Sunday, June 1, 2014

Barbara Jean Tickets.

Yes... I'm putting some skin into the silent auction... stop out.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SHEL's CD in Video

I remembered that they said during a concert that they were committed to making a video for each song from their truly wonderful CD... in CD Sequence.

Paint my Life:--- Looks like this one is still on Sarah's list to do... here's a great studio taping of them doing it live.

Like Minded Fool:


The Man Who Was the Circus

Lost at Sea:

Wise old owl: Another gem of a song not "Official" yet... when you see them live, hope you hear the story of how Eva wrote this one... Sarah does give her grief about the wonderful lyrics too... sisterly love I'm sure

Vinyl Memories:... my Favorite...

The Battle of Evermore: This one doesn't carry "Official" in it's name but it's one that helped get me hooked on the band originally, and with over 40m views I don't think they need to re-record it.

Stained:  Great mean looks from the ladies ... makes me scream I'm sorry... come on what guy would do anything to disappoint any of these fine women?

On my Way:  Last year I got permission to put snippets in the Great River Folk Fest ad... love this song, it makes me want to get up and do something!

Tuscany: Not sure if this their official video because it doesn't have Sarah violin addition... but it's a stunning video put together by Weber Instruments.

When the Dragon came down: (can't wait to see what Sarah will do with this one some day... until then here's a great live video of the song, love how tight SHEL is live, the stops, the starts, the harmonies; and can Liza stop enjoying herself?)

Latest & Greatest Blueberry Rubber Band: a 2009 video... who could believe it gets better from this gem.

That's the CD, you should go buy IT!

Or do what I first did, find them on Noisetrade.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Free Music from the Fest

Well maybe it's free for your email that we will share with the great artists that shared their music with us in hope that you will both tip us and become so impressed with their music you come to the fest.

I put it in and I have before praised the merits of this site... what a great way to discover new artists... SHEL for me was discovered in Noisetrade.

Our mix this year includes Tim O'Brien, David Wilcox, Sally Rogers, Pierce Pettis, The Barefoot Movement, Colin O'Brien, Grace Pettis, Claudia Schmidt, Patchouli, and Evergreen Grass Band... only Grace & Claudia had music in Noisetrade before we put this mix up. (Claudia was in our 2013 mix)

Here's the link  Remember tip until if feels great.

The picture just shows the top six songs... here's a player and a quick link for all 16 songs...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vinyl Memories by SHEL

Oh my Sarah, you keep out doing yourself on the video editing...

SHEL... my favorite band.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Drink you support...

Yes... are to many times you can toast your support to a great local music non-profit fest... but for the second year you can show up at the Wine Guyz in La Crosse WI and just have a few glasses of wine and you will be supporting the Great River Folk Fest.

If you can't make it, you can feel free to donate to our cause;  look for the box below on our home page

Sunday, May 4, 2014

50 miles of Elbow Room

First performance at the new Birthplace of Country Music Hall of Fame in Bristol TN... Norah Jane Struthers and Joe Overton with some fancy banjo frailing.

Wisconsin's Civil Wars?

Hey last night I had the chance to see Willy Porter with Carmen Nickerson, and while Willy always sells out at the Pump House because he is an incredible guitar player, a good storyteller, and just a fun guy to listen to his songs... He's up'd his game seriously adding Carmen on vocals.  Maybe it was the black dress that Joy Williams was consistently in... maybe it was the eye contact, the sultry dancing while she waited her part... all I can say is that I don't plan to miss the next show.

So it you are lonely for the Civil Wars, if you can take better guitar playing.. look these two up.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Eva and Gareth Dunlop, new SHEL song

Eva posts something and I'm going to read or listen to it.... she is truly a creative spirit, and it seems with this co-write with Gareth Dunlop, she's keeping that spirit kindled.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Introducing Rouge Girls

I was sent a recommendation of this all woman group in the UK, and went to their Video Page and while I didn't know the original song, I think after hearing both... I like the girls better... You?

Ha... I didn't know James Blake and this video had 15 million views, he isn't bad I just liked the girls version better.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Forgotten 40 Day 1-20

My first 40 day journey of new music is in the books, catch up at 1-20 or 21-40, next up Forgotten Favorites as defined here.   So let's kick it off.

1) Idle Hands by Ryan Fitzsimmons, Boy the devil loves idle hands, so I'm making sure I use them to tell you about some great music.  Ryan a east coast native has been touring for about ten years, I'd love to hear him some day, and I forgot how much energy this song has... it it's a story that kicks some crime scene.

2) Dreams by Abbie Gardner,  This fine dobro player is part of Red Molly, released this fine song in 2006 on a cd Honey on my Grave also has one my other favorite songs Caffeine.  I do need to have more Abbie in my collection, I guess that's why I'm mining these forgotten favorites... sometimes I forget I love more than just the song, the artist and the woman deserves some attention.

3) 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Beth Wood,  Yes given the 126 songs I have to pick from there will be good friends in the list.  Beth is the first one, and this is one of the songs that convinced me to book her the first time to our House Concert series.  This Richard Thompson song was first in my head by Greg Brown, but since I've listened to Richard and even watched him live on Austin City Limits doing the song.  Beth's voice on her smooth guitar playing keeps this as one of my favorite versions.  I highly recommend both the song and seeing Beth live.  Go get the song at :

4) Old Pine by Ben Howard Looks like Ben got in my place list after I heard him in Paste magazine back in 2011.  Typically if I get a free song I like, (Three Tree Town) I have a habit of going and buying a song.  This is the song I purchased and it is especially is worthy for any one to discover him.  Starts with a clean interesting acoustic guitar piece, but moves to a tenor like Josh Ritter, and the writing is very full of imagery. I should probably have more of him in my collection.

5) Tonight an Angel Fell by Chuck Allen Floyd.  On Easter Sunday it's appropriate to have my utmost favorite angel tune.  I believe this snuck into the under forty plays only because I had to refresh my iTunes library since I got this song in 2008.  It's a classic country song, and why it isn't covered over and over is beyond me.  "She makes me feel like Heaven, here in the honky tonk bar... " Chuck is a talented songwriter

6) All the Pretty Horse by Calexico, this haunting folk song is one I ran across one day, and it quickly became one I would exclaim as one of the best. It's from a 2006 recording, and while I have a few Calexico pieces in the library...this reminds me I should have more.  Their music challenges me to grow in my own arrangements.

7) Tractor by Drew Nelson, When I saw I had a couple of Drew's songs on my list of favorites under 40 plays, I knew he would make the list maybe twice... before and after he played our house concert series.  First up Tractor... if I'd be a John Deere and plow the field of your heart... truly this is a great piece of songwriting and fine guitar playing too.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The not famous Wedding Hallelujah version

Now, I know I wasn't the first to maybe adapt Leonard Cohen's song to be more "Wedding" or "Religious" rather than his passionate love piece that is more about broken love than unrequited love.

2011 I posted this to youtube, and it continually gets views and peaked at 105 in a day recently, all just end trails from the Priest singing a version in Church.  I'm not gritching or complaining... just would love to hear if my tweaks to the song inspired anyone to do the same.

The lyrics are also posted on my Musings blog at :  Also getting a few hits lately.

Here they are for you:

"Hallelujah" (wedding version)

I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
For you today we rejoice with music, with you
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
Beloved king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed love
Saw each other as light rose above
Beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
In a moment both became aware
You now share the throne with loving care
And from your lips, you sing Hallelujah

Today you have been here before
You know this room, You’ve walked this floor
You used to live apart before You knew each
So raise your flag on the marble arch
Love is a victory sacred march
So rejoice and go singing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Odyssey by Tiff Jimber

I'm still trying to remember why Tiff Jimber is such a familiar name to me, but you'll also see Natalie Gellman in this video... Now I have to hope they are touring together when I book Natalie to my house concert.

40 days of music - Day 20 - 40

Thank you all the artists an others that have browsed, listened, or maybe even bought some of the music from day 1-20  It looks like iTunes no longer supports publishing playlists, but I'll look into it.  All I can tell you is that it has been my favorite mix to have on in the background or when I'm writing this BLOG, ha.  And oh the artist and connections.  20 left me at Natalie Gelman before we saw her live; what a treat, and I'm looking forward to seeing her again in the future, maybe even book her.

20) Hello Sunshine - Ethan Johns. This song is first because he was in Noisetrade described that fans of Richard Thompson, Tom Waits, and JJ Cale would like him.  Well after I picked up those songs, I went to iTunes and found this wonderful song that has a little mixed "Sunshine" feel, but boy is it great fit to my recent re-kindling love of Leonard Cohen.

21) Ockham's Razor - Mayday Radio feat. Natalie Gelman.  Ok so I bought everything Natalie had live, but iTunes sent me to a song she sang a duet on with Mayday Radio.  Good enough reason to discover a songwriter with a rebel cause.  Well I'll be learning more about him, looks very interesting.  Another reason you should all reach out to all those strings of connections, the web is wide and we are so lucky when it comes to accessibility of music.

22) On Your Own - Just Mammals.  Like I said at the beginning this journey has made for such an interesting background to life recently and I was grooving to Light over the Bridge by Pawns and Kings, so much I thought the next song would have a connection to it.  I found it was also in the IndieVidual CD on iTunes.  Cruised the songs and loved the way these guys had a throwback to 60's harmonies.  And their Happy Acoustic is pretty cool too.  Another British band with 4 lads.

23) Running Through my Head - Simone Felice.  I was looking to see if iTunes had taken out people publishing iMixes to the masses, and ran into a section where they were they had FREE music, and while the preview sample was the last part of the song, I took a flyer on it.  What a wonderful find, I need to hear more of this artist.  The song does talk to me, too many times I have a face running through my head, I'm a such a sucker for a romantic song.  I think the song would have been better without the drum track, but it's sure to get many of plays, so I must need to pay him (yes Simone in this case is a guy) back and buy a few other songs.

24) This too shall pass - Danny Schmidt.  I was first looking for an artist like Danny (a modern equivalent to Cohen living in Austin Tx), but when I searched him in iTunes this song came up, and I didn't own it.  So it's legit, and should we have a Biblically sounding song slipped into a 40 day journey from a spirit who doesn't claim a religion but I as a Christian expect to see him in heaven if my vision is right, and if his is we're enjoying it so why not enjoy some of the best DAMN songwriting you will listen to.

25) Whisky Priest - Dustin Welch.  Staying in Austin after Danny, but not because of him but because Dustin was pictured next my recent most favorite woman fiddler, Phoebe Hunt.  My comment on Phoebe's picture posted from her SXSW Fuel our Fire concert was, "Dustin's a lucky dog, got to check his music out..."  So I did.  Love how Dustin's website described the 2012 release, AUSTIN, Texas — Building on the thrilling strengths of his fearsomely original 2010 debut, Whisky Priest (which LoneStarMusic magazine deemed “one of the most compelling albums to come out of Texas in the past year”), Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dustin Welch is set to release his second album, Tijuana Bible, on Feb. 12 via his own Super Rooster Records" Here is a link to the title track that I started with:

26) Heart of Gold - The Dedringers This post might ultimately that good songs last longer than the bands that sing them.  I went to the Dustin Welch post and iTunes said other people buying this song have bought Heart of Gold...Thinking it was a Young cover, I quickly liked the snipet and said yes... let's buy this and explore it.  Well they no longer exist, and maybe the band members will be future posts.

27) In the Back of a Pickup Truck - Kate Lynn Logan.  Boy I screwed up... maybe I got sucked into my life work, personal, or daydreams, but I did miss that this song was supposed to be number 20; and I love it.  Give me a pickup song any, and I now forget how I ran into this song... shoot.  I will and I and will make it up to her.  Suffice to say I think I'm on her mailing list and this song is a pre-release and it's wonderful country groove.  I have a reservation for the next pick up...go for it and check out this great song.

28) Kapuskasing Coffee - Justin Rutledge - Ok, I've been delinquent in posting, but I did buy this song two days ago and now I forget why, but it so good.  I know I will be buying more of this guy.  This sound also has such a beautiful female harmony and by his web notes I'm guessing it's Carina Round.  He's a Juno winning singer songwriter artist, so in essence Canadian... now wonder I like him... HA.

29) Keep it Alive - Matthew Barber - Ok this is not the first time I used iTunes Genius to recommend the next song, call it lazy but it's not like I take the first one and stop.  HA.  While I finding the link for number 28 I thought I would click on "others have also bought"... this smooth encouraging tidbit of sailing has a soul refreshing organ accent to a wonderful vocalist.  Sure enough, ANOTHER Canadian; I should just move there, but as I'm in Wisconsin I'm pretty close anyway.  This song is from his 2011 recording and he has more for me to explore.

30) Looking for a Kiss - Suzie Vinnick - Ok this is the last one from a Justin Rutledge "others bought" because guess what Hat Trick from Canadian.  This song caught me in it's little preview having all the ingredients for a song that I'll love.  Nice harmonica, a touch of accordion, a kind of a bluesy, and oh the right lyrics.  Any time a lady wants a kiss from me, they have my attention.  I can see this song showing up in our tear down set mix, because it's got that "Closing time" verse in it too.  She's sure to become another favorite, this song is actually now five years old.  Dang I love this journey so far.

31) Give Me a Chance - Parousia - Being Sunday and home from Church, I noted that Drew Nelson had shared a video of three sisters breathing new life into an old hymn, I was wow'd and have shared it within this blog HERE.  Of course I knew they needed to be in the 40 day journey; but oh what gem to pick.  They have two CDs in iTunes, and I choose an original song that has a beautiful banjo picking.  A perfect one for a calm day.

32) The Dirty ol Tractor Song - Little Miss Higgins. Of course you will have to read more about Miss Higgins at this blog post, suffice to say she's another breath of fresh air from Canada.  I should think about moving there already.  After a day of listening to her videos, I bought a song I hadn't heard yet, it has that fun storytelling again.

33) Hard Line - Jill Barber.  Oh my I can quickly get infatuated with an artist, and I quickly I fell for Jill  and have bought a strong signature song from her current Jazz groove, Oh My My... (which is also posted in the blog), but I choose Hard Line (same blog post for video) over my other choice Goodnight Sweetheart because I will keeping this iMix on my iPhone for awhile and I like the upbeat nature of this 2009 release, down to the clapping type of percussion, oohs in the chorus background, and the nice mandolin groove.  Maybe it was the line, "today I met a new love..." kind of like I do every other day.

34) Break up the band - Jed Zimmerman- So last night I was bouncing around iTunes with this wided eyed big head idea that I am down to 7 artist to add to the 40 day list, don't screw it up, and find someone cool... maybe one that not everyone knows, but who has legitimacy that iTunes thinks I should know him.  Truly I won't say who I was close on but said no, now, Break up the Band... a great fiddle, a story of musicians... I should be in and I AM... but then tonight trying to find out more about Jed, I was convinced I would change to The Weatherman, with the John Prine reference.. truly I need buy a lot of this story teller, may invite him to play my house concert in WI.  Suffice to say I'm staying with my first choice.

35) Little Black Star - Hurray for the Riff Raff When someone recommended this group to me, how was I to know how good they are and have been together since 2007; and of course when I checked them out, I knew they were going to hit the 40 day list with the first real cajun flair.  Such versatility and energy; look them up they are outstanding with passion vocalist in Alynda Lee Segerra.

36) This never happened, and I was never here - Shannon McNally  I loved this song's story and instrumentation.  This wasn't the song that attracted me to Shannon's music, again it as I was bouncing around in the iTunes "Also bought"  She's a fresh voice and I'm intrigued by her recent record with Dr. John, Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, and Luther Dickinson.  If she isn't good, she must be a nice person to hang with... HA.  I think the both are probably true.  The song I picked is from 2012 ep release that didn't even show up in her Wikipedia.  So go taste a song or two:

37) Pretty Girls - Erik Koskinen Ok if I didn't have the discipline to change the rules Erik would be 37, 38, 39, & 40.  I had the chance to see Erik for the first time at my favorite coffeehouse, The Root Note, with Barbara Jean.  (It is interesting that in this journey three concerts at the Root Note have lead to song selections and new favorites and friends.) Too many times we like fall into classifying artists as other artists, so let me fall into that trap again... he's James McMurtry, Mark Knopfler and Raldo Schneider rolled into one artist.  The song I picked has to one a pick because I kind of live by that mantra and write that way in this blog.  While I have a good woman for over 30 years, I fall in love Pretty Girls everywhere.  For those keeping track, Devil's Blues, Detroit Detroit, and Six Pack would be the rest of the songs.  Look this guy up and definitely see him live if you have a chance.  Ok I'm giving you the iTunes link but I bought both CD's again:

38) Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Jack Johnson.  Since Jack doesn't need much of a shout out, let's look at why I put this in the list.  Rose River is a cover band I play with and Tim, Paula, Shelly do great harmonies, and make me sound a lot better when I sing.  We're always looking for unique songs that fit us, and you have to admit, entertain us.  We just did a 4 1/2 hour gig last night following it with a 4 hour one tonight.  Got to love the stuff you play.  Tim found this in Sirius Coffeehouse, and immediately thought of us.  Now we might use the original words, but a two chord song with maybe Tim on the accordion has some hope.  Now some might be offended.  I found a pirate rip off video also on YouTube with the song and these comments: what is wrong with all of you , this version is brutal!!!!!..The start of it sounds like somebody I use to know, and the rest sounds like Barney?!!!!...really?why try to remake perfection??..... Got to love people and why does YouTube allow rip offs like that I refuse to post them on the blog... Oh well, I've always kind of hated this song, but now I own it and sure to play it a bunch of times:

39) Sparrow - Kelley McRae.  Kelley is not new to the blog and this song is documented in another post, but let me tell you the lyrics "Road I travel was cleared by a fool, and thief and charmer wrote the rules" and "Like a whore who will sell it cheap, but a girl's got to eat."... oh my she knows how to write:

40) Bright Lights - Rackhouse Pilfer. Just when I wondered who would be number 40, my buddy from my hometown shared with me a video of this song and said it was his new crush... Well done Rick.  A new Irish band that's playing "Americana Bluegrass"... we'll let you defect and you can Irish Americans playing Americana like the rest of us... HA.  They have a great sound, harmonies, and at least the studio doesn't just sound like a party... some serious stuff here.  I'm glad they made the list; and what a journey it has been.

I'm sure to have a recap what songs have truly had the most plays, and stuck with the most friendships... I'll start up my next 40 day journey soon... maybe on a Wednesday again.

Let Me Go - I am Snow Angel

This woman puts out creative videos... wow.. A touch of Spiritual longing for the after life, mixed in with her passionate whispering voice... sometimes I don't know if I she fear her or fall absolutely under her spell; well one this I know is that she's good.

Sparrow by Kelley McRae

So I did fall behind on posting about my 40 day journey of new music, and knew I always catch up on a Saturday morning.  Day 39 will be a lady who played the Root Note and I couldn't make it... I kept kicking myself, and will see her some day, if I have to book her to a house concert to do it.  HA.

This wonderful video had me back to iTunes to add this song to my Kelley McRae music library.

Here is a link to the lyrics:

And of course it was published on Sunday because I was in the middle of posting this and lightning struck and power went out for 4 hours, and phone/internet was out for 8 hours, then I had a gig, then I had church... now I have a glass of wine in my hand and I'm again enjoying Sparrow.

Fun for a good cause

Never to shy away from humor for a good cause... loved this Facebook video made by WXOW for

SaturdayApril 19th, 2014

Cost: $30 per 2 Person Team
When: Registration: 11:30 pm - Bags Fly at: 12:00 pm
Where: Moose Lodge - Ward Ave. La Crosse
Other Info:
16 Team Round Robin Tourney - Everyone plays 15 Game

Post by WXOW.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Introducing Shannon McNally.

I bet you'll never guess who might be day 36 in my 40 day journey... being 50% Bohemian this song titled lured me in and Shannon McNally kept me there.

Another Louisiana gem found in the suggestion area when I was review Hurray for Riff Raff.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yes I tweet...

I blog therefore I must tweet.  I do find that it's now more interactive for a segment of my readers and my artists that I'm discussing.

Follow me at which is of course ironic because if you tweet what the heck are you doing in Google...

I would argue...talking over 140 characters.

Hurray for the Riff Raff

I get an email that told me if we could get this band to our fest we would attract a younger crowd; and while I think young and old should love all music, I do understand SOMETIMES generations hover together.  Though Johnny Cash breaks ALL boundaries.

Looking into them I quickly agreed that I would love to see them and quickly said (in my head filled with Lady Mary's Eyes, the budget for next week, the transmission that needs fixing on a 330,000 Honda) Yes.. definitely.  Twas only the second song I listened to in iTunes of their's and said... "Yes I want this immortalized on my first 40 day journey".. and it will be...........................Tomorrow.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Girls Don't Poop BLOOPERS -

The outtakes are as fun as the original YouTube and since ours is a variety show in the vein of The Johnny Cash Show, it needs a comedy sketch or a sponsor occasionally.  But I just had to get the full stink of the research behind this, and in full fledge modern way to find that, WIKIPEDIA - So the product is for real and the question is out if Bethany Woodruff is typecast to a strange product or one of the luckiest young ladies?  I'm going to guess and hope it's lucky... She's a quirky looking beauty with an infectious smile.

I loved Wikipedia linked Gene Weingarten's editorial about "Poop Shame" from which the below cartoon is linked.  So with all this linking going on, I'd recommend you take you lap top to the bathroom and read : POOP Shame

Then watch the bloopers, if you haven't seen the original... they of course have it linked inside the video... dang Marketers of poop products.... oh wait ... we love them for we are now rich from their sponsorship.

Oh My My, you need to hear this lady.

I give you one of the best new songs I've heard lately... by Jill Barber - from an Juno Award winning CD Chances.

Now while going to get the link for above I was amazed she had Hard Line...  I really didn't know I was buying such a hit song and posting it into my 40 day journey.

Enjoy this talented lady... if it's new music to you, how the heck couldn't you enjoy it?

Next 40 day journey

With 8 days left, I have found my 40 day journey of new music too much fun so what's next.  I've decided.. 40 days of favorites that I've forgotten about.  I defined it by using iTunes smart playlist.  First it needed to be purchased in iTunes so that I can feel save to find a link.  Next I wanted to limit the number of plays, so I used why not FORTY plays as the limit.  I still had 2,153 songs to pick from so I used the 5 star rating and got it down to 126 songs to pick from.  Now just because a song didn't get a rating, didn't mean I didn't love it... it was just I never found myself sitting by the computer to give it a rating.  Armed with this, you should get many a good recommendations after I'm done with the current 40.

New Banjo

After 30 years with my beginners banjo, I'm playing it more often in public so I thought I'd upgrade.

It's still very entry level banjo, but it has a nice warm sound.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Little Miss Higgins- Bargain Shop Panties and more

Readers of this blog likely know that I already love Missy Higgins, and now another Higgins shows up on the blog.  This one again comes from Neighbors Dog You Tube channel first, but when I bounced around, she sure has gotten bigger bands to follow her, and why not... Great singer, and guitar playing that reminds you of Bonnie Raitt.

This was the first video I watched:

Searched out other selections from the show with Little Miss and this one gets pretty funny when she asks the host for a shot, and really showcases her lead guitar work.

Then I searched for her and "Bargain Shop Panties" came up and HAD to listen to it, wonderful:

Of course a song like that has to have a story... next up a live recording:

She come back the next year, and there must have been a part when she gave panties to the heavy set Big Dave, because they came back to this show:

And remember I said she's attracting a lot guys to tag along with her? I truly love this video, and now I own it... it won't be in the 40 day journey because I like to keep it to one song by artist. (The 40 day song is a Dirty ol Tractor.) You know with all these new artists it's hard.... Here's a link to the song it's just like the video below, because I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do..

Introducing Matthew Barber

Matthew was day number 29 and I knew I would spend more time with his music, I didn't figure that I would do it after I fell in love with his SISTER, Jill Barber. I ran into these videos with these great singers harmonizing, and quickly ran off to buy "Where where the River Bends"

And oh my this is one of the best covers I've heard of the Everly Brothers.

BTW... I found Jill is married, so she shouldn't worry about my love for her... I'll just keep it to iTunes purchases and YouTube views.

On other odd note is that I noted both Matthew and Jill are left handed guitarists... now how unusual is that, runs in the family?

Introducing Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

So as I watching Jill Barber on The Neighbor's Dog YouTube Channel, the complete show with Blackie & the Rodeo Kings came on... no way was I going to turn it off.  Oh my, great music, and now after 20 minutes I know a little more about this show that they run.  If all of their shows were like this, and had more distribution; HOUSE concerts would multiply.

Introducing Jill Barber

Can one fall in love after one song?  Maybe when it's sung by Jill Barber, like a commenter said on this video... love the swell at the end.  Could I wish to be the guitar she is holding?

Here's one with the whole band....Wow this woman is good, and has a great band too.

If you got down here, I'm also totally envious of The Neighbors Dog... a TV show about concerts in some pretty dang big houses.

Check her out at this Website :

Introducing Parousia

Parousia, according to Wikipedia, is a Greek meaning presence, arrival or an official visit.  I met these fine sisters singing on a video in Facebook.  Breathing new life into an old hymn.  They should did, and it was a wow moment.  Being on a Sunday, I was compelled to buy a song and put them into my 40 day journey.

They are a Christian group, and the word Parousia is mentioned 24 times in the Bible: Per Wikipedia:

The main use in theology is to refer to the second coming of Christ. However Karl Barth considered that category of parousia includes Resurrection Sundayand the Acts 2 Pentecost as well, and therefore that the New Testament parousia is not limited to his final return.[12]
That all said listen to these find voices.... and watch to the end, somewhat of their bloopers are on this video... and boy does it make them come across as some of the cutest people you will meet.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Introducing Suzie Vinnick

Oh my, I'd love to have this woman play my house concert series. Great blues voice, and wonderful blues playing for a solo performance... wooo..

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Whisky Priest - Dustin Welch.

Dang.. I should have known Jessie with would have recorded a song I've fallen in love with...#25 in the 40 day journey.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I need you most of the while

It's a bit unusual for me to go from buying a song on March 25th, to meeting the artist, to recording their song, but I've gone and done it.  I guess in hindsight, I had been contacted by Natalie a few months back when she sent me a note from her Concerts in Your Home page, and I must have like her because I subscribed to her email newsletter.  Then she sent a note saying she was coming to La Crosse to play the Root Note.  (A simply wonderful place in La Crosse)  It was mid-week but I got down there with my wife, and we both enjoyed it.  Luckily Lori was with me so she didn't need to worry I was meeting some artist that I fell in love with... Ha.. it's probably very possible for any warm blooded male to fall in love with Natalie.  Well less than one week later, guitar in hand I sat down to learn this song.  Again, when I learn it and force myself to record it, I find it sticks better.... and I work out all the parts that I have mistakes in before I get it right... This was probably the 6th take, and it always gets better.

Unlike many other artists that I network with, Natalie will likely see this.  She is a very connected new artist to all the new fangle social media, even has done a Google Hangout Concert!  Here's she is playing the song I recorded during the 60 minute concert.

My voice has never been called flattering, but covering another artist is supposed to be flattering, so here's my cover: (updated on Sunday with a little better production of the first video)

Now let's just say Natalie ROCKS compared to this old fart...

I did leave the first strip down take out there... why not, it's not my disk space.

Not sure if Charlie Midnight is this Charlie.  Natalie confirmed this is co-writer, what an interesting person.  I'll keep looking into him and the connection.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Introducing Simone Felice

Oh my I really like that I found this guy this morning.  I truly don't spend enough time reading or listening to indie music reviews, so thanks to the connections and the force of making me look for new artists in my 40 day journey.  I subscribed to his YouTube channel, and you should to: and be only number 119 and counting.

and Yes... I went back to iTunes and just kept buying until I said, "hell they are all great songs"

Introducing Mayday Radio

Thanks to Natalie Gelman singing a duet with him, now I'm a fan!  Join the small band of us, it won't be small for long

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's all about 40 days- Day 1-20

The bible Old and New chapters have these continuities, 3 days, 7 days and 40 days. Well as we as Christians are asked to reflect on our journey of faith and life over the next 40 days; I thought why not force me to find a new song (likely a new artist too) each day. I'll tweet it, and you can follow me at but I'll keep updating this post until we rejoice that we've passed money to Musicians.  Yes.. I can't cheat and use a song I own already... and if I miss a day, I'll make up for it.

Just a song.. well who knows... let's hope someone grabs me by the inner soul and shakes me to buy the whole CD, but it will be just allowed for one day.

1) Doomsday - The Old Souls, wonderful harmonica drew me to the song, and storyline goes on for 6 minutes and keeps you interested.  Interesting little group I came across because iTunes recommended it through past purchases.

2) Royal - Lorde, Because of a twitter post by Heather Burian, a fine young TV reporter in the area, I saw Bruce Springsteen cover the song.  Figured I should actually hear the song, (note to reader that this blog writer covers obscure mostly and didn't know the Grammy winning song), and of course I'm learning it Bruce style.  Future video, I'm sure. update yes there is a video.

3) I will remain - Matthew and the Atlas.  I follow a twitter account for For Folk's Sake and told them I would find an artist from their site for day three, and boy it was easy, the picture and write up had me in iTunes listening.  I love this new song has a vocal qualities many like from Mumford and Sons, but it has a more delicate mix.  I'm sure to be buying more of their music.  Funny iTunes calls it Pop music, if that's case Pop music has come back to stuff I can like.

4) Light over the Ridge - Pawn or Kings.  I really liked Matthew and the Atlas and did what I normally do with a new artist, check if they have a Noisetrade mix to discover more music and get on their mailing list.  They aren't there, but Pawn or Kings had a pretty unique live set.  They had me and went back to iTunes and bought the fourth new song.

5) Grey White December - I am Snow Angel.  I ended up blogging about this unique video that accompanies this song.  Funny wonder what came first the song or the name of the group; they fit each other so well.

6) Best day of my Life - American Authors.  What a fun song and yes maybe 2014 next big hit, but it's also pretty easy to play along with going back and forth between G & D. I'll have to ask the band if they want to cover it, and learn that cool banjo part that begins the song.

7) Little Blue Bird - Grace Pettis.  Grace is not a stranger to me, and when I heard we're close to bringing her to the Great River Folk Fest, I thought I should get more music of hers in the library.   This sound is a wonderful song for singers trying to make a living.

8) Evelyn - Andrew Duhon, Super intrigued when I found an iTunes compilation Bands under the Radar, Americana for Hipsters.  I bounced around a few artists and the description in American Songwriter got me to look deeper, "Andrew Duhon’s self-released new album The Moorings earned a Grammy nomination for Best Production, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a brilliant sounding record, sparkling with fresh folk-rock arrangements and gorgeous melodies that linger long after the album’s finished spinning."  I am pretty sure I'll be buying more of him in the future.

9) Never Meant to Love you - Cory Chisel.  Looking into this fine new artist raised in Minnesota by a preacher who sheltered him from pop music and gave him a great influx of Hymns and Johnny Cash. We're going to see him this summer with Todd Snider at the Big Top in Bayfield so I thought I should get some of his music.

10) Fireside Chat - Garnet Rogers. Of course when you go see someone live, buy his CD, and during this 40 day journey a song from it has to make the list.  Now I'm tempted not to tell Garnet about this selection because he is not keen on this new format of selecting songs from CDs.  About the song I picked to feature, it's Garnet's song that has been affectionally called, "Welcome to Hell" , it's a great politically charged recap of the last few years. The whole CD is wonderfully acoustic, with a couple covers, and song written for Bill Morrissey. Since he's not keen on the iTunes format the CD is available only at his website :

11) Canadee-I-O - Nic Jones.  Garnet played this song, and for some reason I did not have it in my iTunes music library.  Must have had it once before... such a good song from and absolutely wonderful guitar player.  As far as the linked site says, he's no longer touring, but maybe buying his song will still influence you,

12) Give me back my hometown - Eric Church, A 40 day venture allows for influence thru suggestion. Since I don't listen to the radio much, I could have not told you that Eric is the new outlaw country on the block since 2011.  A friend, Kelly Gardner, who is raising money for Gman, had posted she loves to drive listening to Eric.  Well I'm a sucker for hometown ballads, thus Eric made the list.

13) Tales of the American West- Maxwell Hughes.  So today found me without a plan, and Maxwell Hughes started following me on Twitter, so give him a chance.  He does live in the same city as SHEL does, Fort Collins; and a former guitarist for the Lumineers.  He records wonderful instrumental music, and while I play a lot of that myself, I rarely buy it.  Today's selection is nice use of bass lines runs thus I was attracted to it.

14) Honey, Stay Awhile - The Rosewood Thieves.  Tonight I trusted the first page of iTunes and Genius to take me to a 2007 cd by a band that I'm not sure exists anymore.  What a sultry ballad... I might go back and buy more, but I'll have to research more.  For now I'll just enjoy.

15) 18 years old - The Friel Sisters.  As luck would have it, I was listening to the mix of the 14 songs above it and said, needs more women.  I said the next woman band in my facebook timeline will get most favored attention.  What a wonderful chance I had... some reason I had like this women and never bought anything of theirs yet.  Great harmonies and musicianship; prefect yet for my list did not include truly an Irish song yet.

16) Body of Work - The Mynabirds.  Love the world sound that this song from the indie pop group led by Laura Burhenn.  The song comes from 2012 released record that was received with universal acclaim.  No wonder I didn't hear about it until today.

17) Bravedancing - Rachael Sage.  The other day Noisetrade sent me an email with a free Songwriting tips, in it were five writers.  I thought I would take on some of their songs in my project.  First up Rachael, beautiful... a little more pop than I normally listen to, but it's a finely crafted song.  Looking forward to learning a few things.

18) Little White Truck - Kate Lynne Logan.  When you're in the car and let random play go, you here songs you've had for a while but haven't listened to enough.  I had to stop several times and look who the artist was, and once was for Kate's song River & Rain.  What a wonderful song, I knew I needed to buy some more.  Little White Truck is a fun "Back of a pickup truck" song... sure to put a smile on your face and bounce in your step.

19) Moving - John Fullbright.  We have been discussing John being our Saturday night closer at the Great River Folk Fest, and while I've caught a few glimpses of videos, I have never bought or seriously listened a lot to John.  I'm confident in the recommendation, and I kind of figured that I wanted it to be a pleasant surprise.  Thought I'd make him a selection and start getting hooked.

20) Most the While - Natalie Gelman Ok so I'm a sucker for pretty lady and a guitar... of course I stay a while longer when they have killer passion in their voice.  You can read more why Natalie made the list in this other post.  Suffice to say, that this song does go down easy.

Hey... 20 songs in one blog is enough... I'll start another one tomorrow.

Introducing Natalie Gelman

Being a subscribed host in Concerts in Your Home  puts me in a delicate situation where I say no to too many good artists.  My series, Bluff View Concerts, really only books four a year and I don't have too many open spots if I don't know your music.  Natalie Gelman sent me a note when I already had a booking with Drew Nelson, so I had to pass considering her.  So glad she landed a gig at the Root Note, and I'm trying to get over and see her March 26th.  This song will be number 20 in my 40 day music journey.

Monday, March 24, 2014

John Fullbright - Moving.

This will be day 19 song... I wanted to hear more from John Fullbright because he might play at the Great River Folk Fest.  I like how he wraps real life problems and then just says "Heck we're moving"... too real.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Music Criticism

Since this is essentially a music blog, I was interested in reading the article, Ted Gioia is wrong about 21st Century Music Criticism. I tend to agree with the author, we've democratized music and we don't need stinking critics telling us that we have the music wrong.  I am a huge supporter in the fact you can find merit in almost any piece; but I rarely want to talk about the styles or pieces that I don't like.  I guess when you are paid to be critical, you must, and why not dig into the technical parts.  Hey I don't get paid for this, so enjoy just what I want to say.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Introducing the Mynabirds

I was browsing through my YouTube suggestions and KEXP 90.3 Seattle has a great channel, and while I didn't care for the new one in my timeline, I was intrigued to listen to their Pickathon playlist; and quickly fell in love with the groove that the Mynabirds brought to the videos, like this... destined to be number 16, now which song.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Honey Stay awhile, introducing The Rosewood Thieves

Ha, I'm afraid they might be defunct, but they made the Genius suggestion and I thought they sounded wonderful.  This song was number fourteen in the 40day challenge.

Introducing Maxwell Hughes.

Maxwell Hughes was my new song and new artist to the blog, and I found I can't any more labels to my 40 day journey, so in fairness... I'll make sure I post a separate post like this with a link back to it... tricky?  Maybe maybe not so... this is a great song too, I couldn't find one of the song I bought, but NOW I want this one more.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Welcome to Hell

Just saw Garnet Rogers last night in LaCrosse at the Root Note, and while I had heard this song before... I did not know that he calls the song "Fireside Chat" that shows up in the last verse... He likes to say there is something to offend everyone in the song, though it tends to be very Progressive and I find myself very humored by it.  I noted the the song evolved since the first time I heard it, and one the studio version.  And of course it turned into song number TEN in my #40day Journey.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why are you so.

Remember just yesterday I told you would hear more about Stephanie Hunt?  Then today this was my highlighted video to watch.  How does YouTube know?  Ha.. I'm not going to worry about it.  It actually is the second video put out with the Fuel our Fire project.  The song is actually more hip hop than my tastes, but it's wonderfully emotional.

If you want to hear more about Phoebe's project, maybe watch the streaming Concert Window from SXSW.


Why Are You So? is the second single on the album, Precious Human Life, which is the first album recorded by the Amala Foundation's One Village Music Project. Music and Lyrics by: Breez Smith, Stephanie Hunt, Emily Cauley, Annika Mukherjee, & Joe House.

The One Village Music Project is comprised of 18 young musicians, including refugee, immigrant and at-risk youth, who create a unique blend of alternative, folk, hip hop and world music. Youth who participate in the One Village Music Project first came together as a community of inspired musicians during our Global Youth Peace Summit.

Last August, the One Village Music Project partnered with Fuel Our Fire which was created by musician Phoebe Hunt to offer young musicians from all over the world an opportunity to showcase their talents and collaborate in a professional environment.

For more information, please visit­ne-village-music-project.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Introducing Stephanie Hunt

Now my blog readers have heard I have re-kindled my love and appreciation of Phoebe Hunt, but I had her sister as an intrigue.  She sings great harmonies, but doesn't tour with her... a quick google search landed me on this page, and what surprise... the writer picked her number one, and lower on the list was Natalie Portman, who I also love.  I will continue to research her, but until future posts:

Per the writer: Greg Lockwe

1. Stephanie Hunt - I realize that most folks don’t know who Stephanie Hunt is … yet. You probably will soon enough. As of yet, her three notable roles have been on the minor side, save for her breakout role in a film called Love & Tambourines, a micro-budget cinéma vérité feature that did quite well at the Austin City Film Festival in 2009. Not only was Steph the lead in the movie, but she’s credited as a co-writer, alongside director Jeremy Cohen, a fellow Austinite who has filmed a number of student projects with our gal. After L&T, Steph went on to play Devin Boland, a thoughtful lesbian rock n’ roll chick, in the great “Friday Night Lights.” Next up was a stint on “Californication,” as well as one episode of “Greek.” So, yes, basically everything Steph has done up to this point has been good. Also, at some point, Stephanie was in a band called The Ghost Songs that we at the Ze Cat offices thought was very good. She’s done other music-related work here and there, though nothing too substantial (we suspect something might be in the works). Cute, cool, talented. The next Zooey Deschanel? Nah, something different. Probably stranger. Probably cooler. Maybe even cuter. Anyhow, below you’ll find an intimate little project Cohen and Hunt did together a little over a year ago; the last minute or so, in particular, is worthwhile. And, if you’re really intrigued, you can watch Love & Tambourines for free via YouTube HERE. (Note: it’s a different kind of flick, so hang in there.)

2014 next big hit.

Show in the beginning of my journey of 40 days of new music, I read the USA Today today, yes the real physical paper, and found this article  Patrick Ryan gave evidence of four potentials.... well true to my nature I picked the obscure one, Best Day of my Life by American Authors that only had 5.7 million Youtube views.

I gave it one more and you should too... it'll make number six as soon I update this blog and go buy it. What Patrick wrote:

Why it could be the song of 2014: With its upbeat melody and winsome charm,Best Day of My Life is well on its way to finding the top 20 success of other folk-rock hits such as The Lumineers' Ho Hey and Of Monsters and Men's Little Talks. Although it was released last March, the song may be propelled by its appearance in TV commercials for Lowe's and Hyundai, and American Authors' just-released debut album, Oh, What a Life. "We're approaching summer — definitely a good time for a feel-good record with a good message," says Yahoo Music senior editor Billy Johnson Jr. While it's taken some time to gain momentum, "there's still more life to the song. It has all the right qualities to (hit No. 1)."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Simple Twist of Fate 2

You choose... a cover evolves.. just like Bob.

Without glasses means it's not being read and the story teller comes out a little better...


When I first learned in November 2013... a little slower and with glasses because it wasn't in my soul yet.

This Angel misses Grey White December.

Yes as i finished shoveling the ice out of the garage for hopefully the last time this year, I came in and started thinking about the next new song.  Somehow yesterday I bumped into I am Snow Angel and fell in love with this cool video.  My 40 song project is supposed to take me out of my normal channels, and I can tell you I rarely buy something that iTunes classifies as electronic.  My luck is that I haven't seen many pictures of the lead singer, purposely I don't need to fall in love again and buy all her music.  Just at least this one... it will be number five tomorrow.

By the way.. I do also love cold winter nights.. wrapped in a bottle of red with a warm fire stirring.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Great cause, and good people

I know this woman through a great winery in Trempealeau called The Elmaro Vineyard.  She's got a big heart, as evidenced by this great fundraiser and her commitment to Gman.  Not too surprising she's going to school to teach... got to love teachers who want to raise  your children right... Wish you luck you two! Now Watch and Go Donate, every Dollar helps.

Garrett Williamson and his friend, Kelly Gardner are fundraising for a Race Chair. Kelly plans to push Garrett in 5K run/walks throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The duo is hoping to inspire others by breaking down the stereotypes of limitations tied to muscular dystrophy. 

Garrett was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 5. {more of his story to come} Kelly moved to Trempealeau at 
the beginning of their 5th grade year. Garrett was quick to introduce himself and chat with Kelly. Instantly they became friends! The two spent lots of time together at school, both played clarinet in band, and they enjoyed seeing movies together. Every field trip, Kelly joined Garrett in his transportation if it was his van or a different bus. They always had the most fun! Middle school was filled with more movie watching and school dances. Their high school years were filled with the most activities! Kelly got her license and the world was theirs! Seeing movies at the theater and dinner nights, movie watching, football games, pep-band, and the most exciting part of their senior year was the music trip to Texas! Kelly rode with Gman, his dad, Dave and his mom, Vicky! Spending over a week together traveling from Wisconsin to Texas fostered a new understanding for Kelly as to what Garrett goes through from morning to night. Friendship has been constant for the past ten plus years and the two wouldn't be the same without each others' support and love!

Graduation came quicker than they could have imagined! Kelly was accepted to Winona State University for Special Education/Elementary Education. Garrett had his heart set on University of Wisconsin - Platteville. That summer was over faster than it started. Goodbyes were not quick or easy; they made plans for visits and FaceTime nights that made the distance easier to bear. The weekend Kelly planned to visit Platteville, Garrett decided to come back home and start school at Western Technical College in La Crosse. While the decision was a big one for Garrett, Kelly was supportive while she hid her excitement for him to be closer to home! Most recently Garrett was Kelly's date to a Mardi Gras Fundraising Gala in Winona! They had a great time dancing and dressing up!

As the years go by, their bond has and continues to grow stronger! She walks and he rolls. Hopefully soon, she'll push and he'll ride! Kelly will push Garrett in 5K run/walks throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The duo is hoping to inspire others by breaking down the stereotypes of limitations tied to muscular dystrophy.

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