Monday, June 30, 2008

Great Big Sea return to Columbus.


If you have not been to a Great Big Sea concert now is your chance. Get ready for a hand clapping, foot stomping, singing out loud time.
Great Big Sea

Wed., Sept. 17 @ 8 pm Southern Theatre
Tickets: $30 - $40
Public On sale:Fri., June 27 @ 9 am
CAPA Member On sale: Thurs., June 26 @ 9 am
Described as "Celtic rock" or even "aggressive folk," Great Big Sea’s distinctive brand of pop has its roots in the folk music tradition of their native Newfoundland. Winners of an unprecedented 18 East Coast Music Awards, Great Big Sea hits the road in support of their upcoming CD, Fortune’s Favor.
News on Steve Goodman Bio

Steve Goodman: Facing the Music by Clay Eals

Goodman bio wins IPPY Silver Medal


This just in: "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music" won a silver medal in the biography category of the 2008 Independent Book Publisher (IPPY) Awards. What wonderful news to receive on the book's first anniversary!The book is one of 450 award-winning works in 64 categories, selected from 3,175 entries to IPPY. Find out more at <www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1231>. The 2008 awards, the organization's 12th annual honors, will be presented May 30 in Los Angeles.California events are in the works.


Speaking of Los Angeles, I've received the go-ahead from my publisher, ECW Press, to set up reading/music events on behalf of the Goodman bio in Southern California and the Bay Area this summer.Dates and venues are not set yet, but I will let you know about them as soon as they are firm. Any musicians wishing to participate in these events, please contact me at <clay@clayeals.com>.


Utah Phillips on Steve Goodman


After a long bout with congestive heart failure, labor folksinger/songwriter Bruce "U. Utah" Phillips died in his sleep Friday evening, May 23, 2008. He was 73.Phillips crossed often paths with Steve Goodman, and for the Goodman bio I was fortunate to be able to interview Phillips on March 2, 2000, in his hometown of Nevada City, California. Phillips¹ comments are incorporated in several places in the book, but on the occasion of his passing, it seems appropriate to honor him by sharing an extended expression of his wit and insight. To read an edited transcript of the Phillips interview, visit my home page, <http://www.clayeals.com/>, and click on the link, or click this direct link: <clayeals.com/pdfs/2000_03_02_Phillips_int.pdf>.


Goodman bio for visually impaired New Jersey radio host John Weingart has heartening news. The non-profit volunteer organization called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD), based in Princeton, is recording the Goodman bio so that those who have visual impairments or dyslexia can enjoy the book.Weingart, who has hosted a Sunday evening show on WPRB-FM for more than three decades, was one of several "celebrity readers" recently invited to record portions of books for RFBD. His contribution was to read the section focusing on Goodman's leukemia diagnosis and treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the genesis of the poignant "Song for David."RFBD, <http://www.rfbd.org/>, serves students of all ages at locations all over the country. No word yet on when or how the recording of the Goodman bio will be available, but when I learn that information, I will pass it along.Cool updates to the Internet site If you haven't visited <http://www.clayeals.com/> lately, now would be a great time. Recently, we've added:
Links to stellar recent press coverage (including the Washington Post, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Lake Forest College Spectrum magazine).


Click on the "Reviews" tab in the "Inside the Book" menu.
Vivid photos by Jef Jaisun and Jean Sherrard of recent reading/music events in Seattle featuring eight musicians. (The event at Third Place Books drew my largest crowd yet, more than 200 people.) Click on the "Schedule" tab in the "About the Author" menu.
Newly posted vintage images of Steve Goodman with John Prine, young friend Alan Brin and a very large fish, courtesy of Marcia Brin and Geoff Muldaur. Click on the "Bonus Photos" tab in the "Inside the Book" menu.


Now we can see the broken-string song



When Steve Goodman broke a guitar string mid-song onstage, he was at his most charming and captivating. He averted disaster by improvising a dozen or more lyric stanzas while maintaining the song's chords and tempo and simultaneously restringing the instrument. Once the string was intact and in tune, he resumed the song where he had left off. This shtick was both unique and astonishing, and the Goodman bio delves deeply into it.


Scores of audio tapes (mostly bootleg) have documented this maneuver, but there has been no publicly available video of it -- until now. This hour-long compendium of the 1980 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, <video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7298847911422706933&q=source:009335455440018555607&hl=en>, includes footage of Goodman from minutes 42 through 46. Therein, he performs two verses of "Danger" before breaking a string. The result is not quite a full broken-string song because he doesn't end up re-stringing the guitar and instead is handed a new one. Still, it's much the same shtick, and you get the idea. His facial expressions and body movements are priceless, as are the typical, post-song head-scratching and shrugging. Thanks to the poster of this precious visual document. Enjoy!Thoughts on the first anniversary It was mid-May of 2007 that the first printing of "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music" was published, with a six-event Chicago launch followed immediately by two sessions at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle.


Evidence of the book's reach over the past 12 months boggles my mind: a total of 39 reading/music events around the country, four TV interviews (including a 30-minute, 11-part conversation now on YouTube), 41 radio interviews, coverage by more than 1,000 newspapers and periodicals (aided by a widely circulated Associated Press profile) and countless reviews and references on the Internet.The key statistic, of course, is that the book's first printing of 5,000 copies sold out in just eight months, prompting an updated second printing of 5,000 in February. And word keeps spreading by the day.I am grateful beyond words to my wife, Meg, my publisher, ECW Press, my webmaster, Valerie Magee, and the literally thousands of interviewees, helpers, musicians, venues, media, hosts and readers who have made this project possible. It has proven what I've long known deep in my heart, that Goodman people are everywhere.To order the second printing Just visit <http://www.clayeals.com/> and click on the "Online Store" tab to order it at a discount. Included inside each book ordered from my site is a signed postcard (new version) that can be used as a bookmark.Happy spring, and thanks again to all!

Lots going on all week in Ashville

Too much for the calendar it will take me until the end of the week to put it on. See below.

2008 4TH OF JULY SCHEDULE
MONDAY JUNE 30
5 PM FISH FRY OPENS
5 PM MIDWAY OPENS
5PM BABY CONTEST- PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
6PM - HARTLEY AND JOSEPH (FOLK/COUNTRY)
7P.M.- PARADE OF UNIQUE AND ANTIQUE FIRE EQUIPMENT
8 P.M- DEATH BY BANJO- BLUEGRASS AND BEYOND

TUESDAY JULY 1
5 PM FISH FRY OPENS
5 PM- MIDWAY OPENS
5 P.M.- GRAHAM SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
5:30 PM BOB FORD- (FOLK)
7 PM MISS 4TH OF JULY PARADE
8 PM MISS 4TH OF JULY JUDGING
9 PM CATEGORY IV- (ROCK)

WEDNESDAY JULY 2ND
5 P.M- FISH FRY OPENS
5 PM-MIDWAY OPENS
5:30 PM SWEET SIXTEEN (SWING/JAZZ/LATIN)
7PM LITTLE MISS AND MR PARADE
8 PM LITTLE MISS AND MR JUDGING
9 PM- GOLDEN CLASSICS FEATURING JACK FOX (OLDIES)

THURSDAY JULY 3RD
5.00 FISH FRY OPENS
5:00 MIDWAY OPENS
5:00 PM KINGSTON KICKERS
5:00 PM ASHVILLE IDOL SIGNUPS
5:30 ASHVILLE IDOL PRELIMINARIES (MAIN STAGE)
8:30 PM SILVER SPUR (COUNTRY) MAIN STAGE

FRIDAY JULY 4
11AM GRAND PARADE
11 AM MIDWAY OPENS
11AM FISH FRY OPENS
1 PM COUNTRY LIVE PERFORMERS
5 PM TEAYS RIVER CLOGGERS
6:30 ASHVILLE IDOL FINALS- MAIN STAGE
8 P.M. AFTER MIDNIGHT- CLASSIC ROCK (MAIN STAGE)
10 PM FIREWORKS

Go to it folks

















1 comment:

Cind Funk said...

re: Great Big Sea. One of my favorite bands. I already have my tickets.

re: Steve Goodman. I remember seeing him play at the Canal Street Tavern back in the day. What a guy. This book sounds wonderful.