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End of May updates!

Hi Friends and family!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Just practicing a lot, writing and getting ready for some upcoming gigs. To begin with, I’m going up to The Vancouver Island Music Fest on Sunday, July 10th, where I’ll be sitting in with some friends in the band Night Train Music Club, featuring Leland Sklar, Steve Postell, Bernard Fowler, among others. I’ll also be playing four or five of my own songs with this band. Some featured performers at the Festival will be David Crosby, Randy Newman, Rodney Crowell, Corey Harris and many others, so hop on a plane and come on up!

Next up, we’ll be heading to Texas for a couple of shows — on Friday, July 29th at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands and Saturday July 30th in Austin, at The One World Theater, with my band; Jim Hanson and James Ralston. We’ve also just added a show in Scarborough, Maine on August 4th at The Landing At Pine Point. Next we have B.B. King’s in New York City on Thursday, September 15th and The Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland on Saturday Sept. 17th. Yay! Gigs in beautiful places! How lucky am I?

For those of you who don’t know, they finally released the soundtrack to Love And Other Drugs, where I’m doing lots of humming! You can get it on iTunes, etc.

Yesterday, I began recording a new solo album, which we hope to release before the end of the year. The album will be solo versions of some of my older songs as well as more current songs. (I’m going to attempt putting a new one on as well). We’ll follow this up with a European tour early next year… I’ll keep you posted!

As you may have noticed, I’m much more active on my Facebook page than on my website, as it’s so easy to send updates. So if you’re on my website, please know that I read the messages, and if you really want to reach me, please also send a message to my Facebook page… I read this everyday, and try to answer all of the comments. (Between cooking dinner, practicing, going to the gym, cleaning up toys from the living room floor, etc… you get it).

O.K… are you ready for another recipe? This is a favorite in our household.

Short grain brown rice with vegetables!

Ingredients:
1 cup short grain brown rice (wouldn’t it be funny, if it didn’t have any rice in it?)
1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons (on a lovely winter night by a fire)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (I have nothing further to say about this)
1 ear of fresh corn cut off of the cob (corn noses are just too tough for this dish… ha ha.)
1 zucchini cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 carrots, diced
1/2 cups of frozen peas (fresh is even better)
1/2 of a cup frozen edamame out of the shell
Red chili flakes to taste (1/4 teaspoon, or so)
Salt (I use Kosher) and Pepper

Saute onions and garlic in a decent amount of olive oil (2 Tablespoons?) for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
When onions are soft, add the rice and cook, stirring often for about 2 good minutes, so that the rice absorbs all of the flavor.
Add about 4 cups of water, salt, pepper, chili flakes and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add all of the vegetables and cook another 30 minutes, or so.
Check water to make sure you have enough. If it seems you have too much water, uncover rice to let it cook off.

When all water is absorbed, it’s done. Check for salt and adjust.

I serve this with homemade black beans (I’ll send that recipe next week, but it’s so easy!), fresh guacamole, fresh salsa… o.k., I’ll send you all of these recipes next week! Tortilla’s, sourcream… I like SAUCE!

When you serve rice with all of these other wonderful dishes, it can serve about 4.

Enjoy! Thanks Kelly for encouraging me to share recipes with my web friends.

Love,

Vonda

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A Letter from Vonda

Hi friends!

I’m sitting here getting ready to practice, and just wanted to check in with you… give you some updates and a wonderful black kale recipe! (Hey, why not?!)

We’re coming up to San Francisco to play Yoshi’s again on Thursday, April 14! We love playing there, and really look forward to seeing you at the show (and to eating the Asian meal they prepare for us as inspiration). We’ll have the full band – James Ralston on guitar, Jim Hanson on bass, and Michael Urbano on drums – as well as our fantastic crew featuring Carlos Novais and, hopefully, Ionisphere! We will play mostly original songs from From the Sun, By 7:30, It’s Good Eve, Chinatown, and, of course, we’ll heat it up with some soul cover tunes. Hope you can make it down (or up!).


We’re also playing two L.A.-area shows, remote though they may be, at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on Thursday, April 28 at 8 pm and the next night, Friday, at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano at 8 pm. So GET ON THE 405 North or South, brave the traffic, and come on down! Full band, again, so get ready to party! Read more

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SoCal Shows

Hi all,

Well, we’re finally playing L.A.!!! The gigs are a bit of a drive for some of you — especially those in Austria — but I still hope you can make it! We are returning to The Canyon Club and The Coach House on April 28 and 29, respectively. Details are listed below. We are also working on a spring East Coast tour and will let you know as soon as it’s confirmed. Read more

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More Chemical Romance

Hi friends!

Sang with My Chemical Romance at the Universal Amphitheater last night (Gibson, I believe it’s called now…). The show is KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. I couldn’t imagine anything LESS acoustic! Screaming guitars and rock stars abound. We strolled through the hallway of the dressing rooms… Smashing Pumpkins, Cake, etc… a star-studded extravaganza.

I was flooded with memories of playing there with Rickie Lee Jones when I was 21 years old, Al Jarreau a few years later and many more gigs I did there. Feels so good to be part of the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd! Every time we sing with the band, it seems to gel even more. They’re sweet guys.

I had a very inspiring conversation with someone yesterday, which made me want to write even more…

That’s all for now!

Vonda

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