“You’d be hard pressed to find many couples more devoted to creating music than Bill and Kathy Kostelec. In the folk music of their Blue Ribbon Tea Company, they tell stories that are impossible to dislike.” (The Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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“Bill Kostelec carries on the tradition of Woody Guthrie in his modern folk songs with strong lyrics and memorable melodies.” (Spokane Public Radio program guide)
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“Historic preservation at its finest.” (Jeff Echert, The Pacific Northwest Inlander)
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"Some of the best songwriting that I have heard.” (Norvel Trosst, Spokane Public Radio)
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"Awesome, awesome stuff.” (Dan Maher Northwest Public Radio)

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January 2014 Newsletter

A new newsletter – Looking back and looking forward:  http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_1829454?eid=A1829454_19644748_37939764&fsc=965b7bfd7e3

March 11, 2013

Laz

Lazarus

The thick grey winter skies are finally breaking up here in Spokane and our new newsletter is up… 6th cd in the works, shows and a song for Laz – you could never run away from this sometimes mischievous, but sweetest of ladies: http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_1829454?eid=A1829454_16681044_37939764&fsc=965b7bfd7e3

October 18, 2012

Tea Co Logo

Tea Co Logo

Playing with new logo ideas and writing the fall newsletter: Woody Guthrie Tribute Show, Spokane Songwriters compilation cd, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Laddie Ray Melvin, demo and dark room. Take a look…
http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_1829454?eid=A1829454_14997043_37939764&fsc=965b7bfd7e3

May 22, 2012

Bill and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Bill and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Our spring newsletter is finally up and we have lots to tell you about: the interesting story behind Bill’s second meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, music shows, radio shows, photo shows, the audio cd production of Poet Scott Poole’s new book The Sliding Glass Door, and last but not least – remembering the life of our friend and one-of-a-kind storyteller, poet, and musician Banjo Bill Wylie. Read more at: http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_1829454?eid=A1829454_12826576_37939764&fsc=965b7bfd7e3

February 2nd 2012

Mandolin Sam

Alan Fisher's "Mandolin Sam"

It has been a while since we posted but we’ve been busy as ever here at Cherry Street Studios – home of The Blue Ribbon Tea Co.  For more about our photo open house, the production of “Mandolin Sam”, the 4th Friday 7th anniversary & cookbook, the upcoming Bowers/Spatz house concert, and our review in Victory Music check out our current newsletter. Cheers to a great 2012! http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_1829454?eid=A1829454_11121694     Update… Mandolin Sam is now available on cd baby!  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alansfisher

October 4th 2011

It’s a rainy October day here in Spokane, much like the one a year ago when Bill wrote and recorded Rainy Song which ended up the final cut on our latest album. It seems the right time to make it a free download – along with 7 others from our growing Rainy Song collection. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the rain…  http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3453264

September 8, 2011

Kathy

photo by Lloyd Phillips

After the strong responses we received performing our recently revived, and somewhat mysterious “Southbound Train” (by Kathy) we decided to post it as our next free download. We will perform it live next on October 1st at Artichoke Music in Portland, OR – a Saturday night concert with fellow songwriter Sig Paulson http://sigpaulson.com/ .  For more information on our songs and our work sign up for our newsletter or join us on facebook and stay in touch.  Thanks!  Bill & Kathy

August 1st 2011

From last month’s song about a worker who ended up an unhappy greeter after his factory shut down, to a song inspired by a Dorothea Lange photograph… and one with an optimistic edge. We hope you enjoy this month’s free download and opening track from our 5th cd “Standing in the White Angel Bread Line”

July 5, 2011

It seems an appropriate time to post “What’s a Working Man to Do?” as our download for July. Just back from our trip east we revived this song for our shows in Paducah and Chicago. Much has changed in our old stomping grounds, some good things…and some not so good things including the loss of many manufacturing jobs. While visiting Berry Craig, Kathy’s favorite history professor, we learned more about the closure of General Tire and its effects on the small town of Mayfield, KY. http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/03/04/a-tire-plant-closes-a-community-withers/  An article about us “Music from blue-collar roots” appeared in the Herald-News the day we rolled into Joliet: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/6114248-423/lockport-native-draws-music-from-blue-collar-roots.html

May 20, 2011

More press coming in….  Check out the press page to read what folks are saying about our newest release “The Devil is Beating His Wife.”  Any of you folklorists know what this old saying means?

with Bob Rice live on Crossroads

Live on Crossroads, sketch by Bill