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Singing Britney Spears To The Historical Society

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

 

We woke up the day after Country Thunder and it felt like a dream. We had played on a huge stage in front of an amazing audience. We were treated so well and were in such great company. This was far and away the biggest show we have done. We were feeling pretty good.

One thing we love about what we do is that we get to play ALL kinds of different shows. We play in living rooms, in theaters, in schools, at festivals, in clubs...really no two shows are exactly alike for us and that keeps us on our toes.

That brings us to the show that we had in Ohio two days after we opened for Luke Bryan. It was July and it was HOT. We drove to Ohio for a show we were going to play that was hosted by the “Historical Society” in the local city park….outdoors. #Sweatfest2015

 

You guys, it was the sweetest audience. So many of the audience members were brought in on buses from their assisted living and nursing homes. We’re pretty sure they really had no clue who we were and no clue who Luke Bryan was...so telling them we had just opened for him meant literally nothing to them. It was so good for us to remember that humility is KEY! We had just come off of this BIG show and there was the possibility of us getting over-confident about it. But then we showed up in the lettuce-fields of Ohio and played to the sweetest audience who really could care less who we are. They just wanted to enjoy a night out in the park listening to music and being entertained. And we got to play a part in that....how cool is that?!

We debated whether or not we should play “Baby One More Time” (our slow-jam Britney Spears cover) and whether or not we should play our song “Skinny Jeans”...wondering if perhaps those songs were not the most appropriate for this particular audience.

But we are who we are and we do what we do, so we went for it. Do you know what it’s like singing “Get those skinny jeans out of my sight…” to rows full of Grandma’s and Grandpa’s? It’s REALLY FUNNY. Every once in awhile, we would make eye contact on stage and try not to totally just crack up.

But you know what? We got them clapping along, smiling, and whether they know what skinny jeans are or not, we think they actually had a good time! So it was a privilege to be able to spend the evening with them and all sweat together under that July sun. We are always thankful when we get the chance to share our songs with people. It’s the coolest feeling ever.


The next few days we’ll be talking about a trip to Canada we took at the end of July...how we met some new friends there and visited our wonderful friend Jann Arden. See ya tomorrow!

 

Release Week Wrap Up and Other Ramblings

Oh my goodness...We have had the best couple of weeks EVER....where to even begin? We finished the US tour with Kelly Clarkson/The Fray/Carolina Liar on Saturday (the 15th) in Nashville, TN. This was especially fun for us since we live in Nashville--nothing like ending a tour on your home turf :) And for realsies...we have never had more fun on a tour. We have been fans of The Fray since their first record came out, so every night you would see at least one or both of us side stage soaking up their show. Not only is their music heart-felt and catchy as anything--they are such nice, genuine people. Long talks over catering or scheming the next fun outing will be memories that will last. We are pumped to start the Australian leg of the tour with them tonight! Then there is Carolina Liar....these boys are just the sweetest, most fun people you'll ever meet! They brought such a level of energy & enthusiasm to ANYTHING we did. Whether it was watching them play a show & getting the crowd super pumped or playing basketball in the back of a venue parking lot in the middle of the night...you wanted to be around them cause you'd always be smiling. Seriously...those guys are THE BEST. Love them.

These boys are the greatest.

Okay...so that was the end of tour. The next day we had our album release show, but before the show we showed up at some of our "Thanks To You" contest winners' new digs & played them some songs...it pretty much was a blast...and they had yummy cookies & birthday cake fudge. Life changing. Later that evening was the show at Rocketown. This was such a HUGE day for us. We have been working on Heart of Stone for over a year and we could not believe that the day had come where we were in our home town, playing our release show! The evening was SO MUCH FUN. So many people came out. It was so nice getting to say hi to each of you who came out...you seriously have no idea how much it means to us that people would spend their time/money to support what we do. It was a magical night.

Release Show. Rocketown. 9.15.12 (photo courtesy of someone on twitter--thank you!)

The next day was the Heart of Stone listening party...this was especially a fun night because so many of our international friends were able to be a part of the evening too...(even if that meant waking up in the middle of the night!!!!)...via Ustream online. Even our parents tuned in :) The party was complete with GiGi's cupcakes with our faces on them...cute little popcorn bags and other fun treats. Our friend John hosted the evening and we got to talk about how the record was made, why we wrote certain songs...we even ended the night playing Skinny Jeans live. Woop woop.

Listening party cupcake fun.

Gift bags!

Decorations!

Blurry but excited j&k!

Our host for the evening...our good friend John. Sorry ladies...he's married to our bestie Jenny.

Then it happened. TUESDAY ARRIVED. SEPTEMBER 18th, 2012. Heart of Stone was officially released to iTunes & other distributors. A really fun surprise for us was that our album reached number 39 on the iTunes Pop charts. That was insane...just absolutely insane. And that is all thanks to YOU for buying the album, tweeting it, telling your friends...we seriously could not have made this record without your support. We played a StageIt show at noon so that we could play/say hi/give lots of love to our international besties. BUT, the very best part of the day was that we got to spend a lot of it Skype chatting with more contest winners (we even got to play a Skype show in a high school class room (#FSHS wooohoooo) & playing another house show that evening with the final "Thanks to you" contest winner...they also had yummy brownie/cookie cake treats for us. So delicious. It was amazing to see some of you & thank you for being awesome & for your support.

Our amazing friend acting manager/does everything and anything we need Will showed up release day morning with these!!!

#39 on the POP charts....WOOHOOO!

So then we had Wednesday at home to pull ourselves together and pack for LA, Australia & the UK. Literally...it looked like a bomb had exploded in our house. Clothes everywhere. Hadn't even unpacked from the last 6 week tour...hahaha...it was a disaster. But we managed to pull ourselves together...pack & wake up the next morning at 4:30am to fly to LA to meet up with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to play a little show at one of their locations in Hollywood. This might have been one of our favorite shows...we were outside, the weather was amazing, a bunch of you showed up (even though the timing couldn't have been worse in Los Angeles 5:30pm :( )and we got to drink endless Coffee Bean drinks. YES. It was amazing. We haven't played a j&k show in LA for a long time so it was so super great to meet you guys and discuss how amazing Coffee Bean truly is. Plus, we got to see some of our SoCal friends & eat sushi...which is ALWAYS a plus.

Leaving Nashville.

Coffee Bean show. Sunset & Argyle. (photo courtesy of someone on twitter--thank you!)

Cannot be in LA without a stop at In-n-Out :)

Our dear friends & LA loves...Robert & Nico.

Then the next day we flew to the land down under...skipped an ENTIRE day to get here...but we made it & couldn't be having a better time. The weather has been amazing. Their coffee is killer--they have a precious little drink called a flat white...not sure what's in it but it rules. Yesterday a few of us went and cuddled with koalas & kangaroos...yes...that statement is true. It was so fun. We play our first show tonight with Kelly & The Fray & soon to be new pal Sarah De Bono. Let the good times roll!!!! (Jill didn't go on the koala/kangaroo adventure so Kate is not being picture hog...haha)

Kate & a koala--her name was Trace.

Kangaroo was just chilling.

Kangaroo waving!

Feeding a kangaroo!

Stop it will all of the koala cuteness. Baby & mama.

Hope everyone is feeling good today...we are in the future right now...and it's looking good.

Lots of love...

-j&k-

Announcement #1.

With many more exciting announcements to come....here is number one: COME SEE US LIVE!!!

November 17th: Grayson, KY

November 18th: Anderson, Indiana

November 19th: Marion, Indiana

November 20th: Upland, Indiana

November 22nd: Nashville, TN

More details to come, but we are very excited to be a part of a short tour & are hoping to add a few more dates in the next couple days...

Thanks for all the love & support & hope to see some familiar faces out there!

-jillandkate-

Our weekend...

Helllo everybody! Man...well...we had a fabulous last few days.

Thursday we had an awesome time at our show with Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally and Rachel Loy...and all of you that showed up :) We were blown away by how many people traveled long hours to make it to that show! Thank you so much. It was SO MUCH FUN!! Can't wait to play again!

Friday and Saturday we did two marathon days of photo madness!! Todd was the photographer, Ashley Donovan did hair & makeup and our friend Meghan did ANYTHING and EVERYTHING we needed. Mainly she was holding lights way above her head for hours and hours...anyway...everyone did a stellar job and we cannot WAIT to see the pics :)

Sunday we celebrated the 4th of July in fine form. Hope everyone who celebrated had a safe and happy holiday!

Check back soon for upcoming changes to our website and some fun little j&k contests!

Alrighty...Here are some iPhone snapshots we took over the weekend....

-j&k-

Meghan & Kate

Jill

Kate

Wardrobe

Jill

M.I.A

Dear Fill-In-Your-Name-Here... You might be thinking where the heck are jillandkate? They've been so M.I.A lately...well, we are not Missing In Action and we aren't collaborating with M.I.A (the singer)...even though that would be cool. Haha. We've been working our butts off getting ready for the July 1st show and a two day photo-shoot extravaganza with our talented amigo Todd.

But don't think we haven't been thinking of you...cause we have...that's why we made these sweet new t-shirts...

OK...alright...now stop drooling over our models...which also happen to be the fine gentlemen playing with us on Thursday night....ahhh....Thursday night....

In case you forgot...or don't know what we are talking about...

So, if you are coming to the show, you can buy one of those nifty new t-shirts...we hear everyone will be wearing them this summer...they are all the rage...oh man we're lame...haha...but fret not ye who aren't coming to the show...we will have them up online to order soon :)

And just because we think you are great...check back tomorrow and we'll show you another piece of NEW j&k merch. Ooooh....ahhhhh.....

You're giddy right? We are...

But only on the inside, cause right now we are freakin' tired...

Night night.

Love,

-j&k-

CHICAGO.

Guys we are getting SO FREAKIN' excited about tomorrow night's show!!! We've been rehearsing with Cory, Miles and Jason so it's sure to be a hysterical good time. Here are all of the details just in case you wanted them again. Tell all your friends, your neighbors and your neighbor's friends to come on out. See you Monday...j&k JillandKate & Beckon Q @ The Underground Lounge

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9PM $6 at the door

952 W. Newport

Chicago, IL

Ladies and Gentlemen....

So we are REALLY excited because...we have some J&K shows coming up next month! YAY! We are really hoping some ALL of you guys can make it out :)  As of right now...we are starting with some hometown shows... OCTOBER 12th: BOSTON, MA

8:30PM (Opening for Gretel)

Precinct

$5 dollars at the door

21+

70 Union Square

Somerville, MA

(617) 623-9211

OCTOBER 26th: CHICAGO, IL

9:00PM (Opening for Beckon Q)

Underground Lounge

$6 dollars at the door

21+

952 W. Newport

Chicago, IL

773.327.2739

If seeing our pretty faces isn't enough to make you want to haul butt to see the shows...we are going to be selling one of a kind EP's of "Finding My Own Way"

That's right...we are only making a limited amount because they are literally all one of a kind and handmade by yours truly. And we'll be selling some pretty funky new t-shirts too.

Thanks again for all of the love and support!!

You guys are way cool.

-j&k