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2014


Feb.21--Smoke On The Mountain, Temple Theatre, Sanford, NC

Mar. 6 -- Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC with Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry

Apr. 8-- Rough Ridge Room (#415) in Student Union, ASU, Boone NC @ 2-3:15; CONCERT @ Jones House, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 7 PM with Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry & special guest Cheick Hamala Diabate. Chris Brashear will also be joining us for these shows.

May 17 -- Rappahannock Americana Music Festival, Washington, VA -- afternoon concert
with Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry. Hosted by Ben Jones and Alma Viator: fmi, & tickets.

June 6 -- Bob Dylan Birthday Bash, Market Square Stage, Knoxville, TN 5 to 10PM

June 7 -- "All Over the Road" radio show on WDVX, Knoxville, TN -- with host Wayne Bledsoe. 12 midnight to 4 AM! Listen Live

Aug. 29 -- The Cary Theatre, Cary, NC 8 PM with Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry

Oct. 17-19 -- Home Craft Days Music Festival, Big Stone Gap, VA -- with Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry


There is a story that Sam Goldwyn was dining in a Hollywood restaurant with Billy Wilder, when he was accosted by a drunk demanding work. The man became so obstreperous that Goldwyn, with the aid of some of the restaurant staff, had to escort him out of the building. 'Who was that?' Wilder asked when Goldwyn resumed his seat. 'D.W. Griffith,' replied Goldwyn.
Neil Sinyard, SILENT MOVIES, p. 173

"George Gershwin was a great friend of mine, and he had an interesting mental image of luck. He saw luck as a series of arrows hitting a road from both sides. He said: 'If you are on the road, the arrows will come. But if you are off in the fields picking daisies, the arrows won't come.'" ---Kitty Carlisle Hart

"It was comfort in those succeeding days to sit up and contemplate the majestic panorama of mountains and valleys spread out below us and eat ham and hard boiled eggs while our spiritual natures reveled alternately in rainbows, thunderstorms, and peerless sunsets. Nothing helps scenery like ham and eggs. Ham and eggs, and after these a pipe--an old, rank, delicious pipe--ham and eggs and scenery, a "down grade," a flying coach, a fragrant pipe and a contented heart--these make happiness. It is what all the ages have struggled for. ---Mark Twain, ROUGHING IT, Ch. XVII

"Attention to celebrity is mental illness -- the mental illness which creates that attention is tragic to me." ---Joni Mitchell, CBC interview with Jian Ghomeshi

Irish novelist Jamie O'Neill was raised a Catholic and has admitted to a fondness for the language of the Catholic Church. "I like the words, the distinctions they have for sins. For example, "morose delectation." Beautiful. It's the dwelling on pleasure from sins already committed. I kind of admire something that's seen so far inside the soul that it can work out names for these things. Of course, I don't believe a word of it".
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." ---Philip K. Dick

"Like, we're the Beatles after all, aren't we? We have all the money you could ever dream of. We have all the fame you could ever wish for. But, it isn't love. It isn't health. It isn't peace inside. Is it?" ---George Harrison

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." ---Mark Twain

"Democracy does not have to be a blood sport, it can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest." ---Bill Clinton

"Work isn't art until enough noise is made about it, until someone rich comes along and buys it." ---Alfred Stieglitz

"There is a solitude which each and every one of us has carried, more inaccessible than the ice cold mountains, more profound than the midnight sea - the solitude of self. Our inner being, which we call our self, no eye or touch of man or angel has ever pierced." ---Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"The artist's life is the best in the world, if you can get through the first 40 years." ---Thomas Hart Benton

"Don't play what you know, but what you hear." ---Miles Davis

"What joy awaits discovery in the silence behind the portals of your mind no human tongue can tell." ---Yogananda

"Who would want to break into the music business? It's like a bank that's already been robbed." ---Randy Newman
"Not to know what happened before you were born is always to be a child." ---Cicero
"London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether the fogs produce the serious people or the serious people produce the fogs, I do not know!" ---Oscar Wilde
On post-WW2 America, from 1945-1950: "For the first time, the US was not involved in a war. The Depression was over. Suddenly, there were 13 million of us who'd served in the military and were home. There was a cultural burst that Americans had never known before: we became number one for things like ballet. We had dozens of first-rate poets, several not so bad novelists, wonderful music, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. It was a great moment, and it lasted for five years. Then the Korean War came, and we've never stopped being at war since. ---Gore Vidal, from the IMDB
"We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they're sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun." ---Clara Bow, on Hollywood, then and now
"I cannot unbuckle the Bible belt. That is why I will never write my memoirs." ---Louise Brooks, from WHY BE GOOD?: SEXUALITY & CENSORSHIP
"I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it." ---Colette
"It's very tiring having other people tell you how much they dig you if you yourself don't dig you." ---Bob Dylan
"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds, nineteen shillings and sixpence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds and sixpence, result misery." ---Charles Dickens, DAVID COPPERFIELD
"Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backward." ---Soren Kierkegaard
"God preserve us from generalizations. There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble." --- Anton Chekhov
"The best way to find out about a man is to have lunch with his ex-wife." --- Shelley Winters