It’s hard to believe that this album has been years in the making and we’re almost done. The next steps are putting the final touches on mixes, mastering, and then coming up with a marketing plan and touring schedule and merchandise and duplication and…

Ok maybe there’s a bit more work to be done. But the important part is so close!!

So here’s the timeline of how we put this thing together. Mike Adams (my producer) and I met up in his hometown of Erie, PA, where we proceeded to have some much needed catching up and recording session planning time. This included walking on beaches and playing pinball in his parents’ basement, obviously. We hit the road and drove 12 hours to Nashville, TN, where we recorded the majority of the band parts for the album (just instrumentals, no lead vocals). My dear friend Tommy Cantwell owns a studio in Nashville called Big Punch Music, so if you’re in need of a rad recording space, give him a ring. It was an incredible, busy, blurry experience with lots of caffeine and bagels.

My amazing team! Mike Adams (producer), Tommy Cantwell (guitar, studio owner), Gavin O’Broin (bass), and the incredible engineer is Kim Auch

Many long days later and with the help of many wonderful and talented friends (Kim Auch, Ali Veech, Gavin O’Broin, Lars Thorson, Danny Pratt, Zach Wheeler, Tommy Cantwell, and Molly Lins to name a few!), we had the bones of the album finished. Mike and I journeyed back to Erie to drop off Mike’s car and hop on a plan to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is a seriously insane place. The traffic is awful and the city essentially smells like a giant swimming pool. But it is so magical in so many other ways. The energy is infectious, like laughter, or a bad cold, and our friends who live there are pretty much the crème de la crème. We settled in, sleeping on various air mattresses and trying to maintain some semblance of a routine. Jordan King, aptly named, is based in LA and was gracious enough to be our mixing engineer/producer for this album (also he let us sleep on his floor). We recorded lead vocals for the album at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, with the incredible engineering expertise of Sarah Tudzin (pictured below, holding a guitar and looking fly). We also had the privilege of recording Liam Lewis on banjo, mandolin, and fiddle (he is amazing!).

Jim Morrison spat on this microphone!

The remaining songs were recorded right here at home, with my trusty Muskox Riders (Hanna Sfraga, Travis Burrows, Jeremiah Bakken, and Rachel DeTemple) at 10th Planet.

The recording process is exhilarating and wonderful. I got to make music with musicians who are not only extremely talented professionals, but who also mean the world to me. I cannot express in words how incredible it is to have my own songs come to life with musicians I love and trust. It’s like th

e best marriage ever. Or a musical love piñata.


Thanks so much for reading and I’ll have more updates soon!

Much love,



The last leg(s) of my nomad adventure were Los Angeles, Seattle, Tuscon, then home again to Alaska! L.A. was a wonderful, sunshiney, soul talk filled, whirlwind week and a half. I recorded final vocals for the Boobs song in my dear friend John Silos’ closet (feel free to be envious of my glamorous lifestyle) and it’s going to sound AWESOME. Seriously, John is so rad and he’s working with a bunch of up-and-coming pop stars so I feel really lucky he’s a part of this album. (SHAMELESS PLUG GO LOOK AT MY FRIEND STEWART WHO HE ALSO PRODUCES—>Click!!). Also got to catch up with some of my closest friends including frolicking in the woods with the handsome gentlemen pictured below (Yeah, I guess Los Angeles has some woods!!). The gentleman on the left is Jordan King, who will be using his wizard skills to mix my album, and the young Gandalf gentleman is Liam Lewis, who is an excellent mandolin and fiddle player.

I’ve been home about a week, and it’s definitely been an adjustment transitioning back to normal routine life. It feels great to be home in a lot of ways, but I’ve already started daydreaming about my next trip…or move?

It’s been a whirlwind week! Such a surreal feeling running into so many familiar faces in an unfamiliar place. I was fortunate enough to record with some wonderful people at White Bridge Studios– these are musicians I played with in college and it felt like a class reunion in the best way. We recorded “Escape Route”, “Box of Bones” and bass and violin for “Simple Things”. Thank you to Tommy Leland, Gavin O’Broin, Ali Veech, Jason Chambliss, Elisabeth Beckwitt, Russ Sternglass, and Lars Thorson for sharing your talents and brains with these songs. I keep oscillating between feeling nostalgic and grateful, which are really the same thing but on different dimensions.

I’ve been having a lot of conversations on this trip. Listening to people’s stories of where they’re at and how they feel about this stage in life and careers. Although my friends have diverged and pursued different paths in the realm of the music industry, there’s a string of phrases that keep bubbling up.

“I’m not doing what I want”

“I don’t know what my next step is”

“I don’t know where I should move”

“Everybody’s getting engaged. Shit.”

As an outsider looking in, all of these individuals would be classified as successful contributors to society. Making a life for themselves, forging ahead in an industry filled with uncertainty. But after just a few minutes of talking, we all had similar things to say. The same insecurities, the same fears, the same unsteadiness that comes with working in a field without corporate ladders to cling to and climb.

I guess what it all comes down to, is nobody knows what they’re doing. Even if their Instagram is sparkly and impressive, even if they are managing to work full time in music, even if they have a sweet job and a great apartment with two Keurigs.

I feel so lucky to have people in my life willing to open up to me, willing to have bigger conversations to try and figure out what our role is here in our communities and on this crazy blue marble of a planet. All we can do is take it one step at a time, tell people you love them, and remember to breathe (preferably with a glass of wine in your hand).


Thanks for reading. You are beautiful.