Dear friends in music and more,
I hope spring has revived a sense of wonder and creativity in your life! I know some of you find yourselves in hard times due to illness, family struggles, or other concerns, and my heart is with you. May the blooming flowers comfort and encourage you. Others of you must be enjoying reasons to celebrate—a birth, a graduation, a success, a good day well lived! Many of us are experiencing both hard times and reasons for joy and celebration all at once. Life is complicated like that. No matter what today holds for you, I wish you well and I wish you good music!
“The tulip returns each spring to bloom, reborn anew from winter’s tomb. My heart also opens to the sky, to the sun, to the warmth, the butterfly!” ( a line from my 2018 song, “You Feel So Near”)
When I catch myself waiting impatiently for the tulip to bloom, I remind myself to enjoy the crocus and daffodils already in bloom in my yard. The air smells so alive right now after the long winter in Wisconsin. I love stepping outdoors!
Update on my concerts coming up:
Friday, May 10 7:30pm Wild Hog in the Woods (solo concert) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the “Willy Street” neighbored in Madison, Wis. (wildhoginthewoods.org)
Sunday, May 19, 7:30 pm Peter Mulvey’s Lamplighter series concert with Katie Dahl and Randy Sabien at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wis. Note: these concerts sometimes sell out. Get your tickets at this link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4172589
Thursday, July 18 7pm Driftless Books & Music, in Viroqua, Wis., a co-billed concert with the 2019 WAMI Award nominee John Stano
July 31 Farm to Table Dinner benefit for the Rock Co., Wis. RECAP program
Aug 10-11 Shawano Music Festival in Shawano, Wis. – a wonderful music festival in a lovely part of the state. (More details on when I will be performing as they become available.)
You can always see the latest schedule of my events at kaiafowler.com/shows and on my Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, please check out my singer-songwriter page. While you’re there, please like and follow me to stay connected. (Search for Kaia Fowler singer-songwriter on Facebook to find my page.)
One Breath album update:
I have been making good progress on my tracks for the album and will soon be bringing in musicians to contribute to the project:
- I am excited to announce that Milwaukee-based percussionist Nathan Klein–who displays true artistry in working with singer-songwriters–will be recording with me.
- Also, the marvelous Jeff Mason (Rose Among Thorns and Merry Horde member and solo artist) will provide lead and additional guitar color.
- Much-loved Madisonian Johnny Widdicombe will be providing stand-up acoustic bass on several of the songs.
- The wonderful Tricia Alexander will be blowing blues harmonica for “Ridin’ Along”. (Yes!)
- Finally, Joe Jencks, one of the most popular folk artists in the U.S. (and Ireland), will be arranging and recording harmonies for “Take Shelter in Love”.
I am so incredibly thankful to these amazing musicians for their interest in working with me on this project!
I am happy to say that One Breath is shaping up beautifully, and I can’t wait to get it in your hands. If you want to pre-order or donate to support the project, please use my Square site at this link: One Breath album pre-sale and donation campaign site. (It’s a secure site, but you may send a check if you prefer not to use your credit card online. Just include a note about what thank you gift you’ve selected, please!)
THANK YOU to folks who have already pledged or donated! Your support helps me do more with my music! It means so much to me, truly.
And thank you to everyone reading this email! Your listening and attending shows makes it possible for me to keep sharing the songs I write with the world. We have such beautiful musical experiences together! I’m so grateful.
So, “Im coming alive and feelin’ alright” now that the frogs are “singing by the pond.” I hope this email finds you well, too.
In wonder and gratitude,