Hello OEAA friends!
The band and I want to thank you for nominating us for three (!) awards this year for Best Album, Artist, and Singer-Songwriter. It’s been an exciting year for us, and I wanted to take this chance to let you know about what we’ve up to since touring outside Omaha has been a big chunk of it.
First off, we released our debut full length album, Dandelion Wine! In a very lucky and unexpected twist, we had the chance to work with one of our favorite musicians and humans, Joe Pisapia. Joe is a former member of Guster and k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, and over the course of two weeks (during which we slept on the floor of his east Nashville studio and imbibed one or two Heinekens), he helped us turn ten songs I’d written in the attic bedroom of my Aksarben house into a full length spooky pop daydream. Stream Dandelion Wine and find all of the song lyrics here, or listen via this player:
With a lot of support (via a Kickstarter campaign which successfully funded within days), we were able to release the album on bright yellow vinyl and celebrate with family and friends at a listening party at the Hi-Fi House and a Waiting Room release party in May.
Prior to the album release, we put out a music video for the first single, Honeybee. The video features bassist Micah Renner of Omaha’s Ojai as a roadtrippin’ criminal and a bunch of iPhone footage that I took through the windshield of different rental vans on tour. Ah, the glamorous lives of Chrysler Town and Country passengers. Watch the Honeybee music video:
While you’re at it, check out the NPR Tiny Desk Contest entry that we filmed with Omaha’s Christine McGuigan at the Everything Electric gallery:
Just prior to the OEAA voting deadline, we filmed a music video for the second single off the new album, Blame It On My Youth. We took over Pageturners Lounge for a day with the help of Omaha filmmaker Tony Bonacci and cinematographer Brent Scott Maze, and had help from the Omaha Dancing Grannies, a super spunky group of 55+ year old tap dancers. The video isn’t quite ready, but I hope you’ll look out for it because the Grannies are adorable. as. HELL. (Sorry, I know that isn’t very professional but I’m very enthusiastic. Won’t happen again.)
Finally, as I mentioned it’s been a big year of touring. I’ve had the chance to play original music around Omaha and all across the US this year, including a stop at SXSW, and have even gotten some international love for the album in the Netherlands and Japan.
We’re working hard to represent Omaha music in a positive way around the country and very much appreciate this recognition! If you made it to the bottom of this, thanks so much for reading and have a swell day. 🙂