this is my brave

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

martin atkins mentions … us??

This is surreal, in the best possible way. Our new friend Martin Atkins – legend, childhood hero – has a new slide in his keynote presentation IN WHICH HE INSTRUCTS PEOPLE TO BUY OUR BOOK. If only I’d been able to see this in the future when I was 18 years old. So COOL.
martin atkins telling people to buy the shannon curtis house concert touring book

The Gibbonses

We’re FINALLY home from our summer and fall travels! Which means that I get to produce records again. How excellent. First up: a southern soul band from Dallas called The Gibbonses.

They’re a husband-wife duo … they have killer songs and the singer has a huge voice. We’re a couple days in and I can already tell this record is going to be super good. Very happy to be back doing what I love.
the gibbonses making a record with me

CD Baby DIY Musician Conference

We’ve been in Chicago all weekend again, for the second time in three weeks. Fortunately we love Chicago. We’re here because Shannon was speaking and performing at the first ever CD Baby DIY Musician Conference!

The photos below capture her involvement pretty well. Less clear from the pictures is what an excellent vibe was going around the place all weekend. CD Baby very clearly has a corporate culture of kindness, and it permeated the event. What a pleasure.

(Oh, and I got to meet a childhood hero, Martin Atkins – drummer in PiL/Ministry/etc and author of the legendary indie touring manual Tour Smart, which was so influential to me and Shannon when we were getting her career going. Naturally I peppered him with technical questions about the 1989 Ministry tour, because that’s just who I am. Much to his credit, he was totally into talking about it. Really friendly guy. What a pleasant surprise.)
shannon curtis speaking at the c baby diy musician conference

shannon curtis performing at the c baby diy musician conference

NorCal theater shows

We just spent the week in Northern California, where Shannon opened up for Shawn Colvin at a couple of theater shows. From house concerts directly into theaters … if anyone needs proof regarding the efficacy of house concert touring as a career builder, I would hold this up as a good example of that.
shannon curtis playing with shawn colvin at the raven theater in healdsburg

shannon curtis playing with shawn colvin at the harris center in folsom


We’re in Arlington, VA this weekend … because Shannon is giving her first TED talk! It should be online in a few weeks … I’ll post it when it’s up.
shannon curtis speaking at TEDx Arlington