Summer is gonna be HOT: Merlefest, My Band, Next Record

Dear Friends,

Merlefest was a milestone.  We played three sets on three different stages over the course of two days.   We played well, had a blast, and a lot of new people discovered our music that weekend.  More than anything else, it was such a joy for me to share the stage with my friends, play my songs, and reflect on the road that has brought me to this point.  I started out so green and now I know getting better is the greatest reward of this profession.  One of the functions of making records documenting that growth.  Check out our performance of “The Baker’s Boy” on the Cabin Stage here:

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I am excited to announce two things.

Thing ONE:  The Party Line has just signed on a full-time bass player which means….drum roll please…WE HAVE A FULLTIME BAND!  Joe Overton, Drew Lawhorn, Josh Vana and now, friends, meet Brian Miller.  He’s SO AWESOME!  Not only is he an incredible musician, he is great cook, he has excellent taste in Scotch and Bourbon, and he’s just the nicest guy.

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Thing TWO:  WE’RE GOING TO RECORD A NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN JULY!!!!!!!!!  The fellas and I are spending three days in Virginia next week to work up new material.  We’ve already been adding new songs into our live shows and getting some good crowd feedback.

All for now.  Thanks for reading friends.


Nora Jane




  • Your music always tells a story and brings such moving moments of joy or tears. You and the Party line brought new life to Merlefest 2014. What a joy it was seeing over two hundred people hopping, spinning and jumping at Merlefest’s Dance Stage on Saturday night. A new album in July is terrific news. Keep your focus and keep writing those great songs Nora Jane.
    Rachel Ray Zill –

  • Looking forward to the new album! Love what you’re doing, and apparently lots of other folks do too. Hope y’all can find you’re way into the deep South before long. Would love to catch your show! Safe travels to the Party Line crew.

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