Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spotted at Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, WV


Today a friend told me that a friend of his spotted the "Carter Family" graphic novel displayed at a bookstore in Berlin (Germany)! 

And Cece Bell spotted it at Four Seasons books in Shepherdstown, WV, and snapped the photo above.  Thank you Four Seasons!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bluegrass class in Seattle

Frank and I were honored to have Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss perform the music of the Carter Family at our book launch, and later at a Ballard Library signing.  For anyone interested in learning bluegrass from a master jedi of bluegrass, Cliff Perry is offering a class at Shoreline Community College!  His info follows...

Spring Quarter 2014 Bluegrass Band Class
at Shoreline Community College www.shoreline.edu
Small Ensemble Performance, Bluegrass Band
MUSC 147 ITEM #1527 = Remember, there is no “I” in MUSC
Starts Tuesday, April 1, 2014(no fooling!)at 7:30 PM, Room 818 Music Bldg
Friends & Neighbors. Please forward this message.
MUSC 147 ITEM #1527 is a ONE credit class. Register NOW, as Spring Quarter starts soon. In class we form bands and work towards an in-class performance at quarter’s end. We have fun while learning to play bluegrass music together. The Music Building (Building #800) is in the Southeast corner of the Shoreline Community College campus. Tuition for ONE credit is affordable.
Register online or in person. Problems? Just come to the first class!
Questions? Contact your teacher:
Cliff Perry cliffordperry@comcast.net 206-789-8273

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Winding Stream to Premiere at SXSW!

Filmmaker Beth Harrington has been working on "The Winding Stream", the definitive Carter Family documentary, for well over a decade, having interviewed Johnny Cash, Mike Seeger, Rita Forrester, and many other luminaries, and recorded performances by some of country music's best artists (Roseanne Cash, George Jones, John Prine, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops among others)...  And now, at last, the film is done and getting ready to be shown on the festival circuit!  It will debut on March 15, 2014 at South X Southwest. 


I'm so happy for Beth, and anxious to see this film myself!  Beth, will there be a Seattle screening?? 

Watch the trailer here:

UPDATE: Rolling Stone gave "Winding Stream" a Best of SXSW mention!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RIP, Pete Seeger

David and I were saddened to hear of the passing of folk singer/musicologist/political activist Pete Seeger. He carried on some of the traditions of the Carter Family's music, and kept their American folk sound alive and well through the 20th century and into this.

Though Seeger's politics would have probably made A. P. Carter's blood boil, I'm sure both men would have been on the same page about music--about its power to reach people, move their souls, and inspire them in their lives.

HERE is the Los Angeles Times' obituary of Mr. Seeger. The elder Seeger outlived his equally famous and talented half-brother, Mike, by a few years.

I had the pleasure of talking twice with Mike Seeger in preparation for our Carter Family graphic novel. It was great to be able to talk music with him, and he offered some valuable insights on the playing styles of Sara and Maybelle Carter.

The musical legacy of the Seegers helped to keep folk and traditional American music alive and well in the mainstream of America. Pete Seeger's life story is a dramatic one, and would make a great bio-pic (or graphic novel). There is a wealth of information, video and visuals out there on the Internet. Take a moment and remember this passionate, highly influential man and his music.

Here's a fascinating video in which Pete Seeger talks about the Carters and Virginia, and interacts with June Carter and Johnny Cash:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bristol Sessions at Lincoln Center

Our Carter Family graphic novel went on sale at NYC's Lincoln Center for two nights only (Friday and Saturday) as part of Bill Frisell's "Roots of Americana" series. 
Thanks to all who made our book available at this prestigious venue!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Leslie Riddle, on a t-shirt!


Just a reminder that Danger Room Comics in Olympia, Wa, one of the stores that's really been behind the Carter Family book, also has t-shirts made from my drawing of Lesley Riddle --which can be ordered by contacting the store. 360-705-3050. I get lots of compliments when I wear mine. 

Merry Christmas!

Someone has posted the Johnny Cash Christmas Special...


The complete show.  Watch it before it disappers...