My new single "Free" release and April Tour Recap

Hey Everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying this incredible Spring season.

This past month was a wild ride around the country with my players, The Gary Douglas Band, and Los Lonely Boys. Two days before I flew back to NYC to start tour, I signed a new lease on an apartment near the beach in Los Angeles. I feel extremely blessed to have found this new space with two beautiful souls I get to call my roommates. Now that we are moved in, I am even more excited to be here and getting settled. I love touring but the feeling of being unsettled without a home base last month was nerve racking at times to say the least - one week I thought I left a guitar pedal in D.C. and the next week I found it stored at my old apartment in Brooklyn. I am not one to loose or miss place things and so moments like this made me start to believe I was loosing it. I was also a little nervous that my guitars would possibly not make it across the country in one piece, but rest assured - they are fine!

On April 3rd, my band kicked off my month long of tour with a rockin’ funkadelic set which we’ve got on film thanks to Justin Woo so you get to see it yourself. Which song should I release first? We played two new ones ‘Closer’ which is off the ‘Afterglow’ album coming out in August and ‘Lonely Rider’ which I’ve played solo before but never with a band. It was a packed house and the audience loved singing along to our new full band version of ‘Renegade’.

 
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Two days later I caught a buss down to Washington D.C. to see some friends and family and to play a two hour set at Cowork Cafe in Arlington, VA. It was a rainy night but a very chill coffee house vibes venue and a delightful crowd. The first hour I played all original songs to celebrate the release of my new single ‘Free’ and the second hour I played cover songs in honor or Women’s History Month that just passed. I had a blast revisiting songs from my past written by some of my favorite female songwriters like Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, Bonnie Raitt and Dusty Springfield to name a few.

My new single is now available on Spotify, Itunes, and everywhere else you find streaming music!

Here’s a live rendition of the song with Idan and Guy from our first Rockwood show last November-

While I was in D.C. I got to enjoy The Cherry Blossom Festival and the rest of the city in all of its full-bloom beauty. I absolutely love the spring time. Growing up in Arizona we saw cactus flowers and some desert brush in bloom but tulips and daffodils were few and far between. They are so alien like and beautiful.

 
CoWork Cafe Arlington show
 

Touring with The Gary Douglas Band and Los Lonely Boys was a whirlwind. I drove the van the whole run and driving that size 15-passenger van is exhausting! Especially when combined with the actual duties of a tour manager. I really enjoyed hanging with the Los Lonely Boys crew and Jess and Trevor from The GDB kept us entertained during our longest driving stretches with accents, wigs and prank calls. Thank you Jess and Trevor!

 
GDB Run with LLB
 

When we finished the run, I had a few days in NYC to stay with my old roommate, poet extraordinaire of Ars Poetica and dear friend Lisa Markuson and her fiance Devin Person. Devin launched his new event series called ‘The Wizarding Hour’ at Magick City in Greenpoint so we gathered there for Easter with guided meditation, ambient music and some creative games. My last night in Brooklyn, I had the pleasure of taking a friend out to dinner for an early birthday celebration before getting back to Los Angeles.

When I arrived back in LA, I had a day to unpack all my belongings before it was time to get to the House of Blues Anaheim to play The Foundation Room on Friday night. The Foundation Room is a super swanky private club room upstairs at the House of Blues featuring a giant gold Buddha statue at center stage. In the main concert hall (capacity of about 2200 guests) the metal band Architect was getting ready to play. It was great to see some of their fans hanging around for my set.

 
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I have spent the past few days searching high and low for affordable and stylish bedroom furniture and getting my Great Aunt’s ‘72 Skylark up and running. It needed a new fuel pump, battery and windshield wipers - not bad for a car that has been barely used in the past 30 years. I drove an older car in high school but this convertible is a whole new adventure. I can’t wait to be driving her up to Big Sur and down to San Diego this summer.

 
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This next month I will be taking some time to adjust to my new home and start mapping out my next few tours - this fall and 2020. I will be back in NYC the first week of June to play some shows and tour with The Gary Douglas Band and The Mavericks. Dates and details coming soon!

I am beyond excited to play live music for a set of restorative yoga in Venice Beach, CA on Mother’s day this next month.

 
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Until then, I love you! Thank you for staying up to date with my adventures.

Courtney McKenna