Near Long Island, Moultonboro NH. Barely visible as a tiny white speck above and to the left of the lonely pine tree is Mt. Cardigan, which is some 30 miles west.
Believe it or not, this is not the smallest island on Lake Winnipesaukee. But it's darned close.
Craig on Saddle Hill photo, March 21 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Near Long Island, Moultonboro NH. Barely visible as a tiny white speck above and to the left of the lonely pine tree is Mt. Cardigan, which is some 30 miles west.
Auntie Maria has sold the mele.com Hawaiian music retail site and it will move from its current Kaua'i address to Mau'i.
In her own words:
"MELE.COM has been sold -- I'm leaving retailing, but will still be active in the island music industry as a voting member of the Hawai`i Academy of Recording Arts, and with my two radio shows....The website will close on April 15 as the transfer of ownership is made to my friend, Fred Krauss on Maui. He will reopen the site as quickly as possible -- so you can continue to depend on
MELE.COM as your one-stop shop for island music!"
Germany's Bear Family has done it again, this time with a great new release featuring the best of steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe's work from the late 1940s and early 1950s, after he had left Brother Bob and the Texas Playboys. It's called "Tulsa Straight Ahead".
Leon even covers the 50s doo-wop classic "Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)".
An interview with Butch Trucks
A review of that new Dylan tune I mentioned yesterday. Apparently it's still available online.
Booker T's new band-the Drive-By Truckers!
Blue Note Records' Magnificent 7
And singing to save the music
Monday, March 30, 2009
Today Bob released a single from his upcoming new album called "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" as a free MP3 download. Click the post title to get started.
But hurry, it's available as a free download for today only. It's a 6.95 mb Zip file.
Oh, the song is GREAT, by the way! Features David Hidalgo from Los Lobos on accordion and Mike Campbell from the Heartbreakers on guitar!
Prince (remember him?) plays 3 shows in one night in LA
(Keith) Urban Renewal
Jazz in New Orleans: a 2009 status report
Jazz review: Eric Friedlander's Broken Arm Trio
And fresh thoughts on new music
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sandwich Notch, NH...this pass, though nowhere near as spectacular as its larger counterparts, has an equally fascinating history, available by clicking the post title.
Photo by Craig on Saddle Hill, sometime in March 2009.
An interview with Beatles film co-star Victor Spinetti
A record store owner makes a pilgrimage to Clear Lake Iowa
R.I.P. to folklorist Archie Green
Bela Fleck sighted
And another roundup of new releases
Saturday, March 28, 2009
A review of Bobby Dylan's latest
Remembering the late Lou Rawls
Stupid Music with The Flatlanders
An interview with Phoebe Snow, who even mentions how "Poetry Man" has been covered by Na Leo from Kailua!
And Face to Face with Ian McLagan
Friday, March 27, 2009
I previously showed some pictures of the "traditional" New Hampsha maple syrup sap gathering paraphenalia, namely the metal buckets.
Here's the next evolution, plastic tubing attached to several maples at the same time, all draining into a central container. In this case, a brand new plastic garbage can is fine.
Winona Road, Meredith NH March 27th.
Larry was the Dean of overnight Boston talk radio from 1967 until 1987. WBZ's clear-channel signal reaches 40 states after dark, so he had a wide audience. Sad to say, I never did win a Glick University T-Shirt.
R.I.P. to singer Dan Seals
Caribbean jazz with a touch of class
A ragtime festival starts today in Minnesota
A preview of JazzBoston's JazzWeek '09
And yet another great musical name, Kitten on the Keys
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In "Howard's New Life" (1967), a later episode of "The Andy Griffith Show", Howard Sprague sees a tropic isle on a teevee travelogue show, and decides to chuck it all and move to an island in the Caribbean.
He winds up on the fictional island of "St. Benedict", which is only accessible by boat from Trinidad, and soon meets the island's friendly store-owner (played by the great Harry Dean Stanton, left).
Turns out that Harry's store is full of derelict Howards who moved to the same island before Howie did, and are now reduced to building ships in bottles. Click post title for imdb info.
"Wanna buy a ship?"
Anyone (like Craig from Saddle Hill) who's been to Ojai California has probably seen the "Libbey Bowl", an outdoor music venue similar to but much smaller than some other La-La Land shells. Here's the latest on the efforts to save it.
My insane mountain-climbing cousin Boyd finally completed his project to summit all of the New Hampshire 4,000 foot tall mountains in winter. This has been done many times by gweebs in the summer months, but it takes a little more patience to do it when the weather is cold.
His last summit was Mt. Washington, aka "Big George". He took this nice shot of sunset over the Green Mountains of Vermont at his campsite above timberline.
The hazards of guitar picking
A preview of this year's French Quarter Festival in N'Orleans
And some tasty N.O. music is coming to New Hampshire tonight
A look ahead to the annual Festival Internationale de Jazz de Montreal
And the first winners of the new Baker Artist Awards
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
R.I.P. to Motown "Funk Brother" Uriel Jones, who drummed on many of the classics in the 1960s.
The lineup for this year's Rochester (NY) Jazz Fest is announced:
Benny Goodman rides again!
Frank Zappa does Letterman
And it's Wednesday-which means Uncle Tom is gabbin'
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Another roundup of new music and music video releases
And R.I.P. to Nashville music legend Ted Jarrett
Monday, March 23, 2009
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who brought us our first World Series title in over 80 years, is calling it quits.
From his blog (click post title for the entire text):
"This party has officially ended. After being blessed to experience 23 years of playing professional baseball in front of the world’s best fans in so many different places, it is with zero regrets that I am making my retirement official."
For the first time, a new study shows the safest state in the US is...New Hampshire. Maine is #2, North Dakota #3, Vermont #4, and South Dakota #5.
"New Hampshire is ranked No. 1 for the first time thanks to impressively low crime across the board. It boasts the nation's lowest murder rate and second-lowest aggravated assault and burglary rates."
Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states)
(1 = Worst, 50 = Best)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 47
What's likely the final Arctic air blast of the season is sitting over us this morning. 3 hours ago it was down to 14 degrees, and now it is a balmy 18. It's 4 degrees "warmer" at the Laconia Airport just a few miles to my east, but that's 500 feet lower in elevation and not near the top of a hill.
Balloting's underway for Country Music Entertainer of the Year.
Don't fear the reverb!
The Victorian party city
Music on the South China Sea:
And a profile of jazz guitarist Julian Lage
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Musical diversity in Africa
Cajun musician and author Ann Savoy has a new band
A round-up of new releases
And a concert review of the Allman Brothers Band...who had a guest guitarist with them.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Another wunnerful band name, Bitch and The Exciting Conclusion
Dent May and His Magnificent Ookelele play SXSW
More on the passing of New Orleans' Eddie Bo
Layoffs at Gibson Guitar
And a mandolin workshop
Friday, March 20, 2009
This classic 4-drum 3-cymbal drum kit was well-known from The Beatles' debut on US TV, on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
The first 100 sets will feature Ludwig's 100th Anniversary badge on each drum. Recommended price is $4285, stands not included.
For you folks on the island of Kaua'i. the Makaha Sons will play a free outdoor concert Saturday at 1 PM in Po'ipu, at Prince Kuhio Park.
Speaking of The Sons, they have already penciled in Saturday, September 26th for their annual benefit concert here in New Hampshire...
A guitar Mad Scientist!
A preview of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday bash:
Those Darlin's play SXSW
Fiddlin' around with Stupid Music fiddler Leon Gibbs
And a preview of the upcoming tour of Uncle Chickie and Johnny McLaughlin, Electric Guitarist...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Hmmm, never even knew she lived around here...Ossipee's about 20 miles east of Saddle Hill as the crow flies, and has long been little-known for anything other than being a waypoint on the road to Maine-but now the town is gaining favor due to some excellent resaturants.
Mount Ossipee, which looms over the town, is New Hampshire's version of Haleakala but with vegetation. It's an ancient collapsed volcanic crater.
OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — Rock icon and former Playboy Bunny Dale Bozzio has been convicted of animal cruelty in Ossipee.
Click the post title for the news story. Sorry, no pictures.
Jazz Fathers and Sons
A new DVD from Sun Ra
Forgotten Stupid Music artist Hank Penny
Ivan Neville sighting
And a preview of this weekend's Kamehameha Song Fest in Hawai'i
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Just added some "Great Vittles" links on the right sidebar; these are a few more local eateries here in central NH.
Sal's Pizza is out of MA and has a great variety of tasty pies. Their "single slice" of pizza weighs nearly a pound.
Mike Love's LemonGrass is an outstanding Pan-Asian/Pacific Fusion place that opened in 2006. Sad to say, Mike himself left the building last year, but his idea rolls on.
Newick's was long a Seacoast-only clam shack, now it's got a new location in Concord. They also let you eat free on your birthday!
6 new guitar CDs
A 10-foot-tall Les Paul?
A review of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
A legendary Detroit jazz club tries to stay open
And it's Wednesday in Kaneohe, which means Uncle Tom is Gabbin'
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Lá Fhéile Phádraig sona dhaoibh!
Another great band name-Death Cab for Cutie.
Remembering the "Texas Tornado", Doug Sahm:
Jazzman Dred Scott returns
Music in Hanoi
And another Q & A with guitarist Jim Hall, who was also featured yesterday!
Monday, March 16, 2009
A new history of Stupid Music
Jim Hall, the elegant guitarist
A preview of SXSW
And Gumbo Nation
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Playing ookelele with Arthur Godfrey
A chat with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove
Music and a meal!
W.C. Handy lives
And so does Bessie Smith
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The conductor of the Honolulu Pops celebrates his 10th anniversary with the band:
The Manhattan School of Music's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
The Korean Beat!
A rebound in New Orleans music
And the Best Music on Youtube, volume 51
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wow, two months in a row with the 13th falling on a Friday?
A preview of the 15th South African Music Awards
Jazz meets Puerto Rican folk music
R.I.P. to a jazz legend, Concord Music's Hal Gaba
John Cruz at SXSW
And a chat with Dhani Harrison
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Stumbled across this wild blog today created by a classical pianist who lives in NY City. One of the pages is images he shot on a visit to my old hometown of Governors Island in New York Harbor, including a haunting photo he took of the front-door name plate of our family's "home building", Building 111. We were A2.
The assorted fans of NRBQ who also play musical instruments have over the years had several fly-by-the-seats-of-their-pants musical jam sessions, especially associated with reunion shows by the band. This year will see the Mother of All such jams.
John Zorn's "radical Jewish music"
The latest web music sensation, Kutiman!
A new "women of jazz" release features world jazz ladies
Sweetness and the blues
And a Bonnie Raitt sighting
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Mud season in New Hampshire is also maple syrup season. Most producers no longer use the traditional sap buckets like these, seen just below Saddle Hill on Upper New Hampton Road, but instead use blue plastic tubing with multiple taps leading to a common container.
It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.
And another great band name-The Bad Plus
R.I.P. to Philly music promo man Ralph Mercado
Black music at Carnegie Hall
New Hawaiian music from Canada
And Wednesday means Uncle Tom Moffatt is gabbin' in Kaneohe
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I got an e-mail from "Chef Otis" in New Orleans yesterday, who has a great blog dedicated to New Orleans music. We are going to do a link swap, so click on this post title or in the links on the right pane to get to the Pelican State.
Click on the post title to see this year's 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival posters, which are on sale now.
The "keynote" poster features N.O. musical dean Allen Toussaint, the Congo Square poster features Trombone Shorty, and the How-Ah-Yah shirt this year features pianos!
The basic poster is $69; these typically show a nice value appreciation in a few years, even in a slow economy.
6 slow kings of the 6-string guitar
The return of the Vermont jam band Phish:
Meet the new dukes of ook
Yet another great band title-Ken Field and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
And a Louisiana librarian keeps the Cajun culture alive
Monday, March 9, 2009
Pepsi has announced it will be releasing limited "throwback" editions of Mountain Dew and Pepsi itself. These will be available for 8 weeks nationally beginning sometime next month. These will both be sweetened by natural sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.
Pepsi will also start marketing Pepsi Natural, a high end premium cola, but only in limited areas.
The first of our famous March snowstorms is blasting us this morning. In March of 2001 we got 7 FEET of the stuff.
A free-spirited drummer
High art without the snootiness
Music review: "Sacred Concerts" in the Big Apple
And longtime NRBQ e-mail lister Paul Cirincione has a new musical entry at "Paul's Vault".
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Went snow shoe exploring this weekend. Report:
The post title's an old song that Bob Wills re-arranged and make swing, but this is the more or less "true summit" of Saddle Hill. This shelter was designed and built about 40 years ago and despite some weathering on the lower levels it's held up fairly well. A Polish guy whose name I can't remember is credited as the designer and builder on the plaque attached to the shelter.
It sleeps 2 people comfortably, 3 with crowding. I replenished the shelter larder with 2 boxes of dry chicky noodle soup base. One of these years I will actually try and sleep there.
Bobcat tracks in the snow observed, also snow flea infestations, as well as ski trails by left behind two CC skiers who kindly signed the visitors log at the shelter.
The December 2008 ice storm had minimal impact, but did knock down one tree at the outlook viewpoint, which is good, not bad.
Ridin' on the City of New Orleans....
The magical sounds of Brasil
Corky Siegel sighting
A look at the spring season of SF Jazz
And learn how to play jazz guitar!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
A music fest in Koke'e
A new interview with NRBQ's Terry Adams
Day-after birthday salutations for Mr. Wills
A chat with Tony Bennett
And music as therapy in Cajun Louisiana
Friday, March 6, 2009
More Stupid Music Weekend festivities
Marsalis meets Monk
In the Mood in Yuma
Ookelele players wanted in Britain
And R.I.P. to the great Piedmont blues guitarist John Cephas, who many of us saw at the Lowell Fest about a decade ago with his longtime partner Phil Wiggins.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Kaua'i Bus is starting on-call bus service to the Pacific Missile Test Range on the far southwest part of the Garden Isle. Only for anyone authorized to go on-base, of course.
Kaua'i pre-Barking Sands roadway photo by Craig on Saddle Hill, circa May 2003...
NRBQ fan Bobby Dylan will release a new album next month:-guesting will be Los Lobos' David Hidalgo on Louisiana Air Compressor:
Looking at the San Francisco Jazz Collective
Painted on Water, yet another great new band name!
Boney James sighted
And Dave Edmunds rips it up...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
A roundup of new releases
Music to cook by
George Wein seeking to take back control of Newport festivals?
And yes, a Stupid Music story!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Happy Birthday to original NRBQ drummer Tom "The Time Bomb" Staley, who left the band to raise a family but still sits in with assorted Q's from time to time in this century. Tom is also a major Weather Report fan, as he long ago had the chance to play with their tragic bassist Jaco Pastorious.
Here's Tom at the NRBQ 35th Anniversary show, photo courtesy of his website. Of course Gumby and I were up in the balcony for this show, so didn't get quite this close.
Hawai'i's ookelele shredmaster Jake Shimabukuro kicks off a US tour this Saturday to support his new live album, which goes national in mid-April. Click on post title for tour dates, and click on the "news" section of Jake's website for more on the new album.
A full report of the 50th anniversary concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa...and yes, there is a Stupid Music element, as Bob Wills producer Tommy Allsup was a member of Holly's band that night, and lost his seat on the ill-fated plane to Richie Valens in a coin toss. Tommy finished this year's show with a guitar solo on "Not Fade Away".
All Stupid Music today. I hit the jackpot.
"A Ride With Bob" hits South Texas
A preview of this weekend's Bob Wills Birthday Concert at Cain's Ballroom
A new Stupid Music album by Justin Towne Earle
As well as a Stupid Music tribute by Mat Kearney
And Chris Isaak does Stupid Music on his new CD as well.
Monday, March 2, 2009
A look at the funky little Kaua'i village that was the model for the town in "Lilo and Stitch", as well as the title of a recent album by former resident Taj Mahal.
Photo of Hanapepe's Main Street by Craig on Saddle Hill, circa May 2003.
About 30 miles south of Saddle Hill is the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, which is dedicated to the memory of Concord's "Teacher in Space", who perished in 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff.
This Friday, the new McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center opens. "Shepard" of course is New Hampshire's Alan Shepard, who was the first American in space (and also the first spaceman to hit a golf ball on the moon).
The newly expanded museum will include changing exhibits, and also includes a full scale mockup of Shepard's rocket!
A family of country music legends
Who will be at the Playboy Jazz Fest this year?
King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford's autobiography is out:
A look at the upcoming Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival
And more on the lost Beatles track that recently surfaced...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
A Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for east central and southeast New Hampshire and for all of western Maine except the mountains. Snowfall of 6 or more inches is expected in these areas with some areas seeing as much as 12 to 14 inches of snow.
Assorted new releases
The First Annual Disney Jazz Fest
Remembering MJQ's John Lewis
Happy anniversary to a Guam ookelele store
And a review of the first night at Jimmy Buffett's new Honolulu restaurant