Stacey and Mark in Concert December 15

We are now well into our third season of hosting House Concerts, and it has turned out to be a wonderful, rewarding, but somewhat stressful endeavor! However, we wouldn't trade it for the world.

I often think back to when the kids were still in school and we didn't do anything more than run around to their events, cook and care for them. That all changed when the last one graduated and we decided to expand our lives. I began blogging and became active in other social media, we began to renovate the cabin in the Sandhills, traveling more, and we started hosting House Concerts. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed at night thinking of all the things I didn't get done that day in preparation for the next concert, and what is left to be done, I wonder why on earth I ever got myself into this!

Then I think of all of the artists, and others whom I admire who are entrepreneurs and survive each day on the effort they put into their careers, and I get ashamed. It must be nervewracking for each of these to put themselves out there every day, wondering if people are going to show up, or like them, if they are going to make enough money to pay their bills.

My son owns his own business in Idaho, Archery Central. These are tough times to be a start-up business, yet he's doing what he loves and working hard to make a living at it. One of my sons-in-law is doing the same with Maly Marketing. Each day I get emails from artists hoping to get a booking into our concert series. The stresses that I put upon myself, promoting and preparing for our concerts pales in comparison to the efforts that these wonderful people are making.

So, it's up to me to put things in perspective and to keep doing everything in my power to make our concert series a success, for the artist that we host and for our guests who need to experience great live music. Whether that means walking door-to-door to hang up our invitations, working on the concert series Facebook page, blanketing my social media followers with updates, preparing and sending out the email blasts, talking to people one-on-one, writing press releases for the local newspapers, reviewing potential artists and checking myriad calendars to come up with dates, or cleaning, preparing menus, shopping, cooking, and setting up the house.

With all of that, let me introduce you to our House Concerts for December 15: Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart.
Few husband-wife musical duos provide audiences with the complete entertainment package that Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart dish out in a live performance. Armed with clever acoustic guitar interplay, autobiographical songwriting, lovely harmonies, and humorous storytelling this couple captivates your attention from the first moment they are onstage. Based out of Tennessee, Earle and Stuart draw from blues, pop, country, rock, and more in their heartfelt music. The years of touring the folk/Americana circuit (playing 170 concerts a year) have given them a knack for reaching out to the audience in an intimate “come in to my living room” fashion.

Stacey and Mark own their own record label, Gearle Records, and have made 8 CDs over the years. Since meeting in 1992 and marrying in late 1993, the partners have toured the USA, Canada, and Europe repeatedly. They left the environment of pursuing a major label deal in Nashville in 1998 to target small intimate venue crowds in theaters, coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, and house concerts. This has become their home and they are a recognized fixture on the folk music trail they blaze.
The concert is scheduled for December 15, at 7:30pm in our home. If you would like to attend, please email me, or check out our facebook page for all of the details and to RSVP.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.


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