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Dear Friends,

On Thursday my band, Jeremy Darrow-bass, Brent Truitt-mandolin, Ben Sanders-fiddle, and I had the pleasure of playing at Nashville’s own, 12th South Taproom. Thanks to all our friends who came out to see the show! It was a Big Time.
I wore my second favorite dancing dress– a yellow polka dot number made new, out of vintage material. How cool is that? I purchased this little number a few years ago at Zachary Smile, a NYC boutique located on Laffeyette St. south of Houston. It was more expensive than the kind of dresses I usually spring for, but if you could see how the skirt twirls when I spin, you’d agree it was totally worth it.
Thanks for reading friends!
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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Dear Friends,

A lovely women took the time to sketch our band during our debut performance at Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn in July. I was thrilled to find this sketch on her wonderful blog–check it out at http://blog.ukulelechicken.com/tag/jalopy-theater/page/2/
Thanks for reading friends!
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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~~Above is a photo snapped at this year’s Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop, WV)~~

Dear Friends,

It’s true–I love to dance. As a tot I took tap lessons but that is the extent of my formal training. I first discovered what I was missing out on when I ventured down south to the Galax Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA and discovered flatfoot dancing. Like the music, people dance to participate and be an active part of a community. What a wonderful way to live!
Living in New York I was introduces, by a Virginian friend of mine, to the New York City Barn Dance, held every third Thursday at the Hungarian House on the upper East Side. It was there that I fell in love with dancing as a community activity. If you live in New York– go check it out sometime; you;ll not regret it.
Since moving to Nashville, Monday nights often find me down on Broadway dancing in Robert’s to John England’s great western swing band or to country classics rendered expertly by Monty Good and the Honky Tonk Hero’s.
Come on down and join me if you’re ever in town.
Thanks for reading friends.
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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Dear Friends,

Two weeks ago, neigh, almost three weeks ago, my band entered and won the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at the 2009 Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV. Hurray!
Check out our performance of my original “Cowgirl Yodel # 3” in the finals of the competition:
Thanks for reading friends.
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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Dear Friends,

At the end of my last tour, actually, on the very last day of the tour, driving from Johnson City, TN in the rain,  we had an accident– I was driving and we hydroplaned into the grassy ditch of a median.  Everyone was okay, no one was hurt, which is of course the most important thing.  
 Unfortunately, the car, my beloved 1998 Honda Odyesey, not ok.  We drove her all the way back to Nashville that day and made it in time to play our amazing triple bill, with The Sweetback Sisters and The Rachel Hester Band, at the 5 Spot, but when the insurance company came to assess the damage, I was informed that it would cost more to repair my darling than she was “worth.”
So after some shopping around and test driving, I settled on a brand new, used 2004 Honda Odyssey!!!!!!  When, however, I realized that I would be trading-in my old darling for the new one, I became very sad.  You see, since I moved to Nashville, Last August 17th, I have moved FOUR times, but I’ve always had my car.  It was truly a sad thing to give her up.
To the dealership I wore one of my favorite 1950’s cotton dresses–it has a full skirt making it perfect for dancing.  (relevant?  no.)
Check out the new car:
Thanks for reading friends.
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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