Happy Happy Friday everyone and welcome new mailing list members!
Enjoy your free download (see below) of "Like My Daddy" from my latest CD, "The Sun Coming In"
Spring touring has been great with shows in Charlotte, Vilas, Charleston and Carrboro NC. This week I'm in Alabama. Frye and I were at Moonlight on the Mountain (it really is on a mountain) on Wednesday night. What great sound in that room and Keith and Bink could not be nicer.
Thanks too to the Pike Road Library for hosting "Watermelon Wine and the Poetry of Americana Music" yesterday. What a great group of ladies who make up the womens book club there. And Betty is sending me her cookbook! Thank you Pike Road Library.
Tonight, Friday, April 22 will be my first show at The Listening Room (78 St. Francis St., Mobile AL) in downtown Mobile AL. It's a great listening room and I'll be there with my guitar on at 8pm until 11pm. Door is a $15.00 donation. Beer, wine and soda served. Those of you in the Mobile area, please come on out and bring a friend. I'd love to see you.
New "Go Get Joe" t-shirts are now available in ALL sizes at shows and online. Since we began selling them in March, YOU have raised over $500.00 for the Canine Performance Sciences at Auburn University. Because we sold out of our first batch so quickly and were able to order more, the money we give to Canine Sciences for every shirt sold has jumped from $2.00 to $5.00! It's a wonderful thing to sing "Go Get Joe" (written by yours truly and Frye Gaillard) for an audience, tell them the story of the CPS program at Auburn and watch the shirts fly of the merchandise rack. Thank you to everyone who has purchased a shirt and to those who have pushed the donation button under the photo of the shirt on my home page and made a special donation. Here is the shirt...now in blue...
And here's a great NY Times story that explains just what you're giving to...
Canine Sciences Program at Auburn University
Help a person. Help a puppy. Help all of us.
Now it's time for "Where Am I", a contest where I show you a photo or photos and you tell me where I am (sometimes was). Mailing list members (That's YOU), get the hint 3 minutes before anyone else. The first person to answer correctly is the winner and the winner gets the merchandise item of his/her choice. Here's a hint, this is a place I was 2 weeks ago. You can use my schedule as a reference. Ok here we go....
Where Am I? City and State Go!!!!
And finally, the crappy news of the week is certainly the passing of this legend.
What a supremely talented man! Who can't remember the first time they heard him? I was in my Aunt Bonnie's Cadillac with my mom, cousin Debbie and sisters Amy and Sarah. We were pulling into a parking space in a field at the Wellington (Lorain County) Fair. "When Doves Cry" began....He got to the line "touch if you will my stomach" and we all about died laughing. We'd never heard anything like it!!!!! We listened to the entire song and we knew he was something special.
He played guitar as well as anyone ever. He sang with a voice that was free, passionate and unique. He was full of surprises. He pushed the envelope. He stuck up for artist rights. He gave his money time and energy to causes he believed in and never spoke a word about it. Class act!
Until next time,