2009 is nearly gone. What's Ahead?

Thanks to those of you who came out to the show last Saturday.  It's great to play a room and know you're in capable hands, and Gary Jackson makes sure any act on the Kirk Avenue Music Hall stage sounds their best. It's great to have a room in Roanoke where music fans can really get to hear what they're paying for - and if it costs a couple dollars extra for the experience, few will dispute that it's well worth it. Kirk Ave's profits from beverage sales are donated to the Music Lab at Jefferson Center. Alcohol sales do not aid their bottom line; they support music education for the community's youth. We hope our friends who haven't had a chance to check out this venue yet will check out a show there soon.

Rootstone Jug Band is going back in the studio to keep honing our single mic recording technique. We'll be sharing some results before the end of the year We're digging back to the old mode of production and taking the time to make sure our performance does justice to the song.  Each time it gets a little better so we reconvene and do it again. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  recorded over 150 takes of 'Refugee', so we won't dwell too much on a dozen or more takes of 'Stir It Gal'.  We're working up a version of The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers' 'Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn' and will release it as a Christmas single if we can complete it in time.

We hope all of you reading this are well and ready to enjoy the upcoming holiday season with your loved ones. If you have a moment and haven't already done so, please sign up for email updates at rootstone.net. We are looking forward to much more musical activity in 2010, both by Rootstone Jug Band and our other configurations.  We are honored to have your support.  If you promise to spread the word, we'll keep the good things happening here and let you know about it first, okay?

Best Wishes,


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