Hootenanny Cafe Show

Greetings from Liberty, on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau, where the ridge runner meets the flatlander, in middle Tennessee. The record making is moving along. Last week I did some vocal, guitar and banjo overdubs. I am also getting some raised beds ready for garlic.

This Monday is Labor Day, and Jon Stein is hosting another Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show from WTBQ from Warwick, New York at 9 pm EST. Jon’s show has been running since 2001.

Here’s what Jon says about the Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show:

Each week the Hootenanny Cafe presents a particular “featured artist” (or group) on the Mini Concert. The artists program their own mini concert (song selections and order of songplay). In addition, they choose a particular theme for The Singer Songwriter Showcase segments, which encourages, and presents, singer songwriters from around the world, to send in songs based on that week’s theme. The Hootenanny Cafe is truly a home for songs that may otherwise, not be heard elsewhere. Jon’s website is here.

This week’s featured artist is singer-songwriter, Valerie Smith, an award-winning bluegrass and American roots artist and songwriter. Valerie’s website is here. She has chosen a theme titled, Barns and Farms.

I have had songs chosen before for Jon’s show, the last time was in January, 2020 when my song, “Benjamin Banneker,” was included. If you’d like to hear that song you can here.

When I saw the theme was Barns and Farms, I thought of two songs I have recorded and co-written off of my latest record, The Craig Demos, “Janesville” and “Springs.” They are from a song cycle about the American painter, Jackson Pollock. “Janesville” is about Jackson Pollock’s father, Roy Pollock, an American farmer. “Springs” is about the eastern Long Island town out near Montauk, where Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner, lived, worked and created art in their home and barn. “Janesville” is about four minutes, “Springs” is about six minutes. I decided to submit “Janesville,” thinking a four minute song may have a better chance than a six minute one.

Jolly Elder’s Church, Janesville, California
Roy Pollock
Billy’s score for “Janesville.”

Jon and Valerie decided to include “Janesville,” and I am grateful.

The show, including “Janesville,” will air on Monday, 9/6/21 9pm(est) on wtbq.com. The show will also air next Thursday (9/9) and Friday (9/10) on bellbuckkeradio.com (Thanks to Valerie Smith, founder of bellbuckleradio.com) It will also be available for several months on talentconnections.com

Thanks for reading, listening and supporting recorded and live music. Here’s wishing everyone a happy, healthy Labor Day. Hope to see you soon at a live in-person show.

Much Happiness,


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