If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Valentine’s Day (or you just want to avoid the whole thing altogether), might we recommend spending that night with Mitzi Dawn? For those in the Nashville area, we mean that literally. For everyone else, we mean it virtually.
We’re not talking about a date or anything like that, but we are talking about a party — the release party for Mitzi Dawn’s independent Trainwrecks and Pink Clouds album. The event will be from 6:30pm – 8:00pm (CT) on Valentine’s Day at The Rutledge (410 4th Ave S.) in Nashville. If you can’t make it in person, you can still take part in the party. The event will be streaming live as part of The Billy Block Show. You may access the free, online stream of the show by visiting The Billy Block Show Website.
“If you’re in the Nashville area on Tuesday, come celebrate with me! I’ll play for 40 minutes with a full band. We’ll play my record top to bottom,” she says about the party that is quickly becoming a family affair. “My fiancé will be on stage and my son, Brandon, will be in the audience. My other son, Shane, will be watching the live stream online (I’ll send him an “I love you!”) along with, hopefully thousands of people around the world that can’t be here.”
For those who don’t know, Mitzi Dawn recently caught our attention with her single “Razor Blades and Whiskey” (co-written by Angaleena Presley of the Pistol Annies). That led us to discover her album and the message of hope and healing it delivers. (You can read our in-depth interview with her on our site.) The album release is a huge step on her road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. As you can imagine, it’s a nerve-wracking, but exciting time for her.
“I wish I could say that I am in this perfect place of Zen, peace and ease two days before my record release, but I’m a little crazy, to be honest,” she told us late Saturday night. “In the last three years, I’ve hit a bottom, lost my home, my car, my publishing deal, my relationship, and my two beautiful children. Then, slowly, I got clean and sober, a new home, started my own publishing company, fell in love, got engaged, finished a record, and last week, I got a new car!
“The one thing that I wanted and needed more than any of those things was my boys to be home. One son came home in November and my oldest son will be home next week! So now I’m a mom, a business owner, fiancée, moving to a new home that can accommodate all of us, and releasing a record that documents all of these struggles!”
Mitzi Dawn has been clean and sober now for more than three years and has her life moving in a positive direction. As she moves forward, she realizes how very fortunate she is to have turned things around.
“So tonight I’m running around picking out paint, and worried about how I’m going feed myself and my children with my new house; pay the rent; and when I can find time to do these interviews. Then Whitney Houston dies. From the disease that I have received a daily reprieve from. That very easily could have been me. I have high-class problems. I was reminded to be grateful that I am breathing, I am loved and I am alive. My children are healthy and home! And…. I get to release a record!”