Sustainable living is a movement sweeping through the United States of America like a magical stream called flow!It seems getting back to the basics and families growing their own food is more popular than ever. What is considered alternative today was once main stream. It is a beautiful thing when artist come together and create love, kindness and emotions through the raw delivery of music. The Homestead Series is just that. A Musical series filled with sustainable not so normal folk living in Van Nuys, California.
I wrote “MOONSHINE AND WEED” with Clay Smith. He is a songwriter friend of mine from Alabama. John Schreffler produced the track in his Los Angeles recording studio where he lays down each track himself blazing through every instrument. I’ve been playing music with John for the last two years out here in LA. He is our local genius and we all want to work with him whenever he is in town. John and I went to Norway two summers ago. We had so much fun! We released a music video for “MOONSHINE AND WEED” back in August. I was shocked that it got 22,000 views on youtube in a very short time. If you have not heard MOONSHINE AND WEED on Sirius Outlaw Country give them a call and request it some time. Phone:
GIRLS CAN BE OUTLAW COUNTRY TOO YALL!
peace, love and organic music,
We are living in different times.We use to count calories now we are being forced to count chemicals. As a mother it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what is safe to feed my child. The moment I think I have it somewhat figured out I learn more startling information. I know we can all only do the best we can but is that really enough? Why are all of these strange chemicals allowed to be in our food? It saddens me to great lengths that this is even an issue in our country. We have enough things to worry about as parents besides having to research and constantly stay on top of what is safe for our children and what is not. Let’s face it. Has anyone ever wondered why the safe organic nongmo food is so expensive? Who are the ones buying the safe food? The Rich? Yes! The single income families or families with more than one child cannot afford to eat Organic.I hear this all the time. It ignites a passion inside of me like no other. I have learned over the years instead of getting mad about things do something about it with positive intentions. That is when I decided to turn my entire backyard into a garden.
I have spent the last three months turning my California Drought Stricken yard into five different gardens. I did not hire anyone to help me. I embarked on this venture all by myself. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew it was the right thing to do. As I began tilling my backyard with only a shovel it was not long until I had become a farmer. I was waking up at 7 am and coming in at 10 pm at night.I come from a long line of farmers. My grandfather who I called Paw Paw was a backyard farmer too. His backyard was a sight I never forgot as a child. As the days went on I started to feel a since of purpose that was bigger than me. I was visioning growing food for other lower income families who cannot afford to eat organic vegetables. Why should only wealthy people get the good stuff? No way, as the ice creme truck rides by a couple times a day. More ideas pop into my mind as I jump on the shovel with all 95 pounds breaking dirt. Maybe, I will buy an ice creme truck and go around selling organic Local Grown Vegetables to lower income areas. Maybe, my truck will still have ice cream but it will be organic ice cream. As the dirt under my finger nails became a regular thing at home, when I was not working in the yard or being a mom, I was tucked away studying gardening, composting, how to raise chickens. CHICKENS, what the heck? I had crossed over to the other side. Changes were taking root in my core and there was no turning back.Three months later I am picking our food from our garden. I am composting, recycling, and raising three baby chickens named Malibu, Magnolia, and Topanga. My daughter is getting an education at home that is just as important as anything she can learn at school. Luckily, this adventure all started when she made me watch FOOD INC. She and I are learning and doing this together. She is my vessel of inspiration and for her I would grow the biggest garden in the world to make sure she gets the best quality of food this planet has to offer. As a mother that is my job! Our kids trust that what we feed them is safe. We too ate alot of food from dollar stores and I saw what it was doing to my health. We are on the road to recovery! Instead of wanting change, we are being the change! Instead of complaining about the state of our food system, we are taking control of our situation
Good Luck out there and be safe!
All I have wanted the last few years is to play more music. THANK YOU UNIVERSE! I am so grateful for this shout-out in the Glendale News-Press! I look forward to playing music every Thursday night at Cody’s VivaCantina.
To read the Glendale News-Press, please visit http://www.glendalenewspress.com
Tonya will be plying the Country Fan Jam 2015! Held June 11th – 14th at the Tennessee Fairgrounds in Nashville Tennessee. Over 100 artist playing! First round of acts have been announced more rounds coming soon! To see a full line-up of the artists and get more information, please visit the Country Fan Jam website.
Altco Recordings is proud to welcome Tonya Watts to our ranks as she teams up with Stevie Tombstone to work on a new single,video and perhaps more. The Americana songstress is also well known as Playboy cover model and actress besides being a quickly rising star on the Alternative Country scene. Tombstone has been working to produce a series of singles for Altco showcasing new and seasoned talent that have his fingerprint and trademark on “legitimate tunes that dont bend to corporate ears”. “Tonya has a one of a kind voice, point of view and her lyrics are about as honest as you can get”
To read more about this incredible union, vist http://altcomusic.blogspot.com.
Ameripolitan Music Award voting has begun as of Friday, December 6th and runs through Thursday, January 2nd. You can now go to www.ameripolitanmusic.com and vote for Tonya. The winner will be determined by popular vote so vote now and be sure to tell all your friends!
Country Star Tonya Watts and IAmHollywoodHomeless.com’s Christian Calloway of BLoveFoundation.org will be Featured Guests at the 20th Annual The Angel Festival.
This taking place at Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, California on October 5th, 2013at 1:30PM and 3:30PM.
BREAKING NEWS: Check out Tonya Watts and Ty Herndon singing a duet on the cover song “El Ceritto Place”. One of Tonya’s all time favorite tunes from years ago, recently it went number one rightfully so! Ty Herndon is a Grammy Nominee and Dove Award Winner with 17 top billboard songs. Watts and Herndon are both from Alabama and old friends.
Donna Lethal. (June 2, 2013). LA Girl: Tonya Watts: http://thelosangelesbeat.com/2013/06/la-girl-tonya-watts/. Last accessed 6/3/13.