Christie Bates //Nashville, TN– Mother’s Day Edition

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By now, you’re hopefully aware that this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to feature my lovely mother, Christie Bates. She is an incredible woman, and has taught me so much, and been so incredibly supportive of all of my creative endeavors- from learning to draw pointy elbows in art class, to a bookmark business in 2nd grade, to fiddle lessons, to allowing me to live with her while I work part-time and record an album. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am for the gift of such supportive parents.

My mom is an incredibly intuitive, compassionate, brilliant, hilarious, loving human being. She has always known how I’m doing before I’m even aware of it, and has validated my experiences throughout life. I grew up hearing her sing- her low, warm, beautiful voice- and reading her poetry, and her writing, and so much more. I actually am feeling really overwhelmed by trying to write this, because there is so much ground I want to cover. SO. I will wrap up my mushy rambling, and direct you to the link to buy her first published book- Accepting Your Resurection and also to her blog.

I hope to record a project with both her and my sister. I just want everyone I know to have the pleasure of hearing her sing, and reading her poetry, and be in her presence!

I love you, Momma (Christie=) )
Thank God for the gift of you.

Daniel Kirkwood// Washington, D.C.

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If you were to read each and every post here, and continued to follow this blog, you would soon notice that many of my connections have stemmed from the open mic night at Cafe Coco in Nashville. I spent/spend a LOT of time there, especially in the first year or so. It is a watering hole of creative beings and eclectic personalities, which has really fed me in so many ways. Last summer, I happened into the open mic after not having been for a while, and caught Daniel Kirkwood’s set. I had arrived pretty late in the evening, so i signed up last, and I planned to talk to Daniel after the show about playing together sometime. BUT, he started to walk out right before I played, and with out thinking I jumped up and said, “DON’T LEAVE!”, and then proceeded to say very awkwardly that if he liked my voice I would love to sing harmony for him sometime. Honestly, until five minute ago, I had forgotten that’s how we met and now I’m embarrassed to tell you. Anyway, he and his girlfriend did stay, and he did like my voice, and he happened to be in town from ALASKA for a couple of weeks to begin recording his album! So, we talked turkey and other poultry and I came to the studio a few days later. He recently just returned to Nashville for a few weeks to record some more, and add some finishing touches to what we had down last year, and I took these photos this time. Daniel’s music is really cool, and I’m really proud and honored to be part of this project! Jamison Sevits recorded and produced the project, and a handful of other talented musicians as well! We plan on having an official cd release show in Nashville at some point this summer, but until then, check out Dan’s band camp to hear the sounds! And below is a live take of a song a few weeks back.

Thank you, Daniel, for the gift of you!

http://trawler.bandcamp.com

Amanda Sue Winterhalter// Seattle, WA

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Oh you guys. So previously I introduced you to Graydon Holden, a great friend/musician from Shelton, WA. This lovely lady, Amanda Sue Winterhalter, is the other member of Lower Lights Burning that I’ve come to know and call my friend. I don’t know what is in the water out there in the Pacific Northwest, but I have met some of the sweetest, giving-est, talented-est people i’ve ever known in the great state of Washington. Por Ejemplo, I had only spent less than 24 hours with Amanda and a group of friends, and she opened up her home to me a few months later, and then again just last week! I could go on and on about the loyalty Amanda has for her friends, but that list would go on forever, and that’s only part of what I want y’all to see. I met her because she was singing harmony and playing keys and accordion  and THEN. I had the pleasure of hearing one of her own songs the next day, and she’s so talented. Her lyrics and voice and melodies are so pure and sweet, and speak of the human experience, especially in this song. I just want everyone to hear it. I am so lucky to have this lady as my good friend, and cannot wait to see what develops in her solo career.

Love you, Amanda Sue!

Thank you for the gift of you!

Kimberly Gladney// Nashville, TN

in her home
I first had the pleasure of meeting KG towards the end of last summer, on a lovely afternoon at Centennial Park. I’d seen her around, as our circles overlap a bit, but had not actually connected. Once we did, I immediately wanted to befriend her. What you’ll notice first (or what I did, probably because I envied it so) is how grounded, and steady this woman is. After a few minutes of conversation you’ll notice she is very honest, matter-of-fact, and hilarious. She is a beautiful, talented, and empowered spirit and lovingly makes its her job to see that other people know of their own light. Plus, she’s just so much dang fun to be around.

She is an incredible writer, musician, poet, and I am honored to consider her one of my closest friends.

To catch a glimpse of KG’s writings head over to

southernquill.wordpress.com

Love you, KG. Thank you for the gift of you!