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"After the Fire," my new album with Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Frechette, released two weeks ago and I'm pleased to announce that we've sold out of our initial run of physical album copies. Thank you!! More copies are on the way so if you didn't get a chance to pick one up yet we should have them back in stock in about a week. Feel free to head to the Dan and Laurel online store to purchase your signed copy and we'll send it out to you just as soon as we have them back in hand.

In other news, we're concentrating a lot of our publicity efforts in Canada, where we've traditionally had the most robust reception for our sound. Canada has a strong Roots music scene and pre-Covid we were honored to play alongside amazing talent at a number of their folk festivals, some favorites being the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Trout Forest Festival, as well as taking part in the Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous house concert circuit. We're hopeful that we'll be able to relive all those memories and make some new ones sooner then later, but for now, we've been honored to have our album featured in a number of publications, including a piece by Darryl Sterdan of the Tinnitist, plus our single "Make Me Come Alive" was chosen as a "top 20 hit pick" for the month of February on Cashbox Radio, and was featured this past Friday on Jan Vanderhorst's long running show "Just Us Folk." If you'd like your local station to consider us, please request us, or send an email with the station name and ideally, the DJ we should reach out to.

We hope that those of you who have had the chance to check out our new songs are enjoying them! If you haven't had a chance to listen yet, you can find us on most streaming platforms (yes, we're dipping our toes into the 21st century), or better yet, help show your support by purchasing a physical copy or a digital download.

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