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I'm proud to announce that we've been added to the Shubb Artists roster as endorsing artists of Shubb Capos.  Thanks to Gary Mobley at Shubb, who we met at the NAMM show in January, we are now listed there and proudly endorse Shubb capos!

Here's a great quote from their website: 

"We love being in the music business, and the part we love best is the music and the musicians.  Yes, we attend to business; it keeps bread on the table, and afire burning in the hearth.  We never forget that.  But the fire that burns by itself is our passion for music.

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Make sure to visit them at the Shubb Capos Website

Just got the news that Rob's song "Albuquerque" (from our "Green Kentucky Blues" CD) has just been made a finalist in the Great American Song Contest (Country category)!  Congratulations, Rob!!  Check it out at The Great American Song Contest Website 

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Fab February and Martin Family

 

Our February was amazing - we were on the road for a music-filled President's Day/Valentines Day weekend.  We debuted everywhere we went, first at the Fireside Concerts in Newbury Park, and the triumphant San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The fans in SF were great and loved the band!  Kudos to my brother Rick Glaze who chauffeured us around all weekend and let us stay at his lovely home and to Laurie Lewis who so generously lent us her beautiful Eminence bass.  It was beautiful and Fred had a blast playing it.  It was great to feel the glow from the new and growing fan base in Northern Cal, and we're looking forward to getting back there!  A big surprise was that my brother Rick sent me home with another Martin guitar he gifted me from his collection, one that I borrowed to play the shows with - a beautiful OMC which is Orchestra Model Cutaway.  The photo below is of our entire Martin family!

 

Martin Family March Shows
This month I'm excited to be sharing the stage with someone I'm a fan of, Shaun Cromwell.  He's opening for us at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Friday, March 12th and I hope you'll all come out!  We've got a rousing group joining us and new songs, and you've got to hear the great Shaun. We're headed down to San Diego later in the month to join the San Diego IndieFest and our great friend fiddler Dan Sankey will guest with the trio.

Radio Airplay
"Green Kentucky Blues" as well as our earlier title "Blue Eyed Darlin'" have picked up airplay on roots radio in the U.S. and Canada:

KGLT/Americana Backroads - Bozeman MT
WMMT/Art Menius - Whitesburg KY
KVMR/Four Strong Winds - Nevada City CA
WNEC/Out of the Woods - Henniker NH
WYEP/An American Sampler
WRFL/Hard Travelin' Revue - Lexington KY
WEFT - From the Joshua Tree Inn - Champaign IL
WVGN - Virgin Islands
CIUT - Radio Boogie - Toronto
KBOO - Saturday Morning Gumbo
KCSN - Bluegrass Etc., Northridge, CA

Thanks to press agent Teresa Conboy for her good and creative work!

Spring!
In LA we're just starting to see the first hints of Spring.  It's always a new joy every year when it rolls around.

More than the little extra light, more than even the faint aromas, there is a new presence in the world, in the air around me.  I feel it clearly, though it is tiny and timid:  it's opening my eyes and ears and heart, and re-lighting that little bit of hope I thought had been buried in the dark.

You have no idea how closed in you've been until the first bright rays of sun find you in your dark room.

 

Here's a quote for Spring Faith and Spring Hope:


"Listen to your life.

See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.

In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness:

touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it

because in the last analysis all moments are key moments,

and life itself is grace."    -- Fred Buechner

 

Love and Blessings for a hopeful Spring and Revival of the Presence!

Susie


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"Green Kentucky Blues" as well as our earlier title "Blue Eyed Darlin'" have picked up airplay on roots radio in the U.S. and Canada:

KGLT/Americana Backroads - Bozeman MT
WMMT/Art Menius - Whitesburg KY
KVMR/Four Strong Winds - Nevada City CA
WNEC/Out of the Woods - Henniker NH
WYEP/An American Sampler
WRFL/Hard Travelin' Revue - Lexington KY
WEFT - From the Joshua Tree Inn - Champaign IL
WVGN - Virgin Islands
CIUT - Radio Boogie - Toronto
KBOO - Saturday Morning Gumbo
KCSN - Bluegrass Etc., Northridge, CA

Thanks to press agent Teresa Conboy for her good and creative work!
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Hey Friends! 
When we were getting in the car to come home from San Francisco, my brother rendered me speechless when he gifted me with his wonderful Martin OMC!  Here it is along with our growing Martin family, the D28 and Rick's 0018 (he's letting me borrow)!  I played this OMC for all the SF shows and it sounds great!    

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We had the most awesome time in San Francisco last weekend!  It was a whirlwind weekend with Fireside Concert Series in Newberry Park on Friday, and San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival on Saturday and Sunday!  The fans in SF were warm and friendly and loved the band!  I think we'll be asked back!  Kudos to my brother Rick Glaze who chauffeured us around all weekend and let us stay at his lovely home, and to Laurie Lewis who so generously lent us her beautiful Eminence bass!  It was gorgeous and Fred had a blast playing it.  It's great to feel the glow from the new and growing fan base in Northern California.  We're looking forward to getting back there.  I hope to have photos and video from our fine venues coming soon!

 

Well folks, the New Year isn't even 3 weeks old yet and there’s already been a lot going on!

 

New Band Photography

We started everything off with a bang and a snap the first week by asking our friend Cam Sanders, a great photographer, to create new band photography for us and the wonderful results can be found on our website’s Gallery page.

 

New Sounds!

Also early in the month, our friend Ken Lopez from USC did us a big favor by helping us to find new sound equipment which we did with the help of Kurtis Ewing at Westlake Professional Sales.  Now we’re traveling around with some fine Audiotechnica mics and are really happy with them.  The other cool sound addition to the band is my brother Rick’s Martin 0018.  The day before we played Kulak’s he brought it down from Northern California for me to borrow and we love the sound in combo with Rob’s big D28.  I hope we get to keep it!

 

January Shows

The month has already seen two shows – we had a great time at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood with Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements on January 9th, and the following weekend took the Quartet to Tom Lee’s Songtree Music Series in Goleta California where we had a great, great experience. It’s a beautiful new space for concerts and a large and wonderfully warm audience.  Lastly this month it’s the Concert for Haiti benefit concert on Sunday, January 31st at the Culver Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230.  Artists include Laurence Juber, Amilia K. Spicer, Brad Colerick, Robby Longley, Freebo, Bernie Pearl with Mike Barry, Matt Cartsonis, Renaissance, James Lee Stanley, Severin Browne, Michael Richards & Doctor Fun, Tracy Newman, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Sage, Tim Tedrow & Terry Vreeland, Robert Morgan Fisher, Dale LaDuke, Dave Morrison Band, Dafni, Duane Thorin, Lisa Turner, Kara Grainger.  Call the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church at 310-390-7717 for more information and plan to come and donate for Haiti earthquake relief.  Organizations represented will be Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health – PIH, CARE, Oxfam, Americares and others.  www.hope4la.org

 

NAMM

Steve and I attended the NAMM show a couple of weeks ago, where we ran into many of our buddies hanging at the Martin Guitar exhibit.  Thanks to our friends at IBMA (thanks Jill!), we were able to attend as members of that organization.  At Martin we were incredibly lucky to meet with Dick Boak who handles Artist & Public Relations, and is the editor of “The Sounding Board” (Martin's official newsletter). We shared with him the unique story of how our D28 came to us, and he offered to add a listing about our band and our Martin story to the newsletter, published twice a year. The story in short: Our Martin D-28 (pictured in the banner photo on the top of our website) came to us by way of Steve's good friend, actor John Goodman. John worked with Steven Spielberg in the movie "The Flintstones" and was given the guitar as a gift from the director. John found he didn't play the guitar very often and offered it to Steve who promptly jumped at the chance to own this gorgeous instrument. We've featured it in our concerts and recording sessions ever since.

 

We should be in Vol. 29 of “The Sounding Board” this summer.

 

Also while at the NAMM show we were delighted to set up artist relationship agreements with Shubb Capos (www.shubb.com) and Deering Banjos (www.deeringbanjos.com).  Steve ordered a Vega Old Tyme model from the Deering booth and we’re excited to have it arrive soon.  Watch out for some old fashioned plunking from Steve coming soon…!

 

Writing

I’ve started my CD review writing for Dirty Linen (www.dirtylinen.com) and my first byline will appear in their March/April issue.  On Folkworks (www.folkworks.org) my review of Jeni & Billy’s CD “Jewel Ridge Coal” is currently CD Review of the Week.

 

February Shows

As I write we’re preparing for our February shows, including our first time in the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival (www.sfbluegrass.org).  All the details for February are on our Upcoming Shows page.

 


"Green Kentucky Blues" has been nominated by Just Plain Folks 2009 Music Awards in the Best Roots Album Category!  Click Here for the JPF Music Awards Website


We're thrilled to announce that "Green Kentucky Blues" has been nominated by Just Plain Folks 2009 Music Awards for Best Roots Album.
 
Additionally, four songs from the album have also been nominated as follows:
 
In the Bluegrass Song Category:
"Maggie Bailey" (Rob Carlson and Laurie Lewis)
"Cody Brown" (Rob Carlson and James Carlson)
 
In the Roots Song Category:
"Albuquerque" (Rob Carlson)
"Green Kentucky Blues" (Rob Carlson and Laurie Lewis)
 
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band along with producer Laurie Lewis and all the guest players on "Green Kentucky Blues" are very grateful to the Just Plain Folks organization and to all those who judged during the HUGE nomination process. This is our second honor from JPF and we thank them for their months of tireless work on behalf of independent artists of all genres. 
 
The winners will be awarded on Saturday, August 29th in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Click Here to Read the JPF Press Release
 

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