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Virginia’s Travel Blog

Been laying low and getting to know the newest addition to the YHT gang — he turned three whole days old this morning — but I wanted to surface quickly and share that my second post on Virginia’s Travel Blog was published today, entitled “Live Music And Breweries In Northern Virginia: A Pairing Guide.” I thought something like this would be helpful because meeting up with friends before a show is great, and even better is meeting up close to the venue so you can enjoy a drink and still make it to the show in time to catch the opener. Given how many tasty beers there are to be tried in the area, carving out extra time to make a day of your next NOVA show is well worth it.

Click here to check out the post.

As a side note, I’ve gone down a serious rabbit hole searching through archive.org for Jammin’ Java shows I went to when I was in college. I can’t remember which ones I definitely went to, but Stephen Kellogg sure was covering some fantastic songs in 2003. Might I suggest this show from June and this one from October?

Here’s one of my favorite tunes of his from that era — “Such A Way” — performed at Jammin’ Java some 10 years further down the road.

Stephen Kellogg — “Such A Way” (live) [Youtube]

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Virginia’s Travel Blog

Some fun news to share — my first post for the Virginia Tourism blog went up over the weekend.

It’s hard to put into words how honored I am at having the opportunity to write about Virginia’s music-related history, people, and places. I’ve lived in just two cities — Norfolk and Richmond — and I owe so much of my love of music to Virginia artists and venues. That said, in the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the western part of the state and the crucial role the area has played in genres like country and bluegrass. It’s been eye-opening. Despite living here for 30+ years, it still feels like I’ve only scratched the surface of the music this big, beautiful state has to offer, and I hope you’ll follow along at Virginia’s Travel Blog as I continue exploring.

My first post is about family-friendly music spots — click here to check it out, and please do subscribe on the right side of the page, if you’re so inclined.

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Seen/Eaten/Heard

A cold Guinness, a hot steak and Guinness pie, and a slow, sad version of “Danny Boy” drifting in from the distance, all before noon. Not bad, Church Hill Irish Festival. Not bad.

Here’s one of the slowest and saddest versions you’ll find: Harry Belafonte’s.

Harry Belafonte — “Danny Boy” [Spotify/iTunes]

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Thanks, Obama

No News and Notes today. No songs. I just want to say thank you to our outgoing president — someone for whom I’ll harbor deep respect and gratitude for the rest of my days.

Above you’ll find video of his farewell address. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend you do — and not just for the way he makes you feel feelings near the end when he thanks Michelle and Joe Biden does finger guns. Watch for the way he steadfastly and convincingly projects hope for the future, even in the face of… you know.

I watched last night and felt genuinely hopeful when he was done, which is better than the way I felt before I watched. That hope may be irrational, but it’s essential in equal measure. To quote Martin Luther King Jr. via Matthew E. White via Monday’s post: “Darkness can’t drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”

I’d also like to post a couple of links to pages where you can donate to worthy causes, in case that feels right today. Here’s where to give to the ACLU, and here’s where to give to Planned Parenthood.

I love you guys. Thanks for reading this blog.

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Friday News and Notes

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A few quick notes heading into the weekend:

  • CD Monday update: CD Monday is on the ropes, y’all. Once again, I didn’t get to listen much to the week’s album — this time it was because Toddler YHT has started requesting “Video Killed The Radio Star” the moment any other music starts playing. As repetitive as it may be, The Buggles are 1000% preferable to Daniel Tiger singing about his feelings. It reminds me a little of when I worked at Buffalo Wild Wings one summer: I thought I’d get sick of chicken wings — I went home smelling like one every night — but I ended that summer more hooked on Bdubs than ever. I think the same thing is happening with “Radio Star,” as my daughter calls it.
  • Avers Note #1: My vinyl copy of the new album came in the mail earlier this week, and it’s excellent. Can’t wait to write a longer thing about it.
  • Avers Note #2: Congrats to the band on the Billboard advance stream! Love thinking about how many new ears they’ll be reaching.
  • Avers Note #3: Tonight’s the big release show at the Broadberry! I’ll be gigging tonight, but y’all should all go and get your faces rocked off. And be sure to hit the merch table while you’re there — Omega/Whatever is a must-have.
  • This is very random, but I brought a VCR to the Corolla last week, and one of the movies we watched was Disney’s foxy version of Robin Hood. While it was playing I found out that the Watkins Family Hour album from last year has a fantastic cover of “Not In Nottingham.” Did y’all know Roger Miller wrote that? And the “Oo De Lally” song? How cool is that?
  • Ryan Adams writes a lot of spontaneous mid-concert throwaway songs, but this has to be one of his best. By the way, if you haven’t heard his set from Newport — the one he did with The Infamous Stringdusters –it’s definitely worth a listen.
  • Next week’s Off Your Radar will cover Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator), and I am so damn excited that I have no idea what to write. Tune in on Monday to see what happens when that confused excitement collides with my Sunday submission deadline!

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Beach Week

Gonna go see if these nerds are still hanging out. See y’all in a week.

Maxwell — “Lake By The Ocean” [Spotify/iTunes]

 

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South Carolina

Heading to Jersey then Hilton Head for a week. Quick CD Monday Update: After cross referencing the album cut and a random live recording, I’m certain that the orchestral version of “Guyute” is my favorite.

Trey Anastasio — “Guyute (Orchestral)” [Spotify/iTunes]

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