Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Telluride Bluegrass Fest

Telluride House BandJune 21 - 24, 2007 in Telluride, Colorado

I've always wanted to check out this great, big bluegrass festival in the Rockies. Last weekend I found a vinyl LP on Flying Fish from the 1977 Telluride festival featuring Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Ray Bonneville and John Hartford.

The lineup includes some rock bands. But it's overall a few spectacular days featuring the best of the best in acoustic music. Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Darol Anger, Alison Krauss, Peter Rowan, Bryan Sutton, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, Tony Rice, John Cowan and many more are scheduled to perform.

Tickets are on sale here.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

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Petition to Nominate Pete Seeger for Nobel Peace Prize
- The Back Porch News
Now, I know you may be wondering why I'd post such a wild, wide-eyed photo since some would misconstrue the seriousness ofLink supporting this effort. The image struck me, however, as a singular instant in which Pete's commitment to his music, human rights and the Muse erupted from his very soul. For all reasons in his long, illustrious career and life, Pete Seeger deserves global recognition.

Link directly to the online petition here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Steve Goodman: Facing the Music, cover photo
Events Commemorating the New Steve Goodman Biography
A new biography of the beloved singer-songwriter Steve Goodman is due for national release at the end of the month. The author, Clay Eals, researched Goodman's life for eight years. He will be making in-person events at the Old Town School of Folk Music in May as well. Pre-orders are available here.

Quotes from notable supporters:
Wry, unpretentious and uplifting, Steve Goodman had a special presence with an audience. As this book recounts, he opened 200 shows for me, often for crowds of 10,000 or more. He was just one guy with a guitar, but in 30 seconds he would have them. It was amazing to see, and this biography captures every incredible detail.
- Steve Martin

Clay Eals skillfully narrates the Dickensian life of Steve Goodman, one of the most exciting and refreshing acoustic performers to grace a stage. Meticulously detailed and carefully documented, this biography reads like a riveting novel. Goodman's spirit and charm leap from its pages.
- Rich Warren, host of "The Midnight Special," WFMT-FM, Chicago

Sunday, March 11, 2007

NPR : Open Mic

NPR Home Page
NPR : Open Mic
"Since it began in 2003, NPR's Open Mic from All Songs Considered has been an online showcase for nearly 800 independent, unsigned or self-produced bands. It's a virtual stage for aspiring musicians to reach a larger audience with their work and a place to discover music you likely won't hear anywhere else. Once-unkown artists like Sufjan Stevens and Regina Spektor were first heard on Open Mic."

- How to submit your recording for the NPR Open Mic
- Subscribe to the NPR Open Mic podcast

Thursday, March 08, 2007

That's me on the left and ... guess who? ... That's right ... Peter Frampton!
• • • Sound Clip Joint • • •
Ken Cashion Plays Some Mighty Fine Ukelele
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Jim Polaski found this homemade site of old time tunes and American standards for "uke." Lots of MP3s, too.