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
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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"
Fri, April 24 CJ SOLAR & BRENT ANDERSON
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.....
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. email@example.com
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.)
Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n (Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor) P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana) BRbluegrass@aol.com 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. HarrisLawFirm@aol.com
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) BRbluegrass@aol.com 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.
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.
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!
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 http://www.kerrville-music.com/newfolk.htm You will just be so glad that you did.
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:
TOP ARTISTS OF 2014 Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs www.folkradio.org
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
TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2014 Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists Based on 13192 airplays from 142 different DJs www.folkradio.org
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
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 www.boutins.com
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] cox.net
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."
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.
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.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BREATHE SECONDHAND SMOKE AT WORK. WHY SHOULD I?
"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."
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.
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.
This website is updated Saturdays, before the Hootenanny Power radio show at 9 pm on WRKF. Please don't wait until Monday or Tuesday after the radio show to send me info on a performance that coming Friday. It definitely won't make the show, and probably won't make the website. tlcaffery at yahoo dot com