Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
|ABQ Folk Festival 2012|
|Three String Bale perform at the ABQ Folk Festival|
This energetic trio of talented multi-instrumentalists really works hard... almost as hard as James Brown himself, and in their own way they are equally soulfull. In short, what I like about these folks is that they are putting the fun back in folk music. Their music is sometimes zany and irreverent and never boring. A high point of the show for me was their performance of Clarence Ashley's The Cuckoo.
Speaking of keeping the fun in folk music, there's a movie that I want to recommend to Three String Bale and to everyone reading this. It's called Chasing Gus' Ghost and it's a film dedicated to Gus Cannon the famous jug band leader. This movie features Maria Mauldaur, Bob Weir, John Sebastian, and many other great musicians. It's a must see folks!
In closing let me urge those of you who missed the Albuquerque Folk Festival this year to put it on your calendar for next year. And in the meantime, I recommend that you go to the Three String Bale website to check their calendar for a show near you. Don't miss them!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
It was a sad day for Santa Fe's music community when we heard the news about Butch Crouch. Butch was loved by all and will be sorely missed. A memorial gathering will be held at El Farol. We expect to have a date and time very soon and it will be posted here. Please check back for details and come help us celebrate Butch's life and music.
Here's a story I'd like to share with you folks. Back when the west was wild, I booked a banquet gig at the Legal Tender in Lamy, New Mexico. The night of the banquet I arrived at the Legal Tender and discovered that the gig was double-booked. (Double-booking is something that accidentally happens every once in a while, and every working musician dreads it.) Well, it turned out that the restaurant had booked me and the banquet folks had booked Butch. He arrived ten minutes after I did and immediately came up with a solution. "Let's take turns playing and split the money," he said.
That's the kind of man Butch was. He was a true blue friend, and he had a heart as big as all outdoors. He had many, many friends here and we will all miss him.
Butch was a talented artist and he was so much more that I'm at loss for words to describe him. So I'm going to defer to Kris Kristofferson here. The words of Kris' song The Pilgrim Chapter 39 describe Butch pretty well.
He's a poet, he's a picker
He's a prophet, he's a pusher
He's a pilgrim and a preacher and problem when he's stoned
He's a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction
Taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home...
And there's lots of wrong directions on that lonely road back home.
So long Butch. It's been good to know ya.
UPDATE: My favorite writer, Steve Terrell, has posted about Butch. Click HERE.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This past Thursday, April 29th, two-time Grammy award winner Ramblin' Jack Elliott performed at Corazon in Santa Fe. This was the first stop on his 2009 spring tour. Jack is touring in support of his recent album, A Stranger Here, which won a Grammy Award in 2009 for the best traditional blues album.
Unfortunately, due to the very poor sound provided by the concert promoter, Jack was treated more like a stranger than like the distinguished artist that he is. Somehow the sound man managed to interrupt the show over and over again with howling feedback from the sound system. It was incredibly distracting to Jack and to his loyal fans and friends who filled the room.
Jack's improvised monologues are as brilliant and entertaining as anything ever penned by his friends Jack Kerouac and Lenny Bruce. The difference between him and other beat generation poets is that Jack creates his narrative prose and poetry live, on stage... and he doesn't write it down.
As I write this, Ramblin' Jack is continuing his 2009 spring tour. If he's performing anywhere near you I recommend you seize the opportunity to spend an evening with one of our greatest American national treasures–Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
And by the way, there are CD's and T-shirts available after the shows. This is a first for Ramblin' Jack. If I were in charge of awarding Grammy's for T-shirts, I'd give him a third Grammy Award for the coolest and most esoteric music T-shirt of 2010. I guess you can tell that I love my new Ramblin Jack Elliott T-shirt!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Here is a classic Christmas cartoon from 1939. It's a different look at the theme of "peace on earth".
In a lighter vein, here are Leon Redbone and Dr. John with their rendition of 'Frosty the Snowman'. Lord Buckley must be here in spirit...
Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a great new year!
Monday, November 2, 2009
The people at the celebration in Albuquerque were great. Especially the kids. They cheered me up a lot. Looking around at twilight it's easy to believe that the ghosts of the dead are here among us. I know my dad will always be with me in spirit.
With digital capture there is always a lot of "darkroom" work to do. I ran this photo through quickly so that I could show you something right away. Hope you enjoy it. (Click to see a larger picture.)