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SWEET! I'll be playing bass for the sublime & wondrous HONEyhoUSe at the Burger Day Festival in El Reno, OK in May! Love these women, with their beautiful voices and music. I can't wait to play these tunes!


Been jamming on banjo lately with legendary Austin/Amarillo guitarist & songwriter Johnny Reverb Holston, who has got another album brewing. Also jamming with us are Buddy Squyres on upright bass and Dane Wynne on violin... This is becoming a band!  In fact we have a gig on May 30th, so someone better come up with a name. I suggested Bandy McBandface.


Nashville artist Jill Riley has returned to her Panhandle roots and has just begun work on her next album, called Common Ground. She has decided to record in Amarillo and use all Panhandle musicians -- I'm thrilled to be playing both banjo and some bass on this project! Jill is a powerful writer and all the songs I've heard so far have been KILLER. 


Big THANK YOU to Michael Sinks & the folks at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center in Pampa, for being the winning bidders of The DustJackets' donated concert during High Plains Public Radio's recent pledge drive. We couldn't have asked for a better audience, nicer folks, or a more worthwhile media cause to support. We love HPPR & good people like you!  


My end of October self-imposed writing retreat had just the perfect ending: Joan Baez, live at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, second row. She is still amazing. Fantastic show, band, setting, and crowd. 


Lived through October 15th:  3 gigs in one day. A fun challenge that I now do not feel compelled to take on again. Thanks for the bookings, everyone! 


I'll be playing a solo show at Kerrville's Blue Sage Hall, with Kerrville New Folk 2-time finalist, Randy Palmer!  WOOT!!


What a fantastic summer! Had a blast playing at so many wonderful, city-wide events: Starlight Theater, the brand new CREATE! Arts Fest, the Community Market, etc. The DustJackets feel honored to have been the "favorite act" of the Community Market series and we can't wait to come back next year. Thanks, city of Amarillo, for all the opportunities to share music with appreciative folks!


Back from a great time in Tucson and ready for summer!  Thanks TKMA, for your superb hospitality. Saguaros, sangria, & sweet, sweet music...


2/16  Fantastic session in Nashville with Jay Vern on the board, Jonathan Yudkin on dobro, mando, & banjo, Sam Hunter on bass & some guitar, and Wayne Killius on drums.


5/15 Just found out The DustJackets have been selected as finalists in the Songwriter Competition at next month's Soul-Stice Festival!  Sooo amped about this!  After that, back to Nashville to work on the Travelogue EP...


5/15  Back home again after a great Spring mini tour w shows in West Texas, AZ, & NM. Finished up with The DustJackets meeting me in Santa Fe for a full-band show at The Cowgirl. As always, a fantastic time on the road, w cool new friends, & gorgeous scenery enjoyed!


2/15 Getting ready for Maggie Fest: 2-21-15. Music all day at Joe Daddy's, noon-10pm. The DustJackets are on at 2pm. 


10/14:  WOW, October has been a great month!  Featured on Panhandle PBS AND had the wonderful privilege of appearing at Austin College as a panelist & performer for their inaugural Roos Who Write Conference, along w my old bandmates, the fine songwriters of the Tone Deaf Cowboys. Our songwriting panel & talk on campus was well-attended, as were the two shows the Tone Deaf Cowboys played. Thank you to Panhandle PBS, Austin College, and Carol Daeley!


8/14:  Featured on Women of Substance Radio!


3/14: Say Goodbye to ETR, say Hello to The DustJackets!  Same folky, retrocoustic goodness, but a name that bears less explanation. Life is too short. Folk on!




  MY PANDORA STATION IS NOW ACTIVE!  Lots of country on it for some reason...just one of those mysteries of life. Amy Coffman Radio, check it out!


   Got a mention & a few spins on Fresh Folk this week, courtesy of Blair Larsen & Utah Public Radio--thanks, Blair!


   Just found out my song "Ethic", from the new CD, is going to be played on THE FOLK SAMPLER this week---Mike Flynn's wonderful, venerable NPR program!!! I've listened to this show for years and could NOT BE more thrilled. THANKS, MIKE!!  Serious bucket list check for me. :)  Check your local public radio schedule for airtimes.


 Have been getting some diverse airplay including, most recently, on Bob McWilliams' fine program Trail Mix, from Kansas Public radio. Thanks, Bob!  Thanks also to Pam Smith of Amazon Radio (great all women playlist), who played "Cover of Darkness" recently. And I'm delighted to be a featured artist on Houston-based OutRadio for the month of August, thanks to JD Doyle!


Was just notified that THE MORE THINGS CHANGE was accepted by Pandora and should be active w/in a few months!!  So jazzed. Pandora had nearly an 8% radio share in the US in April, and over 50 million listeners worldwide!


  "Parallel Tracks" was played on the NPR program "Silver Rails" yesterday---many thanks to Debra Bolton & Lynn Boitano, who produce this wonderful & eclectic program!


  Wow, beautiful night of original music at the Songwriters in the Round show. We shared songs with a full, attentive room, told stories, had some laughs and sold some CDs. Thanks again, HPPR, for this magical opportunity. 


THE MORE THINGS CHANGE has been getting some good play on HPPR, our NPR affiliate. Thanks to music director Mike Fuller for your support of independent artists!


Just glanced at the latest issue of AMARILLO STYLE while waiting in the checkout line at United, and there's a full page color photo of me w the resonator I sold. It's the new ad for Ralph Duke Photography!  Kewel, thanks Ralph! You RAWK.


    IT'S HERE!!  My CD THE MORE THINGS CHANGE is finally here, in glorious boxes-full on my dinner table, & it's all I can do not to Snoopy Dance every time I walk by. It's available NOW (see the brand-spankin-new "Store" link), but also look for a pre-release next month, when I will be featured in the HPPR Songwriter Showcase here in Amarillo.  YEAH BAYBEES!!  Life is good!


   Great day tracking some acoustic, instrumental demos of tunes with Amarillo's multi-instrumentalist & musician extraordinaire Dave Freyer at the controls. Fantastic way to spend a cold, gray afternoon. Thanks for the help, Freyer Music Studios!

The More Things Change is an organic, authentic record from Texas-based singer/songwriter Amy Coffman. Coffman is currently involved in many musical projects alongside her solo work, including performing in groups such as BETSY!, Everything That Rises and her newest folk-rock band, The Know-It-Alls. It is fair to say that Coffman’s life is very much dedicated to her music – however, she has been involved in many different vocations to date, which only add another dimension and perspective to her songwriting.


Opening track “Parallel Tracks” has a real groove to it, and opens the record with a real driving rhythm, suiting the lyrics perfectly.  “Because You Did” has a real southern flavor, and is a joy to listen to. Coffman’s voice is rich and soothing, and the arrangement just flows so naturally, with a great deal of soul.


“Ethic (Work Hard)” combines the two passions of Coffman’s life: art and agriculture. Coffman says herself that there has always been a competitive pull between the two, but art is the one that she cannot live without. “Ethic (Work Hard)” is a tip of the hat to Coffman’s agricultural background.


Throughout The More Things Change, Coffman’s delivery is so natural and authentic, never feeling forced or strained. She knows what type of artist she is and performs with an effortless cool that is a complete breath of fresh air. While the album can easily be categorized as folk rock, or folk pop, there are definitely some elements of Americana and country here, too, which add a welcome twang to the mix.


The More Things Change features a talented band of musicians who provide a rich and perfectly matched accompaniment to Coffman’s melodies and lyrics. Particular praise should be given to [producer] Celeste Krenz, who accompanies Coffman with beautiful harmonies on many of the record’s tracks. Coffman has a unique style of guitar playing, featuring her own chord voicings and tunings, which have been compared to Joni Mitchell and Chuck Pyle. Her style will certainly be of interest to guitar aficionados and those who have an interest in the technical aspects of guitar-playing.


Coffman’s “Record (for Mom)” is a touching and heartfelt track, which is most definitely one of the highlights of the album. Coffman’s choice to perform this song without any additional vocals highlights the personal nature of the track, and is an effective choice.


“Things Left Behind” has a different tone to the previous tracks; Coffman still has her effortless cool, but her delivery (particularly in the opening lines) conveys a thoughtfulness and emotion that really catches the ear. This isn’t to say that she hasn’t shown this previously, but it is just more prominent here.


Overall, The More Things Change is a strong selection of songs and stories from a talented singer/songwriter with a lot of experience under her belt. Standouts include “Record (for Mom),” “Because You Did,” “Things Left Behind” and closing track “The Cursive Glow.” Coffman is currently working on her second record, and I for one am interested to hear where her sound progresses from here.

 Amy Coffman

The More Things Change

Review by Ross Barber
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)


Thank you, Ross!