One of the big pleasures for us over the last year has been building a friendship with the legendary Martin Atkins. Martin was first a huge influence on me when I was a kid — he played drums in like 5 of the bands I was the most into in my most formative years. And then he was again a huge influence, on both me and Shannon, when he put out his book Tour Smart nearly ten years ago, which is where we got a lot of our initial ideas for how to do all the DIY stuff that we’ve been doing since with Shannon’s career.

Martin asked us to do our house concert presentation for him at 2112, a music/tech/film incubator in Chicago where he has an office. And of course we said yes!

2112 presentation

Oh hi! Tour is … well, not done … but VERY NEARLY DONE. We’ve been on tour so long that I can’t remember ever doing anything else. It’s been this pretty much every night (i.e., amazing):

val & karla concert

Just a quick note — Shannon and I have been asked to give a talk on how we do house concerts at the CD Baby DIY Musician Conference. It’s next week, in Chicago. If you’re an independent musician, you should go to this conference. It’s positive and it’s useful and the vibe is supportive and excellent and we recommend it highly. If you’re there, come say hi! We have a table and we’ll be around all weekend.

Shannon and I are heading out tomorrow for our EIGHTY-SHOW TOUR. Goodness. See you in October! If you want to come to a show, find one here that looks good and let us know and we’ll get you hooked up with an invite. See you out there …

I finally get to share this with you guys! SO EXCITING.

This is the first song from a record that I’ve been working on for a long time, and which is near and dear to my heart. Christen and I started this album in October 2012! We’re just finishing up the mastering process right now. We’ve spent easily 1000+ hours on this record. We’ve produced it twice, mixed it twice, and mastered it twice.

As you might hope for a project approached with that level of persistence and detail, this whole record is brilliant. Of course I would say that, but seriously, it’s a great album. I can’t wait to share it with you in its entirety. But for now, enjoy this first song. You will be for sure transported to a magical place.

Our new friend Jenn Marshall runs a very cool organization called This Is My Brave. It addresses mental wellness in a storytelling setting. Shannon did a playing-along-live version of the “I Know I Know” video. It was very moving. And I left the house for the first time in a while! All in all a rousing success.
shannon curtis performing at this is my brave los angeles