January 21, 2015
Happy New Year!
Thanks for stopping by Dittyville – the musical home of Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
It’s late January and although the earth appears to slumber it feels like spring is just around the corner. I can see the very tips of the daffodils as they break the soil by the pasture fence and buds are forming on the trees. Life has been fast-paced and mighty busy for us as of late – but good! In December to early Jan. Carl and I drove through 21 states and one province – playing concerts, jamming with friends and meeting new people who love roots music from Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, British Columbia, Colorado, Missouri and beyond. It was a great trip and we sure lucked out with mild weather considering it was the heart of winter!
Once we pulled our dusty car with 7k more miles on the odometer in the drive and rested our well-traveled bones for one night we set off to record our new album. Yes –Phew!
Off we went to Floyd, Virginia to Studio 808a with engineer Joe bass Dejarnette at the helm and we laid down some beautiful songs and tunes…new and old over the course of a week. We are really happy about the result – our first duet recording which is now called, Sweet memories… never leave.
We started an Indiegogo campaign and thanks to you, our many fans and supporters, the CD was recorded, mixed, mastered, package designed and sent to the printers! It really means a lot to us – our first duo recording (as a married couple) and we hope you enjoy all the music too. We’re expecting to be greeted by many boxes of CDs on our doorstep one happy day soon in late January. Then Carl and I will mail earlybird copies to our Indiegogo patrons and the CD will be available for everyone in early February – just in time for Valentines.
The CDs will also arrive just in time for us to take them on our next adventure. Carl and I will spend a month in Europe Jan 28th – Feb 28th. We are going to Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland for a combination of concert performances and a belated honeymoon! The official release of the Sweet memories…never leave CD will be at the Gainsborough festival in Lincolnshire, England – a wonderful old-time music event. We are so grateful to the festival organizers who are bringing us over to be a part of it!
Lastly, we already have spring fever and are eagerly anticipating teaching at no less than eight music camps this spring/summer including: Swannanoa, Augusta Old-Time Week, Kaufmann Camp, Blue Ridge Music Week (Mars Hill), the Bluff Country Gathering, Mando Camp North, American Banjo Camp, and the Alabama Folk School. We love teaching, playing and sharing old-time music with like-minded souls! Hope we see you there.
Thanks for visiting and your interest in our music and adventures. Have an inspiring and musical 2015 everyone!
Sincerely, Erynn and Carl