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California, Dreaming?

27 Feb

Now living on the Mexico beach, seeking both inspiration and quiet to remaster the “Here.” tracks for a proper release, plans are now underway for a 6-week tour through the state of California. Keep posted for more information here as I have it.

The new release this year, “Darlene“, is a remastered version of 2008’s previous European release, “Here.“, an import that I let go of hastily and was out of my hands before I had time to really work on the masters.  ‘Darlene‘, hopefully, contains the kind of tracks and “finished” sound that I expect in a real release, and I’ve managed to complete the first two tracks from those masters; both tracks are available on both SoundCloud and BandCamp, for streaming and for sale, respectively.  The goal is to complete the album masters by mid-march, and I am currently working towards being done with these by that timeline.

As “Here.” was never truly released to the public officially — save for hand-to-hand sales at shows in Poland and Romania, this will give me the chance to properly distribute this album and focus on the next two or more, resources allowing.  Several of the songs, at the same time, have been making the rounds; specifically “Darlene” and “Sin”.

Latitud 32 Cafe, Tijuana Mexico

Performing at places like the Latitud 32 above, Julean lives on the beaches of Tijuana while working on the remasters from the "Here." album.

My time in Mexico has been a coincidence, and a month later I actually find myself missing the States … (a little bit).  As usual, it takes me a little while to fully get my brain around a new currency (just imagine walking into a grocery store and seeing $240 for *anything* … ).  I’ve managed a few shows here in this current city but spend most of my time near the beach, being solitary or spending time with new friends, whichever is applicable for the mood I’m in.  January found me performing a lot in the cafes along the beach.  I never pay for coffee anymore.  Meals are ‘on the house’.  The people in Mexico are a very giving and very appreciative of music and their makers.  This month much of my time is spent these days organizing and mastering the ‘Laura’ album, and now doing research for a California tour.

This tour should begin with one (confirmed) show at the House of Blues in March, in downtown San Diego.  It’s just a showcase performance, so I thought it might be worthwhile to use the Spring to my advantage.  What do you guys think?  If there are any California listeners out there, be sure to let me know and I can look into booking shows in your town.

Either way, you can track live upcoming Julean and the Rai performances at SongKick; you’ll know the minute that I do.  Or maybe a few seconds later.

San Francisco, California

18 Dec Troubadouring in downtown San Francisco

It was probably the promise of warmth that spurred my traveling musician act into San Francisco.  My arrival, however, has been marked with cold rain and varied experiences.  Performing outdoors, which I’ve always loved doing (more or less), has become slightly impossible.  I’ve done so just the same, really — selling CDs and meeting people face-to-face.  And at the same time, a few opportunities have come my way while haunting here in San Francisco.

Julean Rai; beardy and in-cognito in San Francisco

I’ll be performing on the ballroom stage at the Green Tortoise Hostel in North Beach on the day after Christmas, the 26th of December.  More details will be posted in the gig area.  For now, I’m still here, and I’ve run into a few busy listeners here in SF; would love to run into a few more.

So if you see me, flag me down — I’m all beard-y and incognito, always carrying the guitar with me wherever I go.  Generally hard to miss.  I’ll give you a personal copy of the CD and we can grab some beers at Vesuvio off of Broadway.

Julean Off the Grid, Again … But the Website Stays Online

18 Dec Off to another Troubadour adventure

Hey friends and listeners. This is Julean. I’ve decided to move the official site to a new blog format and keep it hosted here on WordPress; mainly because I want to make sure that the info stays up even when I go ‘off the grid’. Which is something I do, occasionally, so be warned. In any case, though, this blog stays up with any updates and info about albums, releases, shows, tracks, and just about anything else relevant some of you’d like to know.

And without making any grand promises, I’m considering a few features that might be useful here. All tracks made available, of course, to start. A travel journal so you guys can keep up with me. And maybe a forum to touch base and stay connected with each other, and with me.

As I always have, I appreciate your kind words and appreciation of what I make and do, and am doing this to make sure we always have a place to come to; myself included. Expect a slew of updates to get started, as I move all of the older information here, to the blog. From there on out, I will update everybody as I can.

Take care, everyone, and hope to see you ‘out there’ while I’m traveling about —

Julean Rai

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