do hope you’ve been well, since our last writing. we’ve been traveling steadily since this spring — twenty airplanes, four nations, twenty states, thousands of miles in elizabeth’s buick.
we're finishing off a series of shows: opening for valerie june in roanoke, playing mountain stage alongside tim o’brien and session americana, and spending a week working on quartet arrangements in baltimore with one of our favorite duos the murphy beds.
and then, a hibernation this winter and spring. we are taking time off the road to dig deeper into our collaboration — beginning creative research into a new repertoire of ballads and stories, mapmaking, sketching, reading, and music-making --
anna will spend a month in her native new england, delving into archives in vermont & maine, learning ballads sung there and visiting the spots they were recorded, learning ballads sung there, and taking time with a vast pile of family photos and letters she recently inherited— including this one, of her great grandma nina.
elizabeth’s spending time on her land, in southwest virginia; getting to know the rocks and trees and creatures a little better—and learning more about the lives of some hero singers of hers, Texas Gladden and Betsy Rutherford. so far she’s enthralled with taking billions of pictures of mountains on her phone, like this one.
in the coming months, we’ll keep you posted on our discoveries— we’d love to have you in on this conversation, thinking about the ways that each of us connect with the history of the land we walk on.
we’re really looking forward to this time — and, if we let ourselves think that far ahead, we are really excited about the fruits of our labor next fall— new crankies, puppets, stories — and a new album— to share with you!
we’ll keep in touch, and hope you do the same.
also, we have a facetious blog now: cute duos. the bands are amazing, our jokes not so much: www.cuteduos.tumblr.com