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Associations --  Vendors --  Home Town Folk -- Cool Music Sites

(Always Under Construction!)

A word...

Below are some links you may find useful, or at least interesting.

If you represent a club, festival or venue, and wish to link to my page because I will be performing there soon, probably your best option is to have a link not on this page, but rather let me know, and I'll put your link on my Tour Dates page if it isn't there already.  Folks will see where I am playing, click on your link and there you are in front of them.

Beware!  Links can change -- or go defunct. If you try a link from this page and find it goes nowhere, or to a dead end, please let me know so I can remedy the situation.

RECOMMENDATION: If you are looking for , try www.google.com first!

 

 

Associations

I am a member of a few organizations you may wish to visit.

The Folk Alliance -- a lifetime member of this fine organization

Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) -- member

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) -- writer and publisher affiliation with this performing rights org.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association (HSGA) -- I'm a closet "lap steel" player (and a "lapsed member" -- sorry)

AND -- here are the home pages of two great musicians who grace my CD, "Six Of One" :
Madcat Ruth & Don Stiernberg .

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Vendors

You can find my recordings for sale here:

Elderly Instruments -- Online or brick & mortar, possibly the best music store in the world.

Waterbug Records -- A great Indy label that also offers my records.

CDbaby -- an easy interface and fast friendly service.  Not all my CDs are here but  the latest are.  Both CDs by mail and album downloads

 

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Home Town Folk

I live in Kalamazoo County in west Michigan.  A lot of music history around here, and a vibrant performing arts scene. Here are some music links to K'zoo and other Michigan links.

Arcadia Recording -- I have recorded my last several projects at this warm studio in the historic house district of Kalamazoo

Great Lakes Acoustic Music Assn. -- AKA "GLAMA": Pickers and players who run weekly jams, monthly workshops and occasional concerts.

Heritage Guitars in Kalamazoo -- in case you wondered what those ex-Gibson luthiers do in Kalamazoo.

GHS Strings -- Ok, they are in Battle Creek, the "Cereal City" 20 miles down the road.  I use GHS strings on all my steel string instruments -- they never let me down. (True Medium phosphor bronze on my flattop, Medium Flatwound on my archtop, Medium Silk & Steel on my Mandolin, and a variety of gauges on my banjos.)

Midwinter Singing Festival   -- Some old pals in my old hometown of Lansing, Michigan, inaugurated a new festival in January of 2003 -- a two day singalong concert. Check it out

 

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Cool Music Sites

These are some of my personal favorites.  Sites I return to time and again for fun and information. I think you might find some surprisingly wonderful things at each of these sites.

The Cyber Hymnal -- If you sing old hymns, this site is a must click.  Lyrics, midi files, biographies of obscure authors, shapenote tunes and the hymns that use them, and much more. An obvious labor of wondrous love. You can find the original, pre-Carter family version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" -- the version my mother passed on to me.

Dan Crary -- Yes THE Dan Crary of flatpicking guitar fame is running his own website.  Keep your eye on this one -- tablature and tune downloads are there for the picking, as well as Dan's occasional essays.  Aside from being a monster (in the good sense) on the guitar, Dan is also one very smart dude. I expect this site to be evolving in some very interesting ways.

Whither Zither -- No, it's not about zither music (at least not very often). It's the monthly column written for the Madison Folk Music Society by Peter Berryman (of "Lou & ..." fame).  The archives are here -- some provocative, informative, fun, off-center and well-written essays on the state of the world according to Peter.  There's a link there, but I'll add it here -- to Lou & Peter Berryman's website.  There are no better songwriters out there today, for my money

Gerald Ross -- Some fast downloading and VERY cool guitar tunes played by my old pal, Gerald on midi and mp3, plus some cool uke tunes and groovy lap steel moves.

The Capo Museum -- Every capo known to mankind in minute detail. A true labor of love.

The Harry Warren Web Site -- Dig deep into this site!  Harry Warren was a great Hollywood composer in the golden era.  This FANTASTIC site has all of his songs with the lyrics printed -- click on the title and you will hear the original sheet music played as a piano midi file.  Some classic songs and some unknown gems.

Warren Trachtman's Ragtime Piano Site -- If you appreciate ragtime music, you will love this site. The great (and obscure) composers of ragtime are lovingly brought to life in fast loading midi files - a few MP3's too. 

"Perfessor" Bill Edwards -- Another old-time piano site with ragtime midis and much more.  Music from the last time the century turned on into the roaring twenties, performed by a champion old-time piano player. There's a lot of great listening here, and history, too.

Banjo Manufacturers Serial Numbers -- Ever want to date a banjo? That is, determine a banjo's age? Here's the spot with some history of the great makers: Vega, Coles, Weymann, SS Stewart, etc.

Vintage Guitar Info -- Likewise, to date a vintage guitar, check here. Lots of detailed info on the various makes & models. Note: this guy is not a dealer and is not selling anything -- just a collector of fine instruments.

The Lester S Levy Sheet Music Collection  The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All pieces of the collection are indexed on this site and a search will retrieve a catalog description of the pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music will also be retrieved if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.

The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection  The Max Hunter Collection is an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976. A traveling salesman from Springfield, Missouri, Hunter took his reel-to-reel tape recorder into the hills and backwoods of the Ozarks, preserving the heritage of the region by recording the songs and stories of many generations of Ozark history. As important as the songs themselves are the voices of the Missouri and Arkansas folks who shared their talents and recollections with Hunter.  Each of the 1,594 distinct song recordings is listed in these indexes. If a song title does not have a link, it has not yet been digitized and placed on the website. We aim to have the entire Collection available by Winter, 2002.

Old Time music from 78's -- Jim Bollman collection  on Honking Duck    Listen to hundreds of oldtime 78's in real audio with all the pops and crackles.  Harry Smith, move over.

Sugar in the Gourd -- a streaming "radio" of old-time music online.  Will keep your toes tapping while you are making keystrokes. 

Guitar Player World -- an online spot for free guitar lessons.  I can't vouch for the lessons myself, but this looks like a cool spot to hangout for guitarists looking for help and support. Mostly electric, looks like, but learning the basics is "all good."

Barlow Sisters "Singin' Strings -- I've never met these girls but for ages 9 & 10 they are pretty darn good fiddlers, backed up by mom & dad.  Good taste in tunes, from Celtic to contra to musette. I like the Tony Murena gypsy waltz they do.

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