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Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme

20 Feb 06 - 03:12 PM (#1674027)
Subject: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Lucky me! Art sent me a hard copy of "Life Times" a small newspaper which is published by and sent out to subscribers by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. The author and Art have both graciously given me permission to transcribe it and post it here for your reading pleasure, too. May it add to the wonderful archive about and by this wonderful man here at the Mudcat. (Great quotes by Jean Ritchie and Sandy Paton!)

Thanks a million, Art. Like Fine Art, you ARE a treasure!

(BTW, I did spellcheck. Hope I got it typed in okay!. If anyone notices any, please let me know and I will correct them.:-)

GOING WITH THE MUSICAL FLOW
by
Lynn Van Matre


The year was 1959, and Americans were humming the chorus of "Tom Dooley," the Kingston Trio hit that catapulted folk music to the top of pop charts a year earlier. In Chicago, the urban folk scene was in full flower, with clubs like the Gate of Horn and Mother Blues drawing standing-room only crowds and prompting countless would-be troubadours to take up guitar or banjo.

One of those budding musicians was teenager Art Thieme, who hung out at clubs with other young hopefuls like David Crosby and Cass Elliot. The fledgling folkie made his performing debut that December at a coffeehouse in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

"The admission was $1, and the deal was that I got 25 percent of the door," Mr. Thieme recalls. "I went home with 25 cents."

The fad for traditional folk songs eventually ran its course; by the mid-1960's the Beatles had invaded America and rock reigned supreme. Young performers like Crosby and Elliot left Chicago and the traditional scene to join folk-rock pop groups such as the Byrds and the Mamas and the Papas.

But Art Thieme had fallen in love with the old tunes, songs from the American experience that told what he calls "the camaraderie and hopes and dreams and tragedies of real folks." Over the next four decades he would perform the ballads he loved at venues throughout the Midwest and beyond, forging a reputation as a topflight interpreter of American traditional music and a captivating storyteller with a penchant for puns.

Today, at 64, Mr. Thieme qualifies as something if an elder statesman the traditional folk scene, and he keeps his hand in on several fronts. His column, "The Unreconstructed Folksinger," appears on the Plank Road Music Society Web site (www.plankroad.org), maintained by Chicago area folkies.

Plans call for a retrospective CD to be released later in 2006 by Folk-Legacy records (www.folklegacy.com), home to two earlier Thieme CDs. Most recently, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. contacted Mr. Theime about acquiring for their archives – and possible display – hundreds of pictures the amateur photographer has taken of folk performers over the years.

Slowed Down

But the longtime Chicago folk fixture no longer performs in public due to multiple sclerosis, diagnosed in the mid-1990's. The disease causes him problems with mobility, short-term memory and manual dexterity. Mr. Thieme acknowledges that dealing with MS is far more challenging than the difficulties he encountered in decades on the road.

"It's frustrating as hell to not be able to play my instruments," says Mr. Thieme, who accompanied himself in performances on guitar, banjo, and musical saw. "I miss that more than I can ever say. But I go forward day by day.

"The calluses on my fingers are gone because I can't fret my instruments, but my hide is thicker and tougher," he adds. "I can take more now than I could in earlier times, because I'm learning to take what comes rather than always trying to control the uncontrollable."

Mr. Theime spends part of his days taking care of Carol, his wife of 38 years, who has battled severe depression for more than a decade.

"I take care of her and she takes care of me," he says. The couple shares an apartment in Peru, Ill., where they moved in the 1980s to provide better schooling for their son, Chris, now grown.

"With me being a folksinger, we couldn't afford to live in the Chicago suburbs that had good schools," Mr. Thieme says. "So we came to Peru, which was a good move. I was on the road a lot, and Carol stayed home to raise our son."

In addition to playing clubs and festivals, Mr. Thieme performed in Chicago-area schools for more than 20 years as part of the Urban Gateways arts education program. His summers often were spent on the Mississippi River, playing for passengers on excursion boats running between Le Claire, Iowa, and Galena, Ill. His days on the riverboats taught him a number of things, not the least of which was patience.

"Our boat would go through locks twice every day," Mr. Thieme explains. "If we got to the locks with no tows ahead of us, we would lock through in maybe 30 or 40 minutes. But if we were behind a 'double tow' – we had no choice except to wait while they broke the barges in two parts and put each half through separately."

'Another lock delay'

"It took me a couple of years to realize it wasn't in my best interest to get ticked off at the fickle finger of fate. After that, (during delays) I just looked around and gloried in the beauty and serenity that was all around me. So now, I try to remind myself that it's just another lock delay – time to look around and see what amazing floats are coming along in the never-ending aquatic parade. All of us have our own private river that is our personal Grail hunt, our personal adventure.

"I wish I could see it that way all the time," Mr. Thieme adds. "I can't; none of us can. We all have plenty of times we can practice, though."

Longtime Appalachian folksinger Jean Ritchie recalls hearing Mr. Thieme the first time in the late 1960s and being impressed with the youthful performer.
"My husband, George Pickow, and I were doing a cross-country tour (that included) a booking at a coffeehouse in Milwaukee," says Ms. Ritchie. "I was kind of nervous, but my host said, 'Oh, are you lucky! One of our most treasured local folks has requested that he be on the bill with you tonight.' He ushered me into the little artist's-lurking-room and there was a big bunch of garden flowers, and Art Thieme standing beside it, grinning.

"It was a wonderful evening for me. Art did the opening spot, doing a few songs I knew and several I had never heard before but liked a lot, and then he told a long, funny story. By the time I went onstage, my nervousness was all gone. Art radiates warmth and fun."

By the mid-1970s, Mr. Thieme had begun recording, first for a California record label called Kicking Mule and later for Connecticut-based Folk-Legacy. In addition to the retrospective "Chicago and Points West," Folk-Legacy founder Sandy Paton says the label plans to release a CD of Thieme's shows aboard the Mississippi riverboat the "Julia Belle Swain."

"I can think of no one in the so-called 'folk revival' more capable of holding an audience spellbound with his presentation of traditional ballads and songs," Mr. Paton says. "If we can help Art receive even a part of the national recognition he deserves, we are willing to work hard to do so."

Mr. Thieme enjoys recalling stories from his early days on the folk scene, including the time author Nelson Algren bought the fledgling troubadour a beer.

"It was the first beer I ever had in a bar," Mr. Thieme says. "It was at the original Second City, on Clark Street. I would hang out there drinking Cokes and listening to the cool conversations. Algren kept after me to have a beer, but they wouldn't serve me because I was too young. So one day he slid his beer down the bar to me and winked at the bartender, who just turned around, exasperated."

Mr. Thieme , whose early influences included the New Lost City Ramblers, Odetta and Chicago street musicians Blind Arvella Gray, says he believed – and still believes – that the main job of a true folksinger is to explore and preserve the past.

"Modern singer-songwriters look at today's personal dramatic situations and traumas," he says. "Some of today's songwriters will become legends, but from where I sit, most of them will not become folksingers. It's only when songs are a result of looking at people of the past, and studying how they chronicled their lives, that they're real folk songs. That's what it comes to, in a nutshell, to me. I considered myself a folksinger about 60 per cent of the time – maybe a little more, I hope."


20 Feb 06 - 03:26 PM (#1674033)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: kendall

Well, we knew it all along, didn't we?


20 Feb 06 - 03:40 PM (#1674043)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: John MacKenzie

Art you've obviously always been an inspiration, what a lovely article, it must be nice to have inspired so much love and happiness. I'm sure you'll continue to do so.
Giok.


20 Feb 06 - 04:06 PM (#1674069)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

I forgot to say, there is a lovely picture of Art with his musical saw and one of Carol and him. His picture also shares the front page with a picure of Beethoven and an article called "Beethoven, pop idol of his day?"


20 Feb 06 - 04:08 PM (#1674070)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Amos

Minor typo things:

slower, ==> flower
not the last of which ==> not the least of which
put each half separately==>put easch half through separately
IN addition to the retrospective ==> In addition to the retrospective
riverboat the "Julia Belle Swain."==>riverboat, "The Julia Belle Swain", or, riverboat "Julia Belle Swain"


Kat, thank you so much for a truly heart-warming and well-deserved story. Congratulations, Art!


A


20 Feb 06 - 04:17 PM (#1674079)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Thanks for catching those, Amos, though the last one is exactly as the writer put it, so it stands as so.

I also forgot to mention Art's article comes before Beethoven's! Nan-er-Nan-er-Nan-er!


20 Feb 06 - 04:18 PM (#1674080)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Bert

A great story.

Folksinger 60% of the time.
Punster the remaining 40%.


20 Feb 06 - 04:23 PM (#1674086)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Seamus Kennedy

Great job, Kat. Thanks
And a big Attaboy to Art.

Seamus


20 Feb 06 - 04:45 PM (#1674109)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Joybell

Thank you Kat. Thank you so much.
Joy and Hildebrand


20 Feb 06 - 04:50 PM (#1674115)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Lonesome EJ

Disappointing. Not a word about the rubber chicken.


20 Feb 06 - 05:02 PM (#1674126)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Alba

Art Thieme...:) That is a wonderfilled write up.
I hope you are feeling warm and well loved. If you are not then....
you should be, because you are.
Earned and deserved indeed.

Thank you Kat for sharing the Transcript...you are so right, Art is a Treasure but then so are you:)

Oh it's so good to read good things, so good.
Love and Blessings to All
Jude


20 Feb 06 - 05:13 PM (#1674133)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Charley Noble

Very pleased to see this write-up!

Charley Noble


20 Feb 06 - 05:44 PM (#1674145)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: The Fooles Troupe

Art, I wouldn't worry about coming before Beethoven - he's much older than you!

;-)


20 Feb 06 - 06:01 PM (#1674155)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Rapparee

All that, and he's still optimistic about the Cubbies.... Watta guy!


20 Feb 06 - 06:01 PM (#1674156)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Jerry Rasmussen

What a delight, Art: No one deserves it more than you..

Jerry


20 Feb 06 - 06:57 PM (#1674220)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Barry Finn

Thanks for the write up Kat, it was real nice of you to share this with us. Well deserved Art, most of us folkies have known, even us who've never met you, how treasured you are, it's realy nice to see that recognition goes beyond our own little community. Well done & well lived.
Barry


20 Feb 06 - 07:12 PM (#1674244)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Bert

Shut up Garg, you twerp.


20 Feb 06 - 07:25 PM (#1674271)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Auggie

Congratulations, Art (and thank you,Kat)

By the way, your music could be heard last night on WPR's Simply Folk program. They aired the title track of the "That's the Ticket" LP. And during pledge week no less, when they obviously trot out only their finest.

Best Regards,
Auggie


20 Feb 06 - 07:45 PM (#1674297)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: bet

Something told me to click and read. What a great man. I feel honored to know about you Art and have an association with wyou through the Mudcat.
bet


20 Feb 06 - 07:51 PM (#1674305)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Well done, Art- and thanks Kat dear for sharing it with us!


20 Feb 06 - 07:52 PM (#1674306)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: bbc

Thanks, kat. What a pleasure to read! And what a pleasure it's been to get to know you, Art!

best always,

Barbara


20 Feb 06 - 08:53 PM (#1674378)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: GUEST,Art Thieme

Say, folks, thanks for your way too kind comments. And thanks to Ms Kat for typing all that up here. That's a chore and a half. I'm not sure how this all came about, but it is quite nice to see. Lynn Van Matre wrote for the Chicago Tribune for MANY years---and she is now freelancing. Ever since the '70s she has been very kind to me in print; my old promo packet was at least a third made up of her writings. I suspect that Blue Cross/Blue Shield figured some of their Illinois insured people might recall a few of my old puns and songs etc. As the old song says, "It's grand to be re-membered." Ask John Wayne Bobbit if you doubt that!!

Love to you all,

Art


20 Feb 06 - 08:57 PM (#1674380)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Amos

Isn't he the guy who wrote that smash cutting-edge song, "Lorena"?


A


20 Feb 06 - 10:03 PM (#1674438)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Ebbie

What a great writeup! Thanks, kat. What a treasure.

Incidentally, - and I'm sure you'd catch the error later - in paragraph 3 Art's name is turned inside out.

Eb


20 Feb 06 - 10:23 PM (#1674459)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Thanks, Ebbie! Between you, Amos,a nd Cluin, I think I've finally got them all.:-) My grandson came home in the middle of my typng this up and was ever so helpful as he sat on my desk, listening to me explain how I needed to do this for a dear friend. He loved your pix, Art!:-)

My pleasure folks. Thanks to Art and Lynn AND Carol!


21 Feb 06 - 09:10 AM (#1674741)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Dharmabum

Thanks for posting that Kat.
A truely enjoyable read.
It seems no matter what batch of cd's I'm currently listening to,one of Art's is always in the mix.

B.T.W.
Did you know that Lorena Bobbit had a sister who tried to do the same thing to her husband?
She wasn't quite as accurate with her knife though,& she cut his leg.

She was charged with a .............misdeweiner.

DB.


21 Feb 06 - 10:09 AM (#1674778)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Rapparee

Okay...this is the way they came up:

Fun With Mangled Lyrics         
Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme

I'm not making this up, you know.


21 Feb 06 - 10:32 AM (#1674798)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Willie-O

You're not allowed to make stuff up :)

I don't check in on the Cat all that often anymore but this was well worth it. I am still waiting for Art to outdo that "misdeweiner" pun though.

Looking forward to an even bigger groan

W-O


21 Feb 06 - 10:42 AM (#1674809)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Mark Ross

Great write-up, thanks for posting it. Art, congratulations, most people don't get to hear people talk about them like that unless they're listening in at their own funeral.


Mark Ross


21 Feb 06 - 11:42 AM (#1674876)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: catspaw49

Art, although that IS a fine write-up and the very least you deserve, somehow I missed a bit of you in there and I wondered if you failed to tell the writer that the barges were often filled pigeons and hammers................I mean I couldn't find a pun anywhere and punning is a thieme that is all Art.................and that one really stunk.

You deserve all the best!

Pat


21 Feb 06 - 03:25 PM (#1675087)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: M.Ted

I would have been even more impressed, except that I have been following Mr. Thieme's entertaining and edcuational commentary here for many years. You keep it interesting around here, Art. Gotta get that new CD--


21 Feb 06 - 03:38 PM (#1675092)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Azizi

Congratulations, Art!

I'm glad that you're getting some of the national recognition that you deserve.


21 Feb 06 - 03:49 PM (#1675102)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: greg stephens

Great stuff Art. A great read. Been through a few locks myself, and waited for them too!


21 Feb 06 - 03:55 PM (#1675109)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Geez, Spaw, there's gotta be something you can work with...maybe something about the locks being the only thing he couldn't pick!:-)


BD...LOL...groan!:-)


21 Feb 06 - 03:59 PM (#1675114)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Phil Cooper

A great article. Lynn Van Matre is a good writer and covered folk for the Trib long after it was no longer cool. I just finished posting on the "first song" thread that Jerry Rasmussen started and was thinking about the first time I saw Art perform. He was doing a Friday night at Juicy John Pink's in Dekalb, Illinois. I remember the fish puns (when I was first introduced to him a few years later, I mentioned that and he said he was trying to forget those). Also all the great songs like, "Here's to You Rounders." I know that Margaret and I always preferred playing on the Flea Marker broadcasts when Art was hosting.


21 Feb 06 - 08:26 PM (#1675352)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Big Mick

I often speak of the miracle of the Mudcat. For all its warts, it has caused me to rub cyber elbows with the likes of Art Thieme. kat, you have been such a true friend to him and to the rest of us, I am in your debt for doing this work.

Art, I am so fortunate and honored to have come to know you. I believe you are one of folk music's true treasures. Congratulations on this wonderful tribute. I will be in Chicago for the Wobblie convention later this year and hope we can hook up. No drive too long, my friend.

Much love,

Mick


21 Feb 06 - 09:52 PM (#1675426)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Francy

Mighty Fine Art.......keep on keepin' on...Your friend in life & music Frank of Toledo


21 Feb 06 - 11:36 PM (#1675481)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: GUEST,Art Thieme

Friends, I truly am thankful for the amazing creative lot of you! Phil, Mick, Kat, Azizi, Pat, Joe, Dick, Mark, Jerry----all 'o you. (I've even actually met some of you!! Will wonders never cease.) A few I know well. Others, just on the phone---and floating here in cyberspace with you. Thank you for puttin' up with me...and to Sandy and Caroline for puttin' me in their stable --- and Jerry for actually puttin' me up in his wondrous museum there in Stamford. I met a ghost there one night; he gave me a song--and a pun. Both are on the 1998 CD...

Jerry will tell you, I don't know what to make of this kind of tribute stuff. Just know I do appreciate it, and I truly wish I could tell Steve Goodman, and Del Bray, and Paul Durst, and Kate Wolf, and Freddy Holstein, and Bob Gibson, and Bill Chipman, and Arvella Gray and Lee O.B. Quiggins some of the things you've laid on my person of late. I didn't do much to deserve it I don't think. --- I only put one foot and one gig in front of the other through all the years. I sang into thin air and, alchemically, somehow, turned those miles into the rent. I'm glad and grateful you took to some of it. ----- Just know this: Once I saw that the songs were a way to time-travel through history, I was hooked! -----------As Buddy Mondlock said in my favorite song of his, there was "No Choice."

--- Thanks for going on part of the Grail hunt with me. To some it probably looked like tilting at windmills, and some of it definitely was that. But a singer once said I might find some answers in those gusty zephyrs-----even if them roads were often too hot & dusty-stormy to see our way real clearly.

I'm done. It's gettin' late and tomorrow is a busy day. I go on like this when I'm too tired and, actually, too moved by all you good people to respond coherently. Consider this one man's try at saying THANKS!

Love,

Art


22 Feb 06 - 09:27 AM (#1675784)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Peter T.

It is still a puzzle to me why more countries don't take up the Japanese model of "National Cultural Treasures" -- Art is one, that is for sure.

yours,

Peter T.


22 Feb 06 - 09:33 AM (#1675793)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Beautifully put as always, Art.

Yes, Peter, he IS>

I just got a note from Lynn, who wrote the article. The paper in which the article and pictures were printed is sent out to 500,000 people, that's half a million, folks!! She is hopeful, as I am, that many of them will seek out his CDs.


22 Feb 06 - 10:58 AM (#1675902)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Big Jim from Jackson

I met Art only once and briefly at the Big Muddy Festival in Boonville. I have corresponded a tiny bit with him and he has very kindly sent me material (that was not released on any record!) to be used on my radion show. If there is a better personification of a folk muscian anywhere out there, I've yet to meet him or hear of him. And a quick look at the people on this thread, many of whom are pretty important "somebodies", and have expressed their admiration for him is an indication of just who and what he is. You don't inspire comments from people like these without being something very special. I am in awe.                   Jim Hickam


22 Feb 06 - 10:58 AM (#1675903)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Stilly River Sage

This is a great story. I went looking around to see if they have a web version of the paper so maybe we could see the picture also, but there doesn't appear to be one. Too bad!

Over on this thread a few of us have decided to be proactive and help get Art going on transferring some of those cassettes to CD. It's an informal process.

SRS


22 Feb 06 - 11:23 AM (#1675934)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Kaleea

If one takes the time to look beyond the curtain of "Folk Music," one sees the many women & men who have persevered the decades and taught the Music of the people to each successive generation.
Pay attention to the people behind the curtain.


22 Feb 06 - 01:34 PM (#1676042)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Rustic Rebel

Wonderful read. Thanks Art, for you are truly a legend in your time eh? I am honored to have your Chicagotown Blues on the Strawberry.
Thanks Kat.


22 Feb 06 - 02:48 PM (#1676104)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

You all are most welcome.

SRS, with Art's permission, I will scan in the photos and post them with a link. Might take me a day or so. It's kinda busy around here through the weekend.:-)


22 Feb 06 - 03:16 PM (#1676136)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Stilly River Sage

Great! You could get Pene Azul to put them up with Art's other photos here at Mudcat.

SRS


22 Feb 06 - 04:16 PM (#1676171)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: GUEST

Kat, thank you so much for bringing that to us. Art, thank you for being so deserving of it. Love from Elaine and me. Burl.


23 Feb 06 - 02:49 PM (#1677007)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: GUEST,Art Thieme

refresh----for Ms Anna


23 Feb 06 - 03:16 PM (#1677023)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Thanks for the photo, Art. I have sent it on to Pene/Jeff and asked that it be added to your Mudcat photo page.


23 Feb 06 - 04:57 PM (#1677100)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Stilly River Sage

Once it's posted this link will take you there.


23 Feb 06 - 05:37 PM (#1677139)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)

Just back from two weeks away, and in this morning's mail (2/23/06) there was a copy of your article from Lynn Van Matre herself- very nice that she sent me one, and I certainly feel honored to have my two cents-worth used therein, Art. Congratulations and thanks for the happy memories, and love to you both!    Jean

PS: No criticisms intended- but we wondered why, three sentences from the end of the piece, the writer was still referring to you as, "the fledgling folksinger..."


23 Feb 06 - 07:42 PM (#1677206)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Bert

fledgling ... Oh that was probably a reference to those "Lock Moss Nesters".


24 Feb 06 - 12:59 AM (#1677392)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: GUEST,Art Thieme

And Jean, thanks to you for your two cents. ;-)   And for all of your years of music.

Art


24 Feb 06 - 11:37 AM (#1677769)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: RoyH (Burl)

I hadn't noticed that my cookie had crumbled when I did my earlier posting on this thread. So, I'll say it again............................Kat, thanks for posting this. Art, thanks for deserving it. All the best to you and carol from Elaine and me. Burl.


24 Feb 06 - 01:46 PM (#1677893)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Fortunato

Art.
I very much enjoyed reading that article and your posts the last few years. Art, you've got sand and grit, and I ain't one damn bit surprised.

I can't play the banjo. But I can play the guitar pretty good. If you can sing and want to record sometime. I'll just pack up my Gallagher and come to where you say. I reckon we could find us a banjo player. I'd be honored to be your hands. I know Rick Fielding would have done it if he could, 'cause we talked about you. And I can and damn sure will do it if you see fit.

And that's no bullshit.

Chance Shiver


24 Feb 06 - 01:49 PM (#1677896)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: katlaughing

Hurrah for you, Chance!!! That's a brill idea!!


26 Feb 06 - 07:17 PM (#1679782)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Fortunato

Refresh


26 Feb 06 - 07:59 PM (#1679811)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Big Mick

Count me in with Chance, pal.

Mick


27 Feb 06 - 04:44 PM (#1680545)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: GUEST,Art Thieme

Chance and all,

Thanks but...

The voice ain't nothing now--even less than the normal 6 note range I once could manage. Too many breathing tubes put through the vocal cords over the years. Result is like a genetically engineered Rod McKuen & Van Ronk hybrid clone. Nothing I'd ever want people to have to pay to hear. Other factors too.

Art


27 Feb 06 - 09:13 PM (#1680775)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Cruiser

A moving, inspiring article.


27 Feb 06 - 09:17 PM (#1680779)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Stilly River Sage

How's your speaking voice, Art? I think there would be a number of folks who would want to hear you talk about the folk process and your experiences within it.

SRS


27 Feb 06 - 09:47 PM (#1680801)
Subject: RE: Beautiful write-up on Art Thieme
From: Ebbie

Chance, was that a mangled guitar on that Getaway stage, eh? Or was that your twin sitting behind it? He sounded pretty good too. *G*