Rosie & the Riveters have had an amazing year, no question about it. Here’s a bit of a humble brag: we’ve sold out multiple shows on every tour, our tunes have been charting across the country, we’re on regular rotation on CBC Radio One and Radio 2, we were featured on ETalk Daily, AND we’re currently on the cover of The Session, a magazine published and distributed by SaskMusic. We have SO much to be grateful for and I really can’t think of any job more satisfying to creative souls.
That being said, being a touring musician is also nothing but hard work, patience, belief in yourself, and more hard work.
If you’ve been following us on social media (and you should be, we’re hilarious), you’d know we just came back from a great prairie tour, which ended with performances at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg and a trip down to Kansas City to showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference.
Being at FAI was like a breath of fresh air! Sometimes it can be hard to see exactly what we’re working towards, working away on our computers (and occasionally our guitars) by ourselves day after day, so it was nice to see some old friends and meet a lot of new ones.
Music makes the world a more beautiful place and there is nothing more beautiful than connecting with other people who share your vision -this is why we do what we do. It’s one big folk-ed up family and there’s enough room for everyone to succeed.
I took in a lot of amazing music at FAI, here are my top 3 musical picks from the conference that you NEED to be listening to right now:
The Sojourners: A Vancouver-based Gospel group with harmonies, soul, and experience right outta the South.
Do yourself a favour and also check out Khari Wendell McClelland’s solo project while you’re at it.
The Small Glories: Powerful harmonies & killer songwriting chops - Winnipeg’s Cara Luft & JD Edwards were one of my favourite bands at FAI. They just released a new record, Wondrous Traveller, and they’re heading our way on tour. Check out all the dates on their WEBSITE.
Darlingside: Four dudes singing in beautiful dude harmony & playing a smattering of instruments. One of the best live acts I’ve seen perform in a tiny space, maybe ever. They’re just SO good.