The Last Gold Leaf

Indie Pop from Minneapolis, MN

It's been a while...

but we're still here. 

So, in case you didn't know, my wife and I recently released our joint effort Autumn Note Productions.

More about that in a moment. 

The last few years have brought about a lot of changes for me. Beginnings and endings. In fact, recently I've decided to invest more in this humble musical effort. This wasn't an easy decision to make. Particularly right now when things in this world are so uncertain: the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer. I was putting a lot of my time-eggs in a basket that didn't quite connect with my need to help people where they're at. 

So my wife and I have had an ongoing dialogue for a while. Where do we fit? It seemed that now, more than ever are messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and selflessness important. And we don't see much of that at a grand scale. There are small efforts if you're looking for them. A lot of people have awoken to the reality that the life and prosperity and opportunities that they have are not what others have. 

And so Autumn Note Productions. It's another humble beginning after an ending, one moment leading into the next. On a practical scale, it's an effort to bridge all of our disparate ventures: graphic design, poetry, essays, recording, live performance, social outreach, etc. But it's also an effort to give validity to the idea that fighting sometimes looks like love and appreciation.

In a way, this is what giving up looks like. Or maybe our way of giving ourselves over to the fact that we're tired. Tired of looking at people that are overlooked, misjudged, misguided, disenfranchised and feeling helpless. 

Autumn Note is our small effort at making the spaces and people in our lives just a little bit brighter. And maybe if we're lucky, people will respond in a way that allows us to grow this small effort into something bigger than us. 

Without further words from me: Autumn Note Productions 

The Ice Melts

When you're a northerner winters can be long and hard. Not near as brutal as the Starks from the famous HBO series, but the cold can wear on you. When you're holed up, nothing but plans running through your head. Biding your time until its just warm enough to consider moving.

BOOCOLD :((((

BOOCOLD :((((

And I have been biding my time. In January The Last Gold Leaf was featured in a music blog called Music Inform. I've played a handful of shows since. But for the most part I've kept my head under the radar. Considering my musical future and what I think my purpose is in this art and what drives me as an artist and as a musician.

Something that's quietly been growing in my mind is how I want philanthropy and fund-raising to be a core part of my art and performance. There are a lot of causes I believe in and a lot of things I want to help change and the more I've grown as an artist the more I realize I want to incorporate these causes directly into what I do.

In light of that at the end of this month I'll be playing two benefit shows in Minneapolis for a local non-profit called the Sheridan Story. They're what's called a "backpack program" designed to help children not go hungry through the weekends here in the city. On their site they state that over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity. I'm seeking to create awareness, take donations, and I'll have pamphlets and fliers available on how you can get connected if you want to. 

Otherwise, a few friends and I recorded another new video for your viewing pleasure. Check it out on the home page or the videos page.

Noisetrade Feature and New Video

I'd like to announce that Noisetrade, the free music exchange website, has hand picked The Last Gold Leaf for the 'New and Noteable' artists section of their website. It's hand-curated and selected from the hundreds of artists that post new albums each month to their site and they invited us! If you haven't, roll on over to noisetrade.com and download the EP as it has an exclusive bonus track you can't get anywhere else. Plus, it's free, so click on the link already.

To coincide with our Noisetrade promotion, I asked a few friends to help me make a video. I wanted to feature a song off of the EP, and we picked Drawn. In case you didn't see it on the front page, check it out below:

Enjoy the new music and the new video and spread the word! If you live in the Twin Cities area, we have a show on the 5th and Kara, featured in the video, will come armed with her own music to dazzle you with. Hop on over to the shows page for more info.

Cheers,

Derrick Keith

The Last Gold Leaf

Winter Minneapolis Show

We had a ton of fun in Iowa! Wyatt, Kara and I got to show our stuff off and now we get to do it for Minneapolis (it's so great being home). Here's a photo of Kara and I performing at the Vaudeville Mews:

 

Photo Courtesy of Lucas Moser, Used Without Permission

Our show is at Honey in Northeast Minneapolis December 5th. Wyatt and Kara will be showing off their stuff as well, so bring a friend!

Cheers,

Derrick Keith

Iowa Show

A few weekends ago I got to play back home for my friends and family at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, Iowa with Kara Doten and Wyatt Overman. Thanks to everyone that came out! Here's a photo:

Myself (Derrick Keith) and Kara Doten. SO MUCH FUN! 

I'm scheduling a show in Minneapolis for this winter as I'm writing this. I've also been working on new material/sounds. I'm excited to get to show you!

Cheers,

Derrick Keith