North Carolina Privates Investigators – music video (rough cut)

This is a social commentary song I just had to write. I wrote it yesterday and video recorded it today.  This dear friends is HUMOR. So lighten up and laugh a little.

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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TFF Photos from La Cocina

Here are a few photos, taken by my lovely Bride, of our set at La Cocina at Old Town Artisans during the Tucson Folk Festival. We really enjoyed playing there:

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My daughter and newest granddaughter came to the show,

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The great Phil Anderson on Bass. Such a pleasure to perform with.

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The amazing Michael Parker on Drums. We’ve been playing together for 7 years.

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TFF this weekend! Sunday 3:30PM La Cocina.

The Tucson Folk Festival kicks off tonight with the traditional party at La Cocina. The Greg Morton Band will be performing their bluegrass excellence starting at 6:30 PM and some others (including the Determined Luddites) will also take the stage. I’ll be there too – I might even contribute a song or two.

But my big moment comes Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM right on that same stage when the Darrell Elmer Rodgers trio performs with Michael Parker on Drums and the great Phil Anderson on Bass.

Tucson FF 2016 Poster

There are 5 stages serving up free music both Saturday and Sunday.  You’ll also see me pulling EmCee duty on the Plaza stage Saturday evening 6-8 and on the Museum stage Sunday 4:30 – close. Come on down to the Tucson Folk Festival! The weather promises perfection!

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Next Up: Tucson Folk Festival

We’re Gettin’ Ready!  And this will be fun! For the eighth year, I have been selected to perform at the Tucson Folk Festival and this year I will be performing on the La Cocina Stage at Old Town Artisans. Here are some photos from our set there in 2013:

2013 TFF performance at La Cocina

2013 TFF performance at La Cocina

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2013 TFF performance at La Cocina

It’s a cozy venue in that the audience is only about 6 feet from the stage and I like that! This year, our bass player will be Phil Anderson, an acclaimed performer in a number of Tucson groups including Southbound Pilot (they’re good!).  Phil and drummer Michael Parker really connected at our first rehearsal and I’m confident we’ll give you a good show.

We perform SUNDAY, May 1st, at 3:30 PM on the La Cocina stage at Old Town Artisans – a favorite spot. The venue is a cozy courtyard of an old hacienda now converted to restaurants, a bar, and craft shops.

TFF 2016-logo artThis will be the 31st annual Tucson Folk Festival. It is perhaps, the biggest Folk Music Festival in the entire Southwest. About 12,000 people are expected to attend over the weekend (Apr 30 & May 1) to enjoy hundreds of performers arrayed on 5 different stages each day – AND ITS FREE.  You can spend your money to buy a program, enjoy some vendor food, and pick up CDs of your new favorite acts.

So for you “out-of-towners” – plan a trip! Come see us!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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What a weekend in Glendale!

I have lived many places and I must say that, in the world of Acoustic Folk and Americana music,  I believe Arizona has about the highest per capita talent of anywhere I’ve been. At least it felt that way this past weekend at the Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival.

Suhuaro Ranch Park is a “living history” kind of place where you can see how things looked back in the late 1800’s. And with so much gray hair walking around, you might thing some of our participants had first-hand experience. But actually, they just care about preserving the good parts of our states cultural heritage (yes, there are some).

I performed on Saturday after having been EmCee on one of 5 stages most of the afternoon.  While the number of attendees had dropped off by 4 PM, the folks who came to my set were wonderful and included a number of my fellow performers.

On Sunday I attended mostly for the fun of it, jamming with friends and enjoying workshops and performances by some of Arizona’s best. (TIP: If you haven’t heard Dean Cook’s song about Kokopelli,  you’re in for a treat.)  Any chance you get to hear Don Armstrong, Hans Olsen, Eric Ramsey, Way Out West, JC & Laney, Jim Pipkin, or any of these wonderful musicians, please do it.   Here are a few pictures taken this weekend.

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Skunk Creek String Band

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Don Armstrong (with Tom Poley and Slim Rost)

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Muhlenburg County

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Eric Ramsey

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Hans Olsen

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Human Jones

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Cowboy Wrecks

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Darrell Elmer Rodgers

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JC & Laney

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Blaise Lantanna

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Odie Piker of Three Legged Dog plays a hurdy gurdy

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Steve Decker

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Bob Frank and Chuck Giamalvo

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Mark Fogelson

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Romen Buffalo and the Royal Order

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Music Video: End of the Line

I had been chipping away at building this video for some time when my friend (and superb guitar player) Joey Weissgerber provided me some video footage he took of me performing at Tempe Center for the Arts.  With a slight bit of time-stretching I was able to incorparate clips of that video (see January 11 post below) into this music video (with Joey’s permission of course).

The result is pretty good, if I do say so myself.

I performed this song at the Gilbert Folk Festival last weekend and met a Casa Grande native who confirmed that I got the history right. Her name is Rosemary Newman and she IMG_5099should know. Her great grand father built most of the stone buildings in this town, and an earlier relative was Pinal County’s first sheriff. So there you go.

By the way, Rosemary is married to long-time singer-songwriter Ted Newman. He’s been writing wonderful humorous songs for years.

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Valentine’s Day: What It Is

Here is my annual Valentine’s day song for my Bride.

It’s called “What It is” as in: “it is what it is” – that old cliche’.

Some people can’t stand the old cliche’ because they say “it doesn’t tell me anything”. Well, OK, it’s opaque, but it seems to convey the message: “Let’s just accept this as we see it”.  And that’s how I envision it here.

There’s also an underlying feeling (at least for me) of being comfortable with the condition of loving someone. Like wearing comfortable clothes.  The phrases “I’d rather talk with her about something real” and “or watch TV with her and laugh out loud”, express that for me.

This is the fifth year I’ve done one of these Valentines and in another 7 years, I’ll have enough for an album!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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