Back from the future–I mean, tour!

This is the first letter to my new mailing list!  To join, email: arbiellemusic@gmail.com

Dear Wonderful People,

Hello!  And welcome to the brand-new mailing list!  This one is way cooler than the old version, because: a) the old version was actually just me pressing “reply all” and hoping for the best, and b) now we’re using a fancy website, which allows you to subscribe or unsubscribe yourselves and for me to enter you folks into groups based on your location!  So now if you find yourself in the wrong group, let me know and I can change it.  Thanks in part to our recent “February is for Friends” tour, we have groups for: Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene/Corvallis, Sisters/Bend, Ashland/Medford, Tahoe, Davis, The Bay Area, L.A., San Diego, Colorado, Idaho, New York, and Out of Country.  This way you can receive an email only when I am coming to you, or have something extra special to shout to the world.  Ta-da!

So, how was the tour, you ask?  I think Katie and I are both going with, “a-mazing.”  (Click here for the blog post written from the road).

The rest of the tour was similarly wonderful, featuring more kindnesses from friends and family, unexpected adventures, and meeting all kinds of strangers who seemed to really enjoy the music!  We got to jam with a child prodigy in Ashland and sing for punk metal bandmates in Medford and for retired hippies in Corvallis.  Just before Tahoe, we learned how to put chains on a car (FUN), and Heather took us sledding between shows!  Reeling from seasonal whiplash, we drove into warmth and sunshine and hipsters in San Francisco, and ate the most delicious hot dogs ever (wrapped in bacon–genius!).  In between all these things, we also drove many miles and got to play music, music, music.

I know some of you couldn’t make it to a show, and I say, fret not!  Methinks this was not the last tour for Arbielle.  I’m also hoping that a future tour may take us east… Walla Walla, Spokane, Boise, Colorado… New York City, perhaps?  🙂

If you wanted to buy the CD but didn’t get a chance, you still can acquire the digital version (which features additional album art!).  Find it here or visit www.arbielle.bandcamp.com.  Physical copies are now available from me, or at your favorite local music store (if that music store happens to be Artichoke Music, at 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd # A  Portland, OR 97214).  We’ve already sold over 100 copies, thanks to you!

Most of all, it was great to get to see so many of you guys!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our first tour such a wonderful adventure.

xoxo

Rach

Look at what we can do now!

Singing in Corvallis! Daisy and her friend Amber colored this beautiful piece of crayon art.

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About arbielle

“Arbielle” is a Portland indie-folk band featuring plucky songwriter-piano-player, Arbielle, a musician with wide eyes, a beautiful voice, and plenty of stories to share. Their songs range from goofy to passionate to heart-rending, reflecting the wild beauty and playfulness of Arbielle’s pacific northwest hippie upbringing, as well as the faith she has grown into. Arbielle’s mama taught her to sing rounds when she was two-years-old, and she never stopped singing since. As a 14-year-old she began composing with Portland’s “Young Composer’s Project,” hosted by Fear No Music, and at 18 she began a journey of singing her own songs from Walla Walla, Washington, to Brooklyn, New York. Now she has returned to her home state of Oregon, and dug in as a recording and touring musician living in Portland. In the winter of 2012 she gathered a talented team of musician friends to collaborate on a full-length album recorded at Echo Ridge Music, in Sisters, OR, and this year signed onto Headphone Records of Electronic Boy Productions, who released her premier full-length album this December. "Roots Grow Deep" is a sweet chronicle of growing pains, bicycles, broken families, funny coincidence, friendships, and coming home.  Audiences from Orcas Island to San Francisco have come away from her shows admiring her honesty, wondering at her unique perspective, and humming her beautiful tunes.  As an artist, she lifts up a universal human experience: what it is like to be Arbielle.  Even if you are not a small person living a big life, a teacher and a farmer, a sister and a daughter, a lover of Oregon and every person you’ve known, you will know exactly what she means.
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