A Great Festival You Should Know About . . and this week’s broadcast info:
By Helen ~ September 19, 2012
Got a great show for you this week!
eTown hits the road and heads to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, in this ‘back by popular demand’ broadcast/podcast. Our visiting musical guests are legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle and local Vermont fave and nationally renowned artist Anais Mitchell:
Steve comes solo this show (well, actually he’s with his uber-talented wife, musician extraordinaire Allison Moorer, who appears on Part Two), backed up by Nick and a special local Burlington version of the eTones. As usual he’ll have an ‘up close and personal’ conversation with Nick about a variety of things, including one of his more recent musical projects, a tribute to the late Townes Van Zandt, his friend and musical mentor.
Vermont native Anais Mitchell is a terrific, unique singer and an amazingly gifted songwriter (really interesting stuff). Great combo, that one. You will love her. (A bit of trivia: last minute I’m recruited to sing a complicated harmony on one of the songs from her opera – yes, she’s written an folk/rock opera and does songs from it on eTown this week – I’d never heard the song before but I give it a shot. Let me know what you think.)
Part One also features E-Chievement Award Winner and longtime Vermont resident Will Raap, the driving force behind Burlington’s environmental/local food success story, The Intervale Center.
Second . . .
I have to quickly tell you about this incredible outdoor bluegrass festival I went to last weekend! It’s called ‘Pickin’ in the Pines’ and its just awesome. Held just outside of Flagstaff (great little town, if you haven’t been there yet, you would love it, I know) on a beautiful grassy sloping hillside, huge pine trees all around (the smell! Amazing and great), a huge stage and a great sound system. I went along at the last minute, been working 60 hour weeks here at eTown of late and just plain needed a break. I had no idea what I was going to find. What a delicious surprise! Everyone there was so chill, the audience AND the organizers. Saw a ton of musical friends I hadn’t seen for so long, and I had a chance to catch up backstage throughout the weekend. Hot Rize headlined Saturday and Sunday, so it was a short trip (in on Saturday and out on Monday) but so well worth it. Really stellar musical lineup. Worth checking this one out.
Best of all? Connecting with an old friend who lives there in Flag: Martha Brady and I have known each other for nearly 30 years (we did professional musical theater/comedy together in Telluride for a number of years) and she is, simply put, a peach. Wonderful, warm woman with an easy, infectious laugh and that gentle Southern sense of humor that I just love. Smart as a whip and just a joy to be with.
Martha and I have both long since left Telluride and gone our separate ways; and, while in recent years we’ve reconnected through email and facebook, we hadn’t seen each other in several years. But that didn’t matter. Funny, how you have those friends whom you can see after a long stretch and it’s like you just had lunch together last week. Anyways, love her to death and SO happy to have gotten to spend some time with her.
Tune in this week for Part One on the road in Vermont. And keep an ear/eye out for Part Two with Allison Moorer and author Woody Tasch.
Until next week, have a great week, and don’t forget to stop and smell those roses….