Oh Anthony….can you tell I’m loving some Nickelcreek today?

Hello friends!

What an incredible weekend we’ve had. We went on a retreat with some Vanderbilt students and had a blast. We even went on a hayride. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a hayride in January. Anyway now we’re back in Nashville for a few weeks before we hit the road for our Spring(ish) tour. It was snowing this morning here! How lovely.

We have a few dates coming up that I want to let you know about.

Jan. 28th, Asbury College Kresge Cafe @ 10pm, Wilmore, KY.

Feb. 9th, Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR click for facebook event

Feb 12th, Suncreek United Methodist Church, Allex, TX click for facebook event

Feb. 13th, Cafe Plaid w/ John Calvin, Norman, OK click for facebook event

We’ll have more dates to post soon but if you’re in the area for any of these shows, please come! We’d love to meet you.

Where are y’all from?

We’ve been working on some new songs and today Tyler is tracking drums, so I thought I’d escape the madness and am currently hanging out at my favorite coffee shop. The almond lattes are to die for and the space is free from the clanging and stomping of drums!

Today I thought I might address the most common question asked of Tyler and I, “Where are y’all from?” Take or leave the “y’all” and replace it with “you” or “yous guys” depending on what region of the U.S. you’re from. Surprisingly, this simple question requires the most complicated answer. Well maybe not complicated, but long.

Let’s begin with the easy part. Tyler was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He’s a Delawarian through and through. This is why when you ask us where we’re from, we often answer, “We’re from Delaware.” Usually the person asking the question responds with something like, “I’ve never met anyone from Delaware before,” or, “what’s in Delaware?” We talk about tax free shopping and chickens.

So Tyler grew up in Delaware and attended the University of Delaware and studied marketing, music management, and voice. That’s where he met me.

So this is the hard part. Where am I from? I guess I’ll start from the beginning.

My parents are from Western New York. Jamestown to be precise. Think kinda in between Buffalo and Erie, PA. They attended SUNY Fredonia and after graduation, a wedding, and the birth of my older brother, my dad joined the Air Force and became a pilot. Their first assignment was somewhere in Oklahoma. A cat named Treetrunk (that’s what happens when you let a creative 2 year old name your cat) was added to the family. After Oklahoma my dad headed to flight school for a few months and my mom and brother went to live with my grandma in Jamestown for a little while. That’s when I came along. I spent the first few months of my life in Jamestown and then the family moved to Dayton, OH. We were there for about a year. My younger sister Karen was born. Then we moved to Japan.

We spent 3 years in Japan. I had a brief career as a toddler model because they loved my blonde hair. It’s brown now, so I guess the modeling thing wasn’t meant to be. My sister was so confused by the English and Japanese being spoken to her simultaneously that she she spoke a total of 3 words before she turned 4. We visited Tokyo Disneyland and it was awesome.

Then we moved to Dover, Delaware. We spent 3 years there. We got a new cat named Tiger. My sister started talking. We were homeschooled for a little while. I thought my big brother was the coolest person in the whole world. After Dover we moved to a suburb of St. Louis on the Illinois side. Tiger got lost. I went to my first real concert: D.C. Talk, the Jesus Freak tour. I started playing clarinet. After 4 years in the midwest we moved back to Dover, DE. I met my best friends. “Went out” with my first “boyfriend.” My brother and I started a band and we were terrible, but it was really fun!

After 3 years in Delaware we moved to Ocean Springs, MS. Ocean Springs is on the coast next to Biloxi. I was taking my drivers test on Sept. 11, 2001 and remember hearing about the events and watching everything on the television at the DMV. I spent hours at the beach writing songs and poetry. My brother went to college. My sister and I became best friends. Stewart, the “one-eyed cat” was added to the family.

Three years later I left for college at the University of Delaware. One week after that I met Tyler. Three months later we started dating. In December of that year my parents and my little sister moved to Washington, D.C. During breaks from school my sister and I explored Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis. My brother got married and he and his wife moved to London.

In 2007 Tyler and I were married and we released “A Prelude.” In 2008 we moved to Nashville, TN. My sister got married.

In 2009 my parents moved to Dallas, TX. We released “This Isn’t a Dream.” My sister moved with her husband to Seattle, WA. My brother and his wife moved back to the states and live in Nashville, TN.

So where am I from? I used to say that it was wherever my parents were living at the time. Sometimes I say Delaware because when you add all of the years that I lived there (including college) together it comes out to 10. Tyler’s parents live there and we visit there often. And it does feel like we’re going “home” when we head to Delaware. When traveling outside of Nashville I say Nashville because it’s where we live now and it’s the simplest answer.

I think though that I’m beginning to understand that wherever Tyler and I am is home. When we’re touring I often refer to the place we’re staying as “home.” Sometimes I’ve never even been there, I just recognize that Tyler and I are going there together and we’ll rest for a while. And when I’m at home that’s what I like to do: rest and be with Tyler.

So there you have it.

The Prince of Egypt…

Every once in a while Tyler’s parents lend us or give us movies as gifts. They’re not usually titles I would pick out myself and that’s part of the fun of it. I end up watching movies that I wouldn’t pick and really enjoy them. Last night we had a little date night and did just that.

After eating some dinner we decided to watch “The Prince of Egypt.” Neither of us had seen it before, I think because it came out when we were teenagers and we weren’t interested in seeing an animated film or something. Anyway, within the first 5 minutes of the film I started crying. In case you don’t know what the movie is about, it’s basically the story of Moses from Exodus in the Bible. It starts with his mother saving him from the Egyptians by placing him in a basket and sending him down the river in hopes that someone will find him and care for him, and ends with Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. Dreamworks did take some artistic liberties, but for the most part the movie stays true to the Biblical account. I’ve read this story many times, but watching it, even an animated version really affected me in a deep way. I’ve never really thought of how personal all of this would have been for Moses. He’s raised by the royal family in Egypt as Pharoah’s son. Eventually he learns his true identity and is so shaken that he leaves Egypt. When he returns to Egypt his brother is now Pharoah. He’s going head to head with people who he thought of and loved as family. Pretty intense.

But he does it. He hears from the Lord and he obeys. So simple. Yet so difficult. Moses’s heart must have broken when Pharoah’s son died in the last of the plagues. It would be like watching your own brother lose a child. But Moses is faithful.

I think about the things the Lord has entrusted me with and they don’t seem to compare to what God entrusted Moses with. And I wonder, am I faithful?

Just something to think about. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.

The brownie recipe….at last!

So if you read this blog regularly, you may notice that I have a slight obsession with brownies. Really chocolate in general. I’ve really been praying that God would change my taste buds and that I would suddenly really love fruit or something healthier, but alas I can’t help it. I just love chocolate. So I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect made-from-scratch brownies. While I do love brownies from the box and they are really very simple to make I’m not a huge fan of all the chemicals and preservatives that come with them. I’ve tried probably 6 or so brownie recipes in the past few months (I like to make them whenever we’re home) and I think I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for. They are chocolatey, fudgey, and delicious, just as brownies should be.

For a quick link to the recipe just click here

A good week.

It’s been a good week.

We have an intern and he is amazing. His name is Ryan Crump and he is actually an old friend of ours from Delaware. he’s finishing up his music management degree and is getting college credit for helping us with the management/booking/marketing end of things.

I love having him here for a few reasons—
1. He is a really cool dude.
2. He makes coffee sometimes. I can never turn down coffee.
3. He’s a good worker.
4. He’s doing all of the jobs that I usually have to do, that I really don’t always like to do. Which in turn has made it so that I am spending a lot of time songwriting—something I LOVE to do!

I’ve been thinking this evening about the songs that I’ve been working on and the potential song ideas that are swirling around in my head and I thought, why not ask you guys for some suggestions? We write songs in hope that you will want to listen to them. Is there anything in particular that you’d like to hear? Perhaps you’re not much of a songwriter yourself but you’ve heard something or seen something and thought, “that would make a great song.” If we use your idea and the song makes it to the next record we’ll give you some sort of credit of inspiration in the liner notes.

In other news, I am seriously craving some chocolate. I don’t have any butter in my house so I can’t whip up a batch of brownies. I’m quite tempted to make a special trip to Kroger right now.

I’ve also been obsessed with Brandi Carlile this week. It’s like the whole world knew about her and forgot to tell me. Seriously guys, not cool!

We went to see some of our friends play on Saturday night. If you have a spare moment you might consider checking out their music. They are a husband/wife duo originally from Houston, TX and we’ve become friends and actually played a couple shows with them this past year. The band is called Dewveall. Myspace.com/dewveall should do the trick.

happy new year! new tour dates…

Well Happy New Year everyone. I know it’s a bit late. We’ve been all over the place the past month and a half and I can scarcely remember where I am most days or what day it really is for that matter.

We spent Christmas in Dallas, TX with my family and it snowed. Seriously. It snowed Christmas Eve and we actually had a white Christmas. I couldn’t believe it. I was pretty thrilled because we’d just missed a crazy snow storm in the Northeast and while it would have definitely messed with our travel plans had we been there, it certainly would have been beautiful. It was nice to get to see some of the white stuff in Texas, and even nicer that it warmed up within a day or so and it melted away without causing any problems or putting a damper on our plans.

My sister came home with us from Texas and we rang in the New Year with a little party at our place. I put her on a plane yesterday and now here we are, January 6th, and I’m just getting around to wishing you all a Happy New Year…and Merry Christmas.

I hope that you all had a really wonderful Christmas.

We are getting back in the swing of things here, trying to get shows together for the Spring. We’ll be touring again. So check the tour page to see if you’re coming your way. We’ll be adding shows as they are confirmed. For now let me give a you list of dates/cities we’re working on. Let me remind you that we LOVE house shows. So if you see that we’re coming to your city (or nearby) and you think you’d like to host a house show (or help us book a show/promote it) feel free to shoot us an email at jennyandtyler@gmail.com

Most of these dates are TBA so stay tuned!

1/28 Asbury College, Wilmore, KY
2/12 Pano, TX
2/13 Cafe Plaid, Norman, OK
2/14 Conway, AR
2/21 Starkville, MS
3/19 Knoxville, TN
3/20 Raleigh, NC
3/21 The Tipsy Teapot, Greenville, NC
3/24 Greenwood, SC
3/25 Clemson, SC
3/26 Columbia, SC
3/27 Orlando, FL
3/28 Fort Myers, FL
3/30 Cascades, Estero, FL
4/1 Gainesville, FL
4/2 Auburn, AL
4/3 Cleveland, TN
4/14 Cincinnati, OH
4/15 Huntington University, Huntington, IN
4/16 Marion, OH
4/17 Goshen, IN

Hope you’re having a great start to your year.