HOTT MINUTE THEME SONG!

My dear friends Ashley Spurgeon & Jamie Bradley started a podcast several months ago called Hott Minute. They'd been talking about doing it for years, and I'm so glad they finally made it happen because I am OBSESSED with it. They're both hilarious and super intelligent women, and they spend an hour talking about things they think are hot. It's *real talk* one of the only non-Star Trek podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis.

They asked my little band Poly to write them a theme song a couple months ago, and after watching many episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Judy Garland Show, and several listens through the Sinatra/Basie album "It Might As Well Be Swing", this is what we came up with.

When their producer (and Nashville's creative deus ex machina) Michael Eades sent us this video, I literally started laugh-crying as I watched the sheer joy on the faces of these two women who I love so dearly. I'm so freaking proud of you, Jamie & Ashley. Couldn't have done it without my Poly partner-in-crime Dan Sommers playing approx. one billion instruments, and my darling Kristin Weber slaying those golden violin parts. JOY JOY JOY SO MUCH JOY CONGRATS ON SEASON 1!

Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear "Everybody's Got Problems"

Madisen and Ruth have become dear friends of mine since working on their first solo album years ago. They're releasing an EP this summer called "The Radio Winners", and I'm so happy to have contributed some cello to their music once again. The first single is a song called "Everybody's Got Problems", produced by powerhouse Nathan Chapman. The video recently premiered on Rolling Stone's website, and you can see the article here. Check out the video below - you'll catch some little glimpses of me here and there from their recent show at Exit/In here in Nashville.

NCO's Final Concert of '17/'18 Season!

THIS SATURDAY! It's our last concert of the season, y'all, and it's gonna be a banger. This one is special to me, because we're donating our proceeds to YEAH, the nonprofit responsible for Southern Girls and Tennessee Teens Rock Camps in Nashville and Murfreesboro. Here's more info!

Mozart in Nashville is pleased to present the final performance of the Nashville Concerto Orchestra's 2017/2018 season.

Please join us this Saturday, June 2nd at 3 pm at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave Nashville 37203.

We are so pleased to have the new artistic director of ALIAS Chamber EnsembleAlicia Enstrom, with us to perform the world premiere of her new piece, “Frenzied Whispers" for Solo Violin, Orchestra, and Electronics (orchestrated and conducted by Stephen Lamb).

Dr. Matthew Phelps, music director of West End United Methodist Church and frequent guest conductor, will be the featured soloist for Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. This moving concerto will be conducted by Vanderbilt graduate Dean Whiteside, who is currently a conducting fellow at Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony. 

The performance is free to the public, though a love offering will be gratefully received to benefit Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, Inc. (YEAH). YEAH is a nonprofit charitable youth arts organization whose mission is providing Nashville teens with a safe learning environment that will empower them not only in the arts, but in life skills, volunteerism, and community service, helping them build community through music. For more information, visit http://www.yeahrocks.org.
 

 As always, fantastic poster design by Dan Sommers.

As always, fantastic poster design by Dan Sommers.

Jake Wesley Rogers "Sanctuary"

Today, Jake premiered the video for his song "Sanctuary", a gorgeous recording which I contributed cello to a couple years ago. I'm so excited for Jake, he's been working his little tail off on his craft and on this EP and going to Belmont at the same time. Congrats, buddy! Knock 'em dead at SXSW!

NCO Winter Concert 2/17

Excited to announce that the next Nashville Concerto Orchestra concert will be on Saturday, February 17th at 3 pm at Christ Church Cathedral on Broadway in Nashville! 

Program:

Bach : Brandenburg No. 6 featuring Kristin Wilkinson & Marie Winget, violas

Combs/Strasser : Appalachian Rhapsody featuring Matt Combs, fiddle

Click the poster below to reserve tickets through Eventbrite: 

 As usual, amazing poster by Dan Sommers.

As usual, amazing poster by Dan Sommers.

WINTER WONDERLAND OUT NOW

I'm so proud of the work I get to do with Sarah Darling. She's a gem of a person and one of the most talented singers I know. I produced 4 songs on her brand new Christmas record, "Winter Wonderland", out right now! It'll fill you with holiday cheer.

I produced and wrote string arrangements for:

1. Santa Baby

2. White Christmas

4. Winter Wonderland

8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

XOXO to Cheyenne Medders (guitar), Micah Hulscher (piano/Rhodes), Rachel Loy (bass), Jason Cheek (drums), Avery Bright (violin/viola), Kristin Weber (violin), and Dan Sommers (percussion)!

Sarah Darling's Winter Wonderland

I'm so proud to have produced four new Christmas songs for the incredible Sarah Darling. The holiday album "Winter Wonderland" is now available for pre-order on iTunes! We recorded "Winter Wonderland", "Santa Baby", "White Christmas", and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" at The Bomb Shelter here in Nashville, TN. I'm so proud of the work we did. Get yourself some holiday cheer and pre-order this album!

Poly on World Cafe!

Earlier this summer my friend Ann Powers invited my silly little band to come perform on World Cafe, which she hosts here in Nashville. It was such an honor to get the invite, and such a blast playing our songs for her. She's incredibly smart, sensitive, and always does her research, so her questions are interesting and meaningful. To make it all even better, our dear friend and badass Alicia Enstrom sat in with us on violin, ukulele, and background vocals. To listen to our session click the silly picture below!

Women at Warp

If you know me (or have met me even once), you know that I'm a little obsessed with Star Trek. I wrote a blog post for one of my favorite Star Trek podcasts, Women at Warp, and it just went live today. If you're interested in the inner workings of my nerd brain and what I think about Star Trek's portrayals of mixed race people, click on the silly pic below.

Poly and Gordon Ramsay

When I want to try something new in the kitchen, I usually check YouTube to see if Gordon Ramsay has a video on it, and he usually does. Just the other day I made a fantastic Hollandaise sauce because I watched Gordon Ramsay's Eggs Benedict video, and I frequently go into YouTube wormholes watching clips of "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Hotel Hell". Now I can say I've been in something with this Michelin Star chef (or at least, my band's music has).

Check out the video below to hear Poly's "Parachute" in this trailer for Gordon Ramsay's MasterClass.

Stephen Drake performs Schumann with the Nashville Concerto Orchestra

I'm so proud of the Nashville Concerto Orchestra, a project I started last year with my dear friend Roger Wiesmeyer. The orchestra is part of Roger's non-profit, Mozart in Nashville, and is completely volunteer based. Some of our members are professionals from the Nashville Symphony, some are studio musicians, some are students, and some are amateurs. All are welcome!

Below is a video of my friend Stephen Drake performing the Schumann Cello Concerto with our orchestra of immensely talented volunteers. If you haven't yet made it to a concert, we perform quarterly in different locations around Nashville! Stay tuned for more info on our Fall Concert, coming up on October 7th!

TROXES ARE NOT BOXES

My lovely friends at Artiphon recommended me to record a teeny weeny cover of Malvina Reynolds' "Tiny Boxes" for the Troxes Kickstarter Launch video. Troxes are these amazingly designed pieces that are based on equilateral triangles, and can be put together any way you want. Perfect for me, since the product is origami inspired! Below is their Kickstarter video. I'll be getting some Troxes in the mail soon, and I'll probably be posting my models in the future!

DREAM COUNTRY

I'm so proud of this piece of art that has come from my friendship with Sarah Darling. She's one of the best singers I've ever met, and one of the kindest people. We were somehow able to make "Dream Country" sound just like her from beginning to end. I'm so lucky that she asked me to produce her first independent release, and I'm so looking forward to many more years of friendship and collaboration with her. Thanks also to all of my dear friends (old and new) who came to play on the recording. 

Find "Dream Country" online, or purchase hard copy vinyl or CDs here!