April 2018

Just in time for the busy month of April: I finally have physical copies of my CDs for sale! Five original tunes on a cd for those sunny day drives in the warmer months ahead. Pick one up at a gig near you 😃

This weekend Tommy and I head to Westfield to play Shaker Farms Country Club for the first time Friday evening, then Saturday we’ll be doing a full band show with the Franklin County Sweethearts at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls!

On April 13th, I’ll be opening for Lexi Weege and the Wondertwins for their monthly residency at New City Brewery in Easthampton, MA (makers of fine ginger beer). I’ll be playing a 45 minute set with Tommy LeBeau on guitar, AJ Del Negro on bass, Doug Beaumier on pedal steel, and Mike Benoit on drums.

The following Saturday, Lexi and I return to our favorite honky-tonk, the SAC in Shutesbury, MA for a duo set (that may develop into a four-piece by the end of the evening…).

On Sunday the 15th, Tommy and I play our monthly afternoon set over at the Hardwick Winery. We’re hoping for some warm weather so we can finally play outside!

Saturday, April 21st, I’ll be traveling to Otis with the Big Gunz to play loud rock n roll for the folks at the beautiful Knox Trail Inn. A great spot to go out for drinks, dinner, and a big ole dance floor.

Tommy and I finish off the month with a trip to Bennington, Vermont, one of our favorite destinations, on Saturday the 28th. From 1-3pm we’ll play some new original songs and old favorites at the South Street Cafe and Bakery.

That wraps it up for the month of April, folks! Happy Spring 🌷

~RP

February 2018

Hey there, folks!

We’ve got exciting things lined up for this month.  Four gigs. an interview, recording, and video projects are all on the agenda for February.  Winter has always had a way of slowing me down, but this one feels different.

New year, new gear!  Tired of lugging around a massive 88-key Yamaha p-45, I’ve upgraded to a pre-owned 73-key Nord Electro 2 that Tommy found for sale on a gearswap facebook group.   I’ve named her Nora.  Ain’t she just the prettiest thing?

Tomorrow, Tommy LeBeau and I return to Hardwick Vineyard & Winery to perform an afternoon duo set of oldies and classic country tunes.  The event is free, open to the public, and the wines are sublime.    Then two weeks later, Saturday the 17th, the duo has our first ever gig at Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

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This Sunday the Franklin County Sweethearts return to the studio to work on some originals we’ve been cooking up – as well as to continue tracking selections from our vast catalogue of classic country covers.  While we’ve been tracking, we’ve also been recording footage of our time together in the studio for a music video.

The Sweethearts have two gigs this month – on Monday, February 12th we’ll be performing at Bishops Lounge.  Tommy and Mike won’t be able to join us, so Lexi Weege and I will be doing some tunes “just us gals”, before we’re joined by AJ on bass and our good friend and country music extraordinaire Doug Beaumier on guitar.  Music begins around 8:30pm, with the Sweethearts taking the stage ~9pm, and local crooner Greg Hall closing out the evening with his homespun classic country tunes.  Lexi and I met Greg about a year ago; she’s worked for him as a harmony singer, and participated in his interview series of local artists.  This month, Greg has asked me to be his interviewee.

on Friday, February 23rd, the Franklin County Sweethearts return to the Cambridge House Brew Pub.  We had such a great time at our last gig there, we hope to make this a regular spot for us!  Last time we played as a trio – to change things up this time we’ll be playing as a four-piece with AJ on bass.  Music begins at 8pm and goes til 11 or later.
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Happy Valentines!

-RP ❤