Just a Lil’ Update

12 Feb

I just wanted to update everyone on what is going on with my music.  I have been writing for a little under two years for my next project.  It could have went a few directions, but out of the three or four ways I could go, one has steadily been there.  The others have blown away like superfluous chaff, unneeded.   I’ve learned a lot about the writing process and about myself in the midst of the process.  Sometimes you have to get rid of all of the scum that rises from your soul, (past experiences, toxic relationships,) in order to get to the gold.  That is what I feel has happened with my writing in the past couple of years.

Gig-wise, I have either been very happy with my gigs or very annoyed by them.  There are cities, as well as venues,  that I really don’t want to play ever again.  And then there are the places that surprise me by how much I love them.  There have been both this year, making things a tiny bit roller-coaster-y, but each experience has definitely taught me different things about performing and how to deal with messy situations when they come up.

This year I’m doing another lighter load of gigs.  I have some things that I want to get done at our farm.  I also want to take time to write some more.  We also have a lot of ballet classes to take our girls to.  

All-in-all, I’m thankful for many things… family, love, & people who believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself, a home, two vehicles, etc.  The list goes on. 

I’ll let you know when something really cool happens!

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16 Years of Fun

6 Feb

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Jokers & Gypsies Update #3

17 Oct

Yesterday we traveled to Dallas.  We stopped at the Ft. Worth Stockyards for a little fun time in the afternoon.  I bought a black cowgirl hat which I will show off for you all soon. :)  We also ate a great flat iron steak and a baked potato at a steakhouse in the Stockyards.

Last night we played at Opening Bell Coffee in Dallas.  It was a really cool venue with a very friendly staff and receptive audience.  We shared two 45 minute sets.   Here are a couple pics of the day.:

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Chalkboard at Opening Bell.

Chalkboard at Opening Bell.

We both REALLY love Texas!!!!

A Couple of Other Pics

16 Oct

Here are a couple more pics of the tour that I missed:

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Jokers & Gypsies Tour- Part 2

16 Oct

It has been hard to get online for the last couple of days.  But we’re in Texas pretty close to Dallas sitting at a Starbucks.  Dy is texting friends and family.  I’m doing the same while compiling a blog for you all to catch you up.

Louisiana pretty much looks like this, unless you hit a swampy area.:

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We went to the French Quarter and ate some cajun food.

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Then that night we played at the Big Top in NOLA.

The next morning I was able to meet a sweet friend of mine, Emily Marie Palmer.  We were able to spend about 30 minutes chatting.  But she had to take off to go to a movie shoot.  Here is a pic of us from 2010 when we were in a musical together called, “A Year With Frog and Toad”.  Emily is the cute, little blonde.:

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Then we headed out to Shreveport.  It started raining just as we got there.  The venue was kind of dark, so it was hard to get any good pics.

We’re looking forward to playing TEXAS!!!! We’ve both been wanting to play TX for a long time.  Tonight we’ll be in Dallas at Opening Bell Coffee.  $5 suggested donation and the gig starts at 8 p.m.

So It Started…

14 Oct

The tour kicked off in Nashville on Saturday night.  I will be honest with you, it was a bit disappointing.  I guess it could be considered good practice…

The next day we left at 6:30 a.m. and traveled a total of 10 hours.  We were pretty tired, but it was still fun!  We met Jodi James, who was on the bill with us.  She is very sweet and has such a lovely voice to match. Here are a couple pics of the night.

Mud and Water in Baton Rouge, LA

Mud and Water in Baton Rouge, LA

Jodi James

Jodi James

More adventures to follow!

Last Day of Voting in the Semi-Finals!

12 Sep
Hi! I need your help. I am a semi-finalist in the Pepsi Southern Original Competition. I was one of 48 artists chosen out of 2001 entrants to perform at showcases throughout the South this past week. Tuesday night I performed down in Auburn, AL. The performance was streamed live to 350,000 viewers. It was really fun and my band and I did great.

So, here is where you come in. We only have two more days to vote before the semi-finals are over. I really need YOUR vote today, as it is the last day to vote for this round. You can vote once a day. I also need you to share this information and link to people that you know. Like I said, I don’t like to bother people privately about my music, but this is really important. If I win, this would help boost my career to bigger heights. Just think… it would be in part because of your votes and help. Please help me make this next step.

Thanks, Erisa Rei

Here is the link: http://pepsigulfcoastjam.sonicbids.com/artist/erisa-rei/vote/

Here are some pics of the showcase on Tuesday night:

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The first one is of Darryl Worley and me.  The second one is of us setting up and Darryl announcing us.

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