Well folks, the year is almost over and we can hardly believe everything that’s happened in 2012. We’ve put together a special edition of our monthly newsletter for y’all, wrapping up the busy and exciting year we’ve had and reflecting on the stand out moments from the past twelve months. Read on below, or click here for the December 2012 newsletter with all the bells and whistles!
Hello, good people of the world, music lovers, fans and friends: thanks for all your support. Before we begin with this final newsletter of the year, I want to send a shout out to the team of hardworking folks who help us make these newsletters and our online presence possible. We all hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our travels and experiences this year.
Reading over things I’ve done with my boys from the past year makes my head hurt a little bit. Thankfully, I love writing and playing music, travelling and meeting people or else I wouldn’t feel so thankful for this year. Not only am I grateful for this year, I guarantee I’ll be working doubly hard to make sure I see everyone who wants to see me at least once next year. If perchance I miss some of you, we’ll hope for the year that’s coming right after that.
I work hard to give something back to the world, hopefully leaving something positive and tangible when I go. My music, just like life continues to grow and move forward. If you know me then you know that there will always be changes being made. Whatever it takes to make the music better. I’m going for it and we’ll get there together, wherever that is.
Joining In With Jack
We were intrigued and excited when we first started working with Jack White, and it humbles us to look back on all of the opportunities we’ve had collaborating with him. In the early part of the year, we laid down backing vocals and instrumentation for the song “I Guess I Should Go To Sleep” which was released on Mr. White’s debut solo album Blunderbuss in April.
The fun didn’t stop there, though…our summer was peppered with quite a few tour dates opening for Jack on his North American tour, including our first go-around at amazing venues like Radio City Music Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Performing in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Cain’s Ballroom (home of the infamous Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys!) was beyond incredible and nothing short of a dream come true. Also, the liveliness of the crowd in Montreal was definitely a highlight of the experience as well—thanks for the energy, y’all! Check out some of the best photos from the road on the Blunderbuss tour below:
A Summer of Festivals…
We can’t think of much better a way to spend the summer months than blazing trails through the North American continent for some really swell festivals! In the past, we’ve had the chance to play some great ones, like the Newport Folk Festival, but we had a lot of awesome first time fest appearances in 2012.
In the states, we were glad to be a part of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which has been going strong for over fifty years now! We also had a blast at Whispering Beard Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Fayetteville Roots Festival and Green River Festival.
Having not spent much time in Canada before this year, it was a treat to see so many parts of the country (and, you know, play a few songs here and there while we were at it!). We made our way to Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and Dawson City Music Festival! In Dawson City, we took a bit of time to explore the local culture (and the breathtaking scenery, wow!)…take a look at some of our favorite photos from the trip below!
A New Album Release
We hit another milestone when we released a new album, which became available worldwide this autumn! Live in Holland holds a special place in our hearts; the audio, taken from a show at Paradiso in Amsterdam, does a swell job of capturing the special environment we strive to create each and every time we perform. Visit our online store to purchase the album, whether for your own enjoyment or for a holiday gift. Either way, we hope you’ll get your toes tapping to Live in Holland.
Two Amazing Trips to Europe
Our fans across the pond have always treated us well and have proved to be some of the most energetic audiences we’ve had the honor to play for. We were so glad we could fit in not one, but two European tours in 2012! In March and April, we had a lengthy run of shows through Ireland, the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Austria. It was a rowdy time with bunches of sold out shows, and we have our stop at Paradiso in Amsterdam to thank for the Live in Holland recording!
The spring tour went incredibly well, so we were inspired to take our tunes back to Europe this fall! We spent a great couple of weeks in October travelling through the Netherlands, France, the UK and Ireland. Our set at KOKO in London was certainly a highlight, so thanks to everyone who made it out and got movin’! This trip also marked our first visit to France; we had gigs in both Nancy and Paris and had a blast meeting our French fans and taking in what their homeland has to offer.
We can’t wait to make the trek across the Atlantic again—be sure to keep up with our tour dates on pokeylafarge.net (or subscribe to our tour date RSS feed!) for the latest updates on our show schedule.
Studio Time for Boardwalk Empire
The HBO series Boardwalk Empire, set in New Jersey during the American Prohibition era, invited our bandleader Mr. LaFarge to chip in to the third season’s tremendous soundtrack this year! The show, produced by Martin Scorsese and starring the likes of Steve Buscemi, has been a favorite among audiences and critics alike since its debut…what an honor!
Not to mention, the song featured (“Lovesick Blues”) was a collaborative effort with a true jazz and bandleading great—Vince Giordano—and his orchestra, The Nighthawks. The track appeared on the second episode of season three, “Spaghetti & Coffee”, which aired this past September.
Bookended by BIG New Years Eve Shows!
We had the extreme honor of joining some top notch musicians on Jools Holland’s annual New Years Eve special,Hootenanny, to ring in the beginning of 2012. The show aired on BBC 2 and its lineup included Aloe Blaac, James Morrison, Cyndi Lauper, Ruby Turner, Sandie Shaw and many other talented folks. This experience was wonderfully fun and we were humbled to be a part of such a popular, well-respected program! Follow this link for a video of our performance on Hootenanny.
As for welcoming 2013, we’ve got another great event in the works! This New Years, we’ll be keeping it domestic—our friends Old Crow Medicine Show have invited us to join them in concert at the Ryman Auditorium! This legendary venue is an honor to play in its own right, as the site of the original Grand Ole Opry show and a truly iconic space in American music history. One of our most cherished shows was the first time we played the Ryman when we opened for The Raconteurs…we’re very excited to return to Nashville and celebrate the arrival of 2013!
My, what a time this year has been; we’re so thankful to have the opportunity to travel the world, spreading what we love to do to folks who are so supportive of our music. Reflecting on the past year reminds us of how far we’ve come, and more importantly, that none of it would have been possible (or nearly as fun!) without our awesome fans at home and abroad.
There are sure to be exciting happenings in the New Year (be on the look out for a brand new, full-length studio album!), so keep up with our shows and latest news on Facebook, Twitter and pokeylafarge.net. Thanks so much for another amazing twelve months—and here’s to an even better 2013.
Happy Holidays, and see you down the road!