November 2018 Newsletter

Feeling Great and Full, Thank You

Finishing off the month with two shows and an album with the beautiful human that is Shawn Barry (left). Photo by Ben Shay in Evergreen, CO.

Finishing off the month with two shows and an album with the beautiful human that is Shawn Barry (left). Photo by Ben Shay in Evergreen, CO.

A Turtle Solar Eclipse is awful simple
Just hold up a turtle and watch it wiggle
Iguana be a lot of fun
All you have to do is block the sun


I'm back west and stepping into the studio with my hometown amigo, Shawn Barry, to record the "Turtle Solar Eclipse" and this kids album I've been talking about for so long!

Spots are still available on my music and rafting trip in Idaho this summer – details here

November wraps up with a pair of hometown shows in Bend, OR and Palo Alto, CA. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

Thank you for being being kind caring turtle-y beautiful humans,

Jenner

Tour Dates


November 24 - House Concert - Bend, OR - 7:30pm - Respond for details
Dec 1 - House Concert - Palo Alto, CA - Benefit for CA Fire Victims & Earth Justice - 7pm - Respond for details
Dec 8 - March - With Bio Bio Expeditions - Futaleufu, Chile
June 27 - July 2 - Main Salmon, ID - Music and Rafting Trip - Book Now


Fox Recommends


Savannah Tour Playlist. Some favorite tunes from last month's tour. 

The Ghost of Tom Joad. A collaboration between John Steinbeck and the Boss. A song that's sadly still relevant as ever today. One of Springsteen's more brooding acoustic albums, poetry first, my current favorite. 

Scott Cook's, "Fellas Get Out The Way."  Ran into this song at Sisters Folk Festival and again at the Northeast Folk Alliance Conference. Amen brother. 
 

Post Thanksgiving Dance Party. Between dinner and desert, dance it off, turn off the lights, watch your grandma come alive. A favorite Fox family tradition. 

PS.

"I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything.

But I do believe that they come to be reminded of things. To be reminded of who they are, at their most joyous, at their deepest, when life feels full. It's a good place to get in touch with your heart and your spirit, to be amongst the crowd. And to be reminded of who we are and who we can be collectively. Music does those things pretty well sometimes, particularly these days when some reminding of who we are and who we can be isn't such a bad thing.

There's the beautiful quote by Dr. King that says the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Now, there have been many, many days of recent when you could certainly have an argument over that. But I've lived long enough to see that in action and to put some faith in it. But I've also lived long enough to know that arc doesn't bend on its own. It needs all of us leaning on it, nudging it in the right direction day after day. You gotta keep, keep leaning."


-Bruce Springsteen

June 2018 Newsletter

DC Music and Songwriting Camp (Upper Left), Rogue Serenade Rafting Trip (Upper Right and Bottom).

Banjos and Buckets, 

Trains, planes, boats, escalators, and automobiles.

Enforcers of emptiness, hurtling vacuums, spaces for sitting still that this 26-year-old's gotta-move constitution can digest.

I'm writing once again from a train leaving the newly green Hudson, NY - red brick, brown water, and old stoplights that wiggle in the wind. It's been a while since I last wrote - I ran two Oregon rivers, saw Sir John Prine perform, toured California's lower half with Hans Bilger, and taught my first ever songwriting and music intensive camp for middle and high schoolers in Washington, DC. 

If I had to boil and steam the month down to two tender beets, they'd be -

1. "Music: the people we hang out with when we want to be alone." -Elizabeth Godar

2. A world of only 14-year-old-boys would be a world of noise and gangle, dirty dishes, sticks, straws, unmitigated can-do, and songs, and songs, and songs. 

Much exciting ado on the tour schedule (below) - I'm flying to Germany TONIGHT for the oh so romantic milestone first ever euro-tour. 

Mit Liebe,

Herr Jenner 

PS. Tom Robbins on Beets: "The beet is the most intense of vegetables...The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.")

Tour Dates


Germany & Switzerland:

June 28 - 
House Concert - Berlin - DE 
June 30 - Prachtwerk - Berlin - DE - 7:30pm 
July 6 - Drochtersen - DE
July 8 - Versam - SUI
July 9
 - Interlaken - SUI
July 11
 - Stockach - DE
July 12
 - Konstanz - DE
July 13
 - Glonn - DE
July 15
 - Augsburg - DE

US & Canada:

July 20 - Wildcraft Cider Works - Eugene - OR (with Dangermuffin) - Tickets
July 21 - House Concert - Bend - OR (with Dangermuffin) - respond for details
July 27 - House Concert - Vancouver - BC - respond for details
July 28 - August 4 - Music & Rafting - Chilko River - BC - with ROAM
August 5 - Sunfest Country Music Festival - Lake Cowichan - BC
August 12 - House Concert - Walla Walla - WA - respond for details
August 15 - Remedy Juice Bar - Paonia - CO
September 18
 - Rockwood Music Hall - NYC - Stage 3 - 8pm - Tickets

Fox Recommends

Os Osos Playlist - My favourite tunes from this month, put in one delicious playlist for you!

Songwriting & Music Camp - Interested in bringing our camp to your city? Find 6-10 people who want to spend a week writing, listening, playing, and thinking about music and we'll make it happen. Last week in DC was truly incredible and inspiring. More on this to come...

Finding a reason to be extremely invested in a world cup team. We in the US were given the green light to support whoever we want this year (thanks for sucking US national team). I think I'll support Germany, Iceland, and all of Latin America. The Beautiful Game!

Phil Cook's Latest RecordPeople Are My Drug - A favourite artist, a brand new record, life is good, treat yourself. 

Brian Koppelman on Creativity - Podcast interview by Joe Pug, really cool take on the creative process. 

Michael Pollen on Psychedelics - The food dude has followed his curiosity to a new realm. This is a podcast interview by Tim Ferris, who donated $1,000,000 to research on Psychadelics after their conversation.  

PS. "Try easy, my friend, try easy" - Victor Wooten

October 2017 Newsletter

One Last Odell Fox Tour

October, like every month, pieces together in moments:

Snow falling on a windshield in Bend, OR, like Star Wars credits. An apple and peanut butter that gave me the chills. My grandfather, stretching beyond his physical limits to sit up in bed and kiss my grandmothers knuckles, and the band Crow and the Canyon singing “We Give” beside his hospice bed as my grandmother danced with her cane. Tiny pumpkins on Rogue River rocks. Listening over and over to Willie Nelson's "Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning." Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings performing in Portland - flawless, simple, a cowboy hat, two acoustic guitars, artists who know exactly who they are, quintessential nostalgic American, two people on the same word of the same page–bucket list! One moment dims the next, leaving scribbled words and voice memos, and you try to remember what the hell it was like to be that guy who wrote those things way back when.  

The bittersweet news this month is that following our West Coast “Thank You” tour (DETAILS BELOW), Odell Fox, my beloved trio of three years, will be parting ways. 

Said best in the words of Raph Odell Shapiro -

"This coming January will mark three years since Jenner and Raph started writing and performing together, based out of the Fox family home in Palo Alto. Now, innumerable yoga class serenades, shirtless band practices, magical house concerts, roadside banh mi stops, and packed venues later, we’ve decided to part ways and develop as artists separately. This decision was not come to easily, but was come to with love and mutual respect; we are and always will be brothers. Future collaborations with the three of us, or combinations therein, are highly likely. Whether that music will come from “Odell Fox,” however, is as of now unclear.

Without a doubt one of the most difficult and sad aspects of this change is telling you all about it, our friends, family, and fans. We cannot thank you enough for the encouragement, the vibes, the support, both emotional and financial, that you’ve given us over the last few years. Thank you for listening to our music, for coming to our shows, for putting sheets on your L-shaped couches for us, for signing up for our newsletter, for really caring. It is by no means because we felt a lack of love for our material that we’re calling it quits. Far from it. It’s just, what feels right for us right now, as artists, friends, and individuals. And that’s all we have to go on.

But rest assured, we are all still committed to dedicating our lives to music, and we hope you’ll continue to follow along and support us in our future endeavors."


I will be releasing my new solo record this spring and touring extensively with Hans and band TBD. I am inspired and optimistic for what lies ahead. The pedal is firmly pressed to the spongy floor mat. Grateful to have you all on my team. 

Raph and Hans will continue to live together in South Austin and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the next musical configurations to come from those beautiful musicians and men. Follow Raph here, and look out for Hans’ solo album coming out in 2018. 

With Love,

Jenner

ps. "And lastly, the music we’ve made isn’t going anywhere! We hope you’ll continue to listen to Moon Shiner EP and Thank You, and share with friends who might dig it. We’re really proud of what we’ve made with this group, and with your help, it can live on.”

Thank You Tour 2017 - The Last Leg

Oct 25 - House Concert - Albuquerque, NM - 7pm
Oct 26 - House Concert - Flagstaff, AZ - 8pm
Oct 27 - Viewpoint Brewing Company - San Diego, CA - 6pm
Oct 28 - Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA - 9pm
Oct 30 - House Concert - Santa Barbara, CA - 7pm
Nov 1 - House Concert - San Luis Obispo, CA - 7:30pm
Nov 3 - House Concert - Santa Cruz, CA - 7:30pm
Nov 4 - House Concert - Palo Alto, CA - 7pm
Nov 7 - Lost Church (Night One, Opening w/ Heartbreaker) – San Francisco, CA - 7:30pm
Nov 8 - Lost Church (Night Two, Opening w/ For Emma, Forever Ago) - San Francisco, CA - 7:30pm
Nov 10 - House Concert - Berkeley, CA - 7:30pm (Limited seating, RSVP to concerts721@sonic.net)
Nov 11 - Storyteller Series - Grant’s Pass, OR - 7:30pm
Nov 12-18 - McMenamin’s Al’s Den Residency - Portland, OR - 7pm
Nov 19 - Spoon Full Farm - Thorp, WA - 3pm
Nov 20 - House Concert - Hood River, OR - 7pm

If you're interested in attending a house concert, please write to us and we'll send you the necessary information. Thanks!

Fox Recommends 

  • “Long Black Veil” performed by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. This video comes from the show I saw in Portland. It was Gillian's third time being cheered back onstage for an encore. They stepped out in front of the microphones and sang acoustically to the sold out 1000 person Newmark theatre. Just when I thought that two voices could not be anymore blended, this happened. (And for the fellow Gil and Dave nerds, “Long Black Veil” was apparently the first song they ever sang together in Gillian’s kitchen).

  • These Headphones - for a very pleasant immersive soft-on-the-ears music listening experience. 

  • Heartbreaker, in my opinion Ryan Adams' best work. Goes well with the headphones.


PS. “The matter with human beans," the BFG went on, "is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.” - Roald Dahl