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Yesterday was the 128th anniversary of General
George Armstrong Custer's defeat by the Lakota Souix at the Battle of
the Little Big Horn river. As was often the case in those times, a song
or ballad was composed shortly thereafter, describing the event. Peter
and the VLB discovered and recorded their own arrangement of this song,
"Custer", a sample of which can be found here.
Naturally, the entire CD, "Tough And Wild"
- which is almost ready to go lead (pending just a few more purchases)
- is on sale on this website.
Last weekend, I visited with Byron
Berline and Dan Crary to discuss a forthcoming CD project. Here they are,
entertaining a crowd at the Huck Finn BG Festival in Victorvill, CA -
former home of Roy Rodgers (and Trigger!) Dan is expounding on something
or other, as is his wont when he's not actually pickin',
What's the saying? ... "It never rains, but it pours..." After about a 7-8 year drought in any major press coverage, we get two "cover" articles in two weeks! Leah Etling from the Santa Barbara News-Press visited with me in Los Olivos last week and brought forth an article in the Valley Living section of the paper this past Friday. Click on the photo below to see the entire article in .GIF format.I'm sure that soon, I'll be driving around in my own stretch limo, taking it down to the Grange Hall to set up the folding chairs for my shows. (Volunteers always welcome!).
For further info on our show May15th, go here.
in 1973, I remember reading a fascinating article in the UNESCO Courrier
by Viet Namese folklorist Tran Van Khê titled "Musical Imperialism".
I recently found a faded xerox copy of that article and have posted it
in the IDEAS
section of our website. While you may not agree with all the statements
made by Tran in the article, I think you'll find his work connection the
life of people and their music of some interest. [P'ip'a]
A couple of weeks ago, we had a vist from Jim Bulckey and Eva Van Prooyen, the publisher and editor in chief of the Montecito Journal and the Santa Ynez Valley Journal. We drank a glass of wine and discussed the newspaper bizz, music, and LIG ("life in general").
The Very Lonesome Boys will be playing a public show next month at the Los Olivos Grange Hall in "downtown" Los Olivos, California in the Santa Ynez Valley. (The reason I put downtown in quotes is that LO is essentially one block in any direction, North, South, East, or West.)
Public performances are usually the most fun for us, since we get to
see and chat with fans, but we're often called upon for special events,
weddings, wine tastings, etc. Here's a special show we did for retiring
Santa Barbara Arborist Dan Condon last year in Santa Barbara's oldest
public park, Alameda Park.
"When you want genuine music - music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whisky, go right through you like Brandreth's pills, ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose - when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!
-- Mark Twain
We had a fine show at the Los Olivos Grange Hall
last month. The Very Lonesome Boys were in fine form, and we were joined
by fiddlers Paul Lee and Jim Wimmer, which gave us a fiddle trio on several
numbers. We'll hope for the chance to play a lot more music
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