Notes from the Recording Studio

Hello music-lovers!

As you may well remember from my last newsletter, I was excited to report that I’d finished writing the new album! And as awesome as it was to say that, I’m probably even more stoked to tell you that we just finished laying down the bass, drums and piano for the new record. A major accomplishment – one that wouldn’t have happened without my fabulous team: Steve Capp on recording and engineering, Chris Kringel on bass, and John Calarco on percussion. Thanks also to engineer Kevin Arndt at the Exchange Recording Complex, who made us feel right at home. Some pretty impressive people have come through there over the years…like David Bowie. Not kidding. Check out the picture of him recording at the same location. Hopefully some of that mad mojo will rub off on this album.

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While recording the rhythm tracks was a big step, there’s still much work to be done. Vocals, guitar, instrumental soloists, and banjo: you’re next! Yeah, you read that right. I think there’s gonna be a banjo somewhere on this album.

Beyond the recording news, it’s been and will continue to be a crazy few weeks. Those who follow me on social media know I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Scotland, which included popping into this sweet little jazz bar in Edinburgh….called The Jazz Bar. Not the most innovative name, to be, sure, but a good time regardless and I highly recommend it. For more pics from Scotland, hit up my instagram account – two words: gothic rocket. You can also find more behind-the-scenes shots from the studio there, too. Next stop on this crazy world tour is a little R&R in sunny Mexico, and then I’m off for a string of private events and house concert dates in Iowa.

My next public date is part of my summer residency at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center – on Saturday, August 27th. If you’re in Brew City, come say hi.

OK. That’s all for now. Happy musicing, y’all.

Cheers,

-Roxi

Eight years. Two EPs. Three LPs. And he still puts up with me. Engineer extraordinaire Steve Capp and I at the close of last week's sessions.

Eight years. Two EPs. Three LPs. And he still puts up with me. Engineer extraordinaire Steve Capp and I at the close of last week’s sessions.

Chris Kringel tearing it up on the bass. Well, one of many basses. He brought about twelve to the studio. It's good to have options.

Chris Kringel tearing it up on the bass. Well, one of many basses. He brought about twelve to the studio. It’s good to have options.

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Calling All Iowans

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Hey there Iowans!

I hope you’re enjoying the summer. I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be coming to your great state in mid-August to play a couple of private events, so I’ve decided to open up a few dates while I’m there for house concerts.

What’s a House Concert? How Do They Work?

Here’s the scoop: You invite your friends and family (well, if you don’t like your family you totally don’t have to invite them, but you get the point) over for some food, fun and music. At a prearranged time during your shindig, I’ll play a show for about an hour or so. I don’t need a lot of space. The fact that I’m only a few feet away from all of you is what makes this such a unique experience for everyone involved.

So…like…could I host one in my house? On my back deck? At the local park?

Yes. Yes you could. I’ve played house concerts from Oregon to Ohio and Minnesota to Mississippi. I’ve played them in living rooms, on back decks, in back yards, on patios, in parks, on golf courses, in community centers, and more. Honestly, anywhere there’s a couple of power outlets and some people who love live music works fantastically.

This all sounds like fun – I’d like more info!

Perfect. I’ve got all sorts of information for those considering hosting a house concert at my website right here.

So what dates do you have available while in Iowa?

Thursday, August 18th
Saturday, August 20th
Sunday, August 21st

What should I do if I’m interested in hosting one of those dates?

First, read through the info at my website. If that all sounds lovely, send a note to me via my contact form and let me know what date you’re interested in, and then, we’ll get a conversation going about putting together a truly fabulous house concert that’ll have your neighbors talking about how cool you are for years to come.

A couple photos from past house concerts in Iowa:

This one’s from Kirby’s Famous Backyard House Concert Bash in Des Moines: Folks grabbing a seat prior to the concert part of the evening. Kirby’s made this an annual thing – each year there are more people (and more BBQ!)

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And from a back deck in Davenport: These hosts set up a gorgeous space on the deck in their backyard, which surrounds the first winery founded in the state (1868). Pretty cool.

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So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this!

PS – The dates above are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you’ve got your heart set on a particular date, please get in touch with me as soon as possible so I can reserve it for you.

Hope to hear from you soon!

-Roxi

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And the winner is…

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And the winner is…me!

Remember back in April when I told you that I’d been nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry? It turns out I won. Which is pretty cool, and I’m very honored and humbled by the award. For the whole scoop on that, you can check out my mini blog post here.

I hope wherever you are, the weather’s lovely. Here in Milwaukee we’re getting a bit of a late start on this whole warm weather thing. But I have faith that eventually we’ll reach the multiple-days-above-70-degrees mark. This is the Midwest, after all. I should be used to the yo-yo temperatures by now, but…well, a girl can always hope.

Your monthly writing update: I have 10.5 of 12 songs written and arranged, and in very exciting news, the first recording date has been set: we hit the studio on Monday, June 20th. So. Excited.

Finally – Iowa, thank you so much for sharing some ridiculously fun shows with me last weekend. I documented the micro-tour with a half-dozen Instagram posts. Check ’em out.

Speaking of being ridiculous: I felt like this picture perfectly captured how I felt about winning an award voted on by my fellow musicians. Thanks, Wisconsin.

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And from the Iowa Micro Tour: I like big barns and I cannot lie. Big thanks to the truly awesome audiences in Knoxville, Grinnell and Monticello last weekend.

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love & various musical shenanigans,

-Roxi

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2016 Wisconsin Jazz Artist of the Year

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This morning I was delighted and humbled to learn that I’ve been selected as the 2016 Wisconsin Jazz Artist of the Year. While this wasn’t my first WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) nomination, this is my first win. The WAMIs are voted on by fellow musicians and music industry folks throughout Wisconsin – it’s really nice to be recognized by my peers in the music industry, especially since I only moved to Milwaukee a few years back. Thanks for welcoming the new kid, Wisconsin. I heart you too.

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Nomination for Wisconsin’s Jazz Artist of the Year

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Hey there! Welcome to the April edition of ‘stuff your favorite independent musician has been up to as of late’.

First things first: The monthly writing status update – as you can see from the banner above, we’re getting very close, and I’m currently in the process of setting up the recording schedule. We’re going to make one hell of an album for you.

Also, I’ll be ending my 6-month writing binge / touring hiatus here shortly, starting with several dates in Iowa in early May:

May 5 | The Jitney | Monticello, IA | 7:00
May 6 | Prairie Canary | Grinnell, IA | 8:00
May 7 | Peace Tree Brewery | Knoxville, IA | 8:00

Don’t forget: I’ll be playing a number of the new songs at these shows, and would love to know which ones you think should make the cut for the upcoming record. Come out, bring your fellow music-loving friends, and let me know which of the new tunes you’d most like to hear on the album.

Next news of note: 2016 WAMI Nomination: I’m grateful and humbled to have been nominated by my fellow Wisconsin musicians in the Wisconsin Area Music Industry for 2016’s Jazz Artist of the Year. Thanks y’all!

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And finally – for my fellow wanderlust sorts out there: I took a little break from writing in March to visit my beloved Pacific Northwest for a week. For more vacation pics, head to my instagram account.

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cheers – may you have more flowers than showers this month.

-Roxi

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