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Episode 5: Musician Interview - Kevin Holingsworth

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:29:50 +0000

I met Kevin Hollingsworth about halfway through the first decade of the new millennium. We would get together for jams in Austin, Texas that we called "The Austin Tequila Nights" sessions.

He was one of the few guitarists that I ever played with for accompaniment that seemed to know exactly where I was going with the song, event if he had never heard it. We recorded several sessions but none were studio or commercial quality, yet I cherish these takes nevertheless.

On January 31, 2016, Kevin came to the Congress House Studio and recorded several tracks on a record album that I was working on entitled The Long Road. This last track was just he and I, trying to relive one of those "Austin Tequila Nights".

Kevin passed away 18 days later on February 18, 2016. He finally succumbed to a seven year battle that he had been fighting with cancer.

The day that Kevin was in the studio at Congress House, I set up a microphone in the kitchen while we had lunch. This is the unedited version of our discussion. Present were Mark Hallman, my producer and Andre Moran, the studio's sound engineer.

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Episode 4: Artist Interviews - eRic Luplow

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:51:13 +0000

If you're ever in northern New Mexico, visit the town or Truchas. This small hamlet, nested in a valley between two mountan ranges is home to many artists and artisan and one of my favorite contemporary painters, eRic Luplow. The best time of year to go is in September when many of the Artists have their studios open to the public, eRic's being one of them. Visit the site for the High Road Art Tour.

When I first became aware of eRic's work I was at the Kerrville Folk festival about 10 or 12 years ago. My first impression was that I had stumbled on to another Ralph Steadman. But eRic is much more. I see Piccasso and Dali and many other modern artists, but in reality, eRic has an unmistakable style that's all his own.

Don't expect him to paint inside the lines, and if you ask him to draw something that is round, he'll likely give you a questioning look that implies that he has no clue as to what you've requested.

Visit hia website: eRic Luplow

 

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Episode 3: The songwriter interviews - William "Shakespeare" Stanton

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:29:16 +0000

In this interview hear Shakespeare talk about rehabbing an injured finger by learning guitar, Texas music, classical and jazz influence, drastic cultural changes in his life, formative years in New Mexico, creative philosophy, Shake Russell, and much more.

Check out his listening room website: Shakespeare's Cove

 

 

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Episode 2: The songwriter interviews - TC Smythe

Tue, 26 May 2015 22:44:27 +0000

Today we interview TC Smythe who talks about the three groups that she plays music with and the parts of the world that her music carreer has taken her. There are some good tips in this interview for aspiring songwriters and those who wish to make performing music an occupation.

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Episode 1: The songwriter interviews - Tim Bruton

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:15:46 +0000

Today we interview Tim Bruton who talks about growing up in Seguine, Texas, a stint in Iraq, his cousin Stephen Bruton and his new meet up groop for vets and his work in helping those with post tramatic stress.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 03:24:00 +0000

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Desert Drifter

Tue, 28 May 2013 19:00:00 +0000

Thanks to TC Smythe of Smythe and Taylor for bringing her recording rig to the festival this year, setting it up at Camp Dances with Armadillos and recording this take on a new song for Robert Lindsay Nathan.

 

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Cold Beer Time Again

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:11:00 +0000

This ia a clip from a session that I recorded a couple of years ago at the Kerrville Folk Festival. I had just met Trenton Chandler that year and he had shared several delightful songs that he had written, all of which were of the genre of "Get Down Texas Honky Tonk". At least that's what comes to my mind when I hear him play.

He hangs out near Bandera, Texas and you can find him on FaceBook if you want to keep up with his ecapades.

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I'm so tired

Wed, 05 Sep 2007 13:14:00 +0000

Tyler Nathan is making his musical debut on our website as the youngest musician to be posted so far. Tyler’s original song entitled “I’m so tired��? was recorded in his dad’s basement on September 3, 2007. Additional backing tracks were added in Vincennes, Indiana the following day.  

 

Tyler is a student at the University of North Alabama and currently is employed in the restaurant business.

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Waiting

Sun, 24 Jun 2007 15:08:00 +0000

Phillip Daligan is the second songwriter to grace our podcast site from across the big pond, although he has been in America for about ten years where he is working as a carpenter and living on an island off the Portland Coast of Maine.

I was lucky enough to capture this song during one of Phillip's visits to Camp Dances with Armadillos at the Kerrville Folk Festival this year. 

Phillip's songs are stories which may or may not be true, but are influenced by things that he has seen or done, including experiences from his life near the sea and a stint in the merchant marines. 

This song, entitled Waiting, is a beautiful love ballad about that which is lost and the promise of that which is to come. He is accompanied by Robert Lindsay Nathan on lead acoustic guitar. 

You can reach Phillip at pdaligan@maine.rr.com

 

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Memory Waltz

Sat, 16 Jun 2007 19:17:00 +0000

The other day I tried to think back and remember when I first met Robert Wilson and I drew a blank. I remember him in the background of one of the Enclave events that were held in South Austin in the early part of the decade, and more recently hanging out with us at Camp Dances with Armadillos during the 2006 Kerrville folk festival. And maybe a few chance meetings in between. 

But I didn't really get to know him until this year when I was able to spend 11 days at the Kerrville folk festival, where we had the opportunity to swap a bevy of lies, songs and stories. I also became more familiar with his music, which includes a song he wrote about Jack Rabbit Road in Houston, Texas. It"s a location that I'm fairly familiar with, having spent the last two years of high school there. There's a story about how a coyote got hung from our high school bonfire, but I won't go there in this article. You who are familiar with Jackrabbit Road will know about the coyotes. 

Robert is kind of soft spoken at times, but he has a booming baritone voice that really comes out in the tune "Memory Waltz". This version was recorded at camp Dances with Armadillos during the 2007 Kerrville Folk Festival. He is accompanied by yours truly (Robert Lindsay Nathan) on guitar and a host of campmates singing the chorus. 

Thanks to Carol Peterson for the photograph (Gary if this is really yours, let me know, I never know who to give credit too and usually it's wrong). 

You can reach Robert at wilsonwrobert@yahoo.com

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COMIN' 2 GECHA!

Sat, 09 Jun 2007 13:42:00 +0000

We are happy to bring to Podcast listeners Stuart Reily, our first songwriter from accross the big pond.

Stuart's interest in music began at school age when he convinced his mum that he 'really' needed that guitar. He went on to play in several bands when he lived and worked in South London  from 1986 to 1998. It was during this time that Stuart embarked upon a musical journey that gave him a solid grounding in song writing and afforded him the opportunity to work with Billy Kuy (Mike Berry & the Outlaws) and Brian Parker (co-writer of Unit 4+2's No1 hit "Concrete & Clay"). One of Stuart's compositions was also reviewed very favourably by Russell Ballard.

In mid 1998, Stuart withdrew from the music scene when he emigrated to South Africa and took on the responsibilities of fatherhood and husbandry! In 2000, Stuart returned to the UK (with his family) and set about re-establishing himself as a composer & songwriter.

The vocalist performing on this Podcast is credited to Jasone Jones. For more information on Stuart, the composer of "Comin' 2 Getcha!", follow the link to www.stuart-reilly.co.uk

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Throw me from this train

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 15:28:00 +0000

I met Rob in 2001 when he became a New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival. It was a real hoot to acquaint this Canadian with some of the Texas Hill country.

From time to time one of his songs comes up on my 400 disk CD player and all of these fond memories from that week come flooding back to me. Like the collapse of his tent. I guess he wasn't too much of a camper, God bless him.

I contacted Rob the other day to see if he would be interested in having a post on this website, and he replied with this file of the song entitled "Throw me from this train". It's some sort of serendipitous thing that he would propose this song, as I am currently working on several railroad projects in Southeastern Indiana.

The railroad can be a powerful metaphor for life, as we can tend to get caught up in a single minded direction with our careers and relationships and never get to explore the rich countryside that surrounds the tracks.

If you enjoy this song as much as I enjoy Rob's music, you will probably want to check out his website at www.roblutes.com . You can order his CDs from this site.

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Horizon

Sat, 14 Oct 2006 21:27:00 +0000

What ever I say about Gary Cross is not enough. 

I met Gary at a Kerrville folk festival early in the decade. He and his buddies were sitting on "The Rock", which is this outcropping in the smoking section; left field of center stage. For years I had gone to the Festival alone and this time was no exception. I was wandering around looking for a place to sit, looking a bit like a lost stray animal I suspect. 

But there are no strangers in the world of Gary Cross, and he immediately struck up a conversation with me. We have been close friends ever since. His enthusiasm and marketing background always make me feel better about my own music than I ought to, and he has provided valuable assistance and insight in some of my endeavors in this regard, including the production of the Enclave event in Austin that we began a few years back (I have recently suspended this due to my travels). 

Horizon is one of many songs that Gary has written, and is a good example of his style and poetic sensitivity to the human condition. It's a long piece (not as long as American Pie) but Gary, as we all know, has a lot to say. 

Enjoy.

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The Sailor

Fri, 13 Oct 2006 20:20:00 +0000

Back in September of this year I was in Austin on a Friday night. As is usually the case in Austin on any Friday night, musicians tend to coalesce and perform melodic compositions, and this was no exception. But since this visit was such a short notice only four folks showed up and only two were musicians.

One of the two non-musicians is an able story teller, and this story was captured during the recorded session entitled "The Band's Getting Back Together (Not)". The Sailor, as told by Charles "Balloon Dog" Wakeland (AKA "The Professor") is a little rough but a good example of Charles's sense of humor.

The first time I met Charles at his home in south Austin I shook his hand, which is this massive mandible thing, similar in girth to the paw of a grizzly bear but gentle as that of a kitten. He proceeded to show me some of the metal working toys that he has in his shop and described some of the projects that he was working on and others that he was planning to be working on; all the while using the technical prose of an aerospace engineer to portray such mundane events as how the hot plasma from the cutting torch vaporizes the metal that it hits while the surrounding ferrous lattice remains cool and undisturbed. This type of description is why he is known to his close friends as "The Professor".

But others who have seen him tying up balloon animals at local events for the kids and the ladies  in Austin know him as "Balloon Dog".

Such is the flavor and character of the South Austin residents.

 

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The Distance

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 13:05:00 +0000

I started this site just over a year ago, knowing very little about Podcasting (I had a book on it), but thinking that it may be a good way to promote some of the things that I was doing, as well as some of the things my friends were doing. My desire has been to find the diamonds in the rough, those that are just emerging to the surface that exhibit great potential.  Finding the time to get out there, find the talent, record, edit, engineer etc, all while maintaining a full time job has proved to be rather difficult, so my postings have been rather sparse and infrequent.  A few weeks ago I decided to start taking submissions (see the submission button at the left). The Podcast that is being posted here is a result of that solicitation. After listening to it, I went to the band's website and ordered their CD. Being a junkie for the western side of country, more specifically the southwestern side of country, I heard the distinct flavor of Country & Southwestern in this song. These guys wouldn't be out of place at Greune Hall or Sixth street in Austin. I've had my first listen to the CD and there are some lyrics that definitely reach out and grab your attention, and I'm looking forward to hearing it again.  Here is what the song writer has to say about this tune: You notice the clock is crooked; it's 1:37 pm. You've wondered what this day would look like for a long time. You study all the angles. She's standing in the kitchen wearing the blue dress you bought her in Barra de Navidad four years ago. She pours two glasses of diet coke and rum, very unlike her, not being much of a drinker. You ask her to pour a bit more booze in yours, adding that you prefer the dark rum but this will do. "You really shouldn't drink so much", she says.   Outside it is sunny, but cold. The wind is blowing. The quaking aspens are dropping their leaves. It's fall (these things always happen in fall).  There are no more locking hands over the abyss. The distance is too much. IT'S OVER.....and you both know it. Five photo books worth of years sit on the wood and brick shelf, awkwardly unwanted. The rum starts to cast a maudlin fog.....  It is a quiet, civil affair (even with the alcohol). The fights have stopped. Arrangements are made: "I'll be in Pendleton for a few weeks; that should give you enough time to pack your stuff and find a place", she says. You agree.  Strange how passion can go so stale, how that distance grows, how we forget (...or don't). You would love to hate her, but after all you've been through, a huge sadness is all you can manage. You remember you used to love her, careful not to remember why.   It's time to move again. This song came to us from Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags, located in Portland Oregan. The band members are, from left-to-right; Mickey Featherstone-bass; Scotland Barr-lead vocal, guitar; Zach Hinkelman-lead guitar; Bryan Daste-pedal steel, sax, theremin, backing vocals; Chris Hubbard-keys, backing vocals; Nick Kostenborder-drums.  The picture was taken during their recent tour, outside a San Francisco club called Thee Parkside, by the drummer's mom. Thanks mom. The Distance can be found on the band's CD entitled  Legionnaire's Disease . For more information on this group, please visit the following websites.: http://www.scotlandbarr.comhttp://www.garageband.com/artist/scotlandbarrhttp://www.myspace.com/scotlandbarrandtheslowdrags  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License. [...]


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Fri, 01 Sep 2006 11:55:00 +0000

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Young Man

Sat, 26 Aug 2006 17:16:00 +0000

I met Page Williams through a Leisure Learning course in Houston, Texas, known as Guitar Circle. I am not sure what exactly it is we "learn" at Guitar Circle, but Page is the adept Den Mother of all who participate, making sure that email addresses and phone numbers are up to date and that we are all aware of when the new enrollment dates come back around.

"Young Man" is currently her one and only original song, which was recorded the evening of July 22 of this year at my condo on Briar Forest Drive in Houston, where a "mini-circle" was held with a few of the Guitar Circle enthusiasts. I now refer to this recorded collection of songs by Mike Yeates (see the podcast "Megans Song" on this site), Page Williams, David Britton, and John Schneider as Briar Circle.  

The photograph posted here was taken at one of the Artist's Enclave musical events in Austin, Texas. It tells a lot about this event. From left to right are:

Gary Cross - As co-producer of the Enclave Music Series he is possibly pondering the stage construction, which is nearly as hap hazardly built as the eclectic collection of buildings and hardware at the Enclave property itself. Later in the evening, Gary once again transforms himself into his alter ego "Rudy the Redneck". This phenomena generally occurs as a catalytic effect of mixing an excessive number of Shiner beers with his hard work as co-producer.

Dan Northcutt - Another  Guitar Circle member, who I hope to have a podcast posting from sometime in the future. Dan writes some wonderfully witty and sarcastic material. 

Mike Yeates - Again, see "Megans Song" in the archives of this Podcast site. Mike is also a Guitar Circle member.

Page Williams - Gutar Circle den mother, song writer and performer.

Steve Fryer - Sound engineer extraordinaire. Steve has produced at least one album with the group "Monkey on the Bed". For more info on Steve and Monkey on the Bed, go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/motb or http://www.monkeyonthebed.com/

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Megan's Song

Wed, 15 Mar 2006 14:09:00 +0000

Mikes Yeates tells stories of East Texas in his song writing that seem all so familiar to me. Having grown up exploring the forests of North Alabama, I felt some propinquity to the piney woods in East Texas when my family relocated to Texas in the mid 1960's. I met Mike several years ago and immediately fell in love with his lyrical style and East Texas stories. This song sample, however, was written for his daughter. It was recorded on November 8, 2003 at the Artist's Enclave in South Austin. Mike's niece (Amanda) sings with Mike on guitar and harmony vocals.
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Tue, 14 Mar 2006 17:17:00 +0000

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Have your original songs posted on this site

Tue, 14 Mar 2006 15:26:00 +0000

If you have original music that you would like published in this forum, please send your submissions to cactusclef@gmail.com Please include:

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A short text file describing something about yourself and/or the song.

If your submission is accepted, CactusClef Publishing will respond with a request to use your submission on this site. The work will be covered by a Creative Commons opyright, which basicly means that subscribers may copy it for their own personal use but any commercial use is forbidden without your permission.

For more info on copyrights and digital technology, visit the Creative Commons Website by clicking on one of the links in the CactusClef website, or by going directly to the Creative Commons Website at http://creativecommons.org/ .




Podcasting News

Mon, 13 Mar 2006 21:30:00 +0000

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Mars

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 01:04:00 +0000

This photo of David Clary was taken at the Artist's Enclave in Austin, Texas playing along with Kevin Hollingsworth. The song Mars was written by David about the time the Mars rovers started exploring the surface of the red planet two years ago. This version of the song was captured live at the Enclave. David has a studio version of the song along with a collection of other original tunes avalable on CD. To find out more about David or his CD, contact Cactusclef Publishing at cactusclef@netzero.net or contact David directly at songsmith101@yahoo.com

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San Diego Sessions

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:36:00 +0000

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Enclave Blues

Mon, 12 Dec 2005 01:00:00 +0000

This song was captured in the late night hours of November 8, 2003 at the Artist's Enclave in South Austin, Texas. The Enclave series of music concerts started informally in the Spring and Fall of 2001. Since then there have been several concerts, promoting independent and unpublished songwriters and musicians (produced by Robert Lindsay Nathan in conjunction with Cactusclef Publishing). It's difficult to say who the musicians are on this track, but I suspect that Charlie Morton is on the guitar and Matt is on fiddle (Matt was an artist in resident at the time). The bass player and the drummer escape me. Enjoy this blues improvisation, by the Artist's Enclave Blues Band.
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Let the Drummer Start One

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 23:56:00 +0000

This tune was captured during my annual session of Austin Tequila Nights. This years participants, as performing in this improvisational blues clip were Gary Cross on Drums, Kevin Hollingsworth on Lead Guitar, and Robert Lindsay Nathan on rhythm guitar. Special thanks to Carol for photography and brother Larry for sound engineering on the Sharp minidisc recorder. Thanks also, to Charles Wakeland for the ribs. And last, but not least, thanks to Gary's alter ego "Rudy the Redneck", who blessed us with a visit after Gary's second shot of Tequila. You will hear Rudy start the track by stating it's title.
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Moments

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 23:17:00 +0000

I've been stuck in a motel for the past seven months in San Diego, and this is one song of several that I've written during this confinement. For words to this and other songs that I've written, go to my Lyrics Blog site.

UPDATE: 3/15/2006 --- This song is available on the newly Released CD entitled "San Diego Sessions". Click on the the "CD for sale" link to the left, or click below.

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Individual songs may be downloaded a la carte for a buck a each at my Indie 911 site.

 

 

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