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This is on short notice, I know--but the Malvinas are coming to town, this Friday. We'll also be in Baton Rouge and Lafayette this weekend.
Oh yeah--and we have a new CD, God Bless the Grass, that made the Top 50 played on Folk Dj this past year. Here are three or four places where you can get it: The title song is by Malvina Reynolds herself.
Fri. 2/23 New Orleans, Neutral Ground (w/ the Malvinas), 10 pm (504) 891-3381 www.neutralground.com Sat. 2/24 Baton Rouge, Manship Theatre (w/ the Malvinas), 7:30 pm Opening for Alejandro Escovedo.
SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!!! manshiptheatre.com Sun. 2/25 between Lafayette & Opelousas, LA, The Whirlybird, (w/ the Malvinas), 7 pm Sun. 3/4 Denver, CO (w/ the Malvinas)
Tomorrow night (Saturday) we host legendary singer/songwriter ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO at the Manship Theatre. The show will be opened by THE MALVINAS and will begin at 7:30pm. At the time of this writing we are exactly half full. It is a bit depressing that I can't fill the room for an artist this big, but I do know that those who attend will be thrilled that they did. Are your plans in flux now with the rain threatening for the weekend? We would sure like you to join us for the evening. www.ManshipTheatre.org
Bruce Robison news.....
On March 3 we are hosting songwriter great BRUCE ROBISON at the Red Dragon. I just got word yesterday that this is now a duo show. Bruce is bringing a guitarist with him! I've advertised it as a solo show, but I'm thrilled at the addition! Reg seats are $50, VIPs are $60, ERIC DISANTO & KRISTIN COURVILLE open and the direct link for seating is brucerobisondragon.brownpapertickets.com
J.D. Souther.....a handful left!
We have a handful of tickets left for our BIGJ.D. SOUTHER show on Wed, March 7 at 8pm at the Red Dragon. This is a $100 show and we have eight seats left to fill. STEVE JUDICE opens. Ticket link is jdsoutherdragon.brownpapertickets.com
You're invited... Cory Branan with The Weeping Willows Feb 23, 2018 7:30 PM The Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
ADIOS is Cory Branan's death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan's mercurial work it's probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed "loser's survival kit" doesn't spare its subjects or the listener.
Not even Branan's deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage "The Vow" he drolly cites his father's favorite banality "that's what you get for thinking" as "probably not the best lesson for kids." For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father's actions, finds a kind of "genius in the effortless way he just 'did'."
Not all the death on ADIOS is literal mortality. "Imogene" is sung from the wreckage of a love that once "poked fun at the pain, stoked the sun in the rain" but ends with the urgent call to "act on the embers, ash won't remember the way back to fire."
The trademark lyrical agility is mirrored sonically. Never a genre loyalist, ADIOS finds Branan (much like his musically restless heroes Elvis Costello and Tom Waits) coloring outside the lines in sometimes clashing shades of fuzz and twang. While unafraid to play it arrow-straight when called for (“the Vow”, “Equinox”, “Don't Go”), ADIOS veers wildly from the Buddy Holly-esque rave up "I Only Know" (sung with punk notables Laura Jane Grace and Dave Hause), through the swampy "Walls, MS" to the Costello-like new wave of "Visiting Hours." The blistering punk of "Another Nightmare in America" bops along daring listeners to "Look away, look away, move along, nothing to see here" (the song is from the point of view of a racist killer cop). And as the mourning singer on "Cold Blue Moonlight" shifts from paralysis to panic, the song's jazzy drone shifts to an almost Sabbath fury. The tonal shifts are always deliberate and not just simple genre hopping; while the turns can be jarring you can trust Branan to take you somewhere unexpected.
These words are particularly apt when applied to The Weeping Willows’ second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’. Recorded in Los Angeles with multiple Grammy winner, Ryan Freeland and a small cast of players hand-picked to leave all the right gaps and spaces, this record should be received as a mature, melancholic sequel to their debut. But listen a little harder and you’ll hear that the record is filled with that all of that wonder, magic and joy of which Nick Cave speaks.
That’s hardly surprising because, in a way, every song penned by The Weeping Willows is a love song. They’d deny that, of course. These tracks, they’d claim, are works of imagination – tales of cruelty, tragedy, murder and betrayal, all populated by gamblers, sinners, infidels and travelling salesmen (read: wandering musicians). Ask Andy or Laura to define their work and they’d probably hit you with phrases like “cautionary tales”, “murder ballads” or simply “folk songs”, but in truth these are love songs – each and every one of them.
How are they love songs, you ask? Because The Weeping Willows are lovers – they are devoted to each other and to the life of the artist in seemingly equal measure. Have you seen them perform together? Have you seen the knowing glances they exchange as they harmonise their eerie, at times surreal lyrics over Andy’s patient, timeless ¾ strum? Think back to those performances, those moments of chemistry in its purist form, then try to convince yourself that The Weeping Willows were not singing a love song. Every note plucked or sung by Andy and Laura is a work of love. Every dark hour spent huddled together refining their sound in the dimly-lit backroom of their home on the Southern outskirts of Melbourne is a labour of love.
Even when Andy and Laura are warning of the Valley Of Darkness (where your soul will be skinned alive!!), the mysterious The Pale Rider(who’s unearthly eyes are, of course, looking for them), or the treacherous Devil’s Road (which a dark crow watches over ominously from the old smoke stack), there is love (and a wry sense of humour) in abundance. In Travellin’ Man, a song co-written with Lachlan Bryan, the love addressed more directly, but tempered by the realities of life as an itinerant musician (realities that, fortunately for them, Andy and Laura manage to eschew in real life).
So what does this all mean for we the listeners and the viewers (or perhaps the voyeurs is more apt in this case)? The answer is integrity – there’s an inherent truthfulness, perhaps even a righteousness, in every recording and performance by The Weeping Willows. They themselves can’t help it – for when music is born of love it is unflinchingly honest – even if the words are entirely fictional. This integrity is the reason The Willows can play almost every week of the year, often three or four times, winning over new fans and loyal friends wherever they go.
BLUEGRASS NEWS:Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana.
Sunday bluegrass jams held in different locations. We are confirming the jam time and place by text message to your cell phone, if we have your number. So, send us your cell number for text messaging, if you desire to have up-to-the-hour info on jam attendance etc.
B R Bluegrass Ass'n
Reminder: 4th Sat. Jam at Main Street Market at 11:00 am,
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 . . 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
Annual Meeting and Call for Presentations Louisiana Folklore Society 2018 Annual Meeting Friday, March 9, 2018- Saturday, March 10, 2018
Duhé Center Houma, Louisiana
The Louisiana Folklore Society invites proposals for papers and other types of presentations for its 2018 annual meeting to be held March 9-10, 2018 in Houma, Louisiana, in partnership with Nicholls State University.
The conference will begin with a tour of local cultural points of interest on Friday afternoon, March 9th (more information to be announced soon). Paper sessions and presentations will take place the morning of Saturday, March 10. The afternoon of the 10th will be a Summit on a Cultural Action Plan for the Bayou Region, featuring representatives from local community stakeholders and environmental and cultural professionals.
The call for papers and presentations can be viewed here
Accommodations -- Courtyard Marriott, 142 Library Dr., Houma, La., LFS rate: $89 for king or two queen beds. Phone: (985) 223-8996
Register in advance for several activities:
Tour of the Bayou Region - 3 7:30 p.m., March 9. Tour includes a guided walk through the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, visits with 2 tradition bearers, land loss site, a 100-year-old grocery store, and the end of the road. The evening ends at Lapeyrouses Bar & Seafood in Chauvin, with jambalaya, white beans, and storytelling. $35 per person.
Presentations, 8 noon, March 10 Duhe Center. We welcome presentations on any aspect of Louisiana folklore, folklife, and traditional arts, as well as on folklore theory and practice. More information at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r69eUMTxj_iMcUGQXd5Qi-TjMAW9tWhU1DOi-bmwao8/edit?usp=sharing
Luncheon March 10 - Chef Paul Williams, a graduate of the John Folse Culinary Academy and owner of GeauxHealthy Meals, is cooking lunch. Diners have a choice between a main dish of homemade meatloaf or a quinoa veggie patty. Both served with sides of mashed potatoes and garlic green beans. To register click on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SgWZKw3KZ-8mxAaVi5xatYYAkI7Ipcd0v5LLT53tN6s/edit?usp=sharing
Bayou Culture Conversation, March 10, 2 5 p.m. Duhe Center - An afternoon of discussion about our heritage, our culture, and how we cannot just survive but thrive. For more information, please go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DbfBSlMr0RGUP2zx83AH-dJVYMRnk61jZjE8Hu5BKV4/edit?usp=sharing
To register for meals or the tour, please go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SgWZKw3KZ-8mxAaVi5xatYYAkI7Ipcd0v5LLT53tN6s/edit?usp=sharing. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Louisiana Folklore Society, to become as member, or renew membership, please see Louisiana Folklore Society.
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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."
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