Ho ho ho Happy Holidays!
November 27, 2011
Greetings Jaybirds Fans, Friends and Family,
Can you believe it? Once again we’re down to the final, holiday-season Jaybirds newsletter and year-end date announcement. So soon! But what better way to finish out the year than with a swing through some of our favorite (err, favourite) places to play in the Vancouver/Vancouver Island area....
First, some great, recent reviews of the band’s latest recording, Vintage and Unique:
“You can always count on the Jaybird’s unique sound, its mix of fire and laid-back elegance with a loose good-time feel. From the opening lick that introduces their variant of ‘Shady Grove’ to the closing grace of Reischman’s tremelo-laced ‘Bitterroot Waltz,’ this is a wonderfully evocative album.”
– Bluegrass Unlimited
“...Rollicking, soulful groove perfectly honed for showcasing the band’s unparalleled instrumental prowess. As its title implies, Vintage & Unique offers up a hybrid form of acoustic music, imbued with the familiar ring of bygone charms filtered through a uniquely contemporary interpretive process.”
– Songlines (four-star review)
Never too late to add a Jaybirds CD to your Christmas/Hannukah wish list…or to buy a dozen for all your closest friends and family! . Imagine their joy, Christmas morning. Click HERE
. Maybe this picture says it best of all:
Other news from around the nest:
John’s been busy working on his much anticipated third solo CD featuring original and traditional bluegrass and old-time tunes. Guests on the CD so far include Bruce Molsky, Nick Hornbuckle, Greg Spatz, Jim Nunally, and Trisha Gagnon. Other guests on board for recording in the very near future are Scott Nygaard and Chris Thile. He hopes to have the disc available for purchase by summer 2012. Keep an eye out! Also on the recording front, John will soon be back in the studio with John Miller to start their long overdue third recording.
Jim will be busy performing far and wide with Nell Robinson in “Soldiers’ Stories: A musical Tribute to Veterans.” He’ll also be busy with Dix Bruce, High Country and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience during the holiday season around the Bay Area (more info here: http://www.jimnunally.com/schedule.html
). If you can’t make it to a Jaybirds show or catch Jim with any of his other musical ventures, you can always order up some of his music or instructional DVDs for the holidays at www.jimnunally.com. The perfect gift for all your guitar playing friends!
Greg was recently interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers for some of his accomplishments in the writing and music world. Five whole minutes (exactly) of fame! See it HERE
. He was also very excited to learn that the opening pages of his new novel INUKSHUK (read more about it here, or pre-order your copy
) won him a $25,000 literature fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts
. Exciting! Now what to do with that money...more fiddles? More bows?
That’s all the news for now…
Your Jaybird pen pals,
End of summer newsletter
Sept. 18, 2011
Greetings Jaybirds Fans, Friends and Family!
Hard to believe, another good summer’s come and gone…yes, and now it’s time for the wrap on summer news from around the Jaybirds nest (with some date announcements at the end).
Biggest news around the nest: earlier this month, Trisha learned that her raspberry jam was judged to be BEST OVERALL in Scotland’s World Jampionships!! That’s right, out of one hundred other entrants from around the globe—South Africa, Scotland, England, Canada, etc.—Trisha’s jam was judged to be not just “Best Overseas Artisan,” or “Best Overseas Homemade,” but, “The Berry Best Raspberry in the World.” Yes! Of course, we already knew it was the best in the world, but it’s always nice having your opinions certified by the judges. Read more about the contest here:
Scotland Food and Drink
Or hear Trisha tell the story herself on CBC’s “As it Happens” (go to the last 10 minutes of Part 3):
CBC "As it Happens"
Or on CBC’s “North by Northwest”:
"North by Northwest"
Also exciting, John and his mandolin (also, some say, the best in the world) were featured in this mini-documentary at The Fretboard Journal. Beautifully filmed in John’s home, with some great close-ups and tips on tone and right hand technique (and a special cameow appearance by his cat). See it all here:
Greg had this news to share: a few weeks ago he learned that the Spokane Arts Commission will be awarding him the “Individual Artist” of the year award for 2011! He was hoping for a scepter, a key to the city, and a seat on his own float in the annual Lilac Day Parade. Due to budgetary cutbacks he’ll be settling for a handshake from the City Council President and a root beer float. No jam. If you’re in Spokane on Oct. 3, be sure to come to the City Council Chambers for the festivities.
Jim had this statistical news (note: not all claims in this newsletter are vetted by outside sources): He consumes more jam than any other Jaybird.
And now here are those dates! Come on out and see us if you can, or send your friends. And as always, be sure to stop in at our website, www.thejaybirds.com for more up-to-the-minute news and to read more about our new CD “Vintage and Unique.”
Speaking of “vintage,” here’s a shot of us from our very first photo shoot, eleven years ago this month. Don't we all look pretty much the same?
Your Jaybird pals,
John, Jim, Nick, Trisha and Greg
jaybirds summer newsletter
August 19, 2010
Greetings Jaybirds fans, friends and family!
Long time no hear from! We know, we know….
There’s lots of news to share and upcoming dates to tell you about it, so we’ll dispense with the funny stuff and get right to it.
News around the nest:
Jim tells us he’s been having an extra busy summer touring north, south, east and west with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, sharing stages with the likes of Steve Earle, Del and Ronnie McCoury, Darol Anger and many others. He’s also excited to announce the release of his brand new follow up instructional DVD “The Art of Rhythm Guitar: Walks and Runs.” It’s available now at http://www.jimnunally.com/walksandrunsdvd.html
. Check it out! Learn to play just like Jim!
Trisha’s been busy cooking up this year’s harvest of blackberry and raspberry jams and will be selling it by the caseload at upcoming shows. More exciting even than that is the official release of her brand new solo CD, “A Story about You and Me,” coming up on Sept. 21! Digital downloads should be available on her website, www.trishagagnon.com
sooner than that, and pre-release copies will be available at all upcoming shows. Come on out and get yours—be the first kid on your block to own a copy!
John’s been busy working up new material for another John Miller/John Reischman recording as well as new material for the next Jaybirds CD. He tells us he had a great time teaching at the Mandolin Symposium with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, et. al., earlier this summer. And he’s also enjoyed getting his house painted (jaybird blue, we think), watching the paint dry, practicing his bird calls….
Greg was excited to see the latest Mighty Squirrel record, “Sqworld Record,” climb as high as #2 in Washington State and #31 nationally for roots music radio airplay, several weeks running earlier this summer. Check it out, hear some samples and get your copy here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MightySquirrel
. Other than that…Greg enjoyed a return visit to the Squaw Valley Writers conference where he slept too little and had entirely too much fun.
Nick’s been roasting coffee, swimming in the river, and writing and recording new tunes. He’s looking forward to hitting the road. Not sure if he’s cooked up any batches of Jaybirds roast coffee yet…but keep an eye out. It’s a work in progress.
Now here’s where you can catch us in the next several weeks. Come on out if you can. Send your friends if you can’t. We’re always glad to see you!
Your Jaybird pals,