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PSA: Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Double EP Available Now on all Major Platforms
photo by Lucas Zimmermann

photo by Lucas Zimmermann

PSA: Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A/B are now available for streaming on all major platforms! That means you can binge listen, share, follow, curate or whatever else you may feel like to your hearts content any time, any place. How strange I should allude to Janet Jackson's sensual slow jam... OH that reminds me! You should check out my latest playlist featuring women artists that call out to me right now. It's called Siren Songs and features timeless greats and fresh tracks I can't get enough of, spanning decades and genres. There may be a Xenia Dunford original on there, but hey, I can like myself too. 

If you haven't yet please follow your girl on Spotify, I don't know how, but it helps me look good. 

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Queen City Tour Commences.
photo c/o The Archives

photo c/o The Archives

Today marks the start to my self proclaimed Queen City Tour. It's a modest one, three shows strewn about Burlington as the city teems with trumpet calls and meandering bass lines and you know, all that jazz. It's a time of year that I've always enjoyed and tried to take full advantage of, as an enthusiast and musician alike. This year, I can't help but feel a bit sentimental as this is my last go for a long time, possibly ever. No, I'm not dying; just moving roughly 2,000 miles away. But before I embark on this journey, I wanted to use these shows as an opportunity to come together and celebrate this magical little city with its people whom I've come to know and love. A few last chances to share stories and exchange adieus. Angie Mae Lizotte accompanies on synth and harmonies on Saturday June 9th and Tuesday June 12th. Sam Lynch, from Vancouver, BC, joins the bill in support of her EP release on the 12th. Find her music here.

RSVP on Facebook for further details and event information. Also, in case you missed it, Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Sides A/B are now available on all major streaming services and for purchase on Bandcamp

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Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side B out now on Bandcamp

design by Hayden Turner

A number of weeks ago I released the first half of a collection of songs entitled Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within); you can read about Side A here, and now I'm eager to share with you the second and final act a.k.a. Side B. Recorded at the legendary Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, the sessions were engineered by Joel Edinberg (he also mixed the tracks) and the record was mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Boston. The project was ushered into existence by my friend and long time collaborator, Forrest Pettengill, who led the sessions and produced the EP. The four songs that make up Side B were recorded sporadically over an eleven month stretch and feature a slew of musicians whom I adore. Brian Sokol is on drums and Hammond B-3, Forrest Pettengill on electric and upright bass, Parker Richey on lap steel guitar, Josie Lowder on electric guitar, Julia Mark and Joanna Schubert on background vocals, Cody Nilsen on pedal steel, Elena Korableva on cello and Sue Buzzard on violin. 

If you're all caught up on your reading, you already know that the two year period in which I was working on these two separate, yet concurrent recording projects was one marked by heavy inner turmoil and conflict. I saw myself and my output through a very obscured lens and I wasted a lot of time because of the fear and doubt I manifested within myself. Coupled with the fact that I had an albums worth of seemingly disparate material, it was a dilemma that took into question my intention behind this release. I still don't really know the answer, but I did learn to recognize the healing power of acceptance and openness throughout the process of figuring it all out. 

What I found was Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Sides A and B. Whatever it was, it was honest. And painful and exciting. It was apologetic and sentimental and dismissive at the same time. It was fortuitous and wistful and lingered longer than expected. It existed. It's free.  

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