Happy Autumn! And a video for you!

The last few months have flown by! We had a busy summer, with family, fun, work and music filling our days. It was wonderful to see so many friends and fans at our shows. The highlight for us was probably performing at McMinnville’s Concerts on the Plaza.  (Check out a video of “The Ride”… and thanks to Phil Guzzo for filming us that night!)

We’ve just recently returned from several days at a folk music conference in Seattle, and we’re inspired to move forward with our music. Our plan is to take the next few months off from performing so that we can write some new songs, and do some more recording. We’re looking forward to seeing you at shows in 2018!

Local Roots, Rescheduled

Wow, this has been a crazy winter already here in Oregon… I’m writing this with snow still visible out my window, and rain falling heavily on the roof!

Because of the unexpectedly large snow event last week, the Local Roots live show was postponed.  We do have a new date though – mark your calendars for Wednesday April 12th!

We’ve added a couple of new shows to our calendar… in addition to playing at Troon in Carlton on Feb 11, we’ll also be there Memorial Day weekend (May 27th).  We’ll also be back at the McMinnville Farmers’ Market on August 17th.  We’re continuing to book more shows for the year, so keep checking our shows page for the latest additions!   And mark your calendars now to join us at Troon Tasting Room on Saturday February 11th!

New Year Update…Local Roots Live Series, The HeartCore and more!

We know what you’re thinking…things have been quiet in LH land, especially when you consider how busy we were in November!  But have no fears, we have not forsaken all of our fans; we have been busy doing some behind the scenes work.  We’ve been polishing some of our older songs, sprucing up the arrangements and/or adding new instruments, writing a few more new songs and getting those ready to perform, project planning, business meetings and more.

Our show schedule in the coming months is intentionally more sparse, as we soak in the dark, thoughtful, and creative time of the year.  We have a couple of big projects that we are starting, (now, now, we aren’t going to spill the beans just yet) so that will take some of our energy.  But primarily, our plans are to spend plenty of time writing and perfecting new material, so we can emerge, come springtime, with a sparkly new set of songs for you all, dear ones!

We are excited and can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store.  We are so grateful for all of your love and support in 2016.  Many of you contributed to our fundraiser, bought our EP, listened to our music on spotify, and have come to multiple shows.  We are in awe of you, and could not have come so far without you all by our side!  So, we decided to come up with a name for our lovely community; The HeartCore!  And you are all members!  Thank you, thank you for staying with us!

The last little bit of news is quite possibly the most exciting of all!  Luminous Heart has been invited to play the Local Roots Live Series at the Alberta St. Pub in Portland!  Each month, the “series showcase(s) some of the regions best musicians performing their music live and being recorded for later broadcast on the ‘Local Roots’ radio show”. (https://www.facebook.com/localrootsmusicnw/) on http://kmuz.org/!  So if you can’t make the show, you’ll be able to hear the live recording on the radio (we’ll keep you posted on when).  But if you’re free this Wednesday evening, come see us, as well as a few other great bands.

Well, that about does it for this update.  We hope you all had a great holiday season and look forward to seeing you soon!

Much Love,

Val and Jamie

Shows and cds!

Wow… it’s been about 6 weeks since we released our debut EP Possibility, and we have been very busy! We’ve played a lot of shows, including several showcases at the FAR-West conference in Bellevue, WA, and we already have some dates booked for 2017!  In addition, we’re getting low enough on copies of our new CD that we’ll be producing more in the new year!

If you’re on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, or other online music services, please look us up, give us a review or consider making a playlist based on our music… every little bit helps get our music out there to a wider audience!

We have some exciting news about a local project we’re working on… stay tuned for an announcement coming in a few weeks, or join our mailing list to get all of our news first.

And if you’d like to come say hi in person, we’ll be playing in Carlton at Troon Tasting Room this coming Saturday (Thanksgiving weekend in wine country!) from 2-4pm, and then next month at Eagle’s Nest Artisan Studio in McMinnville on 12/17 (your one chance to hear us sing some holiday tunes), and closing out the year back at Studio 154 /Independence Grill in Independence. (See our shows page for more details.)  Hope to see you at a show!


Val and Jamie

Flash sale: Our new EP available on Bandcamp!

Ok, folks, this is a super special flash sale… our official release date is October 1st, we’ll have cds and download cards available at our Release Party on September 30, but for about 18 hours, you can buy the digital album on our Bandcamp page for 30% off!

Here’s the info you need: go to our Bandcamp page (https://luminousheart.bandcamp.com), select the album Possibility, choose “buy now” and then enter the code “earlypossibility”! You can also listen to the album there (you can stream the songs up to 3 times).

Hope you enjoy it! And don’t forget to join us this coming Friday in McMinnville from 6:30-8:30pm for our Release Party at the Willamette Valley Vineyards Tasting Room!

New album, and release party!

We are super excited to announce that our 6 song EP Possibility will be available on October 1st! Check your preferred online music source (iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) and get ready to download the album! (You can hear the title song right now on our Bandcamp page: https://luminousheart.bandcamp.com/releases)

We want to send out a big thank you again to our fundraiser supporters… you made Possibility possible! We emailed out download codes for the album this week, so if you’re a backer and didn’t receive the newsletter with your code, please let us know.

Our EP Release party will be Friday September 30th from 6:30-8:30 at Willamette Valley Vineyards tasting room in downtown McMinnville. There’s no cover fee, and we’ll play for you and provide some light snacks, as well as having the EP available for sale. We’ll also leave some time to just sip and chat! (The tasting room will have wine for sale by the glass or bottle.) Please come on down and show your support for live, local music!

And thanks again to all our friends, family and fans. Whether you backed our fundraiser, or have given us words or hugs of encouragement, or attended our shows, you’ve all helped us bring our dream to life, and we are so grateful. We are heading up to Seattle next month to share our music and vision with a wider audience, and we’ll do so knowing that we have your love and support!