April Newsletter: Speeding across the Salt Flats

Hello Everyone,

Oh man, taxes and a crazy glitch with my website have got me in a state! Can anyone relate? When will this abate? ugh…
Oh there’s also moving…did I mention moving…? ugh…
But anyway enough of that.

It’s been a wild time,  packing up all CJ and I’s things into a shipping container and then driving across Nevada, and then unloading them in Utah and then, driving back across Nevada. You know, I’ve never stopped at the rest stop on the north side of I-80 on the Bonneville salt flats? I can’t believe that. It was amazing. And wow, Nevada is off-the-hook beautiful after it rains. It was as green as Ireland out there on our return trip to California.

Why did we come back to Cali you ask? Well, loose ends… finishing up some work, and some SHOWS!

This Saturday, April 16th, I’m playing the Lighted Window Concert Series in Campbell. Artists like Steve Seskin and Cris Williamson have played this series. I am very flattered to be included indeed.

On April 22nd (a week from Friday), I’m playing the inaugural concert at Glen Canyon Folk, a new house concert series in San Francisco. This is sure to be a fantastic evening!! I hope you can come. This will be my last show in the Bay for awhile. There is limited seating and we’d love to see you there! Please RSVP now to hold your space and receive the address: glencanyonfolk@gmail.om

AND I’m really looking forward to a special May 7th, Mother’s Day concert with Mary and Peter Danzig of Otter Creek Duo at Holladay United Church of Christ. Mary and Peter’s daughters, The Three Muses, will also perform! And my mom (Marilyn Dillard) local chair of the Salt Lake City Old Time Fiddlers will add tasty fiddle to couple of my tunes.

*PLUS* I’m doing creative coaching, songwriting and performance sessions over Skype. It works quite well. I’d love to help get to know your muse. Please e-mail me to discuss: mindydillardmusic@gmail.com

Yours in song,
♥ Mindy

Posted on: April 30th, 2016

March Newsletter: You are Capable, Brave and Significant

Hello Adventurers and Storytellers,

Thanks to everyone I got hang with on my successful Pacific Northwest winter tour. I met so many wonderful people along the way from Hillsboro (Influence Music Hall!!Thank you Skip) to Coyle, WA. (Concerts in the Woods!! Thank you Norm) And we had an amazing turnout at Artichoke Music in Portland with a SOLD OUT show!! I’m filled to the brim with gratitude. (I’m also so sorry if you got turned away at the door.) I’m planning my next visit to the Pacific NW in August. More on that soon… Wow, it was gorgeous up there…here’s a view from Pt. Townsend…

On Wednesday, I’m playing at The Lost Church with Amy Obenski and Aireene Espiritu in San Francisco. It’s a show we’ve been planning for awhile and I can’t wait to hear what two of my favorite songwriters have been working on. You can save $5 on the ticket price by getting tickets here.

I’m writing you from rainy Berkeley, where I’ve been staying in a tiny cobb hovel. It’s like a fairy-gnome-hobbit house in a lush green backyard garden. I get to sleep in a sweet little loft. It’s fun to plan my year from such a green spot. It’s pretty magical especially when I don’t hit my head on the ceiling. 🙂

And at the end of the week I’m heading to one of my homes, Bishop, CA. There’s something magical about that place. The crazy, craggy Sierra Nevada mountains rise to the east making me feel protected and inspired at the same time. I’ll play at one of my favorite spots, the Mountain Rambler Brewery at 7pm on Saturday, March 12th. Then I’m headed to see the wildflower super bloom in Death Valley… and I’m bringin’ my banjo…

So I’m booking a tour through Colorado and New Mexico down to Kerrville in May. I’m also booking dates in Utah and Colorado and the surrounding states in June and July. I’m heading back to the Portland and Seattle areas during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of August. I’ll also drive to the Chicago area in late September for the NEDAconference.This booking thing a full time job. I’m getting deep in it and I sure do appreciate any tips you might have for me.

Also: Dinner House Concerts Yesss! We’re booking them. Check it out. I made an informational pdf…

Hope to see you out there…happy adventuring.
Yours in song,
♥ Mindy

PS: …and just booked! I’m going to do a special May 7th, Mother’s Day concert with Mary and Peter Danzig of Otter Creek Duo at Holladay United Church of Christ. (And their daughters, The Three Muses, will also sing and play.) Plus, I hope to have a certain guest fiddler during , my mom, the amazing Marilyn Dillard.
PPS: I found that meme that I used as my header on the Recovery Warriors FB page. They’re doing great work in the eating disorders treatment and recovery community. I was honored to be interviewed by the amazing Jessica Raymond, here.

Posted on: April 30th, 2016

February 2016 Newsletter: Pretty Wild Year
















Dear Creators and Innovators,

How are you weathering the cold, the rain, the snow? The shortness of light? More light is coming soon. I know it. Thanks to Marjie Brown for helping me feel like a snow queen when we took these snowy pics right before Christmas in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.  Marjie Brown, you are a wonder! And thank you to Craig for keeping me warm.

I’m headed up to the Pacific NW next week for a string of shows. I’m looking forward to playing at Artichoke Music (with Kelly Bosworth, opening!) on Saturday, February 27th. It’s a special place brimming with incredibly talented people. I look forward to reconnecting with my Portland community while I’m in town. I’m also doing a show on the way up at Influence Music Hall in Hillsboro, OR on Thursday, February 18th. Looking forward to it all!

I took a quick trip back to LA this last week to record a couple of my newer songs (“Esmeralda” and “Sugarhouse”) with the incredibly wonderful producer/engineer human being, Ed Tree. When someone has a picture of a red rock landscape on their computer desktop that you immediately identify as Dead Horse Point, you know you’re kindred spirits. We had a great time laying congas and percussion (with the help of the great Ray Yslas) and a 1939 Gibson guitar onto the “Esmeralda” track.

I took the 101 on the way back, which was pretty spectacular! Unfortunately I was so driven to get back to the Bay Area by 5 pm that I didn’t stop to take any pictures! In my parent’s wise words, I had to “take pictures with my mind” instead.

It looks like it’s going it’ll be a pretty wild year with some major trips/tours/changes, such as:
– A relocation to Salt Lake City, Utah
– A SW tour to New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the Kerrville Folk Festival in late May/early June
– An East Coast tour followed quickly with a Pacific Northwest tour in July/August
– Touring/traveling to Chicago for the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association Conference) in late September/ early October.

I’m booking all these tours right now. I’d really appreciate your help. Let me know if you’ve got any thoughts about places I should play in those spots above. Places to stay are also helpful.

Dinner House Concerts:
Craig and I are doing Dinner House Concerts. They are so much fun! He’d love to cook for you and I’d love to play for you. We have different options and menus.
E-mail me to discuss.

Hope to see you soon!
Yours in song,
♥ Mindy

PS – Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you feel passion in your life, for yourself, for your creative pursuits and for your sweethearts.

PPS – Click here to watch a video of “Esmeralda” performed at WinterSongs in Cambria, CA. I had an amazing band which included Ed Tree on bass, John Roy Zat on fiddle and Derek O’Brien on drums.

Posted on: February 18th, 2016

January Newsletter: New Year, New Plans and more Dinner House Concerts











Hmmm, right. The question is: How DO you survive this new year? It’s bound to be full of changes and challenges on personal and global levels – almost too much comprehend. But whether we like it or not – it has begun. My strategy for dealing with it all is to accept that there are many different paths one can take through life. None of them are right, necessarily, they’re just different…

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you’re making plans for 2016 that will nourish your bodies and feed your souls.

Speaking of which, we’d like to feed you!  Craig and I hosted a Dinner House Concert in Salt Lake City last weekend on January 10th. It  was a resounding success! We want to do more of these…a gourmet dinner in your home for you and your friends followed by a concert. If this sounds interesting to you… send me a note. Let’s set it up!

I’ve been in Cambria, CA this weekend teaching and songwriting at the WinterSongsretreat. Tomorrow I’m headed to Southern, CA for a couple shows. Next month I’m headed to Oregon and Washington for a short tour with stops on the Olympic peninsula, Portland and White Salmon. In March, I’m planning a trip back to Bishop, CA, one of my new favorite mountain places. After that, who knows? I’m looking forward to finding out what this musical life has in store for 2016.

Cambria is really beautiful…cleansing salt air and ocean view…

Show info is available below, as well as links to all those online spots. I look forward to staying in touch! In real life and on our myriad of devices…
More soon…
Yours in song,
♥ Mindy

PS: I’m part of a unique online music community called The Standing “O” Project. There you can provide ongoing support to me and other independent artists. Click the link to find out more. Thank you, as always, for your support.

Upcoming Shows…

Tuesday, January 19th
Songwriter Serenade hosted by J.C. Hyke
at Matt Denny’s Ale House
145 E. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA  91006
7 – 9:30 pm
$7 at the door/Drinks available with I.D.

Wednesday, January 20th
Wine & Song hosted by Brad Colerick
1055 Lohman Ln
South Pasadena, CA  91030
7 – 10pm
$15 table seating; $10 general seating; $8 cash at the door
Check out the facebook event for more info.

Friday, January 29th
Oakland House Concert with Briget Boyle
729 Rand Ave
Oakland, CA  94610
8 – 10:30 pm
$10 – 20 sliding scale; pay at the door
Space is limited. Email briget.boyle@gmail.com to RSVP.

Saturday, February 7th
Soggy Sundays: Family Show with Heather Normandale
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA  94702
2:30 Doors; Show: 3 – 4:30pm
$6 kids/$8 adults

More Upcoming Shows…
February 20th – Tall Timbers House Concert (Hoodsport, WA)
February 21st – Coyle Concert Series (Coyle, WA)
February 27th – Artichoke Music with Kelly Bosworth (Portland, OR)
March 12th – Mountain Rambler Brewery (Bishop, CA)

Posted on: January 19th, 2016