The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and the woodsmoke is drifting through the crisp November air here at the Fireside Homestead. The sunshine becomes more precious this time of year, and often times we look back on summer's warmth with fondness. But the quiet solitude of a cold mountain night has its own beauty and warmth. It can bring about a sense of togetherness as friends huddle close around a fire, or a feeling of calm as you enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend or even a stranger. It's clear the seasons are changing, and that change often brings new opportunities as we approach the dawn of another year.
Opportunities...sometimes they come banging on your door and other times they are subtle and elusive, waiting for a keen eye to seize them! Recently, Fireside Collective was presented with an amazing opportunity to travel to southern Mexico as part of a cultural exchange with the indigenous population of Michoacán. Yes, folks, we are gonna bring the grass down to Mexico! The band, along with our friends from Bill and the Belles, will be putting on some concerts around Lake Patzcuaro and sharing our music with the people of the region. We'll even be learning some of their traditional folk music! There's a lot to explain here so head over to Hummingbird Music Project for more details.
Once we return, full of tacos and tequila and maybe possessing a new funky stringed instrument from Michoacán, we are pumped to be playing some awesome shows around NC and TN! We'll be doing a house concert hosted by our friends in the wonderfully brilliant band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, a tag-team show with Songs from the Road Band at The Grey Eagle, and two shows to celebrate the New Year. One will be at the Pour House in Raleigh, NC and the other at Oskar Blues in Brevard with the Jeff Austin Band! Be sure to check out our tour page for details on these and other shows.
At times, the cold is hard to bare, but like everything in this life, it won't last forever (especially if you're going to southern Mexico and it's 77 degrees out!). This time of year is an opportunity to reflect on what is important, to gather around the fire, and to embrace whatever changes may be at hand. We are so happy to be on this ride with everyone and super excited about whatever opportunities await! We'll seeya back home soon, with lots of pictures from Mexico and probably a few souvenirs...Until then, stay warm, friends!
The sun kissed blades of grass gently wave in the wind as the fallen leaves find their place upon the cold ground. A few inspired birds sing sweet melodies into the endless blue sky, a song of peace to those who can hear it. It's Autumn again in the Blue Ridge Mountains and beauty is but an open mind away. The human condition seems but a leaf in the wind compared to the majestic harmoniousness of this magnificent Fall afternoon.
That harmony permeates the Fireside homestead and we couldn't be happier to be back in our blue ridge mountain home! We can't help but think back on the past few months and all of the awesome experiences we've had. From being nominated for an IBMA Momentum Award, to receiving so much love and support during the bluegrass conference in Raleigh, we couldn't be more thankful. We got to meet and share the stage with some amazing bands as well. Hearing the amazing vocals and contemporary arrangements of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys as well as the wonderfully composed and exciting sounds of the Railsplitters has filled us with inspiration. It's great to meet so many like minded musicians who share the same desire for making the world a better place and honoring the traditions of American roots music. We also got to hang out with our friends Front Country and Hank, Pattie, & the Current, two bands who are making waves and creating incredible music!
And the festivals,.... oh the festivals! We were so honored to be a part of one of our all time favorite festivals, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. This festival shaped the band in many ways and we are so proud to be give back to an organization that has filled us with joy and positivity throughout the years. We also had the fortune of being a part of the Albino Skunk Fest in Greer, SC. We were blown away by the kindness and generosity of this wonderful festival. Everyone involved welcomed us with open arms and we are so honored to be deemed "Skunk-worthy"!!!! Fireside Collective would highly recommend both of these festivals to anyone looking for great music, kind people, and an unforgettable time!
A few weeks back, we had the great pleasure of doing a photoshoot with Sandlin Gaither. The man is a magician when it comes to photography. He was so easy to work with and the photos he sent back blew us away! Make sure to look through the rest of the website as we've added many of these new photos. Thanks Sandlin!!
We are also so happy to have our banjo man, Alex Genova, on board to lend his impeccable banjo skills and positive attitude to the band! Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Alex brings a deep love for bluegrass as well as an appreciation for jazz music to the ensemble. The banjo brings a certain drive and energy to the band that has us all optimistic and excited for the road ahead.
Speaking of the road ahead.... we have some exciting shows on the books to finish out 2017. Some highlights include a Halloween show at the Pour House in Raleigh with Barefoot Manner, a cultural exchange trip to Mexico with the Hummingbird Music Project, and an epic evening of music with Songs from the Road Band at the Grey Eagle in Asheville! Head on over to our tour page for more information on where we'll be!
Well folks, before we go, we'd like to say we are so humbled by the overwhelming support we have received recently! We are so lucky to be able to make a living playing music and so fortunate to have open arms everywhere we go. As the leaves slowly make their journey back to the dirt, we are reminded of the oneness of all things. The towering trees sprouting from the earth's surface remind us of the importance of letting your roots run deep. The branches reach out to the heavens in a glorious celebration of life. Similarly, music bursts from the hearts of humankind to remind us all that our very nature is harmonious and a grateful life is a life full of love.
Peace and love to you all,
From the snow-capped mountains of Colorado to the endless green pastures of Kansas. Across the mighty and majestic rivers of Missouri to the bright lights of Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. We've been having such a wonderful time living life between the lines, and it's only just begun! Soon we embark on our most ambitious and exciting tour to date, the Northern Cities Tour of 2017!!!
That's right folks, instead of being high on a mountaintop in the middle of the USA, we'll be burnin' it up in some major cities. We'll be making our NYC debut with 2 nights in the city that never sleeps. We'll also be heading back to "The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection," aka, Philadelphia! Philly has always treated us well and we can't wait to return. Once again, we'll be walking the streets of Baltimore for our second gig in "Charm City". In addition, we'll be making our debut in our nation's capitol. To us, bluegrass represents freedom and progress as well as a conscious connection to the past. We can't wait to make some vibrations in DC!
And for those who prefer the quiet solitude and rolling hills far from the city lights, don't be alarmed! We'll be hitting all of our favorite towns and small cities along the way. Check out our exciting tour schedule:
Well friends, we couldn't be more excited to get back to strummin' on our strings, singing our hearts out, and sharing our music with everyone! We had so much fun during our recent trip to the midwest, culminating in sunny Colorado. Thanks to all of our friends in Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Colorado. We were far from home, but it never felt that way. The kindness and hospitality we received along the way warmed our hearts and we couldn't be more grateful. From late night jams to early morning drives, from steep mountain roads to straight (I mean reeeally straight) Kansas highways, from wild moose to baby goats (kids), what an adventure it's been!
We can't stress it enough, thank you. To hear the stories of a thousand faces and to share a thousand drinks in all the beautiful places. It inspires us to keep movin' on down that line and to never take one step for granted. By the time we get north, we may have dreams of california, but like a river, we must keep on flowing. That cabin song may be playing in our heads but we'll keep drivin' through the rain. It's your love that brings us in from the cold and by the look of it, we couldn't do it without you. Life may be gold and gray, we may be burnin' at both ends, but the beauty of music and the togetherness of friends is more refreshing than sweet summer rain!
We hope to see all of our northern friends and family in the next month or so. We also have some great shows lined up for the fall including some really awesome festivals. Stay tuned for more info or check out the tour dates section. Don't forget, we've got our new album available through bandcamp.
Alrighty folks, we'll see you down the road sometimes. Peace, love, and good fortune to you all!
There's nothing quite like a beautiful day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has a way of slowing down time and settling the soul. The ancient mountains resting peacefully in the distance silently remind us to sit down, take a breath, and be grateful for the precious life which we've been given.
Here at the Fireside Homestead, we are enjoying the last few days before our busy schedule kicks in. We have spent the last half year pouring our love into our new album "Life Between the Lines." Today, we are proud to announce that the album is available online for streaming and digital download. Not only that, but a hard copy of the album can be purchased from our Bandcamp website!!
Order your hard copy today and receive an instant digital download: Click here for your copy of "Life Between the Lines"
We also have a select number of Fireside T-shirts and limited edition screen prints available. Just reach out to us at FiresideCollectiveBand@gmail.com to order a shirt (XS-XXL) or screen print!
We are so excited to share this new album with everyone and to perform these songs live as we journey throughout this beautiful country! We have 3 big tours planned for the summer starting with one right here in our home state of North Carolina. The "Sweet Southern Pines Tour" begins this Saturday. Our tour will feature some awesome shows including an Outer Banks concert with Marco Benevento, a Raleigh CD release party at Raleigh Times, a show with the great Jim Lauderdale in Durham, and an all acoustic show in Asheville where we will be recording a music video! Here's the full "Sweet Southern Pines" tour details:
June 3rd - Eagles Nest in Banner Elk, NC @ 6pm
June 6th - The Beer Garden in Corolla, NC @ 9pm(darkish)
June 8th - Soundside Live Concert Series in Nags Head, NC @ 4pm - 5:30pm w/Marco Benevento and RIPE
June 9th - Cravings in Duck, NC @ 6:30pm
June 10th - Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill in Corolla, NC @ 9pm
June 13th - Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, NC @ 8pm
June 15th - American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC @ 6pm w/Jim Lauderdale
June 16th - Wedge at Foundation in Asheville, NC @ 4pm buy tickets here
June 17th - 5506' Skybar in Beech Mountain, NC @ 2:30
After our NC tour, we will be heading west for another exciting trip out to Colorado! We always love visiting our friends in the Rocky Mountain state and we are so thankful for the kindness and hospitality that we receive out in CO! We also can't forget about the awesome folks in Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee who have been so kind to us, can't wait to see y'all!! Here's a quick look at our Colorado schedule:
June 22nd - Martin's BBQ Joint in Nashville, TN @ 8pm
June 23rd - The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS @ 9pm w/ Cow Skin Creek and Tornado Rose
June 24th - Central Standard Brewing in Wichita, KS @ 6:30pm w/ Cow Skin Creek
June 28th - Odell's in Fort Collins, CO @ 5pm
June 29th - Globe Hall in Denver, CO @ 8pm w/ Caribou Mountain Collective/Turkeyfoot/Bottlerocket
June 30th - Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser, CO @ 8pm
July 1st - Equinox Brewing in Fort Collins, CO @ 7pm
July 2nd - Mountain Sun in Boulder, CO @ 10pm
July 4th - Zio Romolo's Alley Bar in Denver, CO @ 8pm
July 5th - Mercury Cafe in Denver, CO @ 7pm w/ Meadow Mountain
July 6th - Stem Ciders in Denver, CO @ 7pm
July 8th - The Walnut Room in Denver, CO @ 8pm w/ Caney Creek Company
July 14th - Westport Saloon in Kansas City, MO @ 10pm
July 15th - Broadway Brewery in Columbia, MO @ 8:30pm
July 18th - Acme Feed and Seed in Nashville, TN @ 7pm
Well things are really picking up for us this year and we couldn't be more excited. In addition to working with our awesome new booking agent, Brian Swenk (Rockwood Booking), we also recently landed a sponsorship with the legendary instrument string company, D'addario! We are honored to be a part of the D'addario family and we can't wait to keep our instruments sounding fresh with their awesome strings! Thanks D'addario for the welcome package!!
Well folks, another exciting year is well underway for us. We couldn't do it without the incredible support of our friends and fans who have been a part of this journey with us! In addition to our Carolina and Colorado tours, we will also be making another journey to the northeast. We always have such a great time when we head north and we can't wait for another tour through the region. In addition to our normal stops, we will also be venturing into New York City, Washington D.C., and a few other new spots for us. For more info, head over to the tour page or click here.
As we enjoy these last few days of calm before the bluegrass storm kicks in, we can't help but reflect on the amazing experiences we've had since we played our first notes in 2014. We have travelled far and wide sharing our blend of bluegrass, American folk music, and rock & roll and we've only just begun! With the release of our second album, we are rejuvenated for the road ahead. Thank you for keeping in touch with us and let us know how you feel about the new album!
See you soon,