Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019
Kevin Wright hangin' with Mr. Gill
At the Ryman  L to R: Kevin Wright,
Steve Moore, Kevin Keen,
Vince Gill, Patrick Cupples,
Becky Weaver
     NO TIME FLATT keeps rollin' right along, even though they're 'Flatt'. . . as in their name tribute to the great Lester Flatt. Their recent second appearance on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the Ryman's Pickin' on the Plaza, which happened just prior to an Opry performance by Vince Gill, is an indication that the band is really beginning to be noticed by some important folks. Reports from the band are that they had a great time on the Plaza, and that third row seats inside the Ryman for Vince Gill's show were a special treat.
       Together for a relatively short time, No Time Flatt has come a very long way in the bluegrass music community. The band members are as follows:  Kevin Wright (guitar, vocals), Patrick Cupples (bass, vocals), Steve Moore (banjo, vocals), Kevin Keen (mandolin), and Becky Weaver (fiddle, vocals). Their material is strong, with traditional tunes, more recent songs (some with a twist), and quite a few original tunes from members of the band. They are friendly, approachable, and they seem to really enjoy their audiences.
       Yet another exciting event is coming up in late August. No Time Flatt will introduce their second CD with what has become known as a CD Release Party. Make your plans now to attend their second such show which will be held at Brooks Shaw & Son's Old Country Store at Casey Jones Village, I-40 Exit 80A, Jackson, TN.
       Here are the specifics: NO TIME FLATT announces the CD Release Party for their second album, "Calling After Me" to be held Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 7:00-9:00 PM Central Time. Join the band for some fine music and have a great buffet meal. The dinner buffet is $13.00, including drink, tax, and tip. The show is included in the price! The new CD will be available for sale, too. Contact Kevin Wright at (731) 616-1208 or for more information.
       You may not have heard, but enthusiastic fans of No Time Flatt have become known as Flattheads! We're betting that you will become a Flatthead, too!
More information: or Facebook or call (731) 616.1208



Monday, July 15, 2019

February 5, 1953 - July 10, 2019
Obituary Published in The Capital Gazette on July 13, 2019

Eileen Carson Schatz: It well may be that for a fact
 the angels are dancing with HER!
She did more than most with the dash (-) between her dates!
Rest in peace, Eileen! You have earned it!


       "EILEEN CARSON SCHATZ, born on February 5th, 1953, passed away on the morning of July 10th, 2019, in her home in Crownsville, MD, in the arms of her beloved husband Mark Schatz, after a year and a half long battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband and her two beautiful nieces, Kathleen and Helen Overman, for whom she was the guardian since the passing of their mother in 2007. Eileen was a natural dancer who studied ballet as a young girl, then moved on to Motown on the teen club floor of an army base in Japan where her family lived in her early teens. After returning to the states she discovered clogging and subsequently moved to North Carolina to dance with the legendary Green Grass Cloggers. In 1979 she and two dance partners moved back to Annapolis, Maryland, to form the Fiddle Puppet Dancers, a red-hot four person clogging troupe that toured the folk circuit both nationally and abroad. In 1994 the group changed their name to Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, and Eileen artfully sculpted the multi-cultural and original percussive dance repertoire into a full two-set theatre show called Incredible Feets. This was followed by a series of collaborations including The Crossing with Tim O'Brien and SoleMates with StepAfrika. The group celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with a jubilant presentation at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Footworks always danced to 'live music, and Eileen's full and expressive voice and original songs were prominently featured in their shows. She also took the lead in a trio with her husband and her old friend and Annapolitan, Elizabeth Melvin, in a group called The Gratitones. She was a Certified Teaching Artist who did school residencies in the greater Washington and Baltimore area. She taught at universities and music and dance camps, and she specialized in inspiring and transformational programs for youths. She was a two-year recipient of an NEA Choreography Fellowship, and was honored with an Individual Artist award by the Maryland State Arts Council, and an Annie Award by The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Eileen dedicated herself to the arts and community service throughout her long, colorful, and productive career. Her fire, generosity of spirit, creative zeal, and knack for bringing out the best in those around her, both personally and artistically, have left a deep mark on all who have had the good fortune to enter her bright and loving sphere. She will be sorely missed! Visitation will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Lasting Tributes, 814 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, from 10:00 am until the start of her service at 11:00 am. At Eileen's request, black with classy sparkles encouraged (rhinestones are wonderful). Please consider making a donation in Eileen's name to Chesapeake Hospice. Reception to follow at Unity by the Bay."
Funeral Home
Lasting Tributes
814 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
       "Eileen Carson Schatz is a gal I've known who was ready to live life at its fullest. She needed protection, security, nurture, encouragement, happiness and joy. And she wanted to provide that for others. She had a heart with deep desires who recognized those needs in others and swooped in to supply. She was a sweet puppy with beautiful brown eyes. . .inside a grown woman.
       "Being we each were both a Yankee and a Southerner, the playing field was wide open for either vernacular. When we first met, both accents came out in our conversation. . .and so it started. . .Our chats were always fun, never boring!
       "Over the years of our acquaintance, I watched her pour out her generous support to any artist for whom she had admiration. She was Mark's #1 supporter as he spent countless days out on the road with my band and others'. And I always felt like she was my #1 fan, too. Our friendship began as I was starting to recover from a sad, helpless marriage of 28 years. I was alone and in survival mode on
every level. She told me I was a 'phoenix rising' and sent me a beautiful card with the bird on front with handwritten words inside saying so. I still have it. It lived on my refrigerator for years.
       "She loved an occasion - and each occasion with Eileen was accompanied by sparkles, glitter or with twinkling lights. At Easter the little table bunnies came out. At Chanukah the Menorah was not only lit and celebrated each night, but there was joyous dance and song. She was the life of the party
. . .always. On birthdays she and Mark would phone their friends and leave singing/picking voicemails. All things known, she brought happiness, joy, celebration, positivity, sisterhood, faith, determination and support to me and countless others. There will be moments in the days ahead where I KNOW I'll say, 'I've gotta show this to Eileenie!' And I'll look around maybe - and realize that beautiful, rich, happy sounding board is gone! How I will miss this bossy, spitfire, gracious, intelligent woman as dynamic and as unique as anyone I've ever known.
       "Dear Eileen, I'm so much richer to have had you in my life. Now rest well, Sweetheart! I know you've not been afraid to die, but only that you don't want to be without your friends and loved ones. My hope is that you won't. I like to think that in eternity we're all there. . .all the time. At least I know that you'll live forever in this heart of mine! I love you, Dear One!!
       "-Claire xoxoxoxo"
Photos: The Station Inn, Nashville, TN, April 15, 2015
Mark Schatz (black and white wingtips with taps) flatfooting
and singing with Claire Lynch
Board borrowed from the Station Inn parking lot
Bryan McDowell at left, Jarrod Walker at right

At left, Claire Lynch, Mark Schatz flatfooting 
on board borrowed from the
Station Inn parking lot, Jarrod Walker at right

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

JULY 28, 2019
L to R: Becky Weaver, Patrick Cupples, Kevin Wright, Kevin Keen, Steve Moore
View their remaining 2019 schedule and catch a show soon. See or Facebook at or Email or contact Kevin Wright at 731.616.1208

   27    The Old Country Store in Casey Jones Village I-40 Exit 82 Jackson TN
             CD Release Party for the band's second album
    7        Adamsville, TN   Buford Pusser Memorial Park
              2nd Annual No One Stands Alone Music Festival
   14       Nashville, TN   Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue
              Federal Judicial Assistants Association National Convention
   19       Dyersburg, TN   Roellen Ranch, 1359 Don Hurley Road
              Healing Horses' Farm to Table Dinner Event
   21       Chickamauga, GA   Frick's Cave Preserve, 1510 Frick's Gap Road
              Bats, Beer & Bluegrass
   28       Humboldt, TN   1408 East Main Street
              Humboldt Fall Festival
   4       Lexington, TN   Henderson County Courthouse
              1st Friday Night on the Square
  19       Corinth, MS   Wedding
             Private Event
 26        Bon Aqua, TN   Storytellers' Hideaway Farm & Museum
                Bluegrass Festival
   1       Iuka, MS   The Iuka Opry, 401 Spring Street
  25       Paragould, AR   The Collins Theatre, 120 W. Emerson Street
             KASU's Bluegrass Monday Concert Series

Thursday, May 23, 2019

MAY 23, 2019

       IT'S BEEN A GOOD WHILE COMING, even though this artist has been a Nashville, TN, singer-songwriter who has been writing for some time with other very talented writers. That was then; things are really moving quickly these days! IRENE KELLEY hails from Pennsylvania coal country, and she is familiar with the hard times of coal miners and their families. Her albums reflect where she has been and what she has experienced: These Hills (2016), Pennsylvania Coal (2014), Simple Path (2009), and Thunderbird (2005) represent just some of her work. Her most recent project with Mountain Fever Records  is Benny's TV Repair (2019), named for Irene's father's business in the times before broken TVs were just discarded. Television sets were actually repaired by folks like her dad, Benny. Can you remember back that far? We can! We dreaded seeing that big, empty hole over in the corner of the den while the TV was off being repaired.
       We are real fans of Irene Kelley, her musical family, and her band. Currently on tour with Benny's TV Repair, Irene amassed an impressive list of friends for the album: Bryan Sutton (guitar, resonator guitar), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Matt Menefee (banjo), Steve Cropper (yes, him, on electric guitar), and Mark Fain (bass). Harmony vocals on the album are no less impressive: Justyna Kelley (Irene's daughter), Jimmy Fortune, Jerry Salley, Wayne Southards, Dale Ann Bradley, Brooke and Darin Aldridge, Carl Jackson, and Ronnie Bowman. Whew! What a fantastic lineup of instrumentalists and singers!
       You are encouraged to buy the album at to hear her incredible music. She begins with Something About a Train Sound, continuing with Bluegrass Radio, Cabbage Head, Thunderbird, Out of Arkansas, Benny's TV Repair, Highway Back to You, Anything to Help You Say Goodbye, Hills of Home, Faster Than Angels Could Fly, and ending with Walk With Me Today.
       You can hear Irene Kelley's full 30-minute performance from Benny's TV Repair at The 615 Hideaway on YouTube. Furthermore, you can hear her interview with Terry Herd of Bluegrass Today on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 9:00 PM CDT.
       We recommend Benny's TV Repair and Irene Kelley's other albums for some fine bluegrass music! Click each photo below for a better view.
L to R: Nate Lee, Wayne Southards
Irene Kelley, Mike Bub,
Blake Williams' arm
SPBGMA Showcase Nashville
L to R: Nate Lee, Wayne Southards
Irene Kelley, Station Inn, Nashville TN
Matt Menefee and Irene Kelley
Manila, Arkansas
L to R: Daughter Sara Jean Kelley,
 Irene Kelley, Mike Bub, Justyna Kelley
Station Inn, Nashville TN

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Collierville, TN, Historic Town Square
April 27, 2019
       TRADITIONAL LOG CABINS WERE ONCE very busy places where hard-working families eked out a living by farming and with hand tools and crafts that are hardly recognized today. During infrequent periods of rest and relaxation, they played music and sang the old songs of the British Isles and everywhere else throughout Europe. On this particular windy Saturday, the Morton Museum of Collierville History brought back to a historic log cabin a sampling of the music, crafts, and customs of centuries now past. The cabin was moved to  its present site at the Historic Town Square from another location in Shelby County, Tennessee. The Morton Museum is located at Poplar Avenue and Main Street in what had become known as "The White Church" for its beautiful exterior.
       The old log cabin was made ready for musicians Lee Cagle and Mary Baddour to sing and play old tunes from long ago on the dulcimer, autoharp, and guitar. The grounds around the cabin were filled with artisans in authentic dress who showed onlookers how things were done in the late-1800's to early-1900s. Times were truly different, and today's younger generation has hardly a clue about how things were built or made 'back in the day'.
       We will give you Lee and Mary's song selection and also show you some pictures from the event. Perhaps for some of you, the songs and the photos will bring back memories of another simpler place and time.
       Song selection:  Sandy Boys, Rock the Cradle Joe, John Stinson's #2, Kiowa Special, Gold Watch and Chain, Pig's Foot/Catfish/Roscoe, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, Winder Slide, Old Joe Clark, Barlow Knife (feather/noter), Liza Jane, Southwind, Black Mountain Rag/Whiskey Before Breakfast, Wildwood Flower, and Amazing Grace. Thanks to Lee and Mary for their performance as the craftsmen and -women showed some of their work and how things were made.
       Here are some photos from Heritage Day at the Collierville Historic Town Square. Click each one to get a better view.
At the old spinning wheel
Chatting about how things were made 'way back when
A child's toy (hoop) and candle-making
Showing items from earlier times
L to R: Lee Cagle (mountain lap dulcimer),
Mary Baddour (clawhammer banjo)
Lee (L) and Mary (R) at the old cabin on the Square
Lee and Mary performing an old-time song
on mountain lap dulcimer and clawhammer banjo
Mary Baddour on clawhammer banjo
Look closely at the feather in Lee Cagle's right hand
as she plays a tune on the mountain lap dulcimer
For more information:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
The Town of Collierville
Main Street Collierville
Tour Collierville Magazine
Lee Cagle Dulcimers

Friday, May 10, 2019

May 8, 2019
L to R: Ben Garnett (guitar, vocals), Missy Raines (bass, vocals),
and George Jackson (fiddle, banjo, vocals)
        WE LOVE THE LAIDBACK FEEL of a house concert presented by folks like Mike and Lisa Albert, who offer great music, good food and beverages, the family dog Waverly, and lots of friendship. Mike and Lisa recently climbed the heights of the bluegrass and folk music world with their selection of the fine Missy Raines Trio, who were on their way to perform in Texas and stopped in to entertain us. We go back quite a way with Missy Raines, to her days with the likes of Claire Lynch, Jim Hurst, and too many others to count. In case you missed a few Missy facts, she hails from Short Gap, West Virginia, and furthermore, she proudly totes a 1937 Kay bass which has on it some interesting touches from previous owners. Missy said that her dad bought the Kay bass originally for himself, but Missy wound up with it later on when she switched from playing guitar.
L to R:  Ben Garnett, Missy Raines, George Jackson
       Missy is a seven-time winner of the Bass Player of the Year from the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and she is by far one of the most distinguished female instrumentalists of the current era. Her trio consists of major-leaguers Texan Ben Garnett (guitar and vocals), along with New Zealander George Jackson (fiddle, banjo, and vocals). Missy plays her bass in a vigorous manner, bowing it on occasion, and she handles vocal parts as well.
       Here is the song selection from the first set by the Missy Raines Trio:  Angeline, Man of Constant Sorrow (a unique version), Allegheny Town, Under a Dark Sky (from her "Royal Traveller" album, 3rd one with Alison Brown and Garry West's Compass Records), Swept Away ( also from "Royal Traveller," selected as the IBMA's "Recorded Event of the Year"), I've Endured, and South (from George Jackson's newest album called "Time and Place," which is a fantastic fiddle album for driving and listening in your car).
L to R: Missy, George, and Ben at the record table during the break
       Following a short break for delicious refreshments and a trip past the record table to view albums, T-shirts, and other goodies from the trio, fans returned to their seats and the trio returned to perform their second set: Whiskerhead Goes to Leningrad (great title), Fearless Love, West Virginia Coal Miner's Blues, Buckets of Rain, Royal Traveller (title cut on the album, named after a thrift store suitcase Missy bought because the inside of the suitcase reminded her of her mother's powder or perfume; she also noticed that on the handle of the suitcase which she purchased was the label 'Royal Traveller'), and the final song was with George Jackson on banjo playing Blackjack.
Waverly with Melinda Bailey Buchanan
Waverly just chillin' to the music
       What a fine evening with these 'royal travelers'. I must tell you that Missy took her time thanking the Alberts for their hospitality, this writer for asking the Alberts to hold the concert in their home, and the amazing Joe Taylor, who is now 93 and wasn't able to be at the concert. Missy and Joe's friendship goes back many years, and she thinks of him as her "second dad." While she was at the Alberts' home, she called and talked with Joe. It did them both good. Some may not know that Joe Taylor was an original member of Memphis' own Tennessee Gentlemen bluegrass band. The others were Troy Castleberry, Bob Bowen, and Willie Burroughs. Joe is the last surviving member, and we wish him well for years to come. Joe is special, and he did so want to be there to hear the Missy Raines Trio.
For more information:
Missy Raines
Ben Garnett
George Jackson and Facebook
Compass Records
Find these musicians on YouTube to hear more fine music from them.