photo by John Gessner

photo by John Gessner

WE'RE GOING NORTH! (and CUTTING a RECORD!) 

Hello, Friends! It's true! we're going NORTH!

But first we went to North Carolina...

We had a big time playing at the Rooster's Wife, bringing secular and gospel tunes, country kazoo, and receiving what may be the first and last ever request of 'more yodeling'! We shared the bill with Dawn Landes, who put on a fantastic show. What a great venue! We are so appreciative of Janet for having us and being such a magnanimous hostess.

(above photos by John Gessner)

We are very excited to have our new EP, Sinner Friends are Very Pleased to Meet You, available for order and streaming! It's getting some airplay and a very positive response.

We have caught the record-release bug and are very pleased to announce that we intend to record a full-length record this winter with the Bristol VA/TN based studio and label, Bigtone Records! Stay tuned for more details about this collaboration as they become available. We certainly admire what Bigtone is doing with live sessions and vintage equipment. These folks just get it, and we're digging it. Hard.

Speaking of tones... We're takin' off!

No, not to space. We're headed up to the Oldtone Roots Music Festival in Hillsdale, NY. Conner has never been this far north before, and Friends, that's because he couldn't have a better introduction than this festival. We are beside ourselves with excitement to share the lineup with some Friends, including Blind Boy Jerron Paxton, the Downhill Strugglers, Foghorn Stringband, just to name a few! Would you look at this lineup?! Check out this jam-packed (see what we did there?) schedule to whet your whistle, and come join us at Cool Whisper Farm. We'll be performing a couple mainstage sets as well as participating in square dances, instrument workshops, kids' music, and stage invasions. We just can't wait. See you September 5-8th!

If you just can't seem to make it upstate to do some two-stepping with us, we are happy to let you know that we will be attending the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference in Raleigh, NC. Come catch us at one of our showcases (soon to be listed on our schedule) or snag us in a hotel hallway. We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing about the kind of country music that turns your crank. Grace will also be performing with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. She officially joins the band in mid-September and is very excited about the opportunity to work with this awesome bluegrass group in addition to her banjo, uke, and country kazoo duties with Sinner Friends. It's going to be a great week!

Until then, Friends be like your esteemed Pal Conner...

and stay hungry for that Oldtime country blues music!

love-

-Your Sinner Friends (Conner & Grace)

 

 

WE PLAYED COUNTRY MUSIC IN NASHVILLE! 

Yes, friends. We made our debut in the bright lights big city booming metropolitan area of Nashville. Madison, specifically, and we are hooked.

On the night before Conner got into town, Grace had the opportunity to play for her first time at the storied Station Inn. Award winning broadcaster and songsmith Chris Jones and his Night Drivers were celebrating the release of their brilliant new album, the Choosing Road. After experiencing a touch of laryngitis, Chris called in some musical reinforcements and Grace was more than happy to oblige. Thanks so much for sharing the stage, Chris!

The next evening, Conner rolled in and we suited up and rendered a set of oldtime country at Dee's Lounge in Madison, TN. We finally got to try out our new Ear Trumpet Delphina in the wild. She killed it!

We made some new friends, and had such a good time that we came back later that night and stumbled on the Louvin Brothers gospel jam of our dreams. We stayed up very very late singing and picking around a bonfire out back.

After sleeping off the late night jam, your friends paid some dues and did some graveside contemplation. The Madison cemetery was packed with heroes.

It was a great trip and we can't wait to come back.

Too bad Conner left early and missed hot chicken.

We are in the process of completing the final mixes of our first EP. We can't wait to share that music with you and it will be ready very soon. In the meantime, stay tuned, stay in tune, and stay spicy, Friends!

-Your Friends,

Conner and Grace

WE SANG INTO A CAN! 

Hello, Friends!

Guess what?! Sinner Friends recorded an EP! You can expect to listen and satisfy any curiosity you may have as to the validity of our claims to be musicians in the next couple months. We want to thank Adilene Delgado, Keegan Luckey-Smith and especially C.J. Garskof for letting us work in Beehive Studio. Your engineering and feedback were priceless! You are all so talented (and so very PATIENT).

Thanks also to our pal James Edgar for taking some spiffy new photos of us all suited up in our matching duds. We feel less like sinners and more like gentlefolk already, and were so proud to have the hallowed and storied Down Home as our backdrop.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that we are part of the lineup of the 5th Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY! This is one of the coolest and most special festivals of our time and needless to say we are very honored to be included in this (the best ever?) lineup with some of our pals and heroes, including (but not limited to) Foghorn Stringband, Blind Boy Jerron Paxton, Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings, and Alice Gerrard! Thanks for having us, Oldtone! Is it September yet?!

The next few months will be filled with the furious seeking out of great new/old material and opportunities to share said material with all you friends. Help a sinner out and if you think of anything you'd like to hear, or anywhere you would like to see us perform, drop a line and let us know!

Thank you, Friends. We do louvin you so,

-Sinner Friends (Conner and Grace)

 

Grace's news! 

From Grace:

After a big move and the cozy holidays I'm finally getting the chance to reflect on the amazing opportunity I had to be part of the Bluegrass Jamboree - Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music. This photo, taken by the infinitely talented Nico Laroche-Humby after our last show together, captures a very dear memory and I'm so grateful for the experience. 

I want to confirm that Bill and the Belles and I have parted ways. They are incredibly creative and talented and I wish them all success. They're doing something very special and I'm honored to have had the part in it that I did. I will be mourning the loss of this project in my life for some time to come I'm sure, but I'm very excited to have a couple new irons in the fire, most notably an Old Time Country Duet project with my esteemed friend Conner Steven Vlietstra, called Sinner Friends! We will be recording this February and hope to see you on the road later in 2019! For other updates and news, swing on over to my music page, Grace Van't Hof, and gimme a 'like'. Thanks for your attention, friends! Onward and upward! 

www.gracevanthof.com