hello, super pals of the universe!
summer is over and school has started. thus, a short update on upcoming events where i would LOVE to see your happy, smiling faces and share a motherlode of tunes with you!
This Friday, AUGUST 18
My own show at Threadgills, Austin, TX (Barton Springs
This Saturday, AUGUST 19
Big Red Sun Family Show, 9:30 am....breakfast muffins, juice, bananas and speaking of bananas...come dance and sing and hear some tall tales!
Monday, AUGUST 21
Taping for Woodsongs Old Time Radio, Lexington, KY
Wed, AUGUST 23
Live on KOOP Radio, 6 pm, Austin, TX with Dillon the Poet hosting
Thurs, AUGUST 24
Starbucks Reading Program...3 pm...I'll be reading books at the William Cannon/Westgate location as part of Matt Lauer's TODAY SHOW national readathon
Friday, AUGUST 25
KUHF 88.7 live on the radio around 2 pm...Houston, TX
followed by my MOTHERLODE CD release party at The Mucky Duck!! Come on out and get happy with a brand new copy of MOTHERLODE that I promise to decorate just for YOU!!!
More to come...Thanks to everyone for all the love and support and calling radio stations....Your calls make the difference!!!
And you know what...more than that...YOU make the difference and I am blessed to know you.
With a grateful heart....
Sara will be attending the Share The Passion Exhibit on September 12. This event benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) -- Sara will be appearing in another calendar! Learn more about this project at http://www.dsact.com/Calendar.html ...
You'll also find Sara in concert at the St. John's United Methodist Church on September 8 at 7pm, 2140 Allendale Road in Austin, Texas. For more information, call 512-452-5737...
What? More?! Yup -- she'll be at the Austin City Limits Festival singing away for kids and families. Stop by the Austin Kiddie Limits stage on September 15 at 6pm! For more info, visit http://www.aclfestival.com/lineup.aspx ...
STILL more! Catch a special free in-store performance at the Virgin Megastore in the Grapevine Mills Mall -- that's north of Dallas, Texas -- on September 7 at 6pm, just before her performance later that evening at Grapefest! Pick up a copy of Motherlode while you're there!
FINALLY... check out this fantastic review from "Listening with Lee Zimmerman"...
"Sara Hickman has amassed an impressive career up to this point, but with Motherlode, she can claim an album that ought to mark her as an artist for the ages.
A two-CD set based loosely around the concept for femininity and all the hopes, virtues and anguish that implies, it’s a lovely set of songs that’s at once both bold and introspective.
Enlisting an impressive roster of friends and collaborators -- Shawn Colvin, Kelly Willis, Ruthie Foster, Adrian Belew, and Jimmy Lafave among them, as well as select covers Hickman relays the material with sly observations and heartfelt circumstance.
Her music recalls some of the great female singers of past decades; echoes of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Suzanne Vega, Janis Ian, Sandy Denny and other icons find a presence in these gentle, swaying ballads and quiet confessionals, but it’s Hickman’s own steadfast melodies that etch the greatest impression here, sounding, even on first hearing, like familiar standards.
Side one is the softer and perhaps more indelible side, with songs such as “A Song For You,” “To A Maddening Ghost” and “Living In Quiet Desperation” manifest as contemplative narratives boasting memorable melodies easily the equal of any crafted by those aforementioned influences.
An unexpectedly jaunty version of the Rolling Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper” keeps to the theme, but muddles the context, just as a sassy take on Amy Rigby’s taunting “Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again” enlivens the generally more upbeat disc two, while still managing to stay within the parameters of the pathos imbued in the album as a whole.
A brilliant, affecting and wholly satisfying initiative, Motherlode is one of the yet-to-be discovered treasures of the year and just possibly, the decade to date."