Christmas came early this year

 

While generally speaking, I prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time, I have to make an exception. Because Christmas came early by way of four (!) nominations for this year’s Radio Milwaukee Music Awards (out of eight categories. Batting .500 ain’t bad.) Bad Decision is up for Album, Song, and independent Release of the Year. I’m also up for Solo Artist of the Year. This is a big deal for a little independent artist like me, and I’m incredibly honored and humbled by the nominations.

At this point you may be thinking “so what’s up with the banner, Roxi?” I’m so glad you asked. See, Radio Milwaukee nominates a number of folks in each category, and then leaves it up to the public to narrow it down to the final 5. Then they’ll pick a winner from those 5, based in part on how many votes each artist receives.

Which is where y’all come in ;) If you’re interested in helping your gal out, go here: http://radiomilwaukee.org/10th-annual-radio-milwaukee-music-awards/

Click on ‘Help Pick the Winners’. That’ll take you to the survey. They’ll ask for your email, and I would recommend clicking the box that says ‘don’t send me things’. Unless you’d like even more email than you already have, in which case, go on with your bad self.

Since there are a lot of nominees in some of the categories, and not a ton of people vote, just a few votes can make a huge difference. If you’ve got 10 minutes, I’d truly appreciate the support. Voting runs through November 22nd, and anyone can vote (you don’t need to live in Milwaukee to do so). You can vote once per device.

 
AND TO SAY THANKS – I’ll give y’all 40% off everything at my webstore. From today through Cyber Monday. Since I’m now officially done with touring for the year I’ve added the last few remaining 2017 tour tees to the store (these are extremely limited – when I hit ‘send’ there were 7 women’s tees left, and about a dozen unisex tees) as well as the final few Bad Decision tour posters. 40% off can save you a heck of a lot of dough. For example:

Want 2 tour tees? With shipping, that’s usually $47. Right now it’s $31.

How about a vinyl and a CD? Normally $42 with shipping. Right now it’s $28.

Use the code GIMME to get your 40% off. It’s the perfect way to take care of all those holiday gifts for the music lovers in your family. And yes, you can still totally use the code to get your discount, even if you don’t vote for me. But I can’t promise Santa won’t be watching ;)

End of the Year shows: 

I’ll be sticking close to home here in Milwaukee for the remainder of the year, mostly to remind both my husband and my dogs what I look like. But if you happen to live in Wisconsin, there are a few final 2017 solo shows you can catch. Head to my tour page for details.

And finally, a hearty thanks:

To all the folks who made it out to the last week of tour for shows in Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Pics from the road below. If they’re not enough to get your fix, you can always catch more details (and pictures) via my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

gobble gobble,

 

-Roxi

 

 

 

In case you haven’t had a gander at the 2017 Bad Decision Tour Tees. The text reads ‘Every great story starts with a Bad Decision’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the highlights of the last week of tour was in Knoxville, Tennessee, playing WDVX’s infamous ‘Blue Plate Special’ show (aptly named, right?)

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It’s that time of year again…

Here in Milwaukee, it’s a balmy 74 degrees as I write this. I’ve got the blinds up to let in the afternoon sun and my dogs Odin and Haggis are attempting to harass a squirrel through my studio window, mostly by creating slightly-above-average nose art on our windows.

It’s been nearly two months since I dropped a line, and during that time I’ve put an insane amount of miles on the old tourmobile, hitting up cities throughout the Midwest and South. Just a few of the highlights have included a full-band performance for a great crowd at Jazz in the Park in Milwaukee (see pics above and to the left), a sold-out show in Ames, IA with my good friends at the Alexander Recording Kompany, my debut in Nashville, and a fun house concert in Oskaloosa, IA (more pics below).

A couple of fall notes:

1) I know it’s crazy to think about, but the holiday season is only a few short weeks away. Which means if you’re in charge of the annual holiday party for your workplace or family get-together, now is the time to book your live music (psst – I know a gal. Has keyboard. Will travel). Holiday weekends are filling up fast, so drop a line and I’ll save you from having to listen to Uncle Rob’s off-key renditions of inappropriate Christmas carols.

2) We’ve added a few more public performance dates to the tour calendar. In addition to my Fall/Winter residency at the downtown Hilton Milwaukee, I’ll be swinging through Kentucky, Tennessee and Iowa. Public dates for the next month are currently as follows:

  • 10/14 at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee
  • 10/18 at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee
  • 10/21 at the Commonwealth Tap in Louisville, KY
  • 10/23 on the WDVX Blue Plate Special Show in Knoxville, TN
  • 11/01 at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee
  • 11/03 at Captain Roy’s in Des Moines, IA
  • 11/04 at the Peace Tree Taproom in Grinnell, IA

All of these performances are free to attend. Please check roxicopland.com/tour for complete details.

Ooh, by the way: if you’re one of those sorts who likes to get an early start on their holiday shopping, I know a few copies of Bad Decision (in both CD and vinyl formats) who would love to go home with you today. Or, if you’d like to gift them to a music lover on your list, you can snag ’em here.

love and all things pumpkin,

-Roxi

PS -as always, I have a couple pics from the road for you:

Had my debut performance in Nashville in early September. Many thanks to Roots Radio 89.5 and JJ’s Wine Bar for the southern hospitality.

Nothing like showing up to a gig to find a surprise stage crew waiting for you (with matching t-shirts!) Thanks for the fun Oskaloosa, Iowa!

 

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Bad Decision Goes South

Hello, fellow music lovers! I’m happy to report that I am freshly returned from a brief Bad Decision Tour hiatus south of the border. It was lovely, as always, but I’m thrilled to be hitting the road once more, bringing new music to your favorite local venues. The second half of the Bad Decision Tour kicks off with Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square in Milwaukee THIS THURSDAY, August 17th. If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss it. Did I mention it’s a full-band show?

Also…..a friendly reminder: As of now, there are ONLY 7 tickets left to the performance at the Alexander Recording Kompany in Ames, IA on August 25th. It’s the last remaining public show on the roster in Iowa this summer, so click here to get them while you still can.

And, finally, as promised in my last newsletter, I’ve added a new southern leg to the tour. St. Louis. Louisville. Nashville…. I’m a comin’. More dates to follow. All of the shows below are free to attend and open to the public.

  • 9/06 @ 8 | Scarlett’s Wine Bar | St. Louis, MO
  • 9/07 @ 8 | Commonwealth Tap | Louisville, KY
  • 9/08 @ 7 | JJ’s Wine Bar | Nashville, TN

As always, check out roxicopland.com/tour for complete details.

PS – if you still haven’t snagged a copy of Bad Decision for your very own, you can do that here.

PSS – Many thanks to Bruce Winter and WUWM for having me in to share some songs. I heart public radio.
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PSSS – Looking for some reading material? The Journal-Sentinel’s Piet Levy just wrote this great article on the Milwaukee Jazz scene featuring yours truly.

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The reviews of Bad Decision are in!

Hey y’all,

It’s been a little less than six weeks since Bad Decision was released, and the reviews are in! I always thought the album was pretty damn good, but now you don’t have to take only my word for it:

“A little sultry, a bit sassy, kinda sexy. Sort of like sipping scotch on the rocks.” – Bruce Winter, WUWM Radio

“Bravo Roxi…I think it’s a good decision to buy Bad Decision!” – Vic DeLorenzo (Drummer for the Violent Femmes)

“The third album by Milwaukee jazz/pop chanteuse Roxi Copland delivers an unlikely mélange of vulnerability, self-reflection, street savvy, humor and sultriness…Copland’s airy arrangements and slowly insinuating melodic hooks, abetted by occasional glimmers of steel guitar, posits her in a space akin to where Norah Jones might have landed had her affinity for country music manifested differently…” – Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express

I can hardly believe it’s only been six weeks since the album dropped and that the Bad Decision Tour is already halfway over. I’ve put another several thousand miles on my trusty tour-mobile, which is handling the craziness that is tour rather admirably (other than the AC’s little hiccup somewhere south of Kansas City, which conveniently happened at the exact same time the temp hit 106).

Speaking of tour, I’ve got a couple important announcements in that department. First – there are currently only two more public tour dates left:

8/17 Jazz in the Park, Milwaukee, WI
8/25 The Alexander Recording Kompany, Ames, IA

The Jazz in the Park show in Milwaukee is free. Tickets to the show in Ames, Iowa are $15, and we’re limiting the number of seats to 25 since the live room of the Alexander Recording Company is an intimate space. If you’re in central Iowa, you don’t want to miss this show – as of today, there are 15 tickets left, so get yours here before they sell out. Complete details on all tour shows can be found at roxicopland.com/tour.

Also, I may be adding a southern leg to the tour September 5th through the 12th. So, if you live in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, or Tennessee, and you a) have some ideas as to where I should play in your hometown, or b) would like to chat about the possibility of hosting me for a house concert while I’m in the area, get in touch by going to the contact form here at my website. (more info about house concerts here).

And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper post without a few pics from the road:

Thanks to all who’ve attended a show this summer. Indie music doesn’t happen without you!

Haven’t got your copy of Bad Decision yet? You can pick one up here at my website (in digital, CD or vinyl format)

The band just after our set at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Such a pleasure playing with this crew!

Check out the latest review of Bad Decision in Blues Magazine (Some knowledge of Dutch or access to Google Translate required)

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Bad Decision Out Today!

 

It’s here! Bad Decision is now available in vinyl, CD, mp3, and lossless audio formats at my online store. Mp3s are also available at iTunes, Amazon, and other online music retailers. While I’m happy to have you pick up a copy of Bad Decision any place that works for you, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that nothing supports independent music as much as buying direct from the artist at their online store or at a show. Speaking of buying at a show…

Bad Decision Public Tour Dates

  • 6/21 Peace Tree Brewery, Des Moines, IA
  • 6/23 (The Original) Peace Tree Brewery, Knoxville, IA
  • 6/24 Wide River Winery, Davenport, IA
  • 7/5 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
  • 7/7 (The Other) Wide River Winery, Le Claire, IA
  • 7/8 Prairie Canary, Grinnell, IA
  • 7/11 The InterUrban ArtHouse, Kansas City, KS
  • 7/12 The Kettle, Beloit, KS
  • 8/17 Jazz in the Park, Milwaukee, WI
  • 8/25 The Alexander Recording Kompany, Ames, IA

Get complete details on all tour shows at roxicopland.com/tour.

I want to take a moment & say thanks to all the radio stations that have already started to spin and/or said nice things about Bad Decision. Oh – Haggis McHound thinks you’re swell too. Also…. extra special thanks to WMSE in Milwaukee for making Bad Decision their top played Blues album this month, and WERU in Bangor for having the title track be one of their top five played the week of May 30th.


A little extra incentive to make it out to a tour show: Bad Decision merchandise (including the very hip tee seen here) will be available at all tour stops. Can’t make a show this summer? You can still get the album at the new and improved online store.

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