Tucson Folk Festival on-line

This year’s Tucson Folk Festival happens April 10 and 11. And it’s quite a bit different than past festivals – as are all things during this pandemic.

There will be live performances at several venues in Tucson and many of my Tucson musician friends will be entertaining anyone who can secure a spot. Crowd size is limited and quite socially distanced. One of the venues will have the audience remain in their cars!

But you’ll be able to see me on-line.

I decided that it was too much risk back at the start of the year to make several trips to Tucson to rehearse with the band and withdrew from the live performance line-up. But the TKMA (Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association) offered to allow me, and others, to contribute video recordings of a live performance to be shown via the festival web pages.

I finished recording my solo performance yesterday and completed the video production this morning. It has been up-loaded for access during the festival.

I encourage you all to check out the Tucson Folk Festival website and avail yourself, to whatever degree you feel safe, of FREE entertainment by some of the best musicians the South West has to offer. Oh, and check ME out too! (I’ll post a link after the festival, but try to view it there first)

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

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Quarantine Valentine – new song for Valentine’s Day!

It is finished and published. The “streak” continues! As my friends know, each year I write a Valentine’s song for my Bride. This year’s is specific to our current situation.

I produced a simple video for Quarantine Valentine and here it is –

I hope you enjoyed that. This song is now part of the NEW ALBUM “One Dozen Valentines” available for download on my bandcamp page


Or as a Physical CD from Kunaki at


Tell your friends, this is the perfect CD for isolating with your partner this Valentine’s Day!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

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Farewell to a second mom

Those of us lucky enough to remember living our childhood in a true community, will appreciate what I mean by “one of my second mothers”.

I had a bunch of second mothers in my community. These were our neighbors, all close friends of my mom, who looked out for the well-being of each other’s kids.

Among them all, the closest was Joyce Bengtson who lived right accross the street. Mother to Brenda, John, and Andrew, and watchful guardian of every child that wandered by. She was my own mother’s best friend.

Joyce passed away quietly last Monday morning, from cancer – as many of you already know. I feel in my heart, that her late husband Paul (one of my second fathers) was there to embrace her. Here are a few memories I have recorded in recent years.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Home of the Brave

In honor of Veterans’ Day – here’s the song I wrote some time ago to draw attention to the plight of our homeless and disabled Veterans. Being a veteran myself, it bothers me greatly that some of our brave service men and women still suffer from lack of care and assistance. Please remember them, and remind your congressional representatives and senators that there is still much work to do.

I hope you appreciate the song.  Thank a veteran.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Long time no see…

Yes I’ve been neglecting my blog for a long time.  If you follow me me on Facebook, you’ve seen a few things I have not posted here, until now.

My first effort at Live-streaming was a complicated mess.  I’m not thrilled with it at all, but not ashamed to share either – for those with Facebook access, try this link:

I’ve been laying low at home, telecommuting to work, and spending WAY too much time doing that (87 hours last week, 64 the week before).  And when the work day finally ends, I really don’t want any more “screen time”. Yet there are Zoom meetings with friends & community.  I’m screened-out.

And then, there’s the news. Remember the song I posted on June 16th called
Bad Apples“?
SADLY, that song just stays relevant these days. And it’s about such a deep-seeded problem (police brutality with racial bias) that many can’t tell where the roots of it lay.  It has crept up slowly until becoming so big, it cannot be ignored.

Some years back, at some large city police department, fear got mixed with military tactics and weapons. Civility was doomed. Why is the TRAINING: “Shoot Repeatedly to Kill”?
Is it because police fear the suspect will be able, even wounded, to turn and kill them instantly?
Or could it be that dead suspects can’t testify?

When I was kid in Virginia, our local Sheriff’s Deputy, lived right in our community. He had a police revolver. He kept it in the glove box of his car. He was not afraid of his neighbors.  At the same time, city kids (mostly black) were seeing a completely different world.  I was too sheltered and unaware to even think if there were questions to be asked. And I was completely ignorant of the plight of black kids in my own area who had an entirely different view of Sheriff Deputies.

I have several good friends in Law Enforcement. I know it causes them pain to hear the outcries of condemnation spread with such a broad brush, particularly when they know they are adhering to their TRAINING.  But truthfully, that’s the same kind of “Guilt by Association” being heaped on every group these days, and that has been the “norm” for Black Americans since the day their ancestors arrived in chains in 1619.

Now it appears that more people of every ethnicity and hue are aware and talking and asking questions. It gives me a glimmer of hope for change in hearts that for a “long time, no see”.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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