For many years, we have been your go-to source for musical commemorations of JUNETEENTH, and for most of those years, we heard from readers telling us they'd never heard of it anywhere except here.Well, this year marks the first time we don't need to explain or promote it. That's because JUNETEENTH just became our newest nation holiday! Congratulations to all those who worked for decades to bring that about. And since your local news is suddenly full of events you can attend to celebrate it, we don't have to be the ones beating the drum without much accompaniment!
It truly is a sign of success when you no longer need to do anything, because it went mainstream. Of course, we DO have some Juneteenth resources for you -- see this edition's closing feature story.
So on to other things you might not know about...
⊙ the Americana Music Association, with new releases, vids from tv performances in the past week, upcoming tours, and more
⊙ the International Bluegrass Music Association -- including news of the annual 'uge music & awards, AND how your band can perform, AND how kids can get involved, AND how they're helping musicians in need, AND their events with bluegrassers participating in LGBTQ "Pride Month"
⊙ the impending exciting new social media platform that will change EVERYTHING
⊙ and of course some resources to put Juneteenth in perspective
Let's get started!
▪ FATHER'S DAY, and each of us is on at least one end of that one. If you're fortunate enough that the dear ol' dude is still upright and taking nourishment, then remember to get on the phone (not the time for a mere text).
▪ the birthday of the late DUANE THORIN. Performing songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music teacher, voracious reader, deep thinker, conversationalist if he could trust you not to default to thoughtless fallback recitations, it was pleasure and honor and source of ideas to be honored to know Duane. He left us suddenly after a brief, fatal bout with cancer he didn't know he had. (Until Obamacare, most self-employed folks had no access to health care.) The void he left in the Southern Cal arts scene has never been filled.
▪ the birthday of the late guitar legend CHET ATKINS, born Chester Burton Atkins outside Luttrell, Tennessee in 1924. He was born into a family of fiddlers and singers. And for all those who keep saying "Chet Atkins style guitar should be called Merle Travis style."-? Well, young Chet built a crystal radio set and listened to the fingerpicking style of -- wait for it -- Merle Travis, and learned how to play those licks for himself. As for building his own radio? Chet once said, “I didn’t have any idea we were poor. Back then, nobody had any money. We were so poor, and everybody around us was so poor, that it was the ’40s before any of us knew there had been a Depression.”
▪ the SUMMER SOLSTICE in the Northern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice in the Southern. "For those of us in the north, today will be the longest day of the year and tonight will be the shortest night. Although you would think that the Earth would be closest to the sun during the summer, actually we’re about 3 million miles farther away than we are in winter. But our planet is tilted on its axis, and at this time of year, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun, receiving more direct radiation for longer periods of time each day. It is that slight tilt, only 23.5 degrees, that makes the difference between winter and summer." ~ Garrison Keillor, excerpted from his daily missive, "The Writer's Almanac," where he has much more to say about it.
It's some kind of targeted cyber-shopping day, sponsored by gazillionaires who have reinvented how you buy things, and done thst to the advantage of nobody but themselves. Last week, Thom Hartmann got on the topic on his radio show. His approach to the subject will register with anyone old enough to understand his opening premise. Paraphrased, but close to a quote:
"It used to be you always knew where you were. All the little mom and pop storefronts had names that told you. Some with the scenic or other feature for which the surrounding area was known, and many with the name of the town itself as part of the business name. The restaurant or cafe, the drugstore, shoe store, bakery, everything. But now they could drop any of us into any town in America and we would have no idea where we are. Because everything looks the same. The same standard corporate signs on the same building architecture holding the same big-box retailer, the same fast-food franchises in the parking lot, the same corporate chain drugstores, and everything else. We all live in lookalike roadside corporate America. No more regional cuisine, like barbecue or seasonal fruit pies. We are just the ants in the ant farm."
World Rainforest Day raises awareness and encourages action to save the rainforests, one of the Earth's most important resources. Use this week as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.
It all repeats on SUNDAY on CIRCLE TV -- check local listings. It goes out LIVE on Saturday. One way or the other, catch some sheer delight!
They're gearing up for quite a weekend on the Opry. Tune in this Saturday night for the Grand Ole Opry featuring performances from Kyle Petty, Sawyer Brown, Elvie Shane, Josh Turner, Gary Mule Deer, Erin Enderlin, Riders in the Sky, and Jeannie Seely.
The Grand Ole Opry starts at 7pm/c on WSM Radio, and don't forget to catch Opry Live on Circle starting at 8pm/c for the live streams of Kyle Petty, Sawyer Brown, Elvie Shane, and Josh Turner's Opry performances.
LIVE, Saturday, June 19th
Don't miss the beginning because the band of the Alliance Française de Pasadena will start the show.
Still virtual this year, but always a benefit festival for a GREAT public radio station
Live Oak Music Festival is a fundraiser for KCBX Central Coast Public Radio, and all proceeds go to support local news, information, and great music for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey counties.
|Read the latest issue of the IBMA Foundation's monthly newsletter, The Cornerstone, for information on the winner of the Strings for Dreams Raffle and the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award (application deadline June 30).|
|The IBMA Trust Fund provides real support for bluegrass professionals in times of emergency need. COVID-19 relief is still available as we begin to emerge from this pandemic. If you have a little, give; if you need a little, ask.|
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|Congratulations to Jacob McGuffie on being the recipient of the 2021 Australian Bluegrass Scholarship presented by The Davidson Brothers. He cites performing at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in 2013 and 2014 as some of his foremost career highlights! LEARN MORE|
|Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson and 4x IBMA Bass Player of the Year Barry Bales were honored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the City of Kingsport with individual Tennessee Music Pathways Markers. Congrats Doyle & Barry!|
|Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have released a new music video for their latest single, "Living Left to Do"|
Congratulations to the 2021 nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Several are well know on the California and Folk-Americana music scenes.
Here's the full story from the Hall of Fame...
Nominees, Date Announced For 2021 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala
Could this coming social media platform change EVERYTHING?
It's called PANQUAKE, and it's sending an earthquake through the world of mega-billion-dollar cyberspy operations that use the ruse of "connecting you" to steal and market everything about you.
Why all that concern? Because PANQUAKE is designed from the start to be unable to harvest anything from its users, and to block the attempts by anybody else to track and market to you.
In return for a five-buck-a-month fee, you get the same status and standing on their platform as any rich corporation thst wants to join, AND, you will not be bombarded with any of the targeted-marketing crap that infests everything else you do on the web.
It's not yet up and running, but it is nearly all in place, and anyone who jumps in now will be using the beta version very soon.
We learned about it in a highly informative interview with its founder, Suzie Dawson.
It was conducted by Lee Camp, who you know from "Redacted Tonight," on his popular webzine, "Moment of Clarity."
Watch it. Lee gave her room to lucidly describe the trials of developing Panquake, and he greatly informed the conversation (beyond viewers saying, "Hey, this new platform is cool") by recounting his experiences with his shows at the hands of big money "corpirate" exploiters who contribute nothing to the creative process, but squeeze money from everything that creative people do.
That is, until Panquake. Suzie Dawson tells him, "We dudn't ask ourselves what the most money was that we could get for this. We asked whst the least was that we could charge to enable it to happen."
She is very impressive throughout the interview.
Our own reaction -- after experiencing the hegemony of mega giant corporate Google ruining this platform, where publishing the Guide is now an ordeal? My Gawd, there is an impending escape tunnel to cyberian Shangri-La!
Getting screwed by the Googles and Facebooks and Twitters and YouTubes and assorted "corpirate" elites -- who react to free thinkers with the cyber equivalent of "whites only" no-vacancy signs -- is a modern ubiquitous paradigm. That, along with their profitably harvesting, flailing, skinning and bleeding every shred of each of us for the exploiters of stolen data. Ahh, a 7.9 Panquake to collapse their rafters... Mel Gibson may be a whack job, but that Braveheart "FREEDOM!" scream sure comes to mind. Enough. Go watch the fascinating interview.