This year at The Notodden Blues Festival I was privileged to play with The Euphoria Five at the amazing Heddal Stave Church
It is the largest and oldest remaining stave church. We (Reidar Larsen on piano, Terje Kinn on mandolin and banjo, Knut Hem on dobro, Knerten Kamfjord on bass and Amund Maarud on guitar) played acoustically … no mics, no cables, no speakers, no amps so the audience of about 150 actually got to hear the real music coming from the wood of our instruments and straight from our vocal cords instead of hearing a piece of paper being vibrated by a magnet inside a metal rim. It was a blast and the crowd loved it. I’m hoping to have some video pretty soon.
Well it’s been awhile since I posted to this news page and I aplogize.
I’ve become a disciple – playing piano with Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul.
Steven and I first met last year in August 2016 at the Notodden Blues Festival and became friends.
When I saw that he was headlining the Notodden Festival in 2017, I wrote to him and applied to be a Disciple. He accepted and before you knew it I was playing in New Jersey with Bruce Springsteen.
I am thrilled to be with this organization of dedicated musicians and crew. Everyone here is incredibly hard working, professional, talented, supportive and simpatico.
We toured Europe in June and July and we are touring the US in late September and October.
Then in November we go back to the UK and Europe for a month and a half.
It is a great band and a fun show.
Here’s an interview I did with Art Tipaldi at The 2016 Notodden Blues Festival
Just got back from one of the greatest gigs ever … The Notodden Blues Festival. I had this amazing band to back me up.
The Euphoria Five . Knerten Kamfjord – bass, Reidar Larsen – piano, Amund Maarud – guitar, Terje Kinn – guitar and mandolin, Knut Ragnar Hem – drums.
I’ll be going back to play them again in late October / early November of 2017 but I hope to get back again to Norway before that.
Vintage Guitar Magazine invited me to make a birthday video for the month of June and I got to pick anybody’s birthday I wanted. So I picked my friend Peggy Seeger and dedicated the video to her. It has been posted on the Vintage Guitar Magazine Facebook page and I figured I might as well post it here as well. She was born June 17th the same day as my sweetie but in 1935. And she is as witty and eloquent and persistent and musical as ever. Happy Birthday Peggy.
Folk Alliance International hosts their huge annual conference in Kansas City and it’s coming right up next week Wed – Sun ( 17-21) and I’m doing it up in style. I’ve got an official showcase (whoop dee do) and I’m producing a Private Showcase Room Extravaganza. I’ll be hosting a bunch of wonderful artists and doing sets myself with Eric Andersen, Bill Kirchen, David Olney, Freebo, Happy Traum and a few surprise guests. FAI takes over the whole dang Crown Center – The Westin and The Sheraton and the place is crawling and resounding with folk music folk. Agents, Promotors, DJ’s, Publicists, Managers, and …. Artists …. lots and lots of artists… all looking to enhance their careers.
The Official Showcases are held in the meeting rooms and ballrooms on the Mezzanine floor and 1st floor and the Private Showcases (sometimes called guerrilla showcases) are held in the hotel rooms on the three floors reserved for this menagerie. My room “Banana From The Youngbloods Presents” will be Room #749. So here’s my little ode to FAI.
Get Together on vinyl!
From Shagrat-Hookah Records in the UK. A big beautiful package with the booklet enlarged and tucked into the middle panel with the two LP’s occupying the side panels. The graphics look great and the labels by John Hurford are brilliant. (see sample above) And … it sounds like a record. It has the full uncut 6:40 minute version of Supersonic Transport (with all of Nina Gerber’s solos) and a bonus track of Fred Neil’s song that The Youngbloods used to do, “Another Side Of This Life”.
It’s available now and you can order right here <-- over there on the left. Or you can order directly from Shagrat-Hookah Records. We had a marvelous LP release party in London at the stunning QueCumBar French Cafe on Sunday Nov 1st with John Hurford and many other luminaries in attendance. (see photo below)
On Saturday Sept 20 in Nashville I went to Buddy Miller’s studio and he and Jim Lauderdale and I talked and sang a few songs and basically had a grand old time of it. What a couple of great guys and also, by the way brilliant musicians and singers.
I’m not sure yet when it will be aired but I’ll let y’all know (as they say) as soon as I do.
Photo by Kari Estrin