Back home from a road trip to Negril, Jamaica, a kindness music sun ocean splash after wicked winter bronchitis! But coming off the fantastic Detroit shows at P.J’s Lager House, Rock 900 Comcast and PBS’ Metro Arts taping, I’m excited to announce a big night at a gorgeous new venue – Barbara Payton, Carolyn Striho and Mary McGuire join up for a tour de force of live music night together at 20 Front Street – an excellent new place that cares about music and its musicians, too – and fans and friends! It’s the next show in my CD Release year and we’re grateful for support for “Afterthought,” and excited to be joining fantastic Barbara Payton and the marvelous Mary McGuire as we join forces with melody, rock and roll, fierce blend making this a not-to-miss show Friday, April 28th in Lake Orion, Michigan – early show, and hope to see you if you’re in southeast Michigan.

Detroit Unplugged

And just announced, I’m happy to be included in the final nominations for the 2017 Detroit Music Awards! After so many decades of making music, it’s great to be honored once more this year with my super talented guitarist/comrade Scott Dailey, too, and our great band:

  • Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Rock Recording – “Afterthought”
  • Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Americana Instrumentalist
  • Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist/Group
  • Scott Dailey   – Outstanding Americana Recording – “Holiday”
  • Khary Frazier, Scott Dailey and Carolyn Striho – Outstanding Rap Recording – “Free”

So while I couldn’t be on the 2017 ballot for Outstanding Songwriter because I have won the Songwriting Award for Rock in 2015 and 2016, I’m thrilled and excited that my newest album “Afterthought” and Scott’s newest EP “Holiday” are nominated, and with “Free” for rap performance together with Khary Frazier. Our violinist Bonnie Kaye also received a nomination in the Classical category.

For a new month, so many stars on the wind full moon, nights writing, days teaching, bringing in some well-deserved songs that are being re-released and finally released, both. Some of the songs we are pulling back together on live shows are going to be very different and unusual. Some of the music veers towards a jazz, soulful bent, with classical gypsy keyboard and guitar with cello and violin. It’s about time these possible gems are pulled out from long winter ghosts. The weird thing about all this is new music moving in space, mad love/madness of these recent years bringing things new

So! Thanks for listening; details coming on summer shows in Wisconsin and Illinois, a show at the great Otus Supply in Ferndale, Michigan, a possible return to England, on the road to my new book and more new music, sending cheers to all who create music, art, community and spirit, always to good health, too. Thank you xo

Love, Happy Easter and Happy Passover,