Hi Friends,
I'll start with the good news: My newest CD, No Solid Ground, has been selected as the Best Folk CD of the Year 2000 in the  Ithaca Journal's annual  music awards. These awards, known as "Jimmies", are given out by Jim Catalano, music writer for The Journal. Jim has this to say about No Solid Ground"On her third CD, Kessler continues to refine her blend of uplifting lyrics and propulsive guitar riffs."
Okay, now picture me coming up to the podium to recieve my Jimmie award, in a long dress, with tears of joy streaming down my face. Amidst the roar of applause and wildly flashing cameras, I give my speech: " I'd like to thank Rich DePaolo, my producer, who also engineered most of the project and provided much of the musical accompaniment. I'd also like to thank all the other fine musicians whose talents are featured on this record: Peter Dodge, Bill King, Charlie Shew, Brian Earle, Chris White, Annie Burns, Marie Burns, Jenna Rubin & Jasmine Tourance. Thanks also to the folks behind the scenes: Will Russell of Electric Wilburland Studios, Matthew Saccucci Morano, Robin Mack, Pat Burke, Kathy Morris, and the Divine Spirit that makes this all possible."
And now, a commercial:
No Solid Ground can be ordered from In The Moment Productions, PO Box 4054 Ithaca, NY 14852. Send $15 check or M.O. per CD, plus $1.50 shipping & handling. For each additional CD, please add 50 cents to the shipping fee.
My other recordings, Another Day of Loving(which won a Jimmie in 1996) and Leap of Faith, can also be ordered at the same address for the same price.
And now for the not-so-good news: Songs.com, the internet distributor that has hosted my website for the past couple of years, is going out of business. Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control, they have shut down their operations, and I will need to create a new website. I'd like to publicly thank "Perfesser" Paul Schatzkin, Michael Camp, and all the other folks at Songs.com for their hard work in supporting and promoting independent recording artists, and I wish them much success in their future endeavors.
So, friends, I am cyber-homeless at the moment, but I hope to be up and running with a new site by the end of January. I will let you know when that is set up. In the meantime, for those of you who prefer to use credit cards, you can still order my CDs online via the following sites:
And, for those of you who prefer to purchase music the good ole fashioned way, please give your support to these fine local businesses:
Ithaca, NY: Logos Bookstore, Greenstar Coop Market, Handwork, Small World Music (it's a cool new place in the alley across from Kinko's--check it out!) Sounds Fine, Ithaca Guitar Works.
Syracuse, NY: Unity Bookstore(Unity Church), My Sister's Words
Saratoga Springs, NY: Nahani
Binghamton, NY: Sunrise Health Foods
Rochester, NY: Unity Bookstore
Buffalo, NY: Border's Books & Music
Lenox, MA: Kripalu Center Shop,
Mesa, AZ : Unity Bookstore
Corning, NY: Herbal Dreams
Albany, NY: The Crystal Angel (Mandala Center)
Moorestown, NJ: Center for Conscious Living
Westmont, NJ: Eleventh Step Books
Lafayette, NJ: Unity Bookstore
Wallingford, PA: Pendle Hill Bookstore
Lastly, I wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and joyous 2001!
Many Blessings,
Jody Kessler
www.songs.com/kessler   (site is up for another few weeks)