Ritt Deitz HORSES AND SMOKE
Sat, Aug 18, 2018
I am happy to see the lovely review of my new record in this past week's ISTHMUS. I'll share it with you here, if you haven't seen it yet. It reminds me of the hard work that my bandmates put in, and of course of the excellent circa-1978 open-reel engineering Bruce Kasprzyk did to make this recording sound so rich:
Check out this live video of Pete St. John's tune, "The Fields of Athenry," which is also on our record:
I'll be playing around the Midwest this fall, behind the record, in varying combinations--with Joe the bassist, with my son Wilder sometimes, often with both and hammered dulcimer master Dave. Hope to see you at one of these upcoming shows:
9/15 Common Ground (Middleton, WI)
Only love is stronger than music,
Playing solo and more at Social Justice Center open house Tomorrow! and other August shows
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
I’m writing to tell you about/remind you of some more upcoming shows. Last time I included info about the SJC Open House (tomorrow!) I wasn’t on the music itinerary, but now I am. And excited to be playing a real piano plus my jr. rig, so again anything is possible. Please try to make it! Food, fun, music, learning, a chance to share your vision for your community and also pitch in to make it real.
Friday July 20, 6-10pm
This is an open house renovation fundraising party to kick off our Madison MAN Cooperative s campaign to make coworking, commons, free store, and cooperative experimentation space at the Social Justice Center. Please come!!!! There will be tons of fun activities, including visioning and sign-up for creating the Social Justice Commons and other projects related to the Madison MAN. I’ll run some of the MAN activities from 6-9 and will play music between 9 and 10pm. Bring lots of money to contribute, in whatever form (credit cards or PayPal OK), and lots of ideas about what you’d like to see for your community.
Saturday August 18, 8pm
Thursday, August 23, 8:30pm
Hope you can make it to one of these.
try a little democracy
Thu, Jul 12, 2018
I had occasion to re-listen to my 2007 album Democracy the other day - for the first time in several years - and I must say I was gratified to hear how much I like how it sounds. And devastated to hear how relevant its very dark political subject matter is right now.
So I decided to give it away as a belated July 4 present. Feel free to download it here - https://s3.amazonaws.com/uvustore/Stephanie-Rearick-Democracy-mp3.zip
I'll play some songs from it that I haven't played in a really long time, at my show this Tuesday July 17 at High Noon Saloon. Starts at 8 and I'm last after 2 great acts - Mori Mente and Painted Saints.
Here's the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005916666236547/
Hope you get a chance to listen and, if you're around Madison, come to the show.
And also change this country.
thanks for paying attention,
Lots of shows this summer - Stephanie solo, Ladyscissors, Negative Example, and Girls are Go!
Sat, Jun 9, 2018
Hello lovely people,
I'm writing to report a bunch of shows coming up. I'm happy to say I've been playing more music with more people, and am now a regular part of both Negative Example (Bucky Pope of Tar Babies) and Girls are Go! (Bucky's in this band too but it's fronted by 3 awesome women vocalists - Jen Hawins, Kelli Larson, Eena Taylor - playing girl group music of the 50s 60s 70s and more)
Here they are, in order
Thur. June 21, 2pm
Fri. June 22, 5pm
Tue. July 3, 8pm
Tickets available at Mother Fool's 1101 Williamson, or http://rubymadison.com
Friday. July 13, 7pm
Sun. July 15, 4pm
Tue. July 17, 8pm
This is another show I'm really excited about. First, Mori Mente, then Painted Saints, and I play last this time. It'll be the most piano-based wide-ranging set I play all summer. I hope you can make it!!! I love Painted Saints and it'll be my first time seeing Mori Mento who sounds awesome.
Well that's plenty for now. I'm really looking forward to playing a lot over the summer and I hope to see you at some of these shows.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Ritt Deitz - New Video - Up In Ohio
Thu, May 17, 2018
New music from Ritt Deitz!
The full album ("Horses and Smoke") will be out late summer, 2018. For now, enjoy Ritt and friends, featuring Biff Blumfumgagnge as they rock Up In Ohio.
2017 Year in Review - Stephanie's work life with the MAN
Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Instead of posting the same information here, I'll link to a version with pretty pictures.
Check it out!
Ladyscissors show December 2!
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
We have a great Ladyscissors show coming up December 2, and I'm playing keys in Negative Example opening the show. Come out!
Saturday, December 2, 8pm
Negative Example - Bucky Pope's (Tarbabies) band, I play Wurlitzer
And Art In is a cool space!
and share here if you're a facebooker -https://www.facebook.com/events/184720398751217/
Love and Ladyscissoring,
AtomiuM Fest! 3/24!
Wed, Mar 15, 2017
hello beautiful creatures!
FRI MARCH 24th, the mighty Grape Juice Plus will play at Atomium Fest at the one of our lovliest show rooms, WIRE. the deets, as the kids say are below.
Left of Center Music presents… the first ATOMIUM FEST!
FRI MARCH 24TH
live sets by…
New Ladyscissors Video - Hot Potato Sweet Potato
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Ladyscissors just released a new music video to promote their soon-to-be released album, "To The Nines."
The video, "Hot Potato Sweet Potato" is directed by band member, Stephanie Rearick.
Music for the times
Sun, Apr 3, 2016
I've been on a 5-week road trip, mostly for work (developing Mutual Aid Networks http://mutualaidnetwork.org - check it out!) with one or two shows thrown in.
On the road I happened to listen to my old band's (The Coma Savants) CD, Coma Savant, for the first time in years. I really loved it. And realized it's really topical right now. Songs about the disappearance of the middle class, consumerism (late capitalism) and war, global climate change. But it's not all depressing. Made me think to put it on special so you can download it and check it out for yourself.
Then I was also thinking that leads well into Up The Wall, the continuation of thoughts on that story plus The Turnaround into a new story. Dreamworld continues it, every thing everything brings us up to the present and near future.
These thoughts coincided with Jon having upgraded our downloading situation, so I thought I'd offer a little special.
Get Coma Savant, Dreamworld, Up the Wall and every thing everything for whatever you want to donate. Ideally $30 or up, because I do wish somehow to recoup recording costs and also fund my life. But I'd like the music to reach your ears however it works for you.
If you want to stay up to date on the tour itself, and more of the Mutual Aid Network stuff, visit http://blog.timeftw.org and subscribe.
ps We have a Ladyscissors show at the Tip Top Tavern in Madison on Friday April 22! And just recorded our 2nd album, being mixed now! I'll start on a video when I return to Madison next week.
Rearick 12/14/15 show, gift ideas, 2016 tour, MAN news etc
Thu, Dec 10, 2015
First things first -
Monday December 14, 8:30pm, the Frequency, 121 W. Main St. Madison WI
and this show on Monday is kind of topical, reflecting some transitions I’m making and it means something to me to mark it musically in this way…
and a lot of what it’s marking is the launch of Mutual Aid Networks (MANs) and my effort to build a network of mutual support that enables everyone to do what they want to do with their time, and have a good living from it (starting with me and anyone else we can recruit, starting in January).
Please check this page out to learn more
Part of my transition, which I call MANning Up because I’ll be documenting how I can meet my needs through a variety of resource sharing and exchange tools developed in a MAN context, involves touring a lot next year. (This great article from last week's Isthmus sheds a tiny bit of light on this - http://isthmus.com/music/efforts-underway-help-madison-musicians-earn-li...)
I’m asking people to share suggestions of venues to play, artists to share bills with, places to do cooperative economic stuff.
Please reply to this email if you want more information or to offer help or suggestions for the 2016 tour.
almost forgot to mention that Ladyscissors will be recording for our second album late February. Awesome! Stay tuned for To the Nines, Glitterbox, Figure it Out, Swampy and more.
And last but not least…
or music and other treats from Ladyscissors, Stephanie Rearick, and other Uvulittle artists
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon
Deck of Cards Art Project, every thing everything, Glitterbox Panties, Holy Bones, Maestro Subgum - Box Set, Small Blue Green Letters, Yes Face
Sun, Dec 6, 2015
From now until Dec 21, we will include a free, bonus CD with all non-digital orders. So, buy a CD, shirt, panties, deck of cards, etc, and we'll throw a bonus CD in the package.
MAN crowdfund launches Dec 1! Plus solo show 12/14
Mon, Nov 30, 2015
I just finished making a little video with my friend Marina Kelly, to support our crowdfunding campaign for Mutual Aid Networks. We launch Tuesday December 1 at 7am CST and I would be ever so grateful if you would choose to go give some money. This project is how I intend to be able to make a living making music and doing the kind of community organizing work I really enjoy, and how I intend to help create a situation where everyone else can do exactly what they want, too. Check it out. Give and share if you're moved to do so.
This goes live tomorrow December 1 at 7am CST!!!
The link is too long for the format of this blog, so be sure to paste the 2nd half in from the next line, too!
and you can learn more at http://mutualaidnetwork.org
And I've been practicing for my show at the Frequency.
Monday December 14, 8:30pm, the Frequency, 121 W. Main St. Madison WI
I'm first, followed by the Hemmingbirds and Jennifer Hedstrom. Nice and early for a school night! You can even bring the kids (if they can stay up until 9:30)
Hope you can make it!
Thanks for reading,
Eastward mini-tour report - late Sept. - early Oct.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015
As some of you know, I made an attempt to do an east coast tour in late September, which was cut short by an opportunity to head to British Columbia for the Impact Economy Summit. I'll write a separate post on that but for now, a report on the eastward jaunt...
Well, first I'll back up to the Monday before I left, September 21, when the Community Response Team held a panel meeting to address the problem of police shootings in our neighborhood. It's relevant here because action like this factors into our ideas about a Mutual Aid Network for the Creative Destruction of the US Prison Industrial Complex. You can read more about that here.
A few days later I drove to Yellow Springs Ohio where I was asked to present a workshop on timebanking and Mutual Aid Networks at the Arthur Morgan Institute's Community Solutions conference, Climate Crisis Solutions: Tools for Transition.
Saturday morning Kat Walter and I did a workshop to show how timebanking can work and then brainstorm about local applications.
After that I headed to my sister Gwynne and niece Ariel's house in Dayton. I visited the great arts magnet school where Gwynne teaches art, Stivers, Gwynne and I watched the blood moon eclipse from her back deck, we all chatted about Ariel's really cool ideas about how to use timebanking to help bring a grocery store to a food desert, and had a good and relaxing time.
I went back to Yellow Springs on September 29 to do a workshop on Mutual Aid Networks. That was cool. We mainly focused on how to start timebanking effectively, how we can apply it to solve problems or build community capacity, and how the framework of Mutual Aid Networks can take it all farther. And my sister generously offered to help me with drawing in the future... :)
That evening I drove to my parents' house in Akron and had a short but sweet visit with them the next day.
Then jaunted to Kent to have dinner with the wonderful Abby Greer of Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks. Then played a show the TimeBank hosted at the Stone Tavern. That was tons of fun! and I somehow failed to take any pictures there...
Next day drove 7 hours to New York to play a show at Caffe Vivaldi. On a beautiful grand piano. A really cool crew showed up including Alessandra whom I'd recently met at Giftival in Rome, Mashi Blech the timebank goddess of NYC, Eric and Annie who had come to the MAN Up summit, dear old friends Tracy and Sabrina and Ignacio (new old friend), friends of friends and a handful of strangers (or whatever the kids are calling them these days).
I stayed up late with Sabrina, then got up the next day to drive 2 hours to see Kathy Perlow, Hasshan and Janelle of the Lehigh Valley MAN pilot. I got to hear Hasshan and Janelle's vision for building this wellness and justice-oriented community capacity development project, based in a federally qualified health center. It's really cool! You'll get a chance to learn more about it soon as we bring all our pilot sites online in a visible way, coming soon (November).
After that I drove as quickly as I could back across the country to Chicago, where I got to see my great friends Ann, Barry and Hannah, and see the play they've all been working on, MERCHILD, at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. See it this weekend (last chance!) if you live anywhere near there! Very powerful.
and flew out early the next morning for Whistler, British Columbia, for the Impact Economy Summit. Which I'll write about next...
Ritt Deitz video "Chicago"
Tue, Aug 25, 2015
Sneak preview from Ritt Deitz' soon-to-be released, "small blue green letters" CD. It'll be out September 8 in both digital and physical form.
Small Blue Green Letters, Ritt’s latest recording and his fifth on the Uvulittle label, marks Deitz’s return to stringed instruments and voices and recalls his first full-length release, Hillbilly (Bentback 1999, anthologized on the 2006 Uvulittle release Collected 1999-2000), exchanging Steve Burke’s mandolin for Deitz’s banjo and with the harmonies of backing vocalist Lindsey Hinkel Craig Totten’s dobro work.
The small-town feel one often hears in Deitz’s songs shines through. A native of Florence, Kentucky, Deitz lives in a tightly-knit block on the Near East Side of Madison, Wisconsin, which a musician neighbor (who grew up a block from where Deitz lived as a child) has called “Mayberry.” You can hear both of these on the opening track, “Here Comes the Band.” “A float goes by, the FFA / has filled that thing all up with hay / it must have taken them the whole darn day / but I ain’t sure I care / Where’s the band?”
The songs hang together like communities do in small towns, neighborhoods, even workplaces. Deitz writes like a man aware of the forces of Big Data, of consumerism, of individualism, of the have-a-nice-day shallowness that seems to define, ever quickly, what it means to be happy in America. “I know we have these things to contend with,” says Deitz (whose songs the Onion once called “well-wrought”), “but we do have these thoughts, these lives, and each other.”
The songs move from lighter and melodic (“Here Comes the Band,” “Bike”) to heady ballad-like tunes (“Chicago” or the album’s only cover, a very acoustic version of Yazoo’s 1980s synth hit, “Only You”) and back again. The only percussion on this record, as was the case on Hillbilly, comes from Joe Meisel’s thumping bass (or regular collaborator Dave Foss’s hammered dulcimer, which, as Foss regularly reminds Meisel, is also a percussion instrument).