UPDATES: latest -- Tuesday, April 21st cyber concerts
Updates before that
• Monday, April 20th.
• SUNDAY AFTERNOON AMERICANA CYBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, and more added to Sunday's listings, AND some mark-your-calendar events!
• Sat, Apr 18, 10:15 am PDT, with MORE live shows from the Cyberian realm.
Late additions are in the day/date chronology.
We know. Most people can't tell the difference between one day and another of late. Of course, if you STILL SUBSCRIBED TO A NEWSPAPER, you could walk down the driveway, and you'd know.
So here's your Friday-Saturday-Sunday edition. Because it's like, uh, the weekend.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY by one born on this date (April 17th)...
"Everybody's talking about people breaking into houses but there are more people in the world who want to break out of houses."
~ Thornton Wilder, writer (born April 17, 1897, died 1975)
Cyber performance schedules follow the news features.
Will more be added, as more notices arrive? Maybe. Check back from time to time. We'll tell you in a new first line if we do.
News Features for Friday and the weekend...
Hear a John Prine performance from last year
Legendary singer-songwriter JOHN PRINE died of COVID-19 complications last week, as we reported at the time. The tributes keep coming, including some based on live performances by John, performance-interviews he did, and both narrative remembrances and performances of his songs by those fortunate enough to know him.
Our friends at the Pasadena Folk Music Society observe, "John certainly represents the kind of music the Folk Music Society believes in, and everybody has their favorite videos of this great songwriter, with plenty of great ones to chose from."
Fortunately, they continue, "We can recommend a live show he did a year and a half ago at the 'House of Strombo' in Canada (with Gordon Lightfoot in the audience!). We just happened to hear singer-songwriter, Joe Henry, interviewed the day after John died, doing a 10-minute interview with A. Martinez on KPCC [a Los Angeles radio station], talking about John. Joe really nailed it in this interview when he described what was special about John. Catch the interview (audio only) here. You will find this segment at the 42:50 point of the show, and you can go directly to it."
There's more. The Folk Society also adds, "He did a very informative 90 minute interview with John Dickerson of CBS a year ago, well worth watching."
As their e-newsletter concludes, "John was a very special songwriter and performer, and his music will be around for a long time."
Wait a minute. "Around for a long time"-? No.
Forever, baby. Forever.
"A Prairie Home Companion" meets the COVID age
Garrison Keillor, bestselling author of the "Lake Woebegone" books and chief representative for their perspective, is even better known among most Folk-Americana radio audiences for his long-running weekly show, "A Prairie Home Companion."
We frequently include quotes and tidbits from him these past few months, and note each time that he has been active of late. Whether you've seen or missed that content, we want to emphasize that Mr. Keillor is supplying people with fresh "sheltering in place" entertainment, including some ALL NEW MATERIAL that features just-produced skits with many of the old "Prairie Home Companion" radio cast. If you were a follower of the show, you'll really enjoy it, and if you weren't, you will surely like it, too.
You'll see (not just hear) the original cast folks performing from their homes, doing some very funny stuff. Our friends at the Pasadena Folk Music Society made certain we knew about all this, and they note of the talented original cast, "It is great to hear them again and to see them live."
Garrison Keillor also makes available recorded-live videos of "A Prairie Home Companion" shows, one each week, for a week. The current episode (until Tuesday) is from April 16, 2016, when the show featured CHRIS THILE, now host of the successor show, "Live From Here." (That show airs in Los Angeles and as far as the signal reaches on KPCC, Saturdays at 7 pm, replayed Sunday nights at 10 pm, and also archived for on-demand listening for a one-week interval at the station's site.)
If you want to receive bulletins and read Garrison Keillor's current writings on a regular basis -- "regular," with options ranging up to clicking one for "daily" -- you can get on his mailing list, here.
"FolkScene" is broadcasting best performance-interviews from 50 years on-air
KPFK's "FolkScene" radio show -- on both broadcast and web radio -- has been celebrating 50 years (!) of great live music these past four weeks, and on those four shows, they have culled the best 40 (or so) of the hundreds of great performers they have had over the years. Each gets a 10-15 minute segment.
You can hear two songs from each, plus just a bit of dialog from the original interview, to give you a bit of the personality of each artist. Working within the format of only four of the series' 2-hour shows, they had to leave some very fine shows out. But they're letting us hear EIGHT straight hours of outstanding live music.
You can access these shows most easily at their Folkscene Apple Podcast site or at the FolkScene Soundcloud site. You can also fish-out the two most recent shows for a limited time (for 2 weeks after the broadcast) from the KPFK "Audio Archives" site. (All three of these links are repeated at the bottom.)
These shows are hosted by current co-host Allen Larman and longtime sound engineer Peter Cutler. The series is dedicated to the late and legendary duo, Howard and Roz Larman, founders and longtime hosts of what was always a groundbreaking show.
|The Larmans -- Howard & Roz -- the late founders, with Peter Cutler at right.|
Current "FolkScene" shows can be heard on KPFK, 90.7 FM simulcast online from 6 pm to 8 pm Pacific every Sunday. Allen and Kat Larman host the show and feature newly recorded performance-interviews as well as guest segments from the past, along with some recent recordings. Tune-in when you can.
Also on KPFK: it is worth getting-up early on Saturday mornings just to hear "Roots Music and Beyond," 6-8 am every week. Featuring a revolving set of hosts, each with a different slant on folk music, you can hear some great music and for many, songs and tunes they've never heard before. These shows are also available at KPFK's "Audio Archives" for 2 weeks.
Performers on "50 years of FolkScene" specials:
1. Don McLean (5-31-70)
2. Steeleye Span (11-12-72)
3. Maria Muldaur (1972)
4. Dion DiMucci (9-16-73) John Hartford (1- 28-73)
5. Merle Travis
6. Utah Phillips (4-74)
7. Steve Goodman (7-25-76)
8. Leon Redbone (11-16-75)
9. Chieftains (11-23-75)
1. SonnyTerry & Brownie McGhee (7-30-72)
2. Mance Lipscomb (10-22-72)
3. Jimmy Buffet (8-26-73)
4. Janis Ian (1974)
5. Tom Waits (1-12-75)
6. Randy Newman (4-27-75)
7. Rosalie Sorrels (1-15-78)
8. Tom Paxton (5-27-79)
9. Rodney Crowell, accompanied by Roseanne Cash and Ricky Skaggs (2-11-79)
10. Stan Rogers (11-18-81)
1. Kate Wolf (2-10-85)
2. Phil Alvin (12-14-86)
3. John Gorka (5-1-88)
4. Townes Van Zandt & Guy Clark (11-13-88)
5. Butch Hancock & Jimmy Dale Gilmore (5-22-88)
6. Lucinda Williams (2-26-89)
7. Altan (3-12-89)
8. Richard Thompson (4-16-89)
9. Shawn Colvin (12-3-89)
10. Bryndle (10-16-94)
1. Dave Alvin (8-28-94)
2. Lowen & Navarro (8-10-94)
3. Kate and Anna McGarrigle (2-26-97)
4. Jackson Browne (8-15-99)
5. Tom Rush (11-21-99)
6. Nickel Creek (5-21-2000)
7. Loudon Wainwright (1-15-02)
8. Eric Andersen (5-18-88)
9. John McEuen (2-12-99)
10. Dom Flemons (4-15-19)
● Listen live to whatever is on-air at KPFK.
● "Folkscene" Apple Podcast site.
● "FolkScene" Soundcloud site.
● KPFK "Audio Archives" site has only the two most recent shows (for 2 weeks after the broadcast) both "FolkScene" and "Roots Music and Beyond."
● Broadcast in Southern California at 90.7 FM KPFK, and on several regional repeaters at other frequencies (check for where-on-the-dial at www.kpfk.com).
(Our thanks to our friends at Pasadena Folk Music Society for most of whst was used in this feature.)
The Reverend Shawn Amos releases debut album
"Blue Sky," recorded with The Brotherhood, is acclaimed by Billboard, No Depression, American Songwriter, Elmore, and More
Out today, April 17, 2020, American roots artist The Reverend Shawn Amos has released his new album "Blue Sky," his debut with the newly formed Brotherhood band. The new album is a full-circle moment for the Rev, featuring a group of masterful musicians that includes drummer Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Macy Gray) and longtime Rev guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts.
The album marks a major step forward for The Reverend Shawn Amos, both sonically and personally. With a recent move from his hometown of Los Angeles to Texas, he found himself immersed in a world wildly different from his own, yet still somehow familiar. Surrounded by a variety of new sounds and genres, the Rev injects his bluesy, gritty sound with a revitalized creative energy while embracing a newfound sense of home.
"On this one I really wanted to cede control to the guys," Amos recently told Billboard in a feature interview. "It's the first album I've made where I've shared so much space and shared songwriting. I wanted to be part of a band rather than a solo artist -- that was a big motivating factor for me."
While his previous release, 2018’s politically-charged Breaks It Down, reckoned with the calamity of our current society, the new album looks inward as the Rev explores his own identity and embraces his singer-songwriter past.
“On this album, I wanted to connect the dots between my current love of blues and my singer-songwriter past,” says The Rev. “When I first started recording blues material, I pulled up the bridge behind my Americana catalogue. Five years into this blues journey, I was ready to revisit that terrain, but in the end, I really believe that blues music is roots music. Making this album has allowed me to bring both sides of myself as a writer together.”
The Rev is also embracing collaboration in a new way – unlike past Shawn Amos collaborations, the Brotherhood is in it for the long haul. More than a band, they have become a tight-knit group of brothers, who provide critical emotional and spiritual support as the Rev reckons with loss, dislocation, reinvention, and his own lifelong journey in understanding his blackness. “I sound free, because I’m as free as I’ve ever been as an artist,” explains the Rev. “I’m around people who make me feel safe, people I can lean on emotionally. It’s very much a collaborative experience...I couldn’t imagine making this music with people who are not friends.”
Pasadena Folk Music Society persists -- fortunately -- with content for you
Among the longtime regular performers in their series on the Caltech campus are STEVE GILLETTE and CINDY MANGSEN. The Missouri-based trad-folk duo has a mailing list, and if you get on it, they will occasionally let you know about their online series, "About the Song."
|Stalwarts of the Pasadena Folk Music Society,|
on the Caltech campus outside a frequent venue.
His newest exploration is of the song, "Healing Hands," which might make you feel better in these troubling times.
He includes lyrics and links to video performances of his songs, including "Back on the Street Again," "Darcy Farrow," and more. You can get on their mailing list, here.
Bob Dylan's 17-minute surprise song
|Bob Dylan, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.|
"Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you."
As always, there are some detractors of the song. For many who hear it, it is a fascinating composition, predominately about John F. Kennedy's assassination -- but there has been much discussion opining what it is really about. The song features lots of allusions and is very open to interpretation. Somehow it captures our uncertain times, as a haunting song by a great writer. See what you think, here.
Mystery video link
Here's a humorous video made by a creative couple during their quarantine. Sent to us by the Pasadena Folk Music Society, who notes, "Its pretty funny, and short."
It's also spawned hundreds of imitators, worldwide. And, no, the photo ain't it. Or an imitators. But it does point you in the correct direction.
It's right here.
Winning "StudentCam 2020" documentaries
Tune in Saturday for another winning "StudentCam 2020" documentary. Watch (or use your recording device) at 3:50 am Pacific, and continuing throughout the day on C-SPAN.
They’ll air the top documentaries from the competition EVERY DAY THROUGH APRIL 21st.
Get the full "StudentCam 2020" schedule by clicking each day's pages at:
Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the murderous Oklahoma City bombing, an atrocity committed by right-wing domestic American terrorists. On Sunday, C-SPAN offers several programs that enlighten what brought that darkness to the heartland.
Included is: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Executive Director Kari Watkins discusses the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Friday, April 17
"UnCancelled Music Festival" ensues...
This is frustrating to track-down. There does not seem (at press time, anyway) to be a site with a master list of everyone who is performing across all the days, how many days it lasts, or even a complete lineup on any one of its days. Each artist is left to tell their own list about the date and time their set goes-out.
Try this source for more, in case they add more:
Here's the ONE show for which we received all the partic'lars... It's in the artists' words.
Fri, Apr 17:
4 pm Pacific --
Andy Hill & Renee Safier play the "UnCancelled Music Festival"
Get your tickets early at: https://www.stageit.com/…/uncancelled_music_festival_…/77225
We hope you will join us on the UCPAC Virtual Stage for the "UnCancelled Music Festival"
To participate, you need to create an account on StageIt and then purchase (using PayPal as a member or guest) $5 worth of StageIt Notes. 10 notes = $1.
You can then buy a ticket to any of our shows for 1 note, which is 10 cents. Yes, just 10 cents. Although you can choose to pay more and tip during the show, this event is using the "pay what you want" feature to maximize access to the shows in these difficult times.
Get your tickets NOW! https://www.stageit.com/…/uncancelled_music_festival_…/77225
During the show, you can chat with the other fans and with us, when we're not actively playing. The show will be 30-45 minutes long, and it starts on the hour.
For those with the means, "the pay what you want” feature is also designed to raise money for the musicians and venues who are participating and for the greater music community. A portion of the proceeds from each show goes to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s Foundation, which provides financial support and addiction help for struggling musicians all the time, but has a special relief program going on right now during this unprecedented pandemic to help all of the music professionals who have lost work.
Share, tell your friends, make the benefit for musicians HUGE! #livemusicisbetter
Union County Performing Arts Center, Hamilton Stage, @UnionCountyPAC
and Facebook UnCancelled
Fri, Apr 17:
5:30 pm Pacific --
Saturday, April 18
Sat, Apr 18:
10 am-noon Pacific --
MOIRA SMILEY's "VERMONT BIG SING ALONG" with SIX OTHER professional artists
Tough choice today at 1 pm...
Sat, Apr 18:
1 pm Pacific --
JESSE MALIN plays "The Fine Art of Self-Distancing Livestream," at:
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Sat, Apr 18:
1 pm Pacific --
MICHAEL McDERMOTT performs with guest artist MATTHEW SZLACHETKA on the show, "House Arrest -- The Recidivist Show," at: https://www.stageit.com/michael_mcdermott/house_arrest_the_recidivist_show/77486
Sat, Apr 18:
5 pm Pacific --
Sat, Apr 18:
5:30 pm Pacific --
Sat, Apr 18 -- on Tee-Vee
Two times to watch:
• LIVE 5 pm-7 pm Pacific on MSNBC
• On EVERY network (CBS, NBC, ABC, KTLA) 8 pm-10 pm Pacific --
"ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME" co-hosted by usual late night competitors STEPHEN COLBERT, JIMMY FALLON, & JIMMY KIMMEL, with 70+ music stars & recording artists, in a massive celebration of our medical heroes AND a benefit for W.H.O. -- the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION that Trump just de-funded in the midst of a global pandemic.
* Most performances will be ACOUSTIC, since the musicians are all performing from HOME!
* EXPECT MORE than the initial lineup, below.
Sat, Apr 18:
7:30 pm Pacific --
"VINYL RECIPES" show, featured in Ditty TV's 'Americana Connection'
* Watch it many places -- via Circle Network/ Ditty TV or on with these cable providers: WOW!, Comcast / Xfinity, Optimum by Altice, COX, Mediacom and Charter / Spectrum
Sunday, April 19
This morning, US deaths from COVID-19 went over 40,000. That is more than DOUBLE what it was one week ago. Remember that, so you can cite it, the next time some Trump Cult / Fox News Fool gets going with the mantra of how "This is overblown. It's more important to save the economy."
With distancing and mask protocols in place, the death toll STILL DOUBLED in just one week. Ask them what the number would be without protective measures -- or what it will be if protective measures are suddenly dropped. Of course you won't get a coherent answer, but ask them anyway. It's the kind of question that's good for civilization.
Oh, this is good. From Garrison Keillor:
Thanks, Garrison. (We told you it was good!)
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from two born on April 19th...
■ From Dar Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist:
• "Sometimes life gives us lessons sent in ridiculous packaging."
• "In the laughing times we know that we are lucky, and in the quiet times we know that we are blessed. And we will not be alone."
• "And where does magic come from? I think that magic's in the learning."
• "Sometimes I see myself fine, sometimes I need a witness. And I like the whole truth, but there are nights I only need forgiveness."
• "How I long to fall just a little bit, to dance out of the lines and stray from the light."
• "Therapy was the biggest romance of my life."
■ From Ashley Judd, American actress, singer-songwriter, and activist:
▪ "I think what unites all my characters is that they are hurt; it's most accurate to say I play characters that are hurt but are responding to their environment."
▪ "I have a lot of love to give, and when I give that love and others are able to receive it and show me their vulnerability, I believe that God inhabits that space, which means I basically hang out with God a lot, and that's why I feel hopeful."
▪ "It's unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries."
Regarding her "Me, too" revelations...
▪ "I think the courage comes from the little girl inside of me and my commitment to doing right by her."
▪ "We've just flung the barn doors wide open and the horses have run out. And the joy of the stampede has surprised me. I didn't know that it would be so joyous."
On this day, April 19th...
"Where once the embattled farmer stood, and fired the shot heard 'round the world"...
As the poet's line celebrates, the American Revolutionary War began today in 1775 in the colony of Massachusetts outside Boston. First, with a pile of American patriot volunteer corpses on Lexington green, then with a victory on the bridge at Concord that sent the mighty British army scurrying back to Boston while continually being picked-off from the woods. The battles of Lexington and Concord began the most improbable colonial rebellion to thst time.
A crowd of populist insurrectionists that would have brought-down the Nation's Capital...
The Baltimore riot of 1861 happened on this day, when a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore attacked US Army troops marching through the city en-route to join the Union Army massing to the South outside Washington, D.C. President Lincoln would prevent Maryland from joining the Confederacy by blocking the state's legislature from meeting for the entire duration of the American Civil War. Had Maryland left the Union, the US capital city woyld hsve been entirely behind enemy lines.
Today in 1971, in the midst of America's six successful Apollo Moon landings, the Soviet Space program launched Salyut 1, humanity's first Earth-orbiting space station.
Today in 1987, "The Simpsons" first appear as a series of shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show," first starting with "Good Night."
Dark anniversary for local floating museum...
Today in 1989, a gun turret -- one of three rotating turrets that each contains three giant steel rifles that shoot sixteen-inch-diameter explosive shells -- explodes aboard the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors. The Navy initially botched the investigation, maligning some of those sailors. The turret was never restored to operation and remains sealed to this day.
Wacko-nut-job intentionally-repeating mass-murder day...
First, today in 1985, two hundred ATF and FBI agents lay siege to the compound of the white supremacist survivalist group "The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord" in Arkansas; the militants, who possessed a huge illegal arsenal, surrendered two days later.
Today in 1993 -- may be by coincidence, maybe not -- the 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building in Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out inside the rambling fortress/residence during the culminating assault. 76 Davidians, including eighteen children under the age of ten, died in the fire.
Today in 1995, the infamous Oklahoma City bombing happened -- its perpetrators citing the other two anniversaries as their chosen date. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, USA, was half blown into a collapsed pile of rubble, half violently gutted, by a massive improvised bomb inside a rental delivery truck parked at the curb out front. The blast killed 168 people, including 19 children under the age of six.
On this day in 2011, Fidel Castro resigns as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba after holding the title since July 1961.
Sunday's cyber music
Sun, Apr 19:
Noon Pacific --
ALICE WALLACE does a cyber concert she's calling "Alice Wallace LIVE - Covers Edition"
* She's a longtime Guide favorite. Tune-in and see/hear why.
* Watch at: https://www.facebook.com/alicewallacemusicpage/
Tough choices today at 1 pm...
Sun, Apr 19:
1 pm-1:45 pm Pacific --
BUDDY MONDLOCK, professional acoustic guitar-playing singer-songwriter, plays live from isolation somewhere, at:
* Buddy says, "I'm happy to have you just come listen for a bit, but if you want to buy a 'virtual ticket' to the show, that's wonderful too. What ever feels okay, it's all good. I know it's tight for everybody at the moment, not just me, so no pressure! Here's where you can throw a little in the hat if you want --"
https://www.paypal.me/BuddyMondlock or @Robert-Mondlock on Venmo
- & -
Sun, Apr 19:
1 pm Pacific --
JENNY O and VETIVER perform on the show, "Mama Bird Records Coop-to-Coop Livestream," at: https://linktr.ee/mamabirdrc
- & -
Go hear their comedic hit song, and catch 'em live, online...
* Re the 1 pm workshop... there's room on Zoom for 500, plus unlimited capacity for the simultaneous livestream to their Facebook page. They'll also post the session video on their YouTube channel, afterwards.
Note: this next one is dee-lightful IF YOU WATCH THE RECORDED PERFORMANCES, one or two acts behind the live feed. Attempting to watch it live brings constant lock-ups and needs to close everything and restart cold. Word to the wise so you can ENJOY IT.
Sun, Apr 19:
3:25 pm-7 pm Pacific -- BENEFIT FESTIVAL
Guitar Girl Magazine Presents: "Ladies of the Canyon - A SoCal Americana Special," a fundraiser for Masks For Docs, who get PPE into the hands of those who need it most.
* Singer-songwriter ANNETTE CONLON, who is performing a set, tells us, "Iam volunteering with this organization during this time of crisis and greatly appreciate the support of my friends organizing this event. Please join us!" Annette plays at 6:15 pm PDT time.
* WATCH HERE: Livestream link: https://www.facebook.com/GuitarGirlMagazine
* All tips and donations benefit Masks For Docs
* DONATE HERE: https://masksfordocs.com/donate
Schedule / lineup:
3:25 pm PDT / 6:25pm EDT - Welcome by Nikki O'Neill - Music
3:30 pm PDT / 6:30pm EDT - Nikki O'Neill - Music
3:45 pm PDT / 6:45pm EDT - KP Hawthorn
4 pm PDT / 7:00pm EDT - Ann-Marita Garsed
4:15 pm PDT / 7:15pm EDT - Amilia K Spicer
4:30 pm PDT / 7:30pm EDT - Pi Jacobs
4:45 pm PDT / 7:45pm EDT - Molly Hanmer & The Midnight Tokers
5 pm PDT / 8:00pm EDT - Deb Morrison Morrison & Co. Band
5:15 pm PDT / 8:15pm EDT - Emily Zuzik
5:30 pm PDT / 8:30pm EDT - Francesca Brown
5:45 pm PDT / 8:45pm EDT - Tawny Ellis
6 pm PDT / 9:00pm EDT - Manda Mosher
6:15 pm PDT / 9:15pm EDT - Annette Conlon
6:30 pm PDT / 9:30pm EDT - Heather Lomax Music & Aubrey Richmond Music
Sun, Apr 19:
4 pm Pacific --
EILEN JEWELL plays the show, "Solo & Acoustic," at:
Check previous editions for recurring Sunday and daily cyber performances. We just can't re-list everything. It takes hours, as it is, to prepare FRESH content for you each time!
TUNEALITY IN THE WEEK AHEAD
Add these worthy options to the listening list you've been building from our reports and all that you've compiled from everywhere else.
8 am Pacific --
TOM CHAPIN and THE CHAPIN SISTERS do their live cyber show, "Mornings with Papa Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters"
* It goes-out over both Facebook & Instagram, via their site link:
9:30 pm Pacific --
SUGARCANE JANE goes live to the Cyberian realm at:
Monday, April 20th
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on April 20th...
"Oh, the comfort -- the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person -- having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."
~ Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, poet and novelist (born April 20, 1826, died 1887)
(with thanks to A.Word.A.Day)
On this day, April 20th...
We bring you one from Garrison Keillor:
"It was on this day in 1939 that Billie Holiday recorded the song 'Strange Fruit,' which describes the lynching of a black man in the South. The song began as a poem written not by Holiday, but by a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx named Abel Meeropol (using the pseudonym Lewis Allan) who was deeply disturbed by a picture he saw of a lynching. Meeropol set the song to music with his wife, Laura, and performed it at venues in New York City. Holiday met Meeropol through a connection at a nightclub in Greenwich Village. She wanted to record the song, but her record label refused to produce something so graphic and she was forced to record it on an alternative jazz label.
"Holiday's recording of 'Strange Fruit' is unique in American music for its unflinching look at one of the darkest periods in national history.
"The lyrics begin:
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees"
See the "daily" cyber music listings for Monday's tuneality.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on April 21st...
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
~ John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (born April 21, 1838, died 1914)
Tue, Apr 21:
Noon Pacific --
TRACY GRAMMER & JIM HENRY
EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY...
4:30 pm Pacific --
RORY BLOCK "Home Concert Series" at:
Tue, Apr 21:
Noon Pacific --
TRACY GRAMMER does an online live show via YouTube.
She tells us, "The online show was so much fun last month that we’ve decided to do it again! Broadcasting live from Jim Henry’s Rubytone Studio — and keeping a safe distance apart at all times, of course — we will stream a full show via YouTube at 3pm Eastern on Tuesday, April 21. Jim Henry has the sound and video dialed in beautifully so that you can be assured of a concert-quality experience wherever you are. No cost to listen; donations for the duo are welcome via paypal.me/tracygrammer or by Venmo @tracygrammer."
Tue, Apr 21:
6 pm Pacific --
BETTMAN & HALPIN play a fiddle-based acoustic concert from their Denver home.
* Stephanie Bettman tells us, "As of Friday - in the normal world - we were scheduled to been on the East Coast playing shows in NY, PA, CT, and MD. On the one hand, it would've been so good to see you all in those areas and share music with you. On the other hand, I'm so grateful for the time at home. Time to reflect. Time to relax. Time to create and meditate. And I'm not sorry to miss the 6 long days in the car. I hope you are all healthy and staying well."
* TUNE-IN Tuesday at 7 pm Mountain Time, 6 pm Pacific, 8 pm Central, and 9 pm Eastern. It's live on Facebook. Click here.
* Stephanie and Luke say, "Please make an event of it... Invite your friends and family in other parts of the US or world, and connect with them while you listen to us via a watch party!"
* For those of you who do not participate in Facebook,they've got us covered, saying, "We will be posting the concert on our YouTube channel in the days following the concert. Our first two Facebook Live concerts are there now. Click here for the first concert. Click here for the second concert.
* They add, "Thank you all for your continued good wishes and support. We are looking forward to cyber connecting with you Tuesday!"
COMING UP -- MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Thu, Apr 30:
7 pm Pacific --
"Celebrating John Prine"
The inaugural "Grand Annex Song Circle," a Zoom event
For their first live streaming "Grand Annex Song Circle," they’ve invited a group of pro musicians who’ve played
at the Annex before, to pay tribute to the late great John Prine. In “old fashioned” round-table style, each artist
will introduce themselves and play two or three covers of his songs, or their own originals that were inspired
by John Prine.
Make sure to include a real, active email address so they can send you the Zoom login invitation and password.
* Login info will be emailed at 6 pm, 1 hour before the live stream begins.
More: upcoming "Grand Annex Song Circles" are set for May 21 and June 17.
Fri, May 8:
They practicallly invented the modern house concert. Russ & Julie have lots of great past performances captured on video. Many of them appear on their YouTube page at: www.youtube.com/user/RussJulieHouseCncrts
They add, "Of special note, our friend Ron [Sarfety] just found old video tapes he made from our big 10th Anniversary house concert back in 2007. He did a nice job digitizing them for us to enjoy. Remember that these are 13-year-old video tapes and not digital recordings, but we think they came out great. ENJOY!"
Russ & Julie's House Concerts
10th Anniversary Concert - January 2007
Severin Browne & James Coberly Smith
Lowen & Navarro
James Lee Stanley
Freebo & Jim Photoglo
Russ & Julie add, "Very special thanks to Ron Sarfaty for the wonderful video work!! Hard to believe that it's been 13 years since that night."
"Please stay safe and well. We miss you all and hope to see you in the very near future."
Russ & Julie's House Concerts
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 -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(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.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• 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