Change

    

Change can be hard for me, probably for many of us.  The world is changing, and it's easy to get nostalgic for "the good old days".  And I love so much music from the past, from Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash to Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. 

   

But time moves on, as it has to do, and I also love new music coming out newer artists like The Wailin' Jennys, Sarah Jarosz, Old Crow Medicine Shoe, The Avett Brothers and Red Molly.  I also love some of the new music coming from artists who've been around for a while, like Emmylou Harris, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss. 

 

When The Sweet Potatoes made our first cd, we were sort of innocent, with no preconceived ideas of how it would turn out.  Kelly & I just had so much fun writing, the music flowed out of us, and our producer, Phil Swann, helped us turn it into a real cd.  It wasn't til after we recorded it that we realized we had to figure out how to be the live band to play the music we'd recorded. 

   

For our second cd, we went into it with a better sense of who we were as a band.  We felt more confident all around, and had a sense of who our audience was. Again Phil helped us shape it all, and it was a joy to make. Now Kelly & I are writing songs for our third cd.  It's been an interesting process, and a slow one (we're busy people!). Now we've played a lot of live shows, and we really know who our fans are, and what they like.  For this cd we're writing thinking about how the songs will fit into set lists, and how our live audiences will like them.  Its sort of like making up a story for one of your kids, you know them and what they like.

   

Like everything, it's changing and evolving, which is a good thing for creative endeavors.  Who knows where this process will take us next?