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Be Good

by Heidi Howe

RockWorldMagazine.com says Howe is a little bit country, a little bit Sid Vicious and a little bit Louis C.K.
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1. Kind of Crazy
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2. Ruin Me
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3. I'm Done
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4. Alright
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5. Go Back
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6. The Ramones and George Jones
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7. Stand
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8. Souvenir
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9. Be Good
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10. Stronger Than My Love
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11. Ryan Adams Can
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Album Notes
"A must have for your 2014 Alternative Country music playlist. Don't miss out on this gem." - I Am Entertainment Magazine

"Hers is a voice made for country music. Her lyrics are smart and sassy and her music is infectious." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Within two tracks, this record was already something I wanted to recommend to people." - AbsolutePunk

​"Talent, charm, edge, humor and a unique voice in a sea
of artists who are just trying too hard. Howe is the real
deal." - RockWorldMagazine

Be Good is Excellent, RockWorldMagazine.com
Heidi Howe has the whole package. Talent, charm, edge, humor and a unique voice in a sea of artists who are just trying too hard. Howe is the real deal. Country, punk and aware of the life she’s singing about and not just pretending for the showcase and packaging, this Louisville slugger is a masterful powerhouse of song.

Howe’s latest record Be Good is a delightful journey through her crafted storytelling. From the hilarious lyrics of “Kind of Crazy” – I needed a stiff drink…in the second grade – to the soothing “Alright,” Be Good feels right at every turn and with every track.

Yes, Howe’s voice is a souped-up-Nancy-Griffith-had-a-baby-with-Siouxsie-and-the-Banshees and you’ll be a believer in her music with just a couple of tracks. If you need to know Howe, you need not go further than the wonderful “The Ramones and George Jones.” If you’re just plain ole nosy, “Ryan Adams Can” will further answer your questions.

From head to toe, Be Good is a crazy awesome album from an artist who should be a bona fide musical force and country punk rock star any second. You just wait. Chances are you’ve already crowned Heidi Howe.

Be Good, Examiner.com​
When it comes to country music, an album has to be something pretty remarkable for me to touch it. Let’s be honest, there is a lot more bad country music out there than good. But the ones that are good tend to be exceedingly good, sometimes brilliant. So when I received Heidi Howe’s new full-length album Be Good I admittedly went back and forth on whether or not to review it. Since then, however, I have given it a few listens all the way through, and I’ll be damned if these eleven songs don’t grow on you.

As the opener for Be Good, “Kind of Crazy” gives one a fair idea of what to expect from the rest of the album, with mandolin strumming, fiddle-bowing, drumming that is neither too hard nor too soft, warm backing vocals, and Heidi’s signature vocals. Like a lot of country music, the musicians on Heidi’s album are ridiculously talented, creating single song structures out of component parts…and outstanding song structures, at that. Guitars, mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, bass, dobro, keyboards, drums and additional percussion are the elements that make this a true country effort. But what stands out most of all is Heidi Howe’s vocals. At first I didn’t know if I liked them or not, but she certainly has a way of turning one around. This chick can sing, there is no question; and her high and cute delivery, with the occasional bit of crooning—as it was described by someone on Heidi’s Bandcamp page, she has a sort of Cyndi Lauper meets Dolly Parton thing going on—complements the overall sound produced by her backing band. And Heidi’s look certainly matches her vocals, but not so much the stereotypical country look. I like hers better, I think, with her short, blond pixie cut, crystal-blue eyes, and fair skin.

Throughout Be Good the songs occupy both ends of the country spectrum—lively pickers and slow twangy compositions—with few songs touching the ground in between. And lyrically, as it is with country music, the material deals largely with real life topics, especially love and the loss of love, strength and weakness, coming and going, and of course music. All of these are the sort of topics that people can relate to in one way or another. Considering the music and vocals and the lyrical content, Be Good is decidedly an above-average collection of songs, and one that deserves more than several listens.

“I’m Done” is a catchy little song, albeit on the more mainstream side of country music, with strumming as clear as a cold mountain brook, the soaring twang of pedal steel slide, a strong electric lead, and Heidi’s unique vocals. And this song title, like many of Heidi’s other song titles, gives one a good idea of what the song is about. In other words, she doesn’t hide behind metaphors and poetry and clever wordplay; she says exactly what she means, sings it outright, unapologetically and undaunted. And that is something I admire about her as an artist.

Another great song is “The Ramones and George Jones,” maybe my favorite on the record. Punk rock versus country—to be sure, an age-old genre conflict—but certainly less of an issue in this day and age where more punks are incorporating country into their sound, and where more country artists appreciate punk than before. I, for one, love this age of music, this great big melting pot of sound in which anything goes. Musically, it’s a brave new world, and I hope it continues along that path for many years to come. “Be Good,” the album’s title track, although not all-out mainstream in sound, has somewhat of a radio country sound to it; even so, it is still a very well-written song, and I find myself enjoying it despite myself. Then there’s the closer, my second favorite song on the album, “Ryan Adams Can.” This is more of a folky tune, with touches of country here and there, and awesome lyrics.

If you’re looking for some good country music and don’t yet know if you’re into mainstream country or alt-country, you might just be into Heidi Howe’s Be Good album, which seems to be neutral territory.

Be Good, TheMusicUniverse.com
If alt country needs a queen, we nominate Heidi Howe to the throne. Be Good is Heidi’s first new album of original material in a number of years—a melodious, twangy, sonically beautiful album with songs rich in Americana spirit, optimism, and plenty more feel good vibes that will surely put anyone in a better mood. “Kind Of Crazy,” the standout opening track describes Heidi’s affection with the one she finds the perfect kind of crazy for her; it’s pure traditional country with Heidi’s nasal twang vocals, reminiscent of Stevie Nicks. She pays homage to her heroes on the tracks “The Ramones & George Jones,” “Ryan Adams Can” (yes, these are actual song titles) and “Stand” where she hopes her relationship can become a great love story as much as June and Johnny Cash’s marriage was.

With songs that will resonate with listeners from Nashville to Red Hook, Brooklyn Heidi Howe has delivered an album with massive appeal, and poetic country-esque lyrics that people everywhere will relate to and enjoy.

Be Good, I Am Entertainment Magazine
Heidi Howe has a very nice voice that compliments her amazing songwriting well on her 2014 release, "Be Good". After having the privilege of interviewing and reviewing music by top alternative country artists like The Roys, Mickie James, and Lisa Matassa over the past year, I must say that Heidi rolls with the best of them. An artist who has proven her talents on the same stages as top artists in her genre like Todd Snider and the legendary Billy Joe Shaver, I'm not shocked that Heidi's new release is so amazing. Be Good is a strong collective of tales about life's ups and downs. Whether it's an issue related to
dating, family, or letting the good times roll, you'll find your story in Heidi's music.

One of my favorite songs on Be Good is "Go Back". An extremely relatable song that touches on an issue that we have all dealt with at some point; reminiscing about a past
relationship with someone you never really got over. Heidi asks, "Am I always going to go back, go back, go back to you in my mind. Am I always going to go back, go back, go back...one more kiss, just one last time?" If you can't relate, then you're either married to your high school sweetheart, or you're too young to have experienced the loss of that special someone you felt was the love of your life. Nevertheless, this is a great song that has an awesome music bed.

In addition to "Go Back", Heidi Howe offers up 10 more songs that make for a great album. Some of the more notable songs on this album inlcude: "Ruin Me", "Souvenir", "Be
Good", and "Stronger Than My Love". Each track shows off Heidi's amazing voice, songwriting skills, and her band's musical talents, making this a must have for your 2014 Alternative Country music playlist. Don't miss out on this gem.

Be Good, BlogCritics.org
With a voice that honors a heritage of Tennessee twang, singer/songwriter Heidi Howe charms her way through a dozen melodious originals spiked with country angst and homey wisdom on her latest album, Be Good. Hers is a voice made for country music, and she knows how to make the most of it. At their best, which seem to be more often than not on this album, her lyrics are smart and sassy and her music is infectious. Be Good, to be released in February 2014, is her sixth solo album, and her first since 2007’s I Love Britney Spears.

“I would rather play to 10 people who will listen than to 200 people who consider me a jukebox,” a comment she made after the release of her second album in 2001, is a good indication of the importance she attaches to connecting with her audience. Howe’s music is intimate; it needs to be heard in a honky-tonk, a long neck bottle within easy reach. But most of all, it needs an audience willing to listen—the fit though few, as the poet said.

Whether Howe is indulging in some traditional country despair over lost love, as in the plaintive chorus of “Souvenir” – “This broken heart is my souvenir/Reminding me love don’t live here” – or going through lists of habit-kicking celebrities (like Robert Downey Jr.), she has a way with a lyric that strips away maudlin sentimentality in favor of plain speaking. She does so with some post-modern irony too, intended or not, as an intervention technique in “If Ryan Adams Can.” Even a song like “The Ramones and George Jones,” which in its evocation of the past could easily turn soppy, she instead finds in the music “a religion of her own.”

“Stand” has a smart allusive lyric set in a beautiful melody, and “Alright” has a refrain that seems to go on and on to emphasize the inevitability of love working out where there is a real commitment.

A video of the album’s opening song, “Kind of Crazy,” is available on YouTube. It makes for a nice introduction to the singer and her work. If you like this, and you should, you will like the rest of the album.

Be Good, Music-News.com
There will always be a place in this diverse industry for alternative country artists to thrive and reach a healthy following of appreciators. Heidi Howe - the diminutive figure from Louisville, Kentucky – doesn’t entirely look like your archetypal girl next door (what with her noticeable tattoos and edgy-practically-punk style) but she exudes the typical homely charm of the country genre in her latest album, ‘Be Good’. Sure the image and the music are largely incongruous on so many levels but this only adds to the mystique of the enigmatic singer-songwriter.

The album exhibits Howe’s beautiful vocal range, extending from the soft to booming but always melodic throughout. She’s like Dolly Parton, Iris DeMent and Natalie Maines wrapped up into one, plucking away at a cherry red guitar that is almost the same size as she is and delivering a classic demonstration of authentic Americana that proves timeless. She has opened for numerous recognisable names within the alternative country scene including Billy Joe Shaver, Rosie Flores, Stacey Earle and Todd Snider who many have already likened her to. Evidently, she has harnessed her experiences from such encounters and garnished it into her music masterfully.

Themes of love, loss and compassion are melded into ‘Be Good’ but, true to the art form, the lyricism of the songs are far more multifarious and sober than you would likely get from a pop artist. Howe has the coveted combination of a soothing tone and interesting views and stories that make her material easy to listen to and completely relative to people the world over.

Heidi Howe’s ‘Be Good’ is the product of a well-travelled musician with many marketable facets to her personality that make her music so attractive. These days, there is a place in the mainstream for an album like this as people tend to favour abiding instrumentalism over technologically-enhanced laziness. This 11-track album is the eighth studio album that she has produced and this level of know-how more than shows in her work.

Be Good, AllWhatsRock.com
Heidi Howe may be small in stature but she more than makes up in big heart. With a voice that is thick, ringing like a bell, and syrupy like warm molasses she is everything that is sweet about country twang, and being born into a musical family her path seemed destined from day one.

Be Good, her sixth solo outing, is a modern day take on old timey traditional Americana and country music but with a humorous and more introspective edge. It is with this edge that Howe manages to be a stand out artist because even when there are moments of angst on Be Good they are still turned inside out and into triumphs.

“Kind of Crazy” kicks off the album and it is an easy charmer ditty about finding an awesome kindred who makes your head spin without the drink and meets you head on in firey spirit. It’s a happy hopeful positive tune with a pretty sunset at the end. On the flipside “I’m Done” is quite simply a washing away of the bad seeds and taking power back, but not without some heartbreak and time spent kicking oneself over bad decisions. I love the instrumentation on this one, especially the opening slide guitar and acoustic accompaniment.

There is something very pure about Americana and country music that I’ve grown to appreciate in the last couple of years. The fact that a few simple lyrics can be placed over top of a banjo, fiddle, and a kickin’ drumbeat to create a particular feeling and style that sounds like no other is pretty cool, and these organic southern fried tunes definitely register.

Heidi Howes voice is a near perfect emotive beacon that channels greats such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others, but she brings it to the present and offers a punk laced take on a genre that I’m glad I’ve started paying more attention to. With fresh faces like Howe offering their 2-bits it is clear that the future of country is in good hands.

Be Good, VeggieFans.net
Veteran country musician Heidi Howe is getting ready to release her sixth studio record Be Good on Feb. 2, 2014. This is her first album since 2007′s I Love Britney Spears and it is well worth the wait. Howe’s distinctive vocals combine the sweetness of Dolly Parton with the strength of Carrie Underwood as she sings catchy cautionary tales.

The album opens with the lead single “Kind of Crazy,” a bouncy track with cross-over appeal and a delightful fiddle arrangement. Howe peppers the album with several upbeat songs that contain messages of moving on and not allowing life to get the best of you. She finds solace in music with the tribute track “The Ramones and George Jones” and she explores the triumphs of moving on with “I’m Done.”

The bulk of Be Good features Howe reflecting on the struggles of addiction to love and bad habits as well as drugs and alcohol. She said of the album, “it’s not a recovery themed compilation of songs by any means, but my personal experiences have certainly influenced my writing. Ultimately, it’s my goal to make smart, twangy music that helps me (and hopefully others) get through rough patches and celebrate the good in life.” One very helpful song, “Ryan Adams Can,” touts the victories that other musicians have had over addiction and how everyone can find strength in the accomplishments of others.

Howe expresses sadness through contemplative reflection on the tracks “Go Back” and “Souvenir.” With “Ruin Me,” she tells the tale of a woman who unwittingly fell in love and now has a broken heart to show for it. “Thought I was home-free/But you came here to ruin me/You came here to ruin me”, she sings as a slide guitar weeps for her.

Be Good is an album for anyone who has faced hard times and struggled to overcome them. Howe is able to relate her personal experiences with the universality of the challenges we all go through in life. Howe’s storytelling is captivating, her voice is wholesome and her musical talent knows no bounds.

Under the Gun Interview
We’re pleased to bring you this exclusive interview with singer/songwriter Heidi Howe who is set to release her brand new record, entitled Be Good, on February 2 followed by an excursion around the midwest and east coast in support of the album.

Heidi took the time to speak with us candidly as she delved deep into her history with music growing up then proceeded to give insight to her new album and what plans and goals she has for the future, so read through the break and get familiar with Heidi Howe in this UTG interview.

It looks as though music was pretty much in your make-up since the beginning. Can you tell us about how you were involved with it growing up and when you first really started becoming a musician?

My mom was an elementary school music teacher for most of my childhood and she also led the choirs at our church. I was really involved with church choirs (my mom’s choirs and others) all through my childhood and adolescence, though I’m not sure I am a very good choral singer. I was forever being asked to shut the hell up. I just sang too darn loud and stuck out like a sore thumb, I suppose. But I got lots of solos!

My dad is an avid record collector (mostly 45s) and ever since I can remember, he’s had at least one microphone hooked up to his stereo for folks to sing along with records. So I grew up singing along with Merle Haggard and Crystal Gayle and stuff. (Fairly well sealed my fate!) My dad can’t sing, but he loves and respects music so much. Rumor has it that he played the banjo before I was born.

My dad also was the first and only Director of Student Activities at the University of Louisville for much of my life, and I spent a great deal of time at work with him. “Work” was actually a multi-purpose venue called the Red Barn (which has since been named after my dad) that housed events for students and the community like movies, cook-outs and concerts. While my dad was in meetings, I would sneak up on the Red Barn stage and pretend I was a rock star with the equipment that weekend’s band had set up. To me, it’s one of the most important places I’ve gotten to perform, since it was a dream of mine for so long.

My bonus-dad (step-dad, but we prefer the term “bonus”) is probably the biggest fan of my music and believer in my dreams. He has always acted very impressed with me. (I like to remain ignorant of whether that is a genuine emotion or not.) When I was in grade school, he would set up a makeshift recording studio in our living room and record these terrible songs I wrote. As I got older and actually did make real recordings, he helped me financially. Most of my family has been extremely supportive of me, but he seemed to honestly like my music, always playing my CD in his office or telling his friends about my latest effort. That’s just really special to me because, you know, he didn’t have to.

Louisville has an extraordinary performing arts school, and I spent my high school years there, performing in plays and singing in competitions and choirs. I adored nearly every second of my time there. It’s on my bucket list to do another musical again, but not anytime soon. I want to be in the Sound of Music. (Yes, I’m aware that’s extremely cheesy.)

When I was about 14 years old, my best friend started playing the guitar. She was several years older than me, and I wanted to do everything she did to the point that it was probably embarrassing. So I started teaching myself chords on the guitar. I would sit in my room and play for hours using my tiny Mel Bay chord book. I wrote really bad, angst-filled songs. I started playing open mics at coffeehouses in high school. I got my first gig at a local restaurant when I was about 16. I remember being so excited. Unfortunately, becoming a working musician clashed with my alcoholism, and it wasn’t until I got sober at 23 that I started to be serious about playing music.

Besides your parents being major influences, and the couple artists you mentioned, would you say there are any other that played a major role in your desire to create music?

As I said, I grew up as a kid singing along with my dad’s record collection. We played a lot of country music, but we had other genres in there as well. Sad to say, I was probably more star struck at that point with Debbie Gibson than I was with Dolly Parton. (I eventually learned better…) My dad used to take me to this old record shop downtown called King’s Records. (Roseanne Cash had an album called King’s Records and the cover was her superimposed in front of this record shop). I later wrote a song about Gene King, the owner, called King of the Vinyl. It’s still one of my favorites. There were pictures all over the walls of Gene King with different celebrities. I kick myself today for having no idea how insanely cool that place was. My dad traded beer for records and he and Gene would visit in the back while I searched for top 40 pop music. This makes me feel like Chris Farley in “The Chris Farley Show” on Saturday Night Live- (hitting self in the head) “Such an idiot!!”

The first albums I remembering purchasing…The Dead Milkmen, The Bangles, REM, New Order, Indigo Girls. That’s all pretty random. In middle and high school, I largely rejected country music. I had posters of Robert Smith on my walls. I adored the Indigo Girls and sang their songs ad nauseam with my friends. My house was kind of the revolving door “party house” and we probably drove our neighbors crazy singing into the wee hours on our porch.

I eventually got introduced to more punk rock music. Rancid I love(d) and of course, The Ramones. It wasn’t until I went to make my first record, Nature of My Wrongs in 1999, that I realized I really was a country artist. I didn’t intend to be. It just came out that way. Can’t help it.

What essentially do you think led that to happening?

After I released Nature of My Wrongs, I started getting favorable press and opportunities to open for bigger names in the Americana genre. People like Paul Thorn, The Be Good Tanyas, Billy Joe Shaver… I have always been most drawn to songwriters with intelligent lyrics. In my early 20s, I became a huge Lyle Lovett fan. I worked at a record store (remember those?) and discovered Todd Snider who I later had the privilege of eating plantains with and opening for. His music was really hard to pigeon-hole, and I adored and still do adore it. I see him play when I can. I also became a big Paul Thorn fan. Music that makes me think, cry and laugh all in the same 15 minutes is what floats my boat.

You’ve also worked in various other genres as well though, right? Are there any types of music that you’re yet to explore that you plan to take a stab at?

In my early 20s, I was in a few bands that were more rock. I either got kicked out for drinking or just generally acting like a jerk. I hope that sobriety has made me a kinder, more responsible person.

My bucket list- form an all-girl Ramones cover band. Stay creative and open.

I think it’s going to be pretty difficult to get away from country. As Mark Twain said, “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” I’ll likely stay pretty close to doing what I feel most comfortable doing.

So your new album, Be Good, is set to release next month and you’ve said that it definitely revolves around personal experiences. Can you tell us a little about the themes throughout the album and what it represents for you?

If I had to say, I’d say that the theme of the album is mostly addiction- my addictions and other people’s addictions. Most of the songs were written in what I would call crisis points in a relationship. I wrote songs to deal with the pain of not being able to help someone suffering from their addiction. I felt very powerless and writing songs was something I could do to feel like I had some power.

Obviously, not all of the songs are bummers. “Kind of Crazy” I wrote when I was enjoying the newness of a relationship (that eventually went south.) “Ruin Me” is actually a love song. You’ve ruined me for everyone else. “The Ramones and George Jones” was my friend Randy Ratliff’s idea that I took and ran with. I love the idea of music being my religion. I wrote Be Good with a man I still adore when were first dating. Basically, we were both like, “I suck at relationships.” And we wrote a song about it.

Going through the pain of the past few years and coming out the other side was and is a pretty big accomplishment to me. The album feels a little like a merit badge I got for that.

Beside the obvious genre shift, how would you say Be Good differs from your previous works? Is there anything in particular that you had set in mind that you wanted to do differently on this release in terms of writing and or recording?

Well, I think Be Good is totally different. For one thing, it took FOREVER. Start to finish, almost 3 years. That’s because I had life crises happening in between trying to record, getting the money together and Greg Foresman being an on-the-road, out-of-town rock star. And the music is better and more cohesive. The songs aren’t as comedic as my previous works.

It’s the only album I’ve ever made that I ensured I was involved with every last note of it. I drove my engineer/producer Howie Gano insane, I’m sure. (Though Howie and I had tons of fun.) We recorded, we re-recorded, we re-recorded some more. I kept thinking, “I may not get to make another record for a long time, so this has to be the best it can be.” I was harder on myself. I edited a lot and listened to other musicians to get ideas. A lot more of my own effort went into this album than any other one I’ve done.

Most of my other records were produced by people besides me. I think it’s good to have input, good to be open to other ideas. But I feel that was a mistake for me. I should’ve stayed true to myself. I’m not sure if that would’ve been possible, though, as I don’t think I had a very clear idea of who I was. I just wanted to be a big star, and that doesn’t make for solid decision making.

One publication described you as being a “little bit country, a little bit Sid Vicious and a little bit Louis C.K.” I’m interested in knowing your interpretation of that and how you’d describe your musical personality.

[laughs] Yeah, folks don’t know where to put me, what to do with me. I’m cool with that. If I’m flattering myself, I’d like to think I have some punk rock attitude, definite country twang and song structure with some smart-ass comedic lyrics. It’s actually pretty close to the way I’d describe my stuff. I found that quote pretty complimentary. I love all of those things/people.

I have always loved making people laugh, and my work- especially my earlier work- reflects that, I think.

Do you have a long relationship with your red acoustic guitar? It appears to be somewhat of a sidekick.

Yes. My parents gifted me some money to buy a guitar when I was first getting sober. So I’ve never played it loaded. My friend Screamin’ John Hawkins sold me that guitar when he was working at The Guitar Emporium in Louisville, an infamous guitar store owned by my friend Jimmy Brown (who plays bass and played on Be Good.) That’s neat, everything kind of coming full circle like that.

I bought that guitar because it was small enough for me to handle, and it’s well made (it’s a Gibson) and it’s red. Turns out that was a good move, as it seems to be one of the things people remember about me. I just had to have some work done on it, shout out to Glaser’s in Nashville!

You have quite a few tour dates coming up spanning the midwest and east coast. Are you excited to get this new material on the road? Do you have any kind of record release show planned?

I really miss touring, and I can’t wait to start again. It’s been quite a while. I am hoping to do more than just see the place I play and the place I stay. I want to get out and meet new people and see the sights a bit. Hear some new music. Have some miles by myself on the road, maybe write some new songs.

I do have a record release party happening on February 15, 2014 at The New Vintage in Louisville, KY. 8PM. My friend Shadwick Wilde’s band, The Quiet Hollers, open. I’ll be playing with most of the musicians from the record. Yes, Greg Foresman is leading the band. I’m so excited! I’ll be the least qualified person on stage.

You’ve expressed a fondness for intimate performances over that of a larger venue. Do you feel that that will always be the case? Is it the fact that you prefer to have a closer relationship with the audience?

I feel like a concert is not entirely one-sided. To me, it’s the most fun when it is a “conversation” between me and the audience. Not that people talk back to me, but there’s a shared energy. I love to tell stories. It’s easier to do that in an intimate environment. My favorite way to play is just me and my guitar. I can start and stop and go at my own pace. But playing with a band on a big stage is lots of fun, too. Maybe I’ll feel differently in the future…or maybe I’ll graduate from intimate small clubs to intimate theaters. That’d be awesome.

You mentioned maybe writing on the road. Now that the album is finished and all set to come out, have you already begun writing for your next effort or are you focusing on touring and promoting Be Good for awhile?

I’ve written a little bit, but not much. I have a songwriters group meeting at my house on the regular in 2014, so I hope to remedy that. I don’t write as an exercise much. I usually write on a walk or in my car. Honestly, things have been going well, and I haven’t been that inspired. Pain seems to be the great inspiration. It’s like that Steve Earle song “My Old Friend the Blues”- Eventually, the pain will come around again, but I’m not asking it to hurry. I guess I need to start writing more fiction. Probably will help me be a better writer. I’m going to Steve Earle’s songwriting camp in the summer of 2014, and I hope to learn a ton.

Any specific goals in 2014 for this project that you hope to achieve?

My main goal this year is to have peace of mind no matter what happens. Lofty goal, I know.

I have found it to be a conflict of interests to set too many goals outside of that. Yes, I want to get good reviews. Yes, I want to play some great shows. Yes, I want to become more well known in the industry and among music lovers. But mostly, I just want to be happy no matter what happens with my record. I got to work with insanely generous and talented people. I got to make something I’m proud of. Now, I get to travel and answer questions from nice people like you. Success!



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