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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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Dear Friends,

Last Friday night my band played at a Nashville favorite–the 12th South Taproom.  I don’t know how it happened, but apparently the Nora Jane Struthers band uniform is jeans and a plaid/flannel shirt.  I’m cool with it.
I wore a brand new 1940’s Blue Linen gem.  The white-buttons go all the way up the front and the neckline is just charming.  I love love it.  It may be my new favorite.  And for all of you readers out there who are curious about how I know it is 1940’s, the buttons (and no zipper) are a dead give away.  
It was a great show:
Ward Stout: mandolin, fiddle, vocals
Ben Sanders: fiddle, mandolin, vocals
PJ George: Bass, vocals
Nora Jane Struthers: guitar, vocals, smiles
Thanks for reading friends.
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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Dear Friends,
Every July there is a festival, Uncle Dave Macon Days, in Mufreesboro, TN, which honors the late musician, performer, and Grand Old Opry Star, Uncle Dave Macon.
I put on my Saturday night barn dance 1940’s floral cotton dress, complete with quilted trim around the neckline, sleeves, and sparkly pink buttons.  
In the above photos, in order of appearance:  Me, Emily Miller (in the grey 1940’s–which I found for her 🙂 and Alison Williams, Anna Roberts (Red-skirt and bass), Bailey Cook (red gingham shirt and denim jean skirt overalls).
The video is wonderful.  Check it out.
Thanks for reading friends!
Sincerely, 
Nora Jane
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Dear Friends,

I spent my July 4th with some of my best friends–The Sweetback Sisters– in Johnson City, TN at the Acoustic Coffee House.  They are AMAZING.  Find them–right now– at http://www.thesweetbacksisters.com/  and buy their brand new album.
Not only are they talented musicians–but they are coordinated dressers!  Take a look.  
I tried to keep up in my 1950’s favorite black flowered dress.
Thanks for reading friends.
Sincerely,
Nora Jane
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