Hello friends! I’m writing to you from dreary Hattiesburg, MS. The storms came last night and left us with humid but cold weather. A friend’s loft serves as our sanctuary as we work a bit before tonight’s show.
By the way, if you’re in Hattiesburg or nearby you might want to consider coming out to the show tonight. 7pm, T-Bones Records. And yes, it’s free! So come out and share some melodies with us.
The big news of the day is that Faint Not has officially been released to itunes! You can check it out in the itunes store if you like. And feel free to leave a review!
In other news, I’m trying my best to insert as many Christopher Guest movie quotes as possible into our Christmas card this year. I think I’m honing in on it pretty good now. I’ve managed to use “You obviously don’t know my dog,” “We don’t ride on broomsticks and wear funny hats…well we don’t ride on broomsticks,” “Everybody Dance!” “Don’t you talk to me like that Dartanian,” “These amps go to eleven,” “He’s teaching me to change my instincts or at least ignore them, ” and a few others. Any suggestions Christopher Guest fans? Oh, and if you haven’t seen any of his movies, I highly recommend them. Especially if you’re a fan of somewhat dry humor in a mockumentary format. So so so good. And if you caught the quote that I didn’t actually put in quotations towards the beginning of this paragraph, I love you.
Well, I suppose it’s time to move on to other things. Enjoy Faint Not!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a nice time hanging out with the family in Texas. My Thanksgiving meal turned out really well! I mentioned that I was roasting a chicken instead of a turkey and at the last minute I decided to switch chicken recipes. I am so glad that I did. This was literally the best chicken I’ve ever made. I thought I’d share the recipe with you.
I found this over at foodnetwork.com. I get a lot of my cooking ideas and recipes there because they have a lot to choose from and folks leave reviews. People were raving about this chicken so I knew it had to be good.
1 whole chicken (mine was rather large at 5 1/2 pounds)
1 lemon, quartered
1 onion, quartered
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, 3 sprigs fresh thyme
3 carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
2 celery stalks cut into 2 inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons melted butter
Season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff with 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme. Add half of the carrots, celery, onion, and lemon. If you can’t fit all of those vegetables, no worries. Arrange the rest of the veggies on the roasting pan and set the chicken breast side up on top. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and set the remaining rosemary and thyme on top. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon quarters on top of the chicken and pour the melted butter over the bird. Roast at 350. Time depends on how big your chicken is. Mine took about 2 hours.
The juices from the chicken make an amazing gravy. Just remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan, add two tablespoons of flour and some chicken broth and stir over high heat until it comes to a boil. It was really easy and very flavorful.
We’ve been resting in anticipation of the next few week of tour. Beginning Tuesday we’ll be hanging out in Mississippi with shows in Hattiesburg, Cleveland, and Oxford. Then we head to Clemson, SC before we head back for a show at the Bluebird in Nashville. Check out all of the details at the tour page: www.jennyandtylermusic.com/tour.php
We are in Dallas for Thanksgiving and due to circumstances beyond my control, I will be cooking! I’m actually quite excited. This will be my third Thanksgiving as the chef and I’ve decided to try my hand at a few new recipes.
Here’s my menu:
-Roasted chicken with honey and thyme (yes, I’m doing a chicken. There will only be three of us for dinner and I don’t want to deal with tons of leftover turkey)
-mashed potatoes (smooth and creamy with lots of butter)
-Green bean casserole (my personal favorite)
-Fresh cranberry orange relish (so much sugar it could be a dessert!)
-Herb and apple stuffing
-Sweet potato casserole (Tyler’s favorite!)
-Pumpkin (from a REAL pumpkin) and apple pie (we’ll be eating pie for days!)
I’m going shopping this afternoon this afternoon with Tyler. We’ll see how everything turns out!
After a spectacular night in Walnut Ridge, AR (what a rowdy bunch!) we set off for Norman, OK. The journey was a bit long so we decided to put the crock pot to use. I was searching for new recipes online when I discovered one for lasagna. I thought to myself, is lasagna in a crock pot really possible? I wasn’t sure. But I figured that even if the texture or consistency of the lasagna didn’t come out quite right, all of the ingredients would still taste delicious together.
I was right.
Here’s the recipe (keep in mind that I have a tiny crock pot):
1/2 pound (use however much you like) ground beef or turkey
lasagna noodles (a standard size crock pot calls for 12 noodles)
cottage cheese (probably 8 ounces for a reg. crock pot)
mozzarella cheese (1 small package I think)
1 onion, diced
Two things that I left out:
parmesan cheese (in an effort to not spend a ton of money on cheese)
1 egg (I’m not sure how I would go about getting just one egg on the road)
According to the recipe, you’re supposed to brown the meat with the onion and spices of your choice and add the tomato sauce. Then you mix the cheeses and egg together in a separate bowl. You layer meat, cheese, and noodles, just like you would when making lasagna the traditional way.
Obviously, I couldn’t brown the meat. I threw some in the bottom of the pot, added onions, garlic, pepper, and sauce and mixed it up. Then I layered a bit of cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese and noodles. Then I repeated the process. We cooked it for a few hours and had it for dinner before out show in Norman, OK. It was a bit soupy, but the flavors were great. And it was quite filling. All in all, a success!
Tonight we’re playing in Allen, TX at Suncreek United Methodist Church. Our friend Eric Michael will be playing as well and it should be a really, really good time. Show starts at 7:30pm and there’s a $5 suggested donation. Hope to see you!
Loyal blog readers, friendly folks, smiling faces, and the like!
Today is the day! FAINT NOT IS OFFICIALLY RELEASED EXCLUSIVELY AT OUR WEBSITE! We have three packages for you to choose from over at the store:
Tier 1: Digital download, digital booklet, physical disc, and a t-shirt = $25
Tier 2: Digital download, digital booklet, and physical disc = $15
Tier 3: Digital download and digital booklet = $10
(All digital downloads are instant!)
We have tons of other fun things in the store including the new Faint Not t-shirt, a gorgeous poster, and some adorable greeting cards.
And did we mention that the site has been completely redesigned? Well, it has! And in our humble opinion, it looks quite beautiful. Go take a look around.
ONE MORE THING! We had the opportunity to make a lovely little music video to This Is Just So Beautiful, the second track on Faint Not. Take a look:
We hope you enjoy the CD as much as we do!
love love love,
We’re driving through the rolling hills of northern Virginia, heading home after two chilly weeks on the East coast. I enjoyed my first gingerbread latte of the season and I daresay it was a thoroughly satisfying cup of sugary goodness.
We spent the weekend playing shows in Baltimore and New York. I can now say that I’ve been to the basement of the Empire State building twice. A great feat to be sure.
Someone recently asked if there’s a story behind our song Muse, so I thought I’d take a bit of time to answer his question today. Muse is one of those songs that truly was a joint effort, meaning both Tyler and I contributed equally to the songwriting. Probably 3ish years ago I was having a quiet afternoon in our apartment and decided to take some time to write. I was having a dry spell in songwriting. I couldn’t think of anything to write about, so I decided to write about my lack of inspiration. The original verses were about wanting to write a song but having difficulty finding the words. The chorus was the same and I think the bridge was very similar. Tyler came home and I played it for him. He liked it but said he thought it would make a great love song. A few days later I came home from work and Tyler had written the first verse and part of the second. We finished the song together that night. There you have it. I know, it’s probably not the story you were expecting and it’s definitely lacking in romance. But it’s true.
In other news, RELEASE DAY IS COMING! RELEASE DAY IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!
On Tuesday you will be able to purchase Faint Not via our website. We’ll have three tiers available and all of them will include and immediate digital download of the album. I really cannot wait for you to hear it. And don’t worry, we will definitely remind you on Tuesday!
Have a lovely afternoon.
A north wind chills the trees, forcing their leaves to the ground on this brisk Monday morning in Delaware. The coffee is strong, almost thick, and my toes are hidden, safe under the extra down comforter at the foot of the bed. It’s nice working from “home.” I put home in quotations because it’s not really my home. But it’s warm and safe and familiar. So for now, it’s home.
It’s November 8th. Can you believe it?! In third grade, time moved so slowly. My teacher started the school day with a morning math meeting. We’d count by 5’s, 10’s, etc and do math problems together. Those meetings felt like an eternity. I’ve never been a fan of math. I remember watching the clock in agony, counting every minute, trying not to fall asleep.
Now time moves so quickly I find it difficult to keep up. It’s exciting, scary, and kind of exhausting all at the same time. I’m sure you know what I mean. We’ve been traveling full time for about a year and a half, but it’s still surreal to wake up in a new city every morning and meet new people every night. It’s also completely amazing.
We had such a great time at the shows this weekend and we truly appreciate you coming out and supporting us. We’ve said it over and over again, but this entire tour has exceeded our expectations in so many ways. We feel loved, supported, and encouraged.
Faint Not officially releases in just 8 days! You’ll be able to order the CD exclusively from our website and it will become available on itunes on Nov. 30th. And don’t forget, we have two songs available for free right now at noisetrade. You can download them here.
Shows this week: Wed: Boston, Fri: Baltimore, Sat: New York.
I write to you from our second home in Delaware. That’s a fancy way of saying it. Our “second home” makes it sound like we have a special cabin in the mountains or a beach house in the Caribbean. Nope. We’re at Ty’s parent’s house. But it feels like a second home. I sleep well in this bed. I feel comfortable lounging around in my pj’s in the morning. I know where the coffee is! Oh coffee.
It was quite a feat getting here. D.C. traffic coupled with a crock pot disaster (barbecue all over the back of the Element. Good news: there was still lots of yummy food to eat.) and a few accidents along the way clocked our travel time at 12 hours. From Knoxville to DE. My, my, my. The consolation prize: a stop at Coldstone (OUR Coldstone) for cake batter ice cream with raspberries and oreos. Pure decadence.
I’d forgotten that November is actually a cold month. Yes, we spent a few days in Chicago and Minneapolis and it was cold. But our stop back in Nashville included 70 degree weather. I was startled to step outside last night and realize that I needed a coat. I found it quite refreshing.
Today we head over to D.C. for a show at Ebenezer’s coffeehouse. Shane Cooley and Kindlewood open and I’m really looking forward to hearing them. $10. All ages. Come say hello!
Tomorrow we’ll be hanging out at Wilmington Christian School for our CD release here in Delaware! Show starts at 7pm. $5. We hope to see you!
Hello from the road!
We are traveling down I-81 East, headed for good ‘ole Delaware. Mumford & Sons are serenading us on this gray day. Bristol is in sight, where a Starbucks awaits. Oh the anticipation!
Good news! November is release month for Faint Not! Right now you can download two full length songs for FREE on noisetrade.com. FREE! Crazy, right? Well, we’re so excited to share the new songs with you, we thought, why not give a couple away early? So go enjoy! And if you’d like, spread the word! Download the songs here. Share it on facebook here. Share on twitter here.
In other news, today’s crock pot adventure will be pulled pork sandwiches. Ambitious? Perhaps. Tasty? I hope so! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Just 8 more miles. Pumpkin Spice. I can taste you.