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
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…
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
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
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/
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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?
Live on Crossroads, sketch by Bill
We had a great time yesterday as live guests at KYRS on the Crossroads Show. Thanks to host Bob Rice for inviting us back for the 3rd time and to those who listened in! It’s shaping up to be a busy year for us with 9 cities so far on our calendar. And….for the 1st time we had t-shirts made to celebrate our new cd so if you would like one ($15 shirt or $30 shirt plus cd) drop us an e-mail. Thanks for the great responses we have had so far to the new release and we hope to see you at a show soon!