Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inland Sea

Little Pond, Sandwich NH June 29, 2009

Last Day of June Music Digest

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

Happy B-Day Kirch!

Today's ace guitarist Bill Kirchen's birthday-he's also a mean guy on the slide trombone, as evidenced by this shot I took of him getting in my face a few years back at the Lowell Folk Festival.

Stormy Monday Music Digest

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

Sunday Music Digest

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.


Friday, June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

(Guardian UK photo)

Click post title for an appreciation.

Friday Music Digest

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

Sky Saxon R.I.P.

Sky was the lead singer of legendary 1960s band The Seeds.

"Hey, Boys, It's a Wild Weekend!"

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!

Thursday Music Digest

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

Oh, Poi!

A look at the shopping list for the first-ever White House luau...

Free Music!

Click the post title to stream the new Levon Helm album!

Got Gumbo?

A review of the new mecca for southern cuisine in the Boston area, Tupelo. This is located in the same space as Magnolias, which we have visited for years.

Wednesday Music Digest

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

Reduced Transmitter Power!

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!

Tuesday Music Digest

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!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Saving Kailua's Fireworks

A 60 year tradition is in jeopardy...Kailua's 4th of July fireworks.

Thursday Music Digest

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

R.I.P. Bob Bogle

(Japan Times photo)

Bob (shown with Doug Wilson on the left) was the co-founder and lead guitarist of the legendary guitar band The Ventures. He was 75.

Visit to "The Forbidden Island"

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."

Tuesday Music Digest

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


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Yikes, a review of the new Kinks tribute with a chorale!

Used Art

Figment comes to Governors Island

Saturday Music Digest

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

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Still Grazin'

A new interview with Brah Hugh

Thursday Music Digest

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

Smooth as Glass

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.

Phil Spector Unplugged

Wait til after you've eaten to read this!

Hoku Awards

The big winner at the Hawaiian version of the Grammy Awards was the group Pali, which won 3 out of the 5 awards they were nominated for.

Complete list of winners and photo gallery at the link.

Wednesday Music Digest

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?


A Day Late, But Happy Birthday, Les!

(FromTheVaultRadio.org image)

Electric guitar inventor Les Paul turned 94 Tuesday. He still plays every Monday night at the Iridium in NY City!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


"You can't get there from here!"

Chemung Road, June 2009

New Orleans Singer Marva Wright Ailing

Marva is in hospital after suffering a stroke. Healing beams!

J'ai Ete Au Bal

Previewing the upcoming Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, which will be held this weekend at the French Market in N'Orleans.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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!

06-09-09 Music Digest

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

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Champ Sighting?

"Looks like a Big Fried Egg!"

Elektra Records Reborn

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.

Sunday Music Digest

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

Sweetness Moving East

King's Hawai'an Sweet Bread family is slowly moving into NH. I saw their grinds at a local Shaw's and promptly bought them out!

Trombone Alert


Gabby's Son Talks Story


06-06-09 Music Digest

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

Let's Go Get Stoned

The geology of the New England stone wall.

I may have to start a daily feature with New England stone wall pictures, as we have them coming out the wazoo up here.

New Clouds?

No way.

Gone Fishin'

A 10 inch fish caught near the Kaua'i Coffee Plantation has coughed up...a gold watch.

Friday Music Digest

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

We Travel The Spaceways

Confirmed-travel in space, turn into George Costanza

Return to Peyton Place

Province Road, June 4 2009

No More Polka???

(SCTV.org photo)

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.

Cah Wash

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.

R.I.P. Sam Butera

Another link to Las Vegas’ storied past was cut Wednesday morning with the passing of legendary jazz saxophonist Sam Butera, sideman to another Vegas legend, Louis Prima.

Thursday Music Digest

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

High Altitude

I've been remiss in doing updates on all of the recent Everest ascents, so just click on the link for hours of briefings.

Guitar Fest

Epiphone, in cooperation with the Gibson Guitar Custom Shop, has announced the second in its series of Epiphone Custom Historic USA guitars, the 1962 Wilshire Reissue in White.

R.I.P. Koko Taylor

(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.

Sue Me, Sue You Blues

Cher, joined by Sonny Bono's heirs, are going after their old record company...

End of the Line

This 400+ year old Red Oak tree at the end of Gordon Hill Road in New Hampton was a casualty of Sunday night's windstorm. It is now being turned into firewood.

Tech Difficulties...

I was having problems with Firefox yesterday, hence the lack of blog posts. Sorry about that!

Wednesday Music Digest

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

Monday, June 1, 2009

Beyond Scary Flying Story

(NASA Photo)

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...


Coming to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in July, the 7th annual Sol Harvest Festivus. This year's lineup features music from Mali and Jamaica! Click on post title for more info...

June 1st Music Digest

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