Happy weekend, everybody! Just a few random notes here:
This spring, Eberle & I were interviewed for the Art & Soul program on Boise Public Radio, & that interview just aired this week. You can listen to it here—& there’s music involved as well as talking! Many thanks to Sadie Babits who did such a fine job with the interview & assembling the finished show!
In other news: fire season came late to Idaho, but it has come. We’re safe & sound, but there have been a couple of fires within 20 miles of us, one of which threatened to burn down the defunct Tamarack resort on West Mountain. This time of the year, the presence of fire is an unsettling reality throughout the west….
I’ll be playing the Council Farmer’s Market this morning & afternoon—looking forward to that, as always.
& don’t forget: we’ll be serializing B.N.’s story “The Lost Train” starting on Monday & with installments on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. “The Lost Train,” which appeared previously in The Gettysburg Review, is a very good story—B.N.’s writing talents aren’t limited to poetry by any means. Please take a few minutes next week & read this story right here on Robert Frost’s Banjo!
Also: if you missed them earlier, I definitely recommend Carrie Bardley's latest Homegrown Radio offering & Jessica Fox-Wilson's Writers Talk interview.
Finally: I’m completely besotted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a great old-time (& more!) band. I’ll be writing about them more in September but for now, please check out this video of “Memphis Shakedown.” Anyone who thinks the kazoo is not a real musical instrument, please take note of Rhiannon Giddens’ performance! & her bandmates Dom Flemons (on guitar) & Justin Robinson (jug) are also top-notch. They’re all multi-instrumentalists & play up a storm with various combinations of guitar, banjo, fiddle, beatboxing, snare drum etc.
Pic shows Eberle & Sadie Babits during the interview