Monday, September 30, 2013

Lassos and Bullhorns

Andrea Koziol and myself (Kathryn Rose) were in Marshall TX on Sep 21 for Jeans 'n Classics' 7th annual appearance at their fine outdoor concert event. We love playing this show! Here are some notes and photos from another fun trip! 

We'll start with this very dignified clip of Andrea and Kathryn chair racing during a 4 + hour layover at the Monroe LA airport...



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This entry was penned by Andrea Koziol, with photos by Andrea and Kathryn, and comments by Kathryn Rose:


Andrea wrote:

I was really looking forward to heading down to Texas last weekend for an evening of music with the Marshall Symphony.  The show was a best of J&C vocalists Gavin Hope and Michael Shotton, and it spanned a wicked repertoire from Zeppelin and the Eagles to classic Motown and Mr. Wonder!  A joy to sing?  Yes!

Kathryn and I got an early start for our travel day to Texas, but the severe storm and broken altimeter on our plane made for an untimely emergency landing a mere 100 miles from our destination.  We spent 4 hours in Monroe Louisiana airport, crossing our fingers for a new plane to arrive.  Thanks to the pizza delivery, a little good humor, and our new favorite sport of airport chair racing, we didn't lose our joyful spirit, and made it to Marshall later that night.


Of Delta Airlines' pizza offered as a concession for being stranded in Monroe LA, Kathryn thinks..."Hmmm... should I eat this or save it in case this becomes an 8 hour layover..."

Andrea's awesome SkyMiles Catalogue Collage! She used Crystal Light drink crystals as glue! You can always have fun stranded at a small airport!
       
KR and AK starting to get a little squirrely...


After our rehearsal on Saturday, we did a quick tootle about town to see if we could locate the 2 items we were hoping to bring home as gifts.  I was looking for a pair of mounted bullhorns for my son, and KR was hoping to find a lasso for her father.  Apparently travelers to the area aren't often interested in such things...go figure!  We struck out.  Heads bowed in despair, we mentioned our plight to Tiffany Ammerman (host extraordinaire) and she made a call to the one man who could turn our frowns upside down.  Later that night when we arrived for the show we were greeted with both a lasso and bullhorns next to our mic stands.  Heart be still!  Tiffany's dad Dewey had magically made both appear, from his personal collection.  Now that is going above and beyond.  


Kathryn and Andrea with Dewey's gift of lasso and bullhorns, sidestage after the show!
The performance was wild and wooly and wonderful.  We all sang our guts out, the audience was sublime, and the Marshall symphony rocked the house.  After the show, I had the great privilege of being roped on the sidewalk by Dewey himself.  (Believe it or not...that was a first!) 

Thanks to everyone who made the weekend spectacular.  Big shouts out to Mike McMurry for driving us everywhere, to Tiffany and the team, and to the incredible people we had the privilege of meeting.  Marshall is a special place.  I truly can't wait to go back.  


Andrea and Kathryn with our Marshall TX driver and great guy, Mike McMurry


Look! We've become such a fixture in Marshall TX they even named a menu after us!

Peter Brennan, KR, and bullhorns

Kathryn & bullhorns
AK & bullhorns
VIP JnC concert wristbands!



Andrea Koziol's True Grits

This trip taught me that Texas hospitality is glorious...and that a standard suitcase is just big enough to bring home my little boy's dream come true. -AK

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Road Finds: Cream Soups Master Sheet

When I got my first job as a singer and went on the road, I didn't have a lot of room for extra stuff, since there were 5 of us traveling with all our gear and personal belongings in a modified school van. 

Undaunted by practicality, I took up collecting cookbooks that I found in vintage stores on our travels. Never mind that they were heavy and useless in a hotel room, I found, carried, and read them with great joy and contentment; they were the easiest way to remind myself what "home" felt like.  

I still have a few of these gems, including "Better Homes and Gardens Soups and Stews", an excerpt from which I am happy to share for your fall soup-making pleasure!

xoL









Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back To Skool!




It's September... and you know what that means...
The kids are back to school, and Jeans 'n Classics is heading back out on the road!

I asked the women of JnC to send in their telltale signs of the shift back to reality. Here's what they sent in.


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STEPHANIE MARTIN












STEPH'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:  
"Oliver trying out the glide... of new pens at Midoco. School supplies pile at the left. 
Total cost $60!!"


STEPH'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
Oct 11, 2013 / Denver CO / Colorado Symphony / the music of Tommy by The Who
("...To pay for said supplies, haha", says Steph.) http://tickets.coloradosymphony.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=2874





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LEAH SALOMAA
http://www.jeansnclassics.com/artists/Leah_Salomaa.asp


 


LEAH'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:
"Here is my only child doing her ritual of attending the first day of school with a new hair colour!"



LEAH'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
Oct 5, 2013 / London ON / Music of Annie Lennox
http://habitat4home.ca/events-3/jean-n-classics













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RIQUE FRANKS











RIQUE'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:  
"Jonah and Stella on their way out the door on their first day of school."



RIQUE'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
Oct 5, 2013 / London ON / Music of Annie Lennox
http://habitat4home.ca/events-3/jean-n-classics















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KATALIN'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:  
"The kids' homework!"


KATALIN'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
Sep 14, 2013 / El Dorado, AR / Music of Michael Jackson w/the South Arkansas Symphony

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LIS SODERBERG






LIS'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:  
"Back to school & fall weather ... which means it's time to reinstate weekly soup night!"



LIS'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
Sep 14, 2013 / El Dorado, AR / Music of Michael Jackson with the South Arkansas Symphony









 
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ANDREA KOZIOL



ANDREA'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:  
"Bella's Back to School with Bear, requires matching back to school outfits! All her idea and fully executed with hot glue..."



ANDREA'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
"Sept 21, 2013 in Marshall TX! [Best of Gavin Hope and Mike Shotton with special features by Andrea Koziol & Kathryn Rose]. Yee haw!!!!!"




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KATHRYN ROSE

 





KATHRYN'S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOT FOR 2013:  
"Miranda starting Grade 2 French Immersion, and Ivor starting JK!"



KATHRYN'S FIRST GIG BACK THIS SEASON: 
Sep 14, 2013 / El Dorado, AR / Music of Michael Jackson with the South Arkansas Symphony 










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Happy Fall! See you out on the road...

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All the best,
KR.


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