... and usually resulting in a hefty purchase. This visit actually wasn't too pricey:
Then I played a show at Al's Den as part of my friend Lincoln Barr's weeklong residency there. Here he is playing one of his newer tunes, kind of a mix between new wave pop and the Great American Songbook, if you can imagine it:
I played a fun set and then together we tried a handful of covers we'd never performed before. Chance! The next day I drove up to Little Rock, Washington for a night of music at Music on the Mounds, an awesome camping/concert series that featured my friends in Moody Little Sister:
And here's the setting:
After the final concert there was an epic campfire singalong that lasted until 7am. My vocal chords and fingers were miserable, but my spirit was up, up, up — and then I slept until 4pm. A few days later I played a show with the aforementioned Moody Little Sister and the incredible Mike Coykendall at The Stone, which doubled as a Project Pabst (a rad summer music fest) raffle event. Here's Mike...
After an exhausting week, the view from the window seat on my flight home to Maine:
Here's a little clip of me, Rob, and Naomi working out the harmonies to one of the new songs for the first time:
Thanks so much to all of you who contributed to my PledgeMusic campaign. We hit 100% funding with 20+ days to go, and the #GreatMakeBeliever will now enter the last few stages of the album-making process. Mastering is scheduled for mid-July! I greatly appreciate your support on this record. I (obviously) would not be finishing the album without you. Here's me and Esmé throwing our fist-pumps and thumbs-up of thanks! Pre-orders are still available right up to the release of the album, so visit http://www.pledgemusic.com/Chrisrobley to join me for the rest of the process.
So, now it's time to master the album (set for mid-July) and get all the artwork finalized — which will be handled by my friends at Chicken 3000:
If you haven't pre-ordered THE GREAT MAKE BELIEVER and you'd like to come along on the last few months of this crazy journey of releasing a new album, please visit www.PledgeMusic.com/ChrisRobley.
My good friends Doug & Anna design sweet tangibles under the name Chicken 3000. They'll be creating the album art for the #GreatMakeBeliever, along with shirts, posters, poetry chapbooks (typeset by hand!), broadsides, and more. If you want to get a first glimpse at their work while it takes shape, pledge to pre-order THE GREAT MAKE BELIEVER at http://www.pledgemusic.com/chrisrobley today. #chrisrobleymusic