April 2023


#13 Top Album of the Year
#11 Top Song of the Year - Shoulder To The Wheel
 #1 Folk Alley Listener Poll Favorites
#8 Best Folk Albums of 2022 PopMatters
Top 10 Albums of 2022 - Rhythms Magazine
Winner: Shoulder To The Wheel -
19th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards for Best Folk/Americana/Roots Song

The Folk Alliance International Annual Folk Chart 2022 has been announced and I am very proud to say ENDLESS GRACE came in as the #13 Top Album of the Year and Shoulder To The Wheel the #11 Top Song of the Year. This continued ENDLESS GRACE's stellar run of year-end accolades with the  Folk Alley Listeners Poll choosing it #1 of the Top 25 Album FavoritesPopMatters pegging it at #8 of 2022’s Ten Best Folk Albums, and Rhythms Magazine naming it one of the 10 Best Albums of the Year.  The honors continued in February with Shoulder To The Wheel declared Winner for the Best Folk/Americana/Roots Song in the 19th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards.

My team and I released three videos singles from ENDLESS GRACE. I Do Not Walk This Path Alone was first out of the gate premiering on Americana Highways in July. Irene Young shot and edited this very high energy capture of key moments in the process of recording this track.

Following in August  Shoulder To the Wheel  premiered on Americana UK. I tasked an old friend, Cayce Crown, to work with me on this. This is my first lyric video and, though Cayce has a very successful video production company in New York, this was her first swing at a music video. I think she knocked it out of the park!

Completing the trifecta, Nothing To Prove, another lyric video, premiered in September on PopMatters.  PopMatters was quite generous in review and praise of this video and ENDLESS GRACE on the whole.

You can view all of these videos and more on my Deidre McCalla Youtube Channel or the Videos page on this website.

My heart is full from the overwhelming embrace ENDLESS GRACE has received from listeners and Folk DJs alike but by far the greatest gift has been the re-opening of performance spaces and our gradual return to gathering in person. I have driven over 10k miles since June of this year and made a number of cross continent journeys by plane all in the service of sharing songs and smiles with you. From festivals to house concerts large and small, it is such a joy to be able to be in the room with you again. I look forward to continuing the touring throughout the new year. 2023 will mark 50 years for me as a performing songwriter and I have a few projects in the works that I hope you will find surprising and fun!

To mark the one year anniversary of being in the studio recording ENDLESS GRACE, I have also posted a video on the process of recording the song Halfway Down The Highway . It's a wonderfully intimate peek at musicians connecting with each other as we reach for a feel that is true for the track. Check it out!

On a different kind of fun note, most artists get pretty heavy into selling merch like mugs, hoodies, baseball caps or tote bags. I don’t know about you but I have enough stuff piling up so I decided to have one small, eco-friendly merch item. Now available on my Bandcamp Merch page is an ENDLESS GRACE Patch. This adhesive backed embroidered patch is made from recycled materials and Outpatch, the company I ordered them from, is a non-profit that donates a portion of the proceeds to community based charities. Very cool! I LOVE patches but in all honesty I buy them but rarely get around to the tedious task of sewing them on. I came across these adhesive backed patches through a film project Dianne Davidson was working on and though I was skeptical about the adhesive staying power, the Outpatch patch I attached to a sweatshirt has survived many launderings and is till looking great. That convinced me to have a patch made in support of ENDLESS GRACE. Check it out on my Bandcamp Endless Grace Merch page.