Sunday, September 4, 2016

transitions

Our album release for Town To Town/Saskatchewan on September 27, 2015 at The Artesian.




Happy Labour Day!

I've done my fair share of shows at The Artesian in Regina. Honestly, I've probably done more than my fair share. It's my favourite place to play in the city. I love the room, and moreso the community that supports it.

You may have already heard, but The Artesian is going through some changes. They're becoming a non-profit, which is a wonderful to make the space more accessible to a greater swath of artists.

The man who has quietly been at the centre of this, Mr. Andrew Manera, is an old friend of mine. Actually, he's my old boss, from my theatre technician days. He's always astonished me with his thoughtful solutions, and diplomatic personality. Trust me... he had to have it in spades to handle the demands of being a production manager.

I'm excited for the change... to see more shows in the venue, and to witness how a new approach will influence and shape the future of something that I have long cherished.

To learn a little more, check out their weekend of events that's coming up. I'll be playing there on Friday, September 9th.

xo
bp

Friday, September 2, 2016

smoke and lights

Hey there,

I'm calling today WTF Friday. As in, "WTF. Why don't I release that video on Friday?"

Hope you enjoy. Big thanks to Creative Saskatchewan for assistance in making this baby.

xo
bp

Monday, August 29, 2016

sunset on summer



Friends,

We can admit it, right? We're looking squarely in the eyes of autumn as it approaches. The wasps have nearly concluded their misunderstood tyranny, the sun is slung a little lower in the sky, and you're already reaching for a sweater in the evening.

I made some miles over the past few months, and many memories too: tromping around the forests of Oregon north of the Columbia River, gigging through Western Canada with my love, hitting festivals – both to play and enjoy. I don't usually make the time to attend festivals, but this year, I had to. case/lang/veirs was booked to play Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg, and there was no way I was missing it. When Sturgill Simpson announced a Winnipeg date that fell on the day before Interstellar started, my fate was sealed. And a casualty of my plans was seeing Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Wilco, Whitehorse, and discovering Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Pretty fantastic. It turned out to be a beautiful summer, y'know. And I endeavor to make the most of the fading days.

As I settle into the realities of approaching fall weather. I'm working on some new merch, some new songs for a new record, and the mighty task of tying up lots of loose ends. There's plenty to come, and I'll keep you posted on all the social medias.

Check the gig pages for new dates, and send a message if you feel lonely.

xo
bp

p.s. Hope your summer was a great ride.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

where I may roam.


Well, that's a wrap on tour. What a trip! The Calgary Stampede was a marathon of country music, and brought some beautiful performance opportunities our way. Thanks to everyone at W├╝rst, The National on 10th, The Palomino, The National Music Centre and the Speakeasy Garage. Blake and I have found a home here in the Calgary community. It's fertile ground, with great songwriters. Mariel and Mike... I love you two, and you know it.

From Calgary to BC where we reconnected with Ward in Vernon at our Spinners Sound Centre concert. Ward has made the Okanagan a friendlier place to be through house concerts, and introducing me to the music supporting folk of the area. A friendship I cherish. And then beautiful Salmon Arm. There's nothing like it. Just check out this photo that Blake snapped. A thousand thank yous to Susan for having us back at the R.J. Haney Museum.

I think often about how being an independent artist is really about inter-dependence. Breaking bread with new friends. Organizing concerts in stores, houses, and amphitheatres. There are hundreds of people involved in just a few shows. All working together so that I can sing songs, and try to share my experience with an audience. I am deeply grateful for the privilege.

The next few weeks will have me on the road again, but I'll be camping. Reading. Hanging with my friend Heather. Connecting with old friends. Going to a family reunion. It's a special time. I'll share some of the adventure.

Hope you're having a happy summer, friends.
xo
bp

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hello, Vernon.

...is what we'll say tonight tonight tonight!

xo
bp