Here we are on the last day of 2008, New Years Eve. No Mason Porter show this year. We’re glad to have been able to relax the last few weeks, spend some time with family and friends, and get ready for the busy winter ahead which starts with World Café show on Jan 3rd! We had a remarkable year and we want to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to all the great times and success we’ve had.
One of the most important happenings in 2008 was the release of our debut EP. We are very happy with it and are thankful for the folks at MilkBoy Recording and Tom Hamilton for making it happen.
We played a lot of shows and met a lot of great people at every one. Every show is memorable and a fantastic time but a handful stick out: Starting back in the winter was the Wilmington Wintergrass festival. We met a lot of great folks there including Sandi “Texas Rose” who has been a big supporter of the band since. The winter also gave us a packed house at the Steel City with Painted Blue and Avi and Celia and a great show at the Fire with Chris Kasper, Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Adrien Reju, The Junior League and more.
The month of May brought us to MilkBoy for a Tuesday night residency; the shows were all acoustic and quite intimate. Some wonderful bands played including Joshua Park, Hezekiah Jones, Painted Blue, Max Spiegel, The New Time, Steph Hewett, Chicken Shack and Papertrees. Also in May was the NEPA Bluegrass Festival, wow, what a great time, thanks to Danny Stewart, the Grillbillies and Mike Wuerstle who have done a lot to support us since.
The summer had us on the road a little. The Purple Fiddle was amazing w/ Enter the Hagis. But a nearly sold out show at the Tin Angel sticks out as the best; a great bill too with Chicken Shack and Adrien Reju. We also released the EP in June! Some other fun ones in the summer included OATS, Bucks County Bluegrass Festival, and the Endless Summer Jam Festival.
This past fall got even better! MilkBoy Coffee show in September was a blast. Our Norfolk show was one of the best we have ever played. Steel City was packed again. We got to play live on the Folk Show on WXPN! We also got to share the stage with some great national acts including the Hackensaw Boys, Larry Keel, and Old School Freight Train. And we can’t forget the last Brickette show of the year; a Chicken and Porter spectacular! One of the most fun times we’ve had.
Truly an amazing year! We could not have done it without all the support we get from you. Thank you so much.
Have a Happy New Year!