The Gospel of Tree Bark

Please consider checking out, and supporting, Anna Fritz‘s kickstarter campaign to release a new album, The Gospel of Tree Bark. Anna Fritz’s Wake was totally and phenomenally awesome. Send her all your money.



“Most of the songs that will be on this record were written in an old growth forest in southern Oregon where I holed up for a couple weeks last year. But really, this album has been a very long time in the making. I haven’t released a solo album since my first (Wake) in 2005. My creative energy has fueled many other projects in the last seven years while these songs have been waiting for their moment. And now is the time!” [via]



“Say Hello to the Songs!

Well, assuming you watched the video, you’ve heard the title track already, but let me introduce you to everybody else:

  • Breath and Bone is a song that asks what we’ve lost as we’ve given our lives over to our techno-gadgets.
  • Mean Mind is about joining the ranks of creative women who have struggled through the ages to carve out a place for their work. It moves back and forth between blues and classical melodies.
  • TransMan is a funky, sexy, frustrated song about loving someone who’s transgender.
  • On Wisconsin was inspired by the massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin in early 2011 in response to the governor’s effort to crush public unions. It’s a bluegrass tune.
  • The Gift is the most recently written song on the record. It’s about having a body. Learning to love it, appreciate it, use it.
  • Water is Wide uses the melody and chorus from a 17th century English ballad. My version tells the story of a person finding their way to their true gender identity.
  • Jess’ Song This is a straight up love song, y’all.
  • Caleb Meyer is actually a cover of a Gillian Welch tune. This one has called to me for years. As a pacifist, it’s pretty intense to sing a song about murder in self-defense. And the cello really lends itself to such material.
  • Into the Fire is a prayer in the form of music with tons of vocal harmonies.” [via]


KickstarterVideo from Anna Fritz on Vimeo.

Vagabond Opera at Mississippi on May 9th at 7pm and 10pm

Vagabond Opera will be performing two shows on May 9th as a CD release party at Mississippi Studios. And, they will be joined by awesome guests Portland Cello Project and Three Leg Torso!

Saturday, May 9th
Portland, OR
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. 97227

Join us for a very special evening as we kick off our CD release in the hometown!
Featuring special guests from the Portland Cello Project and Three Leg Torso and Fire dancing and hoola hoop with Amy Hotfield!

Early Show: Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm (ALL AGES and half seated)
Late Show: Doors 9:30pm, Show 10pm (21+ and seating upstairs only)
$15 advance, $15 day of show

Vagabond Opera The Zeitgeist Bekons

Walking Home at Madonnathon on Feb 26th at 7pm

Anna Fritz sent out an e-mail today about two shows that Walking Home will be playing as part of a benefit for In Other Words at Hollywood Theatre on Thu, Feb 26th at 7pm. There’s also a show at In Other Words the next day.

In Other Words says, “Madonna covers all night long, so get your costume on!”

Thursday Feb. 26th
Madonnathon (a benefit for In Other Words)
at the Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
all ages
Walking Home (Anna and Sami – 2 cellos, 2 voices) doing a Madonna cover along with CJ and the Dolls, Kate Mann, Felina’s Arrow, Terri Untalan, and many others evoking their own Madonna magic.

Friday Feb. 27th
Luna Music Series
at In Other Words
8 NE Killingsworth
$? donations I think?
all ages
Walking Home will be splitting the bill with The Shook Twins and The Catch.

Also, don’t forget Portland Cello Project is doing a marathon of shows at Mississippi.

Portland Cello Project at Mississippi on Mar 6, 7 and 8th at multiple times

Portland Cello Project is doing a series of what seem to be pretty killer shows at the re-opening of Mississippi Studios:

The details are that we’re playing a series of shows for the Grand Re-Opening Weekend of this magnificent venue in North Portland (3939 N Mississippi).

Friday March 6, two shows 7pm and 10pm (featuring collaborations with Storm Large, Thao, Justin Power, Chris Robley and others.)
Saturday March 7, two shows 7pm and 10pm (featuring collaborations with Thao, Tu Fawning, Justin Power, Tahoe Jackson, Sneakin’ Out and others.)
Sunday March 8 — 2pm — all-ages matinee (featuring Thao and a bunch of others)

This venue is not huge, so you might want to get tickets early. We have a bunch of special things to announce about the show, but I can’t explain them all yet (expect an email next week).

There’s other interesting news about a coming new release and a few more shows here and up in Seattle

Also, I’ve gotten tons of emails today asking if it’s true that The Portland Cello Project has signed to to the record label Kill Rock Stars — it is in fact true. The release will be in June. I’ll put more about that next week as well.

If you need a PCP fix before March, this coming Friday (February 20) at 8pm we will be at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon playing a huge, beautiful show with Laura Gibson (Linfield Alumnus!), Adam Shearer, and cellists from the Linfield cello program.

More shows in the NW this month: March 30 in Seattle at the Triple Door with Anais Mitchell and others, and more NW shows should be announced next week.

Five shows in three days … Whew!