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Our sweet daughter Annabell Jane Overton was born 11 days early, on Dec 22nd at 2:15am. She is such a love. Joe and Annabell and I have been nestled in our little home since Christmas Eve, enjoying getting to know each other. So far she’s shown us a calm and gentle temperament and she eats like a champ, for which I am wildly grateful. It was a challenging birthing, with several twists and turns: 24 hours of unmedicated labor, followed by 18 hours with the relief of an epidural, culminating in an emergency c-section. I’m healing well and loving every minute with our girl and Joe is the most wonderful daddy, as any who’ve met him might guess. We’ve been supported by Joe’s family here in Nashville who brought a full and delightful Christmas to our house (along with a very welcome supply of meals and treats) and my sister who flew out from New York to meet her wee-niece, cook us delicious food, and help us get some extra naps. Joe and I feel beyond fortunate to be able to take the next two months to stay home with Annabell and look forward to the new challenges that our musical ever-touring lifestyle will bring come March. We so look forward to start introducing her to our community but in the mean time, boy-oh-boy does it feel good to be home in these early days as a family of three.

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We were absolutely blown away by this incredible review of Champion on NPR’s “Fresh Air” – a HUGE thank you to Ken Tucker for the kind words. We laughed out loud as his description of, uh, well … “a song about a time-specific conjugal assignation” (‘Let’s Get the Day Started Right’). And this is so wonderful: “Nora Jane Struthers has one of those strong, clear voices that cuts across the grain of a melody with a bracing sharpness…Nervier, thornier than most of the Americana I force myself to listen to.” Really, just check the whole thing out because it’s SO GOOD, y’all.

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Dear Friend,
I hope this note finds you well! I can hardly believe I am back home in Nashville. The 5 week West Coast leg of our CD release tour was a blast.

WEST COAST TOUR STATS:
1 sunrise
4 yoga classes
5 hot tubs
13 states
28 shows
41 cups of coffee (my personal consumption)
11,211 miles
&
SO MANY TACOS!
Also, several bourbons.

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to a show AND to everyone who contacted friends in far away cities to get them on The Party Line!

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I want everyone in the SOUTH/Southeast to know- we have NOT forgotten you! (In fact I miss you desperately.) We’ll be adding shows in NC, SC, VA, GA, & FL in late summer or early fall and we will THROW DOWN TOGETHER! Just hang tight 🙂
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I’m super excited to announce, on June 1st,
we are releasing WAKE on VINYL!

Why this Vinyl is so special:
– Limited Edition Pressing
– Deluxe 180 Gram audiophile Vinyl
– 2 vinyl records: music on sides A, B, & C
– On Side D: a BONUS TRACK & an ETCHING of a song lyric
– All LYRICS printed in the gatefold jacket
– Instant DIGITAL download with purchase
– We recorded this album analog…it was built to spin.

PRE-ORDER Your Limited Edition *Signed* VINYL here: https://norajanestruthers.bandcamp.com/merch
(Signed Vinyl is a Pre-Order Exclusive; Ships May 29th)

I’ll have few days off this month to catch my breath but then we’re hitting the road again and I’m so STOKED for these shows!

UPCOMING SHOWS:

May 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
–>(supporting JJ Grey and Mofro)
May 22 – Leesburg,VA – Smokehouse Live
May 23/24 – Cumberland, MD – DELFEST!!!
June 4 – Abingdon, VA – Abingdon Music Experience
June 6 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
June 7 – Kerrvile, TX – KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL!!!
June 10 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
June 11 – Wichita, KS – Barleycorn’s
June 12 – Scottsbluff, NE – Midwest Theatre
June 13 – Denver, CO – BREWGRASS!!!
June 14 – Boulder, CO – Shine
June 16 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s
June 18 – Telluride, CO – TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS NIGHTGRASS!!!
–>(supporting Trampled by Turtles)
June 19 – Salida, CO – FIRBARK FESTIVAL!!!
June 20 – Frisco, CO – CO BBQ Challenge
June 23 – Exton, PA – Eagleview Concerts in the Sq.
June 24 – Leesburg, VA – Smokehouse Live
June 25 – Washington DC – The Hamilton
–>(supporting HoneyHoney)
June 26 – Oakland, MD – Little Yough Music Festival
July 2 – Berwyn, IL – FITZ AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL!!!
July 3 – Indianapolis, IL – Food Truck Friday
July 4 – Milwaukee, WI – SUMMERFEST!!!
July 9 – Madison, WI – Lakeside Sunset Music Series
July 10 – Chicago, IL – SQUARE ROOTS FESTIVAL!!!
July 11 – Gladstone, MI – ROCKIN THE BAY FESTIVAL!!!

And there’s more to come. You can get tickets and more info on my website: http://www.norajanestruthers.com/upcoming-dates/

Be well until I see you next!

xoxo,
Nora Jane

Pre-order Signed Vinyl + Merch Paks on my web store!
(Signed vinyl is only available through the pre-sale and ships on May 29.)
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