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Bandwidth Media Feature! - May 2, 2016

A neat little digital media feature was released today on Bandwidth Magazine!!

 

Here's the LINK

http://www.bndwdth.media/kit-holmes

Blog Talk Radio Interview! - April 11, 2016

40-On The Record: Step Out of Complacency and Dream Big

BlogTalkRadio Interview - Monday, April 11, 2016.

Host Astrum Lux Lucis interviews Kit on all things musical and metaphysical in this 45 minute segment. Includes the title track to Kit's 2011 release Return to Love plus Blue Guitar and Hold You in the Light.

Hear the full interview HERE or cut & paste the link below in your browser.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ontherecord/2016/04/11/40-on-the-record-step-out-of-complacency-and-dream-big

Streaming and download available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Pretty neato. See you on the radio!

Look Closer CD Kickstarter Launch! - April 5, 2016

It's finally ON!!

The Kickstarter campaign to fund Kit's Look Closer CD project! You can be a part of making sure this music gets out into the world.

22 Days.

$25K budget.

The link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kitholmeslookcloser/look-closer-0

Jump in. The water's fine!!

 

VOTE for Kit Holmes for KUTX Radio's Song of the Day - May 13, 2013

Now's the time...(thanking you in advance!)

This past week I was chosen as one of four performing songwriters to record at the KUTX (Austin, TX) studios. My songs (as well as those of the other artists) are up now on the KUTX website and you can VOTE. I hope you'll vote for your's truly....

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

 

Please click HERE or go here: http://kutx.org/musicarchive/stage-to-studio-may-2013

to vote.

 

You ROCK!!

 

love,

Kit

Kit Holmes Musical Happiness May 2013 - April 30, 2013

May Day! May Day!!

...as in May 1st is upon us. Nothing to panic about - unless, of course, you miss one of these fine gatherings of people at neato places doing cool things like listening to great music. 

Spring is such a wonderfully laidback time (unless you're dodging hail and/or snow storms), full of the joys of new life. I'm grateful to recognize just how precious and wonderful it all is, and that you're a part of it! 

Please consider joining in the fun!

Best to you all*


Wednesday May 1, 2013 - Patsy's Cafe' - Austin, TX

7-9 pm - NO Cover!!

Songwriter Showcase with Kit Holmes, Suite Journey and Rusty Nelson!

Sunday May 5, 2013 - Unity Church of Wimberley TX

11 am - Sunday Celebration

Music Director Kit Holmes and the band bring it on! Hey...it's Potluck Sunday, too...jus' sayin'...

Wednesday May 8, 2013 - Cactus Cafe' - Austin, TX

7-10 pm - NO Cover!!

This is a very special Open Mic night! Kit has a guaranteed performance slot! Five talented finalists will get a shot at being the featured "Song of the Day" " on KUTX radio after recording their winning tunes in Studio 1A! Get there early for a seat!!! Space is very limited!

Saturday May 11, 2013 - Star Co. Coffee - Round Rock TX

7-9 pm - NO Cover!!

The maiden voyage of this new Songwriter Showcase with Kit Holmes, Jan Seides and more! 

Sunday May 12, 2013 - Unity of Wimberley

11 am - Sunday Celebration

...Kit, the band, Rev. Ellen Debenport. Can't go wrong today!

Sunday May 19, 2013 - Service & Concert - Oklahoma City OK

10:30 am - Music & Message: "How Much Joy Can You Stand?"

Kit shares insights on living a joyful life. Then, after Potluck (there's a theme going on here...)

12:30 pm - IN CONCERT (Love offering basis)

This ain't church music, just good 'ol excellent songwriting in an entertaining, 90-minute show!!


And, as always....always more to come!


Did you know, Kit has a new CD and Songbook out for people who love to listen to and sing inspiring, fun and affirming songs!

"Something Wonderful" - is now available at www.kitholmesmusic.com.

CD, printed songbook or downloadable MP3 album and .pdf format sheet music all available NOW! Click here for a sample!


 * If you've read this far, you deserve my thanks and a treat: Taddy and Marti reminding you here to take time every day for a good laugh:

 

Love all y'all!!! Be kind to each other, k?

Kit's Makin' Music - April/May 2013 - April 5, 2013

April (and a little bit of May, too) 2013 Stuff

Hi Folks!

First off, welcome to all the first-timers receiving this newsletter! Just so you know, you won't get innundated with tons o' email - usually about once a month or so unless something huge and cool comes up!

Now...these upcoming shows aren't anywhere near small or uncool - no, no, no! There's something new and different for everyone!

So, let's get to it:

Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13

7 pm - Dougherty Arts Center - Austin, TX

Austin City Ballet - with Original Music by Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd, Kit Holmes, Steve Brooks & Ric Furley provide the accompaniment to the original dance works program  "Celebrate Texas". Tickets $15-$20 - available at the door, by phone (512) 537-7045 or at www.austincityballet.org

Facebook link to Celebrate Texas HERE

Sunday April 14 - with Special Guest Michael Gott

11 am - Unity Church of Wimberley

Sunday Celebration

Kit and the band join our special guest speaker and musician Rev. Michael Gott for what promises to be another spectacular Sunday on "the Hill"!

Sunday April 21 & 28 - 11 am - Unity Church of Wimberley

Sunday Celebration

 Kit and the band bring it....yeah...


May stuff:

Wednesday May 8 - Cactus Cafe Open Mic Special Edition -Doors at 6:30 pm. Kit has a guarateed performance slot tonight. Five contests will be selected for a chance to record in KUTX's Studio 1-A and have their song played on KUTX's "Song of the Day." Seats will go fast so get there early!

Sunday May 19 - Music, Message and Concert - Oklahoma City. If you're in the area, come on by!!


 Thanks, as always, for your love and support!


Hey Early Risers...Radio Show 3.10.13 - 9 am CST - March 8, 2013

Listen LIve, y'all!

 

Wednesday 3/10/13 from 9- 10 am, CST. KDRP- FM103.1 radio or www.kdrp.net.

 

 

Kit will be joining Jessica Shepherd and Ric Furley to talk (and play some tunes) about this weekend's super cool production "Celebrate Texas". Austin City Ballet is the company - made up of some extraordinarily talented young adults - who'll be dancing to some of Jessica's original songs! How cool is that?

 

So...if you're up and about and need something new to listen to on morning radio, please join us!

 

Then, get your tickets for "Celebrate Texas". Performances are at the Dougherty Arts Center - 1110 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX - this Friday and Saturday, April 12 & 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $15-20. Visit www.austincityballet.org or call (512) 537-7045.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/427003337384802/

 

Thanks, y'all!!

Coming Out of Hibernation - February 13, 2013

Whoa! The task of spring cleaning the website revealed that I kinda pulled a temporary disappearing act in the news reporting department. I came to realize that for now, the blog thing just doesn't seem to be my thing. I just couldn't get my head wrapped around the idea that you, dear friends, would really want to know everything I was up to 24/7. You may thank me later for sparing you the exciting details of things like buying new tires for the station-wagon-on-steroids and cleaning up dog poop in the back yard.

If you're new to this list, please disregard the above lame disclaimer. Bottom line: the past few months were not full of live shows or globe-trotting adventures....just me chained (by choice) to my writing chair (I've got "desk butt" to prove it) stretching my songwriting chops. I tried out a few death-defying lyrical feats in this batch of new songs and obviously lived to tell about them.

So...YOU, dear friends get first crack at hearing some of these new tunes (and of course, your old favs) this Saturday evening, Feb. 16, 2013. (See details below). You're also invited to stay tuned and stay in touch 'cause there are some cool new projects and events coming up for 2013.

Thanks, as always for your love and support.

Kit

 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 - Intrepid 14 Day-ers Song Swap

7 - 10 pm

Thrice Cafe - 909 W. Mary St. Austin, TX

Jan Seides hosts a few of us nutty songwriters who engage in quarterly songwriting marathons. Come share the madness. No Cover. Great food, locally-brewed beers and lovely wine list.

(See calendar for future dates) http://www.kitholmesmusic.com

The "News" is moving to the Blog - March 1, 2012

We may still post a few things here but most of the "news" will get updated more frequently in the blog section. Let's see how well I keep up with it!

Close, but not quite... - February 1, 2012

I voted for myself, of course, but in the final balloting the Return to Love CD didn't make the cut of final nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. And that's okay. I'm standing pretty tall knowing I made it into the race with some pretty heavy hitters this year!

A Grammy Wink - November 18, 2011

Well, it's official...Return To Love made it to the Official Entry List of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards for "Best Pop Vocal Album". I'm totally thrilled!!

All About Jazz - Review! - October 18, 2011

This is the latest awesome review for the Return to Love CD from "All About Jazz" - an online music mag!!! Just sharin' the love, y'all!!!

 

"The piano-based melodies of singer/songwriter Kit Holmes may suggest Norah Jones, but the confessional, introspective romantic laments on her new record Return to Love are wrapped in an unmistakable '70s pop sensibility that actually echoes more Carole King's Tapestry. Nearly every track on Return to Love could have been played on AM radio back in the day, and as a lyricist Holmes would've held her own against the likes of Adult Contemporary staples such as James Taylor and Carly Simon.

As the album title suggests, Return to Love is mainly concerned with romantic relationships, especially with the difficulties of healing and moving forward after one has had its fire snuffed out. Surviving a breakup is like crawling from a wreckage and then trying to drive again; there are equal amounts of trepidation and excitement, anger and newly found joy, and Holmes covers all of the bases with honesty and warmth. Holmes actually opens the record on a positive note with the title cut. “But when my heart is open/ And my mind is clear/I know I can," Holmes sings with cautious optimism. The song's mellow groove comforts the heavy weight in the words. Holmes is clearly not saying that the time of acceptance has arrived; she is singing of some imaginary future date when all's well.

Conflicting emotions make their presence known as well; indeed, love is never simple. Holmes' sultry delivery on “Bad Seed" may suggest desire but the lyrics have the sting of a spurned lover's slap to the face. In “Bad Seed," Holmes focuses on the vulnerability many people, male or female, have towards the aggressive pull of the dangerous kind, which often leads to disappointment and bitterness. However, she speaks from the perspective of someone who is no longer going to put up with anybody's garbage. Holmes's show of strength is best exemplified by “Blue Guitar," in which her voice soars with self-confidence.

Holmes started writing tunes at the age of 9 but she didn't release her award-winning debut album, All I Know, until 2004. Return to Love finds Holmes reaching a level of musical craftsmanship and depth of feeling that is quite impressive and impossible to ignore."

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No Place Like Holmes - October 2011 Edition - October 10, 2011

Howdy all,

 I've gotten pretty caught up in Major League Baseball Playoffs - exciting, (when "my" team wins), stressful (when they lose) and sometimes exasperating (when there's a really good pitching duel and a gazillion extra innings 'til someone blinks). In the end, it's no biggie 'cause I know I'll get  back to "normal" life when the World Series is over. Kit Holmes Music management will also be grateful for this... ;-)

 In the meantime - I'm also caught up in some really fun gigs coming up - the first is this Saturday:

 Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Jess & the Best - Kit's on the piano! - 7 - 9 pm
Jess & The Best w/Kit Holmes - Austin, TX

1500 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
USA
(512) 476-1090

 If you caught Kit sitting in with Jessica Shepard's totally rockin' band at the recent HAAM Benefit Day event you know this is gonna be a smokin' hot show! The band (featuring bassist David Valley and fiddle-man Christopher Hanson) had soooooo much fun they all decided to do it again! There's no cover but you might want to get there early to get a table! Yummy Italian vittles, honky-tonkin' hot, original Country kickin' songs (and a few classic covers...). This is a total blast, y'all!


 NOW, if that sounds like fun, check this out:

 Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Mashed Potato Cookoff & Fall Festival - 10 am - 2:30 pm
3rd Annual Mashed Potato Cookoff - Wimberley, TX

455 White Wings Rd
Wimberley, TX

Price: $5 admission (cookoff entry fee: $15)

What better way to get your comfort food fix (in a big, big way!) on a cool, fall day? The 3rd annual Mashed Potato Cook-off and Fall Festival is a fundraiser for the Unity Church of Wimberley. Kit plays a full set at 11:00 am. Other musical acts include Hamp & Janet, Chris Prewitt and more! Silent auction, kids activities and of course, potato dishes of all kinds! Costumes (hey, it's almost Halloween) are encouraged (especially anything potato-themed!). Want to enter your favorite recipe? Find all the details at www.unityofwimberley.com. Top Prize for the winning potato entry is $100 bucks (no small, potatoes, eh?)...


...they're baaaaaack...!

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Kit Holmes w/Dana Clark & Wave Harless - 7:30 pm
Heart of a Woman Concert - San Antonio, TX

7150 W IH-10
San Antonio, TX 78213
210-344-4695

Price: $10 - 15 suggested love offering

"Heart of a Woman" is a collaborative musical labor of love by three multi-talented musician-songwriters from the San Antonio and Austin Texas areas. Kit is joined by songwriter Dana Clark and percussionist Wave Harless for an evening of laughter and tears-in-your-vino women's musical wisdom about life, love and everything in between!

These three ladies join forces again after several raved-about shows at women's retreats and house concerts. Lots of original tunes mixed with familiar, powerful cover songs. Gentlemen...never fear, this is a great show for everyone. 

Note: though the ladies don't get tooo down and dirty, we do suggest that you get a babysitter for the kids under 18...

 

Tickets/details: www.uusat.org


Now, if you're looking for a faith-lift:

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Sunday Celebration - 11 am
Wimberley, TX

455 White Wings Way
Wimberley, TX

Price: $ Love

Rev. Ellen Debenport speaks on "The Unapologetically Divine Parent/Child". Kit brings the music. You know the title intrigues you, right? Join us on "The Hill."


Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Sunday Celebration - 11 am
Wimberley, TX

455 White Wings Rd
Wimberley, TX 78703

 

Oh, it's always a good day on "The Hill." Come join us.


Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Unity Church of Georgetown TX - 11:30 am
Guest Musical Artist - Georgetown, TX

1313 Williams Dr
Georgetown, TX

Price: $ love

This is Kit's first visit - she shares her always inspiring and fun music with guest speaker Chuck Robison for a refreshing, uplifting start to your week. C'mon y'all. You know you wanna be there...


The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming!!! Whheeeeeeeee!!!

Kit is available for your swanky/fun/festive/fill-in-the-blank Holiday or Special Event soiree'!

She loves being a gracious guest.... oh. wait.... what we meant to say was:

Did you know that Kit has a repertoire of more than 2000 songs in her audiographic-memory-jukebox-in-her-brain noggin'? From the standards sung by 'Ol Blue Eyes (that would be Frank Sinatra to you youngsters) to modern day Diva fare (okay, no Lady GaGa...yet...) and all the holiday favorites you can stand (and then some!) Kit can provide that oh, so elegant musical touch.

Jazz, pop, country, blues, rock, and more. And of course, a whole slew of original songs. From a solo piano/vocal performance to a trio or quartet - Kit's got your holiday or special event music covered!

Please contact Cynthia Millonzi at cmillonzi@kitholmesmusic.com or (512) 964-2801 to book Kit NOW for your holiday or special event.


And, let's talk about house concerts...shall we? Call Cynthia. Kit loves house concerts!!!


That's all I gots fer ya right now, all. Except to remind you the holidays are coming (I think that was mentioned somewhere) and CDs make a GREAT gift!! Find all the music and more at www.kitholmesmusic.com

Please be kind to one another and please come out to a gig and say "Hi." Or shoot me an email. Or "like" me on Facebook. Or follow me on Twitter (@pnogrl).

Love you. See you soon!

Kit

Finally! A Local Show... - September 20, 2011

Hi all,

 Just a quick reminder for those in the Austin, Texas area this weekend:

 Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Song Swap w/ Jerialice Arsenault - 7 pm
Thrice Cafe - Austin, TX

909 West Mary
Austin, TX 78704
USA

Kit shares the stage (and is your song hostess du jour) with Jerialice Arsenault. Great locally sourced, always super-fresh foods, coffees, teas, yummy wine list and local brews on tap. Super cool vibe. And of course, amazing songwriting prowess......rrrrwwraaaoooowww....!

Grab a chair early!

 


And please, mark you calendars...it's sneaking up sooner than you think!!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
HAAM Benefit Day - 3 pm
HAAM Benefit Day - Austin, TX

2050 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
USA

Price: donations to HAAM

Today is the annual all-day fundraising event for The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). Kit (along with hundreds of other Austin musicians) is donating her performance in order to help raise awareness and money for the organization.

Kit will be performing at Opa! Coffee and Wine Bar at 2050 S. Lamar from 3 to 4 p.m.

You can find a listing of all the performance locations and artists at www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org.

 


Thanks...and see you there!!!

No Place Like Holmes - September 2011 - September 9, 2011

Howdy all,

 I had the blues these past few weeks. Yep. You heard right. I had the blues. Not in that “feels so good to hurt so bad” kind of way that makes you wanna sing it loud and slow with a blaring sax solo for emphasis. Nope, these were the foggy, can’t-put-my-finger-on-it, can’t-seem-to-find-inspiration-in-anything kind.

 Part of the promotional stuff I’m “supposed” to do is to tell you all the wonderful and exciting things I’m doing with my music and, on occasion, my life.

 Thing is, it’s not always wonderful and exciting. Just like any other job or career (or life). There’s lots of unpredictability about where the next gig (and/or paycheck, if ever…) will come from. There are times I find myself faced with a lot of “tell me again why I’m doing this?” moments. Especially when one day I’m playing to a roomful of people listening intently and the next to a roomful of people only interested in listening if I play cover songs. Sometimes my skin isn’t as thick as I would like to think it is.

 It wasn’t until I began writing this newsletter that I discovered that this general case of melancholy (say this with your best oh-so-droll British accent) had its roots in the upheaval that seems to be taking place, in frighteningly monumental ways across the globe. Call it the “never-ending summer of drought and scorch” blues (here in Texas). Call it the “Try as I might to stay positive in all things I’ve found myself bogged down in how ‘bad’ things are in the world” blues (though I realize that’s not a very catchy song title). Of course, it might just be middle age and/or hormones that were making things seem so bleak.

 

In any case, I’m reminded, sometimes painfully, that Shift happens…(as the east coast found out a few weeks ago) and its happening in very uncomfortable ways everywhere. Yes, there’s lots of metaphor here, folks.

 My gurus (yes, I have two of them…okay, four if you count the cats) say in these times of great upheaval I’m supposed to be gentle with myself. “Be in the moment, trust that it’s all as it’s supposed to be and be grateful for all you have. Show up everywhere as the love you are.”

 They have obviously mastered this practice...

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Guru Marti                                       Guru Taddy

 

The wildfires just in the area around Austin have destroyed more than 1300 homes and overturned thousands of lives, livelihoods and landscapes in just matter of days. There are so many people across the country dealing with sooooo much worse than any “blues” I might have been feeling.

 Life can change in a heartbeat. I am grateful to be reminded. I’m grateful that I have the “luxury” of time right now to create an emergency evacuation plan (should the need ever arise) and to take stock of what’s really important in my life: My partner and our “children”, all our friends and loved ones, and the things that can never be taken away or lost, like sharing joy, being a shoulder to cry on, loving and forgiving unconditionally.

 I would be most grateful if you would take the time to send any support you can to your local American Red Cross. Mother Nature has walloped everyone this year and they can use all the help they can get.

 Please be kind to each other.

 

No Place Like Holmes - August 2011 Edition - August 1, 2011

Okay, these aren't the "Dog Days" of Summer...these are "even the buzzards aren't circling anymore 'cause it's too freekin' hot" kind of days. Record heat. Record drought. Enough already.

 There is, however good news from command-central here at KHM: a fab review of the new CD, Return to Love. Check out this link to the review in Jazz Corner Magazine.

 You can also read the review in it's entirety at the end of this email (if you can't open the link above). Way cool!!! In case you haven't gotten your copy of Return to Love, just click HERE to get it!

 I want to give a shout out to the folks of Arlington, San Antonio and Wimberley Texas for being such great supporters of the music in the past couple of weeks. You all totally rock!

 Now, if you'd like to be a really cool supporter (and yes, it's possible within the air-conditioned confines of ALL the gigs coming up) please consider this your invitation to come join the musical fun:

 Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Jazz Happy Hour w/ the guys! - 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Momo's - Jazz Happy Hour

618 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
US
512.479.8848

Price: $5

You been workin' like a dog during the dog days of summer? Kit and the band bring the coolest of coolio jazz and blues vibes for your chillin' out pleasure. Rest yo-selfs, children...Eric Calistri on guitar, Ross Jackson on bass and Gianni DeBiagi on drums. Standards and Kit Holmes' originals are on the menu...

 Sunday, August 7th, 2011
Sunday Celebration - 11 am
Unity Church of Wimberley

455 White Wings DR
Wimberley, TX 78703

 

"When All Hell Breaks Loose" - is the topic of the day. Do you really, really want to miss this? Rev. Ellen Debenport gives you the lowdown, Kit lightens it up.

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
Sunday Celebration - Chris Pfeiffer - 11 am
Unity Church of Wimberley

455 White Wings DR
Wimberley, TX 78703

 After a long (too long) stretch of not communing with each other and/or each other's music, Kit and guest soloist Chris Pfeiffer (www.chrispfeiffer.org) will cover "the hill" with all kinds of groovy musical love. Guest bassist Kevin Lewis (www.lewisandclarkmusic.com) joins.

Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Sunday Celebration - 10:30 am
Guest Musician - Downtown Austin

404 Atlanta ST
Austin, TX 78703

Price: $ Love

Always a favorite here at the Circle of Friends, Kit brings all the joy and harmony she can muster to help you get your love on...!

 

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
In Concert - 7 pm
Concert w/Robin Hackett - Spring, TX

5326 Spring Stuebner Rd
Spring, TX 77389

Price: TBA

Kit in concert with Grammy-nominated songwriter and hip guitar slinger Robin Hackett. This promises to be a fantastic show! More info coming soon!


There are shows being added all the time so please check the website for last minute additions! www.kitholmesmusic.com


 Here, as promised, the review from JAZZ CORNER:

 

New album from singer/songwriter Kit Holmes unveils honest reflection of adult relationships

July 18, 2011 (Austin, TX) Written by Robert Sutton. The roads that Return to Love can be ridden with potholes and busted signposts. Singer/songwriter Kit Holmes is painfully aware of this. "You're really good/At saying how you love me," Holmes declares on "Blue Guitar."

In the highway of heartbreak, love is too often stated but not proven. Action does speak louder than words, and Holmes' latest album, Return to Love, is pop music filtered through a mature perspective. A lifetime's worth of broken promises creates scars that no amount of "baby" talk can heal. The complexities of adult relationships are placed under a microscope and Holmes unveils their bumps and bruises with straightforward honesty. Prepare to be moved.

Holmes fits within the style of classic, confessional female solo acts such as Carole King and Carly Simon. Like those artists, she is effortlessly able to wrap hummable melodies around particularly stinging lyrics. "Split Decision," for example, features some engaging, jazzy piano but the song is actually whether or not taking back a lying old lover or finally leaving him behind like a dog burying a bone. "Beggin', cryin' on the phone/Should I throw my life away ‘cause you just can't handle being alone?" Holmes sings, outlining the indecision weighing on her wounded heart.

Holmes produced the album herself, and it has a definite early ‘70s feel to it. Most of the finest records during that era had crisp, crystalline sound; each instrument made its presence known. On the title cut, Roger Friend's drums have the kind of punch that isn't often heard in these days of overly processed recordings.

Although a lyric sheet is thoughtfully provided, one can hear Holmes' every word. She sings them with the soaring confidence of a survivor, a woman who's been there and done that. "So send him packing down the road/With the dogs at his heels," Holmes advises on "Bad Seed." Nobody said returning to love would ever be easy.

More Information: http://www.kitholmesmusic.com

 


Love you all, and look forward to seeing you soon! Stay cool. Be hip.

No Place Like Holmes - July 2011 Edition - July 5, 2011

Happy Day-after-Independence Day!

 

Most of the fireworks (in any and all forms) were cancelled in and around Austin this year because of the extreme drought conditions. Bummer. But in Kyle, TX, a tiny town about 20 minutes south of Austin, they went ahead with the show. So, of course all the folks who's cities & towns cancelled fireworks displays (I estimate about 30 gazillion people) swarmed in on every 2 lane road they could find. Yes, the Kit Holmes Music crew was a part of the tidal wave of cars and trucks that made Austin's infamous stretch of I-35 during rush hour look like a stroll in the park.

 

Well, the fireworks were pretty and pretty good. And nothing caught on fire. So, in the end it was all good.

 

Couple 'o things coming up this month, gig-wise, that ya might find interesting...so, I hope you're intrigued enough to come on out and take a listen:

 (Calendar Dates for this time period can be viewed at www.kitholmesmusic.com)



As always, there's always more to come! Please visit the website (www.kitholmesmusic.com) for complete calendar listings, streaming audio samples, photos and more. Guess what?! You can also purchase the new CD Return to Love, or any of Kit's other fine CDs and songbooks! All tracks are available for purchase/download, too! "Like" Kit on Facebook (she'll love you for it!). Or follow her on Twitter @pnogrl:


Be well. Be Kind. Stay cool. Share your popsicle with your dog. Peace, love and homebrew.

 Love,

Kit

No Place Like Holmes - June 2011 Edition - June 9, 2011

Howdy all,

 

First of all, a shout out to all of you awesome and amazing fans across the country who take the time to visit the website and write nice things in the guestbook. (Sorry, but I will delete the ads for pharmaceuticals from Russia...).  

The new CD Return to Love is doing really well in sales, thanks, again, to YOU awesome and amazing fans. Have I mentioned how awesome and amazing you are?  'nuff said...

 There's one show in particular this month I invite you (okay, I'm really encouraging you) to attend: The Bugle Boy show on Friday, June 24th at 8 pm. 

 Bassist/vocalist Ron McCain and percussionist Ric Furley fill out the sound and it's gonna be a blast!

 Hey, why not make an overnight/weekend out of it? Did you know there's a Best Western hotel just 3 minutes from The Bugle Boy that offers discounts if you mention you're attending a show? Did you know there's an amazing little place called Bistro 108 in downtown La Grange that serves up gourmet fare with an extensive wine list? Did you know there's all kinds of other cool places to explore in the area? Let me be your tour guide!

 I encourage you to get your tickets early, put together a carpool, reserve yourself a room and make dinner reservations for before the show. You won't be disappointed!

(Calendar Dates for this time period available at www.kitholmesmusic.com)


Hey, you've read this whole email! Thanks!

 Please visit Kit: www.kitholmesmusic.com for CDs, MP3 Downloads, lyrics and more! 

Thanks and be well, be kind, and take care of each other!


In Memoriam:

Roy J. Lowery

May 14, 1936 - May 28, 2011. Love and light to the family.

No Place Like Holmes - May 2011 Edition - May 5, 2011

What Day Is It? Where Am I? Song Challenges and Road Trips...

 As I sit down to write this I'm shocked to acknowledge it's the 5th of May. Time flies, indeed. The last two weeks of April were focused on the most recent "14 Day Song Challenge" that some songwriting pals and I try to tackle a couple of times a year.

 Object of the game is to write one new song every day for 14 days in a row. Oh, and not only do we have to write, we have to record and post the song in an online forum for everyone else in the group to hear. The only thing that lets us off any kind of self-imposed hook is that the songs don't have to be "good". All in all it's an exercise in getting past our internal critics and allowing the creative juices to flow freely. And actually, I've watched a marked improvement in everyone's writing (mine included) every time we do this.

 So, what's in it for you, you may ask? Bottom line: giving yourself permission to create. To create without judgment about it being perfect or fear that someone else will judge you/it as being less-than perfect. Just create. That's what we're here for - with one caveat: to create from a LOVING place. Life is so much more peaceful, expansive and joyful when we act from love rather than fear, don't you think?

 Jus' sayin'.....


Playin' for Pinetop 

 So... a cool (literally: the temperture dropped from 93 degrees to 58 degrees in a matter of a couple hours) event took place this past Sunday (May 1) here in Austin and a cool little blurb came out of it. Check it out!

 http://austin.ynn.com/content/top_stories/278130/street-pianists-pay-tribute-to-pinetop-perkins


Ladies of Central Texas, it's time again...

 Friday, May 6th, 2011
Women's Retreat - Concert w/Dana Clark - 9 pm
Women's Retreat - Kerrville, TX

277 U Bar U Drive
Mountain Homes, TX
USA

Price: See website for registration details

Kit joins fellow "Heart of a Woman" musicians Dana Clark and Wave Harless for the 2nd annual Women's retreat at this rustic, beautiful gathering place 17 miles west of Kerrville, Texas. The ladies will kick off the weekend retreat with a concert of original and cover tunes all geared toward The Heart of a Woman. Humor, depth and honesty make up these ladies' tunes. Visit the Retreat Website for all the registration details! As of this writing there are still a few spaces left for the weekend! Join us!

 Happy Mother's Day y'all.


ROADTRIP!!!!!

 Kit will be embarking on a 10 day roadtrip to Ashville, NC to revive, rejuvenate, relax and oh, yeah...do firewalking!

  If you're on Facebook (please go HERE to "like" Kit) Kit will be posting occasional updates on her whereabouts...(she thought about Twittering but figuring out how to do all that just feels too stressful...thereby defeating the purpose of the trip).


NEW CD:

 You're always gonna hear it here first, folks...And you probably already have but here goes again.

Return to Love, the latest CD from Kit is available in both CD and download form and is available in all kinds of places. Need a last minute Mother's Day gift? Download it from CD Baby, Itunes and Amazon. You can go HERE to buy the physical CD! Easy, no? Y'all rock.


Monday, May 23rd, 2011
An All - Day Celebration
Kit's Birthday

It's Kit's birthday. Send her a greeting on Facebook.com/kit-holmes or send all your cash to the business office: PO Box 50306, Austin, TX 78763. She'll thank you for it and she'll love ya even if you don't!


Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting. Please treat each other kindly and give yer pets some extra pats...

love, Kit

Just Added: Cool Piano Event Sunday May 1!!! - April 29, 2011

Howdy do, all...

 Just a quick note to let you know about a really cool event happening this Sunday, May 1. It's free and totally wide open to anyone and everyone!

Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Playing for Pinetop - 7 pm
Playing for Pinetop - Downtown Austin

Pfluger Bridge Garden
Austin, TX 78703

Price: Free

Kit will be one of about two dozen Austin piano players gathering ‘round the 14 “Play Me I’m Yours” pianos in town to raise a joyful sound in honor of beloved Grammy-winning blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. Pinetop died in Austin on March 21 at the age of 97.

 Organizers invited piano players from across the musical spectrum to play for Pinetop and say goodbye to the pianos, which have been present in public places around downtown through April as part of an event presented by Art Alliance Austin.

 Kit will be playing the piano located at the Pfluger Bridge Garden along with Matt Farrell. They’ll be the ‘hosts’ for anyone who wants to tickle the outdoor ivories one more time.   Any and all skill levels (as well as ages) are welcome to come play and co-create this unscripted event. Fans and appreciators also welcome!

 The map of piano locations and more information can be found at www.playmeaustin.com. (NOTE: only a couple of the locations have parking within a block of the event, so wear your walking shoes!!!)

 Volunteers will also be on hand to collect donations for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation.  The mission of this tax-exempt, non-profit organization is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.

 This is going to be sooooooooo cool! Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

No Place Like Holmes - April 2011 Edition - April 13, 2011

Yes, it's true! The new CD Return to Love is finally HERE!!! Look at this purty cover. There's even purtier music inside!!

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For those of you who pre-purchased the CD and weren't able to attend the CD release party April 2 - we shipped everything out on April 4 so you should have it spinning in your CD player or your ITunes by now! Thank you again, from everyone here at KHM for your love and support. You totally ROCK!

 Now, if you haven't purchased a copy of Return to simply click HERE or buy directly HERE and you can take that item off your to-do list. $15 bucks plus shipping will get it to you pronto. Or, you can spring for the LIMITED EDITION CD for $25 (plus shipping). Each Limited Edition CD contains additional cool artwork designed and autographed by Kit! At this writing only 45 of these little gems remain. Get one with your name on it today!!

 

Hey, another cool thing in The Store at Kit Holmes Music is the complete songbook (finally!) to Kit's awesome (with the award-winning title track) CD, It's a New Day. Complete, meaning vocal lines, guitar chords and full piano accompaniment! All you ivory-ticklers and singing sensations get yer mitts on one today! 

No Place Like Holmes - March/April 2011 Edition - March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day and (almost) Spring! A season of "new-ness" in all forms is sprouting everywhere. Everyone and everything seems to be sprucing-up, cleaning up, opening up. A rather upwardly mobile time, eh?

 Well, the newest of the new news is the new CD, Return to Love which 'drops' (as they say in the music biz) April 2. Take a gander at the calender below for all the details about the release party and more!

 There are so many people to thank for supporting this project and getting it out into the world that another day (and newsletter) is required. Stay tuned...


 A new addition to the Kit Holmes Music team arrived February 26 in the form of a 19 pound terrier mix named "Marti". The Mart-man came to us from the Dallas, Texas area from a wonderful foster home. He's 5 year's old and he and the Tad-ster were immediate best friends. We thank our stars (and our late, magnificent Angel-Pie) for the perfect fit.

So, enough with pictures of the kids, right? Let's get to the musicAnother entry for the resume' came on March 1 as Kit became the Music Director for Unity Church of Wimberley, Texas. This picturesque lodge in the Texas Hill Country ain't too shabby a place to call musical "home"!  Stay tuned for  some amazing shows and events happening here in the near future!

CD RELEASE PARTY Announcement - March 10, 2011

Celebrating the release of the long-awaited new CD from

 Kit Holmes

 Return to Love

CD RELEASE PARTY

Saturday, April 2, 2011

9 pm

Romeo's Italian

1500 Barton Springs Rd 

Austin, Texas

 

 

CDs and other goodies will be available for purchase while Kit and the band jam on the new tunes! Come celebrate with us! All ages welcome. Cash bar, great menu. Come early for dinner, stay for the party!

No Place Like Holmes - December 2010 - December 7, 2010

Welcome to the Season of Light

We’ve just come from a holiday focused on gratitude and are heading toward the wonderful celebrations of Christmas, Hanukah and the Winter Solstice (among so many others) and winding down (or up) for a New Year. While gratitude is a “season” that works well as an every day practice (I think) it tends to get left behind once the leftovers in the fridge start to go south.

I would like to express my gratitude for all of you, the friends and fans who continue to support me and the work I aim to do in the world: make music that helps people feel happy and whole.  Believe or not, even though I write a lot of songs with a positive message, I have to remind myself on occasion that life is indeed wonderful and full of good, even when bad and tragic things happen.

The Kit Holmes Music family lost it’s tiniest but most powerful member just three days before Thanksgiving. In the sudden shock and trauma of Angel Pie-Pie’s passing we are still, naturally, devastated. And yet,
we’re consciously choosing to draw on a greater faith in the all-rightness of the way of world. As much as the loss hurts we’re already finding so many things she had to teach us in leaving her earthly body -  about courage, compassion and remembering to say “I love you,” and, “thank you” and mean it.

Pie_Pie

Angel Pie-Pie (1998? - 11/22/10)

I might be preachin’ to the choir, y’all, but life can change dramatically in an instant.  Things this time of year can get a bit frenzied (and patience can wear thin) so please remember to stop and recognize that we’re all in this together. Slow down. Let someone into the flow of traffic. Be gentle with each other. Take extra, extra care with your pets. Try to see the Light in each other that I see in you.


News on the New CD Plus Holiday Special on All Kit Holmes' CDs

Yes, we're so close! The new CD album Return to Love is very close to being finished! The release date is February, 2011, but you can pre-purchase a copy NOW. It makes a great gift! No, you won't have it in time for the holidays but after the last of the tinsel is finally out of your carpet it'll arrive in your mailbox (or in the mailbox of your gift-ee)! What a wonderful thing that'll be, huh?

 It can't be any easier! Just click on this link to purchase. A click to pay via PayPal and $15 plus $1.50 shipping is all you need! All the instructions (plus other ways you can support the music) are right there on the page!

 And, for a limited time you can purchase ALL of Kit's CDs for one low package price of $30 (plus $3.00 shipping). The package includes All I Know, Bearden Creek Meditation, It's a New Day and the Hold You in the Light/Return to Love 2 song CD (which will no longer be available once the new CD comes out!). What a great gift idea!!!

Click this link: Kit Holmes CD Holiday Package Special - (Please order by Dec. 18 for guaranteed Holiday delivery!) and THANK YOU in advance!

Or, come to one of the shows listed below and buy them in person! You'll save the $3 bucks shipping!

No Place Like Holmes - October 2010 - October 1, 2010

October. All kinds of fun things you can do with that word ...Oktoberfest comes to mind first. Then there's Dogtoberfest (which I will support this year for the Blue Dog Rescue folks), and Octuber-(as in potato)fest...which has a related event I'll be playing at (see below).

This month's news is short, only because I want to get outside and enjoy this spectacular weather...that, and I have a gig in a couple of hours and I need to go load the truck.

So, onward. Love you all. See you soon! (ESPECIALLY on Oct. 16! See below!

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