Yesterday I played with a few members of my band (Chris, John and Al) on WCPN/90.3’s ‘The Sound of Applause.’ I was interviewed by Dee Perry, who is one of the nicest and most gracious people I’ve ever met. We’re so fortunate to have her here in Cleveland.
We were on supporting ‘With Regards To You‘ and talking about our performance at Weapons of Mass Creation. It was a nice interview and Dee has a great way of making you feel relaxed. Though even relaxed, weird sentences still pop out of my mouth. But overall it was so fun.
It marked my third time being on the show. My first was back in 2009, when I moved back to Ohio and the second was in 2011 on the day of my Sweetheart release show. Both were when the show was called “Around Noon.”
I’m so thankful for the support from the good people at that station. You can listen to yesterday’s show here.
I’m really looking forward to Sunday as I’ll be returning to play at the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival. The festival officially begins Friday night with lots of great speakers, designers, bloggers and tons of awesome music!
I’ll be playing as trio with my drummer, John and bassist, Chris. We’re on from 4-430pm on the Beer Garden stage.
We were on the road from June 13th to June 21st.
We drove a lot! I played five shows (The Purple Fiddle, The Urban Farmhouse, Globehopper, The Electric Maid and Roast Rider Coffee) mostly back to back from West Virginia then throughout Virginia. All the venues were quaint and perfect for our small family. August, our one year old made a lot of new friends/fans, did a lot of dancing and clapping too.
I sang songs, shared my new EP, shared old and new tunes.
I got to play a majority of the shows with my friend, Kelsie McNair and a new, wonderfully talented friend, Lucy Dacus. I also got to reunite with a friend from Chicago, Rebecca Rego. We were lucky enough to play in DC together at The Electric Maid. She and her band the Trainmen were fantastic!
We explored Virginia, specifically Richmond (we saw the Edgar Allan Poe museum and explored Carey St- LOVE), Arlington (visited/stayed with my sister, ate at Sweetgreen, visited my cousins, played in water fountains in the heat), Norfolk (we had a lovely time with Kelsie, went thrift shopping, visited their art museum, walked around a good deal, explored Ghent) and Virginia Beach (we walked the boardwalk, ate on the ocean).
It was a really special first big trip as a family of three. I’m so happy we were able to do it. Thanks in large part to this.
Toward the end of the trip, I stopped in my Sister’s fourth grade class and sang some songs. They had just wrapped up a poetry unit, so we discussed my process writing songs and I got to hear some really great, Virginia-themed (think Captain John Smith),catchy poems they worked on as a class. They were a sweet bunch and loved August.
The majority of our trip was spent with our now real life friend, Kelsie McNair.
She and I have been “on-line” friends for years. Kelsie is a dream of a person. She was so welcoming and full of the most beautiful energy for life. Not surpisingly, Augie and her became pals.
Her home was so light and dreamy. She owns a gorgeous shop in the cute neighborhood of Ghent, in Norfolk. It’s called “With Lavender and Lace,” which is also how she is known across the web. Do you need a phone case? She makes these amazing floral cases. She graciously gifted me one. Find one here.
Our final stop was in Winchester, Virginia at Dinosaur Land. It.was.awesome!
My sister (who lives in Arlington) met us there. At first it looks like a few dinosaurs in a parking lot off of a state road..but is in fact also a big gift shop and lots of dinosaurs and a shark, King Kong, Preying Mantis and a few other creatures that we were fairly certain did not coexist with dinosaurs. It was a wonderful ending to our trip! Augie was a huge fan.
Very early Friday morning (Eastern time) marked the conclusion of my EP tour campaign. $390 was raised thanks to fifteen very generous and kind people.
With their help, gas, merchandise and some food expenses will be covered. I am so grateful and will be going into this tour with some worry of finances lifted off my shoulders.
Thank you forever and ever:
Kelsie McNair, Randy Law, Maria Iafelice, Courtney McCrone, Mark Krugman, Samuel Lerner, Kevin Wirth, Joe Jaklitch, Cheryl Cappello, David Kolar, Ben Luong, Eluid Rosales, Chantilly Wryck, Doug Wood and Gwen Schanker.
Perk gifts were sent out early Saturday morning!
A special thank you to all the fine folks who came out to Saturday’s release show. It was great to see you all and a fun time to get to play the tunes for such a kind and receptive audience. It meant the world to me.
Today, May 20th, the EP is released into cyberspace:
All my best,
Ashley Brooke Toussant
Last Thursday I launched a new crowd funding campaign to help cover the traveling costs of my tour next month with my husband and son.
On June 13th we’ll be heading out east for tour supporting my new EP and our first family vacation. I’ll be playing several shows and we’ll be exploring Virginia and my son will be seeing the ocean (Virginia Beach to be exact) for the first time!
I added some fun incentives to help out, including tickets to a show, postcards and more..check it out.