Another new single today!

Hi, everyone; I hope your Father’s Day weekend is starting off right.
I’m still safe at home with my husband and son, and I’m wishing all of you well and safe every day.
My two online shows this month were just grand, and I’m sending and creating all the tip reward goodies people chose from my June 14 stream.  If you’d like to shop those at any time, show or no show, and please do, click here!

The big news: my little Traveling Song “Chalk on the Sidewalk” from 2015 got a major glowup this week. Renée Janski & Ginger Doss recorded with me remotely, all of us sheltering in place, and I mixed all our tracks together here at home yesterday.

I swear I wrote this five years ago, and not in recent weeks, surreal and heartbreaking as that may be.

Paid downloads today will help support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, in honor of Juneteenth. Click here or in the player above to get the song at whatever price you choose. Donate directly here.

If you’re interested to hear how far this little song has come, here’s the original Traveling Songs demo.

Please remember to uplift & listen to Black voices, musicians of color, and people of color.  Support Black businesses & content creators.  Check your social media feeds & see how diverse they are, and learn, and listen. This work is lifetime, and we need it.

Other joyful news: Online Concert Thing is hosting FOUR concerts this weekend, including one artist new to the platform, Apryl Knight! Apryl’s first concert is airing as I type, and I’m listening to her mad hurdy-gurdy skills, bopping in my seat!  Her second one will air tomorrow afternoon (Saturday), followed by returning artist Rachel Huitsing in the evening.  Then, on Father’s Day Sunday, dulcimer and guitar master Steve Eulberg returns to celebrate and sing with us.  More info on all the shows here.

Just for fun, if you’d like to see the two cover photo outtakes I shared earlier today, one with a little Jesse photobomb, here they are in my public post about “Chalk on the Sidewalk” over at Patreon.

Last thing: I have not yet scheduled any online shows for the month of July, so if you have a date/day of the week/time of day preference, please write and let me know so that I can take it into account!

June shows & news

It’s time for me to invite you all to the online shows I have this month!  I’ll be back at Online Concert Thing on Sunday, June 14, at my usual 2pm CDT time slot, for a solo concert I’m calling “Tunes for June”.  Please join me if you can. 
Click here to choose your ticket price!

June 17 at 3pm CDT, a Wednesday afternoon, I’ll give a streamed benefit concert for Pagan Spirit Gathering, which is another witchy festival that’s adapted itself to be an online one this season, in order to give its community the chance to stay both connected and safe from community transmission of coronavirus.  That show will be available on the festival’s Facebook group – click here.  If you miss it when I’m live, don’t worry.  PSG will keep the video of the show available on their page for one week, so you’ll hopefully have another opportunity to see it after the fact.  I’m happy to help support this event, which I was scheduled to perform for live this month, back before we knew we had a pandemic on our hands.  We adapt, we survive, we support each other.  That’s what life is.

Click here for the full schedule of Virtual Pagan Spirit Gathering 2020.  Other beloved witchy musicians will give shows over the course of several days as well, including Meren King, Beltana Spellsinger, Spiral Rhythm, Thundersirens, and Celia!

Other events this month I want to make sure you’re aware of:

1. Online Concert Thing is hosting the QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival all weekend long, now through June 7!  This is the biggest thing we’ve hosted in the history of the platform, and I can tell you that the performers I’ve personally heard who are involved are seriously good. We’re talking 30 different concerts from 30 different people, at least!  Check it out here.

2. Ginger Doss and Lynda Millard will be back to give a show with Online Concert Thing on Friday, June 12 at 7pm CDT!  Those of you who’ve been with me for a while know how highly I think of these two.  Please catch their show if you’re able.  Get the info here.

3. My buddy MoJo Kemp, cohost of The Wigglian Way podcast, will give his very first online show at Online Concert Thing on June 28 at noon CDT!  Info here!

Yesterday I made $1300 from downloads on my Bandcamp site alone. You all helped me be able to support The Arkansas Freedom Fund, Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, and Seattle BLM. Thank you, from the center of my soul. Thank you all. Stay safe.  Keep learning, keep loving, keep fighting, keep listening, keep singing, keep resisting.  I wish you ever so well, today and always.

Trickster Prayer single released today!


I released my beloved song “Trickster Prayer” as a single this morning, and I hope you will all get a moment to hear and enjoy it. 
Click here to listen and download – you choose the price, as with most everything else I have available right now. Thanks to Ben Deschamps for mastering the track, my husband Ryan for helping me take the image for the cover, Sherry Kirk for the gift of that (ethically gathered & prepared) coyote skull in the cover image, and Betsy Tinney of course, for her beautiful work on cello.

It was important to me to release something new today because Bandcamp will once again give 100% of download revenue for the day to all artists like me who sell their digital music downloads and physical CDs/merch there.

I’ll be giving half of everything I make to community bail funds for the places here in the US where I’ve left my heart, and I am far and away not the only musician planning to do so.

It isn’t enough. It’s not even a speck upon the mountain of work we all must do to turn our world around where ending systemic racism is concerned, but it will, I hope, be something. With your support, it surely will.  Click here for a list of community bail funds across the US.  My plan is to send donations from today’s music earnings to the Arkansas Freedom Fund, the Mid-south Peace Community BLM Fund, and the BLM Seattle Freedom Fund, in that order.  If I make a ton of money today, I’ll contribute to additional bail funds.  If you’d like to send a donation also, please do.


I released a new song this morning, and you may have it at the price of your choosing (that includes free, if free is what you need). Check it out in the player up top.

I wrote “Star Maps” in 2017 and had not yet made plans to record or release it when my online show audience this past month fell utterly in love with it.  Thanks to them for the push to polish and set this one free.  It’s all about missing your people when you can’t be face to face, and how we’re all more connected than we might even be able to imagine, stars in each others’ sky.  I hope you like it.

For the second time since the pandemic took hold, Bandcamp, the company who hosts my downloads & CD ordering page, is today waiving their cut of music sales.  So it’s a great day to purchase downloads and CDs from artists like me.  I have set everything I can afford to do this with to “name your price” at —that means if you need it for free while we’re all navigating this strange spring together, free is ok by me.  Please help yourselves.  

—I’m only giving one online show this month so that I can catch my breath a bit and have some more time, hopefully, to work on recording.  It’ll be another Sunday afternoon concert, May 17 at 2pm CDT (3pm Eastern, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific, 7pm GMT) hosted by Online Concert Thing once again.  Get your ticket at the price you choose here:

–I’ve been working behind the scenes in recent weeks with the Online Concert Thing team to help manage all their new social media pages!  Please subscribe to the new Online Concert Thing YouTube channel if you don’t mind:  I’ve already made one exclusive new interview video for it, and I’ve promised at least one more exclusive video of some sort, to be edited and posted very soon!  I’ll be shouting about the new OCT Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram soon as well.

Shows and festivals continue to evaporate from my tour calendar, including big events like Pagan Spirit Gathering next month, and a trip to Finland I hadn’t even been able to announce yet, and while I know this is the right thing for event organizers to do in order to keep us all safe, I freely admit that I am doing a lot of processing about it, even grieving.  I also worry about friends and fans who have had the rug utterly pulled out from under them where things to look forward to are concerned.  Festival season means a lot to so many of us, and well, this year it just isn’t meant to be.  We must be wise and find other ways to reach and reach out to each other.  Please don’t lose heart.  Know that if you’re also grieving current events, loss of normalcy, loss of work, and of course loss of loved ones, you are not alone.  Keep watching the stars. Keep shining. Keep singing. I’ll be right here with you. 

New interview, online shows April 22 & 25!

Online Concert Thing, the platform that hosts my online shows, has a new YouTube channel, and we’ve put up a short interview video from me, just under five minutes. Watch below if you please (and find out what I had for breakfast, lol, plus how it feels to do more online shows vs. in-person shows).  Captions coming soon.

I promised to film a second exclusive for the channel as soon as it got its first 100 subscribers, and that goal is now met! I’ve had requests for a mini tour of the pretty trees and flowers where I live (and where it’s safe to show them to you whilst also social distancing & staying home), recording studio time, and a new song.  I’m thinking of combining all three of those somehow.

Reminder: Celia and I BOTH have live online shows for Earth Day (tomorrow, April 22) hosted by – I start at 2pm CDT/7pm GMT, and she starts at 7pm CDT! Make a day of it with us if you have the time.  Just click the link above for tickets and more info.  

If you miss my Earth Day show, don’t worry.  You can watch it again at that same link, on April 25th at 8pm CDT during our 2-act replay–my Earth Day set is Act 1, and my Evening in Eleusis show inspired by the Greek gods and myths, never before streamed on the platform, is Act 2! You’re also welcome to become a monthly or yearly subscriber, or join my Patreon. With either of those, regardless of the subscription or pledge level you choose, you’ll get access to the archived videos, which I’ll share early next month.

Hang in there, everyone.  Thanks for staying connected with me during this strange springtime of ours.  Hope to see you for one or both of the online shows this week. 

Schedule updates & stuff

In light of the need to adapt how I do my thing in the season of the virus, as many of you have also had to do in recent days, I have added a new online show for this month:

March 21 (next Saturday) 7-9pm CDT, I’ve just added an online show shared with Ginger Doss & Lynda Millard. I’ll play during the first hour.
This was originally a live show at Fayetteville, AR’s Goddess Festival; the organizers have let us take the reins to host it online instead. Same link as usual,

My March 29 online show at 2pm CDT is going on as planned.  Same link above.

All of my live events for the month of April have been postponed, which is necessary and the right thing, so I expect to add yet more online concerts for next month. Y’all please share any dates/times/days of the week you’d be able to tune in to online concerts for April. I want to include those of you who expect to be working from home, or to be home during weekdays whether able to work or not. I may ramp up how often I stream to help keep our spirits up. I’ve been thinking of maybe even streaming some of my rehearsals or recording sessions, too. Those would likely be free instead of ticketed. Whatever it takes to stay connected.

Lots of my colleagues are taking steps to make sure they can stay connected with fans and community during this national emergency. It’s possible that you’ll all soon have MANY, MANY online events to choose from, and I think that’s great news! It’s a tiny bright spot, anyway, so I’ll celebrate it. Just today I received a message about a Seattle online concert series called Bandemic. How clever is that?
Watch for more important announcements and clever puns from your various bards and faves!
For me and mine, the hashtag I’d like all of you to keep an eye out for on Twitter and other social media, thanks to my song sibling Kate Nyx, is #CabinFeverCabaret.  We’ll be using that to help spread the word about each other’s online shows in the near future, inviting other performers to use it as well, and asking you all to RT whenever you see it. We may not be able to hug each other tight safely right now, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop the music. Not.  At.  All.

If you know of another musician who’s scrambling to figure out how to adapt and make up for cancelled performances this month, you’re welcome to share with them the article I wrote yesterday, for just such a situation, on where and how to begin offering streaming concerts online.  Here is the link.  I wrote this article with my friend Ben’s encouragement, and I hope it will do some good, soothe some fears.  A brief excerpt: 

Online shows have legitimately been a game changer for me.  They’ve allowed me to tour less during winter weather.  They’ve helped me afford to visit friends without having to book a ton of live shows to do it.  More recently, they’ve helped me to keep bringing in vital income while also taking extra time off the road as a new parent.  Some of us have had to turn to streaming because of our journeys with chronic pain, anxiety, or agoraphobia. It’s a real and true lifeline, for performers and for our fans who can’t always get to a live show.  In recent days we’ve all been facing show cancellations and a devastating news cycle, but even in the face of it all, we don’t have to stop the signal. 

We live in the future, folks.  Let’s make it work for us. Keep creating, wash your hands, and remember that the music you put out there has billions of chances to help someone when they need it most.

Recap of upcoming schedule changes:

-Goddess Festival, Fayetteville, AR, March 21:  this concert is now online only and open to everyone, 7-9pm CDT, shared with Ginger Doss & Lynda Millard.  Your tickets & tips support the artists, the platform, and the festival too. $5 minimum, more if you wish.

-Online show March 29, 2pm CDT: going on as planned, no changes.

-SpiritCon in Utah, concert April 4:  postponed until September, fingers crossed.

-C. o. O. L. Beltane in Oklahoma, April 24: postponed and transforming into Samhain, concert most likely on Oct 30.

None of my May events have been called off yet, as far as I know, but of course that’s subject to change.  I’ll keep y’all posted. 
Again, please tell me when’s good for you for online shows for the month of April, and I’ll get them set up.

Last thing, just for fun: come follow me on TikTok.

Streaming Concerts in the Year of the Pandemic: solid options for touring musicians who can’t hit the road right now

All of my live concerts from now through May 1st are officially postponed, fam. I’m proud of the events I’ve been working with for making the right decisions and wanting to keep us all healthy if possible. Here’s an article I just wrote in support of my fans and colleagues, and anyone who wants to know more about giving or watching online concerts right now, where staying out of crowds is a smart move. Stay safe; I love you.

I’m a touring performer.  I first took to the road full time in 2004, shortly after the music industry had a huge shift in favor of making indie artists’ working lives a lot more viable.  Since my early days on the road, the internet has grown, and we’ve gained live streaming options for all sorts of online content creators, not just musicians.  Online concerts and similar have become something that more than a few people are aware of.  Platforms like Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube, StreetJelly, and many others are out there, available to most of us to help us do our thing in all our varied and colorful ways.  

I first consistently added online concerts to my modus operandi in the spring of 2017, a few months after a fellow indie performer had showed me how useful they could be.  That was back when we had access to a musician-founded platform called Concert Window, may it rest in peace.  Nowadays I’m deeply invested in a new platform called Online Concert Thing (OCT), founded October 2019 by a very capable, very good friend and band mate of mine.  The name started as a joke made by my husband, and it very rapidly stuck.  OCT’s founder has asked me to write something up that we could share around, about how to make online concerts work for you, my fellow musicians, as we all face Massive Career Upheaval in the Time of Coronavirus.

Before I go any further: the platform I use for streaming shows may not be the right fit for you, and that’s fine.  Plenty of us use Twitch, Facebook Live, Vimeo & Patreon, YouTube Live, and other options successfully, even simultaneously.  My buddy Ben and I have put significant effort into getting Online Concert Thing going and keeping it going, because we found after researching platforms like Twitch and StreetJelly that those didn’t fit our specific needs.  As with most things, YMMV, and it’s all good.   

If the thought of giving an online concert is completely new to you, don’t panic.  

Here are the basics of what you’ll need.

1. You need an internet connection, and you need a device which will reliably stay connected to it for the duration of your stream.  Desktop, laptop, mobile device; whichever suits your needs best.

2. You need to choose a streaming platform, or several.  All the streaming platforms I’ve mentioned so far have decent artist-user interfaces, and most of them simply require you to create an account before you stream.  Not all are simple or straightforward, though, so do a little research and find the one(s) that suit you.  Read reviews.  Ask your friends and colleagues.  Figure out what’ll work for You.  

3. You need your laptop, mobile device, or desktop to be able to send both a video AND an audio signal out to the internet, and you need to make sure all of your gear will work together with itself and with the platform you choose for streaming.  You can keep your gear simple, which is my preference, or get fancy.  I run my online show video and audio with my laptop’s internal camera and an external USB microphone (the Blue Snowball is my streaming mic of choice), and I have had very few complaints from my viewers about sound or video quality.  That said, I do most of my streams as a solo performer, which means my sound setup is gonna be simpler than that of a due, a 3-piece band, a quartet, or a whole music festival.  Friends of mine have used a USB interface with multiple inputs, sometimes with a separate sound board feeding into it, multiple microphones, and multiple cameras.  You do you, and go to whatever level you feel your content requires. 

4. You need a bit of physical space.  You want room enough for yourself, your instruments, and your cameras/laptop.  You want to be comfortable while you’re on camera, just as you would on stage, so make sure you have enough room to stand/sit/dance during your streamed performance, make sure there’s room enough for your instruments not to hit a wall or an overhead lamp while you play, and make sure there’s room enough for your cameras and computer to be set up, stably.  If you’ll be hosting the stream in your own home as I often do, finding a way not to have large or loud pets and relatives crashing through in the middle of a song isn’t always possible for all of us, but avoid those interruptions if you can.  Make sure your family/house mates know what you’re planning, and recruit them to help keep the peace while you work.  Also, check what your camera sees.  Consider whether you will want to use a back drop, give yourself more lighting, get your laundry pile out of the camera’s view, or move any furniture.  I like giving online shows in part because it’s a way to offer an intimate concert experience, at home or abroad, but I would draw the line at having a visible toilet on screen, for instance.  You don’t have to get super fancy with your decor, either.  Back me up here, fellow theatre kids: a clean bed sheet and a pair of C-clamps (or a clothesline and clothespins) can have a thousand uses.

5. You need to know before you stream whether or not the platform that’s hosting you is set up to do so via your web browser, or via an external program like OBS.  The platform you’re using will most likely give you instructions on all of this, or include it in their FAQ.  However the thing is set up to run make sure you know what you’re doing with it before you go live for the first time.  Test before every stream if possible, know your own gear, and remember to check and get familiar with all of your settings.  Do test broadcasts, and ask a friend to watch on the other end and give you feedback on how it looks and sounds, all before you plan to go live.  In the case of OCThing, we’ve been using OBS to send our feed to the website and from there to viewers’ web browsers, and we’ve had very few problems with it.  Ben and I do a brief test broadcast/soundcheck before almost every stream goes live.

6. You need to know before you begin whether or not you want or need to make money on what you’re doing.  Figure this out before you decide on one or more platforms with which to stream, because not all of them work the same in this regard.  Some have a framework in place to allow you to make money on your streams right away.  Others do not.  Some have criteria you must meet before they will consider you worthy of earning any kind of currency, be it site-specific crypto-whatever, or real-world dollars.  Know all of this before you perform, just as you would with a live show.  OCT allows me to set my own ticket price for online shows, offer exclusive downloads and physical goodies as what we call tip rewards, and pays out via PayPal after each show is complete, taking just 25% of the gross.  

7. You need to promote your online concert just as you would a live concert.  If you’re familiar with popular social media stuff like Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and others, use those to your advantage.  Make 30-second teaser videos for Facebook and TikTok.  Go live on YouTube & Instagram a few days ahead of time to tell your fans you’ve got a streaming show coming up.  Post images of your setup on Facebook.  Make a Facebook event, even if Facebook gives you hives, because guess what, some people who like your work may still be living on that platform and will never check anything else, not even your website.  Come up with hashtags, use them on Twitter and elsewhere, and encourage your fans to use them as well when they mention you in their own posts or tweets.  Draw a goofy stick figure with your stream link, date, and time, and post a picture of it to Instagram.  Anything to get people interested.  Tell your email list.  Remind them on the day of.  Add the online show to your tour schedule page or Bandzoogle, whatever you have.  People can’t watch you if they don’t know it’s happening.  Also, just as with live shows, you have to tell people more than once.  Y’all who’ve promoted your own selves for a while, you know the drill. Lastly, make sure you mention the stream’s scheduled date, start time, and the link to watch it every time you post or tweet or whatever.  The easier you make it for people to figure out how to see your stream, the more likely they are to show up.

8. Consider making it a habit to capture backup video and audio recordings of all of your streams if you can.  Some software, like OBS, will do this for you right there in the user interface.  You can always use those backup recordings as perks for your Patreon people, as goodies for a giveaway or benefit auction, downloads on your website, or new content for your YouTube channel.  This ties in with #9.

9.  If you’ve researched, checked your connection, checked your hardware, checked your software, tested, sound-checked, and done your best to prevent fuckery, but everything still falls apart once you go live, try not to take it personally.  Sometimes the tech simply isn’t in our favor, and we have to try again another day, or hunt for a workaround.  During one of my recent streams, my rural ISP was just not up to the task, and we had to shut the show down early.  I made it up to my paying audience by immediately recording video of the rest of what I’d planned to sing for them, and with Ben’s help, sending the full-length, briefly edited video out to them the very next day.  Nobody asked for a refund.  Since it’s clear my only available ISP has some limitations I can’t fix, Ben and I are planning to stream a pre-recorded concert for at least one of my upcoming scheduled streams.  This is another option worth considering, and platforms like YouTube offer it, too.  You can always upload a prerecorded show, then if your host platform has a chat window, you can watch it *along with* your audience, and visit with them while they watch your show.

Online shows have legitimately been a game changer for me.  They’ve allowed me to tour less during winter weather.  They’ve helped me afford to visit friends without having to book a ton of live shows to do it.  More recently, they’ve helped me to keep bringing in vital income while also taking extra time off the road as a new parent.  Some of us have had to turn to streaming because of our journeys with chronic pain, anxiety, or agoraphobia. It’s a real and true lifeline, for performers and for our fans who can’t always get to a live show.  In recent days we’ve all been facing show cancellations and a devastating news cycle, but even in the face of it all, we don’t have to stop the signal. 

We live in the future, folks.  Let’s make it work for us. Keep creating, wash your hands, and remember that the music you put out there has billions of chances to help someone when they need it most.

Two Online Shows in March!

I’m able to do both evening and afternoon streaming concerts now after a successful one of each this past month! We had good-sized crowds for both February streams, and some new viewers as well; thank you all for staying involved! Both shows will stream on our new grassroots platform, Online Concert Thing! Go here to watch. More details below!

S. J. Tucker: Crow Moon Tunes Online Concert!

Monday, March 9 8pm CST 

Online concerts are a bit of a paradox: both as plugged in and as unplugged as you can get, all at the same time.  It makes sense that they should involve a bit of magic!  Join Sooj for some music and mischief as the Full Crow Moon (also known as the Worm Moon, the Sap Moon, and the full moon for the month of March) rises high!  Choose your own ticket price ($1 minimum, more if you wish), get comfy, and enjoy on the screen of your choice!  Exclusive moon- and corvid-themed goodies will be available in the tip rewards, and Sooj will perform original songs from her mythpunk, witchy catalogue that fit the theme of March’s full moon & its traditional names.  Sign on and be part of the magic!

S. J. Tucker: Sunday Matinee online show!

Sunday, March 29 2pm CST

Come enjoy a musical lazy Sunday with Sooj as she celebrates the recent anniversary of her very first record’s release, the slightly-belated spring equinox, and an early April Fool’s Day!  We’ll get a little silly, a little serious, and who knows what else, but the music- original songs that fit the time of year from Sooj’s fun, fanciful catalogue, will absolutely be worth your time.  So get comfy, choose your own ticket price ($1 minimum, more if you wish), and watch from wherever you are!  Online shows never run out of seats, so bring a friend, a pet, your whole trivia team; you can even take the opportunity to connect with friends far away in the chat window!     

Our new streaming platform, Online Concert Thing, is run by independent musicians, for independent musicians.  Thanks for supporting the music you love in this wacky, 21st-century way; your presence & participation make a difference!

1157 Remixes are here!

2 tracks available now via Bandcamp, and the main mix has been sighted in the Apple Music store, should be hitting Spotify & all the rest very soon if it hasn’t yet! I wrote this song in early 2015 after a nightmare, plus learning about the Doomsday Clock, and…well. Again, here we are, closer to Midnight by nearly half that. My goal & my hope is to help us process and survive our (my) worst fears with this piece and its b-side remix, rather than just poking them with a stick to stir them up.

If any of you are up for publishing a review of one or both remixes, please let me know, and let me offer you a free download in return! Podcast hosts, same offer applies. Write to me:

For those curious about my recording studio process with these: the main remix has better and more tasteful EQ to my ears, with the drum elements & some vocal effects rearranged just slightly. The b-side mix has barely any drum elements at all, giving the strings & things a bit more space to shine. I used a service called CloudBounce for mastering, and I think that went well.

Thank you all for listening, even to the scary things. Watch the stars and hold the light burning in your heart.

Coming Soon: brand new 1157 remix single!

In a few days, hopefully: my digital distributor will make my 2020 remix of “1157” available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, and all the rest! If you’d like to hear it TODAY, join my Patreon for all-Patron access to the mastered new mix!

1/24/2020: watch my download page for my 2020 remix PLUS a b-side! I’ll release both tracks there that day. Again, if you don’t want to wait, hear them right now for as little as $1 by joining my Patreon.