Hey everybody! I’ve been buried deep in work trying to get this new release to you! It is looking like it will be available in May or June of this year. It takes a little while to press vinyl, but I will let you know as soon as it is available. In the meantime as a teaser, look for the single release of my track ‘These Shoes’ along with the video next month.

I wanted to let you know what else is going on for the rest of February. This weekend is extremely exciting. Tonight I’ll be singing with Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns at Northside Tavern. Ain’t no party like a Mudcat weekend at Northside! Music starts at 10, $10 cover, Friday and Saturday night. I will join the crew Saturday after my show at Red Light and I’ll be partying with them all night Friday. Northside Tavern is located at 1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. Contact them at (404)874-8745 or find them online at www.northsidetavern.com.
Tomorrow evening, Saturday, Feb 18, I’ll be playing a benefit for the Gateway Domestic Violence Shelter at Red Light Cafe with Julie Gribble, Barb Carbon, and Donna Hopkins. These ladies are some of my favorite songwriters in Atlanta, plus it’s for a good cause! Doors open at 7. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Red Light is located in Amsterdam Walk, 553 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Contact them at (404)874-7828 or check out their website at redlightcafe.com.
Sunday afternoon I’ll be singing the gospel brunch at Eddie’s Attic with Mudcat and the Grammy award winning Blind Boys of Alabama!!! Doors open at noon. Tickets are $20 online, but hurry, this show usually sells out. Eddie’s is in the heart of Decatur at 515 N McDonough St, 30030. You can call them at (404)377-4976 or visit them online at eddiesattic.com.
And lastly, Tuesday, Feb 28 is Fat Tuesday!!! That means I’ll be with Wasted Potential Brass Band helping all of you waste as much potential as possible before getting into your promises for Lent. We’ll be celebrating New Orleans style. We play around 7:30/8 pm but the Crawfish Boil begins at 11am so get there early! Big Easy Grille is located at 1193 Collier Rd NW in Atlanta, GA 30318. Call them at (404)352-2777 or find them online at www.bigeasygrille.com


More updates to come soon!!! The website is back up and running so make sure to visit me at www.mandistrachota.com for your latest info regarding the upcoming release and future shows. See you soon and don’t forget to #supportlocalmusic !!!!