Wednesday, April 03, 2019

On the radio tonight, talking about a play I am music director for

Tonight! 7pm
Live on WUTC 88.1fm or listen online
Live on the Richard Winham Show
With poet Peggy Douglas, songwriter Jefferson Hyll and the 9th Street

Peggy and I will be talking about…

Friday April, 6 and Saturday April 7 – 7pm
Deeper Roots
Voices and Music Inspired by Emma Bell Miles
Bachman Community Center
2815 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain, TN 37377
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In this new digital I’ve been's important to keep your fans engaged. To keep them up to date almost daily with what you’re working on in the studio etc. You’re supposed to be giving everyone the play by play of your everyday.

And I have friends who are exceptionally good at this, but it’s not how I’m wired. So, while you haven’t heard from me in a minute, I’ve actually been pretty busy. As a result, I got a lot to tell you about, so here we go…

When I got married, I moved from downtown Chattanooga just up the mountain to Signal Mountain. This year (and starting this month) the town is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Peggy Douglas, a local poet and playwright, was commissioned to create a play —structured as a series of
monologues— based on the writings of Signal Mountain’s most famous resident: Emma Bell Miles.

Trish is directing the play and I am it’s musical director. I, along with fiddler Emerald Butler, will be adding traditional Appalachian music both during and between the monologues.

In other words, I’m getting paid to play traditional music on a mountain dulcimer. (I know, right?)

The play takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Bachman Community Center (a repurposed elementary school just outside the Signal Mountain city limits), and again on Friday and Saturday of next week.

The play’s inspiration, Emma Bell Miles, was a writer, a poet, artist and naturalist whose life was as interesting as it was tragic. She also played the mountain dulcimer. Her writings are considered one of the best chronicles of mountain living in the late 19th and early 20th century, and while she is barely known in the United States, her work is studied in universities across Europe.

There’s a TON of stuff that I could tell you about Emma Bell and about the play but the best way to
learn more about the play is to listen to WUTC 88.1FM ( tonight at 7pm. Peggy will talking about the play and reading excerpts and I’ll be doing my thing. Also along with us will be a local singer-songwriter as well as two members of the 9th Street Stompers, who play retro swing and
gypsy jazz and are one of my favorite Chattanooga bands

So that’s it for now. The next email will talk about the two new books that I’ve released. But that’ll have to wait; this email is getting pretty long…

And I have a Face book video to make. :-)

C-ya out there,


"Now I know what a dulcimer is supposed to sound like" —Jake Shimabukuro

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