First off, this Monday it's another of my yearly Doc Watson nights at the Hideout. I'll play the flattop and perhaps a little banjo, and Steve Doyle and Robbie Gjersoe will juggle bass, reso, uke, mandolin, and yet more flattop guitar. All three of us will sing tunes we've pulled off the records of the man who is my all-time country music hero.
My reachout for a house concert (the band in your living room would be Todd Phillips, Shad Cobb, Robbie Gjersoe, Don Stiernberg, and my bad self) netted a few promising responses (thanks) none of which bore fruit ultimately. So, at the risk of coming off like a Victorian urchin, those details once again are: Sunday April 12, anyplace south of Appleton north of Peoria, or Peoria east to about South Bend. Oh what the heck, let's push it westward to Iowa City. Drop a line if interested. It's a heckuva band!
My friend Wesley Stace a/k/a John Wesley Harding is staging another of his absurdly multifarious Cabinet of Wonders nights, at the City Winery in NYC on Saturday March 7. This one features Kristin Hersh, The Dove and the Wolf, Stephen Elliott, Siri Hustvedt, The London Souls, Eugene Mirman, Rick Moody, and me. 20 tickets are available as of this writing.
Jumpin' Jehosaphat! It's me and Don Stiernberg, playing swing, bluegrass, country, and originals (as if that's its own category).
I'll be in Stoughton, Wisconsin on April 11th with a stellar quartet of acoustic players, maybe quintet. I'd like to bring it into the Hideout the following Monday. If anyone would like to host us for a house concert on Sunday April 12, please send me a note. The approximate geographical area would be: N/S Appleton to Peoria, E/W South Bend also to Peoria.
Russellmania. All things Russell. Including, with typical generosity, "Russ." Gerald and K.C. and Brian and I will perform music by Russell Brand, Catherine Russell, Russ Kunkel, Arthur Russell, and many others, in the mold of our "House of Stuart" extravaganza last year. Russell-y prizes will be given those who can mentally "russell" up information on some of our more obscure selections, and anyone actually named Russell and can prove it will be admitted free of charge, nay, welcomed as a hero.
I join the Modern Sounds. A longtime goal! The MS are Joel Paterson, Beau Sample, and Alex Hall. Their repertoire, which is mainly what we'll play, is guitar-centric 1930s-1950s R&B and small-group jazz. A/k/a the funnest music ever invented. As opposed to the music featured in Whiplash, which I saw tonight, and which, please don't see.