Catching my breath

Well, the Tucson Folk Festival is behind us and I feel like I finally have time to catch my breath.  March was a BUSY month with every weekend filled with rehearsals and week-days jammed with work and all the other stuff I typically handle on weekends.

Each rehearsal means 550-plus miles of driving with three hours of performance in the middle of it.  And this year, with our new bassist Larry Johnson on duty, we decided to eat up every Saturday we could.  I think it paid off. We had a BLAST!

This year’s festival was a dramatic change from past years: a month earlier, new venues, a different layout, six stages.  But man, was it GOOD.  My only disappointment was not getting there early enough on Friday to perform at the Kick-off party.

Here are some pictures we (my Bride and I) took during the weekend.  First, I’ll show US, with myself, Michael Parker on drums, and Larry Johnson on bass.  Then you’ll see some of my dear friends performing.  Then, I’ll sign off and take a nap.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio on the Presidio Stage

Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio on the Presidio Stage

Larry Johnson on bass

Michael Parker on drums (this was Michael’s TENTH folk festival)

Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio on the Presidio Stage

Eb Eberlein at the Kick-off party

Greg Morton introducing the Determined Luddites

Jim Pipkin with Cliff Cordes on harmonica

Eric Douglass at the “Dusty Monk Pub”

Robby Roberson and Eric Ramsey – TOGETHER!!

Sabra Faulk-Sylvester and a couple of her “Supernaturals” (Alvin Blaine and Matt Rolland)

Dear friends JC & Laney – simply Maaavelous!

Matt Bruner hammering out sing-alongs at the Dusty Monk

“Nick and Luke” singing harmonies like the Everly Brothers with our pal Slim Rost on bass.

“Dharmapoke” – new band of old friends Kevin Schramm, Tom Poley, Emily Creigh, Phil Anderson, and Michael Joyal. That was a fun debut!

Robby Robberson band (with Jim, Arlienne, and Ed)

Don Armstrong and the “Whiskeypalians”

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Tucson Folk Festival! See us there!

We are Ready!!  Me, Larry, and Michael that is.  Please join us at the Tucson Folk Festival this coming weekend!  We’ve got a couple new songs to start the  line-up and a few to make you dance!


It sure would be great to see you there!  And plan to come down on Saturday as well.  It’s FREE!! and you’ll see some wonderful performers do their thing!

Click this Link for all you’ll need to know:

https://www.tucsonfolkfest.org/folk-festival/ 

I highly recommend seeing Jim Pipkin on Saturday at NOON on the Presidio Stage.  Jim’s a real Pro and a great friend.  And Saturday at 2-PM on the Jacome Stage you’ll be able to see TWO of my favorites TOGETHER!  Check out Ramsey Robertson  on Facebook

Oh Man!  The schedule is PACKED with fantastic acts, all friends!  JC & Laney, John Coinman, The Morton Twins, The Determined Luddites, Eric Schaffer and the Other Troublemakers, Sabra Faulk-Sylvester – That’s just Saturday!  You’ll not see them all, but wherever you are the the TFF, there’s music!  On Sunday there’s Don Armstrong and the Whiskeypalians, Wally Lauder, The Wayback Machine, Ron Pandy, P.D. Ronstadt, and local headliner Heather Hardy!  and so many more..You just can’t go wrong.

Just be sure to be at the Presidio Stage for the Darrell Elmer Rodgers trio at 3PM Sunday!

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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2019 Valentine’s Day song: No Doubt About It

As you know, I started a tradition in 2012 by presenting a song video to my Bride for Valentine’s Day. The first year was easy because the song was already written and recorded, and the video was just photos strung together.  Since then, I’ve written and recorded a new one each year (of varying complexity). With number 8 here, it’s likely time to consider packaging them as an album!  You can download this one for a buck at https://darrellelmerrodgers.bandcamp.com/track/no-doubt-about-it

“No Doubt About It” is this year’s song.  It has a line at the beginning that both me and my Bride appreciate: “I’m taking all this true love business, as sign of God’s forgiveness!”

Yes, that’s just how it feels. We both have mistakes in our past that Karma has apparently overlooked!

I hope you enjoy this song almost as much as she did.

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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New Year, Old Favorites

I just received an email from the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association saying:

Congratulations! The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association  (TKMA) is pleased to invite Darrell Elmer Rodgers  to perform at the 34th Annual Tucson Folk Festival.

You are scheduled to perform at 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 7th on the Presidio Museum (At Presidio San Agustin del Tucson).  

So, here we go again!  This will be my 11th year (in a row) performing at the festival, which happens to be one of the nation’s largest FREE Folk Festivals.   THOUSANDS of people enjoy it every year (about 12,000 I think).  Over the two days April 6 & 7, roughly 120 acts will perform 30-minute sets across five stages.  On Saturday night, “Red Molly” – a national act, takes the main stage, and on Sunday night, our dear friend Heather Hardy (aka “Lil Mama”)  brings her wonderful band for an hour of superb bluesy music.

I’m performing on the Presidio Museum stage that’s located as shown:

I hope you’ll come enjoy the festival and stop by to see and hear our show.

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Songwriter Showcase in Scottsdale- Christmas+1 day

Arizona friends, I’ll be performing the day after Christmas (Dec 26th) as part of a Songwriter Showcase at Pho Cao (Vietnamese restaurant) in Scottsdale AZ.  What a nice break from all the Christmas hubbub and traditional Christmas carols, not to mention heavy foods like turkey and dressing, etc.  Come take a break from it all and hear some home-grown music and enjoy some cuisine that soothes (not to mention a libation or two if you’re so inclined).

It’s part of a regular series hosted by our friend Shan Jam Crane and the WILD Banchees who cap off the evening. I’ll be on for about 30-minutes starting just after 8 PM. We’d love to see you!

Everybody needs a little break don’t you think?

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Laveen Folk Festival – 17 November

I will be there! I perform at 11:30 AM on the the “Laveen (East) Stage”.

This is a pioneering event in that it is (I believe) the first Folk Festival in Laveen (at least in a very long time).  It’s the brainchild of my friend Bea Graves and her partners Odie Piker and James Sallis, of the trio “Three Legged Dog” – a must see by the way.  (you can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Three-Legged-Dog-185057234838111/

If you look on the schedule, you’ll see the names of many friends of mine who are also performing.  The show runs from 10 AM until 2 PM at the “Old Laveen Ranch” 2800 W. Dobbins Road, Laveen, AZ 85339 – where they host a regular Farmer’s Market.  So come prepared to shop for goodies – including CDs!

For me, the best part will be visiting with all these wonderful people, especially my Grand Daughters who live right there in Laveen!  BONUS for ME!  And I’m looking forward to meeting many new people from out that way! So c’mon down folks! It’ll be fun.

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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’til God Forgets

Well, I completed a recording of my latest song “’til God Forgets” and it’s here for your enjoyment:

Lord knows I struggle with recording. Maybe it’s a mental block. Maybe it’s just the frustration of not getting things to sound like I want them to sound.  But it sure wears me out!  Somewhere between “this sucks” and “good enough” lies “it’ll have to do”.  Maybe I will come back to this song and tweak it a bit more. Maybe I’ll just leave it.  In the words of Dr. McCoy, “Dammit Jim, I’m a songwriter not a recording engineer!”

There are some good lines in this song. I came up with chorus some time ago.
“I’m runnin of caffeine and cigarettes, in a zig zag pattern on trains and jets. Give Saint Peter my regrets, I gotta keep runnin ’til God forgets.” 

Like so many song ideas that pop into my head, these lyrics just laid around until I realized they fit a boogie riff I like to play (almost Arthur Smith’s Guitar Boogie, but not quite).  Once I put them together, the rest was relatively easy. But the song does take a slightly different course than one might expect of an “I’ve goofed up” lament. Here, the subject’s “big mistake” was telling her he loved her and then running away when the love was reciprocated. Idiot!

I’m looking forward to the day when I can get the trio to do this one.  With a REAL bassist and a REAL drummer, this tune could really get folks dancing!

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