new shoes.

I just have to post this—

so you may have noticed that tyler wears crocs….all the time.  and they’re ugly.  and gross.  and i hate them.

he needs new shoes.

so last night joel rakes told us about these cool shoes called sanuk shoes (i think that’s how you spell them.) so we looked online and almost bought a pair and thought, we’re going to the beach, we’ll see how much they are there.

now we’re sitting in starbucks and a guy we know walks in wearing the shoes.  tyler was like, hey are those sanuk’s? (or whatever they’re called.)  he’s like, yeah, they are, they’re awesome.  tyler mentions that he almost bought some today and the guy says that he gets 40% off at a surf shop that carries them and he’ll pick up a pair for him tonight.  and he adds, “it’s my gift to you.”

i love this. i love how God continues to provide for us even in the small things.  it’s amazing.

Philly, Dewey, Merch Ideas?

Good afternoon from Rehoboth Beach, DE.  We’re sitting in a coffee shop taking care of some business before we head to the beach and later to Dewey for a house show.

Last night was a great time at World Cafe Live in Philly.  Thanks to all who came!  We had a blast playing with our buddy Joel Rakes and Josh Schurr.  Check out their music if you have a chance. It was also really fun to see some familiar faces and meet some new people.  My best friend came with her older sister and her brand new baby Ella.  Holding her was a treat.  She was so cute!

So we’ve been trying to think of cool new merch ideas.  Fun things that you might like that most musicians don’t sell.  If you have any ideas let us know.  It could be cool stuff that you’ve seen at a concert—anything unique.  We have some ideas in the works.  Last night a couple girls at the show made an interesting suggestion.  They said that we should have bobble heads of ourselves made that fit together like a puzzle and play “One Eyed Cat.” They said we could market the idea with the words, “So adorable you want to take them home…and now it’s not a felony!”  I couldn’t decide if I was flattered or slightly creeped out.  🙂 No, I’m just kidding.  I thought it was pretty funny.  But not something we’re going to have manufactured anytime soon.

Well, I’m hoping that we’ll complete all of our administrative work soon so that we can soak up the sun at the beach! Looking forward to seeing some of you tonight.

-jenny

Thunderstorms in DE

So we had a crazy couple of days.

First–thanks to all of you for coming out to Jammin’ Java.  We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting some of you.  I hoped you enjoyed the new tune—we’ll be playing it at all of our shows this week.

We got in from Jammin’ Java really late on Tuesday night, woke up way too early on Wednesday morning, and traveled from Vienna, VA to Wilmington, DE.  It’s not a long drive, and we stopped at my favorite coffee shop (Caribou Coffee) on the way.  I really wish that they had Caribou Coffee shops everywhere…but I guess that’s what makes it so special when I do get to stop there.

So we get to Wilmington, eat some food, hang out with my good friend Laura, and get ready for the show at White Clay Creek.  The set times for the show had all ready been changed on us a couple times and last night there was a severe thunderstorm warning for the area, so we were worried that the show might get rained out.  At 4pm the torrential downpour started.  We were supposed to play at 6pm.  We showed up at the park at 5:30pm and were told that due to the rain (which had stopped) they were changing things up yet again.  A brass band would be playing from 6:30-7:30 and we would play from 7:30-as long as the rain held off.  So yesterday a brass band opened for us.  It was pretty cool.  And patriotic.  Remember now, I was the head nerd in band in high school, meaning I was the drum major of the marching band….so I definitely enjoy hearing concert type bands every now and then.

We went on at 7:30, played 3 songs and the rain came.  My apologies to everyone who came at 6 to hear us, sat for an hour and a half, and was rained on.  During the fourth song we saw lightning, so we had to stop in the middle.  It was kinda funny.  And kinda awkward.  All in all, okay.  We packed up in the rain, made sure a friend made it safely home, and then went to the house of some sweet friends and stayed up talking until midnight.

It was a crazy day.  But it was great.

Tonight we’re at the World Cafe Live (upstairs).  Our buddy Joel Rakes is playing as well and another friend Josh Schurr is opening.  It’s gonna be a great and we’d love to see you.

-Jenny

Vienna, VA

So we’re officially on the road again.  I’m going to try to do a much better job of blogging this time around. Tonight we’re in Vienna, VA at Jammin’ Java.  It’s fun being at this venue because I actually have quite a few memories of going to shows here.  I saw Marc Broussard, Blue Merle, Derek Webb, Alli Rogers, and a couple other people play here while I was in college.  And, when I was in junior high and high school the band I was a part of recorded a couple demos here.  They were terrible.  But I still get a little nostalgic about it when I’m here.

Right now I’m sitting in the green room (which is red by the way—VERY red) listening to the headlining band sound check.  They have an upright bassist—should be a good time.  I’m looking forward to hearing some good music tonight.

Today Tyler and I explored old town Alexandria, VA for a little while.  Let me tell you, it’s hot here.  I mean, we live in Nashville and it’s hot there, but I think that VA is experiencing the hottest days of the summer right now.  We walked around for about an hour and I was literally drenched in sweat. We stopped at a great little coffee shop (the name evades me) and cooled off with an iced coffee…but we still got really gross. It was pretty nasty in all honesty. But again, the coffee was quite good.

In other news, Tyler has been video taping lots of this tour, so you can all look forward to better youtube updates this time around as well.

Well, I’m getting hungry and thirsty.  So I might see what I can find around here. Tomorrow night we’re playing at White Clay Creek state park in Newark, DE.  We play two sets, one from 6:00-6:45, and the other from 7:15-7:45.  So if you think you can stand the heat and you’re in the area, come on out!  We’d love to see you.

-Jenny (& Tyler)

Good morning!

It’s a nice morning in Nashville. In a humid way I guess.  Sometimes I can’t tell if it’s better for it to be a bit cooler and humid or just hot.  Oh well.  The heat doesn’t stop me from filling up on my favorite coffee drink, which is what I’m doing right now in Fido.  I had a little extra time so I ordered a milkbone (vanilla & honey latte) and it didn’t take 30 minutes for the baristas to make it.  I’m quite pleased.

So we’ve been home for 2 weeks and it’s been amazing.  Well, practically 2 weeks.  Who’s counting right? We’ve been writing, booking, working, exploring (we went to a Biblical archaeology museum. It was rather odd to be honest.), and getting coffee with sweet friends. I like being home.

I’m trying to truly live in each day and not get up in planning for the next couple months or years.  I don’t want to “check out” of the life I’m living now. Today.  I’m finding it pretty difficult actually. I guess it’s mostly due to the nature of touring and playing music.  People are always asking us what’s next.  It’s my hope that I will be content with what’s now.

All the same, I am looking forward to seeing some of you in a few weeks.  If you haven’t received facebook invitations or mailing list updates, let me tell you what’s going on.  We’re headed out on a little week long tour before we make our way to the beach for vacation and then over to the UK.  So here are some important dates:

July 28th, Jammin Java, Vienna, VA.  Show starts at 7:30p.  Tickets are $10.

July 29th, White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, DE; 5:30pm, free.

July 30th, World Cafe Live (Upstairs), Philadelphia, PA. 8:00pm. Tickets are $10.

Aug. 1st, Auburn Road Vineyards, Pilesgrove, NJ. 6pm, free.

Aug. 2nd, 30th St. Pavilion, Avalon, NJ. Noon, free.

I think we’re going to have some fun.

I leave you with a video.  These are some guys from my a’cappella group at the University of Delaware.  This may mean nothing to you, but if you’ve seen a Mighty Wind, you’ll understand.

Happy 4th! (and other lovely things.)

It’s been too too long.

We spent a week or so in Nashville after traveling to camps and weddings in June.  it was nice to be home for a little while, even if it was short lived.  We’ve been writing lots and I’m excited to have some new songs for you guys at shows this fall.

Speaking of shows, you may have noticed that we have a pretty aggressive tour schedule planned for the fall.  If we want the schedule to actually work, we need your help.  You’ll notice on our tour page that most of the shows are TBA, meaning that they aren’t officially booked.  If you’d like to help us with some of those, we’d love it.  We don’t have a booking agent, or management or anything like that–we really do all of this ourselves, and with your help!  So if you know of a venue in your city or you’d like to host a house show (a concert in your living room) then shoot us an email at jt@jennyandtylermusic.com  We check that email regularly so we will read it and get back to you.   I don’t know about you, but I’m getting super excited about the fall.

Hmm…what else to tell?  We have ringtones for sale now.  You can find them in our store.

We’ve been exposed to some great music lately—Eisley–I think that’s how you spell that–being one. My sister also had me listening to Good Old War out by the pool the other day.  We’re in Dallas with my family for the 4th of July and we’ve been soaking up the sun in my parent’s pool (that’s what happens when you move out—your parents get an amazing pool.), eating lots of chocolate ice cream, and hanging out with Stewart (the one-eyed cat.).  All in all, a good time.

Well, have a happy Fourth of July. I think I’m going to have a piece of raspberry pie!

-Jenny