Back in March we had the incredible opportunity to tour Japan for 6 days and the country made a lasting impression on all of us. Never have we been so welcomed into another community or treated so hospitably. From the start, we all were blown away by the beautiful sights and culture of Japan--some of the highlights were seeing the Toyko fish market, riding on the Bullet Train to Sendai, and walking the Philosopher's Path in Kyoto with the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. But even more so, we were overwhelmed to witness firsthand the amazing bluegrass history and community in Japan. It was inspiring to see audience members mouthing the words to old Stanley Brothers tunes that we played at our performances, or to listen to eyewitness stories of bluegrass legends coming to tour Japan in years past, and especially to hear the incredible caliber of local bluegrass musicians around the country. It felt like they all knew more about bluegrass than we did!
We’re in the middle of an epic four week tour of New Zealand and Australia and we’re writing this in the car in Tasmania on our way to a gig. We started out the trip with four shows in New Zealand, the homeland of our fabulous banjo player BB Bowness. New Zealand is every bit as beautiful as we’d imagined, wherever we looked we saw unforgettable scenes. Our drives never had a dull moment as we wound our way through most of the North Island, constantly encountering fantastic new landscapes. We stopped to visit an endangered kiwi bird at a local bird sanctuary, and geeked out hard when we drove past the mountains used as Mordor when filming The Lord of the Rings.
So thankful to the International Bluegrass Music Association for all their support and recognition. We're honored to be the recipients of the 2017 Band Momentum Award. Huge thanks to everyone who has encouraged and helped us along the way!
Thrilled to announce that Mile Twelve will be touring in New Zealand and Australia this October and November! Huge thanks to Due South Touring Co. for helping us put this epic trip together and we can't wait to see all our friends and fans Down Under!
NEW ZEALAND OCT 13th - The Vic Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand OCT 14th - Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui, New Zealand OCT 15th - Wellington Bluegrass Society, Wellington, New Zealand OCT 16th - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, New Zealand
AUSTRALIA Oct 18th - Spotted Mallard - Melbourne - VIC Oct 19th - Java Cafe - Yackendandah - VIC Oct 20th - Patchewollock Music Festival - Patchewollock - VIC Oct 21st - Mountain Mumma - Sheffield - TAS Oct 22nd - Brookfield Shed - Margate - TAS Oct 24th - Mountain Pickers Club - Ferntree Gully - VIC Oct 25th - Yinnar Pub - Yinnar - VIC Oct 26th - Smith's Alternative Bookstore - Canberra - ACT Oct 27th to 29th - Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival - Dorrigo - NSW Oct 31st - 63 First Avenue - Sawtell - NSW Nov 1st - Wauchope Arts Council - Wauchope - NSW Nov 2nd - Petersham Bowling Club - Sydney - NSW Nov 3rd to 5th - Maldon Folk Festival - Maldon - NSW
As I type this we are tracking our final song in the studio. That’s right, twelve whole songs! There’s still plenty of work to do before this thing is ready to release to the world, but we are all breathing a collective sigh knowing that the hardest work is behind us. None of this would have been possible without the tireless work of our producer Stephen Mougin. I don’t think he left the mixing board for more than five minutes during our twelve hour work days. This album is truly his as much as it's ours. And, of course, it’s yours too. We are all still amazed at the enormous support you have shown us. When we first clicked the button to make our Kickstarter live it was hard to believe we would really be sitting here now putting the final touches on an album we are truly proud of. Twelve songs, each one deeply meaningful to us, making up one cohesive project that represents who we are today as a band. We can’t wait to share this music with all of you. More updates will follow as we get into the mixing and final production stages and have a clearer idea of when the album will be released! Thanks again for being there for us.
We made it!! As of a few minutes ago, our Kickstarter has finished, with a total of 300 backers contributing $18,872. This is such great news, our album is completely funded and we will have extra funds for additional publicity once the album is released. THANK YOU so much to everyone who contributed, you made this possible. We'll be in the studio between March 8-16 recording this thing, and along the way we'll be sure to keep all of you updated with photos, posts and videos chronicling the journey. For the next month we'll be practicing hard, both as a band and individually to get ready it. Talk to you soon!