News, Tour

I have survived!!!!

Hello everyone,
I have successfully survived another 4 months on the road. This time with some definite obstacles. Before I get into the whole story, I just want to let everyone know that I spent my entire day (yes, entire day) redoing this whole website. There are two things about it that still bug me (1. the bright yellow color…I like it but if I could tone it down a notch it’d be cool and 2. the font – I like the headers but I don’t like anything else). Other than that this is the closest I can get it to being “cool” and “updated.” Cause like C.C. (drummer for The Great Outdoors) says, “worse than not having a website is having an outdated website.” So it was either delete this thing or work on it…and I chose the latter cause it actually is a helpful tool to have and something I should keep up on. So I added some diddys here and there and now it looks good (I think at least). Anyway, I’ve been in Jersey City since Sunday (it is now Saturday) and I am tired! So much walking and carrying things and meeting people and hearing noises. It has been a lot to take in but I like it. I’ve played two shows this week and I’m playing another tonight at Krogh’s in Sparta. I’m sure by the time you read this it will be too late to go but hey, who knows haha. But besides that in between shows I’ve been spending my time playing music on the streets and subways and I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having (my blisters can)…while I was playing some guy walked up to me to just chat for a minute who had a guitar in his hand. This guy, Claudio, ended up being my buddy for the next couple days…we played so much music together it was so much fun…and he is the funniest person ever ~ here is a picture.

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And here is a short clip of us playing a song.

ANYYYWAYYYYY!! Yep, that happened. And I also met one of the other funniest people in my life…my newest friend Polina who is hilarious and extrememly talented. I went to watch her play last night and she invited me up to play some hand drums with her…where she put me on the spot with some cut out solo spots while she’s yellin, “I GOT YOU I GOT YOU” and going “WOOOOO!!!” the whole time hahah. Later in the night we got lost looking for a place to dance cause I’ve never been dancing before. I ended up just going home after walking around for like 40 minutes haha. Here’s a video of her and her band though…Β you can’t see anything but you can hear it!!

SO, back to the details. On this past tour we (me and Matt Pless my tour dude, road dog as they say haha) got in a car accident in Omaha. This kinda messed us up as we had to get a rental car, buy a new car, and do a lot of extra driving to get paperwork done and all these things (5 times across the desert hahaha). And it was crazy!!!! But so much fun!!! That was the craziest part of it all though and it went from tour to survival for a minute…but we are good and everything is good and Matt has an awesome car now that might be better than his last! So that is what is going on over here. Next week is tour with my lovely backing band The Great Outdoors. Here are the shows ~

SAT AUG 9 – RAHWAY, NJ
SUN AUG 10 – PHILLY
MON AUG 11 – RICHMOND, VA
TUE AUG 12 – CHARLOTTE, NC
WED AUG 13 – AWENDAW, SC
THU AUG 14 – SAVANNAH, GA
FRI AUG 15 – JOHNSON CITY, TN
SAT AUG 16 – NASHVILLE, TN
SUN AUG 17 – LOUISVILLE, KY
MON AUG 18 – HAMILTON, OH
TUE AUG 19 – PITTSBURGH, PA
WED AUG 20 – EASTON, PA – TBA

Check the shows page for more info like the venues and times and such…also have a facebook event pageΒ happening ~ hope that link works for ya!

And just for fun’s sake…here are a few pictures from tour that I enjoy πŸ™‚

Alright folks…that is all. Check out the website if you have a minute. I worked pretty hard on it haha. Let me know what you think…and it might not be that good looking on your phone…but I hope it gets ya all the info you need. Keep your head high and light insideeee. ❀ melissa

 

News

NEWS!!!!!!!! 7″ Record, Tour, New Releases, ect!!

Hey everybody!
WeelllllLLLlllL, big news! I’m going back on tour!!!!!! AND I’m putting out a 7″ record!!!!!!!!!! YAHH!!!! I’ve been secretly working really hard in my dungeon of cricket corpses…yes, there are cricket corpses….and i came out with some songs and said HEY WORLD – LET’S MAKE A 7″!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the world (FAKE ART FAKE MUSIC) and (GRUFF BEARD RECORDS) said OK! SO yes….that is what is going on these days. On top of it all, I recorded a full length situation with The Great Outdoors!!!!!! So I’ve been really really busy :).

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500 Randomly Mixed Colored Vinyl – each jacket will be a little different than the other – in a secret sort of way πŸ™‚
Releasing via Gruff Beard Records (NY) and Fake Art Fake Music (VA) and myself.
Will include digital download with an additional song (or 2 possibly) that is/are not on the vinyl.
4 Songs on Vinyl – Track Listing: West Virginia, Gave It All I Could, Glass House, Rain Coming Down
Mastered by Mr. Kevin Carafa (the audio genius!)
Release Date: April 9th, 2014
Here’s where I recorded it which is what I now dub “The Cricket Cave”
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Also, I recorded with The Great Outdoors on the 22nd and 23rd of February. We recorded with Chris Ross in Milltown, NJ at his home studio. Here’s a picture from that:
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AND!!!!!!! I still have the Beta Snakes Split tape with Darkwing coming out at some point very, very soon! Last news I heard it was coming out mid-March (this month!!!) so more should be happening with that soon.

ANNNNNNNNNDDD!!!! I submitted a song for a compilation on NotRock Records a while back and that should be coming out in the next month or two as well! So I’m gunna be pretty set and ready with a lot of new music for tour and for life!!!!

And here’s the information on the tour:
Again I am going with MATT PLESS (mattpless.com)!!!!!
Here are the tour dates so far for the first half of the tour!!!
The places with a ** going on mean we need help!! If you know anyone in the area that books or a place we can play please let me know! We are open to playing surrounding areas too…and are flexible with our booking πŸ™‚ The other places are either booked or being worked on!!

April 10 – Freeland, PA
April 11 – Lowell, MA
April 12 – Quincy, MA
April 13 – Somewhere, Massachusetts**
April 14 – Manchester, NH
April 15 – Worcester, MA
April 16 – Geneva, NY or Ithaca, NY
April 17 – Buffalo, NY
April 18 – Pittsburgh, PA
April 19 – Western, PA**
April 20 – Akron, OH
April 21 – Akron, OH **
April 22 – Detroit, MI **
April 23 – Lansing, MI
April 24 – Grand Rapids, MI
April 25 – Chesterton, IN
April 26 – Chicago, IL
April 27 – Chicago, IL
April 28 – Chicago, IL**
April 29 – Rockford, IL
April 30 – New Lenox, IL
May 1 – Bloomington, IN
May 2 – Indianapolis, IL
May 3 – Louisville, KY
May 4 – Nashville, TN**
May 5 – Nashville, TN
May 6 – Huntsville, AL
May 7 – Memphis, TN **
May 8 – Little Rock, AK**
May 9 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 10 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 11 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 14 – Witchita, KS**
May 15 – Shawnee, KS**
May 16 – Kansas City, MI**
May 17 – Columbia, MI
May 18 – Des Moines, IA
May 19 – Omaha, NE
May 20 – Omaha, NE
May 21 – Omaha, NE
May 22 – Sioux City, IO**
May 23 – Sioux Falls, SD**
May 24 – Drive
May 25 – Rapid City, SD
May 26 – Rapid City, SD
May 27 – Drive
May 28 – Cheyenne, WY
May 29 – Fort Collins, CO
May 30 – Boulder, CO
May 31 – OFF
June 1 – Denver, CO
June 2 – Grand Junction, CO**
June 3 – OFF
June 4 – St. George, UT**
June 5 – Las Vegas, NV
June 6 – Barstow, CA**
June 7 – San Bernadino/Riverside, CA**
June 8 – Temecula, CA
June 9 – San Diego, CA
June 10 – San Diego, CA
June 11 – L.A., CA
June 12 – L.A., CA
June 13 – L.A., CA
June 14 – L.A., CA/Bridgetown
June 15 – L.A., CA/Bridgetown
June 16 – Simi Valley, CA
June 17 – Santa Barbara, CA**
June 18 – Santa Maria, CA**
June 19 – BIG SUR!
June 20 – BIG SUR!
June 21 – Salinas, CA**
June 22 – Santa Cruz, CA
June 23 – San Francisco, CA
June 24 – San Francisco, CA
June 25 – Oakland, CA
June 26 – Stockton, CA
June 27 – Sacramento, CA**
June 28 – Santa Rosa, CA**
June 29 – Drive
June 30 – Arcata
July 1 – Arcata
July 2 – Arcata
July 3 – Arcata
July 4 – Arcata
July 5 – Arcata
July 6 – OFF
July 7 – OFF
July 8 – Roseburg, OR
July 9 – Eugene, OR
July 10 – Portland, OR

News

Update!

Hey guys!
Just giving an update on life and happenings. Life has been pretty busy.Β 

On SundayΒ I recorded a song with the guys in Rigbi. It’s a cover song and we did it for fun…it will be Β up in Internetland soon!!
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Monday – Β I finished up some songs I’ve been working on. This is what I usually look like in musicland.
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On Tuesday I played an acoustic show at The Ding Dong Lounge in NYC
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Wednesday – Played an open mic in NYC…with this guy
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mattpless.com

Thursday – Practiced with The Great Outdoors…..
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….for this on Friday and Saturday! Hope to see you there!

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