Every now and again, even Durham pop stars like me have to take a break. This December, I’m chilling with family and finishing up some personalized songs for my upcoming EP, Purdy Personal. I’m looking forward to sharing more tunes, playing more shows and raising more hell in 2018. Stay tuned, y’all!
11/5 had me shakin’ my thang at a hookah bar in Charlotte for Mimi Benfield’s show, Funny HaHa. I shared the stage with Normal Dennis, a shock-electro musical comic who gives out recipes after each show. I look forward to trying that omelette, Dennis.
On the 18th, I performed in a Game of Thrones inspired Drag Show to benefit The Compass Center for Women and Families. The turnout was huge and it was nice to shake my Fanny Pack for a good cause again. Hopefully one of you got pictures...
The music video for “Gay Money” was released October 11th. So far, it hasn’t been censored by YouTube. I’m really proud of this video. Thanks to BadKat for the top-notch filming & editing.
On 10/29, I played Arcana with Majestic Vistas and case sensitive. It’s a cozy little venue with tarot readings and antique furniture. Both groups were fantastic and I’m honored they shared the stage with a weirdo like me.
This September, I was the maid of (dis)honor for my friend Deb, AKA Platypussy. The following day, I packed up my suits and dresses and headed off to Europe. I took a train up to NYC to fly out of JFK and got to chill with Homoground creator Lynn before flying out. Lynn rocks.
[insert tour pic]
Performing overseas is usually the highlight of my year, and this trip did NOT disappoint. Highlights include performing with Hannan Azlan & Amelia Hunter in Leipzig, and shooting the video for “Gay Money” with BadKat.
9/24 I performed at Legend’s Pride show in Raleigh. Lance Bass of N*Sync was hosting the main event, but sadly we didn’t cross paths. It’s cool. I left him a note on his car…because its. gonna. be. me.
I also made some new buds, the mega-talented JoRose & Unisex. Looking forward to seeing more from y’all!
9/30 Found me at performing The Bar Durham with Big Freedia (of Beyoncé fame) headlining. It was super packed and security was so tight that they barely let me onstage. I showed the dude a picture of my face on the flyer and he was still skeptical. After a bartender vouched for me, they let me back to perform.
(I guess the thing about wearing a blonde wig on Pride is that you might be some random drag queen. I mean, I kind of AM some random drag queen, but I was also performing that night.)
The club was at capacity, and it was incredibly energizing thing to perform for so many people. I don’t know the exact numbers, but one of the promoters said around 2,000. All I know is, it was a lot! Cheers!
Despite YouTube being all censor-y, I rocked “Fanny Pack” live at the Pinhook for Eyes Up Here, 8/10. It felt like a cast party and there’s a great live video on Facebook...
“Fanny Pack” was released this month and might just be the most fun video i’ve ever shot. I know I've said it before, but I don’t know how we didn’t get kicked out of that Chuck-E-Cheese parking lot..
Huge thanks to Chelsea for her tireless work filming and editing and to the Fanny Dancers for bringin’ it!
At the time of this writing, the video is banned on YouTube. I’m PISSED.
[Edit: Update] The video is now no longer banned, but age-restricted.
Seriously. A video with no profanity, drug use, violence, or pornography….just FANNY PACKS…is age restricted.
I shake my fanny at YOU, YouTube censors.
June 3rd found me out in the Duke Park meadow for the 2017 Beaver Queen Pageant, a local ecological fundraiser. I competed in it last year as Purdy Holsom Beaver (creative, eh?). This time, I wrote a song for my friend Deb aka Platypussy Galore. The name of the song? "Platypussy."
On the 7th, I performed at Kings in Raleigh for an Eyes Up Here Showcase, led by the talented Erin Terry. As always, the EUH crowd was fantastic and the performers rocked the house.
The Charm City Comedy Fest was incredible. I met some nice, talented folks up there, and even got invited to do a second night after my first performance went well. After my baltimore shows, I met up with my old friend Turtle, and we went to an Ethiopian place that served Amish honey. Gotta love the culinary diversity of DC!
April showers have brought monsoon-like weather the past week, and with it, disease. Well, for me, anyway. I'm currently sniffling through some kind of nasty cold. As I sit here and sip my medicinal whiskey and honey, I'm also writing new stuff and polishing up some songs that have been in the works a while.
I released "Dietary Restrictions" as a single yesterday, so look for it on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all the other digital places in the next month.
Oh! And speaking of next month, I'm going to Baltimore for the Charm City Comedy Fest. I lived there for a bit about a decade ago and am excited to go back and see old friends. My set will be at Zissimo's, May 12th, 10pm. Fellow NC comic Lauren Faber will be teaching a workshop earlier in the day, so we should really just show up early, day drink, and stay there into the night. What's more Baltimore than that?
Back in February, I got news that two of my songs were semi-finalists in the International Songwriting Competition, "Dubstep" and "Ladies Don't Crap." Some of the celebrity judges subjected to my music included: Lorde, Ziggy Marley, India Arie, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Martie McGuire (Dixie Chicks), Chris Cornell.
I didn't move on to Finals this year, but hey, at least one of the Dixie Chicks heard "Dubstep." #Goals
When I wasn't working the day job or writing to my representatives, I filmed parts of my music video, "Fanny Pack." It's a parody of "SexxyBack," dedicated to my favorite accessory. I had the help of the Eno River Women's Rugby Team and the talents of local graphic artist/all-around badass Chelsea Robinson. I look forward to sharing the finished product with you!
Unlike other video shoots, I didn't get kicked off the premises anywhere we filmed. It's a little...strange. Especially since we were throwing lunch meat around outside Chuck E Cheese for a solid two hours. *shrug* I guess Durham had better things to worry about that day.