It's been an incredible weekend Folks! Playing Newport Folk Festival was just absolutely amazing! I can't think of any higher honor or greater privilege than to have been included as "One of the folk," asked to perform at such an historic and iconic event. This is truly a time to savor and remember. I send my heartfelt thank you out to Chris Funk of the Decemberists for including me in this year's line up and for making this experience so enjoyable. I am humbled by the greatness of this festival and especially by the warmth and friendship of all of the folks who work so passionately to make the magic that is NFF happen year after year. Thank you! <3 -B
June 28, 2019 marks the turning of an old page. On to new pages now folks. The greater things are right there waiting in the turning.
Wow, I am so excited to be able to announce that I'll be performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival as part of "For Pete's Sake" on the museum Stage on Friday, July 26th. Thanks so much to Chris Funk for including me in this year's line up! If you're gonna be at the Fort this year, stop in and say hello! All the best, Bill S.
See the official NFF announcement at this link: http://www.newportfolk.org/for-petes-sake-2019
It's always great to be in Nashville, and even better to be playing and recording music there with some of the best musicians in town. They don't call it Music City for nothin' folks, but more than that, it's the people you meet there and spend your time with that make it a great place to be. This April/May I spent about three weeks in Nashville and while I was there, a bunch of such folks met with me at Skinny Elephant Recording in Inglewood TN, with Producer Neilson Hubbard and Engineer Dylan Alldredge at the helm. After all was said and done, we had 15 new songs recorded, mixed and ready for mastering in just 11 days. I'm happy to have had Will Kimbrough back, playing electric guitar and mandolin for this one, and on his birthday no less! Will played on my last record too, and its always good to be in his good company and making music together. Brent Burke, who also played on my last record, came back in to add some of his dobro mastery to the mix. There's simply none better folks. 'nough said. Erin Rae also stopped in and sang some beautiful harmony vocals on my new song called "It All Matters." A day or so later, The Americana Music Association announced Erin's nomination for Best Emerging Artist of 2019! If you haven't already, then when you hear her, you'll know why. Eamon McGloughlin also came in and put some of his very fine violin/fiddle work on these new songs (Eamon also played on my last record and it was great to spend time with him in the studio again, as always). It's also a great pleasure to have had Mike Rinne (Miranda Lambert), in the studio playin' the dog house and electric bass on this record. It's well deserved that Eamon and Mike have also been spotlighted by the AMA this year, with both of them being nominated for Best Instrumentalist of 2019! I'm truly honored to have them both adding their talents to this record. Neilson Hubbard, in addition to producing this record for me, also added drums and percussion. I can't imagine a better musical fit for these songs. I am so very grateful for Neilson. His performance and his ear for production really make these songs and this record move and come to life. Likewise, the layers and musical textures added by Juan Solórzano (lap steel and electric and 2nd acoustic guitars), Megan McCormick (lap steel and harmony vocals) and Mia Rose Lynne (harmony vocals) are simply amazing beyond words. Truly amazing. All of the songs were recorded live in the studio with minimal to no overdubbing or editing. It was all possible because, each one of these very fine musicians intently captured and then carried the very essence of these songs in their performances without a second thought or moments hesitation. In fact, there is more than one "first take" that will be featured on this album. I can't wait for you to hear how it all so very magically and naturally came together. Look for the new record this August/September and don't forget to check back here from time to time... I've got some more very cool news I'm just waiting to share! All the best, Bill S.
Just a quick check-in from the recording studio while we're here in Nashville, TN... We've got a bunch of new songs recorded already and we start mixing tomorrow! I am so looking forward to sharing this record with you this coming fall! Oh yeah... and I've got even MORE REALLY COOL NEWS to share with you soon! Check back here soon for an update in the days and weeks to come. All the best, Bill S.
OK. So here we go! Starting with this month of April, 2019, I'll be returning to Nashville TN, to start recording my third record with producer Neilson Hubbard. If you've heard Neilson's band, The Orphan Brigade, and any of the records he's produced, then you understand why I instantly knew his creative force and talent would be a great fit for my music. After talking and finding how much we agree on how to approach the music and the process, I am beyond excited to be underway with Neilson at the helm. We’ve also since rounded up a ready cast of phenomenal musicians (a/k/a mighty fine humans) including Will Kimbrough, Eamon McGloughlin, Brent Burke and more. Will, Eamon and Brent all played on my last record, and I can't wait to get back together with them, along with new friends who'll also be joining us in the studio this time around. I think you’re gonna like this one folks! It's been a long time coming and I’m very much looking forward to being able to share it with you when it’s released this fall. We’ve already got a bunch of shows lined up for the national tour that will follow the release, and we'll be adding many more in the days and months to come. So check back here for updates from time to time for a show near you, and I’ll see you on the road this fall! All the best, Bill S
Lots of things are in the works folks and I can't wait to share them with you all. We're putting the finishing touches on the recording studio. There's new music and a national tour on the horizon. As we've been limiting the number of performances to make way for these other things, I can't wait to get back out on the road, which makes me even more excited to be performing music with my dear friend Jonah Tolchin at the 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Cultural Center in Ewing New Jersey on Saturday, February 9th. I hope you will come join us for the show! All the best, Bill S.
So, as we are focusing entirely on all things relevant to getting my next record recorded and released, I am reflecting on what an amazing and deeply gratifying experience it has been for me, to be able to write and perform music for you all across the Country, and to be able to confirm something that I've always already known to be true--that there are indeed, wonderfully good people to be found everywhere you go. I look forward to putting this next record together and getting back out on the road when its all said and done, so I can bring it to your home towns and share with you more of those incredible moments that have made this journey and the people I've come to know along the way, the core strength of my very being. Thank you for being such an important part of it all!
I had an amazing time performing in the mid West this February...KUSH Radio, The Blue Door, Folk Alliance International and everywhere! It was heartwarming to share time with the welcoming good people of this vibrant acoustic music community and I sincerely hope to be able to return and do it all again soon. The days are getting brighter and the clock on the wall says that it's time to now focus on making plans for a national tour and for recording my next record. So, that's where my mind will be in the coming days, weeks and months. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check back here from time to time for updates as we forge ahead, with our hearts always looking forward to meeting you at new musical horizons fast approaching. See you soon! Bill S.
We've been hard at work with the construction of the Heartstrings recording studio, and I'm happy to say we are very close to finishing. There are just a few more tasks that need to be completed in the coming weeks of January and then it's time to start wiring up all the gear so we can make some new music! I'll be back on the road in February starting with some shows in Missouri and Kansas and elsewhere to follow. Details will be posted on my "Shows" page soon. 2018 is a new beginning and I'm looking forward to many great things to come. Thanks for listening!
All the best,