I’ll never forget when Alex and I made our way out to California for the first time to promote Jocelyn’s first album. We figured we’d spend a month out there, go broke, then head back to Iowa to work and save money until we could head out for another month of promotion. We figured that we’d go through that process a few times, realize that we were wasting our time, and then pursue something other than music. I’ll always remember Alex saying, “If this doesn’t work out the way we’d like it to, yet we end up making good friends in every place that we visit, this will have been a success.” After that first month in California, it became apparent that not only were we making lifelong friends everywhere we visited, but also that the time we spent promoting was far from wasted. The hard work that we put into promoting and the amazing people that we met all across the country made it possible for us to live as touring musicians for nearly 3 years. Whether it was to promote or perform, touring with Jocelyn has been the time of my life. However, the lifestyle of a small, independent touring musician is not one that I can have for my own any longer, although I very much wish that I could. There was a year and a half stretch during my time with Jocelyn in which Alex and I were traveling approximately 80% of the time. Life on the road takes many tolls on you. Your finances suffer. Your health suffers. Your relationships suffer. We did all that we could to live as frugally as possible for the past few years so that we could live this dream. It was sustainable for a while, but as everyone has experienced firsthand, life is unpredictable, and it has a funny way of throwing absolute chaos your way right when you least expect it. Earlier this year is when this first bit of chaos was thrown my way, and I attempted to find a better balance between life at home and life on the road. I wasn’t a fan of putting less than 100% of my time into the band, but I knew it was the only way to keep things going. Needless to say, life continued to throw more and more my way as the year went on, and unfortunately, it’s become clear that not only would I be passing up on many amazing opportunities by continuing to prioritize the band, but that I would also be risking my well-being and jeopardizing my future if I did so. Jocelyn was a full-fledged attempt at making it as an independent touring musician. We went all out with it. The work that we put in was ceaseless. All of you that have been following us and supported us have witnessed this. It would not be right to continue Jocelyn in a manner that was anything other than wholehearted. Frankly, doing so would be somewhat insulting to the project and to all of our supporters. It is for this reason that we are deciding to put an end to the band, and we plan to conclude things the right way.
Over the next few months we will be releasing an acoustic album featuring acoustic renditions of several of the songs we released over the past 3 years. We will also release an album of cover songs, which will feature a couple new covers. Lastly, there were a couple of songs that I loved, yet never had the chance to professionally record, so we will be releasing an album of B-sides.
Most importantly, we will be having our FINAL show on Saturday, November 8th at Gabe’s in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa City is our hometown, and I know that it’s not a terribly convenient location for most of you, but it’s where this project began, and where our friends and family are. Plus, in the scheme of things, Iowa is pretty centrally located, so those of you that plan to make the travel don’t have to go ALL THE WAY across the country! If you think attending this show may even be remotely possible, please consider it. We will be playing all 16 of our original songs, and have an absolute blast hanging out with everyone. It’s you guys that made this project such a success over the years, and we want nothing more than to sing and laugh together at our very last performance. Thank you all so much for all that you have done for us. If you know of anyone who has even slightly heard about us, please spread this their way. Thanks again!
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