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9/9/2014 set list

The Monkey Stompers started as The Monkey Stomper Jug Band, with me on guitar, bass, mandolin, and vocals; Billy Parrott on fiddle, mandolin, bass, and vocals, Robin Parrott on vocals and occasional clarinet and percussion; Thor Bahrman on ukulele, mandolin, and vocals; and Michael "Spanker" Spanjer on harmonica, euphonium, penny whistle, and vocals. Brenda Spanjer also contributed penny whistle in some of our early sets. After assorted life-changes and a lengthy hiatus, we have returned as simply The Monkey Stompers--turned out we never played any jug band music anyway--with Billy, Robin, and me, plus Emily Baker on guitar, banjo and vocals. We played our eclectic blend of Americana last night for a wonderful audience at a private party at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Here is the set list: 1. Train Out My Window 2. I'd Better Stay 3. Cumberland River Blues 4. There Is a Time 5. Chicken on Your Head 6. Jolene 7. Another Day in the Past 8. Ashokan Farewell/Tennessee Waltz 9. Robin's Song 10. Mark My Grave/Are You Washed in the Blood 11. Sixteen Tons 12. My Heart Is Like a River 13. Reefer Man 14. Leave Your Monkey Here. The Monkey Stompers will be performing at the Parrott family reunion on September 20th and at the Holly Bay Campground at Laurel Lake on October 23rd. Come out to the campground and see us if you get a chance.

New videos!

Check out my new videos for "Cumberland River Blues" and "Train Out My Window." You can find them in the "videos" section here on reverbnation.com, or view them on youtube at http://youtu.be/0Y2ojxAg24s and http://youtu.be/hotAdw8DSsU.

Knox Farmer's Market Set List, 7/17/14

From memory and in no particular order--didn't use a set list: "Little Red Rooster" "Moonshiner" "Tear My Stillhouse Down" "Folsom Prison Blues" "Night Life" "Train Out My Window" "Life's Railway to Heaven" "Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas" "Saint James Infirmary" "Rest for the Wicked" "Shake 'em on Down" "Got My Mojo Workin'" "So Wrong" "You Got to Move" "That Evening Train" "Cumberland River Blues" "Every Letter That I Write" "Prince Albert in a Can" "Broke Down in Bluefield" "Rollin' & Tumblin'" "Hoochie Coochie Man" "I'd Better Stay"

Patsymas set list, 7/4/14

For my own amusement and record keeping I've decided to start posting set lists here. For Patsymas, a family reunion in honor of my mother in law, Patsy Nelson, I played an all-cover set of the some of the classic country songs she loved: 1. Night Life 2. Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way 3. Hello Darlin' 4. Folsom Prison Blues 5. She Thinks I Still Care 6. King of the Road 7. Swinging Doors 8. Hello Walls 9. You Never Even Called Me by My Name

The Joy of Playing with Fine Musicians

Played a private party tonight, opening for The Davis Benders, one of my favorite bands. Davis Benders bassist Jesse Barton and the legendary mandolin player Virgil Bowlin (of Virgil Bowlin & Peerless Mountain) sat in. My songs had never sounded so good. It's a humbling experience playing with musicians so much better than I am, but it's also a joy and a privilege--definitely something to remember and be thankful for.

Jim Garrett farewell concert Saturday, 6/15

My favorite singer/songwriter, Jim Garrett, is moving back to his native Alabama. He'll be doing a farewell concert at Union College's Rector Little Theatre Saturday, June 15. Make plans to attend if you're in the area. Jim has written more classic songs than anyone has a right to. "October," "Tin Roofs," "Broken Dreams/Shooting Stars," "Slow Dancing Alone," "I've Got a Thing That Glows in the Dark," "When Tomorrow Comes this Morning," "Ain't Had so Much Fun Since the School Burned Down," and so many more. It'll be a great show.

New Live Track Added

I've just posted a live version of "I'd Better Stay," recorded 5/15/13 at The Fiddler's Hearth, South Bend, Indiana, straight from the board of house sound engineer Tommy Miller. As usual, it's available for streaming and free download. Look for both new and remastered downloads, plus more show date announcements, in the next couple of weeks.

What We Have Here...

These are demos, mostly made as reference copies for copyright registration. I hope you enjoy them, rough though they are.