A Release, A Hello, and a Compendium of Links.

Hello from Texas! I’m here for a couple of weeks booking shows. If you live in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, or Colorado and would like to help me book a show, please e-mail me – info(at)leviweaver.com

1.) “Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me” is officially finished and released, after 2.5 years of work!! The US iTunes link is here, and we will have the physical (CDs/vinyl) store up and running soon. I think it will be available in [Anywhere Not Named The U.S.A.) by early next week, pending iTunes’ processing speed.

Side Note: Yesterday, on its first day in the store, it hit #23 on the Singer-Songwriter charts. i was briefly ahead of the Lumineers and ONE version of one of Ed Sheeran’s albums (the other three still beat me)

2.) Some Interviews/ Reviews / Other Fun Links

- “ROCK AND ROLL IS MURDER…” I was part of an interview for Musician’s Friend about life on the road and tips for touring.

- “IT’S GOING TO BE …FLASHY” – I did the local weather during my visit to Grand Rapids, MI

- PADDLEBOATS – I did a live version of Paddleboats, from the new album, and my friends from The Feral Few were there to video it.

- “BE BRAVE, PREPARE TO FACE YOUR HEARTACHE, AND GET THIS ALBUM “: The best review of “Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me” so far, from the fine people at Nanobotrock. (shorter: a short but sweet album review from Pittsburgh )

- RELEVANT MAGAZINE’S “THE DROP” – I tried the link and it’s dead, so if you missed it, you missed it, but I’m still mentioning it here because I love Relevant Magazine.

- MORE TELEVISION: I performed “Song in my Branches” on live television in Memphis. Pay no mind to the fact I’m wearing the same shirt on both of my TV appearances. I will probably just keep doing this in the future, as a bit.

- “I CANNOT MAKE COFFEE, BUT I CAN MAKE A CANAL” – The official blog has moved from here to roadsandmaps.com. Here’s one example.

I hope you like the new album. If you do, please talk about it to your friends until they beg you to shut up. If you’re anything like me, you have to hear about a new band either from 3-4 different people, OR like 50 times from one person before you actually give them a listen, so please be annoying on my behalf, since I don’t know all of your friends to annoy them myself.


Temporary Blog Relocation

Since we moved in to the RV, I’ve temporarily (maybe?) moved the blog here: roadsandmaps.com

I’ll figure out a way to integrate it here (or post here more) but in the meantime, i noticed that I haven’t blogged here since I left, and I thought you all might like to know where that’s happening.

Reflect / Project

As a rule, I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always justified this boycott by saying “if you want to do something, just do it. Why does it have to be on January first?” This has served me well, for the most part, and I have no plans to alter that tomorrow night when the difference between 11:59:59 and 12:00:00 means an entirely new calendar.

However, (and it strikes me as pedantic to follow that paragraph with this one, but this is my blog and I’ll do as I wish) I do like the idea of a three-part pause, wherein I first reflect on what has transpired in the previous twelve months. Then second, attempt to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff; rejecting what I hope not to repeat, learning from my mistakes, and trying to understand how to avoid repeating them. Lastly, with the good that remains, I try to see how “what’s left” will inform what is to come.

This year, that process is relatively easy.

2013 was a profound year. I have a daughter now. 2013 will always be a banner year when I reflect on my life. She’s amazing.

But most of the major happenings this year were preparation for 2014. I recorded an album, and Heather and I bought an RV. Early next year, both will be taken around the country, as I play over 200 shows.

2013 was spent “in the shed”.
2014 will be spent on the road.

2013 was building.
2014 will be taxing.

2013 felt, at many times, like a holding pattern.

…2014 will be spent in flight.

I’m grateful for the time I’ve spent at home, rebuilding a family dynamic that I spent years chipping away at while I was driving around. I’ve re-learned how to be a husband and a dad. I’ve learned how I can best keep my black dog as small as possible. This was the year that we finally decided to take the leap we’ve talked about for years. I’ve made the best album of my life to date.

2013 was a good year.

But I can’t wait to see what’s next.