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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Guide's New Award, Reviews, Previews, News, WEEKEND MUSIC, and BEYOND! April 28 edition 2021

Well, Gawrsh, Batman! THIS EDITION is CHOCKFUL, like in the glory days when there was live music everywhere and Google hadn't screwed-up our publishing platform yet! (Our cyber guru is finding ways around their limitations, so you get a really classy edition LOADED with good stuff!)

Yes there was a new edition just a few days ago and lots of what's in that one is still good stuff.

So why more, so soon? Well, there's more, and there's HUGELY more.

Okay, for starters, the Batman thing -- today is "National Superhero Day." (Yes, really. So you might see somebody in a cape as well as a mask. Now you know not to get a net.)

Of course there's more than just that. Like, f'rinstance, visions of a fun folky MAY DAY! And reviews, an' previews, an' weekend music, an' a summer music retreat, an' bunches of news features, an' the Americana music charts, an' The Guide's new award, an'... let's get started, shall we?

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First up, here's some cool short stuff you'll find worth sharing...

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date

"There is a rumor going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist."

~ Terry Pratchett, novelist (born April 28, 1948, died in 2015)

◇ Word reached us this morning that Michael Collins has died at age 90. He was Command Module Pilot of Apollo 11, who stayed alone in orbit around the Moon while the Lunar Module made the first human landing on the surface. 

He was known as an especially thoughtful man. We wonder what he thought, all these decades, about being a novelty when he expected to be a pathfinder. Because were it not for the "austerity" crowd, an active space program would have held through all these years, and landed astronauts on Mars way back in 1987. (That was indeed the timeline using the long-lost Saturn V launch vehicle that was supposed to be waaay more than the "Moon rocket.")


◇ The world is beginning to comprehend the horror of COVID in India, as variants run amok, more than 350,000 new cases a day are reported, there are no remaining hospital beds, and oxygen cylinders that go for $80 are $10,000 on the black market if they can be had at all. Cremations of the dead have exhausted all wood supplies and all trees in parks are at risk.

◇ Right now, federal investigators are catching-up with the brown meltdown man, aka the Trump attorney who tried -- on camera -- to seduce Borat's daughter, aka the ex-NYC mayor whose every phrase was a noun, a verb, and 9-11, aka ex-federal prosecutor, Rudy Giuliani. The scrutiny has extended into the files and electronic devices in his office and apartment, looking at potential violations of foreign lobbying laws and his role in the January 6th insurrection against the government by Trump supporters. (You may recall it began the same way with previous Trump attorney Michael Cohen, and they found more than enough to put him away and turn him state's evidence.)

◇ It came out today that AT&T donated $800,000 to the portion of Republican holders of elective office who support voter suppression bills.

◇ Tonight President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress on the eve of his 100th day in office. At stake? Whether we FINALLY get Congress to spend money on our own country to repair and modernize collapsing infrastructure. (On all the channels, 6 pm Pacific.)

European space scientists are conducting an exercise to deal with a fictional asteroid impact on Earth. (Can you say, "Hey, Stegosaurus, what was that?")m

National Park Week ends April 30th; go now while specials are running.

Seattle is in the midst of a food craze for Japanese-style ready-to-eat wooden "Bento box" meals. (Will it come to L.A.? Can we learn to use chopsticks while driving?)

Depending who you ask, today is:

• National Workers Memorial Day (the nurses are on board)

• National Prime Rib Day (Black Angus is on board)

• National Superhero Day (nobody "on board," because they're all buzzing around somewhere. "Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's..." -- he cut off when the pigeon poop nailed him in the eye.)

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Now, an item from Garrison Keillor's daily missive, "The Writers Almanac" for today, April 28th...

(This one will grab you and hold on -- especially if you're thinking about Michael Collins)

Today is the birthday of geologist and astronomer Eugene Shoemaker, born in Los Angeles in 1928. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology at the age of 19, and he earned his master's degree a year later. He went to work for the United States Geological Survey, and studying the Earth sparked in him an interest in the moon. He tried to convince the USGS that he should do a geological map of its surface, and would have loved to go there himself, but he was diagnosed with Addison's disease in 1963, which put an end to his astronaut aspirations.

He was particularly interested in the formation of meteor impact craters and so, with the help of his wife, Carolyn, he studied asteroids that had the potential to crash into planets or moons. He discovered 32 comets, which now bear his name, and was thrilled when, in 1994, one of those comets, Shoemaker-Levy 9, crashed into Jupiter — the first collision of two solar system bodies ever observed.

Shoemaker was killed in a car accident in 1997 and, at the suggestion of one of his students, his cremated remains were placed aboard the Lunar Prospector, an orbiter on a mission to map the moon. When its battery ran out at the end of its mission, the orbiter crashed onto the surface of the moon, and there his ashes remain in a capsule engraved with a quote from Romeo and Juliet:

And, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

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The Guide presents

 the An•noise Award

In the midst of awards season, THIS is the one you really would NOT want to receive. So, except for the,  uh "winner" and the dishonorable mentions given to all nominees, welcome to the Acoustic Americana Music Guide's 2021 An•noise Award presentation.

Here's the premise.

With everyone home for a year, numbers of tv watchers went through the stratosphere. So did exposure to tv advertising. Things that simply blew-by in previous times became inescaple bogs, mired us in, got on our last nerve, and put our flat screens in danger of thrown objects.

Seems incredible now, but the pre-premiere tv promos for the original "Star Wars" were simply a black screen with white letters, a teaser like "coming soon," and an audibly dramatic few notes of John Williams' score, centered around a crescendo.

Alas, today the masterfully focused minimalist moment is as dead as the dodo. 

Instead we get saturation bombing from all quarters -- in stampedes of mixed herds, wave after wave every fifteen to thirty seconds -- occasionally interrupted by, "Oh, now I remember" snippets of what we seem to recall going there to watch. It's even worse when commercial-makers refuse to budget for musicians, choosing the dubious ability of someone on-board to compose some aggravating ditty on their phone, believing that looping a latter-day one-two-buckle-my-shoe makes it an irresistible ear worm. 

Not even YouTube or online news streaming is safe. It's all given to pummeling us all into buying something purveyed with blaring incongruity, even outright cacophony. The idea is to keep you off balance so you'll notice them as you curse the eleventeenth commercial in a row. Or maybe this break is only one commercial, so you won't think it's safe to go in the bathroom. The only regularity to any of it? It's video Metamucil, purging whatever we thought we'd digested from the show we dimly recall watching.

To protect our tv -- and yours -- from airborne loose objects, we devised this prize to, well, "get even" with the annoying bastards who bombard us with excruciatingly stupid crap. In addition to wasting millions of dollars of tv time, they engender entrenched alienation. Add those factors and it's all we need. 

Plus, we see that it does no good when we vow never to buy a damn thing from those determined to irritate us. Even in this age of ubiquitous cyberspying -- when they know favorite colors, blood types, political predisposition, shoe size, other size, and how much store time you spend in front of which can of soup, box of cereal, and hygiene product -- they don't know, or defiantly don't care, when they make us quietly resolve to hate them. Hence, time for the An•noise Award.

The "winner" gets this recycled award. After all, we don't want them feeling special after they annoyed the hell out of us.

The nominees are:

🙁 1) That eight-note, endlessly repeated loop of whistled motif that drones on and on, ad nauseum, backing the Dupixent commercial. We are too annoyed to know what their pill, or whatever it is, does, and we don't care.

😣 2) That sound effect of taking a wire brush to a boulder every time somebody says rapper Ice T's name. It happens on the commercial for the car protection plan that's advertised 20 times a day on L.A. tv, but isn't available in California.

🤤 3) Every Big Pharma ad that weasels-out of responsibility for the long-as-your-arm list of side effects they cause, by saying particular forms of stupor, incoherence, or excruciating death "have happened" (or "have occurred") to an undisclosed number of those who took the esoteric chemical cocktail with its platinum alloy pricetag. (Around here, lightning-fast channel changing "has happened.")

😩 4) Deliberately ignorant mispronunciations to attract attention. There's the low-ball buyer oligarch with the perpetual four-day beard from "so'jers advantage dot com" who has nothing special for veterans. There's the club-insider female millennial goofyspeakers who jamwordstogether then warp and stretch one, as in "financingsavedmealotof mun'yeee." They use six "e's" to say "me" and five "a's" to say "that" and turn all pivotal consonants to an "h," as in "dih'nt" and "impor'hant." And the bane of our existence, the constant search for validation by people who turn every declarative sentence into a question, and follow it with "Rye-eat?"

😞 5) That Allstate ad with the singing hood ornament. Even the classic voiceover from Dennis Haysburt can't redeem this one. Somebody's got looks, somebody's got brains, so they're going to make lots of money, complete with hard-pounding sexual grunting. Thing is, they set it in a pristine desert landscape, perpetuating the tragic notion that the desert can always be torn-up and paved-over to enable the making of money. And what the hell does any of that greed imagery have to do with car insurance?

😝 6) LiMu's entire tv ad campaign. From a mangy ersatz Big Bird puppet accompanied by a grating actor sidekick who you never want to see in any role, ever again; to a dufus selling drenched stuff animals; to a lamer encased in a cell phone who leaps into a giant bowl conveniently labeled "rice" (we were rooting for a battery explosion); to other hopelessly lame satire you'd pay to avoid seeing again, ever, ever, never again... to the fact that Liberty Mutual is the only major insurance corporation that still funds all the nasty tar sands pipelines, rain forest deforestation developments, and other environmental travesties.

And the Guide's 2021 An•noise Dishonor goes to...

😲  Liberty Mutual, for an entire campaign of multiple excruciations. Not only for the mangy "LiMu emu" and their endless drivel of other crap, but because they use it all to hyperannoyingly distract from what they do with their corporate assets and clients' money to degrade the planet.

Of course the other five nominees get dishonorable mentions

All nominees get these dishonorable mentions... covering them and the colic horse they rode in on.


Granted, numbers 3 and 4 were nominated for entire trends we want to see ridiculed into extinction, rather than specific ads. So -- while we most wanted to give chief dishonors to both -- they are moving targets. Sorta like malevolent shape-shifters of bad '50s drive-in movies that escaped the nitrate film-can fires. They have the ability to waft toxic fumes every time a show goes to commercial.

If we missed one that has you ready to scream and climb the walls, let us know. We could always come back with a "Readers' Choice An•noise Award."

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Andy & Renee. Absolutely superb. Go see why we say that. For starters? They have a 490 song request list.

Live, free on YouTube, 7-9 pm Pacific, after the speech to the Joint Session of Congress.

It also archives here for later on-demand enjoyment.

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John Fogerty & Dan Rather:
Music performance-interview tonight / this week

Multi-platinum music legend John Fogerty dishes on his latest quarantine side project, a family band. Dan Rather joins John and his children, otherwise known as Fogerty's Factory (a play on the the famous Creedence Clearwater Revival album, "Cosmo's Factory") on "The Big Interview." Watch the full interview Wednesday, April 28th at 8/7 C on AXS or the AXS YouTube channel.

Plus, on AXS...

How the music happened, how Eric was influenced by others, and how he evolved his own style. Get an intimate look at Eric Clapton's rise to fame with Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review streaming NOW on the AXS TV app and website. (Click here to stream.)

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A truly incredible lineup in an all-star benefit concert. Live online, happens Saturday to help the renowned Coffee Gallery Backstage reopen this summer. Check it out beforehand at:

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More this weekend

join former U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion 
 for a free
Saturday, May 1

3:00, 7:00, 10:00 PM Eastern
12:00, 4:00, 7:00 PM Pacific
8:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 3:00 AM UK
No registration necessary. Feel free to attend one or more!
"In celebration of warm weather, fertility, and bountiful living, I'll be premiering several brand new compositions as well as sharing some of my favorite melodies from Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany," says Jamie.
His tips for the best experience:

• Plug your computer or mobile device into external speakers for best audio quality

• If you are new to Zoom and do not already have the app installed, please [Click Here] to install now

• Position your device near your Wi-Fi router or connect directly with ethernet cable to ensure smooth playback

• The concerts are free, but you are welcome to make a donation to the artist by clicking [Donate Here]

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And more

Rick Shea and a music store venue, both back in action

Saturday, May 1st, 5 pm PST, Rick goes "Live from The Fret House in Covins, CA, AND It's watchable by all via FaceBook Live.

Rick tells us, "I'm doing shows on the first and 3rd Saturday of the month, instead of every Saturday as I'd been doing since last March. Also this coming month I have a Live show with my band The Losin' End at Last Name Brewery in Upland CA on Sat May 22nd from 5 -8 pm. It's outdoors and all safety and distancing protocols will be observed, more info at the link below.

"Thanks to all for your continued support, stay safe."  

Facebook link for this Saturday's show:

You can see the archived April 17th show at:

Always more at:

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Still more this weekend

Ernest Troost

A ZOOM Concert

Presented by
Mountain Spirit Acoustic Music Series at ISIS Music Hall,
Asheville, NC

Sunday, May 2, 7:00pm ET, 4:00pm PT


Ernest Troost has scored some stunning achievements in an amazing career. He is an Emmy award-winning composer of film scores, a recipient of the Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting, and a critically acclaimed producer/composer for his recordings with Judy Collins, setting the words of poets like Browning, Dickinson, and Stein to music. In concert, his evocative style combines folk and Piedmont-blues-style guitar picking with timeless stories and colorful character portrayals drawn from American past and present. His album “O Love” has been a hit with fans and critics alike.
“Wow…Lyrically, he’s going to knock you flat with one punch. This is a work of an undeniable talent taking it to the next level of the game.”
--Midwest Record
“Fans of Steve Earle and Jeffery Foucault will find an awful lot to like in Troost’s brooding, intense songcraft.”
–New York Music Daily

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Reviews, Previews, & News

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Americana Radio SINGLES Chart -- Week of 4/27/21

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Americana Radio ALBUMS Chart -- Week of 4/27/21

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Rhonda Vincent's Latest Single "Like I Could" Premieres on

By Jeremy Westby

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Multi-award-winning bluegrass artist and Grand Ole Opry member Rhonda Vincent has released a new version of her number-one single “Like I Could.” Vincent has delivered a beautifully heartbreaking ballad through her classic country sound and delicate instrumentation. The fiddle and mandolin-infused tune speaks about a love seen from the perspective of longing for forever, but not receiving that love in return. The revamped single was written by Erin Enderlin, Bobby Tomberlin, and Grammy Award winner and “Opry Matriarch” Jeannie Seely. “Like I Could” is part of a landmark career project for Vincent, her new album 'Music Is What I See,' which will be released on May 28 highlighting her incomparable talent.

Listen to “Like I Could” on HERE.

“I feel like I’ve discovered the best way to find songs to record. Just get in a limo with a Grand Ole Opry Star, ride around Nashville and enjoy having them sing the latest songs they’ve written. It sounds like a fairy tale, but that’s exactly how I found “Like I Could;” Jeannie Seely sang me the newest song she had written, along with Erin Enderlin and Bobby Tomberlin. I loved it instantly, and couldn’t wait to record it.” shares Vincent.

Due to pandemic restrictions, Vincent had to bring her album to a halt, but the “Queen of Bluegrass” is coming back in full swing with the release of “Like I Could” and her upcoming album. Vincent’s high-spirited energy is clearly present through her soaring vocals, blend of new tunes, and fresh arrangements of classics such as the first-ever recorded bluegrass version of the classic, “Unchained Melody.” Fans will not want to miss what Rhonda Vincent has in store for the coming months!

For more information and to keep up with everything Rhonda Vincent, visit her website and follow her social channels below.

About Rhonda Vincent:

The Grammy-winning Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, singing with her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at twelve, performing with the family band at festivals on weekends. Rhonda struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown. Her opportunity eventually led to a deal with Rebel Records. Her work caught the attention of Giant Nashville’s president, James Stroud, who signed Vincent to record two contemporary country albums. After Giant, she signed with Rounder Records where her passion for traditional bluegrass music flourished. With the release of her debut album “Back Home Again,” “The Wall Street Journal” crowned Rhonda Vincent the New Queen of Bluegrass. She’s a multi-award winner, with a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album (2017), Entertainer of the Year (2001), Song of the Year (2004), and an unprecedented 7 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (2000 – 2006). Her powerful vocal style transcends the boundaries of bluegrass music, as evidenced in her collaboration with Dolly Parton on the Elton John / Bernie Taupin Tribute Project “Restoration” 2018. Rhonda Vincent’s lifelong dream came true when she was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry on February 28, 2020.

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New Album "Amerikinda: 20 Years Of Dualtone" as Dualtone Music Group 
celebrates 20th Anniversary

Collection Of Current Artists and Alumni Covering
Each Other's Songs

Listen To Gregory Alan Isakov Cover The Lumineers' "Salt And The Sea" and The Lumineers Cover
 Gregory Alan Isakov's "Caves"

By Erik Andersen

April 28, 2021: Beloved Nashville-based indie label Dualtone Music Group has announced the celebration of their 20th Anniversary this year with the release of a brand new album titled Amerikinda: 20 Years Of Dualtone. Out on August 6th, the album features a slew of Dualtone artists and alumni including The Lumineers, Brett Dennen, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mt. Joy, Shovels & Rope, and Langhorne Slim all covering each other’s songs in celebration of the label’s landmark birthday.

Pre-order Amerikinda: 20 Years Of Dualtone HERE.
“When we started touring in our 15 passenger van, we used to park at the venue and bide our time until it was time to load in,” stated The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites. “We didn’t have money for hotels and we’d usually be splitting Subway sandwiches or Cliff bars between us. I’ll never forget when Paul Roper showed up to the parking lot behind the venue in Nashville and met us with beer and pizza. It was a small gesture on his side, but a massive one to us. I’ll never forget that. Congrats Dualtone on 20 years, you guys deserve it!”
Wesley Schultz continued, “Dualtone has been with us since Day 1 - and I’m so grateful that they have trusted us and empowered us. Over the last nine years, Dualtone has continuously supported our vision time and time again. Cheers to a label with real dedication to its artists.”
“Not only are they incredibly good at table tennis, Dualtone is an astounding team of humans,” stated Isakov. “I had never worked with a label before, other than my own label, and it’s been an absolute pleasure teaming up with Dualtone. They are such a hardworking, collaborative, kind-hearted group, and it’s an honor to be a part of their 20th anniversary compilation.”
“The Lumineers have been our friends and local comrades here in Colorado for years, and when Wes sent me the premaster of their last record, I was instantly drawn into every song,” says Isakov about his cover. “The song ‘Salt And The Sea’ particularly spoke to me, lyrically, along with that haunting melody. I collaborated with my bandmate Steve Varney to pluck out Jeremiah’s piano part with clawhammer banjo. What a beautiful song. I hope we did it justice.”
Known for their incredible roster of artists who straddle the line between roots and AAA, Dualtone Records was founded in 2001 by Scott Robinson and Dan Herrington, joined soon after by Paul Roper, who quickly established the company as a label that would change the paradigm of what a successful independent model could be. Based around a co-operative approach built on fair, transparent partnerships, Dualtone bred a family atmosphere where artists could effectively build and grow with the label. Their format is now taught in business schools and is considered by many to have helped usher in a new era of more artist-friendly record contracts across the industry.
Inaugural releases from Dualtone included David Ball’s Amigo as well as the pivotal June Carter Cash GRAMMY Award-winning album Wildwood Flower. As the label grew, they continued to bring in elder statesmen like Guy Clark and Bobby Bare, while at the same time branching out to attract younger indie artists such as Brett Dennen, Shovels & Rope, Drew Holcomb, Noah Gundersen, Langhorne Slim, The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Shakey Graves, Wild Child, Mt. Joy, Amos Lee, Gregory Alan Isakov, Robert Earl Keen, The Lone Bellow, Kathleen Edwards, and The Lumineers.
Looking over the prodigious list of GRAMMY Awards, gold and platinum releases, and luminary artists that have called Dualtone home over the years, you’d be forgiven for expecting a staff of dozens, but the entire office could fit into a 15-passenger tour van (with room to spare). It’s this small, tight-knit family that’s been responsible for fostering so many influential careers and helping to redefine what’s possible for an indie label in the 21st century. Even after a tumultuous 2020, which saw Dualtone HQ in East Nashville leveled by a tornado and a global pandemic hitting within weeks of each other, the label isn’t just surviving right now, it’s thriving, posting some of its all-time best sales and streaming numbers to date. The trials and tribulations of the past year have laid bare the strength, passion, and creativity that have served as the label’s foundation from the beginning.
“From the very start, we’ve tried to build this safe, encouraging space for artists to experiment and create,” said Robinson, “and it’s just so cool to see how deeply these bands have connected with each other and to hear the influences and friendships that stretch across the whole history of the label. At the end of the day, there’s something special about the energy of Dualtone, and it’s not because of me or Paul or any other individual. It’s because of the way that everyone, artists and staff alike, come together as a community.”

Track List:

01) Wild Child - “My Favorite Picture Of You” (Guy Clark)
02) Mt. Joy - “Ain’t No Reason” (Brett Dennen)
03) The Wild Reeds - “Younger Days” (Mt. Joy)
04) Gregory Alan Isakov - “Salt And The Sea” (The Lumineers)
05) The Lumineers - “Caves” (Gregory Alan Isakov)
06) Angie McMahon - “Tea, Milk & Honey” (Oh Pep!)
07) Langhorne Slim - “Stubborn Love” (The Lumineeres)
08) Brett Dennen - “Life Is Confusing” (Langhorne Slim)
09) Drew & Ellie Holcomb - “Keep On The Sunny Side” (June Carter Cash)
10) Ivan & Alyosha - “Let Your Heart Hold Fast” (Fort Atlantic)
11) The Lone Bellow - “O’ Be Joyful” (Shovels & Rope)
12) Shakey Graves - “Cheers” (The Wild Reeds)
13) Shovels & Rope - “Dearly Departed” (Shakey Graves)
14) Hayes Carll - “Worry B Gone” (Guy Clark)
15) Radney Foster - “Riding With Private Malone” (David Ball)

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This Week's Folk Alley Radio Show

by Linda Fahey

This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See to salute this year's Canadian Folk Music Award winners, with music by Beòlach, Noah Derksen, and Leela Gilday; new music by Brandy Clark, Yasmin Williams, the Ashokan Songlab, The Brother Brothers, and David Wax Museum; plus they honor m mi and much more.

Listen to the Show

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GRAMMY Museum reopens May 21st

After being closed for more than a year, the GRAMMY Museum announced Tuesday they will reopen to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021. Additionally, the Museum will provide free admission to first responders, healthcare workers, and essential workers through June 2021.

A spokesperson told The Guide, "We look forward to welcoming you again with three new major exhibits, Dave Matthews Band: Inside and Out (on view through fall 2021), Y Para Siempre... Marco Antonio Solís (on view through spring 2022), and the previously announced Motown: The Sound Of Young America, presented by City National Bank (on view through winter 2021). More info about each exhibit to be announced soon. Additionally, the Museum's This is Nat King Cole exhibit has been extended through fall 2021."

During the first phase of reopening, the GRAMMY Museum will follow guidelines provided by L.A. County for museums and open at limited capacity to maintain social distancing.

The Museum adds, "To enhance visitor engagement, we're taking active measures to maintain a safe environment for guests including new health and safety protocols such as limited capacity, advanced timed-entry online ticketing, required face mask wearing, mandatory temperature check, a touchless visitor experience, enhanced and more frequent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, one-way paths through the Museum floors, social distancing marks, hand sanitizing stations, and more."

To find information about the reopening measures and their visitor code of conduct, and for the latest information regarding making your visit, go to:

If you have questions, call their Guest Services team at (213) 765-6800.

The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Bl, Suite A245, in the Staples Center/ L.A. Live Complex, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Entrance is actually around the corner on Figueroa.

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Brett Perkins Listening Room "Idyllwild Retreat & Festival" returns July 25-31

Brett tells us, "Spring has begun delivering warmer days and long awaited sunshine here in Denmark, along with continued re-opening of the country which thankfully includes a return to performing.

"My greatest focus and inspiration at the moment is a return to Idyllwild to once again lead a group of songwriters in a week of 'Community Through Co-Writing' July 25-31, followed by presentation of a day long, free to the public 'Idyllwild Songwriters Festival' Saturday, July 31st, featuring The Brothers Landau, Mia Sera, select co-written songs from retreat participants and many more feature artists tba.

Enjoy festival coverage from 2019

"A fine group is forming for the retreat, including special pro guest participant Alan Roy Scott, [whose songs have been] recorded by Celine Dion, Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper, Notorious B.I.G., Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Cher, Neville Bros., Sheena Easton, Johnny Mathis and many more."

Learn about this hugely accomplished songwriter at:

Brett continues, "A limited number of participant spots remain available to join us in the beautiful arts community of Idyllwild, 5413 feet and two hours above the Summer heat of the Southern California basin, where all recommended protocols will be followed and retreat participants required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and/or recent negative test results to ensure a safe working environment.

"Join us in the Listening Circle of songs!"

Registration is now open at:

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Running on a cultural flat tire

Carlsonites told to accost your kid

Superman had his insidiously debilitating Kryptonite. We get toxic Carlsonite.

By Larry Wines

Tuesday morning, CNN's John King played a clip from Monday night's Tucker Carlson show, the highest-rated travesty on Fox News. Within hours that clip was all over global media.

In it, Carlson called for his viewers to "Call police immediately," and "call Child Protective Services" every time they see a kid wearing a mask. He says any parent who allows their kid to go forth masked is inflicting "child abuse," and conservatives have got to make it stop.

There's more hyperbole there than you expect, even from wacko Carlson. Because he says a parent allowing their child to wear a mask is "no different than seeing someone beating their kid in Walmart..." quickly adding that it's "...the same as the teacher beating your kid." Carlson asserted plenty, from somewhere to the right of Uranus.

Tucker may look like an ad for pimple cream, but he rants like a seasoned totalitarian. He even provided his viewers a script to accost a masked child, ordering the child to remove the mask, stating unequivocally that it violates the rights of the anti-masked/anti-vaxers -- because, his followers are to announce, it makes them ("them" obviously being the latest death cult, the Carlsonites) "uncomfortable."

I know it sounds like an SNL sketch. But it's all there from Carlson's own mouth: (story with video link to watch it happen -- skip ahead to the most inflammatory part, starting at 1 min into the 2 min 19 sec clip) 

Superman had his insidiously debilitating Kryptonite. We get toxic Carlsonite. You don't even want to do a Buzz Aldrin and shove one of his intrusive loudmouth lemmings out of the way, because the oaf would oof and breathe god-knows-what all over you.

John King didn't say it, but it makes ya wonder: whatever happened to the "freedom" argument from these Branch Covidians, since they are now being told to coerce others who are (safely) minding their own business? Seems they're going to harass you if YOU want the freedom to protect yourself from the Typhoid Marys of Foxorangitudinal-Refucklicant-fascism.

I'm all for buying the intransigent disease-deniers -- at least the ones who harass your kids -- one-way tickets to India. We can start with Tucker "Explosive Diarrhea" Carlson. 

They can be pack mules to carry oxygen bottles on the plane, surrendering them at the arrival gate so the subcontinent's desperate hospitals can save lives. No other carry-ons. No forty-dollar toilet water. Use it right from the bowl when you get there. After all, nobody who consumes the finite resources of this little blue planet should be allowed to take and bully and demand privilige and harass people whose behavior protects everybody, including the loudmouth dispensers of malevolence. Certainly not without giving something for others. 

I'd love a chance to deliver that message to a covey of Carlsonites. It would conclude, "Got that, you 'freedom-loving,' child-accosting, intransigent, uneducable, pathetically disoriented/displaced Limbaugh-refugees-become-Carlsonites?"

I know. I'd need to be in a Kevlar moon suit. Or they'd use me like the U.S. Capitol. 

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