News for a Summer Night

blogspot on July 6th, 2010 No Comments

It’s been three weeks since my last post, and for that I apologize. I like to keep the interested fans informed on what is happening with Ivory Hill. Lately, I have taken a short breath of fresh air (more like a gasp) in order to keep my head on straight while pursuing many different aspects of music business.

Since the last post, I have been working about 25 hours a week at the Academy of Rock in Lincoln, NE. This is a great place for kids to spend their summer, and learn from Lincoln’s finest how to rock like the legends. In these 10 weeks I have the opportunity to work with dozens of children, to educate them on how to play guitar, bass, drums, keys and even sing! We perform many classic rock songs to inform the children on what their parents did before they were born, and let the kids express themselves in ways they never knew they could.

I have also begun teaching several new students privately. Not only at my home in Eagle, but a my studio in Lincoln, NE. I now have over 10 private full-time students that keep me on my toes, and make sure that I practice so there’s knowledge for me to pass on.

With these new adventures working with aspiring musicians, I have not performed at a live music venue in about 3 weeks. I am excited to get back on stage July 9th at Mo Java. After that performance, I will be very busy again for the remainder of the summer, playing at a few retirement communities, as well as some Bridal Shows in order to get fully booked for the summer of 2011. August will bring more Bridal Shows, but the highlights of the month are the BIG performances. As of now, I have 8 scheduled performances that month. 3 of those shows will be at the Sturgis Rally celebration festival known as “Party On The Prairie.” This event takes place at the Wild Mustang Ranch in Belle Fourche, very close to where the rally begins. My 3 sets will happen on August 6th, 8th (I will headline this night, performing at 9:00 pm), and 10th. This will be one of the largest venues I have ever performed, and I am counting on an amazing show from me and the guys.

What “guys” you ask? Well, that brings me to my next big piece of news. I have assembled a backing band to accompany me this fall for my bigger performances. While Irene Taylor will assist with the acoustic shows, Jason Hill (Drums), Chris Scheidies (Bass), and possibly Joshua Rector (Fiddle/Guitar) will light up the stage with their combined talents and enthusiasm. These 4-man shows are bound to be some of the most exciting sets I have ever done, and I can’t wait to watch the action on film.

The last big update is the announcement of “Hymns of His Birth”, the acoustic Christmas album that will be released November 1st, 2010. This Holiday season, I hope you will join me in commemorating the day our Savior entered this earth by listening to my renditions of timeless Christmas classics, as well as a song or two written by me for our Lord. Starting today you can pre-order the album for $7.99 by sending payment to on PayPal and including the message “Christmas Pre-Order”. Your copy of the album will be shipped October 27th for guaranteed delivery on the date of release.

That is all for now, please stay tuned for more Ivory Hill updates, and don’t forget to check the updated tour list for a show near you!

Much Love, and God Bless

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