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Back from Vancouver

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In the street with Leland and Bernard!

Hi all!

Had a great time at The Vancouver Island Music Festival last weekend! What a gorgeous place. I did an hour solo show in the afternoon, then later that night sang with Night Train Music Club, featuring Steve Postell, Bernard Fowler, who sings with The Stones for 20 years, the great Leland Sklar, Steve Holly, who played with wings back in the day, and James Raymond, a wonderful keyboard player, who happens to be David Crosby’s son. We took turns singing our own songs, then backed each other up. I have to say that playing with these guys was truly a highlight of my year. They also happen to be really nice people. Steve’s sister, New York’s own Suzan P. sang B.G.s as well! Yay Suzan! Leland played on the song Mercy on By 7:30 in 1999. He’s one of those guys I don’t see for months, but he’s like family to me… love him!

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Leland and Vonda Backstage

After our set, I had the great honor of singing and playing with David Crosby. I had to shed on Deja Vu about 5,389 times before I could get that background vocal part right… I was singing it in my sleep. He’s a cool cat. He’s still got it.

Yesterday I began recording my solo album. We got 3 tracks finished yesterday, and 3 more today, so we’re half way there! Recording solo is a pretty daunting task, but once I got past the first couple of songs, the album settled in, and I think actually sounds pretty good! We’re going to release this in the fall to accompany the European mini-tour in November. If all goes well with the concept, we will be booking many more solo shows.

Just a little pre-release info… we cut The Sunset Marquis, Maryland, Lose My Way, Another January and a few others. Some songs don’t work well solo, and some are surprisingly good.

Texas is up next, with James and Jim. Can’t wait!!! Then Maine with just James.

How are YOU??? What’s new? Hope you’re having a great summer!

Love,

Vonda

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