Category Archives: Folk music

The making of Dare, part one: Sometimes it’s about the food

I’m recording Dare, my tenth album. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Back when I did my touring with Wilma Flintstone, I did it full time and that meant putting out a new album every two or three years. While I still … Continue reading

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Drive All Night, so far

I’m writing a collection of tour stories that’ll be published in 2014 by Bella Books. A few of you have asked about it. First, I’ve got two books. The one tentatively titled Drive All Night has a publishing deal. My … Continue reading

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NERFA has nothing to do with toys, but playing sure helps

It’s a folk music conference, and I was excited to go. It’d been awhile since I attended one of these orgies of folk music and I figured it was about time, especially since this event centered on happenings in the … Continue reading

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Learn to jam

And I don’t mean strawberry. Going to jams is fun and will make you a better player. Don’t worry about your playing ability. There’s a jam for everyone. I want to especially encourage women. Most of the jams I go … Continue reading

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Clogging, harps and Holly F***ing Near – National Women’s Music Festival 2012

I headed to the airport in the quiet North Carolina morning, anticipation mounting because I was going to one of my favorite music festivals in the whole world, the National Women’s Music Festival. They were the first big festival to … Continue reading

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Keith Richards did what? Some of my favorite musician biographies.

I am a voracious reader who adores biographies, especially of musicians. It’s nice to slip into someone else’s life plus I find cool things, like Alix Dobkin used to have late night breakfasts with Bob Dylan. Here’s a list of … Continue reading

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Pardon me, is that a beaded bra or are you just here to surprise me?

I stood there in the middle of a cavernous college student center with my acoustic guitar, singing songs for GLBT pride week. Some students were scurrying off to classes while three or four lingered around the pride week information tables. … Continue reading

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