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(Latest update Sunday, March 22, noon. Despite our note Saturday, 3/21, 8:17 pm PDT, that we did not intend to add any more to this edition.)
LATE NEWS: KENNY ROGERS dead at age 81.
March 21, 12:56 am (updated 9:49 am & 11:54 am)
The band got near-constant radio airplay in the late '60s and early '70s, with a list of hit singles that included: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" about a horribly wounded Vietnam veteran who made it home, but was helpless as the love of his life kept leaving him for romantic trysts "in town"; "Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)," a '60s anthem if there ever was one; "Reuben James," a song in the same vein as John Denver's "Matthew," about the strong rural male role-model fondly remembered by the farm-raised child; and "Somethings Burning," a beat-driven song that bordered R&B. They were also one of the many to enjoy a hit covering Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee," in a time when Janis Joplin's version was too wild and crazy for middle America.
Rogers' "first career" with that band ended with a forgotten landmark that echoes with enduring irony. They released one of music's first-ever "concept albums," and it had all the bells and whistles. A complete immersion in its 19th-century theme, it included a convincing hand-written, time-stained journal booklet with song lyrics, faux tintype photos and supportive period material, and it was housed in one of the most distinctive two-record heavy jackets ever.
That was "The Ballad of Calico," which covered every aspect of life and death in an Old West mining boom town, with all the songs co-written by Michael Martin Murphey. The project bombed, and that led to the band's breakup. (Though today that album is quite collectible, especially if the booklet is there.)
If Rogers' trailblazing was largely unintentional, his enduring popularity enabled him to do pretty much what he wanted. Having paid his dues with his earlier band, he was able to stay where the money was, in the changing world of Nashville Country. Like Ricky Scaggs -- and damn few others, until Taylor Swift walked out -- Kenny Rogers made Nashville accommodate where he wanted to go.
In Rogers' case, if that sometimes blazed a path for a pop-country cowboy like Garth Brooks, and for the herd of taco-hatted, fake-drawl-infested, pop-country dog-divorce-pickup-truck infestation of sameness, it likewise let Rogers keep trad country alive alongside his pop country hits. And it gave him the artistic and business freedom to cross, at will, back and forth to Las Vegas' orchestral crooning, and simple downhome acoustic guitar ballads.
Though Nashville will portray his legacy as a solo "Country Music Star," Kenny Rogers was influential -- often pivotal -- through many directions taken by his "first career" band, thus blazing trails in folk-rock for bands like the Eagles, and America, and on into today's Cowboy-Western-Folk and, by extension, throughout many genres of Folk-Americana.
(Following is the very full edition published March 19, with many additions made through all of March 20th AND 21st.)
Live music events on the web, resources and financial support for artists and venues, and ways everyone can take part. All within.
Take our challenge. Watch just this ONE video and tell us it's not an utterly charming, get-you-grinning, change-your-mood CLASSIC. It's a sample from fiddle master Lissa Schneckenburger & co., who are among those playing the fest, and it's WAAAAY COOL! (Here's the full url, instead of a click link, so you can share it.)
Well now! Stayin' hunkered down in your domicile suddenly got a lot more appealing, didn't it?
Feature story is in this edition, and the go-there-right-now link is:
What's a safe "social distance"... ?
Tuesday we brought you the current Americana Music Charts (singles and albums) and a feature story by Jamie Latty titled "PLAYING MUSIC CAN HELP IN CHALLENGING TIMES" republished from the Deering Banjo newsletter, plus news for the first-ever St. Patrick's Day without parades and revelry, AND, how to find the ONLINE CONCERTS that happened Tuesday and Wednesday. (You can still read all that.)
But things are moving fast, and already they warranted a new edition. So here ya go.
Virtually venture forth!
Stay safe and healthy -- socially and tunefully engaged, from a distance.
The restaurants are closed, so savor this...
Hot platter of new music...
We launch this as a new regular feature. Every edition until you can go see a live performance, we plan to alert you to a brand-new release.
OUT TODAY, Mar 19, GRETCHEN PETERS shares her new song "Why You Been Gone So Long," the latest single from her forthcoming album The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, due May 15 via Scarlet Letter Records.
Pre-order at: https://smarturl.it/songsofmickeynewbury
No need to wait, though. Listen right now on Youtube to "Why You Been Gone So Long":
Okay, yes, we stole the story title from "OffBeat" because, well read it...
THIS IDEA IS SOFAKING COOL
Organizers of what’s being termed the “Sofa King Fest” are attempting to launch a “one-stop source for all your couch streaming concert options.”
Musicians can apply now and earn 100% of proceeds.
This is based in New Orleans (with leading involvement from Reid Martin) but music industry professionals are involved nationwide.
Check 'em out. Hell, bookmark 'em:
You can also read the feature story in "OffBeat" magazine, at:
To volunteer, sponsor, partner, or other questions, email
We've been in touch with Travis, who turns out to be Travis Laurendine, Founder & CEO of CODEMKRS, the folks behind Sofa King. He wants us to share an invitation with you that you can extend to all the artists you know:
"We would love if you encouraged musicians to sign up on the form so we can list them. And the more robust site is coming soon!"
Oh, my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Helping Musicians Weather the Storm
by Debra Cowan, independent touring musician
As you are probably aware, many folks will or already have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus emergency. Independent musicians such as myself are no exception. Already the news is pouring in from my peers regarding the thousands of dollars lost through cancelations.
Since live music is now on hold indefinitely, here is a partial list of suggestions, things you can do to help your favorite INDY musicians.
I had a discussion with someone a few days ago about this and they were saying that they would buy the music of <insert name of musician who plays to huge theaters and stadiums here>.
With all due respect to the James Taylors and Elton Johns of the world, they are going to be just fine. I am not saying they don't deserve help, but what I propose is that you support the musicians who play small venues, bars, house concerts, or present musical programs in schools, libraries and in Care Facilities.
These are the artists that are feeling the pain acutely and are scraping-by, even in the good times.
• Bandcamp Is Waiving Musician's Fees on Friday
To give bands and artists a small boost in sales, Bandcamp is waiving its commission fees on Friday, March 20th (that's tomorrow!).
Hopefully this will help musicians weather the storm while venues across the country are closed and gigs canceled.
I have been using Bandcamp.com for the last ten years and I stay with them because I love their business model. I have switched all digital download sales to them mainly because it is less hassle for my customers and much easier for me.
You can go to https://debracowan.com/category/product/ and purchase any digital downloads of my music there.
All my digital sales are through Bandcamp and if you do it tomorrow, March 20th, I -- and every artist or band on Bsndcamp -- will be spared the fees that are usually charged. A Win-Win!
• Here's what else you can do
♡ - BUY THEIR MUSIC DIRECTLY FROM THEM!!! Yes I shouted that.
Not Amazon, not CDBaby, not iTunes, not Spotify or Pandora, or other streaming services.
♡ - Contact the musician directly and buy their music through their website, or if they have an online store, use that.
|♡ - The best email in the world is from someone who writes "I want to buy your CD"|
♡ - Subscribe to their Patreon account at Patreon.com. (I am located at https://www.patreon.com/DebraCowanMusic)
♡ - Subscribe to their email newsletters, even if If you can't part with your hard-earned dollars. This one always lifts spirits because it means that someone cares about how and what we are doing.
♡ - Help the Musicians Union Emergency Relief Fund ("ERF"). My Union, AFM Local 1000, has an ERF specifically for times like these, and that benefits our members. The link below can take you to the website where you can make a donation to my local:
Anyone can make a donation to any Musicians Local ERF. Note that the donation IS NOT tax-deductible. But know that you are helping working musicians who -- in many cases -- have lost thousands of dollars of income. In the past, our Union ERF has made the difference between losing a home, paying the bills and slipping into homelessness or hunger.
Thank you for staying with me and please help the musicians whose music you love by buying their music.
"If you are being impacted by the Coronavirus crisis and need support...
"MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions.
"To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, we have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures."
All the info and an application are online, at:
The Americana Music Association produces the annual AMERICANAFEST, the weekly singles and albums Americana Music Charts of radio airplay and sales to the public, and the intentionally unsponsored newsletter, This Week in Americana.
"With the music industry changing, we understand that artists will be taking a big hit and we're here to help! We're putting together a list to promote Los Angeles performers who are transitioning with the times and going virtual.
"If you are an artist planning an upcoming live stream event, or if you are accepting online donations, tell us all about it here."
According to a press release, “gig economy workers represent more than 8% of the workforce in Orleans Parish, including rideshare drivers, musicians, arena workers, and festival production staff.”
The New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) has announced the establishment of a relief fund for local gig economy workers as the City addresses the potentially devastating effects of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 on employment.
NOLABA has committed $100,000 to the emergency relief fund, with a goal of reaching $500,000. There's more info in the "OffBeat" magazine story, at:
And the official site for the fund is:
Andy & Renee -- hosts of Dylanfest -- play live online Thursday
In light of New Orleans' citywide shutdown, music venues and musicians in the Crescent City are beginning to offer access to live music performances via live and online streaming.
○ SideBar, which bills itself as "New Orleans' premiere listening room," announced its plan to livestream all gigs without audiences, but at press time, their page is dark below the masthead; info will eventually appear at:
○ New Orleans' musician Khris Royal announced he'll do weekly live performances on social media.
○ The Howlin' Wolf won't be doing livestreaming anytime soon, but is offering $2 Tacos-To-Go to all hospitality and service Industry workers, local musicians and artists, construction workers, NOPD officers and first responders. Same spirit as post-Katrina, at a distance.
Music magazine "OffBeat," which covers the NOLA music scene, tells us, "These are far from the only ones offering similar services, so stay tuned to OffBeat.com for a growing list of... [live online music] events very soon!"
Because "Going Viral" makes you sick...
"It isn't just the ventilator machines. We need 3.5 billion respirator masks. There are only 76,000 professional respiratory therapists in America, working three shifts in all our hospitals. If a health care professional gets sick, they're out 21 to 28 days. Just yesterday I heard from a doctor in Denver. The shortage of needed supplies is taking a toll. He had to intubate a patient, life-and-death situation, without a gown or mask. If she turns out to have Coronavirus, the chances that doctor will contract it are very high."
~ Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, former White House Health Policy Advisor, Obama administration
"They've got to stop playing 'Hunger Games' with critical medical supplies. This White House needs to activate the Defense Supply Act and stop playing games with things needed to keep health care workers safe and people alive."
- Samantha Vinograd, National Security Analyst, Obama administration.
THIS WEEKEND, first reported March 18th...
The 3-day "Stay at Home Festival," online,
Folks, here at The Guide, we bring you word all the time of musicians doing benefits for which they do not get paid, where they donate their time and travel, their chance to play a different gig where they would get paid, and of course, their positive energy and talent and practiced skill and everything else that goes into their best performance, all to support somebody else's cause.
Here is an utterly charming, get-you-grinning, change-your-mood sample from fiddle master Lissa Schneckenburger & co. It is WAAAAY COOL! (Full url so you can share .)
Live online 3 x weekly... (new 3/22)
Archived concerts return from Kulak's Woodshed
Kulak’s Woodshed in Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA is re-broadcasting past live performances from their archives. Each was recorded with their multi-camera set-up, so any and all are good viewing (as well as listening) experiences.
Here's the schedule (so far) of their past shows, released late Saturday, March 21st.
Paul Kulak recognizes that "Artists are hurting more than ever now. Please make a donation to them via their PayPal and/or Venmo account/s which will be posted for you to see during their re-broadcast shows."
Sat, Mar 21, 8 pm - Melissa Crispo
Sun, Mar 22, 8 pm - Julia Othmer
Mon, Mar 23, 8 pm - Phillip Brandon
Tue, Mar 24, 8 pm - Beto Hale
Wed, Mar 25, 8 pm - Sophia Alone
Thu, Mar 26, 8 pm - Blue Bossa
Fri, Mar 27, 8 pm - Acoustic Soul
All of Kulak's webcasts are at:
(We do not know if you need to have a Facebook account, and therefore have your devices infested with Facebook spyware to allow you to watch. Try it and see.)
Live from Hollywood, unique each night through March 31st... (newly added March 21)
"12 Days of Quarantine," Hollywood venue's live cyber series
Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood is satirical singer-songwriter Phil Ward's home-away-from-home. It seems cast members there have been presenting talent from their own in-house musical-comedy-theatrical ensemble (and elsewhere) in cyber shows. Phil just got around to telling us, late on Saturday, since his set is Sunday night, March 22nd.
Phil will present his intricately witty satirical tuneage, and he tells us, "I'll make sure my harmony-belting wife Silvie is right beside me."
It's all about having members of the theatre's troupe live-stream 30-minute-ish shows online, one each, for 12 days. The shows are free, with a way for you to support the artists' beloved theatre.
At 8 pm any night through the 31st, you can catch that evening's live show, at:
If you like the series and want to help support NOTE, you can label your donation "12 DAYS" and pitch in whatever you like, at:
(As always with anything involving Facebook, we do not know if anyone can watch, or if having your own Facebook account is required. We DO know that merely having an FB page of your own downloads a phenomenon amount of their spyware into your devices.)
Helping those in greatest need
Congresswoman Norma Torres, a Democrat who represents California's 35th District, is focused on sharing ways we can get through this together. We like what she says:
"...here are some organizations that could really use our help right now (her list, with links):
She adds: "If you can't give financially during this season, there are many other ways to help others: check on your elderly neighbors by phone or by email, reach out to your immunocompromised friends, and stay at home if you are able.
"If we all do our part, we can get through this health crisis stronger together than we can apart."
San Pedro venue goes cyber... (added March 20th)
Live performances from the Grand Annex archives
They reliably present wonderfully tuneful times. Here's their message about cyber accessibility.
Irish "Easter Rising Centenary" 1916-2016 Commemoration, Free online
Ken O'Malley is L.A.'s resident Irish-born flamekeeper of traditional Irish music. He is a dazzling instrumentalist, fine vocalist, and the originals he writes and features in his sets are perfect fits alongside timeless classics of the Emerald Isle. Back on April 24, 2016, he performed at an event to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the cause of Irish freedom one hundred years earlier, to the day, in 1916.
A video was made of the event, with Ken's performance. Currently, it is FREE to watch online at Ken's website. Running time is 75 minutes. It, and more, are at:
Catching up on reading that overcomes social distancing... (new March 20th; links added 3/21)
We'd like you to meet PM Press
You'll also find selections from the new "PM Press Blog series," titled, "All We Have Is Each Other," with resources, interviews, and articles challenging the dominant narratives of the crisis.
We just discovered PM Press when we bought the new book by LEE CAMP. You know his name. We've referred you to his biting, brilliant observations many times, both in his comedy special videos and his weekly tv/web show, "REDACTED TONIGHT."
PM Press is his publisher. They remain committed to publishing books and media to create a better world.
RIGHT NOW THEY'RE OFFERING 40% OFF all their books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs. Just go to
and use coupon code SOLIDARITY
When you purchase a print book, you get the corresponding eBook for free.
Their mission is "to amplify the vital voices of our authors, artists, and activists."
We readily embrace their admonition, "Let's read more books and demand the impossible," and likewise appreciate their message signature lines: "Stay safe and hopeful, and take care of each other. Yours in love, rage, struggle, and solidarity, PM Press."
Check out these music history titles from PM -- each one links to a description:
"Our doors may be closed. Our mission isn't."
Grammy Museum's online programs began Wednesday
Sticka tells us, "Each day will spotlight a different pillar of our Mission." Here's the program and release / activity schedule:
- Sunday and Tuesday: Music Education Lessons and Activities
- Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday: Opening our Public Program Archives
- Thursday: Member Engagement Nights
- Friday: At-home Exhibit Exploration
We are, after all, a mote of dust
in a vast sea of darkness
...and yet, each of us inhabitating that speck is still unique
All those place names for things too far away to seem real. But look at it this way: Mars is right next door, and we get fresh pictures taken on its surface every day -- but even it is just a reddish dot in the night sky.
For fun, figure where the top image fits into the bottom image. Or just ponder the infinite.
Oh to see what is there to see, see and be seen... (new March 20th)
Galleries go dark; art stays lit
We like the South Bay's Easy Reader News for its quality local journalism and exemplary coverage of the arts. Their March 18th edition has a nice piece by Bondo Wyszpolski with lots of color images of the art you can't go see face-to-face because the gallery shows, like everything else, are on hold.
You can (and should) go read his story. Meantime, here are some of the sequestered works in the dark and silent galleries.
At left: “I Wish You Bluebirds,” by Vanesa Andrade, is among the works at Artlife Gallery in El Segundo. The gallery intends to have a strong online presence, with virtual gallery tours and more.
An image on the Palos Verdes Art Center website is Monica Orozco’s “Suffragette,” from the 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles.
From SoLA (South LA Contemporary) is “Fray,” (above) by Kaleeka Bond.
Our favorite from Wyszpolski's explorations: “Hermosa Pier Underwater” by Clark McNulty (below), is among the works at Resin in Hermosa Beach.
His concluding testament warrants quoting:
"Starving students" is not a cliche. It's real
With schools closed, some kids don't eat. We're not exaggerating. On a typical day, Los Angeles schools furnish over ONE MILLION meals to students. The schools, though shuttered, are attempting to serve quality "grab and go" meals to the most vulnerable kids. But without the "ADA" money from state and federal sources, based on attendance at school, the massive local school district is left holding the bag.
Check it and consider contributing to feed kids, at:
Updated as provocative commentary arrives...
Well haven't you heard everything is cyclic?? 🤗😀😗😮 Enjoy the ride. What's left of it. And stop going against the grain. We're overpopulated, overpolluted, too greedy, too selfish, too fast, too expensive... think we hit the top of the arc a very long time ago. Why don't you see what Harry and Meghan are up to?? Don't know if I ever mentioned this but I went to the same high school she went to in Los Feliz... Immaculate Heart... before I transferred to John Marshall also in Los Feliz... however tuition then was about $30/month. Now it's 😮 $1700/month.
If you've noticed, the answer from (as you have called him) 'the pink-eyed orange imbecile' to every criticism is, 'But nothing like this has ever happened before!'
Yeah? I've got a two-word rebuttal:
(If he did not, steadfastly, refuse to read anything, the dumbass would know that.)
- name withheld because nobody is supposed to invite anybody to, you know...
Just when it seemed like nobody gave a f*ck about gig workers I see where you talk about ways for musicians to make rent. Maybe somebody will figure something for the rest of us
A friend sent us this lengthy and thought-provoking comment written by Karen Tate:
Well, I believe Covid 19, while not as dangerous as the Black Death, is going to shake things up big time over the months ahead. My friend and I were talking about how we're already seeing how much more important the truck driver delivering the tissue paper is than the hedge fund manager. Or how much more useful to society is the cashier at the grocery store than the super model. Or how nurses are our real sheros, not guys who can shoot hoops. Our values are being put to the test. We're seeing who we really need to make society function, who is valuable in this society. The once diminished and under-valued are the ones coming to our rescue.
In this conversation with my friend, she told me about the benefits of the Great Plague on humanity she learned from the Great Courses classes available on Amazon Prime. Just some of the benefits of the Black Death (and you can google this) was the beginning of humanism, freedom of thought and the middle class. She told me, and I agree, this virus will teach us we need to restore manufacturing and unions in this country and pay people who are low down on the totem pole a living wage with benefits because these are the folks who are keeping society afloat, doing the truly essential jobs we truly need in this crisis. Cleaning. Driving trucks. Sewing masks. Selling us food and medicine. The people on the front lines at the hospital and urgent care facilities, the butcher, the gas station attendant, the people at utility companies, the guy picking the fruit. We're seeing how we need Medicare for All. How we must value science and education and teachers!
My friend and I think when this virus is over the world will be changed forever. No longer will we tolerate the predator capitalism. We'll demand our tax dollars serve the people and not the 1% who doesn't need our money or tax cuts. We'll demand manufacturing and unions be restored in this country so we don't have to depend on other countries for essentials in times of crisis. And how many of the saviors out there during this crisis are women? None of these essential people are going to roll over and go back to being marginalized, underpaid and under-valued.
Like Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of WWII, showing the power and ability of women outside the home, she symbolized a trend of change, and so will this virus.
I don't yet know what that iconic symbol will be to move us toward Democratic Socialism and income equality, shifting our minds toward the We and the Us instead of the I and the Me, but rest assured, we're watching the times change before our eyes. This is what a revolution looks like on a daily basis. Step by step. This virus along with the Orange Jumpsuit are shifting humanity's psyche and hearts to value those once taken for granted.
Can't thank you guys enough For the stayathomefestival.com! My gf read read it and we've been streaming all day. Pure cure for Great Depresh 2.0!!!
How about this: take the money from Trump's stupid "Border Wall" and spend it to help those struggling from Coronavirus impacts (medical, and financial due to cancelled gigs). Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed that in a bill in Congress back in February, and got ridiculed by all the "brown scare" xenophobes. Her bill will transfer all funds for Trump's border wall to the departments responsible for combatting the coronavirus. That was a good idea then and a great one now. Looks like Americans are realizing that. Hey, the $10 billion it would raise is a lot of rent checks, student loan payments, and paid sick days.
We're living through history. How does today compare with the same day in past years?
Today is Thursday, March 19, 2020. Spring arrives tonight.
Thoughts for today by two born on this date...
"I would be wonderful with a 100-year moratorium on literature talk, if you shut down all literature departments, close the book reviews, ban the critics. The readers should be alone with the books, and if anyone dared to say anything about them, they would be shot or imprisoned right on the spot. Yes, shot. A 100-year moratorium on insufferable literary talk. You should let people fight with the books on their own and rediscover what they are and what they are not. Anything other than this talk. Fairytale talk. As soon as you generalize, you are in a completely different universe than that of literature, and there's no bridge between the two."
~ Philip Roth, American writer and novelist who won two National Book Awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize (born March 19, 1933, died 2018)
"Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism."
~ Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (born March 19, 1891, died 1974)
On this day...
Launching of the poet laureate of American folk and rock...
Soon to be a highly influential artist, Bob Dylan released his first album, "Bob Dylan," on Columbia Records, today in 1962.
Women's History Month...
"It's the birthday of legendary African-American singer and comedian Jackie 'Moms' Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken in Brevard, North Carolina (1894-1975). Her career as a performer began when she moved to Cleveland at 14 to get away from her tragic past — her parents died in separate accidents; she was raped twice as a teenager, resulting in having two children who were taken from her; and she was being forced into a marriage with an older man. In Cleveland, she met the vaudeville team Butterbeans and Susie. She went to New York City and became very successful on the Chitlin' Circuit, earning more than $10,000 a week. In 1939, Mabley was the first female comedian to perform at the Apollo Theater." ~ Garrison Keillor.
Auguste and Louis Lumière recorded their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph today in 1895.
Does anybody really know what time it is...
The US Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time today in 1918, though the railroads, who invented time zones, had been using them for years.
Lost & Found...
157 years ago today, in 1863, the SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines, and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000.
Exactly 102 years later, today in 1965, the wreck of the SS Georgiana is discovered by teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence, and its cargo, as treasure and archaeological salvage, is valued at over $50,000,000.
Losing the peace...
Today in 1920 -- 100 years ago -- the US Senate rejectef the Treaty of Versailles for the second time (the first time was on November 19, 1919), failing to put the US in the League of Nations, secure a just peace with Germany, and by reembarking on an isolationist course and virtually assuring that Europe would have another world war.
Today in 1921, the Irish War of Independence saw one of its biggest engagements. About 100 Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteers escaped an attempt by over 1,300 British forces to encircle them at Crossbarry, County Cork.
Bet it on the red or the black...
Today in 1931 gambling was re-legalized in Nevada; it had been legal in the Old West, but Nevada brought it back into what became the spectacle of our time.
World War II... in 1945, 75 years ago today...
European Theatre: Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero Decree" ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities, and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed as Allied forces advanced from East and West.
Pacific Theatre: Off the coast of Japan, a dive bomber hits the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, killing 724 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the US under her own power in a heroic saga of the sea. Sadly, upon her return, she was scrapped.
In GRB 080319B, a cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed today in 2008.
Last of the breed...
Today in 2018, the last male northern white rhinoceros, Sudan, dies, ensuring extinction for the species, barring cloning.
Happy Birthday today to...
In memorium to these musicians & influencers born on this date...
Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), American frontier lawman famous for the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and early movie advisor who taught young actor Marion Morrison about the West; Morrison would become John Wayne.
Charles Marion "C.M." Russell, American painter and sculptor (1864-1926)
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American lawyer and politician, 41st United States Secretary of State, 2-time Democratic nominee for President, and remembered as the defender of Creationism in the Scopes Monkey Trial.
Jackie "Moms" Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken, legendary black American comedian who overcame multiple tragedies of childhood and youth (1894-1975)
Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1891-1974)
Philip Roth (1933-2018), American writer and novelist who won two National Book Awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize
Patricia Morison, American actress and singer (1915-2018)
Harald Johnsen, Norwegian bassist and composer (1970-2011)
Irving Wallace, American journalist, author, and screenwriter (1916-1990)
Ricky Wilson, American singer-songwriter and musician (1953-1985)
Lennie Tristano, American pianist, composer, and educator (1919-1978)
Attik, Greek composer (1885-1944)
Anna Held, Polish singer (1872-1918)
Max Reger, German pianist, composer, and conductor (1873-1916)
Johannes Verhulst, Dutch composer and conductor (1816-1891)
Fredrik Pacius, German composer and conductor (1809-1891)
David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer (1813-1873)
Francesco Gasparini, Italian composer and educator (1661-1727)
Thu, Mar 19, LIVE ONLINE CONCERT:
7 pm-9 pm (Pacific) - ANDY & RENEE do a Facebook live streaming concert.
* You can view the show at www.facebook.com/reneesafier
* We don't know if you can watch the show if your device isn't infested with Facebook spyware. (If you have have a Facebook page, ALL of your devices are infested with their spyware.)
* Andy & Renee have performed all over the world, as leaders of the Bob Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN, and performing their originals has won them awards, too.
* Renee says, "We'll take some requests, and if you'd like to 'Tip' us, you can do so via Paypal or Venmo using my email, firstname.lastname@example.org"
* The 30th annual "DYLANFEST" with dozens of artists and performing hosts Andy & Renee is still scheduled for May 30th. "SUPER EARLY BIRD" TICKETS are ON SALE NOW, $30 til March 30th. The price jumps to $35, March 31st-May 29th, and it's $40 at the door. A $100 VIP Package includes your ticket, this year's Dylanfest T-shirt, a mug with event logo, a shaker egg for you to assist the percussion, a CD, and your invitation to both the Rehearsal and the VIP After-Party. Dylanfest info and TIX at www.andyandrenee.com
More soon, as we get to and through it. Which is pretty much the way it is for all of us these days.
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove, play a round or two
of checkers, and we'll be along...
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
COVID-19 Coronavirus PRACTICAL PRECAUTIONS
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html