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My Digital Music is on sale July 6-20!

Jul 6, 17

A company called Groupees is helping me to offer a digital bundle sale of my music this month!  Even better? They’ll send a portion of the proceeds to a cause dear to my heart: the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance.  

You pick the price, and the more people who participate, the more music everyone gets. 🙂 

Check it out here!

Blind preorder is open today, and after today, Groupees will open up the bundle tiers so that everyone can see what they’ll be getting.  I was allowed to curate both the contents of the bundle and the tiers themselves, so I hope everybody enjoys what’s in there!  The higher tiers include the Traveling Songs tunes, in celebration of that promotion’s having just about one year of success now!  Thank you all for that, too. 🙂


Online Show Tonight, and a Special Invitation

Jul 1, 17

Join me on Concertwindow this evening from 8-9pm Central!

I’ll be dedicating a tune to my friend Travis Prinslow and his family tonight.  The decision was made to take Travis, who’d been gravely ill for many days, off of life support this morning.  He was the best of Lost Boys, part of our Faerieworlds family, and so I plan to sing “The Lost Girls’ Lament” for him tonight.  The song is as yet unreleased.  I wrote it specifically for my friend Shelly Riggs’ play, Pirate Girl, back in 2015.  In the play, the cast brought the whole house to tears with that song.  I am trying to get all of my crying out of the way this afternoon.  I invite all of you to sing with me tonight when I perform this piece.  You’ll pick it up very quickly, don’t worry.  And while I may not be able to hear you through my laptop screen, I’m betting that Travis will hear you just fine. 🙂   The lyrics are below.  

Thank you all for your support of my online shows!  Tonight’s will be number six this year!


The Lost Girls’ Lament c. S. J. Tucker, 2015

Lullaby for a pirate lost

Oh, Lullaby

Fearless and true to the end were you

Oh, Lullaby

May the stars hold your spirit, the sweet waves your bones

Oh, Lullaby

Watch over us now, wherever we roam

Oh, Lullaby

Oh, Lullaby, oh, Lullaby!

Watch over us now from the stars as we roam

Oh, Lullaby

Video update: July-Aug Tour dates & online show July 1st!

Jun 27, 17

Copied over from Facebook Live. Hope y’all like this more informal style of video blog!  It seemed handy and fast for a time when I have a lot to tell you. 🙂

Next Online Concert May 1st!

Apr 4, 17

Just scheduled my second monthly ConcertWindow broadcast, just in time for Beltane and May Day! I may be a little excited about the fact that I can FINALLY get y’all some live music without leaving the house. Sign on and get comfortable! I’ll start at 7pm Central on Monday, May 1st, 2017.  

Where to watch

Join the discussion and make requests on the Facebook event page!

Check out the highlights below from last night’s encore broadcast and my two April Fool’s Day weekend shows, which were all so successful that I can’t wait for the next one!  Couldn’t have made it work without friends, fans and family. Thank you SO much, everyone!





Encore Online Concert Tonight!

Apr 3, 17

Tune in on ConcertWindow at 7pm Central!  Click here!

Hi, gang! S. J. here. This online concert will be the third of three that I’m offering up in celebration of April Fool’s Day and my new fancy internet options at home. I may be a little excited about the fact that I can FINALLY get y’all some live music without leaving the house. Even with this being my third online concert in a row, I’ve still got lots to share. Sign on, pay what you want, and get comfortable! I’ve been writing new songs since January, but I have no in-person concerts until May. SO LET’S DO THIS THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WAY, SHALL WE?

The broadcasts I gave over the weekend went SO well!  I’m thinking that I will go ahead and schedule the next one after tonight for May 1st.  If you like, you can follow me on my ConcertWindow channel so that you don’t miss it!

Concert Window Livestream March 31!

Mar 30, 17

This online concert will be one of at least two that I plan to offer up in celebration of April Fool’s Day and my new fancy internet options at home – one Friday March 31, one Saturday April 1, and hopefully an encore on Monday April 3.  I may be a little excited about the fact that I can FINALLY get y’all some live music without leaving the house.  No pressure to watch all three.  Just pick the one that fits your schedule best, and get comfortable!  I’ve been writing new songs since January, but I have no in-person concerts until May. 


See you then! 

Pay what you want, $1 and up!  

Go here: 



I’m troubleshooting the tech side of things this afternoon.  I admit that I get a little bit nervous when things don’t go swimmingly right away, but all is well.  I just may end up having to live stream via my smartphone instead of my laptop, as I had planned.  But we’ll see.  Talk about twenty-first century problems, right?  Wish me luck!


Late March Update

Mar 28, 17

Spring is creeping in and things are getting greener by the minute here at home in Arkansas.  


I spent a ton of time with my mother last week during her spring break, and that was a delight. We visited our favorite tiny, local museums together and volunteered at two of them. I was in such a happy place that I forgot to mark the birthday of my first album yesterday!  Haphazard is thirteen years old!


Mom, if you’re curious, is 67 as of March 27. She is saying she’ll retire from teaching at the end of this school year; we’ll see. 🙂 She’s one of the most generous, dedicated people I’ve ever known. I am a direct product of that generosity and dedication.

I got several mentions in a brand new music column that’s just begun, over at The Wild Hunt! Check it out here. Columnist Nathan Hall was great to talk to, and I think he’s going to do a fine job sharing his observations of our sweet little witchy music scene.

My concert schedule is filling out nicely from May through November!  I don’t have any live shows at this point until the first weekend of May, and while this was unexpected, it feels like a huge gift.  I’ll have a bit of extra time to keep recovering from my outpatient surgery last month, I’ll have a little more time to work in my recording studio, and I won’t have to fret that my practice time is suffering while I’m getting my taxes done. Ah, responsible adulthood!

As usual, I’ve got more new songs than I have time to record all at once.  Part of this is due to my weekly songwriting group, which is going for all 52 weeks of 2017!  We’re on week 13, and I’ve got a ton of new pieces already that I’m in love with.  I’m strongly considering giving a Concert Window broadcast very soon, so that you can all hear what I’ve been working on.  Watch this space.  I’ve got to do some troubleshooting to see if my internet capability meets the streaming requirements, but once I have that figured out, I’ll set a broadcast date and post it here.

Have a great week, everyone!


March Update

Mar 8, 17

I’m mainly posting today to let everyone know that I’m healing very well from my outpatient procedure last month.  My surgeon concurs!  He’s a good man, and he took very good care of me, as did my immediate family & in-laws (outlaws, really) and all of the St. Vincent’s staff.  For those who do not know, we removed my gallbladder on February 8.  I’ve experienced only minor differences in what I can eat after the procedure, which is a big relief considering some of the troubles that other people have gone through.  Don’t do that Google search unless you just REALLY want to know.

This month I’m staying at home to record more new stuff for all of you, to wrangle my taxes, and to get some more concerts confirmed!  Meanwhile, I had wonderful adventures last month, before and after recovering at home, at Glimmerdark in NJ and at PantheaCon in CA.  I’m so very grateful to all the facilitators and friends who helped me get there and back, and to everyone who supported the concerts my bandmates and I were lucky enough to give!  Betsy and I also had two little concerts, one at The Sacred Well in Portland, OR and the other at our beloved SoulFood Coffeehouse in Redmond, WA.  The Portland show was on the evening of my birthday, and I couldn’t have wished for a better crowd or a sweeter night.



My PantheaCon Schedule this weekend!

Feb 15, 17

Haven’t been to PCon since 2010, so I’m quite a bit excited about this!  Here’s what I’ve got on my very lovely plate.

FRIDAY 7pm, Carmel/Monterey: Celia’s concert!

SATURDAY 3:30-5pm, room 945 (Feri suite): Sooj & the gang will entertain!

SATURDAY 7-10:30pm, Cedar/Pine: Mythpunk Masquerade! This is our BIG show.

SUNDAY 3-5pm, room 1067 (Hexenfest suite): Mythpunk Masquerade Micro! This is our house-concert-style show.

SUNDAY 9-10:30pm, Carmel/Monterey: Sooj’s themed concert, Shapeshifters & Siren Songs!

SUNDAY 11pm-12:30am, Cedar/Pine: Hecate at the Crossroads, Tempest & Nathaniel’s ecstatic musical ritual!


Sister-friends Shauna Aura Knight and Lupa will both be presenting as well- go and find them and learn amazing things!


It’s gonna feel so gooooood to make music with Sharon, Winter, Betsy, Nathaniel, Dogwood, Tempest, and Celia again this weekend.  I’ve been laying as low as I can for the past week in order to recover from outpatient surgery and get my energy back, so that I can bring the music and the magick when I get to San Jose.  I may not be able to play as hard as I’d like, and I may not be able to play certain requests (“Firebird’s Child”, I’m looking at you), but I will be there, and I will be as generous with my voice, my presence, and my magick as I can.  Wish me luck!

West Coast Shows!

Feb 5, 17

I’m heading out to the west coast this month for PantheaCon, a couple of delightful shared shows with Betsy Tinney on cello, and my birthday!

PantheaCon is hosted by the Doubletree San Jose, 2050 Gateway Pl, 95110, and runs from February 17-20.

Ancient Ways’ PantheaCon will experience a full Mythpunk Masquerade invasion this year, thanks to Sharon Knight & Winter, Sooj & Betsy, Dogwood & Johnstone and Tempest!  

Get tickets here! 

We have a whole bunch of wild, witchy, folkloric and fun concerts and appearances throughout the weekend. Listen for the siren call and join us!  I’ll be presenting a themed concert, Shapeshifters & Siren Songs, on Sunday evening.  We’ll also have a big full-band concert together with the whole pack of us, as well as more intimate concerts, some hosted by the CAYA Coven hospitality suite!

From the event website: We are tribes of choice. We come in many shapes, sizes, ages, pasts and futures. We take many forms and many spiritual paths.  But we appreciate our variety and glory in it all. In diversity comes strength.

Join our huge and varied Pagan, Heathen, Wiccan, Reconstructionist, Indigenous, spiritual and magical groups in education and celebration. As usual we fill the whole hotel with over 14 function rooms for workshops, rituals, concerts, and presentations including 4 ballrooms for Vendors along with open house parties.

After PantheaCon, Betsy and I have two sweet shared shows together.  We’ll be in Portland, OR on my birthday!

WEDNESDAY, FEB 22, 7-9:30pm
Faery Queens & Siren Songs: Sooj’s Birthday Concert!
The Sacred Well, Portland
SE 13th Ave & SE Lexington St, Portland, OR 97202
Get Tickets!

Come celebrate Sooj’s birthday with Sooj & Betsy as they perform together in The Sacred Well’s gorgeous new Portland location!  Sooj & Betsy have loved and worked with the Sacred Well team at their Oakland location in past years, and they’re so grateful to have a new Portland location to visit!  We hope you will be, too!  

PLEASE NOTE:  space is limited to 30, and bringing your own chair along just in case is advised.  Seating will open at 6:45pm on the evening of the concert.

The Sacred Well Portland, located at 7927 SE 13th Ave at Lexington, proudly serves the spiritual supply needs of Pagans, polytheists, witches, Wiccans, gem & mineral enthusiasts, and metaphysical/new age communities of the greater Portland, Beaverton, Milwaukie, Clackamas, and Gresham areas. Your magic is our mission!


After Portland, it’s back to our favorite small stage for the first time in a long time!

Sooj & Betsy Live at Soulfood Coffeehouse!
15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
$20 suggested donation

Special guests are likely; everyone is welcome!

I’ll head home again for a stay-cation, a little remodeling, and some more recording time at the end of the month.  Wish me luck on not working through the scheduled stay-cation!  

Also please feel free to wish me luck this coming Wednesday, February 8.  I’ll be having outpatient surgery that day.  No crisis, but my PCP & my surgeon say it’s time for my gallbladder to say farewell.  This should be much less invasive than the last time I had surgery, back in 2009.  Unlike then, I currently have insurance coverage.  Needless to say, after that’s been wrangled, if I need to put out the call for help or healing, I promise you all that I will.



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