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

August 2017 Newsletter - Thank You Video Release

Thank You Official Music Video Release!!!

Dear August,

I'd like to thank you! The time spent in a recording studio near San Francisco singing into microphones that translated sound waves into grooves on giant spinning wheels of tape (yes TAPE) could not have gone better. Recording 15 of your original songs can be sort of like looking into the mirror for 24 hours straight - often a humbling no more happy chemicals left in the brain type experience. This time I left the studio giggling. Most of the songs were recorded live on the first take, and thanks to the stellar musicians who joined me, it just felt like making music. Thanks for rooting for us, I heard you! I'm itching to share the solo record, but these things take time, and there is exciting news RIGHT NOW... 

Thank You, the much anticipated album from my band, Odell Fox, comes out September 12. Above is the sneak peak music video for the album's title track. Directed by Kendall Rock it features Austin legend, "Sparkle Joe" Riddell. 

I've played many a living room and backyard since the last newsletter and I'd like to dedicate this month's musings to the wonderful enthusiastic sloppy handed folks who slipped through the mailing list cracks. The ones who wrote a lot of straight lines that could have been interpreted as 1's or L's, the ones who forgot the @website part, the beautiful fans who will never receive these emails because I misread their penmanship on that fateful night! I dedicate this email to them and promise to have a typing solution for the mailing list problem from now on!

Congrats to you all for your legibility.

Q's that look like G's

Jenner

Patreon Drive Continues


To those who already pledged, THANK YOU. It helps a ton! In the coming months Patreon subscribers will get exclusive sneak peaks from the new solo record.

What's Patreon??? A platform that allows a community to support artists with recurring monthly donations. A way to give me a little financial boost as I go all in to this album and beyond. Get more info and subscribe to my Patreon page - HERE

Shows

September 21 - House Concert, Washington, D.C
September 22 - House Concert, Leesburg Pike, VA
September 29 - Location TBA, Bend, OR
Respond to this email for invite details

With Odell Fox

September 13 - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY, 8pm
September 14 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, NYC, 8:30pm
September 24 - Backyard Festival - Nashville, TN
October 27 - House Concert, San Diego, CA
October 28 - Hotel Cafe, LA, CA, 8pm
November 3 - House Concert, Santa Cruz, CA
November 8 & 9 - Lost Church, SF, CA, 7:30pm
November 10 - Berkeley Hills Concerts, Berkeley, CA, 7:30pm
November 11 - Barnstormers Theatre, Grants Pass, OR, 6:30pm
November 12-18, McMenamins Al's Den Residency, Portland, OR, 7pm
More CA, OR, and WA dates TBA soon!

Fox Recommends

  • Medicine Man by Odell Fox - download the single track from our new album!

  • Comatopia Music Festival - great music, and still has that small family feel. Plus otter pops. Keep it on the radar for your summer 2018.

  • Don't have enough folk music in your life??? - sit back, make some tea, and check out this groovy video featuring Justin Vernon, Damien Rice, Sam Amidon and others! I especially recommend Damien's performance of "The Professor."

PS.  West Wind #2, a poem by Mary Oliver

You are young.  So you know everything.  You leap
into the boat and begin rowing.  But listen to me.
Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without
any doubt, I talk directly to your soul.  Listen to me.
Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and
your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to
me.  There is life without love.  It is not worth a bent
penny, or a scuffed shoe.  It is not worth the body of a
dead dog nine days unburied.  When you hear, a mile
away and still out of sight, the churn of the water
as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the
sharp rocks – when you hear that unmistakable
pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth
and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls
plunging and steaming – then row, row for your life
toward it.