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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!

 

2013:

 

  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!

Early press for The More Things Change:

 

"...a gorgeous piece of work that is easily accessible and an album that should open her to a whole new world of fans, Folk fanatics or not.  The More Things Change is a stunning record that breaks out of its genre.... I wouldn’t change a thing about this album and I hope to hear more from Amy Coffman very soon."

"Amy Coffman is a breath of fresh air in the ever-budding Folk music scene."

"5 out of 5 stars"

...Melissa Nastasi 

 

“…an organic, authentic record...The More Things Change is a strong selection of songs and stories from a talented singer/songwriter..."

...Ross Barber

 

 

"...a beautiful collection of songs.

“In a world where over-produced, auto-tuned music commands so much attention—Coffman’s  The More Things Change is a breath of fresh air. The entire album is well-done and a joy to hear."

...Emma Peterson



 "It’s easy to love Coffman’s songs, especially this album’s title track.  

 "Amy Coffman sings a little like Mary Chapin Carpenter, in that she’s a subtle vocalist...Just as Coffman’s musical styling leans toward the subtle side, so also does her lyrical approach. She’s so nonchalant; in fact, winning couplets might just sneak past you without you fully noticing them.  On “Things Left Behind” she sings, “It takes a certain amount of bravery/Just to grow old.”  These are not complicated words.  Nevertheless, they’re powerful.  

"She has a maturity and...warmth about her that always makes you feel like she’s singing to you – just to you – and not at you.  It's a rare thing to discover a vocalist with this much natural warmth..."

...Dan MacIntosh


"The More Things Change really finds Amy Coffman in her comfort zone, offering up Texas-tinged tales of life, love, and loss, and supported by a fine set of players.  Her voice, both lyrically and sonically, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Coffman croons through thirteen generally mid-tempo rollers starting with the easy-going “Parallel Tracks,” enhanced by some solid electric guitar licks from Danny Parks while “The More Things Change” does just that, changing things up a bit with Parks bringing his dobro into the mix and lending the track an extra dose of warmth.

"...guitar and pedal steel frame great lyrics like “I am the lighted tip of your cigarette/The ashes fall but the smoke remains” on “Cover of Darkness” before giving way to the up-tempo fuel of “Because You Did” and it’s homage to the artist’s brother.  Dobro and mandolin lend some texture to “Ethic (Work Hard)” and it’s tale of life and loss while  “Dream House” keeps things solidly in the artist’s wheelhouse, the subtle arrangement laying down (a)...canvas for Coffman to paint her lyrics upon.

 "Clearly both a talented musician and songwriter, she delivers a solid brand of Texas-tinged folk and Americana...bringing heartfelt songwriting together with well-performed Texas melodies."

...Andrew Greenhalgh


"a well-rounded musician, with a high level of technical aptitude and a lot of heart.

 "...One thing that immediately strikes you about this track, is its honesty.  There’s nothing false, no flashy production, no pop hooks.  It sounds like it has been written as an expression of Coffman’s love and appreciation, rather than for commercial consumption.  This is an admirable and brave thing to do, and makes Coffman’s songwriting and performance even more likeable.

"Coffman’s delivery is crisp and clear and her phrasing borrows somewhat from Joni Mitchell.  There’s a real authenticity to the vocal performance...'Record (for Mom)' is a track that may not have mass commercial appeal, but is one that is honest, heartfelt and true – qualities that are undeniably more valuable than commerciality."

...Ross Barber