Odds & Ends

Hello fellow wanderers!

I wanted to let you know about a couple upcoming dates!

This week:
September 20: Layla’s Grand Opening in Chelan, WA @ 7 PM
September 22: Wenatchee River Salmon Festival in Leavenworth, WA @ 3 PM

(For more details: bjeanmusic.com/tour)

And then in October it's on to North Carolina and Tennessee for the Ol' Front Porch Festival, a couple house concerts, and... secrets too secret to tell.


In other news, I had so much fun at the Okanogan County Fair a couple weekends ago. This fair's night lights inspired a song of mine a couple years back, and it was wonderful to get closer than Highway 97. 

As always, the people I met were lovely, and it was great to see some familiar faces!

Oh, and... I also faced a fear of mine at the fair...

I've always been a bit anxious about the prospect of singing the National Anthem.

I've always had this fear that if I was asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner, it would end up being the kind of wreck that could haunt me forever.
If you mess up the National Anthem... everyone knows. And they will remember. Probably forever. Or at least, if they ever see you again... they will remember you then. For that.

This is what I was thinking when Tracey asked me if I'd be willing to sing the National Anthem before the rodeo on Saturday night. However, I said "yes", nervous as I was.
Because it is an honor to sing the National Anthem.

So Saturday came around, and between singing at the Wenatchee Farmers' Market and singing at the fair, I ran through the anthem over and over in my head, hoping the memory games I often experience with "City of New Orleans" wouldn't play into this important, one-minute-twenty-second song. Oh, and the Canadian anthem as well. That's right. One fear multiplied by two. I was singing not one but two national anthems. Thus increasing the odds of my nightmares coming true. 

However, confidence is key, my friends.

So, I told myself I had this, and we went to the fair.

Well, upon arriving, one of the first questions I was asked was if I'd be willing to sing the National Anthem on the back of a 2,400 lb steer.

...

I was assured that the steer was gentle and sweet and that people did this and sang from their backs all the time--as well as standing on them like platforms. 

I have never thought of myself as a "city girl", but... I guess that's what I am. 
Because I said no. 

Since then, I believe I missed an opportunity to be about as American as a person can possibly be...

Ah well.

Anywho, the time came to sing the anthems, and goodness gracious, it didn't help that the announcer (who was fantastic, by the way) introduced me by telling the crowd to get ready to hear the greatest version of the National Anthem they'd ever heard... No pressure.

After I sang and as Tracey gave me a ride around to the front of the arena, I asked her if I sang all the right words, and I was relieved when she said that I had.
That was truly all I was worried about. 

I enjoyed talking to her, her husband, and her daughter--what fantastic people, and they made me feel very welcome at my first rodeo. (Yep, that was my first rodeo.)

Oh, one more thing...

My mom told me the next day that she filmed me singing the National Anthem, but that when she watched it, she realized she'd been singing along. She told me she was sorry for that (because she thought she'd ruined her recording of the performance), but... I couldn't be happier about it. I'm so glad she sang with me. She had not a thing to be sorry for.

The next time you're asked to stand and join in singing the National Anthem, I encourage you to sing. Sing the anthem out. 

Fear: Conquered ✓

-Brittany

New York City

Yesterday, I promised to tell you about the New York trip... And today seems like a good day!

Warning:
Probably-too-long post ahead with many a picture.

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Looking forward to this for several months, it was surreal to finally see all the city lights as we flew in... The lights were also a reminder of how giant this city is! Growing up near Chicago, I always thought Chicago was a big city, but New York makes it look small!

If I'd been by myself, I would have been overwhelmed by it. Thankfully, I wasn't by myself. My mom and dad were both able to travel with me, and I loved sharing this whole experience with them.

Travel advice from a non-travel-expert:
Travel with someone.

Having people I love with me on such adventures makes me feel like everything's going to be fine. It's easier to brave New York City when someone else is braving it with you. For example, we had a great shuttle driver who picked us up at the airport and took us to our hotel, but my mom and I could not watch as he made his own road out of nothing but a paper clip and a Junior Mint. (Movie reference, anyone?) 

If I was on my own, that drive might have given me a heart attack, but instead, my mom and I couldn't help laughing about it together.

I don't usually have time for sightseeing on trips such as this (it just doesn't work out that way), but this time we had a day or so to walk around Lower Manhattan. It was about a thousand degrees, but it was one of the best days. 

Wanting to go out and see the Statue of Liberty, we decided to take this boat instead of one of the ferries...

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The breeze out on the water was incredibly welcome.
Also, I'd definitely recommend seeing the Statue of Liberty this way. 

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New York, NY.

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Don't judge us... I told you it was a thousand degrees. 
Also... they are the greatest.

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We also visited the 9/11 Memorial. 
Which... words cannot...

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This was all on Sunday. 

On Monday, my brother Evan flew in to join us, and that was amazing! It meant the world to me that he was there.

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If you've been to one of my shows, you might know that I usually introduce "Rise and Fall" by talking about my family and how supportive they are. This is just another perfect example of that.

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And then on Monday night, I opened for Three Dog Night at the City Winery in New York City. The show was sold out! There were 320 people in the audience, and it was so... much... fun... singing to a packed room. 

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They were good sports when I sang "Please Come to Boston", and they were a lovely crowd. I know they were there to see Three Dog Night, but they made me feel only welcome. 

I loved every minute.

If you'd like to get a feel for what it was like, check out these videos! Thank you again, Ronny, for posting these!

As for Three Dog Night's show, the highlight for me was when they set their instruments down and sang "Prayer of the Children". 

If you've made it all the way to the end, thanks for sticking with me. :)

I'll make sure my next post isn't a book.

-Brittany

Going to NYC!

Alright, you guys...

I know I've been pretty quiet recently, but that is because I've been traveling and meeting YOU!

I have had so many fun shows this summer already (Bonners Ferry, Kerrville, Leavenworth... to name just a few...), and there are only more to come!
Thank you to the moon and back for coming to my shows.

So that is why I have been quiet on the Email Updates front--
living the life of a traveling minstrel.

But I now have something to share! Are you ready for a huge announcement?

I'll do my best. Okay, here goes...

On August 6th...

At the City Winery...

In New York City...

I will be opening for THREE DOG NIGHT!

Eeeep!

I am so incredibly excited. 

I've been listening to a lot of Three Dog Night's music the past few days, and this song's my favorite! 

(I'm hoping they'll sing it in August... Is it not gorgeous?)

I made a video announcement basically saying all of the above...
If you'd like to watch that and see my awkward-in-front-of-the-camera-ness...
You can check that out here.


I shall keep you posted.

-Brittany

P.S. For more August 6 concert details... You can find those hereabouts.

We're going to TEXAS!

May 27th at 1:00 PM
New Folk Concert at The Kerrville Folk Festival
3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, TX

We're going to TEXAS!

I am incredibly honored to be one of this year's finalists in the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition! Showcasing the 32 finalists (selected from over 600!), these New Folk Concerts will be one of a kind. 

I've never been to Texas, and I'm so excited!

If you know anyone in the Kerrville area (about an hour northwest of San Antonio) who might be interested in a fun folk festival, great new music from all corners of the US and beyond, and being my friends, please pass this on! :)

-Brittany

P.S. To those of you who have been tuning in to my Facebook Live-s recently, thank you! We're learning as we go along! :)