Sept 24 - Summer Recap, Fall Preview

It seems like fall is upon us! What a wild and wonderful summer it was...

I had some lovely gigs in CT and NH this summer before heading over to England. It's always wonderful to see old friends and make new friends in this big, crazy world!

My August tour of England started off in Manchester, where I had the honor of opening for David Bromberg & Larry Campbell. They were amazing! Manchester is a great town and I loved being back there. Then, off to Liverpool. I didn't think I would be excited as I was to check out Beatle's central but one picture says it all!
                                               
The next stop was Southport and a return to the Atkinson. A terrific night with the excellent Grateful Fred band & rockin' Steve Hardaker. A big thanks to Grateful Fred's for making it such a memorable gig! I have a couple of videos from the show on my website. (Thank you Jim!)

From there south to Brighton and a gig at the Brunswick with Lucas & King and the Self Help Group, all very talented musicians/writers - another great night:)


                                            
This time around we set some time aside to do some sightseeing in foggy London town. Wonderful to take a breather and feel like real tourists for a few hours.  And the gig at the Green Note, where I opened for guitarist extraordinaire Brooks Williams was a real treat.
                                                 
The final stop was Nottingham and the wonderful Guitar Bar:) 
                                               
 
It was a too brief summer tour of England and I look forward to returning next year!

Fall Preview

I am writing a lot of new songs I am very excited about and look forward to sharing them with you in the New Year:))

My next local gig is at the New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverill on Oct. 18th opening for
Jon Pousette-Dart! https://www.newmooncoffeehouse.org

Thanks, thanks and more thanks for all the kind words and support the music has been receiving. It is very much appreciated.

I hope your summer was filled with wonderful adventures & wishing you a fun and happy autumn!

I hope to see you soon.

xo

 

Aug 4 - Manchester UK

Amazing, amazing, amazing... I have to pinch my self, I can't quite believe I opened up for David Bromberg & Larry Campbell last night in Manchester. They were astonishing performing for two and a half hours straight! Great venue Band On The Wall!

July 7 - World Fellowship Center!

What a fantastic experience at the World Fellowship Center! I can't say enough good things about the place. A very mellow, progressive and peaceful environment in the foothills of the White Mountains. 

It was a fantastic gig, an audience full of appreciative people.  A big thanks to to Andy & Andrea, and everyone who made it such a special evening!

March 1, 2014 - Wonderful Emerson College Event


I had a wonderful time being part of Emerson College's Civil Rights Celebration. A big thanks to Dr. Roger House for inviting me to be part of it! I have to start taking more pics!

Jan 5 2014 "FOR FOLKS SAKE" THE ALBUMS OF CHOICE OF 2013

I am honored to be in such fine company!

http://live.drive105.co.uk/index.php/folk-sake

"FOR FOLKS SAKE" THE ALBUMS OF CHOICE OF 2013 (AND AS THEY SAY ON X FACTOR "IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER")!

Playlist: Rodney Crowell / Emmylou Harris: Open Season On My Heart (Old Yellow Moon)
Thea Hopkins: Might've Stayed in Memphis Too long (Lilac Sky) www.theahopkins.com
The High Bar Gang: Sinners You Better Get Ready (Lost & Undone, a Gospel Bluegrass Companion)
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbours: Another Man's Shoes (Good Light) http://www.youtube.com/watch? 
Sam Baker: Isn't love Great (Say Grace) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u11KxmrHziA Roy Arbuckle/
Anne Tracey: How's Your Broken Heart These Days (Songs For the Soul)
The Tillers: Old Westside (Hand on the Plow)
Mary Dillon: The Banks of Claudy (North)
The Mountain Firework Company: Low (The Lonesome Losing Blues) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmzbUPtMv0g The Ronnie Greer Band: Baby Won't You Please Come Home (A Lifetime With The Blues)
Slaid Cleaves: God's Own Yodeler (Still Fighting the War)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNqTG7iL-ko
Janet Dowd: A Friend to Me (Sailing Away)http://www.janetdowd.com/
Stephen Fearing: Early Morning Rain (Between Hurricanes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlDNo9BU2_E
Ultan Conlon: Dance to "Paper Roses" (Songs of Love So Cruel) http://ultanconlon.com/
Ruth Moody: These Wilder Things (These Wilder Things) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7pL0nWLFgw Chip Taylor: Block Out the Sirens of this Lonely World (Block out the Sirens of this Lonely World)
April Verch: Broken (Bright Like Gold) http://www.youtube.com/user/AprilVerch Kimmie Rhodes: Don't Think Twice (Covers)
Rod Picott: I Might Be Broken Now (Hang your Hopes on a Crooked Nail) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgeHWM9SCys
Mike Donaghy & Border Crossing: Peace Begins With Me (Mike Donaghy & Border Crossing) https://www.facebook.com/bordercrossingband

Nov 1 Next Stop Southport!

Southport, Southport, Southport... Such nice memories. Here is pic of the Atkinson Theatre where the "From A Distance Music Festival" was held. I had a great time opening for Peggy Seeger, a fine songwriter & very entertaining performer.  A big thanks to Bob & Claire for inviting me to be part of the fest!

Atkinson Theatre Southport UKTHEN, right after the show, we had to scurry get on the train and head to Bradford. This turned into quite an adventure involving an unneccessary stop in the town of Wigan.  We finally arrived in Bradford at 9:30 PM starved and weary. After registering at the hotel, we decided we had not had enough adventure for one day, so we decided to locate a restaurant  recommended to us by the hotel. This involved a circuitous route on foot through a very unlit part of Bradford. Visions of Shaun of The Dead danced in my head.  Along the way we ran into a throngs ( and I mean THRONGS) of people celebrating the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  We finally located the restaurant, ate some delicious Indian food, made it back to the hotel and fell fast asleep. Quite a day.

Oct 20- UK Trip Part 2

So, jet lagged and weary we arrive at our hotel. I had to take an 8:20 AM train the next day to Blackburn for the Sally Naden BBC Lancashire Show. I got through it in a fairly monosyllablic fashion and performed the best I could considering my exhaustion levels but the show must go on! Sally and her staff were wonderful. 

Back in Manchester  Daniel & I had a chance to explore the city, getting caught in a brief rainstorm that afternoon. Here an amazing rainbow pic from Manchester:Too soon we had to leave Manchester for points north.  Can't wait to return! Next stop Southport.

 

Oct 14- UK Trip/Tour Recap Part 1

UK trip/tour recap Part 1:

On Sept 16th we left for the UK  and no international trip is complete without the "have we packed everything we need? OMG what have we forgotten! where ARE the passports?" preamble. So, we go through the checklist with totally unmilitary precision for the umpteenth time and finally say "let's just go already!" and arrive at the airport two hours too early because waiting... waiting... is so much fun. (The next non-adventure, adventure involved a hard roll, dinging a tooth sending me into a major panic that the tooth is broken and the trip is ruined... the tooth was fine.)

Totally disoriented and exhausted, we arrived in Shannon Ireland at 5:00 AM, where we changed planes for Manchester UK. Going from an airbus to a two propeller 60 seat plane that has seen better days was a severe test of faith but I told myself I had not come this far to disappear into the Irish Sea. 

I vaguely remember arriving at the Manchester Airport, getting on the train and arriving at Piccadilly Station in Manchester. I am very thankful for the unasked for assistance of a total stranger, "Are you lost?" and so we were able to successfully navigate,  with our overloaded luggage to our first destination- the City Warehouse Apartments. To be continued...

Oct 8- A Few UK Notes

I have finally recovered from my jet lag, though  I am still on London time. Which is fine with me!

It was truly an amazing trip- exciting, exhausting, inspiring, and I look forward to returning next year! I got to see quite a bit of the UK in two and a half weeks- Manchester, Blackburn, Southport, Wigan, Saltaire, Shipley, London, Brighton, Hove, Lewes & Bedford. It was a whirlwind and I met a great assortment of lovely people.  Loved, loved it there.
 

Sept 5- Getting Ready For The UK Tour!


Well, I am finally relaxing for a bit, watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees!!!

I have been working around the clock literally getting everything ready for the UK trip.  The idea, of course, is not to overpack and also not forget any of the essentials. Hah!

I feel very blessed that everything has come together the way it has. This will be a solo venture - the most economical way to tour at the moment.  (For all you gearheads, I will be taking my new Air Voyager guitar which is amazing! And I am having a Fishman Rare Earth pick-up installed in it.) Sometimes things go the way you want them to, not always but nice when they do. Gotta be thankful when it happens:)



 





 

JUne 16 UK Dates!

 
I am very psyched about playing in the UK this fall! The tour starts in Southport at the Americana Festival and will head south winding down through Brighton and Lewes to London.  More dates to come!

April 7 Sheffield MA Gig!


Played last  night in Sheffield MA at Dewey Town Hall. Lovely gig. I highly recommend Staveleigh B & B too!  4 Stars!

www.staveleigh.com/

March 23 - Great Gig opening for Amy Helm!

 

Fantastic gig opening for Amy Helm at the Bull Run in Shirley last night. What a great venue, great sound. A wonderful experience.

Amy was excellent and so was her band. A real pleasure to hear her again. Ronnie Earl sat in w/them on a few tunes. She did a gorgeous rendition of Makes No Difference.

Thank you Bull Run, thank you Amy & all the folks who listened. Much appreciated:)

March 16

 
I have not updated my news section for awhile. It does not mean nothing has been going on, it means I have been too darn busy to do so!

Here is the update: I have been writing new songs
          Following up on radio 
          Oh yes, following up on radio...

I think you get the idea!

Feb 17

 
 I am very excited about doing the "On The Road To Toronto" showcase in NYC on the 19th upstairs at the Living Room.  Hope to see you there!

Dec 8- Transmission Hour!

Up at 6:30 AM today (early for me!) to tape Transmission Hour w/guitarist Andy Hollinger & bassist Shon Gordon. Many thanks to producer Tim Casey, Curt, Billy, Caroline and everyone BNN! It will air in January 2013. 

Dec 7 -American Songwriter Magazine!

 Just found out I won second place in American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest Jan/Feb 20013 for my song, "Mississippi River, Mississippi Town"!

Here are the lyrics:

Sky spitting rain, crow flying by
Water rising high as cane in July
A bible storm coming, that's the word whippin' round
This Mississippi river, this Mississippi town

Pushing and pulling, that river's getting mad
Last storm took everything we had
Roaring like an engine, plowing it's way down
This Mississippi river, to this Mississippi town

My, oh my, if that levee breaks
It's gonna cause some big heartache

Water stopping tonight, at the county line
Only a fool thinks that river's changed it's mind
Learn to swim, or get to higher ground
That Mississippi river, wants this Mississppi town

My oh my, if that levee breaks 
It's gonna cause some big heartache
c Theahopkins2012

Oct. 16 My First Commercial!

 
Here is a link to a commercial for the New England Expo50+. Don't blink or you'll miss me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79iFrCycyds&feature=youtu.be

Preview Lilac Sky!

You can preview the tracks, "Lilac Sky" and "Whatcha Gonna Do" from my third CD, "Lilac Sky", to be released in January 2013 here: www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/  

Mastering Is Completed - Sept 14th!

 
Ian Kennedy has mastered the songs for my new EP, "Lilac Sky", making them nice and radio friendly! Whoopee! This will be the order of the tunes:

1. Might've Stayed In Memphis
2. Lilac Sky
3. Do Your Best For Rock 'n Roll (Linda & Teddy Thompson)
4. Down By The Water
5. When I Find My Life (M. Faithfull)
6. Whatcha Gonna Do

The artwork will be getting done in the next few weeks. 

Very psyched!!!


August 8- Recording,Reflecting, Perfecting

 
Yesterday Susan Cattaneo added some stunning harmony vocals to a couple of tracks. I couldn't have found a better person for the job. Susan is a musical force as a singer and a songwriter! Check out her website, if you have a chance: www.susancattaneo.com.

The CD is coming along beautifully. I thought it  would be finished by now, but there are a couple more songs that need to be tweeked a bit. 

July30 - Music At Newport Folk Fest

 
That is my motto for the week. The universe is always going to throw you a few curveballs from time to time- unexpected delays, unwanted expenses. Deal with it!
The last bits of recording are getting re-scheduled for  a liitle later this month. In the meantime, I got to the Newport Folk Fest for one day. I heard some great stuff Amy Helm,
First Aid Kit, Alabama Shakes, Del McCoury & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & more... Three hour traffic jam- getting out of the festival parking lot!!! Like I said, keep on truckin!

July 17-Going Back Into The Studio Next Week!

My New Gibson Guitar! May 28th

 



I received my Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard a couple of days ago! Lovely, lovely prize for winning the May/June American Songwriter Lyric Contest. Thank you American Songwriter and thank you Gibson Guitar!

May 4- Great Gig Opening For Ramblin' Jack!

 
Wow! What a great night opening for Ramblin'Jack Elliott! It was sold out and a very attentive audience. I will be posting some pics a little later! Ramblin' Jack is amazing. 

May 1- First Place For My Song, "Chickasaw"!

 Very happy to announce my song, "Chickasaw" won first place in the American Songwriter contest for May/June 2012! Here is the link: www.americansongwriter.com.

April 24th

 

Wonderful gig last Thursday at the Worcester Art Museum. Looking forward to opening for the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott at the MFA next week!

April 10 Q Div!

 
Did some final mixing on "Lilac Sky" with Pat D at the helm. Just trying to decide between two vocal mixes. Andy Hollinger came in and added some sweet guitar lines to, "Do Your Best For Rock 'n Roll".  The CD is really coming together. Slow but steady...

March 29-Boston Globe Editor's Pick!

calendar.boston.com/somerville_ma/events/show/248706045-roots-attached-revue-showcase 

The April 1 Roots Attached Revue Show at Arts At The Armory is an Editor's Pick in today's Boston Globe!

March 28

 

Back in the studio yesterday to work on some vocal tracks! Yodelay-ee-oo!

March 20- Do Your Best For Rock 'n Roll

 

I was back in the studio today for a couple hours. The one and only, Tim Ray, added his fantastic stylingss to a couple of tunes, "Do Your Best For Rock 'n Roll" and "Memphis".  He is one of those players who takes things to another level. Amazing.  

March 6 More Recording & News!

I was back in the recording studio yesterday. The CD is coming along nicely. I have recorded 5 tunes so far. Peter Parcek, Andy Hollinger and Cameron Peterson have all added some fine guitar work to the songs. I will be going back in the next couple of weeks to do some more recording. It's hard work, but someone has to do it. :)

Other notes... I was fortunate enough to attend quite an event last week at the JFK Library, UMass Boston. The organization, New England PEN, awarded Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen prizes for literary excellence in songwriting. Not only were both present to receive the awards, but Paul Simon introduced Chuck Berry! Then Elvis Costello got up to perform a Chuck Berry tune! It was not announced to the general public, prior to the event, that either Paul Simon or Elvis Costello would be in attendance. Soon after, Salman Rushdie (!) took to the stage to introduce Leonard Cohen, casually adding that there was a musician in the audience who had sold more books than any of the authors there that afternoon- Keith Richards!!! I don't think I was the only person that went into stunned mode at that point. Did I mention Shawn Colvin sang a Leonard Cohen song? At the end of event, Elvis Costello performed one more Chuck Berry tune, inviting Keith Richards up onto the stage to join him. Amazing.

Feb 24 - More Q Recording!


Spent time in the studio this week. Andy Hollinger came in and laid own a GREAT guitar track for "Down By The Water" - very clean and persuasive sound, perfect for the song! 


 

Feb 19 -More Recording Coming Up This Week!


Spent a most enjoyable weekend rehearsing new tunes! Getting very psyched about upcoming shows.  Heading back into the studio tomorrow!

Feb 9 - More Recording At Q Division!


Went back into the recording studio this weekand  did final vocals for "Lilac Sky". Yay!  More recording will be happening over the next month or so. I am very excited about the project. Can't say enough about Q Division, Pat Discenso & EdV. A great recording experinece!

Feb 2- Homegrown Showcase, 92.5 the River


 A big thanks to Irene Collins for featuring my tune, "Jenny Danced" on her show, "Homegrown Showcase" on 92.5. the River! And thank you to Cindy Cisco for telling her about my music!

Jan 27th Recording Session!


Had a great recording session today with Mike Piehl & Paul Kochanski.  January has been a busy and very productive month!