IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT YEAR, BOYS.......... FEBRUARY 2022
Once again, I am at the beginning of yet another trip around the sun! February 2022 marks the beginning of my 53rd year. I can truly say the previous year was interesting with new venues and starting a new project in a Nashville recording studio. I also made a move back to the city where I have spent most of my adult life. Now, the city is not really where I feel most at home because I'm a country girl at heart. I am a woman of Faith, so I am a great believer in life being exactly what you make it. More changes will be coming as well for me but today I am here to tell you what we are up to in the music realm of things.
I truly feel blessed to be planning another year musically. Professionally I have been doing the same, but music (my semi-profession) has a lot of input into my happiness. Whatever your medium, sometimes your complete happiness will depend on what you are doing with your craft. I am also truly blessed with my dear friend and drummer, Tito Walker, who gets us into the new venues to share my music. As luck would have it, I was privileged to end last year on a seriously high note. After twenty years of playing things came full circle as my band and I played the Sutler Saloon in Nashville. When I started my career in music and sharing my songs with the public, my first writer's shows were on Sunday nights at the old Sutler. It was in the same strip mall as the present-day venue, it's just a lot fancier now. At least two Sundays out of every month I would sign up on the sheet at the end of the bar to play my songs for folks and it became kind of a second home. Donnie Winters ran the sound board but he was out of view. Every once in a while he would join in and play dobro on your song, which I found very flattering. It was later when I found out how he and his brothers were very well known on the scene. Fast forward into 2021, I was back at the Sutler with my band (that would shortly become the Simple Saints) on December 23rd. This was kind of an audition for the coming year. If they liked us, we would be in rotation for the coming year of gigs there. Well, we impressed them apparently! We just secured three shows with them recently and I couldn't be more proud of our little band. Was it the music? Our enthusiasm? Lord, I hope so because we loved every minute on that stage. We had our second appearance on February 4th to a mighty near full house. It was a major success! We all had friends come out to support us which I was happy to see. A cold, cold February night left us warm and satisfied on our direction as a band. Never in a million years did I think I would be still playing, writing, and recording after all these years. But despite all my misadventures in life that slowed me down a bit, I have pressed on. When I get discouraged or I don't know which way to go, I ask my Father what I should do. You know what He tells me" He says, ...... " sing, Jenny. "