This album was born of a collaborative effort between Buck Lovett and I. Around five years ago, Buck and I started working out of his shed in Buda, Texas or out of my parents house in Wimberley. I would fly into Austin and he would fly to California for some intensive song-writing. At times, Ed Berghoff would come to work with us. His input and experience, gained from working with artists such as Garth Brooks and Wynona Judd, was invaluable.
This last summer, we brainstormed about what to call the album for days in Buck’s mom’s backyard. At one particular moment I stopped to admire the beautiful sunflowers that were just beaming at us and wondered how it was that I had never really noticed them before. From that moment on I was surprised to see sunflowers almost everywhere I went.
The theme song for the album was co-written by the lovely and talented Vicki Homes from EvenBreak Productions. It fit so well with the overall theme of the album and the focus on peace, life, understanding, love found and lost, helping children who are suffering, and being spiritually grateful. Thank you Vicki, Buck, and EVERYONE who worked on this project!
Come join me at Strange Brew for the album release party Friday March 15th from 12:00pm to 12:45pm, the week of SXSW. You can find all the details on my Calendar for the month of March.
I experienced an amazing night backstage with Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie family performing on the beautiful UCLA campus. The Royce Concert Hall was off the hook cool! The group performed numerous Arlo and Woody classics, which was great, but for me the most brilliant part of the night was meeting Arlo, his beautiful wife, family, and friends, and Woody’s great grand children! I’ll never forget this incredible experience!
What happens to children that have been rescued from child slavery/human trafficking? This question is critically important. Some of the little ones have been traumatized by more suffering than most of us see in an entire lifetime! LOVE 146 is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating these children and equipping them with the skills they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives. I was so touched by this cause that I made it my charity of choice for the Pledge Music Campaign. The LOVE 146 kids inspired the song “What About Me” on the new Sunflower album. Check Youtube for the accompanying video.
Not too long ago, the lyrics for the song “Hot Rod Money” by Woody Guthry were languishing away in a shoebox at the Smithsonian. Woody originally wrote the song for his dear friend, Ledbelly. I was deeply honored when Frankie Fuchs, a two time grammy nominated producer who produced “Somethin’ Bout Love”, obtained permission for me to record a version of this song. “Hot Rod Money” is a true Woody Guthrie original, complete with twelve verses about coming home late, drinking, a woman, hot rod money, and finally, children and motherhood. I love this song! You can hear it on “Somethin’ Bout Love” and check Youtube soon for a music video directed by Christina Angenend and filmed right here in Austin!
“Money money money all the time,
Hot rod money all the time,
Stiff back, blue back, green back
Money all the time….”