January has been officially designated Flu Month in our household. The better part of 3 weeks, and we’re still not 100%. My voice has been missing for 2 weeks now… and I miss it!
This past Saturday night The Sandwich Rangers had a very satisfying concert at The Sandwich Arts Center. I couldn’t croak a note, but Lisa sang a few of my songs for me, as well as her own great tunes, and I noodled on mandolin and guitar, and a good time was had by all.
And now that February begins, I’ll be again hosting Wednesday nights at The Corner House. Here’s the month’s lineup:
Feb. 7 THE SANDWICH RANGERS
Feb 14 PEG LOUGHRAN AND LISA FERGUSON
Feb 21 CINDY DUCHIN
Feb 28 DICK HODGES, plus all those whose music he’s improved with his bass playing– or at least as many as can make it.
There are also some new dates added on into the summer. Check the Appearances page.
After a good 3 years of work, “Dangerous Folksinger” is going to production. This is a remaking of an album that first appeared, on tape only, in 1986. It should be available in the next few weeks– stay tuned!
On the Videos page, I’ve made a section of election-year compositions.
First, “Ax to Grind“, written after the election of 1980. Some folks are finding it cathartic here in 2017.
Next: “The Tunnel at the End of the Light“, written before the election of Barack Obama in 2008, and subtitled “White Men Vote Republican”. I turned out to be as surprised by that election as by 2016’s, so clearly I’m no pundit.
And finally, “Blame The Victim“, written in the summer of 2016.”
Also newly posted is a folkie fingerpicking mashup of “Solid Gone” and “Baltimore To Washington“, also sometimes known as “McKinley’s White House Blues“. This could be a part of a section called “US Presidents Who’ve Been Shot,” but that would be a separate piece.
This newborn group consisting of Lisa Ferguson, Jonno Deveneau, Dick Hodges, and yours truly, Doug Hazard, is dedicated to bringing out the fullness, the jamness and the funness of Lisa’s songs, Hazard songs, and songs by the great songwriters that we love– Prine, Hiatt, Waits, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and a whole bunch of other damn Texans…
Here to start is one of Lisa’s fine tunes. More to follow.
And here’s one of mine. Pretty good for our third gig, if I do say so.
And here, from our seconds gig, is our closer, a Tom Waits classic.