Archive for February, 2011

Fulbright friend

Mac Alford, assistant professor of biology at the University of Southern Mississippi, has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study botany in Serbia. He is a friend from high school. Although I got to know Mac in high school, I had known of him for years before. He grew up in the next town over to the west from my hometown. I believe we competed in soccer. His childhood endeavors, such as 4-H seed identification and successfully growing a field of rice in Amite County, presaged his career and often led to spots in the local newspaper, the Enterprise-Journal. The E-J has this article about his Fulbright, and USM posted this video on YouTube. I admire his accomplishment. He certainly is deserving, and I am glad to know him.

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Michael M. on February 24th 2011 in General

Resophonic Benefit 5 and the John Hartford Stringband

The blogged Tom Hall now heads the previewed Tom Hall Guitar Benefit & Resophonic Extravaganza that was started to raise money for his stolen guitar. It happens yearly at  Iron Barley. H and I had a good time at the most recent one. Players included Geoff Seitz of Geoffrey J. Seitz, Violinmaker, Marc Rennard and Jim Nelson as the South City Hillbillies who were fun to hear. Brian Curran is a local picker I have not heard enough. A younger player, Mat Wilson of the Rum Drum Ramblers, earned great applause from the crowd. See this profile of him in the Riverfront Times.

H and I skipped out of the end of the Super Bowl for the John Hartford Stringband at Blueberry Hill in the Duck Room. This segment with Bob Carlin on KWMU‘s Cityscape got me ready, as did listening to KDHX‘s Down Yonder. The Duck Room is a much better place with the new smoking law. The show was great. Once again, Geoff Seitz, Marc Rennard and Jim Nelson figured prominently playing with Curtis Buckhannon as the Ill-Mo Boys. The John Hartford Stringband talked fondly of the Ill-Mo Boys, and they seemed very happy to bring them on stage a few times. Twice blogged David Long took twice blogged Mike Compton‘s place, and did it well. “Steam Powered Aereo Plane” was a terrific encore that brought chills, and I did not miss the missing the end of the Super Bowl.

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Michael M. on February 20th 2011 in General, Live, Music

Leon Redbone charmed.

H and I saw Leon Redbone‘s concert at the Old Rock House as planned. It was great. The KDHX blog has this review. Our reserved seats got us very close to the stage; we were the second closest couple. I even caught glimpses of his eyes behind the dark glasses. He played the Great American Songbook, ragtime and blues songs I was there to hear, and he performed them in fine style. His banter with the audience included vaudeville jokes and gags. I held up what looked like bourbon and said the pipes in that place must have left some rust in his water. He traded these lines with his accompanyist who put on a great show of stride piano. All too quickly, he exited the stage and vanished. I look forward to his return.

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Michael M. on February 2nd 2011 in General, Live, Music

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