Saturday, December 22, 2012

Free Christmas Tunes

Still Married wishes you a Joyful Christmas with two free downloads on our website.

Click here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Free Food. And Music and Culture.

Redding City Hall will be the scene for the Fall Art Reception on Thursday, September 20th, from 5-7.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and meet the artists who have work on display through January, 2013.  We'll be there, sharing original Shasta County Country Folk tunes, along with Nick Ciampi and Paul Howell.

It's always a treat to play for this event and celebrate our local artists.

One of the songs we'll be performing is this new one - Sundays Rest. We introduced it last Saturday to some very sweet folks at the Cottonwood Community Center Barbecue.  Just about everyone who lives in Cottonwood is sweet - it's one of the reasons we love calling this place "home."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fun in Cottonwood - Saturday

The barbecue and the entertainment are free. The town is quaint, the skies are clearing and fall is in the air. All good reasons to head to Cottonwood this Saturday, September 15th.

I'll be running (ok - slow jogging) in the 5K race at 8 AM at North Cottonwood School. (Want to join me? Contact: Carri Longnecker at  Then (after a shower) we'll head to the Community Center (20595 Gas Point Road) where volunteers will be cooking up barbecue.
Will Miller

Singer-songwriter Will Miller will be on stage starting at 10 -- he'll be playing a set of country tunes. 

Still Married will perform from 11 till noon -- lots of original Shasta County Country Folk.  The event is a fundraiser for the John Lipsey Memorial Run and there will be a tree planting and dedication, as well.  We'd love to see you there!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fun Folks

Local trio Manzanita will bring their folk and light rock tunes -- standards and originals -- to the Post Office Saloon this coming Wednesday, June 6th, from 6:30 - 9:30.

Manzanita is Dick Sorensen, Bruce Webb and Dennis Ferrell and these three have a grand time sharing tunes with their audience. You'll laugh, you'll sing along and you'll smile and enjoy a lovely mid-week night out at one of Redding's best spots for music.  It's Spaghetti Night at The Post Office, so if you're looking for good eats at a good price -- a price that includes free, fun entertainment --  come on out to the Downtown Mall.

The Post Office Saloon
Downtown Mall
Wednesday, June 6

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Leaving Redding

If you want to leave Redding by train - and you're not hopping a freight car --  you are limited to a late-night departure.  It's the price we pay for our geography --  we're far away from....well.... just about everywhere. Worth it, if you ask me.

Our son had to catch a train a few weeks ago, and until then, Craig and I had never been in downtown Redding at 2 AM.  It was rather dark and desolate and the whole ordeal made for a ridiculously long night. But the outing DID inspire a new tune - a song about a woman quietly leaving this town behind.

I've been writing songs about this area for many years, and this is the first time I've written "Redding" in a lyric - it's a pretty word to sing, actually.  The song will be on our upcoming CD: Whiskeytown Roadhouse.


words and music © Erin Friedman

Waitin' at the downtown depot
With the winter-weary people
I’ll take the blame under heavy darkness
While the rest of Redding sleeps
North of town, the whistle cries
Signals flash, travelers rise
The southbound Coast Starlight and I
Have promises to keep


2:20 is a lonely time for leaving
Plenty of regrets onboard this train
I know to every time there is a season
2:20 is the time to ride away

From burning
Bridges on toward the morning
With pride and my side of the story
Face the west, and fall asleep
To the rhythm of the wheels
Dream a dream of graceful endings
Of forgiving then forgetting
Start over far from Redding
With a courage strong as steel

Friday, March 16, 2012

A dyslexic Irishman walks into a bra.....

...Yes, I'm a sucker for all things Irish -- including bad jokes.

In celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, we are giving away free downloads of our cover of an old Irish tune: The Parting Glass.  It will be the final track on our upcoming CD, Whiskeytown Roadhouse.  

The song has roots that go back more than 300 years, and it's been recorded by dozens of artists, including: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Sinead O'Connor, The High Kings and now, Still Married.

Click on the link to our website for our version and help yourself:  Still Married free download page.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Giving Away Heart Shaped Stones for Valentine's Day

Murder and mayhem.... It's the kind of thing Still Married serves up in a Valentine's Day song. We're giving it away on our website - please help yourself at the link below:

Heart Shaped Stones Free Download.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Tropical Vacation for Your Tongue

I have pineapple on my mind. Craig and I spent a luscious week in Hawaii for our 27th wedding anniversary --  and we enjoyed (among other things) pineapple in all sorts of dishes. Our favorite, of course, was a wedge tucked on the top of tropical cocktail.

But back to real life....sigh.  I was looking for interesting ways to serve pineapple (minus the rum) at home.

This dish,  gorgeous to look at and deliciously complex in flavor, makes a lovely light lunch. For dinner, we've enjoyed it with grilled chicken and quinoa pilaf. And yes, you can use canned beets and canned pineapple - but the flavor is much livelier with fresh ingredients.

Pineapple and Roasted Beet Salad

1/2 of a fresh pineapple, cut in 1-inch pieces
3-4 beets, roasted, sliced *


2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

Whisk together dressing ingredients. Toss the dressing (you may not need all of it - add a little at a time and taste) with beets and pineapple. Enjoy.

* I wash the beets, wrap them in foil and roast at 350 degrees for 1- 1 1/2 hours - depending on the size of the beet. They should be tender - easily cut with a butter knife. Once they've cooled,  peel and slice.  Alternately, the Holiday Market deli (Redding and Cottonwood) sells roasted organic beets.

Printable recipe: CLick here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cultural Cruise 2012: Wrap Up

Redding City Hall was buzzing with art fans last Friday evening. They were enjoying a fun stop on the 2012 Cultural Cruise, where artwork is displayed on all three floors.  There was much oohing and aahing over a variety of works - paintings, photographs and sculptures. It took me awhile snap a picture of this amazing piece by artist James Freeman, because so many people were swarming around it.

Several North State Songwriters provided musical entertainment.

Folk-rocker, Nick Ciampi:

Paul Howell:

Cottonwood duo, The Pine Dogz:

And Craig and I - Still Married -- had fun with local tunes:

Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time exploring the exhibits on all three floors of Redding City Hall - they'll be there through May. You will be delighted, I promise.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Redding Cultural Cruise 2012

A city-wide event celebrating art and culture -- it's a Redding tradition and we love being part of it.

Craig and I will be joined by several other North State songwriters at Redding City Hall on Friday, January 27th.

On the bill are:  5:00  Nick Ciampi
                          5:45 Paul Howell
                          6:30 The Pine Dogz
                          7:15 Still Married

Come check out the new artwork on display, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. There are several venues on the Cruise - maps are available here: Cultural Cruise Map

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Word: Discipline

Last year, I took Christine Kane's advice regarding New Year's Resolutions. Kane is a singer-songwriter and "Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World."  She explains her philosophy on her blog: "Choose a word for the year and let it guide you to take action." You can read the whole piece on her website: Christine Kane: Resolution Revolution.

I procrastinated about what I was going to commit to for 2012, but I decided there was no way around it. My word for 2012 is discipline. That's not an easy word for me, because I tend to be relaxed and laid back.  "Let It Be" has worked well for me. But at this age, at this moment, with my goals and aspirations, discipline is a requirement.

  • I've just begun fiddle lessons, and it's challenging my middle-aged brain to the limit.  Practice doesn't make perfect - at least not so far - but the discipline is slowly easing me out of the "screeching cat" phase. 
  • I'm working on a 10-song CD project that's only half written. Discipline (and coffee) will get me into my studio for the necessary early morning writing sessions. 
  • Last summer, I started running and preparing healthy meals and I managed to lose 20 pounds. That weight is not going to stay gone without a little -- or most likely, a lot -- of discipline.   

So, with this handy-dandy word tucked into my pocket, I'm ready for whatever the New Year has in store.

Do you have a word for 2012? Share, please?

New Year's Eve in Hawaii -- No discipline here, just aloha....