Holy cow guys! There’s been enough going on to send you a newsletter two months in a row! Can you believe it? I hope a lot of you have been able to get back out and catch some live music, so I’d like to let you know where you can find me this month.

Tomorrow, June 5th, I will be back at my regular hangout in Elijay, Ott Farms. I’ll be playing solo acoustic tunes from 12:30-4:30 with the north GA mountains as my backdrop and the taste of grapes in the air. You ‘Ott’ to come see me and enjoy a wine tasting as well as the gorgeous view. Ott Farms Website

Last month I mentioned a new project coming out that I participated in with Eddie 9V. Well, tomorrow 6/5 is his birthday as well as his release party at Blind Willie’s in the Virginia Highlands. He asked me to come hang out with him and sing along for a few songs, so I’ll be there, and you should too. This album is really great. Show starts at 8:30, $10 cover. Little Black Flies reached #3 on the iTunes blues list already, so you really don’t want to miss this. Event Page In case you haven’t seen the video yet, Little Black Flies Video, and to purchase the album visit Little Black Flies Album.

Next Saturday, June 12th, I will be in Hiawassee playing a set at the Sneakin’ Creek Fest. I have been told there is a ton of awesome music at this festival and a great hang with friends (including the furry ones). My set is around 6 pm on Saturday, but the festival goes on all weekend so make your arrangements now. Sneakin’ Creek Fest 

June 19th, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Wasted Potential is having their release party at Northside Tavern. We’ve been hanging onto these new songs for awhile, and are looking forward to sharing them with you. Plus, we’re looking forward to getting back to Northside and seeing all your lovely faces. Some of you may have heard us perform these songs before, but you’ve never heard them like this. Look for the video for Temperature Rising to be coming out soon as well. In the meantime to keep up with Wasted Potential events, follow us on Facebook or on the Wasted Potential Website. We look forward to seeing you 6/19. Music starts at 10 pm, $10 cover. Northside Tavern Website

June 25th is another busy day. I will be performing with Wasted Potential at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in the early evening. For those of you who haven’t visited the Botanical Gardens yet, what better excuse is there than this? The place is gorgeous. We will be playing in the early evening, around 5-8. Atlanta Botanical Gardens WebsiteThen, join me in taking a hike down the street to Blind Willie’s for a Mudcat band reunion! You haven’t seen us since the release of Castaway and we’re all looking forward to playing together again. I know you’ve missed us, and we’ve missed you too! Show starts at 8:30, $10 cover. For more information on Mudcat, visit his Website and follow him on Facebook for weekly livestreams.

There are also a couple backyard private parties with Wasted Potential this month, and I just want to remind you that you too can hire us to play your party as well! With the culture changing a bit since Covid, this is the safest and most intimate way to see us perform. You can also hire me as a solo acoustic performer or any of the several lineups I play with. For more info on hiring me for a private event, please email me at strachotamandi@gmail.com.

Side note – y’all may have heard I also pay my bills by taking care of adorable furry friends. I love them, will spoil them, and will probably whore them out on social media, but you can rest assured they are taken care of when under my watch. Same email as above for more details.

Lots more shows coming up next month and possibly another mini tour. Please follow the Website for updates and like me on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out on any upcoming shows. And GOOD NEWS!!!! We are getting the MONTHLY GOSPEL SHOW started back up at Waller’s in Decatur. The first show looks to be 7/11, but I will keep you updated! We really really missed this show and all the love and positive energy it inspired and cannot wait to start that energy going again. It has been far too long. Remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train.

Love y’all and appreciate your continued efforts to #SUPPORTLOCALMUSIC and #SUPPORTLIVEMUSIC. It is more important now than ever. Let’s keep this thing alive.