Notes from Michelle – Fall 2017

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Happy Fall from all of us at Pine Mountain Studios.  Things are ramping up after a long winter and spring of recording. The band and I recorded our 5th holiday record called Joy which is already available on iTunes, CdBaby with 100% percent of all proceeds going to  “Looking Back” is done and being made into LP’s & CD’s right now. Look for a release date of January 1, 2018.  Billy Shaddox, Graham Patzner and I had a blast making this record. 100% of all proceeds will go to the Noah Tyler College Fund.

My June trip to Botswana was life-changing. Between the warm people, the beautiful animals and the incredible music, I will never forget my first time in southern Africa. I left with a deep sense of calm and a strong desire to go back soon. Waking up at 5am to watch the sun rise alongside majestic black rhinos, lions and zebras and then ending the days witnessing the sunset as it cast it’s shadow on the elephants and giraffes, was spectacular.

I came back to Alexander Valley to spend time with friends from Atlanta and Paris, then did a photo shoot in Alexander Valley and Sausalito with my talented friend and photographer, Danielle Rubi-Dentzel, shooting the cover of my new record, “Looking Back”.  Next, I packed my guitars for my annual trip to Paris, excited again to spend time in one of my favorite cities, with special friends that I’ve made in the last nine years I’ve been going. I spent a lot of time writing there, carrying around a notebook and sitting in outdoor cafes, taking time to digest everything I saw and where I’d been in this last year.  Paris was followed by a stop in Boston to work with my good friend, Bonnie Hayes, and then, after a short break in Hawaii, it was on to New York, then home to SF, where the band and I began preparing for our December 7th show. This year’s event will be a special one — an all-acoustic show, and with three new bandmates!  More details and tickets available on the Throckmorton Theatre website:

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