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!
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