A new newsletter – Looking back and looking forward: https://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_blogs/artist_1829454?blog_id=11295428 “Dear friends and music followers, We want to thank each of you for sticking with us and staying on our mailing list. As you probably realized, we are much later than usual getting our newsletter out. Summer of 2013 was full of good times and visits with family and friends, printing in our new darkroom, and making progress on our new cd which we had hoped to release at the Fall Folk Festival, but you never know what tomorrow will bring. Summer 2013 ended in September with the loss of my son Jesse in a motorcycle accident in Dallas… all time, rhyme, and reason, seemed to end, once again. It was just 5 years ago in December that we lost Bill’s son Mark. These last months have been dark indeed. We keep moving on best we can with the love of family and friends warming our hearts, the sounds of Mozart soothing our souls, and the hugs of grandchildren...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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?