Come say goodbye!
March 24, Congressional Cemetery: 7pm-8pm OR 8:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are here.
March 29, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage: 6pm-7pm
May 5, Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, Va.: still figuring out exact start time
There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.
— Frank Herbert (author of the DUNE series)
Dear friends and fans:
Dead Men’s Hollow began in 2001, just some pals from Northern Virginia playing around with stringed instruments and country songs, lubricated by beer, awash in free time.
In the years that followed the band would go places none of us ever imagined in those early days. We’d go on to play (in 2005, at a tribute to The Band) for an audience of thousands — and, one deeply humbling night in Alexandria, for an audience of one. Poor guy; we all sang to and stared at him for the duration. But, he did buy two CDs, so all was not lost.
There would also be gigs in bars in Glover Park, on a sidewalk in Dupont Circle, at Hains Point steps from the Anacostia River for the Marine Corps Marathon. We played a church in Ohio, a 1960s-era bandshell in Maryland, a folk festival in Delaware, an army base in Kansas, and dozens of living rooms and movie theaters and dives and backyards in the Old Dominion.
Along the way, with former members Bob and Belinda, we played our ‘acoustic Americana’ in coffee shops, cemeteries, house concerts in Hyattsville and on the shores of Lake Anna, Jammin Java, the National Portrait Gallery, the Mansion at Strathmore, Gypsy Sally’s, the Kennedy Center, the Birchmere. Thanks to the Web, deejays in Japan, Sweden, Bulgaria, Ireland and across the US played our stuff. We were commissioned to write songs for one play (HOOTENANNY) and by Pinky Swear Productions to serve as the pit band for OVER HER DEAD BODY. We worked with Guillotine Theatre to create and present CIVIL WAR SONGS & LETTERS, to some acclaim. And we recorded five CDs, earning rave reviews from The Washington Post, No Depression and other publications.
In our songs and in our own lives, there was heartbreak and there was happiness. Our kids grew up at gigs and practices; our spouses have been endlessly supportive. And always there was the music: originals, traditionals, a few good covers — all of it woven together in one beautiful, flawed, unique tapestry with threads of bluegrass, folk, old-time, country and pop. “The Carter Family meets the Andrews Sisters,” as one reviewer put it long ago: we kinda dug that.
After 17 years together, Dead Men’s Hollow will disband this summer, as life takes us in new directions.
(We are planning multiple farewell shows: at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Congressional Cemetery and Epicure Cafe. Lots more to come on these final performances.)
For now, **thank you** for making the journey to Dead Men’s Hollow with us all these years.
Thank you for showing up at our gigs, some of you from day one. For telling us what our music meant to you. For buying our CDs and downloading our tracks. For listening to all we had to say.
With endless gratitude and with great love,
We’re bonding with family, sending kids back to college or grade school, savoring the waning days of summer. We’ll see you 10/1/17 at Hill Center for its annual Family Day (if not before; got a couple potential gigs cooking that might pan out…)
We’re coming back to support the wonderful Americana artist Christian Lopez. Check out his record, DOWN BY THE DROWNING CREEK. Doors at 7:00pm. Tickets are here.
We’ll be performing at this event marking 150 years since the Old Naval Hospital opened. At this show we will be debuting a song commissioned for the occasion about a young sailor who was treated at the hospital. More information to come – including the specific time of our performance – as the date draws nearer.
A return engagement at the Civil War landmark with the pink facade, where South Lee meets Prince Streets. Tickets are on sale now here.
Hey gang: We’ll be on the Cuddle-Up Stage at 2:15pm on June 4. Hope to see you there! (P.S. Here is the full two-day schedule of performers for this premiere Washington event.)
Back to one of the most beautiful, most spooky spots on the Hill: Congressional Cemetery! The show’s at 8pm, but come early to purchase a glass of wine (in front of the chapel where we’ll be performing) and do a little gravespotting as you sip. Tickets can be bought here; walk-up tickets are possible, but not guaranteed. Had to turn folks away last fall when we debuted here.
Hooray! Man, this festy only gets better each year due to the very hard work of the many volunteers of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington who make it go. Watch this space for more details; we’ll be able to share a specific date and time soon.