June 17, 2014
Natasha is blogging! Her new blog is called Making Music and will chronicle the process of making her new CD that she is working on. Oh, had we not mentioned there is a new CD in the works? This time she is playing nearly all of the instruments, borrowing many of them from friends and learning how to play them as she records! No release date is set at this time but things are moving along quickly.
Click here to read her blog!
May 22, 2014
May 15-18 was a weekend filled with music; performing and listening to the music of countless other artists as well as meeting people within the folk music world who book artists at their house concerts, coffeehouses and concert series.
The conference was held in the mountains near Asheville, NC in a little town called Montreat, NC at the Presbyterian retreat of the same name. There were nightly official showcases on a main stage (Natasha did one of these) and then from 10:40 p.m. until 2:00 were the guerrilla showcases where artists move from room to room of about 8 showcase rooms and perform 20 minute acoustic sets to the people in that room. People move around from room to room according to a printed schedule listening to the artists they are interested in. It is an incredible way to hear and experience music. Artists came from as far as Maine,Oregon and parts of Canada.
Below is the video clip of Natasha performing her song “Cynics Hate Hollywood” at her Stageit show. The show was streamed live from the CMT studios in Nashville.
April 15, 2014
What is SERFA you ask? It is the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance and they have an annual conference in beautiful Montreat, North Carolina. The conference give folk artists in attendance the opportunity to perform for venue owners and house concert hosts from all over the southeast in late night showcases. There are also a limited amount of “official” showcases on a main stage. The official showcase artists are chosen by a committee after submitting their music, video clips and bio. Congratulations to Natasha for being chosen. The conference is May 15-18, 2014.
February 3, 2014
Natasha was recently interviewed by Spun Counterguy and also played a few songs live for his podcast In The Corner Back by the Woodpile. The podcast is featured on the Brophisticate website which covers an eclectic array of subjects. Natasha goes into great detail about the back story on some of her songs. You can listen to the full in-depth interview here.
January 21, 2014
The Independent Music Show is a syndicated radio show featured on 200 plus stations worldwide and hosted by Tom Lambert. Natasha has been chosen as the featured artist from January 25 – February 1, 2014 on the college underground show. After the show airs, it can be heard as a podcast here. They also set up a full page on their website about Natasha with images, links and videos. The playlist included two songs from Natasha’s Out of My Hands CD.
January 13, 2014
Stageit online concerts are a new and exciting way for an artist to bring their live performance to fans in areas they are not touring in person and Natasha plans to do just that in 2014. Because she is the mother of two small children and touring extensively can be a challenge, she has decided to bring some shows directly into your living room for you to watch on your laptop.
The first show will be on Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. central time. It will be streamed live from Catch This Music studios on Music Row in Nashville with high definition cameras making the experience one of high quality from a visual and audio standpoint. People who want to watch the show can tune in online through the Stageit platform for as little as 10 cents!
Here is how it works: Go to Stageit.com. Set up a username and password. Click in the top right corner to “buy notes”. Stageit sells “notes” and 50 notes = $5.00. Then click on Natasha’s show link and buy your ticket to the show for as little as 10 cents. (Of course, you can pay more if you choose or save money for tipping if you choose)
Then, tune in on the night of the show, sit back and enjoy yourself. Many viewers hook up headphones of connect the laptop to large speakers. Some people invite friends into their home and watch on their TV screen online. You can chat with other viewers watching and even ask Natasha questions through a moderator. It’s a totally unique and wonderful experience for a music concert! Click HERE to buy your ticket now!
January 2, 2014
This past year, Natasha took some time to reflect on how she might want to present her music differently in a live setting yet still be able to tour as a solo artist. Her answer was to incorporate a Boss RC-300 Loop Station into her performances. The Loop Station allows her to build tracks of different guitar parts, live, as the performance is happening and continue adding and building into a fuller sound. It also allows her to play lead guitar parts over her rhythm guitar tracks. Just to be clear, she is not playing to pre-recorded tracks. On each show, she begins playing and recording the parts and then weaving the parts in and out of the song by using the foot pedals. It is a complex process which requires great mental and physical coordination and required her to “learn to play all over again” as she put it.
She is now ready to take her new show into venues so stay tuned to her schedule as it will be taking shape.