Well, it’s not Fall in Texas yet because it’s still NINETY DEGREES (seriously, I am now on some sort of countdown plan to live in a place with Real Fall, except I will return to Texas to avoid Real Winter).

It’s been busy since we got back from tour, which…for some reason I thought it’d be kind of calm and a nice time to settle back into routine, except No. But that’s quite all right because busy is good, as they say (unless you’re in one of those movies where you’re the character that’s a workaholic and life passes you by and you realize your kids hate you and you quit your job and find yourself but that’s not what we’re dealing with here). Anyway.

I played my first real gig at Luckenbach, kids! Courtney Patton (AMAZING) asked me to be her guest along with Kelley Mickwee (ALSO AMAZING) and we had ourselves a great time.

Kelley’s view

My view

I also got to open for the fabulous Elizabeth Wills in Dallas at Poor David’s Pub, which is known for having the best sound on the planet. E-Dub was amazing and we celebrated with a Dallas view from a rooftop.


MY friend Chad had to be in Texas for work, but I kidnapped him and we got to see some music at Gruene Hall (some fine folks named Chris and Adam Carroll and SusanG!). Chad also got to see a lot of I-35. Welcome to Texas, we have orange barrels.


I’m having a blast teaching at Girl Guitar this semester…a little CAGED Guitar Theory and Songwriting. They always have classes starting and I’ll be back there in the new year if I get my way – they’re too cool to stay away from!

Next up – a trip up to New York City to play tourist with my college buddies. I am sure that will warrant a blog post and I won’t wait 2 months to post it. Onward!

Phew! We left home August 5th, and we’ll head back after the Lubbock show tonight. It’s been a pretty spectacular tour, with grand views, great gigs, nice people, friendly hosts, excellent food…I know people gush on social media in superlatives but we had ourselves a pretty good time if I do say so. Some highlights of the random sort:

We saw Straight Outta Compton in Casper, WY.
I have been reading Jerry Heller’s book “Ruthless” as well. Good stuff.

Flathead Lake in Montana was smoky from the fires but it made for spooky photos…

Matthew McConaughey was down the road from my mom filming a movie called Gold in Albuquerque. I kept tabs on the catering tent.

We got to hang with my guitar hero Michael O’Connor in Denver and he and Susan did a great Concert Window show

I heard it’s not 1000 degrees in the San Marcos/Austin area so I think it’s safe to head back. Next on the plate: teaching class at Girl Guitar this fall! Join me!


Long time no blog again! Like…for all of August. We’ve been having a great tour across the Northwest and are in the last week of it all – winding it down in New Mexico. We’ve had great gigs and hung out with some great people!

Look at all those cool shirts!

We’ve been shooting some hoops.

And the scenery is not bad!

And lots happening in the Fall…but for now, Instagram will have to do for a tour diary!

Girl Guitar

I’m happy to say I’ll be back for my second round of teaching with Girl Guitar in Austin. I taught songwriting this Spring and had the best time and met the best people. If you’re in Central Texas and you fall under the scope of “Girl with Guitar”…I’d love to see your face in class. Enrollment is limited. We’ll start September 17th and go through October with 6 week courses.

CAGED Lead and Theory

The CAGED theory is a way of revealing patterns of notes on the fretboard, therefore helping you to remember where all the notes are positioned. This is immensely helpful for finding new ways to play chords, find arpeggios, or being able to pick out a quick lead part in any key. This class will make you popular at parties and folk festivals, among other health benefits. CAGED Lead and Theory is taught by Jana Pochop.

*Please note: CAGED Lead class does not participate in the Girl Guitar Showcase.*
Cost for First-Timers: $160 (includes t-shirt)
Girl Guitar Alum: $135
*Get a friend to sign up and get $25 off!*
*Please note: Class fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. To sign up please email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com*

CAGED Lead with Jana- Thursdays, September 17th, 7-8pm



This class is designed to help you draw inspiration from your own life and use that inspiration to find your unique voice as a songwriter. You’ll learn how to get motivated to write, how to get all those wonderful words out of your head and onto paper, and how to arrange them into beautiful songs that could not have been written by anyone else but the one and only YOU! Songwriting is taught by Mandy Rowden, Jana Pochop, Cass Brostad or Jane Gillman.

Cost for First-Timers: $160 (Includes t-shirt)
Girl Guitar Alum: $135
*Get a friend to sign up and get $25 off!*
*Please note: Class fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. To sign up please email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com*
Songwriting with Jana-Thursdays, September 17th, 8:15-9:15 (No class October 15th)

Something weird happened, guys. If you’re reading this, you may be a proud owner of a JPO 2016 campaign t-shirt, pictured here.


It all started with a flippant Facebook post to promote a real gig:


Followed by like…a lot of people saying, “YEAH!” and “We want the t-shirt!”

Which led to me looking for a fast t-shirt designer site online to make a mock up of my campaign slogan on a shirt, which led me to TeeSpring.com, where I found out you can sell shirts without having to print them yourself OR ship them yourself. Glory!

I thought I’d sell a few, so I decided to gather celebrity endorsements.

Turns out I have a great group of supporters (and I knew it, but I didn’t know it applied to my political career as well as my artistic life).  The campaign ended, and we sold 61 shirts!  Holy!  And not all of those were to my mother (as far as I know, she accounts for 1 sale, hi mom).

What does this all mean?  I’m not sure, other than THANK YOU, YOU BRILLIANT PEOPLE.  Also it might mean no one really wants to vote for any of the 8739920 real Presidential candidates.  It might mean that a slacker COULD really be President if they tried (hehehheh).  It might mean communities are awesome things to have and keep around and share your humor with, because what else are we gonna do to survive this election cycle?

The best part for me was making terrible photoshops of the shirt design on my obvious cabinet choices.



Also, if you are an entrepreneur in ANYTHING (music, art, widgets, existing) – you could gather your folks together and make a shirt.  And you can sell it.  And your tribe can all identify each other with their cool shirts.

Now, to plan the convention.  I’m thinking Duluth or Sacramento.

We had a great time in Red River this weekend for the first annual Red River Songwriters’ Summer Camp. We had 17 brave campers (no tents, real beds…for the creative spirit) and 7 teachers (that is a good ratio, right?). I got to nerd out on social media and talk to a bunch of folks about how to not be afraid of the social part of social media. I made a lot of notes:

Workshop - Red River, NM

Me trying to be teacherly.

We had class in the bar at the Motherlode Saloon – we joked that you can learn all day and forget it that night all in the same room.

Workshop - Red River, NM

We apparently exhausted our campers (in a good way). As one of them put it, my 90 minute session was a “firehose of information.” I think that’s a good thing.

Workshop - Red River, NM

Brandy, Kelley, and moi learning while Susan talks.

Head over to our Facebook page to get updates on dates for next year!

It’s been an intense week in Central Texas…if you’ve watched the news you know. I’ll spare the recap because it’s available elsewhere. HOW TO HELP.

Tonight we are doing a benefit to help out, because musicians gonna music and we give back when we can.


It’s amazing to see all the people who live here rally together in a time like this…puts a little plus mark in the “hope” column for the human race.

San Marcos
Fundraiser Shirt Design by Tour San Marcos, Texas

I am pleased to announce that my eBook “Money & Heart” is available exclusively on Kindle for a limited time promotion…and it’s heavily discounted! That’s how you roll on Amazon and I’m just happy to be in the massive behemoth of a store and available on your iPad or Fire or Galaxy or giant face phone or whatever you have.

Get it here.


I am also offering a new service on Social Thinkery called “Pick My Brain.” You get my brain for a long chat AND you get some follow up notes from me after out meeting. This is exciting, and if you feel like you’re sitting on a big pile of potential (that’s you) but you’re not sure on your next step…I can help with that. If you just need some clarity on your web presence or social media strategy, I can help with that, too. Stuck on how to book better and more gigs? Guess what? Yeah! Click here to pick it.

I had a really great time in Los Angeles…learned a lot about the city, played some music, heard lots more music, and met some really awesome folks! Grandmaster tour leader and connector of all things LA, Toni Koch from The Talent Tree Presents, was my hostess and chauffeur. I played an open mic at Kulak’s Woodshed on Monday night and met Kerrie Garside, a lovely and talented Australian songwriter in L.A. for the month. Jimi Yamagishi from SongNet loaned me a guitar for my stay because flying with guitars is, still in this advanced age of 2015, not very advisable. Yay Jimi!

The next night we played the Talent Tree night at 55 Degree Wine, and Kerrie and I had a great time joined by Teresa Crespo Hartendorp. Great venue and nice folks!

Wednesday I got to EAT LUNCH IN BEVERLY HILLS, Y’ALL (and take a bathroom selfie) at an AIMP luncheon about music in video games. Networking…it’s how we do.

I also got to have a chat with Kyler England, a songwriter I have been a fan of for a while and who is just…really amazing. It’s great when people let you pick their brains. I promise to only always pick brains for good, not for evil. (That sounds like a zombie thing). Anyway, listen to Kyler here.

Overall, great connections were made and I can’t wait to go back!

We all know where I stand on the topic of Mary Chapin Carpenter. She’s only one of the greatest American songwriters ever. I am fortunate sometimes when the Greatest comes to my neighborhood, and I get to see a show! My friend Heidi rolled into town from California – we’ve seen about 45 million MCC shows together (or like…8? A lot), and we road tripped down to Galveston for a night at The Grand Opera House. Amazing space, and it’s survived a couple of hurricanes.

I was scared to take photos because I don’t like getting kicked out of things I paid to see, but I did snag a set list.

Then, in a ridiculous twist of fate…MCC played 20 minutes from my house, but I could not go that night because I had a gig. A really cool gig…my friend Noelle Hampton and I organized a night called Popped! A Folk Tribute to Pop Music. We asked all our friends to come play one song each, and we gave all the money to Austin Pets Alive…it was pretty epic. Look at THIS set list:

We raised $1300! Here’s Noelle and Emily being awesome on a Hall & Oates cover:

Then Heidi and I took off to Oklahoma City because through some insane miracle of the internet (and the fact that I am always on it), I got front row seats for this show. See?

I had never sat that close before – I was studying, literally, at the feet of my hero. I got to see all the cool guitar stuff and that was worth the ticket price alone. Another crazy great show complete with a Q&A in which I asked what book MCC was reading. She replied with this suggestion, and I suggest you take it.

Then it was back to real life for about 2 says…then on to Los Angeles! That’s the next post.


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