Something a little different . . . John Kirby in concert

As you may have guessed by now, Dianne and I book a wide variety of acts here at Calmes House Concerts. We showcased  some witty bluegrass recently (The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz) and some traditional Irish music (Open the Door for Three) before that. Now we have local songwriter, singer, guitarist and keyboardist, John Kirby solo in an intimate mix of original tunes, oldies and country music here this month. John has been playing off and on in the Baton Rouge area since the 1970’s.  There have been few venues like ours in our area until recently so, even though John has been playing in and around our city for many years, he is seldom really heard as you will hear him in a rare solo performance at our house on the 25th of this month. We are proud to bring him to you.

Some of you may remember John from his days with his partner Perry Sanders as they played at The Caterie and at Poet’s in the 1970’s and early 80’s.  Or, you may remember him from his performances with The 21st Band in our area. John has also been the owner/operator of recording studios in our area and in Nashville, where he assisted in the production of demos for Paul Overstreet and for Randy Travis among others. In fact, Randy’s demo for “On the Other Hand” was recorded  at John Kirby’s studio. John currently plays gigs with several local bands and is the guitarist at Galilee Baptist Church near Zachary. Some of you may also remember John from our 1970’s concert last summer, where he so deftly handled tenor lines as diverse as those of Michael McDonald and Dan Fogelberg.

When: Saturday, April 25th, at 7 P.M.

Where: Calmes House Concerts—11143 Lazy Lake Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70818

Suggested Donation: $15

Current schedule, Baton Rouge's Red Dragon Listening Room, contact
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Old Feed Store Music series hosted by the Marsolan Feed and Seed Store (316 E Gibson street) in downtown Covington:

April 25   Ganey Arsement 
May 2   Driskill Mountain Boys
May 9   Hazel and the Delta Ramblers
May 16   Chris Talley and Friends
May 23   Necessary Gentlemen 
May 30   The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz



8 PM 225-344-0334



with special guest The Mastersons









Marcia Ball will be performing at the Louisiana Earth Day in downtown Baton Rouge on April 19th.


Please read the Presidents Corner blog for quick details on changes for

And stay tuned for announcements on programming and special happenings!

South East Regional Folk Alliance
May 13-17, 2015
Montreat Conference Center
Montreat, NC



News from the Red Dragon: contact

Red Dragon TheWebsite:

April will be our biggest month EVER at the Red Dragon Listening Room. We will be busy throughout the month hosting more shows than any month in Dragon history. Check em out and drop me a note to reserve for a few. We will return to our normal number of shows in May......April was just an odd month where every offer I made somehow came through!

Songwriter Round with Brent Anderson, CJ Solar, and Jim McCormick with CJ Solar performing his original song, "She'll Run"


Our next Red Dragon show is next Friday, April 24 when we host C.J. SOLAR & BRENT ANDERSON.This is the kickoff party for the THIRD STREET SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL that our friend Kay is putting on downtown Saturday, April 25. We had so much fun with them when they opened a show for us a few months ago that we asked em back to headline a night. And in that short time one of Brent's songs topped the country music charts! Yup.....he wrote BLAKE SHELTON'S #1 hit "Lonely Tonight" as well as four songs on the new BRAD PAISLEY record. In fact, Brent and C.J. write for Brad's publishing company! This show will be a ton of fun as some of their friends will be "special guests". Seats are $20....$30 for couch seats up front. Drop me a note to join us.

Thur, April 30     RANDALL BRAMBLETT

Randall Bramblett returns to the Red Dragon on Thur, April 30. Martin Flanagan will open the show. Drop me a note to reserve seating.

Chris Knight.....
The grittiest songwriter in all of country music is surely CHRIS KNIGHT. Last year we hosted him at the Manship. He will return this year on Saturday, July 11. 

Carlene Carter....advance notice
Yeah, it is a bit too early to put the tickets on sale. But we have confirmed CARLENE CARTER for our Fri, Nov 13 Manship show. I'll let you know when seats are available. But you can block it out on your calendar now. The black sheep of the CARTER FAMILY is coming to town. And right after her tour with JOHN MELLENCAMP. This is a big deal, y'all. Hey....who wants to sponsor this one? I was so excited I booked it without securing a sponsor first. Let me know.....

Dad, chris m

As I keep stressing, we are now a 501 (c) 3 Federal non-profit corporation. Checks are tax deductible and can be made out to LOUISIANA AMERICANA & FOLK SOCIETY and mailed to 8631 Rainwood Ave, Baton Rouge, LA  70810.



Great news,  We have a new "home." 
Jessica, the owner and manager of  "Caliente"   Mexican restaurant has invited us to hold the Sunday Jam at her restaurant at 1270 W. Lee Drive.  That is the segment of W. Lee Dr. which lies between Burbank (La. 42) and Nicholson Drive (La. 30),  It is situated on the north side of W. Lee Dr. across from Mike Anderson's restaurant.  There is also an outdoor eating area with a stage for use in nice weather.  (No ducks, turtles or fish except on the menu.) 
 Check the
for major bluegrass events in 2015 within easy driving range.

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600; Text 225.252.2708
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
Sun - bluegrass jam at  Caliente 3 - 6 pm
HARRIS Law Firm - main financial supporter, preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan concerned about his family and estate, and the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. Proceeds go to concerts and jams.

Gerard Furniture in BR - generous financial supporter, contributing to bringing in guest performers for Jams.  Show support by visiting the store and mentioning "bluegrass."

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600



Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford will present American Epic, a three-part documentary set to air this fall on PBS and BBC Arena. According to a press release, the film “follows the trail of record company talent scouts from the late 1920s as they toured American with a recording machine to capture the raw expression of an emerging culture whose recordings would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel and more.” American Epic is directed by Bernard MacMahon.

Accompanying the documentary is The American Epic Sessions, a release that features performances from the likes of Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin and The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White.

The release will feature the musicians recording on the same machine that is portrayed in the film. White’s Third Man Records is also releasing a vinyl box set of the sessions.





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As 2014 closed, I was surprised on New Years Eve with a note from a friend, Singer Songwriter, Patrick Cooper in New Orleans congratulating me on a nice review in the latest issue of Offbeat Magazine! Imagine my surprise!

Laura DeFazio writes, "Gramercy-born singer/songwriter Patrick Sylvest remains firmly rooted to his beloved home state on his third effort, Lonesome Troubadour.

With an acoustic style that blends classic Americana/roots genres and showcases his impressive finger-picking abilities, he extols Louisiana’s summertime pleasantries (“ice cold beers and warm sunshine”), takes a rollicking joyride through its dance-happy cities (think Tom Rush doing a hokier regional version of “On the Road Again”), and bemoans that “windbag houseguest that just won’t leave” about Hurricane Isaac. The arc of the album begins with the sunny optimism of “Learn to Fly” only to fall to the depths of the grim resignation as “I’ll give you all my heart and soul, ‘til I can’t write another note” wearily concludes the final cut.

The strongest tracks are the ones that incorporate diverse stylistic influences and instrumentation: the propulsive rhythm guitar and piano flourishes of the rockin’ “Louisiana Traveling Jones,” the gospel-style choruses and snappy staccato chords in “Ode to Rans McGaskey” and the spirited trad-jazz number “Have I Told You?,” which features a clarinet and sounds like you’d hear on a night at Fritzel’s.

Sylvest at times conveys a whisper of Gordon Lightfoot at his most wistful, and, given his knack for merging genres, it would be interesting to see what he would do with a tenser, rock-leaning rhythm section."

Thanks so much to Laura DeFazio and Offbeat Magazine for this kind and generous review!

I'm pleased that 2015 has me returning to perform at Flanagan's Creative Food and Drink , 1111 Audubon Avenue in Thibodaux, LA for Sunday Brunche April 19th from 11am until 2pm. I'd love to see you there!

Check out my new CD, 'Lonesome Troubadour', co-produced with Randy Walsh at Stray Records Studio in Bayou Goula, LA. Available from iTunes , and on CD and mp3 from CD Baby and at Hofman Music in Thibodaux, LA.

Have a Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy 2015 and I'll be looking forward to seeing y'all around!

Patrick Sylvest


Northport N.Y. - M.C. Records is thrilled to announce that genre busting singer/songwriter, New Orleans based Dayna Kurtz will perform on the syndicated radio program eTown on May 3. She will share the stage with folk/bluesman Eric Bibb. Scroll down for all of Dayna's tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.

Dayna has always had fans from some of the most amazing songwriters including Bonnie Raitt and duet partner, Nora Jones. Now add Madeleine Peyroux to list. Here's what she said about "Rise And Fall."

It is great to hear an amazing voice but indescribable to hear an amazing soul. Thus this record and Dayna Kurtz are indescribable. I’m grateful for the discovery of a new old friend. - Madeleine Peyroux

Kurtz has achieved such distinctions as being named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters.  Norah Jones (with whom she later recorded a duet) and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition, and her singing was featured in a widely seen TV commercial for a prominent American hotel chain.

Tues April 28 New Orleans LA Cafe Istanbul 10pm w/special guests!

Sun May 3 eTown Taping with Eric Bibb - Boulder CO



Kerrville has an underwriter this year that has enabled us to bring EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL to Kerrville for their first appearance here!!! The date, will be Saturday May 23rd.

What we know so far by weekend:

First Weekend  - Elizabeth McQueen,  Peter Case, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Joe Crookston, Rj Cowdery, Ellis, Amy Speace, The Don Juans, Mt. Thelonious, Ari Hest, David Wilcox....

Second Weekend - Tom Rush, Steve Seskin/Allen Shamblin, Roy Bookbinder, Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville, Sam Baker, Joel Rafael, John Fullbright, Matt Nakoa, Ronny Cox, Jack Williams...

Third Weekend - Ruthie Foster, The Carper Family, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Trout Fishing in America, 2014 New Folk in the Round including Matt Nakoa, Frank Martin Gilligan, Caroline Spence, C. Daniel Boling, Connor Garvey and The Lovebirds, Wood & Wire, The Chubby Knuckle Choir...

Joe King Carrasco, Javier Chaparro, Tejas Brothers, Elephant Revival, MilkDrive, Caroline Aiken are planning to come this year but are still to be placed in a particular spot.

We will continue to announce as the confirmations and contracts are finished.

AND The Songwriters, Blues Guitar, Harmonica and Ukulele Faculties are mostly done and ready to accept registrants.

AND AND Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk needs YOU!!! Our listeners are ready to hear your songs but the entries are coming in a bit slower this year. So if you are a songwriter and haven't entered yet please go to You will just be so glad that you did.

AND AND AND tickets are still at a 15% discount...


WXPN Radio posted the stream (and free download) of a new tribute
song tolegendary folk dj Gene Shay (who retires on Sunday) performed by 25 Philly based
artists.  You can read and hear (and download) the song here:



Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs

1. Pete Seeger
2. Bob Dylan
3. John McCutcheon
4. John Gorka
5. Red Molly
6. Eliza Gilkyson
7. Tim Grimm
8. The Stray Birds
9. Joe Crookston
10. Cahalen Morrison And Eli West
11. Jesse Winchester
12. Johnny Cash
13. Laurie Lewis
14. Chris Smither
15. Carrie Newcomer
16. Seldom Scene
17. Rosanne Cash
18. Dave Van Ronk
18. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
20. Peter, Paul And Mary
21. The Duhks
22. Johnsmith
23. The Henry Girls
24. Greg Brown
25. Cosy Sheridan
26. John Prine
26. Tom Paxton
28. Nanci Griffith
28. Runa
30. Mary Gauthier
31. Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen
32. Robin And Linda Williams
33. Mark Erelli
34. Emmylou Harris
35. Old Crow Medicine Show
36. Judy Collins
37. Anne Hills
37. Ellis Paul
39. Si Kahn
40. Mary Chapin Carpenter
41. Lucinda Williams
42. Red June
43. Brother Sun
44. Carlene Carter
45. Phil Ochs
46. Jack Williams
46. Nickel Creek
48. Arlo Guthrie
49. Cheryl Wheeler
50. Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
51. Richard Thompson
51. Rodney Crowell
53. Gathering Time
54. Guy Clark
55. John Flynn
55. Krista Detor
57. Gillian Welch
58. Claudia Schmidt
58. Joni Mitchell
58. Willie Nelson
61. Peggy Seeger
62. Bill Monroe
63. Steve Earle
64. T Sisters
65. Kim And Reggie Harris
66. Carrie Elkin And Danny Schmidt
66. Christine Lavin
66. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
69. Stan Rogers
70. Bruce Springsteen
70. The Steel Wheels
72. Jackson Browne
72. Tim O'Brien
74. Molasses Creek
74. Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
76. Catie Curtis
77. Blue Highway
77. Brooks Williams
79. Craig Bickhardt
79. Doc Watson
81. Alison Krauss
82. Kathy Kallick
83. Rod MacDonald
84. Peter Mulvey
85. Dar Williams
85. Hot Rize
87. The Early Mays
88. The Waymores
89. Ernest Troost
89. Tim O'Brien And Darrell Scott
91. Loudon Wainwright III
91. Sarah Jarosz
93. David Francey
93. Townes Van Zandt
95. Richard Shindell
95. Vance Gilbert
95. Woody Guthrie
98. Jim Photoglo
99. Joel Mabus
99. Jonathan Byrd
101. Joan Baez


Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13192 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Peter, Paul And Mary
2. John McCutcheon
3. Christine Lavin
4. Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
5. The Early Mays
6. Laurie Lewis And Kathy Kallick
7. Mary Chapin Carpenter
8. Pete Seeger
9. Joe Crookston
9. Joel Mabus
9. The Stray Birds
12. Thompson Family
13. Bob Dylan
13. Phil Ochs
13. The Sweet Lowdown
16. Anne Hills
16. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
18. Mark Erelli
18. Robyn Landis
20. Bruce Cockburn
20. Eliza Gilkyson
20. Jesse Winchester
23. Ellis Paul
24. Robin And Linda Williams
25. Debi Smith
25. Peter Mayer
27. Darryl Purpose
28. Carrie Newcomer
28. Johnsmith
30. Chris Smither
31. Bobtown
31. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
31. David Hawkins
31. Magpie
31. Red Molly
36. Andina And Rich
36. Judy Collins
36. Lee Murdock
36. Nell Robinson
40. Louise Mosrie
40. Mary Gauthier
40. Nowell Sing We Clear
40. Shelley Posen
40. Steven Gellman




The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz



Clarence Recommends: Every Friday  - Coobie Joe cajun band every Friday at Boutin's Cajun restaurant 7pm-10pm at 8322 Bluebonnet Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70810 (225) 819-9862

Cajun Fiddle Lessons by Ann Vidrine: Clarence's friend Ann Vidrine gives cajun fiddle lessons. If you are interested in playing the cajun fiddle, she would be a good person to learn from. For lessons, call 225-343-7398 or email: annvidrine [type the at sign]

Baton Rouge's Cajun and Zydeco Radio Shows:

* Sat 5am-7am WTGE 100.7 FM Roland Doucet's Cajun Radio show

* Sat 7pm-9pm WBRH 90.3 FM Clarence's Cajun Saturday Night

* Sun 5pm-7pm WHYR 96.9 FM Ann Vidrine's Cajun Experience Radio Show

* Sun 7pm-9pm KLSU 91.1FM The Front Porch Fais Do-Do Cajun/Zydeco show with LSU student DJ Couillon. It broadcasts on the web at Request line: (225) 578-5578 



Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:



"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre.  In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound.",0,6735268.column





Hi there,

I host a local BG / folk/gospel radio show that airs on several country stations on Sunday morning. If you have a recent recording that would reflect this format, please send along.  I would be glad to air.  Please let me know what song that you are trying to push.

I do this only as a labor of love for this kind of music and to promote local artist.

Thanks and tell your Mamma you love her.






My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA.   I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.

Thank you!

Cafe Des Amis <


"I have been affected by secondhand smoke.  I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage.  I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
--Deacon John

Music selections from  audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's  Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can  tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music;  country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the  eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings  available for educational use.

To listen  visit:






When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.



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