Some banjos make a bigger racket than others



1 March–Steep Canyon Rangers at the Gryphon…(and me)

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word just in.  looks like i will opening up with a solo set for these fine fellows and pickers…cool.

time to grow out the white goatee

the SCR’s last album was recorded at my dream destination–Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, and produced by Larry Campbell, my dream producer.  nice.

1 March @ 8pm

Economists–a deservedly bad reputation? Not after some Econ Holiday Cheer!


From the Atlantic today:

If Economists Wrote Christmas Cards

DEC 18 2013, 3:50 PM ET
The University of Chicago asks a group of academics about gift-giving and the holidays. Their responses will melt your heart.
Cash is the most efficient gift, according to economists. Cash is also a terrible gift, according to economists. By guaranteeing that the recipient can buy exactly what she wants, you guarantee that the recipient will consider you an unemotional robot.

That’s why the vast majority of economists in the University of Chicago’s IGM poll said it’s absurd to give cash to loved ones for the holidays. “In some cases,”Steven Kaplan said, in a stirring defense for thoughtful gifts, “non-pecuniary [not cash-related] values are important.”

Non-pecuniary values are important! I guess so. But can you imagine a more wooden explication of love? Can you imagine a more wooden explanation of anything? Just think of the Christmas card…

read more here:

and here are the actual economists’ responses:

Poll Results

i liked this one from Katherine Baicker: “Depends on goal: may have goal (like create emotional connection through item – as if economists had emotions!) not achievable with cash.”


God Bless these Crooked little Songs — on FAMS’s Recommended Albums of 2013


The Folk and Acoustic Music Show

from Monday, 16 December 2013

Recommended Albums of 2013

It’s that time of the year again when I look back through all the new releases I’ve been sent and I can honestly say that 2013 has been a good year with some excellent releases from both sides of the Atlantic. I could rename my show to the Scottish Folk and Americana Music Show as that more accurately reflects the balance of music I’ve been playing over the last 12 months and special thanks go to promoters Bob Buchan, Martin Hadden and Geraint Jones who have sent me the bulk of what I have featured on the show this year. Thanks also to all the other promoters and artists who have also posted albums to me or emailed me mp3s and to Neil King and everyone at Acoustic Spectrum. These top 15 are in alphabetical order.

UK\Europe Top 15

Paul Anderson – Land of the Standing Stones
Barrule – Music from the Isle of Man
Battlefield Band – Room Enough For All
The Chair – Road to Hammer Junkie
Djonne & Borsheim – Toras Dans
Judy Dyble – Flow and Change
Tom Houston – Open The Skylights
The Low Countries – The Invisible Ray
Salt House – Lay Your Dark Low
Phil McLellan Smillie – Sound of Taransay
Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault – Hunter’s Moon
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston – Sing A Full Song
Richard Thompson – Electric
Matt Woosey Band – On The Waggon

USA\Canadian Top 15

The Abramson Singers – Late Riser
Sam Baker – Say Grace
Birds of Chicago – Birds of Chicago
Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting the War
Stephen Fearing – Between Hurricanes
Ashleigh Flynn – A Million Stars
Melissa Greener – Transistor Corazon
The High Bar Gang – Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion
Rita Hosking – Little Boat
Phil Lee – The Mighty King of Love
Rebecca Pronsky – Only Daughter
Rose’s Pawn Shop – Dancing on the Gallows
J Shogren + Shanghai’d – God Bless These Crooked Little Songs
The Tillers – Hand on the Plow
Woody Pines – Rabbit’s Motel

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WYO Wilderness Assoc’s Winter Solstice Party Dec 21 Sheridan!



A Winter Solstice Celebration @ Blacktooth Brewery

Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wyoming Wilderness Association will present A Winter Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21.

Celebrating wilderness and a new season at WWA, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be offered from 5-9 p.m.

The celebration will take place at Blacktooth Brewery, 312 Broadway St.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to all.

Musical performances include J. Shogren and Jackson Clarendon.

The WWA will welcome new leadership and offer farewells to Liz Howell during the celebration.

For more information email info@wildwyo.ord, call 672-2751 or see