Hi Jerry and Ted.
Reason I'm a guest is because I'm away from my home computer on vacation. In two days, I will be Seventy-Five years old. I look at
pictures of myself and say "who is that old fart?"
Jerry, Penny's Farm is indeed a classic. I remember Bascom telling us (Jack Elliott, Guy Carwan and I) that it was originally called
"Robertson's Farm" and they like the "nigras" around here. Yeah, sure! But we have Penny's. Thanks Pete.
I love Tony Bennett and Sinatra too, Jerry. And Penny's Farm.
I love the opening of Grapes of Wrath which is Red River Valley on the Hohner Echoharp. It is a perfect setup for the movie.
Steinbeck complained because Woody captured the story in his song
in a few seconds and it took Steinbeck so long to write it.
M Ted, I am most grateful and I now consider it an obligation to piece together my eratic life in print. Thank you for your kind
encouragement. I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the folk music revival and scene for over Fifty years, now and to know a lot of the folks that have been influential. I recently saw Joan Baez when she was in Atlanta. Her next CD is produced by Steve Earle
who I really think is as close to Woody as I remember him in Topanga Canyon California (circa early 50's) as anyone. Woody would have loved his songs, I feel sure about that. BTW Joan's concert was lovely. She had Dirk Powell, one of the best of the younger breed of traditional country singers, players, banjo pickers, fiddlers, and is a "ragin' Cajun" with his accordian also. He is a kinda' folk genius and may become another Doc. Then she had John Doyle who is an amazing guitarist, mandolist from Ireland whose rep preceeds him in the States.
I see this as a very rich time for folk music.
My old buddy, Spanky MacFarland has just reorganized Spanky and Our Gang and is playing folk festivals throughout the country. She sounds as good as ever.
I don't get this talk about the demise of folk. It's here and it's great.