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Folk Alliance Starts Today and I Feel Like I'm Going to Cry

February 21, 2007

Not that I'm not a big crybaby in general, but missing the International Folk Alliance Conference this year has the whole group of us singing the blues. For everyone going down to Memphis, have a good time, do your best and try to work Folk Alley into a sentence every now and then. Please feel free to post conference updates below for those of us not blessed with attendance. For the rest of us, lets spend the next few days thinking folky thoughts to bond with our musical brethren at this time of fellowship and celebration in the name of folk music.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at February 21, 2007 9:36 AM


I wanted to go to Folk Alliance, but I have Bearfoot playing my venue this weekend. Their latest CD has had all of us wanting to see this show for weeks.

Posted by: Doug Sligh at February 21, 2007 4:11 PM

Bearfoot played the Folk Fest with the Sparrow Quartet - they were all very nice and great musicians. Tell them I say "hi" (I sold their CDs at the merch table).

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at February 21, 2007 4:26 PM

Thinking Folkie thoughts here too... it's gotten real quiet already on my page (MySpace) as the great migration progresses... (see my bottom lip protruding in a most pitiful manner)
Next year in Memphis!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 21, 2007 9:12 PM

JoLynn--You show up in Memphis next year and I'm putting you to work! AEV

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at February 22, 2007 11:21 AM

I'll hold you to that, Ann!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 22, 2007 5:55 PM

This is not a complaint, just a statement of fact. I used to go to folk clubs in Atlanta, Birmingham and, later, New York and Dallas. Maybe it just seemed simple, since I was always in the audience, but do the folkies today require a lot more in their tech riders than in previous years? Bluegrass and folk seem like such organic music forms, but the stage plots and tech requirements are just mind bogling sometimes. What happened to the lone singer who showed up with a guitar and played for two hours with one mike?

Posted by: Doug Sligh at February 22, 2007 10:08 PM

Those were coffee houses, Doug? Nicer, more sophisticated equipment now, I suppose. I guess that unless it's on someone's front porch or in their kitchen or living room, we might find a bunch of sound & light gear.
No matter how much newfangled equipment is used in any given venue, I suppose that the best tech crew will make it appear as if it's just the singer with a guitar on a stool.
I tend to really like the more 'organic' approach, and that's why I frequent our local House Concerts, where it truly is just a guy on a stool with a guitar and a couple of mics and amps and speakers maybe. Ah, but what if it were to be recorded - then I want the big guns technology to capture the artists and not the hacking cough, etc. in the crowd..

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 23, 2007 12:26 AM

JoLynn, the best I have ever heard, anywhere, was on the back porch and lawn of my granny's house in the hills of Eastern Oklahoma in the fifties and early sixties. Unfortunately, we didn't know what "recording" was, then. They are all gone now(crying).

Posted by: Thomas Glenn at April 11, 2007 7:18 AM

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