We are so pleased to announce that Barry can legally play music in Canada! Wooohooooo! We have been here for three and half years and he now has an open work visa. We are now free to musically galavant about Canada! We played our first hometown show in November in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and it was a really special night for us. Our community came out in force and we were blown away. Ivy played a set of her own music and Elliott & Sam performed throughout the night as well. Our friend, Jessica Crane, came out to play viola and took songs like Doublewide and Recession Song right where they wanted to go. We were able to capture a few moments from that night to share with you. Thank you Rocky, for your warmth and kindness at a great first official Canadian show. Thanks to Willi Whiston for capturing these moments and to our all of our tribe who helped us set up, make it beautiful and tear it all down again.
Merry Christmas! We are releasing a 4 song, acoustic EP on Noisetrade for 24 hours only on Christmas Day 2015. “Only Son” is an original ballad to honor God’s infinite wisdom in sending His son the unexpected way that He did. “Phoenix” is an original tribute to all of our friends who are facing their first Christmas without someone they love and it is full of secret messages to those it is written for. We have also covered R. Fischer Boyce’s “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and Frank Loesser’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, complete with witty banter, per facebook’s request. We will release a fully produced version of this EP on a Christmas to come.
All of the proceeds from this project will go to Hope4Iraq , a division of the Global Hope Organization. Global Hope is establishing a refugee and food distribution center for women and children. Families, fleeing ISIS jihadist militants in Iraq, have abandoned their homes and all their belongings in search of safety. Your generous gifts will be used to supply the following items for women and children escaping violence.
Food and water
We are excited to create music that will give back to an organization whose work we believe in. Merry Christmas!
Barry & Michelle
It is one week until we hit the road on our epic, 9 week journey through the US. You can catch us if you live in Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky or Ohio! We are rehearsing, pre-packing and vacuuming out the car. This is serious. Come on out and find us!
That’s right, we are 20. As of this date, we have been married for 20 years. We have been doing music together for a tad bit longer than that, but we weren’t official until this date in 1994. Six albums, four kids and two bassett hounds later, we are still kicking around. Marriage is way harder and sweeter than we ever imagined and so is our life as a musical duo. We know so many marriages (or musical duos, for that matter) never last this long and we feel kind of stunned and grateful. As a way of spreading our glee that we have made it to 20, we are giving away our Sun Comes Up Tomorrow album for free, all day long today! Please pass this link onto your friends, as a gift from us. Here’s to 20 years of life, love and music! Cheers!
One of the best parts of the making of our recently released, “Sun Comes Up Tomorrow” was the process of recording a live pub choir at Trinity Hall in Dallas, Texas. This song is an anthem of defiant hope in the middle of hard times. It just neeeeeeded a mug-clinking crowd to sing along! We posted a rough cut of the song and some words on Facebook and invited everyone we could think of to come on out to Trinity Hall. The secret congregants loaded in right on time and the party started. The owner, Marius, took amazing care of our motley crew. The night was heartwarming and we won’t forget it. In hard times, camaraderie is forged between unlikely friends as evidenced by this beautiful night.
Have you ever heard of what's called a "working title"? In the creative process, a working title is defined this way: "A working title, sometimes called a production title, is the temporary name of a product or project used during its development, usually used in filmmaking, television production, novel, video game, or music album."
In the case of "Catfish Sandwich" we have run into what is turning out to be a SURPRISE working title. As the process has hummed along, a new theme has emerged that trumps our Kickstarter theme and retires the Catfish to working title status.
"Sun Comes Up Tomorrow" is a line from Recession Song, which has risen to the top as one of the best songs on the project. Recording the song was a fantastic process that highlighted a Kickstarter studio pub choir and finished off with a Facebook generated pub choir at Trinity Hall in Dallas. That night, as we looked around at the beautiful, motley crew of folks that came out to raise their mugs and belt a hopeful song, we felt a shift in focus setting in. There is a thread of hope running through every song on this album and hope is what we want the listener to be left holding. So, "Sun Comes Up Tomorrow" it is.
To us, the term "Catfish Sandwich" will always symbolize our entry and re-entry into a crazy, risky, fulfilling life as songwriters and musicians. It's a code phrase of ours that you now know and get. It's on a t-shirt that will be a Kickstarter exclusive collector's item!
QUICK KICKSTARTER TIMELINE UPDATE:
*BARRY IS FINISHING MIXING THE ALBUM TODAY!
*JOHN MAYFIELD WILL MASTER THE ALBUM ON MONDAY!
*YOUR DIGITAL PRE-RELEASE WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU WEDNESDAY!
*KICKSTARTER EVENT DATES ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY!
*COLORADO CD RELEASE CONCERT ON 4/20! DETAILS HERE
*REWARDS MAILED OUT BY APRIL 24TH!
*TEXAS CD RELEASE CONCERT JUNE 13TH!
Thank you for all you have done to make the sun come up tomorrow,
Barry & Michelle
Saturday, March 23rd
Start Time: 7:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Advanced Tickets: $15
If you ever got a chance to look at our Kickstarter for Catfish Sandwich (Kickstarter is a fundraising website for ventures of all kinds) you may have seen the "Beth Rohman Special" which was a reward level for donors where they could receive a piece of art inspired by the music of Catfish Sandwich. As we have been in the middle of the recording process, she has been deep in her own process, generating art as she listens to scratch versions of what we are recording.
Beth is a modern day Renaissance woman, singing, painting, cooking, drawing, birthing babies, growing gardens in dirt and people. You can even hear her sing a spontaneous song on our "Odds and Ends" recording. This lady is the real deal. She and her husband Paul, and babies Clive, Jack and Eleanor (did we mention they are all 3 and under?) are family to us and we are ecstatic she has taken on our project.
Every few days we get a text from her with a picture of whatever Catfish painting she is working on at that moment. It is fascinating to us to see what is coming out of her in this season, we have been moved by every single piece. We know it takes a village to free a mom of three kids under three to be able to create and we are so thankful to our family in Wooland Park, Colorado for how they are making this possible for her and us. Thanks, guys!
We will keep you in the loop on Beth's process. Keep an eye on www.bethrohman.com to get peeks at the Catfish Kickstarter art.
Thank you for getting us to 41% in the first 6 days of our Catfish Sandwich Kickstarter Campaign! Here's a back porch performance of Redemption for you, as a thank you!
16 years ago, we sat across the table from each other in Cracker
Barrell, trying to decide if we should quit our full time job and go
after our dream of being “full time musicians”. We were young, pregnant
(literally) naive and chock full of hope and faith. We just wanted to
be able to say that in our lifetime, we had really gone after the thing
we felt like we were made to do. Right then and there, while Michelle
was eating a catfish sandwich, (the whole pregnant thing) we decided to
go for it and we handed in our notice the very next day.
later, we have recorded 8 cd’s and played for thousands of people. We
have toured living rooms, coffee shops, bars, colleges, churches and
festivals. We have worked a vast array of part time and full time
jobs. Barry earned a Dove nomination and Michelle gave birth to four
babies. We have played all over the world and driven our minivans and
suburbans all over North America. We have been kicked around some and
got back up some. Record deals fell through while artists all over the
world have been recording our music. We moved to the mountains and moved
back from the mountains. And here we are, 16 years later, having
another catfish sandwich moment.
We are still sitting across the
table from each other, trying to decide if we should keep going for it.
We have learned a lot of things the hard way and we are much less naive
these days (are we?). We still really want to say that we did what we
were made to do. We are doing whatever it takes to keep food on the
table and always trying to find a way to do the music we believe we are
meant to do.
The Catfish Sandwich project is a group of songs that
sums up our journey, from Cracker Barrell to today. There are songs
about growing up, love songs, prayers, heartaches, hope and bustin’ yer
ass. Anyone who knows us will hear the narrative of our crazy life in
the words of these songs. It’s a story worth telling because it ends
with the future and hope we have always believed was ours.
returning to our Americana roots and taking the production somewhere
grassy and rootsy. Banjos, steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle and honkey
tonk piano will tell this story for us, the way we want it told. We
will record this project in Dallas and hope to raise the funds to hire
the studio musicians who speak that language the best. We want to raise
funds to master Catfish Sandwich in Nashville, like we did Long Straight
We haven’t packaged our cd’s in anything but cheap
envelopes in a decade, and we are aching for the packaging to match the
content of this project in quality and class. We want to raise funding
to make that happen.
We have never once, in the past 16 years,
been able to get any single project done without other people helping to
make it happen, so why should this project be any different?
Partnering suits us and helps us know we are doing something that is of
value to anybody else.
So, who wants to make a Catfish Sandwich?
If we exceed our initial goal, we will let ourselves dream bigger and plan for the most amazing cd release tour of our lives.