Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

Greetings! It’s certainly has been another challenging year for all of us. Music venues and events gradually started to open, with safety precautions and smaller audiences, while most are still preferring live-stream/zoom options. 

My first live music event in more than 18 months was September 30th near Lexington, Kentucky for Billy Dean at The Castle.  It was an outside tented venue on the grounds of the boutique hotel. I first met Billy Dean about 20 years ago when I was doing media for Country Thunder in Wisconsin . At this event, I worked his merch table and at the end of the night showed him the money!

Lo and Billy Dean
Loretta with Billy Dean in Kentucky, October 2021

The next event October 9th  was  Chris Vallillo, who performed at the Acorn Coffeehouse’s new location at the Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak  Park, IL. Dona Benkert and her volunteers have been presenting the Acorn Coffeehouse since 2014. 

Michael Johnathon made a concert stop at Acorn Coffeehouse on November 13. Michael released his new CD The Painter which has been receiving high praise from international reviews. Michael also published his 5th book, WoodSongs 5. Michael recently became the latest recipient of the Mentor Award, presented by Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars, a non-profit organization that supports young aspiring bluegrass musicians through encouragement, excitement, promotion, and awareness for them to preserve yesterday’s bluegrass music for tomorrow. The organization’s president, Larry Smith, surprised Johnathon and his crew during the broadcast taping of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday, Nov. 29 at Lexington’s Lyric Theater, which featured an entire lineup of young, aspiring musicians and performers. 

Dennis Warner came in from Minnesota on Nov. 19 for a night at the Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove. He performed songs from his music catalog, including his new release Pilot Me

Mark Dvorak released a 4 song EP called December Songs. Each donation to Music & Potlucks will receive a download. The EP was also offered digitally to DJs. The full CD will be available in 2022. 

December 21 was Songwriters in the Round at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL. The songs of Jenny Bienemann, D. Anson Brody, and Mark Dvorak were presented. Three varieties of folk music.  Great to hear Mark perform two of his original December Songs tracks, “December Waltz” and  “Under Mistletoe.” It was great to visit these venues and see friends present their songs in person again.  

2021 brought the publishing of my first book, The Interview. Two hundred copies are now in circulation and I thank all of you for your interest and comments! My second book The Troubadour is in editing, and I am currently finishing the third, Swansong

As of this note, the Pandemic numbers are rising and looks like we may have a rocky start to 2022. Stay safe! May you enjoy the blessings of peace, health and happiness in the New Year!  


Springing Ahead

It has been a busy couple months around here.

April 1 was the renewal date for Loretta Sawyer Agency… licensed, bonded, and insured for another year. 

April 1 was also my 1st Pfizer vaccination shot.  Except for a sore arm the next day, no side effects. 

April 2 the Big Brown Truck (UPS) delivered 9 boxes (250 copies) of my book The Interview: A Story of Love, Loss & the Power of a Song. I finally got to hold the book in my hand!  It was a long journey for this book to become a reality and I share my writing and music adventure in the Author’s Note pages in the back of the book. Michael Johnathon designed the cover; it is an actual picture of his guitar. And Mark Dvorak performs the original song from the book, “Your Special Love,” in the promotional video.  

April 22, Earth Day! This was also the day of my second Pfizer shot. It was such a great feeling. Energized, felt like I want to go out for a run- and as most of you know, walking can be challenging for me sometimes! Then a few hours later there was a calm mellow feeling. Getting vaccinated is a step to getting back to normal- getting back to the live music.  

May 13 I made my first road trip to Lexington, KY in a year. When I arrived in Lexington, 7 hours and 400 miles later, I did my first zoom interview about The Interview with Rik Palieri for his upcoming Music Showcase program. It was odd being on the other side of the table, being the one interviewed. Thanks, Rik, for making it fun. A link to the broadcast will be posted here and on my Facebook page when it is available 

A link to buy the book will be available on this site very soon, as will a Facebook page for the book. Meanwhile, if you would like a copy of The Interview email me at  writelor@aol.com.
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