New Hotels & Highways music to be had...for free.Aug 08, 2012
Summer has a funny way of slyly disappearing before our sun-glassed eyes. Maybe it's old time, flying by while we're having fun in the sun...but any way you slice it, it's August, "Back-to-School" displays are up, and there are even some leaves changing.
Summer is flying by so fast, in fact, that I've barely had time to update you on all the amazing things that have happened. June was filled with a successful and inspiring Hotels & Highways Tour with our pal Mia Dyson. (Mia is just about to release a record called "The Moment," which was produced by Syd and Pat and includes backing vocals from yours truly, and you can order HERE.) As usual, Hotels & Highways was firing on ALL cylinders in June, packing 25 shows into 30 days AND making a new record at the same time, which we decided to release when?...the last day of tour, naturally.
This collection of songs showcases a more grown-up Hotels & Highways. We've evolved as individuals and as a band, and are super-psyched-silly-proud to give you our latest creation. Having recently turned 30, I am hearing from peers that in your twenties you explore in order to determine who you will be, and in your thirties you get to BE that person. This band is in its proverbial 30s, and proud of it.
You can listen to and buy "Greetings from Wilbraham" at our Bandcamp home, though if you are on the H&H mailing list, you should have received your FREE download link already. If you're not on that mailing list, what are you waiting for? Go sign up HERE, get a free song, and then forward me your confirmation email at email@example.com and I'll send you "Greetings from Wilbraham." Pretty good deal.
Hope all is well.
Hotels & Highways Summer Tour with Mia Dyson and Special Guests!May 28, 2012
Hard to believe it's nearly June, though this fabulous Memorial Day Weekend has certainly felt like summertime. It's a perfect time for relaxing, BBQ-ing, canoeing, fishing, golfing...whatever makes you feel good; it's also a perfect time to come see Hotels & Highways with Mia Dyson!! As most of you know Hotels & Highways is the band I'm in with Syd and Patrick (Thomas) Cupples, and we'll be teaming up again with Aussie Rocker Queen, Mia Dyson. We'll be kicking off the tour in the mid-west, but mostly showing up in various Northeast cities almost every night in June. From Boston to Burlington to Brooklyn and beyond!
This tour is special for a number of reasons, not the least of which is it will be our last tour with Miss Mia for a while, as she will be taking her brand new record back to Australia to tour in support of it there. "The Moment" was produced by my bandmates, Pat and Syd, and features yours truly on backing vocals. It's been an amazing experience playing with Mia (having her in our band and being hers), and we're thrilled have this summer tour to rock out a few more times. We're also psyched to have the opportunity to play with some great other artists along the way, namely every Tuesday in Boston at our Lizard Lounge Residency with the likes of Chad Perrone, Cahill, Tall Heights, and Zac Clark.
We also will be writing and recording throughout the tour at our new-found Hotels & Highways Headquarters, which we hope will feel a little like the cabin where "Lost River" was made. Expect to see the fruits of this July 1st.
Your support means the world to us; and if you're reading this, we are already grateful to you for traveling with us this far. Nothing means more than seeing your smiling faces at shows and knowing you're listening. Can't wait to see you this time (and all the new friends you'll introduce us to)!
You can view the details of all our shows here on my site, or over at Hotels & Highways.com, where you can also make sure to stock up on t-shirts & totebags so you can be decked out at all the shows you come to!
Wiffle balls and fishing poles,
Opening for Chad Perrone 5/12 and Jay Nash 5/18May 10, 2012
Happy Spring! New life is blooming everywhere and I'm very excited about my upcoming shows.
A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of recording with my friend Chad Perrone and doing some shows with him when his record "Release" came out. We're teaming up again Saturday May 12th for a show at the wonderful Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH where I will open for Chad and join him on stage for a number of songs as well. If you've never been to Tupelo, it's a gorgeous venue where the sound is great and the people are truly there to listen!
The following weekend, I'll be opening for Jay Nash in Woodstock, VT at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater. Jay tours internationally and has shared the stage with some of my favorites: Counting Crows and Sara Bareilles! I'm thrilled to kick off the night for him on Friday May 18th.
Hope to see you at one of those shows...I'll be bringing something from my new shipment...get your new copy of "momentum" hot off the re-press!
And come June, Hotels & Highways will be hitting all our favorite East Coast cities...and even some in the Midwest too! Visit our site to find us near you!
April Showers bring...SPRING SHOWS!Apr 07, 2012
Hope Spring is treating you well! For me it feels like a bit of an awakening, though this winter has been no hibernation; I've been very lucky to lend my voice to some great projects by talented friends of mine.
I was honored to serve as an honorary Valcourette for Justin Levinson and the Valcours' CD Release Tour for "This Side of Me, This side of You." For photos of our awesome shows and all the fun stuff in between, click here.
I was also asked by fellow Bluebird Promotions artist Patrick Fitzsimmons to sing on his upcoming record, "Hope Is." For more details visit his website here.
One of the best parts of this job is getting to make music with other people, and I'm so excited that I can continue doing that this spring and summer. I have a few fantastic opening slots coming up: one for my buddy Chad Perrone at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH (where you just might see me join him for a number or two) and also for Jay Nash at the Woodstock Town Hall in Woodstock, VT. Both of these guys are incredible; I'm a lucky girl!
Aaaaaaand then, of course, there's my other favorite boys to collaborate with, Mr. Syd and
Hope to see you out there!
Till next time,
New Year. New music coming.Feb 09, 2012
A little late in wishing you all a Happy New Year, but 2012 has already been a whirlwind.
I was so fortunate to end 2011 and ring in 2012 with the best bunch of fellow musicians a gal could ask for. The Co-Op and Friends brought down the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT with Syd and Patrick, my fellow members of Hotels & Highways, as well as our dear friends Lowell Thomson, Justin Levinson & The Valcours, Todd Martin, Tim Blane, and Zac Clark. This First Night event was a success thanks to all these great musicians, the wonderful people of Montpelier and, if I do say so myself, my brownies.
The awesomeness of 2012 continued with a Hotels & Highways show with our pal Mia Dyson in San Francisco to benefit The Trevor Project. While in California I also got to sing some backing vocals for Mia's new record, which is being produced by Syd and Pat....and let me tell you, you're going to want this album when it's done!
More details to come soon about the solo shows I'm planning for the Spring and the new music and summer tour from Hotels & Highways and Mia Dyson!!
Stay warm (but hope for snow),
I(rene did not) LOVERMONTSep 02, 2011
As you probably have been reading or seeing on the news for the past few weeks, our little state of Vermont was hit hard by flooding as a result of Miss Irene. My loved ones and I were lucky, but many friends and fellow Vermonters across the state were not. Some lost covered bridges, businesses, roads...even homes. Though power and water have been restored to most places and major progress has been made since the storm, many people are still in need of assistance and will be for months to come.
The response so far has been heartwarming. From opening their homes for hot showers to donating time to help clean up, Vermonters have come together to start healing. I would like to offer my help to those who need it during this time with what I have to give: my music. When you click the DONATE button you see on the right-hand sidebar of this page, you will receive a download link for my album, "Momentum," and I will give 100% of the proceeds to The Woodstock VT Area Flood Relief Fund. This fund, created by Sustainable Woodstock, will help the families in most dire circumstances receive the food, water, medicine, clothing and assistance they need. For more information on the Flood Relief Fund, click HERE.
Of course there are many worthy charities and causes to donate to in this world; this small gesture will mean a lot to VT to help rebuild its homes, roads and lives. If you already have my album and/or would like to donate directly to the Flood Relief Fund, you can do so HERE.
In other Lisa Piccirillo news, Hotels & Highways has announced the first round of dates for our fall Welcome Trespassers Tour with Mia Dyson! Find a date near you and we'll see you there!
Lisa P Summer Shows!Jul 10, 2011
Hope you're all enjoying a relaxing and beautiful summer. I am cherishing every bit of green here in Vermont. June brought me out to California to reunite with Hotels & Highways and to meet our new friend and partner-in-crime, Mia Dyson, for our Welcome Trespassers Tour. From San Francisco to San Diego, we rocked the Golden State, lucky enough to fill in as Miss Mia's backup band as well as have her join us on bass. It was a blast and you can certainly expect to see more of us (and Mia) in the fall, but in the meantime...
I do have some local Upper Valley solo gigs coming up where I'd love to see any Vermont and New Hampshire folks (or anyone looking for a New England summer getaway)! I'll be at The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm, The Hartland Farmers' Market, Fire Stones, and I even have a special duo gig with my brother, TJ Piccirillo, at the Quechee Club. Please direct your attention to the bottom right column of THIS PAGE for more details. See you there!
May you have sand between your toes,
Hotels & Highways National Tour a Success!May 09, 2011
Well, I've been home for a few weeks now after completing a 7-week, 30-city national tour with Hotels & Highways (which, as you know by now, is my band with fellow singer/songwriters Syd and Patrick Thomas). We were so fortunate to have been helped on our way by so many supporters; whether you donated to our Kickstarter fundraising campaign, welcomed us into your homes, or came out to a show, we celebrate you! We cannot thank you all enough for making this tour a success. If you missed out on the shows or (gasp) don't have our record yet, you can visit our YouTube page for videos, our Facebook page for updates, or our online store to get your copy of "Lost River" or your limited edition H&H t-shirt!
This tour was a dream-come-true and marked many "firsts" for me...first (and second) time driving cross-country, first time in beautiful cities such as Nashville, New Orleans and Denver, and first national tour. Read more about our travels (and the food that fueled us) at our blog HERE. Not only did Syd, Pat and I have a great time, "Lost River" earned us a spot at ASCAP's SXSW showcase alongside The Civil Wars and Dan Wilson, has held a steady spot on the Roots Radio Charts, and was named an Amazon.com Editor's Pick for 2011! Not bad for a little cabin-grown record.
Though we're home in our various corners of the country, Hotels & Highways will certainly be living up to our name again soon...
Happy Belated Mother's Day to all you wonderful mothers out there, especially MY MOM who I'm lucky to have as my biggest fan. She wins the prize for most Hotels & Highways shows attended on this tour...four shows total from New York to Burlington with my dad and bro in tow!
New Year! New Website! New Band!Jan 28, 2011
I'm thrilled to debut this brand new lisapiccirillo.com, designed by none other than the multi-talented Erin "Syd" Sidney with help from our dear friend and Co-Op designer, Aaron Taylor-Waldman.
2011 marks the beginning of what has promised to be a wonderful year filled with wonderful music made with wonderful people. If you've been in the Lisa P loop at all over the last 6 months or so, you know that I teamed up with Syd and Patrick Thomas (who helped make "Momentum") again in September. We ran off to a cabin in the woods, wrote and made an unexpected record, and knew immediately thereafter that we had to do something with that music that was worthy of the experience we had making it.
Since the cabin, Hotels & Highways has been so blessed to have the incredible support of our fans (many of you among them) who shattered our $10,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter and insured the successful release of our debut record and a 6-week national tour that we're counting down to right now!! "Lost River" will officially be released on March 8, 2011, and by that time we will have already played our first shows of the tour. Full tour dates will be announced soon and I'm so thrilled to have such fine companions on this journey; this is the first time I will get to tour the whole country so make sure you come out to welcome us to your various cities (New York, Boston, Saratoga, Burlington, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo and MORE)!
If you just can't wait until March 8 to hear something from my beloved latest project, head over to a great website called Bandcamp to hear and download our first single, "Train Whistle," released just a few days ago! Click here to get it! Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook to stay updated!
I feel very lucky to know in my heart and gut that Hotels & Highways is what is meant to be for me right now. Thank you for supporting this hunch that three creative friends had.
With love (and hugs to warm up in this is frigid weather),