Happy New Year!  A lot to look forward to in the coming year. A lot of challenges and unknowns too, but it occurred to me yesterday during yoga that sometimes struggle is more interesting than ease. I was trying to hold this stretched out pose where one knee is deeply bent and the other is straight and my legs kept shaking, not cooperating, I kept falling over, resetting the pose, falling over again...  It was frustrating.  I started feeling out of shape and weak, wondering when the class would be over, hoping nobody noticed me.  Eventually we moved on to another pose that was easier for me.  I zoned out a bit until noticing out of the corner of my eye that the woman behind me was struggling.  She kept falling, then getting back up, resetting.  I had nothing but admiration for her. I realized how much more strength it takes to get back up after you fall, how much stamina and growth she was building by not giving up. I wanted to cheer her on! It's nice once in awhile when things are easy, but it also gets boring really fast.  There's no story there, no triumph.  SO, let's all let our legs wobble a bit, live on that edge where we have to try a little harder, cheer each other on and come out of it with some great stories!

The highlight of my January will be a special show at Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn on 1/13 with my longtime friend Carolann Solebello.  We started Red Molly together back in 2004 (along with Laurie MacAllister) and though we haven't been on stage together since 2010, we were both in the RealWomenRealSongs project and are frequent attendees of the Jack Hardy Songwriters Exchange.

Really quick before I go- here's another video lesson from my Songbook.  This time I go through how to play "Honey on My Grave" on dobro.  Still a few copies of the book left if you haven't gotten one yet!

Stay warm and don't give up!  
I'll be cheering you on!
:) Abbie

PS- Coming soon:  The Turning Point (Piermont, NY), Voices Cafe (Westport, CT), Amazing Things (Framingham, MA), and a special Valentine's Day announcement...


Songbook released!


The Songbook is HERE!  I can't tell you how exciting it is to hold this book in my hands and send out copies one by one, looking at the states and names, autographing ones that ask for it...  I'm keeping the $20 pre-order price through the holidays, just to tempt you a little more.

Here's a quick video lesson on one of the songs in the book!




I had an incredible time last week in Nashville.  Two great writing sessions with the legendary David Olney, a full weekend of Dobro overload at Resosummit, and then a sold out show at The Bluebird! I got to jump in on vocals and dobro spontaneously with Tim O'Brien, someone I'm a HUGE fan of.  I played it cool during the show, but my inner 5-year-old was jumping up and down like I just had lunch with Strawberry Shortcake or something!  You can see the smile on my face in the picture below.  :)


New recording with Jim Henry


I've got so much to tell you! First- a gift! I have some killer gigs with the fabulous Jim Henry coming up and we threw together a little FREE recording to promote them! Click here to listen, or better yet, come see us in person in MA or NC.




My new T-shirts are here!!  Holy cow, it's got my name on it!  And the lyrics to my song Copper Ponies!  HOORAY!

Get one here or at a show!


JULY 2016


I've got a nice variety of different shows coming up this summer, including the beautiful Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT, The Pittsburgh Winery and The RI Folk Fest...


JUNE 2016


WAHOO it's finally here!  Jesse Terry and I will be kicking off the JOYFUL NOISE TOUR this Saturday night in Teaneck, NJ.  The tour goes from NJ to MA, stopping off in CT and NY before heading South to VA, Nashville and even Bristol, TN...




SUPER excited to announce the release of my 3-song EP with Jesse Terry!  Download for free right now via NoiseTrade. Tipping on NoiseTrade is super awesome and so appreciated, but not required:) Please help us spread this far and wide by sharing with your music-lovin’ friends and family!

These songs are previewing our big JOYFUL NOISE Tour that kicks off on June 4th!  We've got a slew of great shows at venues up and down the East Coast, all the way to Nashville, so I hope you can join us!



MAY 2016


May is gonna be fun... 1st gig on 5/6 is in my hometown with Jon Paul on guitar and vocals. 2nd gig is at The Sounding Board, a place I've played every year for the last decade or so!!  Jesse Terry opens the show and then we go full band...


APRIL 2016


What an amazing March I had.  The tour with Brooks Williams was somehow even better than expected!  Thanks to everyone for coming out and making it a big success! Despite a broken foot, I managed to do the... 


MARCH Birthday News


Hello Everybody!  Hooray! It's my birthday month!  March 3rd is the big day and nobody needs to know how old I am...





I'm happy to be home for a couple of weeks before my next couple of gigs.  I was able to try playing my dobro through some amps, at the Jim Henry show (spontaneously, on stage!) and then again at Molly & Eben's house (Eben, from Roosevelt Dime has a few really great amps)...




Happy New Year!!  Welcome to my brand new website!  Feel free to poke around and check out the pages & tell me what you think! I’m gearing up for a really fun new year of solo shows, collaborations and recordings...




This month I have my first truly SOLO gig in such a long time...




What a beautiful loooong Fall we’re having!  I keep getting confused about whether to wear a coat...