I got to see my friend Cliff Eberhardt play in Saint Paul the other night and he was great. I’ve known Cliff a long time and he was as good or better than I’ve ever seen him. He’s been on the road constantly since early May and all those shows have put him at the top of his game. It was a real joy. He asked me to come up and sing at the end of his set and we had much fun. I hope I didn’t overfool around. It’s a very fine line between irreverence and disrespect and I hope I didn’t cross it, and if I did I hope I got back in time. Opening the show was Anais Mitchell. She is so talented and was so good. She has a limitless future. Her new record is called “The Brightness” on Righteous Babe Records. I said to Cliff after the show about Anais “She’s the future. We are not, Cliff. We’re between the future and the pasture.”
I’ve also been listening to Jonathan Byrd, Meg Hutchinson, Antje Duvekot, and Rose Cousins recently. They are just a few names to remember and investigate musically. They are the future or at least the part that gives me hope.
I’ll write soon about the availability of “The Gypsy Life” dvd from this website. If you can’t wait you can go to www.aixrecords.com or www.redhouserecords.com. Those are the only places you can get it that I know of so far.
I also want to talk about the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia at some point. They are really growing their own there. It is a very inspiring part of the world. It starts with the fiddle music…