Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NOVEMBER 8, 2019
       When things get in the groove at the Friday Night Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jam in Collierville, it's tough to lay it down a few minutes before 9:00 PM. Hint: When you arrive on time, you get to play and enjoy the music longer! These days, pickers and fans are pouring into the Common Cup Coffee Shop at the Collierville United Methodist Church (454 W. Poplar Avenue) each Friday around 6:30 PM, and it takes off from there. It could be the warm accommodations, the coffee and hot chocolate, or the fellowship and an opportunity to jam with good friends. Or it could be all of that.
       We are particularly glad to have Sam Knight and his granddaughter Ragan Knight, also Jean Burton, with us again. They recently sustained losses in their families and we would ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
       The jam is in its 20th season and we have ironed out most of the kinks by now. Most folks know we are all-acoustic and that we stick to the traditional bluegrass and old-time music instruments of guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, resophonic guitar (you remember it as the Dobro[R]), and dulcimer (lap or hammered). There are no amps, microphones, or speakers. Someone starts the jam and from there things move clockwise most of the time. You can perform a tune or pass until the order of things comes back to you.
       Keeping it short, we will again show you some photos of folks having a lot of fun pickin' and grinnin' and having a 'country-dog good time' at the weekly jam. If you haven't been out, all skills are welcome and if you don't play or sing, that's fine, too. We would love to have you! Thanks to all who participate weekly or even occasionally.
       Note:  There is no jam during Thanksgiving weekend. Otherwise, the jam continues each Friday evening from 6:30 until about 8:50 PM Central, when we ask participants to re-set the room and clean up after themselves. The jam will continue as usual after Christmas Day and after New Year's Day.
L to R: Ragan Knight, Don Markle, Monroe Jones,
Gerald Goforth, Robert Higginbottom
L to R: Robert Higginbottom, Jenny Goforth, Jean Burton,
Jackie Osborne, Joe Cupp
L to R: Jenny Goforth, Jean Burton, Jackie Osborne,
Orion Osborne, Glenda Markle
L to R: Joe Cupp, Ragan Knight, Andy Williamson,
Monroe Jones, Rochelle Ponder
L to R: Joe Cupp, Ragan Knight, Clay Caver, Gerald Goforth,
Monroe Jones, Andy Williamson, Rochelle Ponder
L to R: Christine Donhardt, Ragan Knight, Jean Burton,
Jackie Osborne, Donna Nickelson, Sam Knight
L to R: Monroe Jones, Gerald Goforth, Bob Corken,
Rochelle Ponder, Donna Nickelson, Ragan Knight, Don Markle

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

NOVEMBER 1, 2019
       It's been a while since we blogged about our Friday night bluegrass and old-time music jam. It happens each week, and we're now in the Common Cup Coffee Shop for the fall/winter season at the Collierville United Methodist Church, 454 West Poplar Avenue, where it's warm, the coffee is on and the snacks are just right. You're invited to come out and pick with us. We're all-acoustic, which means no microphones, speakers, or other electronic devices. Just voices and instruments as it was 'back in the day'. All skill levels are invited. Fans are encouraged to come in, watch, and enjoy this 20-year-old tradition which has been proclaimed as a real 'thing' by the Town of Collierville.
        We shall cut to the chase and show you some great photos of pickers, singers, and even some grinners who enjoyed the music on Friday, November 1, 2019. You will notice acoustic instruments like the guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and the upright bass. There was another bunch having a great time pickin' in the lobby that night. Thanks to all who participate weekly or even occasionally. We love having you with us!
       Note:  No jam during the Thanksgiving weekend. Otherwise, the jam continues each Friday evening from 6:30 until 9:00 PM Central Time. The jam will continue as usual after Christmas Day and after New Year's Day.

L to R: Don Gentry, James Patrick, Jen Arnold,
Jeff Tallant's knee, Clay Caver

L to R: Don Gentry, Clay Caver's arm, James Patrick,
Bruce White, Peter Smith, Annette Corken, Christine Donhardt,
Andy Williamson

L to R: Don Gentry's arm/knee, Pete Richter, Shawn Braddock,
Bruce White, James Patrick, Clay Caver, Andy Williamson
L to R: Peter Smith, Bob and Annette Corken,
Don Markle, Jeff Tallant

L to R: Peter Smith, Annette Corken, Jean Burton, Jen Arnold,
Christine Donhardt, Andy Williamson

L to R: Jen Arnold, Jeff Tallant, Chuck & Candy Gentry

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 7, 2019
       WEST TENNESSEE'S own hot bluegrass band NO TIME FLATT scored big at the recent 2019 Tennessee Music Awards held at the University of Memphis, Lambuth Campus, in Jackson, TN. On October 7, 2019, the band captured Bluegrass Artist of the Year for the third year in a row, and if that weren't enough, they were awarded Entertainer of the Year. While being together about five years, the band has produced two fine CDs, worked some outstanding shows and concerts, and drawn a boatload of fans along the way. They're out there working hard and meeting new fans, who have become known as "Flattheads"!
        Hats off to the following band members:  Kevin Wright (guitar, vocals), Patrick Cupples (upright bass, vocals), Steve Moore (banjo, vocals), Becky Weaver (fiddle, vocals), and Kevin Keen (mandolin). Catch the band soon at The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR, and at the November Bluegrass Monday (4th Monday) at the Collins Theatre, Paragould, AR. More events at Facebook and the website.
For more information:
No Time Flatt is on Facebook, their website www.notimeflatt.com, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, and Airplay Direct
Contact:  Kevin Wright
               115 Creekwood Road
               Humboldt, TN 38343
               Phone 731.616.1208
Email:  notimeflatt@yahoo.com 
Top photo L to R: Steve Moore, Patrick Cupples, Becky Weaver, Kevin Wright, and Kevin Keen

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Can Move Mountains!
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
Iris DeMent stayed to chat and sign albums until the last person
had a chance to visit. Proceeds from sales were donated to
MIFA. Iris backs up what she sings about!
We've never seen a performer do that. Ever!
       IRIS DeMENT can move mountains, and she will surely move you! Her voice and her song selection hit you hard--right between the eyes. She penetrates your very soul and you can't take your eyes or ears away for a second. We have put off blogging about Iris DeMent for a couple of weeks, because we just didn't know what to say or how to say it.
       One thing is for sure and certain: There is nobody like Iris DeMent! Her gentle touch on the piano and on the strings of her guitar stands out in contrast to the plaintive cry in her voice. And she is not afraid to sing about what many others would not dare to tackle. Her music carries the message that we're all out there striving for something better. Salvation? Maybe. Freedom and justice? Forgiveness for self and others? Count on it.
       Iris DeMent started life as one of 14 kids (the last one!) in nearby Paragould, AR. The family moved to Southern California, where she lived most of her earlier years. The wide separation of lifestyles between rural Arkansas and Southern California, cotton sacks and dirt roads of the Delta, mingle with the complicated life of the West Coast. It's all there inside this creature called Iris DeMent. Today, she lives in Iowa with her musician husband Greg Brown and their daughter whom they adopted in Russia.
       Russia brings us to Iris' sixth album, The Trackless Woods, which was influenced by the book of Russian poetry by Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966). Iris knew quickly what would come next. She would try to set Akhmatova's poems to music. The poet knew the hardships of the Bolshevik Revolution, two world wars, and Stalin. Anna lived it and somehow made it through with her poetry. Time passed and 16 tracks later, which were recorded 'live in Iris' living room under the guidance of producer Richard Bennett and a few musicians, Anna's poems with Iris' magic touch are The Trackless Woods. Babette Deutsch and Lyn Coffin served as translators for the project.
       We encourage you to purchase the album. Its haunting beauty will hang around in your mind forever. The Anna Akhmatova songs: To My Poems, Broad Gold, And This You Call Work, From The Oriental Notebook, Prayer, Not With Deserters, All Is Sold, Reject The Burden, From An Airplane, Oh How Good, Like A White Stone, Song About Songs, Listening To Singing, Lot's Wife, Upon The Hard Crest, The Souls of All My Dears, The Last Toast, Not With A Lover's Lyre, and Anna Akhmatova's Recitation of "The Muse".
       Iris DeMent’s music isn't just on her collection of CDs. Perhaps you have heard her voice in movies like "True Grit" and "Songcatcher," in which she actually had a role. The final scene of one of our favorite series, "Northern Exposure"? Yes, that's the Grammy-nominated Iris. "The Leftovers" and "The Handmaid's Tale," too? Iris again. She has garnered the respect of her musical peers, such as John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and Merle Haggard, who referred to Iris as "the best singer I've ever heard".
       Her subject matter comes from everywhere: folk, country, gospel (she's a fan of Aretha Franklin, but who isn't?), bluegrass, Americana, and whatever she can use to reach out to her audiences. You are likely familiar with songs like "Our Town," "Let the Mystery Be," "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," "Wash My Face in the Morning Dew," and her encore for the evening which brought the Buckman crowd to their feet, "When Morning Comes Around".
For More Information:
Iris DeMent  www.irisdement.com and The Trackless Woods is on Flariella Records
Anna Akhmatova  www.poetryfoundation.org 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

AUGUST 27, 2019
L to R:  Kevin Wright, Patrick Cupples, Becky Weaver,
Steve Moore, and Kevin Keen
      We're late getting the word out, but it's time you knew about the release of the second CD from West Tennessee's own NO TIME FLATT! The band has been together a mere five years, but with this second project called CALLING AFTER ME, the band has really come into its own. Folks have found them, they love them, and the band is excited about playing for fans from near and far! No Time Flatt is the 2017 and 2018 Bluegrass Band of the Year from the Tennessee Music Awards held annually at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, Jackson, TN. The band has twice played Pickin' on the Plaza presented by WSM 650 outside the Ryman Auditorium, the "mother church" of bluegrass and country music, Nashville, TN. The band is headed back to Paragould, AR, for the final KASU-FM 91.9 Bluegrass Monday concert of 2019 on November 25. Join them at the Collins Theatre! It's a $5 minimum pass-the-hat for the show. Buffet supper beforehand is down the street at Terry's CafĂ©. You can't find a deal like this anywhere else! Visit the band's website below the blog to see their schedule of upcoming performances. No Time Flatt consists of Kevin Wright (guitar, vocals), Patrick Cupples (bass, vocals), Steve Moore (banjo, vocals), Becky Weaver (fiddle, vocals), and Kevin Keen (mandolin)
L to R: Kevin Keen, Steve Moore, Kevin Wright,
Patrick Cupples, and Becky Weaver

L. Kevin Keen  Center Clark Shaw telling
a bit of the Civil War history of nearby
Trenton, TN
L to R: Kevin Wright, Steve Moore,
Becky Weaver, Patrick Cupples
and Kevin Keen

It is becoming a tradition to have what is known as a CD release party for bands to introduce their latest effort. They let friends, fans, and other interested folks know about the date, time, and place. CLARK SHAW of BROOKS SHAW & SON OLD COUNTRY STORE located in Casey Jones Village, Exit 80A, Jackson, TN, has generously hosted the two CD release parties for No Time Flatt. Thanks, Clark and crew of The Old Country Store! There were upwards of 250 people there for the August 27, 2019, event. There was some great food, lots of family and friends, and some very fine music from No Time Flatt. Mark and Sharrye Holder provided excellent work on the sound for each of the CD release parties by No Time Flatt.
       Calling After Me is a recollection of difficulties during and after the Civil War, and even the historic home in the photographs was part of that trying time here in America. Clark Shaw introduced the band by sharing some history of the area. The home seen in the YouTube video was referred to as the Witness House during the Battle of Trenton, TN, in the winter of 1862-63.
       Set 1:  Fox on the Run, How Deep Is the Lonesome, Dixieland Delight, Little Lou, I've Lived a Lot in My Time, Before the Cold Wind Blows, Ten Plagues, Foolin' Around, and Long Gone
       Set 2:  The Methodist Preacher, The Golden Rule, This Must Be Love, Calling After Me, I Can't Live Without Dying, Whiskey and Tears, Tammy Marie, I Love You in a Song, Encore #1 Rocky Top, Encore #2 Go On Ahead and Go Home.
Fans of No Time Flatt (known as FLATTHEADS) love this band! A Flatthead said that!
Further Information:
No Time Flatt  www.notimeflatt.com Facebook, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, Airplay Direct
Contact: Kevin Wright, 115 Creekwood Road, Humboldt, TN 38343 Ph 731.616.1208

L to R: Kevin Keen, Steve Moore, Kevin Wright, and
Patrick Cupples  Note: Becky Weaver was in line getting
supper for this blogger  Thanks, Becky!

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 kevin.wright@bxs.com 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: http://notimeflatt.com/ 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