Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

October 18-20, 2018 – Dyess, Arkansas

I'll be recording Thursday and Friday for KASU so you can expect to hear some of this great music on Arkansas Roots, 6 Degrees Of The Delta, and Something Blue. The KASU shows are free so get in your car and drive. It's only an hour from Jonesboro and about the same from Memphis. The big show with the big stars is Saturday. Here's a link to the lineup.

If you come Thursday or Friday be sure to say hi. I wish I could go Saturday too but I'm at the end of my rope energywise. It's been a busy fall.

aNONradio openmic

aNONradio is the icecast radio station on SDF, a Unix time sharing system. Volunteer DJs fill out the broadcast schedule with an eclectic mix of programming so, even for underground radio, it's out there. I'll put it this way, Something Blue is blues, jazz, and other roots music and it's kind of mainstream on aNONradio.

openmic runs from 10:00 pm to midnight CT every night or 3:00 – 5:00 UT if that's easier for you. You can listen here.

And if you want to participate you can find everything you need right here.

You don't have to be an aNONradio DJ to icecast on openmic. But you're missing the fun unless you log onto SDF and go to the anonradio room in the SDF chat room on com. DJs and anyone can listen and chat about the music or whatever they're doing. So it's open chat to go along with openmic.

You can get a free SDF account here.

They have paid accounts too but the free account is fine for chatting on com.

So you can listen to anonradio and starting at 10:00 CT it will be openmic. You can learn how to icecast and add your own favorites to the mix. And you can log onto SDF and chat with the DJs on com.

All of this is free.

See you there.

New NJHB CD from the New Jazz In Jonesboro Show on October 13.

Now up at the Live Music Archive at

The music is just fine especially if you like vibes and piano working together like Modern Jazz Quartet. Also Sean and I did a little bit of scat singing and I even danced a little bit but, you know, you had to be there.

Here's the link.

Here's the liner notes.

NJHB Knocking Boots New Jazz House Band New Jazz In Jonesboro October 13, 2018 Jonesboro Public Library Jonesboro, Arkansas

Song list

01 Low Earth Orbit 02 Sweatshirt 03 Knocking Boots 04 Breezes


Al Clevenger – vibes Spencer Rawlins – bass Alex Washam – drums (1 and 4) Chris Issom – drums (1) Sean Cunningham – drums (2 and 3) and vocals (4) Hairy Larry – piano and vocals

Photos by Vivian Heyl Cover art by Gustavo Rezende, public domain


Recorded to my Zoom H6 with the midside mic attached.

Thanks to the Jonesboro Public Library for making the Round Room available and to the musicians and the audience for making this a successful event.

Damn we played a good show last night.

Common Time opened and really did a fantastic job. Josh Carter leads the band playing alto and he never misses a lick. The rhythm section is Spencer Rawlins, bass; Al Clevenger , piano; and Chris Issom, drums. They are also the rhythm section for the ASU Jazz Orchestra. Nuff said.

Then NJHB did it's usual wild thing playing 5 originals including one, “Breezes” we had never played before. Shawn and I sang a scat duet and I even got up and danced. Chris, Alex, and Shawn all drummed. And Al was the star of the show, playing vibes with NJHB.

The audience was great, clapping along and obviously digging the music. And we had coffee and cookies. What more could you ask for?

The next New Jazz In Jonesboro will be on November 10 featuring Bebop Beatniks and NJHB. Put it on your calendar.

New Jazz In Jonesboro Tonight – Saturday, October 13

Common Time will open the show at 7:00 pm. Common Time is a jazz quartet playing standards from Bebop to present day. They are outstanding musicians educated in the ASU jazz program.

Then NJHB, the New Jazz House Band will play original charts. All musicians are invited to sit in with NJHB. Composers are invited to contribute charts.

New Jazz In Jonesboro will be in the Round Room at the Jonesboro Public Library. The library is closed at 7:00 so use the outside entrance to the Round Room. See you there!

NEA Game Fest Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13

The NEA Gamers Guild is putting on a big game festival as I write. It is being held in the Hoxie Community Center in Hoxie, Arkansas. All kinds of games are being played from table top to RPGs. There are tournaments. There are prizes. There is food.

The event is a fundraiser for the Childrens Shelter. So go have some fun and donate to a good cause at the same time.

Here's the Facebook event page.

Four of my kids are helping with this event. I'm going Saturday to play some Dungeons and Dragons in a 12 hour, jump in, jump out, RPG session. Come and quest with me. We'll kill some monsters and find some treasure. I love playing DnD.

ASU Jazz Concert Tonight

I cancelled today's Hairy Larry's Merry Pranksters rehearsal so I could attend the ASU Jazz Concert tonight at the Fowler Center. I could have done both but not and have supper too and I really like to eat. Besides with the whole Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday thing this week I already had too much on my plate. Do you see what I did there? I like to eat but I don't like too much on my plate.

The concert tonight has two big bands playing, the Lab Band and the ASU Jazz Orchestra. Always a good time. I see my friends in the audience and on the stage. The music is great. And it's free. Come if you can.

I also want to give a shout out to Oliver Prehn for his New Jazz tutorials on Youtube. He has a lot of them and all his lessons are free. His theory is sound but he teaches technique first and then explains the theory. I'm a theory gear head but not everyone is into that so I appreciate Oliver's approach.

Here's the video I found today. It's the start of a series. Once he gets a hold of me I have to continue. I can't stop learning from him.

Left hand chords: “minor 7” and “suspended” chord progressions

So if, like me, you are obsessed with jazz piano check out his videos.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Today is Wednesday and I lead the Praise Band at the Brookland United Methodist Church Ignite Service. This is a contemporary worship service with a large youth attendance. My ministry is to teach those who are interested in playing in the Praise Band. So some weeks I'm covered with students and some weeks I have none. Our pianist, Jackie, helps me with this. Everyone is welcome. We eat at 6:00 and the service starts at 7:00.

Thursday at 7:30 the ASU jazz bands will be playing at the Fowler Center. I won't be playing at this concert but I attend all the jazz concerts whether I'm playing or not. Why not? It's free and it's great music. And those are my friends up on the stage.

Friday I will be going to the NEA Game Fest in Hoxie, Arkansas. “NEA Game Fest will feature open gaming, game demos, board games, RPGs, miniature games, tournaments and more.”

It's a charity event. “The NEA Gamers Guild is excited to be able to run this convention and bring awareness to The Children's Shelter. We hope you join us in 2018!”

It's my kids putting on this event. With lots of help of course. So it's a family thing to me.

Here's the event page on facebook.

Saturday at 7:00 is New Jazz in Jonesboro in the Round Room at the Public Library. Here's the hype.

New Jazz In Jonesboro Saturday, October 13 At 7:00 pm In The Round Room At The Jonesboro Public Library

Common Time NJHB

Common Time plays jazz standards. NJHB, the New Jazz House Band, will read original charts. Guest musicians and composers are welcome to perform with NJHB.

Thanks to the musicians and to the library for making this possible.

Please use the outside entrance to the Round Room. This concert is free and open to the public.

Here's the Facebook event page.

So that's the story of my life. It's good to be busy.

I'm adding Bandcamp music to MixRemix Radio.

In particular I am looking for Creative Commons licensed jazz and blues. And I'm finding it too. I do a google search like this. “some rights reserved” jazz “name your price”

Or I just put whatever genre I'm looking for in there.

Of course a lot of people tag there music jazz when it's not really jazz. Still, if it's good music I add it. Even electronica. I just shy away from the really droney electronica.

You can listen to MixRemix Radio here.

Besides Creative Commons music I play concerts from so if you've got something for MixRemix Radio get in touch.



Delta Legends – Live at The Biscuit – October 5, 2018

I got good recordings of the Delta Legends set at The Biscuit last Friday. I'm really happy with them. We each sang one. Then we had Guest Legend, Jeffrey T., on harmonica, giving us duos and trios on the blues harp. As Jeremy said, “The Helena Philharmonica.” Guest Legends Rhode Island Red and Pinky Lee helped us close the show with a couple of Emporium Orkestra favorites.

It's nice to hear the audience shouting, screaming, and whistling at the end of each song.

I did a tricky little thing and layered my closing credits over an instrumental “Killing Floor”, for an outtro. But that's the only edits for the whole set. What we played is what you hear.

Here's the link to the show on the Live Music Archive.

Spaceman Bassman sent me a message today and he's sending me the raw video he shot of the show. So hopefully we'll have a few Delta Legends Youtube videos soon.

Here's the liner notes.

Delta Legends Cedell Davis Stage King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena-West Helena, Arkansas October 5, 2018


01 Eyesight To The Blind 02 talk 03 I'm Your Professor 04 Last Night 05 talk 06 Rock Me Baby 07 talk 08 Baby What You Want Me To Do 09 talk 10 Born In Chicago 11 talk 12 Digging My Potatos 13 talk 14 My Stick's Always Getting In The Way 15 outtro


John Shepherd – guitar, vocals Jeremy Burnett – harmonica, vocals Hairy Larry – bass, harmonica, vocals

Guest Legends

Jeffrey T. – harmonica on 6 and 8 Rhode Island Red – guitar and vocals on 12 and 14 Pinky Lee – tambourine on 12 and 14

Recorded to my Zoom H6 using Radio Shack 33-1070D microphones.