Well, that’s a mouthful. I’ve used the acronym for the FAR-West conference here before, but there’s also SWRFA (Southwest Region), NERFA (not a foam football, but the Northeastern Region) and even FARM (Midwest, you betcha, yeah). They are all part of the Folk Alliance International, and, as I may have mentioned before, I’m going to their big shindig in Irvine, October 10, 11, and 12.

I may have also mentioned that I’m an Official Showcase Artist for the conference! (Yay!) This is a huge honor, considering that many of the finest singer-songwriters will be there, as well as venue owners from all over the West (places I hope to play soon). Some of the acts who will be performing on the same stage are Vance Gilbert, and Red Moon Road,  along with my pals Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements, John Zipperer and Friends,  and The Tall Men Group.

And YOU can attend as well! My showcase is Friday night, October 11. I play at 8pm, but if you can, come at 6:30 and catch Shelby and Tieg. The show is only 10 bucks, sold through Brown Paper Tickets, though you can also buy tickets at the door. It’s at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, in Salon C. I know it’s a schlep for some of you, but it’ll be a hell of a show with a big, fun, music-lovin’ crowd.

COOL THING IN OCTOBER #2!! I will be doing my second-ever HOUSE CONCERT on October 26th at Julie’s Joint, one of the coolest House Concert venues, which just happens to be run by Julie Maxey Zipperer, wife of the aforementioned John Zipperer. I’m sharing the bill with these amazing songwriters: Kevin Fisher (composer of Rascal Flatt’s “Another Love Song”), Brad Colerick, and John himself.

Oh, and I was selected as one of the TOP TEN ARTISTS on (It’s a support site for independent musicians, performers and bands). I’m pretty sure I won that title because of all of you who are kind enough to receive my ramblings every month. And I’m SO grateful to all the folks who have come to see me perform this past year. Sometimes when I’m singing my tunes, in a room with a bunch of you sitting there, I can’t believe how lucky I am.

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