I have travelled, lingered, and lived in other cities and countries,
but like the prairie sunflowers, my roots run deep to the source.
I’ve spent so much time performing and touring on other people’s shows, writing arrangements for other people’s music.
When I started to focus on my own project, I knew that I wanted a website that could house not only my songwriting, but also my lyrics and poetry.
I pondered what defined my artistry, and what I wanted to communicate.
My thoughts kept coming back to Nebraska.
Throughout my career I have often been teased for being from Nebraska – it is the “joke” on stage: guess where this woman is from? The suggestions come in... remote places of Ireland, New York City, California... never, ever is the answer “Nebraska.”
The truth is, however: I could be from nowhere else.
What does it mean to be from Nebraska?
Of course there is the practical upbringing - the Midwestern sense of work ethic.
There is far more than that, though: the smell of the sandhills in August as the grasses brown in the sweltering sun; the crack of the bat against the ball for the opening of the College World Series; the orange haze of light filtered through the agricultural dust; the old brick warehouses full of art and music; the quiet spirituality of the ancient Native American caves in the river valleys; the messy history of settlement and the angst that still must be resolved...
All of this colors my perceptions. It is my Nebraska heritage.
It continually shapes who I am and who I will become.
My songs and poems are not of Nebraska, but they are of me.
And I will always be: That Girl from Nebraska