I think we got it.

Photo: Ken Reed

Photo: Ken Reed

Photo: Hillary Tribbett

Photo: Hillary Tribbett

I just got home from recording my new album at the Joke Joint in beautiful Lillydale, Minnesota!  I can't thank you guys enough for the love and support. We filled the place to capacity and captured really fun shows. This project is incredibly close to my heart. I feel like this hour is as honest and personal as I've ever been on stage. I started my fall tour last year tapping into childhood emotions around the death of my father and how that impacted me later in life, even today. While in the middle of exploring those stories, I got word that my step-dad, Wayne, died. I was on stage within three days of the funeral, and being able to relive memories of Wayne and kind of honor him on stage became a critical element of my mourning and healing. The material took a turn. I wasn't focused on wackiness or my energy. The wind was taken out of me, and some nights were a fist fight to even find the will to get on stage and talk through this. But through this process I've created something I'm really proud of and a side of me that I don't think my long-time fans/friends have seen. I'm really excited to share this project with you, and I'm thrilled that Minnesota embraced me with such electric shows for this album. 

Hillary & Me after Friday night's shows.

Hillary & Me after Friday night's shows.

I absolutely love Minnesota this time of year, and I finally got to share it with my beautiful lady, Miss Hillary Tribbett. I take her to all the super nice tour stops. Indiana during winter storms, Duluth during tornados, and Arizona in the grueling summer heat. 

We had an absolute blast exploring the twin cities and catching up with old friends. Such a nice break from the city of angeles, especially since the last few weeks we have both been knee deep in multiple projects.

The road is always better Miss Tribbett joins me.

"Hi I'm Jenn."

"Hi I'm Jenn."

Even though I was recording my new record, it didn't stop the usual chaos that goes on at my shows. This weekend didn't disappoint! I was poking fun of a "Whoo Hoo'er" in the crowd at the Saturday night late show when she decided to rush the stage. After a few questions about Jenn's nice and extremely dull life, she grabbed the microphone away from me and started giving birthday shout outs to her lady crew. I asked her if she just wanted to close out the show. In case you're wondering: No. This won't be making it on the record.

 

Photo: Bridget Arais

Photo: Bridget Arais


 

Big thank you and much love to Ken and Becky over at the Joke Joint in St Paul for your hospitality. And shout out to Uproar Entertainment and David Drozen for your hard work on this project!

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