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Saturday, June 19, 2021

FESTIVALS, Music News and Events, Juneteenth edition, Sat, June 19 2021

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...

Including the latest from 

"La Fête de la Musique Californienne," the latest manifestation of what brings us "MAKE MUSIC PASADENA" and "MAKE MUSIC L.A."

⊙ the Live Oak Music Festival, online live all weekend (get cyber tix, or enjoy the free performances archived from past years)

⊙ 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 just-named nominees (including some notable Californians) to a most important Songwriters Hall of Fame 

⊙ 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!


Some Quickies, day-by-day...


Happy birthday today to musician MATT CARTSONIS, who has performed live and in the studio with dozens of Folk-Americana artists as well as headlining his own shows. Matt backs John McEuen when the latter goes solo from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Matt's own band membership has included the Austin Lounge Lizards.

Since many of you will be reading this on Sunday...


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. 
Listen to the audio


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."


🌿🍃🦎  Tuesday Is World Rainforest Day! 🌿🍃🦎

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.

Ways to tune in to the Opry

  • Listen to the Grand Ole Opry on 650 AM,, or the  WSM app starting at  5 pm PACIFIC, 7 pm/c
  • Watch Opry Live on the Circle All Access Facebook  or YouTube Page starting at 6 pm PACIFIC, 8 pm/c
  • Watch Opry Live on the Circle TV Network, Sling TV, or Dish Network starting at 6 pm PACIFIC, 8 pm/c (visit to check your local listings)


LIVE, Saturday, June 19th

Remember "MAKE MUSIC PASADENA" and " MAKE MUSIC L.A."-? Both have been part of the biggest free music event on the planet! Things are starting to recover after the year of Pademania.

The roots of both local participatory "Make Music" events are in the French FETE DE LA MUSIQUE, which went global. The Guide has been there for you from the first U.S. celebration, and here we go again!

June is the month of La Fête de la Musique Californienne 2021a big musical event which will take place on June 19 at 5 pm PDT on Facebook live. It's in partnership with Alliance Française de Mexicali, Alliance Française de Tijuana, Alliance Française de San Diego, Alliance Française de Pasadena and Alliance Française de Los Angeles. Just go to the Facebook page of the event and don't miss anything.

Don't miss the beginning because the band of the Alliance Française de Pasadena will start the show.

The Alliance Française de Pasadena is also very proud to be taking part in Les Alliances Sonores, a fantastic musical event organized by the Alliances Françaises of Latin America and the West Indies. This year, California is the special guest ! Click here for more info. Video.


Still virtual this year, but always a benefit festival for a GREAT public radio station

Additional tickets now available for Saturday and Sunday live shows

Additional tickets have just been made available -- TODAY, SATURDAY -- for the Saturday and Sunday live performances at Castoro Cellars in Templeton, CA. Here's your chance to get in on what promises to be two exciting evenings of music, friends, and fun.
These additional tickets are only available for a short time so get them before they sell out...again. 

Performance Schedule and Tuning In

Saturday, June 19th, Schedule

Live Oak Archives on KCBX's Broken Spoke Folk Show: 12 noon - 3 p.m. 
Natalie Haskins Video Performance: 3 pm - 4 pm
Mother Corn Shuckers Video Performance: 4 pm - 5 pm
Sunny War - Live on Stage: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
True Zion Video Performance: 6 pm - 6:45 pm
B-Side Players - Live on Stage: 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Brass Mash at Live Oak 2019: 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Soul Scratch - Live on Stage: 8:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Sunday, June 20th, Schedule

Music from the Live Oak Archives on KCBX: 12 noon - 1 pm
SLO Bus Driver's Live Oak Holiday Video Performance: 1 pm - 2 pm
Joe Kaplow Video Performance: 2 pm - 3 pm
Turkey Buzzards Video Performance: 3 pm - 4 pm
Arthur Watership Video Performance: 4 pm - 5 pm
Doc Oliver - Live on Stage: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Terrier Video Performance: 6 pm - 6:45 pm
SambaDá - Live on Stage: 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Upside Ska Video Performance: 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Dustbowl Revival - Live on Stage: 8:45 pm - 10 pm

The Live Oak Auction is Live!

They have lots of great auction items that have been donated by local businesses and artisans. Bidding is live now through Sunday, June 20th at 8 p.m. Good luck!
View Auction Now
The contest is on! Vote for your favorite performances in their first-ever Virtual Talent Show.

Place your votes in four categories: Youth (ages 12 & under), Teen (ages 13-17), Adult (ages 18+), and Mixed (multiple performers whose ages fall in more than one category.) Voting ends at 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 20th, and winners will be announced during live performances on Sunday.
View Performances and Vote
There are nine live performances, more than ten unique video performances, and plenty of music from the Live Oak archives planned for our three-day weekend

Yep, this part is FREE and ACCESSIBLE TO ALL!

See the schedule below and view it online here. To view the videos and live performances, watch our stream online at Audio from all performances will be playing on KCBX FM all weekend long. 
Support Live Oak with a Donation

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.


From our friends at the Americana Music Association...

June 12 - 18, 2021

Nick Africano

Gossip of Flames

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Country Westerns

Country Westerns - EP

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Doctor Lo

Claiborne Avenue

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Amy Helm

What the Flood Leaves Behind

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K.C. Jones

Queen of the In Between

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Amythyst Kiah

Wary + Strange

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Kings of Convenience

Peace or Love

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Dylan LeBlanc



Colin Macleod

Hold Fast

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Lady Nade


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Tenth Mountain Division

Butte La Rose

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Various Artists

Alligator Records 50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music
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  • Matthew Fowler admits his faults on "I'm Still Trying," a folky selection taken from The Grief We Gave Our Mother (out Sept. 10). Listen here

  • GoldenOak amplify nature's cry for help on "Ash," a harmony-laced chapter of Room to Grow (out next Friday). Listen here

  • Ida Mae are willing to put in the work on "Learn to Love You Better," a stirring confessional slated to appear on Click Click Domino (out July 16). Listen here

  • Last Year's Man pays tribute to his children on "Wildflower in the Desert," an immersive, dreamy new single. Listen here

  • F. Scott & the Nighthawks make their intentions on fatherhood clear with "Stevie Girl," a lesson in solid country-rock taken from Hold Onto Your Heart (out Aug. 13). Listen here

  • Watchhouse explore the history of cars from the perspective of a butterfly on "Beautiful Flowers," a touching preview of their upcoming self-titled album (out Aug. 13). Listen here

"Until You"
Judy Blank & Dylan Earl
"Never Said a Word"
Izzy Heltai
"Give It a Try"
Valerie June
"Smile" (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)

Pokey LaFarge
"Get It 'Fore It's Gone"
Lula Wiles
"In Dreams"
Chris Pierce
"Young, Black and Beautiful"
The Way Down Wanderers
"The Wire"

  • Our friends at A2IM have revealed the winners and honorees of their annual Libera Awards this week - among them are Bonny Light HorsemanFantastic NegritoMavis Staples, Waxahatchee and more. Congratulations to all! Read more

  • "Maybe it's just for queer people, but the times get better as we get older." - Brandi Carlile and Katie Pruitt had a candid conversation on their career paths as two queer women and the obstacles they've faced to date. Read more

  • Robert Finley dropped by The Show On the Road podcast to talk about how his faith and music have helped him overcome hardships, and to share insight on his latest album, Sharecropper's SonListen here 

  • "When you’re in the middle of participating in communal music making, it’s kind of impossible to do anything but rejoice in it." - Chris Thile opened up about the creative process behind his new record, LaysongsRead more

    • The Wallflowers' Exit Wounds debuted at #4 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart - see full chart here.
    • Yola's "Diamond Studded Shoes" took the top spot this week on the Americana Radio Singles Chart - see full chart here.


From our friends at the International Bluegrass Music Association...
Grab your IBMA World of Bluegrass tickets NOW to gain access to the discounted IBMA Hotel Block in your confirmation email. Take a look below to see the amazing bluegrass acts joining us in Raleigh for the most important week in bluegrass, September 28 - October 2, 2021!

The first round of performers for IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC include Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton; The Del McCoury Band; Steep Canyon Rangers; Yonder Mountain String Band; Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer & Odessa Settles; Sister Sadie; and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys!

The first round of Official Showcase Artists for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble include Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Armchair Boogie, Barbaro, Bella White, Bowregard, East Nash Grass, Henhouse Prowlers, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, Lindley Creek, MohaviSoul, Rock Hearts, Starlett & Big John, Stillhouse Junkies, The Amanda Cook Band, The Arcadian Wild, The Martin Gilmore Trio, The MilBillies, The New Acoustic Collective, The Sweet Lillies, The Wooks, and Twisted Pine.

Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.



Street stage performances during IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC (formerly Wide Open Bluegrass) provide an opportunity for your band to reach thousands of enthusiastic fans in a fun atmosphere!

IBMA World of Bluegrass celebrates music for all ages! Applications are currently open for their popular Kids on Bluegrass program, the IBMA Foundation's Bluegrass College Band Showcase, and performances on the IBMA Bluegrass Live! Youth Stage.


IBMA seeks talented artists/graphic designers to submit their designs for the 2021 IBMA Bluegrass Live! festival t-shirt. This shirt will be produced alongside in-house festival merchandise and will be made available for purchase to the public.



The IBMA is proud to sponsor the Porch Pride 5th Anniversary Celebration taking place online June 26 & 27. Join us as we celebrate five years of Bluegrass Pride with more than six hours of livestreams and performances by LGBTQ+ and allied bands, artists, and musicians.

Tune in via YouTube or Facebook, celebrate Pride Month, and donate to Bluegrass Pride to support LGBTQ+ artists!
Saturday, June 26
Mya Byrne, Ben Garnett, Crys Matthews, BOOJUM, Po' Ramblin' Boys, and Gangstagrass

Sunday, June 27
Willi Carlisle, Maddie Witler, Amanda Fields, Hasee Ciaccio & Friends, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and Rainbow Girls

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.



Songs From The Road Band
Amarillo Blue
Rhonda Vincent
Music Is What I See

Full Cord Bluegrass
Nick Chandler & Delivered
Headin' Home Bluegrass
Headin' Home


  • Sierra Hull & Justin Moses at the Emelin Theatre
    • June 24 – June 27 (ONLINE ONLY)
    • More information at
  • Turn Your Radio Online
    • June 19 at 6PM PT
    • Performances by Mile Twelve, Becky Buller w/ Ned Luberecki, The Stephens Brothers (Jeremy & Corrina from High Fidelity), and The Onlies
    • More information at
  • The MLC Presents: How Self-Administered Songwriters Can Connect to Collect
    • June 22 at 11AM CT 
    • This webinar will include discussion on eligibility for joining The Mechanical Licensing Collective and how self-administered writers can Connect to Collect to receive the digital audio mechanical royalties they’re owed.
    • Registration and more information here
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

JUNE 14 2021

Twelve exemplary tunesmiths are 2021 nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF).

The new group will be among those honored at the “50/51” Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, November 1, 2021, at the Music City Center alongside the organization’s previously named Class of 2020: Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham.

“We were forced to postpone our 50th Anniversary celebration last year, so this will be our ‘50/51’ party – celebrating two years and two classes in a special double-sized event,” says NaSHOF Executive Director Mark Ford. “We congratulate all of this year’s nominees and look forward to next month, when we will announce those who will be inducted as members of the Class of 2021.”

2021 nominees in the Songwriters category are:
Rhett Akins
Buddy Cannon
Larry Cordle
Carl Jackson
Mary Ann Kennedy
David Malloy
Frank J. Myers
Tia Sillers

2021 nominees in the Songwriter/Artists category are:
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
Shania Twain
Phil Vassar

All nominees experienced their first significant (Top 20) songs at least 20 years ago. Two songwriters and one songwriter/artist will be elected in these categories by their professional songwriter peers and members of the Hall of Fame.

In addition, two more will be named to the Class of 2021. A separate body of veteran voters will elect a veteran songwriter and a veteran songwriter/artist, both of whom experienced their first significant (Top 20) songs at least 30 years ago. As part of that process, nominees in those categories are not announced.


Category 1 - SONGWRITERS

Valdosta, Georgia, native Rhett Akins began his professional music career as a performer at San Antonio’s Fiesta Texas theme park. In 1992, he made the move to Nashville. Initially a performer at Opryland theme park, he also worked as a demo singer, later signing a recording contract with Decca Records. As an artist, Rhett topped the charts in the mid-1990s with “Don’t Get Me Started” and his signature song, “That Ain’t My Truck.” By the later 2000s, Rhett was writing songs for other artists, including “Put A Girl In It” by Brooks & Dunn, “What’s Your Country Song” by Thomas Rhett, “All About Tonight” by Blake Shelton and “Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton w/ Pistol Annies & Friends. Rhett also wrote “All Over Me” by Josh Turner (the 2011 BMI Country Song of the Year), “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton (the 2012 ASCAP Country Song of the Year), “Take A Back Road” by Rodney Atkins (the 2012 BMI Country Song of the Year) and “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett (the 2014 ASCAP Country Song of the Year). Rhett was named BMI Country Songwriter of the Year in 2011 and 2014. He was the 2017 ACM Songwriter of the Year and the 2019 ACM Songwriter of the Decade.

Buddy Cannon was born in Lexington, Tennessee. He began his diverse career as a songwriter/singer/musician/publisher/producer/label executive in the early 1970s as bass player in Bob Luman’s band, later making the jump to play in Mel Tillis’ band and write for his publishing company. During their 11 years together, Tillis recorded several of Buddy’s songs, including the chart-topping “I Believe In You.” Throughout his career, Buddy’s keen song sense has served him well in the studio, helping select and record hit songs for artists ranging from Shania Twain to Kenny Chesney to Willie Nelson, with whom he has written regularly since 2008. Buddy’s credits as a songwriter include “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore” by Billy Ray Cyrus, “Look At Us” by Craig Morgan, “I’ve Come To Expect It From You” by George Strait, the Vern Gosdin hits “I’m Still Crazy,” “Set ’Em Up Joe” and “Dream Of Me,” as well as the Sammy Kershaw hits “Anywhere But Here” and “If You’re Gonna Walk, I’m Gonna Crawl.” “Give It Away” by George Strait was named the 2007 ACM Song and Single of the Year and the 2007 CMA Song of the Year.

Larry Cordle was raised in eastern Kentucky, where he began playing guitar and writing songs at a young age. He scored his first hit in 1983 when Ricky Skaggs topped the Country charts with “Highway 40 Blues.” Two years later, Larry moved to Nashville and began creating a catalog that includes “Heartbreak Hurricane” by Ricky Skaggs, “Honky Tonk Crowd” by John Anderson, “Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me” by Diamond Rio, “Against The Grain” by Garth Brooks and “Hollywood Squares” by George Strait. “Lonesome Standard Time,” by Larry’s band of the same name, was the 1993 IBMA Song of the Year, as well as a Country hit for Kathy Mattea. “Murder On Music Row,” also by Lonesome Standard Time, was the 2000 IBMA Song of the Year and the 2001 SPBGMA Song of the Year. The following year, the Country version by George Strait & Alan Jackson was named the 2001 CMA Song of the Year. “If I’d Have Wrote That Song” by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, was named the 2018 IBMA Song of the Year. He was named the 2001, 2019 and 2020 SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year. He was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Carl Jackson was born in the small town of Louisville, Miss. By age 8, he was well on his way to being an accomplished musician, and by age 14, he was invited to play banjo in Jim and Jesse McReynolds’s band. Five years later, Carl joined Glen Campbell’s band. During that time, Carl began to concentrate on songwriting. Among his diverse catalog of songs, Carl has Bluegrass hits such as “Comet Ride” by Ricky Skaggs and “Run Mississippi” by Rhonda Vincent; Gospel hits such as “It’s Not What You Know (It’s Who You Know)” by The Whites; and Country hits such as “(Love Always) Letter To Home” by Glen Campbell, “No Future In The Past” by Vince Gill, “Put Yourself In My Place” by Pam Tillis, “Breaking New Ground” by Wild Rose and his own “Dixie Train.” “Little Mountain Church House” by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver was named the 1990 IBMA Song of the Year. “Where Shadows Never Fall” by Glen Campbell & Kelly Nelon Thompson earned the 1991 GMA Dove Award for Best Southern Gospel Song. Carl was named the 1998 and 2000 SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year. He was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mary Ann Kennedy hails from Muskego, Wisconsin, where she grew up singing in school choirs and performing in her family’s band. After college graduation, she taught junior high school choral music for two years before deciding to move to Nashville in 1978. A few years later, she was signed to a record deal as part of the all-female group Calamity Jane and also saw her first hit as a songwriter – 1982’s “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands” by Lee Greenwood (later a hit for Reba McEntire in 1996). By 1983, Mary Ann and frequent co-writer Pam Rose left Calamity Jane to form Kennedy Rose. The duo recorded a pair of albums for Sting’s Pangea Records label and toured with him in the early 1990s. Beyond the duo, Mary Ann’s catalog includes songs such as “Dixie Road” by Lee Greenwood, “Me Against The Night” by Crystal Gayle, “Safe In The Arms Of Love” by Martina McBride, “You Will” by Patty Loveless, “A Little Bit Closer” by Tom Wopat and “He’s Letting Go” by Baillie & The Boys. Janie Fricke hit with “Somebody Else’s Fire” and “The First Word In Memory Is Me.” “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart was named the 1988 ASCAP Country Song of the Year.

California native David Malloy moved with his family from Los Angeles to Nashville at age 13. The son of an award-winning recording engineer, David took his first guitar lesson at 15 and immediately knew that he wanted to write and produce music for a living. After a pair of early singles by Sammi Smith and Carmol Taylor, David’s first major success as a songwriter came through his collaboration with Eddie Rabbitt and Even Stevens. Together, the trio wrote and produced classic chart-topping hits for Rabbitt such as “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “I Love A Rainy Night,” “Step By Step,” “Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight,” “Gone Too Far” and “You Can’t Run From Love.” Rabbitt’s “Suspicions” (also a hit for Tim McGraw in 2008) was BMI’s 1980 Country Song of the Year. “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers was named ASCAP’s 1983 Country Song of the Year. Other hits from David’s catalog include “Real Love” by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers and “One Honest Heart” by Reba McEntire.

Frank J. Myers grew up in Dayton, Ohio. His father, a champion fiddle player and singer, taught Frank to play the guitar. By age 14, Frank had formed a band with his brother and was featured on Porter Wagoner’s TV show. In 1981, Frank moved to Nashville, where he was hired by Eddy Raven as a guitar player – later becoming Raven’s band leader and road manager. During that time, Frank co-wrote 10 Top 10 singles for Raven, including “Bayou Boys,” “I Got Mexico” and “Sometimes A Lady.” In 1982, Frank’s “You And I” [aka "Just You And I"] became a hit for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle. Other hits from Frank’s catalog include “My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar, “Come In Out Of The Pain” by Doug Stone and “Once Upon A Lifetime” by Alabama. The John Michael Montgomery version of “I Swear” earned a slew of awards — the 1994 Grammy for Best Country Song / 1994 ACM Song and Single of the Year / 1994 CMA Single of the Year / 1995 ASCAP Country Song of the Year / 1994 NSAI Song of the Year — with the All 4 One version topping the Pop chart for 11 consecutive weeks. “I’m Already There” by Lonestar was the 2002 ASCAP Country Song of the Year and the 2002 BMI Country Song of the Year. “Tomorrow” by Chris Young was the 2011 SESAC Country Song of the Year.

Growing up in Nashville, Tia Sillers became hooked on songwriting as a high-school student when she attended her first songwriters round. Years later her first publishing deal yielded “Lipstick Promises” by George Ducas in 1995. Also that year, Kenny Wayne Shepherd made Tia’s “Deja Voodoo” a Top 10 Rock hit. Three years later, Shepherd delivered a #1 Rock hit with “Blue On Black,” which earned the 1998 Billboard Music Award for Rock Track of the Year. (The song was re-recorded in 2019 by Five Finger Death Punch with Shepherd, Brantley Gilbert & Brian May.) In 2008, Tia’s co-written “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack with The Sons of the Desert became a chart-topping multi-genre smash that earned the 2000 Grammy for Best Country Song, as well as the 2000 ACM Song and Single of the Year, the 2000 CMA Song and Single of the Year, the 2001 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, the 2001 BMI Country Song of the Year and the 2000-2001 NSAI Song of the Year. Other notable songs from Tia’s catalog include “Land Of The Living” by Pam Tillis, “There’s Your Trouble” by the Dixie Chicks, “I Cry” by Tammy Cochran, “That’d Be Alright” by Alan Jackson, “A Joyful Noise” by Jo Dee Messina and “Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love” by Trisha Yearwood.


Oklahoma native Toby Keith received his first guitar at age eight. After high-school graduation, he worked in the oil fields by day and played with his band at night. In the early ’90s, one of his demo tapes found its way to producer Harold Shedd, who signed him to a deal with Mercury Records. In 1993 Toby’s solo-written debut single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” reached #1 on the Country chart and would go on to become the most played Country song of the 1990s. As an artist, he has placed 45 self-penned Top 20 songs on the Billboard charts, including 16 #1s and 17 more in the Top 10. Among those compositions are “You Ain’t Much Fun,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This,” “Beer For My Horses,” “I Love This Bar,” “American Soldier,” “A Little Too Late” and “God Love Her.” “As Good As I Once Was” was BMI’s 2006 Country Song of the Year. Among his many awards, he was named BMI’s 2001 Songwriter of the Year, 2004 Writer/Artist of the Year and 2006 Songwriter of the Year. He was NSAI’s 2003, 2004, 2006 Songwriter/Artist of the Year, as well as that organization’s Songwriter/Artist of the Decade (2000-2009). He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2015.

Brad Paisley was born and raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He received his first guitar from his grandfather, who taught him to play at eight years old. At age 13, Brad wrote his first song, which he performed publicly and which eventually led him to an eight-year stint performing on Wheeling’s Jamboree USA. After high-school graduation and two years at West Liberty State College, Brad was awarded a fully paid ASCAP scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville where he majored in music business. A week after graduating from Belmont, Brad signed as a writer with EMI Music Publishing. Following cuts by David Kersh, David Ball and Tracy Byrd, Brad signed with Arista Nashville and soon began to record his own songs. As an artist, he has placed 33 self-penned Top 20 songs on the Billboard charts, including 15 #1s and 14 more in the Top 10. Among those compositions are “He Didn’t Have To Be,” “Alcohol,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” “Celebrity,” “Ticks,” “Letter To Me,” “Then,” “This Is Country Music,” “Water,” and his duet with Carrie Underwood “Remind Me.” Brad was ASCAP’s 2004 Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. He was NSAI’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2002 and 2005.

Shania Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. When she was two, she moved with her family to Timmins, Ontario. During high school, she began writing songs and fronting a local cover band. After graduation, she toured Ontario with another band before returning home in 1987 to care for her younger siblings after their parents died in a car accident. A few years later she was signed to Mercury Nashville. Since the release of her debut album 1993, Shania has placed 22 self-penned Top 20 songs on the Billboard charts, including 7 #1s and 8 more in the Top 10. Among those compositions are “You’re Still The One” (1998 Grammy for Best Country Song / 1999 BMI Country Song of the Year), “Come On Over” (1999 Grammy for Best Country Song) and “Forever And For Always” (2004 BMI Country Song of the Year), along with “You’ve Got A Way,” “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!,” “Love Gets Me Every Time,” “No One Needs To Know,” “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” “From This Moment On” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Shania was named NSAI’s 1998 Songwriter/Artist of the Year, as well as BMI’s 1999 and 2000 Country Songwriter of the Year. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Phil Vassar was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. During his college years, he began playing piano and singing in local clubs. Moving to Nashville to pursue music, Phil found the going slow for several years until 1997 when some of his initial songs were recorded by BlackHawk, Skip Ewing, and The Sons of the Desert. Then in 1998, Phil’s songs started gaining traction as singles for a variety of artists. During the next two years, he garnered six chart-topping hits from Collin Raye, Alan Jackson, Jo Dee Messina (including the #1 “Bye, Bye”) and Tim McGraw (including the #1 “My Next Thirty Years”). During that time, he was named NSAI’s 1998 Songwriter of the Year and ASCAP’s 1999 Country Songwriter of the Year. In late 1999, Phil signed a record deal with Arista Nashville. Released the following year, his debut album generated the self-penned hits “Carlene,” “Rose Bouquet,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “That’s When I Love You” and “Just Another Day In Paradise,” Phil’s first #1 as an artist. Propelled by that success, he was named ASCAP’s 2001 Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Other hits by Phil as an artist include “American Child,” “In A Real Love” and “Last Day Of My Life.” He was named NSAI’s 2006 Songwriter/Artist of the Year.



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.



Observing Juneteenth 2021

Made an official national holiday just this week, the story of Juneteenth begins in Galveston, Texas, which was the western-most area of the Union in 1865. When enslaved people there were told of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, they had technically already been freed two and a half years prior, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slaveholders in Texas had kept the information to themselves, extending the period of violent exploitation of enslaved African Americans. The following year, in 1866, a celebration was had in Texas, the first Juneteenth observance to recognize freedom from slavery in the U.S.


Here are some programs and resources from PBS that offer more information on Juneteenth and explore how meaningful this year's celebrations will be for many Americans.


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