to care about and play our hearts out for are the fringe folks.
Here’s to the bluegrass/newgrass/Americana fringe! Extra love to the dancing and tree hugging ones! You cats are are the brave crazies, and we love you.
Y'all! It feels really REALLY good to tell you that our new studio album, THREE RED FEATHERS has dropped today! This album has pushed us, and opened us, and asked each of us to reach for a deeper artistry. We are so thankful to all of our Pledgemusic supporters, Milton Sagahon, Michael Connolly, and Rick Fisher. Celebrate at one of our release shows! If we aren't coming close enough, you can get put the album on and send us high fives.
You guys! The Olympia CD release was a blast. So many friends and new folks! It felt so good to be finally playing all this new music and seeing people respond to it. We work on this every day, and it is hard to see where you are in it until you come back home and see that you really can find new ways to see the world and move in the world. Healing happens. Growth happens. Dancing happens!
This week we also released this video- directed by Tommy Yacoe! Check it out!
We all make goals to be better, right? I really want to be better about sharing the beauty when I see it here. We did our first pre-release show in Bellingham last night. The T-Sisters were a wonderful band to follow, they had the room mesmerized and we got to go on and play for a room full of open-hearted, dancing, beautiful people. It has dawned on us, that all we have to do is make music for you guys, and that is a deep well of happiness.
We're so glad to announce that our new studio album, Three Red Feathers is available for PRE-ORDER! We have been so lucky to record at Bulbo Studios in Burien, WA and we are having it mixed at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA.
We had such a great week in Idaho and Oregon. You all are awesome. It was great to have Forrest in the van again, and we had some great times playing new songs and getting into trouble on our day off in Boise. We can't wait to see you all again in June!
Hey y'all Jes here. We took a downish week last week after all that fun at Wintergrass last weekend. I met so many great players! We saw the sunrise! We slept in a van in Bellevue!
Studio time with Milton is making us a better band. We have been so LUCKY to have all this time in the studio to experiment and we are starting to get really excited about the album that is emerging...
Here is a nod out to all those projects we are all working on. They are so shiny and fun when they are new and are more possibility than reality. Here's to getting them all smudged up with fingerprints and out into the world.
Hi ho, Jes here.
We’ve had quite a week here at Bushes Central. The House on the Hill has been mostly a late night pitstop between shows, a video shoot and recording. We’re getting ready to hang with our buddies at Wintergrass this weekend and see some sunrises with our axes in our hands.
In the midst of all the busy, I am still finding the spaces to breathe. It seems these days we are all fighting the roar of distraction to focus on what matters. I almost feel like that roar has gotten so big, that it is getting easier. The roar fades into the background, and what we love can come to the surface. And, man, there is just so much to love. There is nothing better than being reminded how much there is to love.
Here’s to a new week of loving breath, body, friends, family, music, work, and wonder!
Jes here. I can’t believe it is Wednesday and I am just now getting to update y’all. This last weekend was magic. It felt so good to play with Renegade Stringband and Wild Rabbit. Such great people, we worked up some fun antics in the green rooms and did them onstage and we are threatening to do it again this weekend. The nights were late, but I really am in kind of a fog of creative fun. Olympia, Seattle, and Portland, you all brought it. We love you all, and I mean that.
Here is a poem from our drive to Bend. I'll see some of you there tonight. Eugene tomorrow, Mt. Vernon on Friday and Bellingham Saturday. Peace!
Don't worry about the fast road, don't worry about the time it takes.
Give all the love you've got while you've got it here today.
you can't sing to a crowd unless you're singing to someone
So do the work you do, and do it 'til it's done.
sweat will make you glow, and multiply your ardor
You know you sleep the sweetest when you're truly dog tired.
Jes here. The HOH, (house on hill, our house nickname) has been really busy lately. We are recording an album. I am making masks for a new video we are shooting next week, and oh yes, I put this together! It's another go around with Miranda Zickler, Jess Jarris, and myself. This time we did an old shout song called "Be My Husband" that Miranda learned from Nina Simone's version. Winter Tour with The Blackberry Bushes, Wild Rabbit, and Renegade Stringband starts TONIGHT! Come sing and stomp with us!
Hey y'all! Winter Tour starts next week with our friends from Bellingham and Portland, Wild Rabbit and Renegade Stringband! We have eight shows together in eight Northwest Cities! Check out the schedule on our tour page and make sure you come out. The other ladies from these bands and I have been working on a few surprises. This is how you work something up when you live in three different cities!
Jes here, update from the House on The Hill.
I am editing, feeling like Final Cut is making enough sense that I know what questions to ask when I need help. Learning is fun.
I am also feeling profoundly grateful for the tools I have at my disposal. Does anyone sometimes sit just kind of awestruck at how much experience and history and creativity and sweat and manpower comes behind building the tools that I am using today with very little technical expertise to make sounds and videos. They are probably still amateur in production, but they still sound pretty fucking awesome and can go out into the world and hopefully bring some little something of the stuff we all need (connection with our work).
We stand on each others shoulders.
Hey there, Jes here.
The amount of amazing work that goes up online every minute is a testament to the fact that we want to connect. We want our work to be seen. Or heard, or read or whatever, but we need it to interact. The reason to write a blog is the same reason to write a song, to connect and inspire. That is what we are here to do. Not just sell stuff. I mean sure, I have to sell to keep eating. That’s reality. Everybody has to. But we all know there is more to it than that. The art we share is food too. And when you share art, you help feed people who need it. I’m trying to braver about the way I share my work. I hope you can be too. Here is a little video I put together this week. Thank- you for watching!
So we are taking a break, but Jakob and I took a break from that break to get you in the holiday dancing mood. Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies. You're Welcome.