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My Full Heart on Blanahassett Island

This weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Marshall High Studios on Blanahassett Island in Downtown Marshall, for the Marshall Handmade Market. I met some lovely artists, saw some familiar faces, and truly enjoyed every moment spent inside that completely captivating building. I was lucky enough to catch up with Beth of Quill and Arrow Press (7 Ton co.) at her booth, and also to meet Amber of Sketchbook Crafts who has the most darling, ochre-saturated studio. It was so nice to meet such creative, dynamic business-lady-artists, and I left with a heart full of inspiration.

Here are a few shots of Beth's booth and Amber's studio, toward the end of the day as the light fell and became buttery.

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Fly Home, Everybody's Waiting :: Tyler Ramsey in Asheville

[this post originally appeared 9.27.2011] Tyler Ramsey has a formidable presence. Though outwardly regal and composed, when he sings, all the tiny and beautiful creatures come pouring out of him, amongst their stories, and wind their way out from behind the mane of chestnut curls which swing freely across his face while he plays. His arrangements are humbly alive, even the softest notes are electric, the absence of sound is heavy and substantial.

Ramsey has a singular sound, somewhere between Jason Molina and Mark Kozalek, and is able to hit notes on the higher end of the spectrum that could sound labored when sung by a less-resonant voice. Ramsey’s vocal mutability is characteristic of a seasoned musician who exercises his strengths while challenging his weaknesses. His Americana-infused finger-picking walks the line between delicate and complex, mathematical and fluid. The more complex his composition, the more effortless it seems, and yet, when playing the simplest of notes, there’s a strained beauty, a haunting quality to the sustained notes.

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The Valley Wind proves Ramsey’s skill at arranging sparse yet effective compositions to accent his uncanny ability to tell stories through suggestion. The title track features a heart-beat courtesy of Seth Kauffman, and the cascade which mirrors this rhythm feeds the image of long road-trips and borders on anthemic, while “Nightbird,”** with it’s layered tracks of increasingly incandescent guitars is monumental in it’s subtlety: “is it the ocean, the ocean or the sky that you are seeing, I know sometimes our eyes can be deceiving. Is there a reason for these disconnected feelings you are feeling? Everybody knows you should be sleeping.. you should be sleeping.”

The Valley Wind is out today.

Buy at iTunes

Buy at Amazon

Buy at Fat Possum Web Store

or at any stops on tour, info. can be found at tylerramsey.com or on facebook

11/21/14- The Grey Eagle: Asheville, NC http://bit.ly/1vXU8Jn 11/22/14- The Evening Muse: Charlotte, NC http://ticketf.ly/11ZnWc9

Here are a few shots from the Tyler Ramsey show in Asheville on November 18th 2010.

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**(“Nightbird,” is particularly resonant for me as I heard it the last time I visited Asheville, sitting in Tyler & Joti’s kitchen. The morning I left to drive back up North, we listened to the beginnings of this record, just after Tyler had shared a few of the newer songs at a show at the Grey Eagle a few nights prior, and for some reason this one stuck in so many ways. And now, eight months later, he is releasing the record as I am flying into Ashevile.. “fly home, everybody’s waiting.”)

edit: I've moved back to Asheville, and it's even more timely now, somehow.

the Hole truth

I am decidedly not a morning person. The shortlist of things which will pull me begrudgingly out of bed is very short, but it does include local, hot, fresh, just fried doughnuts. So, Saturday morning, I awoke before the dawn and walked directly to Hole. Nestled right on the strip of uphill Haywood just above the River Arts District and Burger Bar but not quite to East-West Asheville spots Urban Orchard, Short Street Cakes, and Villagers is a tiny building with big potential. It is the home of Hole, a brand new doughnut shop with a simple but delicious plan to "serve up Fresh doughnuts and hot coffee."

Co-owners Caroline Whatley and Kim Dryden have focused on the old-fashioned variety of fried confections, offering three flavors to choose from, all of which have sold out well before closing time through their first official week open. I opted for the Vanilla Glazed during my first visit, as I equated it to trying a new brewery's IPA before anything else - start with the standard and work your way in.

If the last three days have been any indication of Hole’s already sterling reputation, their future seems bright even as the days get shorter and the mornings darker. The space feels cozy but not overly designed, with graphic, hand- painted signage by Tim Maddox at Mighty Fine Signs and lovely weathered wood on the walls of the main din ing room. Whatley and Dryden even thought to add an outdoor-indoor seating option inside their food-truck-cum-dining-car in the parking lot, which was decorated with a pitcher of what must be the last dahlias of the season and a tiny note inviting patrons to "dine in." A warm spot to grab a cup of coffee, a quick doughnut, or sit outside and savor the last few nice days of the season, Hole is sure to welcome Asheville into fall in style.

Hole is open 7-1p, Thursday through Monday.

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Letterpress :: Love

When I first began working at Blue Barnhouse back in Spring 2009 I knew nothing of Letterpress and only a little about printmaking in general. After a few crash sessions on the Vandercook and the C&P, a little hanging around the shop, and a modicum of historical letterpress education, I fell in love. It was the smell of the ink, the clankety-clack of the C&P and the side-stepping necessary while operating the Vandercook. The feel of the different grains of paper and how they accepted ink. The little bit of fear that gripped my heart every time I fed the motorized C&P and the exhaustion of my body after operating the foot-pedal C&P.

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Sneak Peek inside our Home :: L & R

So my Love and I moved into this sweet little Boston apartment back in January, but frankly, we've just been too damn busy to have anyone over to warm our house, share any pictures with friends or family, or really get all the rooms squared away at once. Now that Ryan's going on tour for a few weeks, I feel like I have finally gotten our space to a more relaxed and lived in level of tidy. We are both explosive when we work, so there's always some sort of pile of instruments or art supplies in the way of something else.. {truth be told, I am probably more guilty of leaving my toys out than R is..} Please excuse the wonky exposures, I tried to shoot each room when it had the best light, so at different parts of the day.

The creepy doll was my Aunt Jean's doll. I think her name is Colette. The Pentax on the table was my Uncle Brian's. He has been shooting with that thing since the 70's.. and some of the old family prints {yet to post} I have been scanning in lately are from this camera. {it's a Asahi Pentax K1000 with a 55mm 1:1.8. I haven't developed any film from it yet as I'm still finishing out the first roll.. it's a beautiful camera.}

R got that sweet, tiny round box for me in Australia, the jar contains dried flowers from our trip to LA, there's a hunk of NC Kyanite I found, and an enlargement of the 4x5" image I made of R's Rhodes.

R's got the best area of the house! The three windows get great sun all through the day and into the evening, so there's almost always a nice glow in there. We created a nook within a room by using a large shelf as a room divider: storage on both sides and the benefit of separate but open work/play areas.

My side of the bed: Trumpet Jade from Kate & Evan, Samsonite from Mom, Vanity from R's Grandmother, clock from BB, Alabaster Owls from Leslie Branham Roberts {http://www.thegivingtreethriftstore.com/http://www.joshrobertsandthehinges.com/}, glass globe with owl feather from Heather, dreamcatcher from before I can remember.

North Shore mini-cation :: L & R

Sunday Morning I surprised Ryan and took him on an Adventure up the North Shore. We started our day at Todd Farm, where we got some great crates for my art closet and organizing, and some hand carved wooden letters: L & R. {This place is amazing… but my advice is to get there at early as possible. By noon, half of the vendors are usually packing up, so I’d shoot for 8-9am as the prime-time to arrive.} After Todd Farm, we stopped at Tendercrop on the way to Maudslay to pick up some picnic supplies. We got blackberries, buffalo jerky, spindrift sodas, apples, kale chips, and probably something else I’m forgetting.

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grizzly bear announce new record, tour

according to their website and myriad other online music sources, grizzly bear will be releasing their next album, SHIELDS, on september 18th, 2012, pre-order digital and physical copies from their website! {i just pre-ordered mine and got the first single, "sleeping ute" which is jangly and electronic and enmeshed with soaring harmonies and deep thunderous-simple percussion and delicate crashings and all the other things we love about grizzly bear}

the first single, "sleeping ute," may be listened to on their website or by playing the youtube video, though i think you should just pre-order the record.

tracklist:

1. sleeping ute 2. speak in rounds 3. adelma 4. yet again 5. the hunt 6. a simple answer 7. what's wrong 8. gun-shy 9. half gate 10. sun in your eyes

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