Seth and Tony Door Art

Over the summer, I performed for Seth & Tony’s House Concert series.   Not only did I enjoy L.A.’s finest taco cart and eat cake with my picture on it,  I made some new friends in a community that enjoys and supports independent live music.  When I heard that Kevin Fisher was going to be entertaining at the next concert, I quickly bought a ticket.

Let’s backtrack….  Before I played my first show back in the 90’s, I used to hang out at Genghis Cohen on Fairfax Avenue and learn by watching L.A.’s finest singer-songwriters.  Some of my favorites were Vonda Shepard (whom I’ve opened for several times over the last 20 years), Dan Bern, Danny Peck, Kevin Montgomery (who became a dear friend) and Naked to the World.  Kevin Fisher was the lead singer and songwriter of Naked to the World, and to this day, some of his songs are indelibly stuck in my brain.  We orbited in the same circles but never really connected until the night I went to his show at Seth & Tony’s.  As I remembered, his songs were poignant, funny and super smart.  We chatted after the show and made a date to try to co-write a holiday tune.  I had it in my head that I wanted to have something to release before the end of the year for my fans.

My first co-write with Kevin yielded the tune “Christmas in the Ordinary.”  It came fast and easily, and we decided to keep going!  In a p-nutshell, Kevin and I share similar backgrounds and values, and swim in the same head space.  On a whim, we created a side duo project and we’ve dubbed ourselves…. The Humming Bards.  Our first collaboration is a completely fan funded holiday EP called “Holy Common Ground.”   It’s a collection of songs for Everyone- “whatever you believe, whatever road you’re on.”    I hope you get a chance to listen to it!  The EP releases November 16th on my own JamCat Records.  There are only a few limited edition, autographed physical copies available in my store, but you can also download it from iTunes on 11/16.

Art by Lynanne Petroff (Please visit her page, Lynanne’s Creations on Facebook)

We’d like The Humming Bards facebook page to be a community that fosters and inspires creativity.  We were so touched when the gifted Lynanne Petroff  (@LynannePetroff) posted her artwork inspired by one of our online concerts.   (If you’ve never checked out my live Concert Window broadcasts, please do!  Be sure to register so you can participate in the live chats.  Most shows are free or “pay what you can. www.concertwindow.com/cindyalexander.  Next show is December 2, 2018.)

Kevin and I are scheduling house concerts for 2019.  We will be performing our own material plus the new songs we’ve written (and continue to write) for The Humming Bards.   Please email me (cindy@cindyalexander.com) if you are interested in hosting!

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season ahead. With much love and gratitude,

Cindy aka pnut

Our new EP! Available November 16, 2018

Waffle House Love Pat
Waffle House Love Pat

First, a huge thank you to my hosts Dale Pierce and Chuck Skipper in Charlotte for the fabulous shows last month.  I hadn’t been to the South in a very long time and in my entire career as a touring artist, had never before visited these two fine establishments:  The Cracker Barrell (introduced to me by my guitar slinging side kick and fabulous singer/songwriter- Kevin So) and The Waffle House.  Chuck treated us to a tasty breakfast as well as a spatula beating and spontaneous jingle writing session.  Witness it for yourself here:

Chuck & his staff at CGG Weath Management were fabulous to work with – I especially enjoyed having Chuck and his sons Cory & Jason sit in on a few tunes.   Dale Pierce hosted an amazing benefit for Different Roads Home with some of the biggest hearts in Charlotte.  Exploring the town and hanging out with my band mates Tina Trevino and Kevin So was a treat.  OH, and I would be leaving out a HUGE element of the tour if I didn’t mention Monk the blues singing fur child of Kevin.  Note to self: Singing Dogs will always steal the show.

Monk the Blues Singing Fur Child of Kevin So
Monk

Another highlight from the tour was a visit to i105.3 WFIV in Knoxville.  DJ Joe Stutler let me play a few songs live on air and just last week, played CURVE in its entirety.  Joe was the first radio program director to add CURVE to the playlist so as you can imagine, WFIV will forever have a place in my heart.  You can listen to this taste-maker station online at myi105.com.  Looking forward to returning to Knoxville, Charlotte, and adding Asheville into the mix in August 2015.

Me & Joe Stutler at i105.3 Knoxville WFIV
Me & Joe Stutler at i105.3 Knoxville WFIV

 

It was wonderful to see old friends in Nashville including Jenna vonOy Bratcher, Gary Harrison and ShowBiz Liz Morrin.  Special thanks to Aubryn Stevens for letting me play a featured set during her Monday Writer’s Night at Daisy Dukes.  A shout out to the Hotel Preston in Nashville for the pet fish, because everyone needs the comforts from home while on tour.  This little guy was very quiet and didn’t wake me up in the morning like my children.  I wanted to adopt him but alas, I had to give him back at the end of my stay.

Here's a pet fish per your request!
Here’s a pet fish per your request!

Home now for month or so, writing new songs, spending quality time with my family and friends, and playing a few local shows.  Last week I had a great time sharing the stage with Lisa Loeb.

Me & Lisa Loeb at Saint Rocke April 2015
Me & Lisa Loeb at Saint Rocke April 2015

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon cooking soup for a women’s shelter through an organization called SoupSisters.org.  They refer to the charity as serving up “hugs in a bowl.”   Together with my producer Dave Darling (who has some killer knife skills), Toni Profera and her sister Joy, we created a delicious batch of Butternut Squash, Pear & Parsnip soup.  Yummmmm.

Making soup for SoupSisters.org
Making soup for SoupSisters.org

 

 

 

Next up – Jette & Perry’s Birthday Bash.  I’ve been planning my daughters’ 6th birthday at Lego Land as thoroughly as I plan my tours.  Speaking of, I hit the road again in July (East Coast), August (South) and September (Midwest with Gabriel Harley).  Check my tour schedule and if you’re in the area and would like your home invaded for a private concert, hit me up!  I promise I’m “mostly harmless.” (<–according to Gabe)

‘Til later,

XO
p-nut