Wolf Trap. It’s mecca for a Mary Chapin fan.

Washington, D.C.: where history nerds go to nerd.

As you can tell, I was in absolute heaven all weekend.

A short one. Honestly I was gonna get more footage on this trip and then I just…enjoyed the moments with my family and kept the camera in my bag. Not a bad way to be, but a short vlog!

St. Louis was a beautiful city and that Arch is SUPER COOL. We need more arches in our cities. That’s my new campaign platform.

Fault Lines

24 Jul

New song…post-apocalyptic party folk.

July & the Heat

20 Jul

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Busy summer over here! It’s 102 today…we’ve all just accepted it as Central Texas residents, but it doesn’t mean I don’t yearn for Canada EVERY SINGLE DAY. I chose Canada because it seems far enough away not to get a heatwave but what do I know. Anyway, in the meantime, a photo-log (PHLOG!):

Played a wedding, it was not 1000 degrees, it didn't rain, and I did not ruin the most important day of the Bride's life so I feel like that was a success! #nerds

I played a wedding and there were no incidents with Melissa McCarthy crashing it with 9 puppies. Other than no puppies, it was super fun. Happy Day Lauren and Luke!

Spirit is Ageless

I spent the 4th of July at Luckenbach and got to accompany Tina Wilkins for her “Ageless” choir. FLASH MOB. Super fun! Super hot. But more fun. (Photo by Dave Hensley).

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole. @jasonisbell was fantastic tonight. 🙌

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit rocked ACL Live. Pure rock and brilliant songwriting.

Spent the week as a mentor for #realliferealmusic songwriter camp with @susangibsonmusic and @kyle_real_life. 10 girls in treatment who have faced things I can't fathom surviving. They wrote songs about their lives and recorded them. Today they play them

I helped teach songwriting camp for a bunch of teenage girls who have had some real STUFF happen in their lives. It was an incredible week and I learned about 1000x’s more than I bet we taught. Overcoming adversity…some of us have no idea what others around us have to deal with. These girls have dealt with it all. They wrote beautiful songs.

Thanks #sanangelo! I needed a rain shower and some lovely people today and you delivered. Thanks to @bsimpson80 for sharing his gig!

I played a gig an San Angelo with my buddy Bob Simpson, and then I hit an armadillo on the way home. That was after this glorious rain/sunset photo, though.

The internet is swell because my friends can come over and we can play a gig and I don't have to load out gear. Thanks @humsongs! You were great! : @beagleage

Heather Miller came over for a Concert Window and we made music on the internet. I realized I really own no chairs, so we sat on the bed.

When Texas gets all Texas you deal with it in popsicles. #homeslippershang

Popsicles at Emily’s house because SUMMER.

Testing out the #folkrap track on this boom box for legit-ness and it sounds AWESOME. New single coming soon!

I’m in the studio with Mark Addison working on the folk rap and this is the only way I wanna listen to folk rap now…on a badass old boombox. Mark has all kinds of fancy speakers but…these. Money & Heart and some other things coming soon!

Coming up soon is a very special trip for a very special run of Musical Tourism…but more about that later. I’m off to find another Popsicle.

Lightning Is Here

23 Jun

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It’s out! Happy June 23rd…my only hope is that Taylor Swift drops her new single that she hasn’t talked about but we all know is coming on the same day. Anything? No? Ok. ANYWAY…

I am so proud of this song, and welcome to the age of 2017 where I am making singles so I can release stuff more than once every 4 years. This particular track was born at Rubicon Studio in South Austin, where my main producer dude and brother of another, Daniel Barrett, had me sit in a chair, play the guitar part on acoustic, play the guitar part on electric, and had me sing it. I then had to go to a meeting or something, and we parted ways.

Next thing I know he sends over a track with some killer beats and that SWEET bass line you hear.

NEXT thing I know Dan says “I think cello,” and Brian Standefer puts this incredibly lovely cello on top that really just makes the song what it is.

NEXT thing I know I’m meeting Emily Shirley at Rubicon where Dan gets the most lovely harmony parts laid out and Emily just nails every line.

Next thing we send it over to Mark Hallman at Congress House Studio for a good master (which makes it sound all good and stuff).

Next thing I know Dave Hensley has graciously allowed the use of his lightning photo for the album artwork because it is called, get this, “Lightning.”

NEXT THING YOU KNOW…it’s in your earholes, I hope. Here is every link I have for Lightning access. You can stream it, you can buy it (that’d be awesome!), you can share it (that’d be awesome x’s 10)…overall, please listen. It was made with love by some really great people that I love.

Available to Buy:

Direct download: http://janapochop.bandcamp.com

iTunes/Apple Music: http://bit.ly/jpo-lightning

Amazon: http://bit.ly/jpolightning

Google Play: http://bit.ly/googlelightning

Streaming on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/3YV99IqnUm5nxse4ffk06f

Words can’t really describe so I made a vlog. What a time in Nashville! Thanks to Heidi and MCC and gin.

Lightning is Coming

30 May

It’s time! I’ve been working on this for a while, and inside I have been CHOMPING AT THE BIT (why the horse metaphor? I don’t know) to get this in everyone’s ears because I am incredibly proud of this.

Daniel Barrett, producer in arms, is at the helm on this one again and there are some other very cool people involved in this whole process but guess what? Since we have a month ’til this comes out I’m going to tell you all about everything…slowly. Hehhehheh.

For now, you can pre-order it like a champ at Bandcamp.com. More pre-order options coming soon if you’re an Apple Music or iTunes fan.

Hey Hey L.A.

23 May

I’ve been back for…well, a while now…but my L.A. trip was fantastic, and here’s the video to prove it.

That was from a Tuesday night at Kulak’s Woodshed. Thanks to Toni Koch and Jimmy Yamagishi for getting me on the line up! This is a new, thus far unrecorded song.

I played a gig on a deck in Topanga Canyon (thanks Michele!) one morning…


I played a gig in a bookstore with Captain America looking on:


And I did a fun hour on L.A. Talk Radio (that’s host with the most Carl Percival) for The Creative Muse Hour hosted by Toni Koch and Carl!


Havilah Rand and I spent a fun day in Huntington Beach (Hi Carol!) before we played a house concert together, and I snapped a shot of the sunset. It really looks like that out there, you guys. I can see why California inspires all the things. Well, not ALL of them but a dang great deal of them. It’s too pretty.

That #huntingtonbeach #sunset tonight 🙏🎆

Oh yeah, and I walked a hole through my flip flop in Hollywood Blvd. (to be fair, the shoe was pretty old) and found Amy Poehler’s star. One step closer to our combined Netflix show, “Here Comes the Po Po.” Don’t doubt me, now.

This one was fun to encounter. #hollywood

I will be back, Los Angeles.

California Bound

21 Apr

Super excited to head to the Best Coast and play some shows, do some workshops, and soak up that songwriter sunshine that seems to be so plentiful in Los Angeles!

A big huge thanks to Toni Koch of The Creative Muse Hour and TK Promo, and her partner in crime, Carl Percival…they’re promoting, wrangling, and hosting all of this, and keeping this Albuquerque kid in line whilst in the City of Angels.

Here’s how this went down. Taylor Swift was playing a show in Houston the night before the Super Bowl. You could not buy tickets. You had to win tickets, either through a sweepstakes (er, Swiftstakes) or by having the TS Team find you on social media because you’re a raging Swift fan and give you a pass to the show. This may shock you, but while I might be a Swiftie, I’m not a social media power Swifter. I knew that wasn’t going to work and my fortune with sweepstakes is historically low.

Time to take matters into my own hands. Aside from Taylor, the other big player in this show was AT&T/DirectTV…the sponsor of the whole thing. Since Melinda Ann and I had successully vlogged a T-Swift show before, I thought I’d reach out to AT&T corporate and see if we could go as…you know…vloggers. The most charming email I could write was sent to several people at AT&T (and I can spin a charming e-missive, you know).

Eric from AT&T answered, and he said he’d try to work it out. 2 weeks later, after I had given up and was deciding I should spend Super Bowl Saturday doing…nothing…Eric came through with 2 passes. NOT ONLY two tickets to the show, but we also got to get all VIP Party with it. It was so fun I had to split it into 2 vlogs. Here we go:

The moral of the story here…well, I’ve been saying it’s “Just Ask.” I’d like to think the asterisk on this (so, it’d actually be more like “Just Ask*”) is to offer something, and have the goods to back up the offer of usefulness. I’m glad I didn’t have to tell Eric I was a vlogger and then not have any vlogs to show for it. I was a year into the process and by then I had quite the backlog.

I don’t know if Eric dug the vlog aspect, or the email, or if he is just a really nice dude (we know he is!), but it was necessary in my mind to accompany The Ask with The Offer. Something to think about going forward…and if any of you guys want something seemingly out of reach…try to be useful and then just go for it.

Thanks to Eric and AT&T and DirectTV and TAYLOR SWIFT and her people because…a heck of a good time was had. Let’s do this again? Yes? Yes.