Home is where the music lives….

Hey you 😊 How goes it?

The tour has been SO much fun.  Thus far we’ve completed 7 shows out of 54.  Kinda crazy when you stop and think about it.   

Last night we played in my home town of Austin which was awesome. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt very quickly on this tour, it’s finally knowing where I associate as home. 

If you’re someone who has moved from one place to another, you’ll know that for a little while it does feel very odd. 

And by ‘odd’ I don’t mean like that-creepy-weirdo-relative-who-does-odd-shit odd…I mean, unfamiliar.  A little bit scary.  Kinda lonely.  And if you’re also someone who has moved from one country to another, you’ll also be aware of how disconnected you feel and how everything and everyone around you is totally different.  Not in a bad way, just…..different.

I moved from my home town of Totnes, Devon almost 4 years ago and I don’t think a day has gone by where I don’t think about it.  I mean, how could you not miss this: 

 

Yeah, I know.  Totnes is pretty.  And along with those good looks she oozes historic character and charm. 

To use some British vernacular – Totnes is very much my cup of tea. 

Whenever I manage to get back home there’s something that I energetically connect to that makes me feel like I have arrived back to my roots.  It’s so difficult to explain….but it feels good. 

Really good. 

The down side is whenever I have to leave Devon it feels like I’m being ripped away from somewhere I utterly adore…..and the fact that I’m choosing to leave each time actually makes it more difficult.  I’m choosing to leave behind not just the breath taking scenery, but my family, my friends, my doggie Molly and so much more.      

Arriving in Nashville to begin the tour a few weeks ago I felt something unexpected.  A real feeling of being displaced once again, not knowing anyone or anywhere.  I felt real home sickness.  But this time it wasn’t for beautiful Devon – it’s was somewhere else.

Austin. 

This is the first time I have felt a very deep connection to somewhere other than my beloved Totnes, and during my time away I’ve realised how much I really do love Austin.  It finally feels like somewhere I belong and not just somewhere I happen to live.

There are many things I love about Austin.  But very high up on my list are all the people I have met since I arrived.

I can not tell you how kind everyone has been to me.

Well – actually that’s a lie.  I can tell you….and I did.  A few months back on Facebook 😉

Thanks as always for reading this far…. hope to see you somewhere soon!

KM x

Jimmy LaFave <3

Right now as I type this I am sitting on Doug and Telisha’s porch in beautiful Autumnal Nashville.  The sun’s out.  It’s warm but nothing too crazy.  Leaves of varying colours are quietly falling from characterful old trees close to the house – dancing in the light breeze before gently reaching their final resting place, where they will eventually re-join the earth and start anew.    

It was watching this same enchanting scene earlier this morning that Jimmy LaFave came very clearly into my mind.  I knew the time was right for me to finally put my thoughts and emotions into words and share.  

A few will think this is something I should have written a while ago – but there are a few reasons why I waited. 

I truly believe that if something is important and worth doing it deserves 100% of your attention.  It does not want to be worked on in between 12 other things.  It needs to have you completely in the present and is worth more than being that thing that you rush through in the 5 or 10mins you have spare during your lunch break.

I’m extremely grateful that the Universe has really looked after me and kept me busy with lots of work, but the down side to being busy is having no time to just…….be. 

But my main reason for not writing sooner is compared to most people I knew Jimmy for a very short amount of time.  I wanted to physically and energetically create as much space as possible for everyone else to feel sadness and grieve.  They deserved that – far more than I.  So my way of showing love was to patiently wait until the right time….and Jimmy let me know this morning that this is it.

Many of you don’t know that I was asked to play drums on what will be one of his last ever recordings.  He heard me performing with one of my favourite people Rebecca Loebe at the Saxon Pub and liked my playing style.  I was incredibly honoured to say the very least, especially as I’d only ever met Jimmy very briefly a couple of times in passing.   

The band was made of up of not only the best players but the best people you could hope to be around.  Drew Pressman on bass, Jesse LaFave on Guitar and Stefano Intelisano on keys. 

We spent a few days recording at Cedar Creek Studios with the awesome John Silva engineering.  I will remember those days for the rest of my life.  We had so much fun and the tracks sound incredible. 

Jimmy was kind, hilarious, inappropriate, brave and inspiring.  I tried to express to him a few times how much I appreciated him asking me to play but I don’t think he’ll ever know how much it meant to me. 

Every single day we were recording I’d be filled with so much gratitude.  I was surrounded by beautiful, talented souls and got to be part of something that will be enjoyed by so many people for many, many years.  It doesn’t get any better than that. 

Thank you Jimmy.  Thank you so much for reminding me that life is precious, music is the best thing in the world and that you should really make the most of each and every single day.  I wish we could have known each other longer but I am so very grateful for the time we did have together. 

It was truly awesome. 

❤ ❤ ❤

Like whaaaaaaa?! :-o

Well hey there 🙂 How’s things?

So using the wise words of Mr.Warren G, I’m gunna back up, back up for just a bit.

In less than 7 days SO much cool stuff that has happened and I don’t wanna miss a thing….(blimey, it appears to be a musical metaphors kinda day).

As some of you may already know – I’m originally from the UK but my home is Austin, TX.  And as some of you may also know – Texas is kind of like an oven….only a tad warmer.

One very valuable lesson the Universe taught me in a rather short space of time, is to never ASSUME that the weather in one place will always be the same as another and that a *really* super smart / sensible thing to do is check the weather forecast in the location where you are going.

Very obvious to most….not to me apparently.

So I left a wonderful, warm 90 degree Austin to arrive in a 55 degree rainy Nashville, dressed in nothing more than a thin shirt, jeans and flip-flops.

I know.  What a plonker.

But despite my lack of weather prep, I was extremely happy to be in Nashville – I mean….I’m a musician, of COURSE I’m going to be happy to be in Nashville.

Doug and Telisha very kindly hooked me up with a ticket to the AMA awards show at the Ryman Auditorium.

Unbeknown to me one of my all time fav people was on the bill.

Lori McKenna 😮 

I got to see Lori freakin McKenna playing at the Ryman, Nashville.

Pretty darn cool.

I also got to hear / see a ton of other amazing people including The Lumineers, Rodney Crowell, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Drive-By Truckers, Hi Rhythm Section, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Graham Nash and Hurray For The Riff Raff.

It was indeed a pretty cool way to kick off my trip here.

The following day was rehearsal and first-show-of-the-tour time.

Now, I’ve been playing drums for a ba-zillion years.

Well, a ba-zillion years is a slight exaggeration.  It’s been 20.

What I’m trying to get across is that I’m super confident and for the most part – know what I’m doing.

For the Wild Ponies I’m playing a mixture of drums and mandolin.

Now mando is awesome and rad BUT it’s an instrument I feel very vulnerable on because I’ve not been playing it that long.

….and now here I am.  In Nashville.  Surrounded by probably the best mando players in the Universe and I’m playing – to them.

Not intimidating in the slightest.

But I have come to the conclusion that the powers that be are putting my ego in check.  It’s always good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then and do something new (so people say).  I remember someone telling me that the Universe doesn’t throw anything at you that you can’t deal with.

I’m up for the challenge.  Let’s do this!

Fortunately for me not only are Doug and Telisha super sweet and awesome human beings who are full of praise and kind words – but our guitar, lap steel and fiddle playing dude Greg Horne has written books which have been mass published specifically on mandolin playing.

AND he too is super kind and a really nice guy.

Sooooooo….I’m in pretty good company.  I feel extremely lucky to be here and being the learning junkie that I am I can’t wait to soak up as many good vibes as I can.

Mind you – this is what they have to contend with:

The first show went well….in that it was the first time for me to play mandolin to a room full of people and I didn’t make a total arse out of myself 😉

Here’s a little snippet:

CD launch party is tonight…wish us lot luck and thanks for reading this far 🙂 ❤

KM x

 

Hola! :)

Well hello there 🙂

Welcome to my brand new blog.

Very soon I’ll be hitting the road and going on tour with the awesome Wild Ponies from Nashville.

3 months….54 shows, covering the USA and Europe.

Excited? Just a smidgin’ 😉

I’ll be documenting the whole thing through this blog in the form of text, videos and photos.

It’s going to be fun 🙂

Hope you enjoy following me on this wonderful musical adventure…..