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BLACK SWIFT is indie blues rocker, songwriter and artist Sally Grayson.  Along with a plethora of guest musicians and collaborators, she is currently working on the first full length Black Swift Album to be released in 2014.  Black Swift can usually be found flying solo, but one can occasionally find a stage full of musicians at a Black Swift show.  Her most consistent collaborators are: David Arzt on guitar, Tobias Unrath on upright and e-bass, Steffen Eifert on drums.
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If Tom Waits and Nick Cave had a daughter and that daughter were raised by gypsies in narrow back alleys and secret woodland glades and taught the ragtag music of vagabonds and wondering sailors then she might sound something like Black Swift. And that’s not to mention plain old rock and roll which Black Swift keeps tucked away in their traveling bags, to be used as needed. The world of Black Swift is a steam-punk world, of rusty chains and dead pirates, the lord god almighty bringing us home and a whole lot of mixed up busted up love.  

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2015-05-12 10:39:48
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DIY: USA Tour!!!

Yes, that’s right!  This summer I’ll be on the road touring the U.S. of A.! Back to my homeland- I’m so excited!

I’m going to be touring as a duo, with the incredible Burkhard Mayer-Andersson on drums!!  Ladies and Gentlemen, he’s coming all the way from Germany to join me, so I want a set up a killer tour.

We are going to be able to play just about ANYWHERE: Clubs, bars, galleries, studios, back yards, front yards, kitchens, living rooms, abandoned buildings, pretty much anywhere where people can gather who want to hear music and where we won’t get into too much trouble for making some noise.

So, where and how will this tour happen, you might ask.  Well, quite honestly, I’m asking the same thing.  This will be a full on DIY tour.  I’m a DIY kinda girl, but most of my DIY projects have only been successful because of all the wonderful people that have come around to support what I’m doing.

I find that booking shows to be one of those most challenging parts of working as a musician. SO MUCH of it is about networking, and knowing the right people.  Nonetheless, this is a challenge I’m going to take, and it’s gonna work out great!

BUT it requires help from YOU!


As a duo, these are the dates we will be looking for shows:

AUGUST 4th-8th, 16th-23rd, 2015


These are the cities, I’m open to playing in + surrounding areas!:

Detroit, MI
Chicago, IL
Milwaukee, WI
Madison, WI
Eue Claire, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Des Moines, IA
Columbus, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Louisville, KY
Sweetwater, TN
Chattanooga, TN
Knoxville, TN
Nashville, TN
Huntsville, A
St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Omaha, NE
Peoria, IL
Bloomington, IL

NOW, Here’s where  I would love YOUR help.  Questions:

  1. Do you know any good clubs in any of the above cities?
  2. If yes, do you know personally anyone who works in those clubs?
  3. If yes, would you be willing to share my music with them?
  4. Do you know any people who live in the above cities who might be interested in hosting a house concert?
  5. If yes, could you connect us?  HERE is more info on how house concerts work.
  6. Do you live somewhere other than the above cities and would be interested in hosting a house concert, or helping us find a show in your town?

If you answered yes, to any of those questions, please contact me.

Any help would be SO amazing!

I’m so excited to be back in my homeland- the land of endless possibilities, right???  This tour is going to pan out great!  I’m feeling giddy just thinking about it!

Don’t forget to email me with ideas, please pass this along and I hope to see you soon!

Thanks SO much for your help!


2015 / 05 / 12
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2015-03-07 10:43:06
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Hello there and thanks for your interest in a Black Swift House Concert.  House Shows are one of my favorite places to play for their unique, rewarding and memorable reasons.  It’s something special to host a musician or band in your  home and to invite your guests to a gig at your own place.  Below is A LOT of information. If you’re serious about hosting a show, I’d suggest reading it to the end, otherwise right below I have a short and sweet explanation for those curious about what it means to host a show.  I hope I find myself in your home bringing you and your guests the gift of music!

SHORT VERSION on Hosting a Show:

You, as the host invite at least 20 of your friends for a unique Black Swift show in your own home.  The guests arrive, I play a set, donations are made, we all make new friends and everyone leaves happy.  Unless requested, this is not a show where the host has to pay for live music, rather the host is only responsible for gathering the people together and leading the event.

Now onto the longer version:


By house this means basically any space you have access to where you can invite your friends to gather together and enjoy a concert.  This could be your studio, back yard, theatre, winery, apartment, kitchen, patio, or of course your living room!   Its only important that it’s a space for you and your friends to comfortably sit (can be on the floor or grass) or with a little room to dance if inspired. :)  My shows are about an hour long, so lets make sure everyone can get comfy.


I spend most of my time in Germany, but in 2015 you can book shows fo1401996_457844467683225_5252687995152871092_or the following places:

USA: July 2- Sept 13, 2015 :
I will mostly be in SW Michigan which means being open to shows in Chicago, NW Indiana, and eventually I’ll head up to Minnesota.  I will be booking a tour so if you don’t live in the places listed, let me know where you live and we can try to make it work.

Since there are only so many weekends in the year, please know that hosting a show under the week can be just as perfect and sometimes even better than the weekend.  We don’t have to party till the roosters crow, so it often works out to close up shop early for those who need to head to work then next day.

It’s exciting to get a date set, so please send me a variety of dates that could work for you, so that I can work that into my tour.


To create a successful show, at least 20 adults should be there.  This guarantees an atmosphere that feels more exciting for this event, andv&J this helps to make it worth it for me to tour to your house.  Don’t forget, this is how I make a living, so we have to be sure to organize it properly.

A couple tips on inviting.  In order to make sure there is a minimum of 20 adults, means inviting 40.  Also, it really helps if you ask people to RSVP to make sure you know how many are coming.  If you aren’t sure you can get 20 adults to come, you could try co-hosting the event with a friend to ensure enough attenders.

If you have a large space that fits more people, of course this would be wonderful.  The more the merrier!  There’s always wonderful excitement in the air with a packed out show!

Thoughts on kids.

Kids are generally loud.  But I can be loud too, and I usually can win the loud contest.  Most of the time when I’ve played a house show where kids are present, they usually end up being the once front and center dancing to my music.  I do have some quieter songs where the kids would need to settle down a little bit.  I’m fine with kids being there, that’s just something you as a host need to decide because there’s also been shows where a fussy child crying ends up being louder than me, and distracting the other guests.  But this is your house, and you decide the rules.  If you would prefer that it is adults only, then one idea is: if there’s a lot of parents with kids and the show isn’t too late, how about having some activities for the kids in another room in the house?  A Black Swift show could be a family style event, or an adult event, either way, I’m cool.


Invite a bunch of your friends!

When you decide to host, (yeah!) I’ll provide you with some text thouseparty1hat you’ll need for your invitations. It’s important to let your guests know the following, “This is a donation-based concert” Guests should know that they should come prepared to make a donation towards the artist at the end of the show. There’s no suggested donation to be able to keep it open.  People should feel moved in the moment to donate without expectations.  If you have a friend who doesn’t currently have a lot to donate, but loves music, they should be there too.  Lets get that house packed out and get the music buzz going!

Sometimes there are hosts who would prefer to pay the musicians and not ask for donations.  If this is you, just contact me and I can tell you my prices.

It’s up to you if you want to have a pot luck, BYOB, or if you want to provide snacks.  You do it in your style and in your way.


So you’ve invited everyone, RSVPs are in, and you’re ready for the show – here’s what happens next.

I’ll arrive about an hour before the guests arrive to set up and do a soundcheck.

Guests come at the time we’ve decided the event will begin. We’ll hang out and mingle for about an hour. After this, everyone comes together in the performance space, people find a place to sit down, the host gives a short introduction, and then I play my show.  This will be about an hour long performance.

As soon as I finish my last song, the host gets up in front next to me with a hat or vase, or some kind of container and makes the donation speech.  It should go something like this:

“Thank you all for coming tonight. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. I want to remind you that this is a donation-based concert. Your donations tonight will all directly benefit our artist, and will show her our appreciation for this amazing experience she brought us tonight. I’m going to leave this vessel right here and encourage you to give generously. Thanks again!”

After that, we’ll all hang out and get to know each other till everyone starts heading home.

A note on the donations

In order to play a show anywhere, in any house, I can only do this on a donation basis since this is how I make a living and helps to pay to the costs of being on the road.  Thus its super important that the host shows full enthusiasm about that aspect of the event.  Shortly said, the success of the donations often lies in the hosts enthusiasm and the guest are also usually really receptive and happy to be a part of such a unique memorable experience.


Here is the list of questions we’ll need for you to reply to asap in order to factor your house into the routing.

  1.  In what city and state and country do you live?
  2.  What is the space you have in mind for the concert? (e.g., inside your house, an outdoor space, etc.)
  3. Do you want to host a donation-based concert as described above, or do you want information about paying a guarantee for the show instead?
  4.  a) Do you think you’ll be able to get a minimum of 20 adults to come? b) What is the total number of people you might expect to come?
  5. When would you like to host a show?  Please send me a number of dates in which you are open.
  6.  What is the best email address and phone number at which to reach you efficiently?

House shows are really a wonderful and magical experience that can bring lasting friendships and great memories.  I’m really looking forward to doing a house concert together with you!


2015 / 03 / 07
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Thank you for a Wonderful Year!

Thank you for a wonderful 2014!

I wanted to send out one more email before this year is over to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who made 2014 so wonderful. I’m so proud of all we accomplished, – especially releasing our first full-length and none of it would have been possible, without the support of the community that has become Black Swift.


Thank you to all the musicians I had the honor of playing with in 2014.  I’ve been able to share the stage with these incredible talents: David Arzt, Tobias Unrath, Steffen Eifert, Johnny Park, Matze Fugel, Bertrum Oeler, Stefanie Haecker, Anna Friedel, Stephan Kapplar, Thomas Nathan, Cosmic Nico and Dima Nuteki.


Thank you to everyone who helped support, share and fund our crowdfunding campaign to be able to put out our first full-length record!  I’m so proud of this album and it wouldn’t have been possible without you.


Thank you so much to all of our fans who came out to our shows, supported us, sang along with us, applauded us, booked us, hosted us in your living rooms and came out to the clubs and festivals where we played.  I loved looking out at your lovely faces, and hope to see them again soon.



Onwards and upwards to 2015

I have some really exciting plans for 2015 that I’ll be sharing with you in the next couple of weeks.  To give you a little idea, it entails more art, more music, more videos and more shows.  Ideas have been percolating and I’ve been brainstorming on how to make this happen. I will be working together again with the talented Markus Merkle this year to work on some new music videos.  My last big THANK YOU needs to go out to him for all the love support he gave in 2014. He filmed and directed the last music video- if you haven’t seen it yet, you can click HERE to see it!

2015 is gonna be so good and I’m excited to share it all with you soon!



2014 / 12 / 30
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Buche Jetzt für ein Black Swift Wohnzimmer Konzert!


Hallo Black Swift Fans,

Wir sind wieder am ende des Jahres, und Weihnachten ist kurz vor uns.  Ich will jetzt für November & Dezember buchen!  Gerne kannst du mich ab jetzt zu einen Wohnzimmer Konzert im persönlichen Rahmen buchen!  Ja, ich freue mich jetzt ein paar Wohnzimmer Konzerte zu spielen!

So sieht das dann für alle aus:


Du als Gastgeber hast genügend Platz wo mindesten 15 Leute können sitzen (auch gemütlich auf der Boden). Du machst die Türe auf und lädst mindesten 15 Freunden ein. Vielleicht kaufst du auch ein oder zwei Flaschen Glühwein.


Ich bringe auch eine Flasche Glühwein und natürliche bringe ich auch die Musik mit.
Ich werde meine neue Lieder mitbringen und die spielen mit Akustik Gitarre, Akkordion, und Ukelele.
Ausserdem werde ich auch Collagen mitbringen, die mit der Musik inhaltlich in Verbindung stehen.


Als Gast zahlst du keinen festgelegten Eintritt, sondern gibst einen angemessenen Beitrag in den Hut.
Vielleicht bringst du auch ein Flasche Glühwein oder was zum knabbern mit.  In diesen dunklen Winternächten
gibt es nichts Schöneres als in einem warmen Wohnzimmer mit Freunden zusammenzukommen und der Musik
zu lauschen.
Wenn du Interesse hast Gastgeber zu sein, schreib mir bitte eine Email :
und zwar schnell buchen bevor wir ausgebucht sind!
Ein fernsehen Nachricht anzuschauen mit ein Black Swift Wohnzimmer Konzert gibt es hier:
2014 / 10 / 30
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Book a show with Kat Jones & Black Swift

Hey Germany, Switzerland & France,

I’m excited to be currently planning a short  tour together with KAT JONES. Kat has a gorgeous voice and is a prolific songwriter, and I’m really  looking forward to sharing the stage together! If you aren’t on the tour path, check out her music anyway its a great mixture of americana/folk/indie… (kinda like the music I like to write, so its gonna be a great combo)



Between October 8th – 16th, 2014, we are hoping to head to some of the cities (or surrounding cities) listed below.  If you know of a good club we should play in, let me know, or if you would be open to hosting a LIVINGROOM SHOW, also let me know.  Hosting a livingroom show virtually does not cost anything, its just a matter of opening up your home and inviting at least 20 people who are willing to contribute towards the live music.

Für mehr info auf Deutsch an wie ein Wohnzimmer Konzert functioniert, click mal HIER.

If you live in or near any of the cities listed below, and would be free to host a show,or know of a club we should play in just write mail to


2014 / 09 / 06
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