The Write Brothers are coming to Baton Rouge to perform at the Red Dragon Listening Room on Friday, September 4th.  The Write Brothers have a no-frills website with a few articles written about our mostly-for-fun group-songwriting experiment, and there are quickie bios of all the boys in the band.  I’m excited to be playing an intimate concert venue like the Red Dragon instead of the festival stages we’ve mostly been doing.  It will be nice to turn the music down and play the songs the way they were written around my kitchen table.  Please come if you can.  --Spencer Bohren

Folk, Roots, World and Acoustic
Music in Baton Rouge
and South Central Louisiana


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(This multi-dj folkstravaganza took place Saturday night, August 8 2015, in Chicago.  I hope to obtain an edited version that we can air on Hootenanny Power.)

The Midnight Special With Rich Warren & Friends, WFMT Chicago

A special four-hour edition with a studio audience. Rich is joined by fellow radio hosts and folk-music enthusiasts Taylor Caffery (WRKF/Baton Rouge), Wanda Fischer (WAMC/Albany), and John Platt (WFUV/New York City).



On September 19th, we will feature Gina Forsyth—an excellent songwriter, guitarist, singer and fiddler from our area. We will share more about her as we come closer to the date of her performance.  Here is a link to Gina’s website:

If you’d like to sign up early for her show, feel free to do so starting today. We are at the point now that we often have a waiting list for shows and often have no cancelations; so, it is a good idea to confirm early on your intent to attend a show.  Suggested donation for Gina’s concert is $15 per person.

Robert and Dianne Calmes



News from the Red Dragon: contact

Red Dragon TheWebsite:


Big $$ Dragon shows.....
Sometimes we book big $$ shows at the Red Dragon. Either the Manship couldn't give us the date we need or the artist just couldn't attract enough folks to fill the big room. Either way, these are equally huge shows and are expensive to book. For these shows, just drop me a note to reserve.

All VIP seats are SOLD OUT for MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY. The show is Sat, Oct 2 and I am beyond amazed that we still have ANY seats left. This is a big event for us. If you would like some of the remaining regular seats, drop me a note. ($75 each)

After two years of trying and numerous patron requests, we have booked SAM BAKER. His songs are musical paintings and his life is bigger than big. Many of y'all have heard the story. Sam was severely injured in an 80's terrorist bombing. But he rebuilt a life in song.....with a perspective that nobody else could ever have. Sam has been on my wish list for years and we finally scored a show with him. ERIC SCHMITT will open the Dec 10 show. Seats are $20, VIP seats are $30 and the ticket booth is now open!!! 

Next up......BILL KIRCHEN!!

If you know BILL KIRCHEN's music, you know he is more than just an incredible guitarist. Bill is also a stellar songwriter of the highest order. Kirchenl plays the Red Dragon the is coming Friday, Aug 21 at 8pm. We are exactly half full with just five days to go. Regular seats are $30, VIP seats are $40 and BILL ROMANO will open. Drop me a note to reserve.....and tell a friend!

Just one day later we welcome the return of everyone's favorite politician, KINKY FRIEDMAN!! Kinky will leave the campaigns in the back seat for his visit on Sat, Aug 22 at 8pm. Kinky will preview his upcoming album......his first set of new songs in over a decade. The Kinkster is famous for his politically incorrect and highly entertaining songs. Mix in the wit and wisdom that you have seen on CNN, FOX and on the Texas campaign trail (he ran for governor!!). Then add in Louisiana's most interesting character MARTIN FLANAGAN to open the show. This will be a spectacular night. Regular seats are $50, VIP seats are $60 and we still have about 40 left to sell. Drop me a note to reserve!

Other shows that I expect to eventually sell out. Check em out:
Sept 25   WILLIS ALAN RAMSEY ($40)

More Manship shows.....

The Red Dragon Songwriters Series still has three more shows in our 2015 Season. Mark your calendars and make your reservations now!!

Wed, Oct 21    TODD SNIDER    JODI JAMES opens


Again, seats are available at

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.



Message For A Sunday:

It's a day for tuff decisions:  Should we work in the yard and gardens and enjoy the beautiful sunshine ?   Or, should we forego grass cutting and relax at a Sunday afternoon jam session in the cool, cool Bass Pro restaurant while sipping an ice cream "Bushwhacker"  ?     A hard choice, but someone has to choose and it might as well be us !!    See you there !!


James Linden Hogg, 15, of Prairieville, was the winner of the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State University as part of the 36th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival held July 17-18.

“I am very humbled to receive this prestigious Louisiana State Fiddle Championship award from the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, as there were many excellent fiddle players that represented Louisiana proudly,” Hogg said. “I really enjoyed playing onstage with some great fiddle players.”

Hogg won the 21-and-under championship division....


We are happy to report that there is much live acoustic music in the area and plenty of bluegrass music around.
4th Saturday morning bluegrass jam at the Main street Market in BR at 11 am.
Sunday afternoon jam at Bass Pro restaurant in Denham Springs 3 - 7 pm.  We have enjoyed seeing long time pickers drop in and many new ones.
Deering Banjo for sale: 
A like-new Deering 'Sierra' banjo with case, accessories, etc. is available for purchase.  Owner has been disabled from playing and wants to pass it on to deserving picker.
$1600 (a steal).  Contact:
We have a new shipment of embroidered "Baton Rouge Bluegrass" and "Louisiana Bluegrass"  T-shirts, Polo shirts, short-sleeved and long sleeved dress shirts in white and in blue (pictured), oxford and broadcloth.   [The collared polo and dress shirts are perfect outfits for your band.]  All shirts are sold at or below our cost and are reserved for pickers (and spouses).  And if you are short of cash, we take IOU's, guitar strings, spare parts, and in-kind services in trade.   Better yet, when you outgrow the shirt (and it seems every one does) you can trade the old shirt for another size.  We don't want these collector's items to end up in "goodwill" or dust rags.  Contact us for more pictures, sizes, etc.


BlueHighways TV is now on DISH Network:

All of your favorite Bluegrass, Traditional Country and Gospel music shows are
now available on DISH Network channel 73.

Dry Creek
Classic family western set in 1880bs Florida. Each episode tackles timeless
problems, highlighting lessons as simple as the golden rule.

The best in Folk, Bluegrass and Blues music recorded live each week at the
historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington KY.

The Music Row Show
Music professionals reveal their craft during this video version of the radio
show. Recorded live at WSM.

Reno's Old Time Music
Original performances from the greatest artists in Bluegrass, the legends and
the new artist trying to make their way to the top.

Heart to Heart
Singers and songwriters talk about and play the music that has shaped their


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
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



The Preservation Hall Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Preservation Hall Ball at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans on October 3rd in addition to an expansion event at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on November 6th. Collaborators include Meshell Ndegeocello, Corey Glover of Living Colour, Deacon John Moore, Pinettes Brass Band and Beats Antique with more special guests to be announced.

The Preservation Hall Ball is a celebration of our musical past, present and future. The musicians who perform at the Hall, most of who I grew up with and learned under, are the bedrock that we all stand on. The Ball is a celebration of them and their families' legacy. It's a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate these important time honored traditions and the musicians and families who have nurtured New Orleans music for over a century. -Ben Jaffe

All proceeds from the Preservation Hall Ball will directly benefit The Preservation Hall Foundation.


From Josh Dunson

Dear Family, Friends and Folk Music Leaders,
In my 74 years, this is the first time I have ever asked you or anyone else to join me as a member of a folk and/or advocacy organization.
I am proud to be a Creative Board member and dues paying member of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA), a non-profit group that has successfully started a major grassroots push to involve K-12 schools in lesson plans around traditional music and to begin school performer coffee houses both in the school and in community based venues.  The $20 (single) and $25 (family and/or band up to 5 members)  covers your admission to the two-day gathering to be held at the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville on September 25 and 26, 2015.
I do hope you join and maybe even join me and the other Members of the WFPA's  Creative Board as a song farmer at the Gathering.
Below is a 3.5 Minute summary of the work and the First Gathering coming up in September.  It also explains why you and I are Song Farmers.
To join, please go to this link
The members of the Creative Board are listed below:
The very best,
Michael Johnathon: folksinger and producer of the WoodSongs broadcast
Art Menius: founding Executive Director of IBMA, founding board member of Folk Alliance
Rik Palieri: Vermont folksinger and author
Dr. Ron Pen: Director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music (University of Kentucky)
Steve Martin: attorney, Board of IBMA, bluegrass DJ
Loretta Sawyer: Chicago publicist, roots agent and author

Raymond McLain: Director of the KY Center of Traditional Music (Morehead State University)
Kari Estrin: board of SERFA, International Folk Alliance, artist consultant and manager
Josh Dunson: agent, journalist-author, social activist and creative force behind Real People’s Music for 40 years


Izzy Young "Talking  Folklore Center" Coming to  DVD on August 14th

The man  who discovered Bob Dylan returns to Greenwich Village to revisit  the Folklore Center days...

Izzy Young was the guru of American  folk music. In this documentary covering his legendary Folklore Center  in New York Izzy meets with friends and collaborators like Pete  Seeger, Allen Ginsberg, The Fugs, Mayor Ed Koch to reminisce. It includes  unique archival footage and folk music from the  1960s.

Young is credited with playing a crucial  role in the rise of folk music in the 1960s, and with catapulting a  young Bob Dyla to stardom by arranging his first  proper concert, at Carnegie Chapter Hall, in 1961. He opened Izzy Young's Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village in 1959. It became a focal point for the American folk music  scene of the time, a place where one could find such limited circulation  publications as Caravan and Gardyloo. From 1959 to  1969, Young wrote a column entitled "Fret and Frails" for the folk music  journal Sing Out. He served on the "editorial advisory board" for the  magazine until his departure for Sweden a few years  later.

Young arranged concerts with folk  musicians and songwriters, who often made contacts with other musicians  at the Folklore Center. Bob Dylan relates in his memoirs, Chronicles,  how he spent time at the Center, where Young allowed him to sit in the  backroom of the store, listening to folk music records and reading  books. Dylan met Dave Van Ronk in the store, and Young produced Dylan's  first concert at Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City on Saturday,  November 4, 1961.

"I broke my ass to get people to come,"  Young said in a recent interview with Tablet.  "Only 52 people showed up but about 300 people remember being there.  Everyone wants to say they were there. You understand?"


Above, The Slocan Ramblers

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12906 airplays from 136 different DJs

1. The Slocan Ramblers
2. Jonathan Edwards
3. John McCutcheon
4. Bumper Jacksons
5. Karrnnel Sawitsky And Daniel Koulack
6. Katie Dahl
7. Bob Dylan
8. Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
8. Richard Thompson
10. Dubl Handi
10. Old Man Luedecke
12. Dan Weber
12. Finnders And Youngberg
12. Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
15. Eilen Jewell
16. Peter Keane
16. Theodore Bikel
18. Ana Egge
18. Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell
18. Hungrytown
18. Joni Mitchell
22. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
22. Pete Seeger
22. Sandy Ross
25. Woody Guthrie
26. Buffy Sainte-Marie
26. Robert Earl Keen
28. The Honey Dewdrops
28. Jefferson Ross
30. Iris DeMent
30. John Malcolm Penn
32. Kaia Kater
32. Steeleye Span
32. Tom Russell
35. Anna And Elizabeth
35. Danny Schmidt
35. Dave Crossland
35. Hot Rize
35. Johnny Cash
35. Leonard Cohen
35. Neil Young
35. The Steel Wheels



. is completely reconfigured and operational!

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.


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




The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz



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.



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


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