2012 was a big year for me; it began with the release of Hello Cruel World and ended with a lot of year-end “best of” lists, including Performing Songwriter’s #2 album of 2012 and Proper Records’ country album of the year. In between was an eleven month long tour. After a break for the holidays, Barry Walsh and I are headed back out on the road, and beginning with our UK/Europe tour in late February, I’ll be bringing a live concert CD/DVD/book, Woman On The Wheel: Live From The Hello Cruel World Tour 2012 with me. I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s an exclusive, limited edition release, for now only available at shows.
The CD was recorded in April 2012 at Hugh’s Room, the famed Toronto listening venue, with Barry Walsh and Christine Bougie. It contains live versions of all eleven songs from Hello Cruel World plus three bonus tracks: “On A Bus To St. Cloud”, “To Say Goodbye” and the Jagger/Richards classic “Wild Horses”.
The DVD contains an hour-long retrospective of the Hello Cruel World tour, with behind the scenes footage and five full length, full band live performances recorded at the January 2012 CD release show in Nashville, plus full length performances from Cambridge Folk Festival (with legendary bassist Danny Thompson) and Music City Roots (with David Henry). Also included on the DVD are the music videos “The Matador”, “Idlewild”, “Hello Cruel World”, “Saint Francis”, and the full Hello Cruel World EPK. Extra bonus features include some beautiful desktop wallpapers for your computer based on Gina Binkley’s album art.
The CD and DVD are both contained within a 60 page full-color hard cover book, featuring photographs (many of them contributed by fans and friends along the way) and mementos from the tour, with essays by me and Barry Walsh about the making of the album, the tour, and the songs that comprise Hello Cruel World.
I can’t wait to share this project with you. It’s a tour journal, a snapshot of an incredible year, and most of all, a love letter to all of you who helped make it so special for us by coming out and sharing an evening of songs. See you out there!