I hope that your holidays have been joyous and warm, with plenty of real face time with people you love. I'm hedging my bets - I'll call this a new decade because of flipping two numbers instead of the typical one, but I'll celebrate the end of the decade again next New Year's so the bases are covered.

Along with a lovely array of gifts and a less lovely nuisance of a head cold, Santa also showed up with a couple hundred CDs of Treasures in My Chest. So we've now got our Bandcamp store set up to buy downloads or discs, and preorder the book at the same time...

The last E-Zine of the decade is the first one to bring you the completed Treasures in My Chest album. Though physical CDs won't be in for a few weeks yet, and the companion book arrives in late February, you can now own and enjoy the album download now as often as you'd like...

Hello again and Happy Friday! Autumn has finally arrived here, though the land is dry and the leaves seem to prefer shy and muted colors this year. I've been doing my best to notice it all, between my daily writer's walks, driving to and from the studio, and pounding away on both the writing and the guitar, as Treasures in My Chest emerges into full three-dimensional shape...

With Labor Day behind us, it's time to take a short break from the work of making Treasures in My Chest to say hello and wish you a Happy September. There is plenty of project news, and I'll cover some of it in detail on my final - and free - Concert Window vidcast this Thursday evening Sept. 5th. In addition to sharing some of the behind-the-scenes progress, there will be some new songs written for this project within the last few weeks....

The season of the late summer vacation is upon us, and I too have plans for a bit of a short break this month. Due some unusual quirk of the cosmos, every five years all of the anniversaries in my family are milestones, providing us a good excuse to gather from our far scattered lives for a few days of quiet celebration off the grid. In late August my parents mark 60 years together. That's worthy of celebration indeed!....

At long last, it has begun. My audacious dream, a musical and literary project drawn from my journey into my family's past and connections in the present, is becoming reality, and I would treasure your help in making it (see below). Being an avid student of history, however, demands from me first a few moments of reflection....

This is the 75th anniversary of the epic events on the beaches at Normandy, and I am full of thoughts about service and sacrifice, and perhaps the rights and responsibilities of a free and self-governed people too. I spent this past weekend getting to know two amazing veterans on a long journey of healing from their time in harm's way, hearing their stories and helping them to reframe their experience to share with us....

To those who celebrate the holiday in some way, Happy Mother's Day. I am grateful I got to spend a little time with my mom (and dad) last month during the New England tour. Among many delights of the visit, I was given possession of my grandmother's family history album, which included a letter from a (then) young ancestor to his wife from 1818, and my great-great grandparents wedding certificate issued two days before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. To hold these things in one's hand is a bit beyond description...

Greetings from Galax, Virginia - the self-proclaimed "oldtime mountain music Capital of the World". I'm here doing workshops at elementary and middle schools across two counties, plus a songwriting workshop and a concert this Friday night. What a whirlwind it has been since I last dropped you a line! In just the last 36 hours, I have been to Fairview and Fancy Gap, Fries and Independence too. I am grateful that you are here to read these words, and I look forward to sharing a whole lot of this next phase of the journey with you. BIG changes are afoot!...

It's the St. Patrick's edition - just in time for the turning of the clocks, planting peas, the Ides of March, and if you're so inclined, the wearing of the green or a pint of Guinness. It's been a different kind of busy this spring, gearing up for a summer recording that is turning into a massive and unique project. There was the small matter of a 1,000 mile trip to surprise my mom with a birthday party too (see below). As such, I'm behind on most things (including taxes), but not for a lack of elbow grease or a wealth of slothfulness....

While we're in the deepest days of winter, I'm also noticing the sun setting later each day, and the sunrise finally seems to be getting earlier too (weird quirks of planetary motion there). We've had snow days and frozen tundra, and T-shirts and mud season all in a week's time, much like the 48 hours of transition between summer and winter back in October. I've been burrowed in hard since the Florida tour writing and teaching (and doing a bit of 6th grade math tutoring by necessity too!), and the booking office is busy working on the next 18 months....

I hope this finds your year off to a great start. I'm a tad embarrassed to admit that it seems like New Year 1999 was not that long ago, and how weird it was going to be to "flip the millennium odometer" at the end of the year. That it's now 2019 is a bit incomprehensible, but I guess I'd better get to figuring it out!....

"Here we are again in the midst of Hanukkah and the bustle of the Christmas holidays. Our humble old house is now lit and decorated, and the winter chill that seemed to set in within 48 hours of air-conditioning season is now at least familiar. There will be picking parties in our living room, gatherings with friends and family over delicious food and libations, caroling in our old historic village, and other seasonally-appropriate mayhem. In these long dark nights approaching the longest of the year, we are grateful for all that we have..."

Welcome to the first edition of my new E-Zine, "A Storytender's Journey." If you haven’t been getting my monthly emails for a while, I promise it’s not because I haven’t been sending them to you! During the migration process, I went by hand through the over 3,200 subscribers from around the world on my current email list. I enjoyed taking a moment to think about when and where you signed aboard to support my work...

"First things first, a quick bit of important business, for staying in touch with you is one of the most vital parts of my business! We've just learned that this Listbaby email service will go dark at the end of the month. It's a huge inconvenience, and its going to add overhead costs too, but most importantly it's a challenge to overcome to stay in touch! So, if you have the inclination, hit a quick reply so we know that you're still here. After all, without the corporate sponsors and all to fund the music and the tours :), it's pretty much word of mouth that keeps the music coming, and I greatly value your mouth as well as your time to read this - thank you!..."

Photo: "Dad and daughter atop Mt. Eisenhower"
Just One Little Thing: A quick Reply to the E-Zine so we know you're still here!
Upcoming Shows
News & Notes: "Autumn Arrives" vidcast, Ancestories blog, E-Zine email migration
Essay: "To My Daughter on the Eve of Middle School"

"Like spring in the eastern and northern US, this month's E-Zine is a bit late in arriving. But it comes bearing new treats and treasures and I hope that offsets the tardy arrival a tad. They always say you should keep trying new things, so here is a big one. For the first time we have a solo concert video available for download (details below)..."

Photo: "Playing resonator guitar at Uncle Calvin's," by Ira Hantz
Just One Little Thing: Share the Programs page with local presenters
Upcoming Shows
News & Notes: Live at Timucua video download arrives! 
Essay: "A Day to Dream"

"I wonder if being a tad early for March makes up for all the months that I've been a tad late getting these out. I'm ready to hit the road to Texas for a few days before doing a week of school workshops in western SC and southwest VA, so this has to be out the door on auto-pilot in time for Houston-area friends to get the reminder to join me at the legendary Anderson Fair Thursday night. But we also have something for you wherever you are on Tuesday March 20th with the "Spring is Here" vidcast..."

Photo: "Farewell Beloved Gatito"
Just One Little Thing: Watch the Vidcast
Upcoming Shows
News & Notes: Teaser video from Live at Timucua 

"It is an icicles-on-everything day here in the Blue Ridge hills. Kids are home from school; though the main roads are only wet, our rural gravel is another matter. I've just finished playing music with my daughter and her friend. The house is cozy, there's food in the larder, and for now the bills are paid. We are blessed to have it so good, when so many lack these basics of life. I have had plenty of time to consider and contemplate my good fortunes behind the wheel these past couple of weeks, and deepen my appreciations for home too..."

Photo: "Two Pieces of Art and a Piece of Work," by Christi Porter
Just One Little Thing: Subscribe to our YouTube channel
Upcoming Shows
News & Notes: March 20th vidcast, Chords of Courage, upcoming concert video release
Essay: "What We Leave"

"Happy New Year! A dry and bitter cold wind is howling outside my window like a freight train, but I'm grateful for a roof overhead, heat inside and a well-stocked pantry. I'm still trying to process the year just completed (see this month's Essay below or at the Blog page), but ready or not, 2018 is rolling and soon I will be too. I wrote a song for the holidays, on the guitar gifted to me by my Irish cousin and her husband during our trip last year. In all my years of songwriting, I've never written a holiday song, so all of these firsts added up to "A Dram to the Holidays." You can enjoy it and a bunch of other new posts on the Blog at the website..."

Photo: "Library of Congress Jefferson Building, decked out for the holidays"
Just One Little Thing: Our Facebook music page
Upcoming Shows
Essay: "The Paradox of 2017"

"The last E-Zine of 2017 means the brightness and frenzy of the holidays are upon us with vigor, and in stark contrast to the low angle of the sun, short days and long chilly nights. I firstly want to wish you and your loved ones well - may your season be filled with joy, and kindness and laughter, and the very best memories and stories of those revered elders who've gone ahead..."

Just One Little Thing: CD Sales for the Holidays
Upcoming Shows
News & Notes: Ancestories DNA consulting, custom videos, lessons by video and more 


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Tour Dates

  • Jan 24
    Hungry Monk Music,  Charleston
  • Jan 25
    Community Unitarian Universalist Church,  New Smyrna Beach
  • Jan 26
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine,  St. Augustine
  • Jan 26
    St. Luke's Episcopal Church,  Rincon
  • Mar 6
    Franklin Park Arts Center,  Purcellville




Andrew is a grateful Endorsing Artist for Elixir Strings and Fairbuilt Guitars, and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Roster. He also is a member of The Standing "O" Project and Concerts in Your Home.

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