September in Oregon 

I'm in Oregon playing some shows with two dear pals: Jon Neufeld (guitar, harmonies) & Shane Leonard (percussion, harmonies, banjo, pocket piano and whatever other surprise instruments he brought from Wisconsin). Come join us here:

House Concert & Potluck. 8-10pm. 
103 Pinehurst Court. RSVP:
Facebook Event here. ​​​​

Teaching at the Americana Song Academy (Sold Out). 
Click here for info about next year's camp.

I’m honored to be playing this amazing festival along with heroes and friends including Sarah Jarosz, Justin Townes Earl, Phoebe Hunt, Kaia Kater, Amy Helm, Martha Scanlan and so many more. Info here. 

House Concert at Abbie Weisenbloom’s in SE Portland. 
More Info Here.

Then I head home to Nashville for Americana Fest, where I'll be playing this event:

Lost Buffalo Artists 2nd Annual Showcase & Bloody Mary Bar
1107 Petway Avenue in East Nashville.1-5pm. w/ Brother Roy, Haas Kowert Tice, The Brother Brothers, Molly Tuttle, Kristin Andreassen, Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, Locust Honey. Full schedule & more here.

At the end of September, I'm bringing back my Fourth Sunday Online Show via Concert Window. So tune in for that one from wherever you are!



I've got plenty of other news for you, but I think it'll wait till October. For now, check out this passion flower growing wild on the banks of the Cumberland River.



The water level in this spot is apparently 27 feet higher now thanks to Hurricane Harvey. We got the tiniest bit of water in the basement, but nothing compared to what y'all are dealing with down in Texas.  Sending thoughts and love.

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May Tour & Other News 

I'm packing the car for my first real tour this year! This is a pretty badass trio, if I can say so myself. Jefferson Hamer (guitar, vox) and Shane Leonard (percussion, banjo, organ, vox) will be joining for this week in NYC, New Haven, New Hampshire and Maine. 

MAY & JUNE 2017 

5.20 - *Jenkins' House Concert  - NYC (Upper West Side) 
5.21 - The Knitting Factory (w/ Front Country) - Brooklyn, NY 
5.23 - Cafe Nine (w/ Good Night Blue Moon) - New Haven, CT 
5.24 - *Three Pork Hill House Concert - Ossipee, NH 
5.25 - *House Concert - Franconia, NH 
5.26 - The River Walk (w/ The Green Sisters) - Nashua, NH 
5.27 - One Longfellow Square (w/ Jefferson Hamer) - Portland, ME 
5.28 - 58 Main - Bangor, ME (Also broadcast online via Concert Window at roughly 8pm Eastern). 

Then this:

6.16 - Miles of Music All-Comers' After Party at Club Passim - Cambridge, MA. Featuring camp instructors and new collaborations and compositions from the week at camp. Including Kristin Andreassen, Laura Cortese, The Murphy Beds, The Brother Brothers, Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton, Lauren Balthrop and more. 

* For an address for any of these house concerts, email me and I'll hit you up. 

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I'm teaching at two music camps in June, including the sold-out Miles of Music in New Hampshire (mark your calendars for the second week of June 2018 if you want to come). Then I fly to Big Sur, California for an new, more youth-oriented (but still all-ages) music camp on a magical beachfront ranch. They got a few open spots left so check out Big Sur Fiddle Camp for June 18-24. 

September 5-10 I'm thrilled to be playing and teaching at the Sisters Folk Fest and the songwriting camp that precedes it. Look for more west coast dates around that time (and write me if you have an idea). 

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At home in Nashville, I'm joining my friend Becky Hill in choreographing and writing music for a new dance-focused theater show slated for a November debut. I'm wiriting for a new album, and I'm renovating a house that includes a 144-step staircase down a cliff to a river! 

I also continue to broadcast on Concert Window every 4th Sunday from wherever I happen to be at 8pm Eastern time. Mark your calendars for the next two shows -- June 25th (from San Francisco) and July 23 (from Nashville). 

Thanks so much for your eternal support. See you around! 

Photo above by Shervin Lainez.

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Uncle Earl Reunion in Nashville  

April 27, 2017: My band Uncle Earl reconvenes for a very special show at the City Winery in Nashville. Come see if we still remember how to play old time music! Featuring Rayna Gellert (fiddle), Abigail Washburn (banjo), KC Groves (bass & mandolin) and yours truly on guitar, fiddle, dancing feet, uke, harmonica... what else do I have to carry in this band? We'll join the great Irish Americana band I Draw Slow on their tour of the US of A. 

Woody Guthrie's 26 NW Songs 

JANUARY 27, 2017: Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs is out on Smithsonian Folkways today. Produced by Jon Neufeld, this is a compilation of gorgeous recordings and I'm honored to have sung and danced on the never-before-recorded song "Portland to Klamath Falls" with Tony Furtado. The album also features Carl Allen, Peter Buck, Darrin Craig, Steve Einhorn, Chris Funk, David Grisman, Tracy Grisman, Ben Hunter, Michael Hurley, Al James, Orville Johnson, Scott McCaughey, John Moen, Cahalen Morrison, Bill Murlin and Fine Company, Jon Neufeld, Kate Power, George Rezendes, Pharis and Jason Romero, Caitlin Belem Romtvedt, David Romtvedt, Joe Seamons, Martha Scanlan, Timberbound, and Annalisa Tornfelt and the Tornfelt Sisters. Listen to the music and download this worthy project right here

New Song Out Today 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016: Here's a new song, for no good reason except that Jefferson Hamer and I made a recording and we think it sounds great so we want to share. You can listen, download and get the backstory right here on my web site... or stream it on Spotify and hit that "follow" button so you'll hear about it when I release the next surprise single (I've got a couple more up my sleeve). "Heaven's Elevator" was co-written by Jeff and me. We play guitars and vocals, with Stephanie Coleman on fiddle and Alec Spiegelman on clarinet. Thanks to Dave Sinko for the mix, David Glasser for the master and Gina Leslie for the gorgeous artwork.

Uncle Earl Reunion 


My  stringband Uncle Earl is about to embark on our first tour in five years! Find ticket links on my Tour Page

^ 8/29 – Nashville, TN – City Winery 
^ 8/31 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle (Low Ticket Alert) 
^ 9/1 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere 
9/2 – Woodstown, NJ – The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival 
9/3 – Charlestown, RI – Rhode Island Rhythm & Roots Festival 
9/4 – Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club 
^ Anna & Elizabeth open.

Plus these Internet appearances:
8/25 – NPR Music Facebook Live w/ Ann Powers – Time TBA.
8/26Bluegrass Situation Facebook Live – 3:30pm EDT.
8/28Kristin's 4th Sunday Concert Window Series – 8pm EDT.   
This tour will feature 
Abigail Washburn, KC Groves, Rayna Gellert & myself. Uncle Earl had various members over the years but this was the crew that toured and recorded together in the years of our two albums for Rounder Records. Catch up on the band here: See you next week!

As heard on TV  

May 18, 2016: Keep an ear out for my song "The Fish & The Sea" in tonight's episode of Nashville. Thanks, y'all! (Now please just tell me where I can buy one of these chairs, preferably with Connie Britton sitting in it).

Solo Tour w/ Noam PIkelny 

February 10, 2016: I'm honored to be on tour this month supporting the great Noam Pikelny. Often seen with his band Punch Brothers, Noam is playing solo this time around. His soulful singing, guitar-playing and joke-telling PLUS the virtuosic banjo playing we would expect of him turn out to add up to one of the most entertaining shows I've witnessed in a long, long time. We started in Annapolis and will end up in Chcago on February 18. Find all the details on my tour page. –K


NPR's Fresh Air features "Butts on Fire"  

January 6, 2016: Yeah, "Butts on Fire". As I began writing this butt-warming ballad – while sitting atop a newly-lit wood stove in a cold farmhouse – I don't remember thinking "Now this is going to get me on NPR's Fresh Air at last." And yet... here's the link

The backstory is that my pals Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel, along with some other friends, were working on a four-decades-in-waiting follow-up to 1976's Have Moicy (an album that critic Robert Christgau called "the greatest folk album of the rock era"). I happened to be in the studio (that's another story) and Peter asked if I had something to contribute to the project. As I considered the other titles on the song list (including "Eat That Roadkill" and "Nonsense"), I figured "Butts on Fire" might be the vibe. 

We then spent a few hours turning my one-verse wonder into an epic tale of an entire family that enjoys a nice wood-burning fire in the winter months. We recorded three takes with a band of about a dozen people, and an impartial listener chose the best version to release on the album, which came out in December as Have Moicy 2: The Hoodoo Bash. This caught the ear of rock critic Ken Tucker who reviewed the album on NPR's Fresh Air, choosing "Butts on Fire" as one of his featured audio clips. 

You can also just skip straight to the song on Youtube here. Enjoy! Beware! – K

As Heard on 'The Affair' ... 

November 12: Kristin's song "The New Ground" will be featured on The Affair this weekend. It's Episode #207 if you want to check it out some other time. (Warning: This show is addictive, we won't lie). There was also this recent feature in No Depression in which Kristin's long-time Uncle Earl bandmate and brilliant fiddler Rayna Gellert conducts a kitchen-table style Q&A about songwriting, recording in Brooklyn vs. Nashville, and stuff like that.