In This Issue:
MY VERSION OF DEPORTEE AS AIRED ON WETS-FM (NPR) RADIO IN TN
When Dave Carter asked me if I ever play music because my soul needs it, my answer was Woodie Guthrie's song, Deportee. Written nearly 70 years ago, the song couldn't be more relevant today. You've heard everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Dolly Parton cover this song, and I am so happy to add my version to the museum of other artists who have felt moved by his words.
THE LAST CD RELEASE SHOW AND LAST CONCERT OF 2016: ETOWN HALL!
Don't miss my final full band hoorah in Boulder on Saturday, December 17th. Festivities are taking place at the legendary Etown Hall and I'm thrilled that David Kaye comes out from NY to play dobro and guitar, Jon McMillian travels up from Albuquerque to rock the upright bass, and Boulder's own Greg Schochet joins in for the fun on mandolin. Brodie Kinder and Melanie Jean will work their usual magic of harmony vocals. It's going to be an unforgettable evening and the perfect way to conclude the "If the Static Clears" CD release tour and welcome in the Holidays. I've even worked up two Christmas songs! Tickets $25 here.
MY SIRIUS XM RADIO SEGMENT TAPING WILL AIR IN JANUARY!
Just this afternoon I had the honor of taping a segment with Mary Sue Twohy for SiriusXM radio . At the end of the recording she asked me to sign her uke and I actually squealed when I saw that the last person to do the honor was, er, John Prine! The segment will air the last week of January - I will be in touch about how to tune in to catch the full show. In the meantime, I really need to thank her for spinning the "If the Static Clears." It's been heard across the country because of her belief in it!
Photo by Nikki A. Rae from the Oriental Theater in Denver last month! I'll never get sick of singing 3 part harmonies with Brodie Kinder and Melanie Jean! See more photos from this show at the Marquee Magazine
live on Radio-Bristol in TN using Tennesse Ernie Ford's old microphone! Say wha?!?
(for full schedule see website )
Rockwood Music Hall
Wednesday, December 7th
New York City, NY
Stage 1, at 10:00 pm sharp
With David Kaye and Rob Jost
WFUV - Sunday Supper
Sunday, December 11th
New York City, NY
Tune into Fordham University radio to hear my interview with John Platt
Friday, November 9th
Opening for Christopher Williams
One of the best folk clubs on the East coast!
Etown Hall - FULL BAND SHOW!
Saturday, December 17th
With a six piece version of my band, including Greg Schochet, Brodie Kinder, Melanie Jean, Jon McMillian and David Kaye. Special guest Darryl Purpose, Ian Cooke opens. Strings & Wood Presents!
Boulder, CO. Tickets $25
Buy in Advance HERE
Where I Can Be Found
The Gabrielle Louise Page On Facebook
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The Gabrielle Louise Blog!
I'm writing from the passenger seat of a tiny blue compact car, speeding up an east coast toll road toward the shimmering, shivering New York City. (Technology is crazy, isn't it?) I've been on the solo leg of my CD release tour, from Nashville to Boston, and have been stopping by many a radio station on the way to chat about "If the Static Clears!"
The highlight to this point certainly took place today - I stopped into Sirius XM radio's HQ in Washington D.C. to tape a segment that will air in January. Their studios were world class and the host, Mary Sue Twohy, was so kind and welcoming. I'll be sure to keep you posted about how and when to tune in to hear her program once it's ready to go live. :)
Although I've been mostly performing songs from the new CD on this run, I have felt compelled to include some topical material as well. You can listen to my version of Woodie Guthrie's classic "Deportee" using this link . It's an excerpt from a full interview with NPR's Dave Carter (WETS-FM). If you don't already know this song (though chances are you do) then I suggest reading his lyrics, written almost 70 years ago.
The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting,
The oranges piled in their creosote dumps;
They're flying 'em back to the Mexican border,
To pay all their money to wade back again
Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita,
Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria;
You won't have your names when you ride the big airplane,
All they will call you will be "deportee"
My father's own father, he waded that river,
They took all the money he made in his life;
My brothers and sisters come working the fruit trees,
And they rode the truck till they took down and died.
Some of us are illegal, and some are not wanted,
Our work contract is out and we have to move on;
Six hundred miles to that Mexican border,
They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.
We died in your hills, we died in your deserts,
We died in your valleys and died on your plains.
We died 'neath your trees and we died in your bushes,
Both sides of the river, we died just the same.
The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon,
A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills,
Who are all these friends, all scattered like dry leaves?
The radio says, "They are just deportees"
Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
Is this the best way we can frow our good fruit?
To fall like dry leaves to rot on the topsoil
And be called by no name except "deportees"?
I have a few more important shows coming up to celebrate "If the Static Clears", the final of which will be held at Etown Hall back at home in Boulder. This concert will feature an all star cast of musicians, many of which were heard on the record itself. Leonard Cohen songs and Christmas carols will find their way into the set, and all of this in an old church retrofitted and fine-tuned to boast the perfect acoustics for live music. It's really a dream to be able to perform there, and the perfect way to close out this tour and the CD release campaign.
It's been a very busy year and I'm looking forward to taking a little rest after this, so please do join if you can, we'd love to see a full house to finish up 2016! You can get tickets in advance on Etown's website by clicking this link. If you're too far from Colorado, don't worry, we will be recording and filming and releasing the footage sometime in 2017.
I'd like to sign off with some special thank yous to the people who have been making all of this possible: Brad Paul, Karen Leipziger and Barbara McGee - you guys are angels to me and my music. Heartfelt gratitude to you for your hard work this fall. I also want to express gratitude to Art Heffron, who has generously offered his time and support to help me out here on the road with all the little details that it takes to keep a tour going. Thank you, Art!
Love to all, and happy holidays, too!
p.s. How's your Dutch? If it's better than mine, you could check out this new review from De Krenten Uit! A big thank you to Erwin Zijleman for the lovely words overseas.
(Photos by Art Heffron)