Tuesday, June 30, 2009
How Jimmy Buffett met Jake Shimabukuro
R.I.P. to Canada jazz icon Jackie Washington
Quincy Jones remembers Michael Jackson
Investors rescue a music hall in South Carolina
And New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp comes to NY City
Monday, June 29, 2009
A review of Hugh Masekela and Friends in concert
Preview of the Elkhart Jazz Fest
Bronson Arroyo hangs up his guitar
Janis Ian at the Bluebird Cafe
And ookelele night in Connecticut
Sunday, June 28, 2009
R.I.P. to New York guitarist Bud Cerio
A Hollywood composer working in the Big Easy
A new VH1 "Storytellers" episode features ZZ Top
Motown founder Berry Gordy recalls discovering Michael Jackson
And a preview of Freihofer's Jazz Fest in upstate New York.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Jake hits the road with Jimmy Buffett
Banjo's roots in African music
Is jazz dead?
Hawaiians remember Michael Jackson
And Los Lobos hits New England!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Music to play at your next luau
Previewing this weekend's birthday party for Hugh Masekela
The man of a thousand chords
Radio Australia explores the ookelele
And designing the perfect fingerstyle guitar
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Big Al Anderson and many of the former members of NRBQ will be starting a 3 night stand at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA tonight. Little too far away for my blood (3 1/2 hours one way) but highly recommended if you have the moolah! $75 a ticket in advamce, $100 at the door!
The Stanford Jazz Festival celebrates year 38
A new streaming interview with NRBQ's Terry Adams
R.I.P. to former Jimmy Buffett lead guitarist Tim Krekel
A bass once owned by Kurt Cobain goes on the auction block
And Elmo makes music on Mau'i
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Your mission: buy 10 airplane tickets for 10 ookeleles!
Sharing music the old fashion way
African music goes digital
Jazz, an up and down groove
And Uncle Tom Moffatt checks in
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sorry for the reduced posting over the past week, but I have been busy with a work project and also have been working the kinks out of my new Facebook page, which I will be linking to here eventually. Stay tuned!
Australia may hold a ookelele festival
50 years of music from Bra Hugh
A new jazz series in Maine
The 2009 awards dinner for jazz journalists
And it might get loud-a new movie about guitar gods!
Monday, June 22, 2009
The nylon music tour
Unusual musicians in the Big Apple
Remembering the 49th State Record Company
The Voice of New Orleans
And some unreleased George Harrison music is on its way
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Extended Allen Toussaint interview
A new update to George Harrison's website
Stupid Music with the Red Dirt Rangers
A guy who sells Stupid Music on vinyl
And wrapping up the Rochester Jazz Fest
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The top 10 states for country music
An upcoming jazz benefit show
A Phoenix museum buys a rare Les Paul guitar
And a New Orleans JazzFest photo gallery
Friday, June 19, 2009
New custom guitars from Sonic Youth
Farewell to the Oscar Mayer jingle instrument
Janet Klein, ookelele chanteuse...
Tom Waits sighting
And a Dan Hicks sighting as well!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Stupid Music alert-Ray Price has been sidelined by health worries and won't be playing at the Stupid Music Fest in Wichita Falls. He'll be replaced by...the Texas Playboys.
Defending the polka
Fighting to keep a jazz radio station alive
Time for the Steel Guitar Fest in Hawai'i
And an appreciation of the late guitarist Bob Bogle
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Uncle Tom Moffatt checks in as usual on Weds.
A preview of the London Ookelele Festival
Learning about jazz in Trinidad and Tobago
The Soul of 1959
And Chris Gaffney earns an All-American farewell
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A rare interview with the Robinsons, who own the tiny island of Ni'ihau, off the southwest coast of Kaua'i. The family also owns large tracts of land on the Garden Isle itself, including the "Jurassic Falls" waterfall.
Says co-owner Bruce: "We're dirt farmers that's it. that's all we are. if i'm not in the dirt I'm not happy."
Air guitar record set
Jazz at the White House
A review of the Ojai Jazz Fest
Choral music in Hawai'i
And blues harmonica in jazz
Monday, June 15, 2009
A gift with strings attached!
Ramsey Lewis unveils a poem...
A live review of the Playboy Jazz Festival
The Pussycat Dolls hit Hawai'i for their first show there
And Dick Dale, who now has cancer, isn't over the hill quite yet...
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The rise of Austin as a music center
End of a music venue in CT
Uncle Floyd sighting
An update on the US Air Guitar Championships
And Bonnaroo gives to the Big Easy
Saturday, June 13, 2009
R.I.P. to jazz guitarist Hughie Long, aged 105
A new Springsteen exhibit
Ookelele meets karaoke
And singing the praises of green guitars!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Sandy-shuffled Stupid Music-a preview of the 22nd Annual Legends of Western Swing Music Fest in Texas
5 drummers whose time is now
Ornette Coleman has a meltdown
And the Brothers Cazimero go to Washington
Thursday, June 11, 2009
How The Beatles destroyed rock and roll?
Checking in with Benny Green and Bucky Pizzarelli
First review of the Playboy Jazz Fest
Los Lobos has a new record label
And a preview of this summer's ballpark tour with Dylan, Willie, and "Little Bastard"...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hamlin Park above Lake Wicwas, June 9 2009
The immediate shoreline on this section of the lake was developed starting in 1960 or so, but since there were only so many lots available there thankfully are only 15 or so houses there.
My maternal grandmother's brother bought the very first lot here, and it's still in the family. Later on, my mother and her brother paid a piddling amount to buy the second smallest island in the lake. It's still in the family as well.
The ridge shown above is accessed via the trail shown when you click the post title. "Hamlin Park" comprises hundreds of acres above and behind the homes, and is now abutted by the "Eames Conservation Area", which is accessed thru Hamlin.
Wednesday = Uncle Tom Gabbin'
New tromboneage from Roswell Rudd
Stupid Music from Steve Ripley and The Tractors
KC's Jazz in the Woods turns 20
And a new ookelele player named...Tippy Canoe?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
A photo essay of last weekend's festivities on Governors Island in New York Harbor...when this party started a few years ago, it was held in the backyard of Building 111, where my family lived in the 1960s, but that space is much too small now!
An interview with Mountain's Leslie West
Just say Moe
Hoyle Nix, a Stupid Music original
Stupid music review: Merle Haggard live
And a summer camp for jazz musicians
Monday, June 8, 2009
An interview with the late Koko Taylor
A roundup of assorted new releases
Kyle Busch smashes his guitar
Terry and Tom from NRBQ sighted on youtube
And a salute to Mel Torme!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This story is buried in the article at the link so doesn't say much except that the reborn label, which went out of existence 5 years ago, will be releasing material from new artists.
As I recall, Collector's Choice Music now has the license and reissue rights for a lot of the classic old Elektra stuff, but not all of it-the Doors stuff is untouchable, of course.
NASCAR Guitar Fest?
A new album from NRBQ fan Terry Anderson
Looking at the Red Bank Blues and Jazz Fest, held in Count Basie's home town:
A review of a new live album from Willie and Wynton
And New Orleans comes to New Jersey
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Aaron Neville goes "High Natural"
Persian passion VS Spanish Guitar
74-year-young Huey Buxton's still playing Stupid Music!
As is 27-year old Kristy Kayln, who was singing "Roly Poly" when she was only 2!
And speaking of Stupid Music, a Texas critic unearths some old 78s...
Friday, June 5, 2009
Preview of Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Guitar Fest
Remembering Arthur Godfrey and his ookelele...
The Hag recovers from lung surgery, and promises more Stupid Music fiddling! He's even using a fiddle that Bob Wills gave him...
Preview of the upcoming jazz festival in Ochi
And a look at this weekend's Berkeley World Music Festival
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The rocket scientists who run the Grammy Awards have dropped a musical category from consideration-POLKA music!
"I don't like to see it happen," legendary bandleader and three-time Grammy winner Walter Ostanek said Thursday from his home in St. Catharines, Ont.
"There's room for our music."
John Gora, who's been nominated four times in the polka category but has never won, was more blunt.
"That sucks," he said from Burlington, Ont. "Of course I'm disappointed."
Yosh and Stan Schmenge could not be reached for comment.
Washing the rolling stock at the New Hampton NH FD, Memorial Day Weekend 2009.
Note the skinny tower behind the fire station...that's the decades-old siren that used to sound whenever there was a fire (before the days of scanners). Reminiscent of the tsunami sirens that still stand in Hawai'i.
A new interview with Jake Shimabukuro
Speaking of ookeleles, a new band of Eskimos are playing them-meet Nive Nielsen
The Army Fife and Drum Corps goes Hawaiian
A new jazz blog from National Public Radio
And the legendary Cotton Patch Ranch in Texas once again has Stupid Music!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
(Lowell Summer Music Series Photo)
Koko Taylor, a sharecropper's daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet "Queen of the Blues," has died after complications from surgery. She was 80.
Latest in music from the Bayou State
A new Spinal Tap video
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club turns 50
Former NRBQ manager Captain Lou Albano has a new book out
And it must be Wednesday...Aloha, Uncle Tom!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
An ookelele festival in Nevada
Another in a long list of great band names...Bang on a Can
Outdoor jazz in Michigan
Preview of an upcoming Stupid Music Festival in Texas
And Eddie Van Halen on avoiding beef!
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is the weather the missing Air France Airbus flew into Sunday night. As Ernie Gann used to write, the thunderstorms that are generated off of the West Coast of Africa are the worst in the world.
So far, I have found the blog linked at the post title to be highly informative on this story...
Check out Levon Helm's latest:
Yet another great new band name...Backyard Tire Fire
Previewing this year's Playboy Jazz Festival
The next generation of blues fans
And a Pat Metheny sighting