It may take a minute, or two, to load, but hang in there -- it's worth the wait. A full half-hour of recorded/live performance. It's kindly a Virtual Festival.
On the last Saturday in March, it's a gathering of mandolin builders and players for a day of learning and networking. A bunch of first-class pickers and craftsmen giving workshops -- Scott Risner, Scott Napier, Roger Banister, Scott Carnder and Dave Bagdade. Click on the image above to go to the event website for more info.
Buddy Griffin is taking a break from performing at the Opry to come up for this, not to mention every other bluegrass virtuoso in the area. Click on the image above to get Front Street's site. Book a table now or you'll have to wait another whole year.
This year's winner of the "Paint Your Barn" contest is longtime listener Betty Gillfopp of Eggsocket, Kentucky. Betty urges you to join her in supporting Katie Laur and Music from the Hills of Home by becoming a member of WNKU. Just click on the image above or THIS LINK.
Sierra Hull is back in town and we'll have tickets to give away on Sunday's show! Click on the image above to watch and her polka-dotted robe perform a virtuosic rendition of Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin'. Let's just hope this winds up on her next CD.
Woody's a favorite around Music from the Hills of Home. His New Years Rulin's may have been written in 1943, but they're still worth adding to your own resolutions. If you have trouble reading the image above, we've transcribed the text below:
1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
5. Take bath
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes — look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed clothes often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Don't get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but dont waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight
What better way to welcome Spring and spend part of Mother's Day weekend than at the 46th Annual Appalachian Festival at Cincinnati's Old Coney Island, May 8, 9 & 10 on the beautiful banks of the Ohio River. Great food, music, storytelling, craft demonstrations, living history and more!
Check out the EVENTS tab at the top of this blog page for a calendar with links to more info.
Hey gang, I'll be performing with the remarkable Ricky Nye this Saturday at the Front Street Cafe in picturesque New Richmond, Ohio. A brilliant piano player, great food and wine (don't even get me started about the desserts), the American Songbook, Blues & Boogie, an incomparable view of the Ohio River and the hills of Kentucky and -- of course -- ME!
As Ira Gershwin wrote, "...who could ask for anything more?" Make your reservation to join us this Saturday at 7:00 PM.
Oh little red bird
Come to my window sill
Been so lonesome
Shaking that morning chill
Oh little red bird
Open your mouth and say
Been so lonesome
Just about flown away
So long now I've been out
In the rain and snow
But winter's come and gone
A little bird told me so
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
I looked outside my window this morning, and the neighbors were smiling. The sun was shining; the birds were singing, and I realized I wouldn't have to wear boots to walk the dog because every last trace of snow had vanished! Overnight, the earth has turned on its axis, and it is spring!
They're probably celebrating in Rabbit Hash. The river has crested and begun to recede. In Rabbit Hash, which nestles in the bend of the Ohio River and consists of wooden buildings, no spring flood is good news indeed. Although some of the inhabitants do enjoy the flotsam and jetsam that high waters bring. They call it “flood kill.” The General Store can start booking shows in the barn again, and, alas, the motorcycles will be back on the weekends acting like they own the place.
Our friends in New Richmond are also celebrating the crest of the River, though some of the citizens enjoy being able to look at the River right at eye level, most are glad to be spared a demonstration of its power. Business has suffered at the Front St. Cafe through this cold, hard February, and now things are looking up. Bobby Lees, who owns the Cafe, can start booking acts like Clair Lynch and Jim Hurst and Missy Raines again, and the peacock will come out of wherever it's been hiding and strut his stuff and sing his own peculiar songs again.
As for me, I'm submitting a story (fiction) to possible publishers and hoping for the best. If I were younger, I'd be thinking of raspberries and fresh asparagus and bouquets of flowers from new admirers. If you're in the market, that's exactly what I wish for you!
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In the fall of 1958, the Stanley Brothers recorded Train 45 for King Records here in Cincinnati, Ohio. 54 years later, while in town to perform as part of the MidPoint Music Festival, Ralph Stanley and his band -- including Nathan Stanley (Ralph's grandson) and the late James Alan Shelton -- took time out to shoot a Michael Wilson video at the grand ole Emery in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
Shot by Michael Wilson -- audio recorded by Cameron Cochran -- audio mixed by Henry Wilson Titles and digital juju by Matthew Davis http://www.cincinnatirecordingservice.com http://www.michaelwilsonphotographer.com/
By the time he became bass player for the Country Gentlemen, Bill Yates had already worked with Red Allen, Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin. Bill died last week, but he left some wonderful music for us. Check out this nifty clip from Bluegrass Country Soul, Albert Ihde's great documentary covering a three-day festival in 1971. -- Charlie Waller, guitar - Bill Emerson, banjo - Doyle Lawson, mando - Bill Yates, bass.
Lotsa great music on Sunday's show. Click on the image above to go directly to our playlist and -- if you want to own or gift some tunes -- please consider clicking on the Amazon link under each song. It won't cost you a penny more, but will benefit this great radio station, WNKU. Pssst: Playlist displays in reverse order.