Photo by Jason Quigley - Ragen Fykes, Kaylee Rob
Feb.4th was Electric iLL's first (somewhat secret?) show at Bunk Bar. It was a success! Total rager! Chords were played with some correct distinction. Notes were sung with relative pitch and tone. Words were decipherable and actually heard properly. Ragen and I are going to play again soon. We had a blast!
We even have the courage now to announce shows properly.
I just (as in today) finished the final art for 'Twisted Light'. Electric iLL's first proper record.
Check it out:
Full album streaming right here. I'm going all 'chronic town' on this one. Five tunes. Short, sweet & right to the point. I think it's a good way to introduce yourself. Say hello. This is that.
Direct digital download will be available here in a few weeks. Available in March in stores in Portland, Or. Available April 16th on iTunes, Amazon, etc.. and we're sorting out details for wax presently.
Electric iLL is something I've been doing in my past time for a while. I'm really happy that it's finally starting to see a pinocchio-like transformation into a 'real' band. We even went and made a Tumblr site to keep up with. Oh, and I changed my name to Kaylee Rob. Surprise.
So, what's Anita been up to?
She's been busy with Calico Rose, that's what! I'll post her update so you can read it straight from the lady herself:
From the desk of: Anita Robinson
re: Calico Rose
2012 was an eventful and rewarding year for Calico Rose. We played lots of shows and wrote lots of songs! We took part in the Robinson's residency at Al's Den, and recorded some tunes with John Moen on drums, Jesse Bates on Bass, and Kevin even played harmonica on "Write Home".
Calico Rose also took part in the recreation of the Band's 'Last Waltz' album with a stellar cast of musicians, and raised money to help artists have access to healthcare.
Pic by: C.Godfrey - Lewi Longmire / Anita Robinson, Kate O'Brien-Clarke, Annalisa Tornfelt
We then ended a whirlwind year of great collaborative performances by kicking off one rager of a New Year's Eve blast at our beloved Laurelthirst pub.
2013 is starting off great!
This Sunday - Feb. 10th we perform at the Alberta Rose Theatre as part of a 3-day bluegrass festival headlined by Jim Lauderdale. We will be an acoustic trio for this show, and go on at 2pm this Sunday:
In addition to hosting a house party show May 31st, Calico Rose plans to host an event at Blackbird Farm's amazing ampitheatre, which is near completion!
But what we are most excited about this year is getting into the recording studio to make our first album! We have compiled lots of original tunes and plan to have the whole thing in the can by this summer!
Kate, Annalisa and I have been working hard to craft strong original music that somehow manages to reflect our very different backgrounds (Alaskan Grass meets Alabama Country meets Detroit Rock City!) and we are proud of these songs.
We can't wait to share them with all of you.
We will keep you posted, thanks for the love and support.
Keep an eye on that tumblr page. In addition to tasty jams, I heard there might be recipe's posted there. In which case we all win. Twice.
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Thanks - as always - for listening.