Its been just over 6 years since my last post on this blog, and what a difference a half decade makes!
I’m still in the Hinterland of SE Qld., or back I should say. I returned to Canada and US to tour in October 2010, but before I left the lovely spot I was in I fell in love with a man. A beautiful, strong, capable, loving man who fell in love with me just as passionately.
He hopped on a plane and met me in Nashville after my last tour, we went to Memphis where I recorded at SUN STUDIO and we spent ten days at the Peabody falling ridiculously in love, and hanging out at BB King’s place listening to some of the the finest blues in the US. Then we drove to New Orleans and watched more great blues and hung out with some great players, and cycled around the French Quarter and found where the locals hang to see great music. We travelled around America and Canada together for 4 weeks then he left for Australia and me for Canada.
It was magical really. The things lovestorybooks are written about.
January came an I had another trip to the US for shows and a music conference in L.A and there he was again. We travelled to Canada for him to meet my family, and then he took me back home to be with him in Australia.
Fast forward six years and while still very much in love and living in a little piece of heaven in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, I’m just now recording the album that was meant to be released five years ago. I released a 7 song EP this month to garner interest from radio, media, and venue organisers. On the heels of that release I am in Pre-Production at Bedrock Studio, working on the next 13 songs to grace the new album.
Ive returned to Canada and US for a few shows since, and released singles I recorded in cool studios, but there’s been no full album in years. Life gets in the way of life sometimes. Circumstances, sacrifices, and obligation can interrupt the creative outpouring of an artist. My more narcissistic peers don’t have this issue, and while I am confidently in-tune with my ego, I am also a woman. A woman in love with a man that needs so much energy and time and effort that it requires great thought, timing, and strength of will to find a moment for my own work to take precedence over most other things.
Now is that time. I am taking it for myself because I need to feel that rush of a full release (tuck your head in cheeky Bulls)…
The completed album release of new marterial that comes when focused, and of old songs that have been brewing long enough to settle into a comfortable place in the offering… but especially the tour that accompanies that effort. I love to play for a fabulous audience. I appreciate them so much and I think thy can feel that because they give so much energy to the band from the moment we take the stage. It’s a feeling I have been longing for for years. I’ve had a few fun shows here in Australia but I’m missing th crowds of people who know my work and love the players I put on my stage.
I’ve got great mates here to record with and plan to come back and play a heap of shows with some of my favourite players after working my way around North America next year. There are some world class players and bonafied rock Stars in my peer group and I am looking forward to recording and playing with them soon.
I also plan to record a few friends when I head to Canada in (Their) summer. I may spend a week at the Bathhouse just outside of my hometown to produce a few artists I’d love to bring back to Australia to tour with… then do the same when I get back here.
When you’ve been doing this as long as I have the caliber of talent is ridiculously high. I’m so glad I learned how to record and mix music so I can plan projects like the one brewing for 2018…. But that’s an entirely different blog… This one is just cementing my intent to release the EP and do some shows in North American mid 2017 then back to Australia and record the new album in the new year to tour it here and take some talented friends out on the road with me.
Here’s to good tunes, good times, good friends, and a great audience!
Contact me through the label if you have any collaborative ideas, shows to share, want to add me to your grant app, or just general queries regarding the recording and tours to follow.
Carolyna Lovely – Swamp Folk Records – firstname.lastname@example.org