Music in The Land of Pleasant Living

Growing up in Baltimore, the Land of Pleasant Living, had its benefits. One of those was the short ride to the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Many of you know I have named my 1929 National Style “O” Resophonic guitar , Natty Boh. Natty Boh is a pilsner beer that used to be brewed in Baltimore, Natty Boh being a mascot for the National Bohemian beer made by the National Brewing Company founded in 1885. The recipe, originated in 1842, came from a region of Bohemia in western Czech Republic, which was inspiration for Boh.

photo by Kim Peery Sherman

The Land of Pleasant Living is the name given to the mid-Atlantic region that borders the Chesapeake Bay. The National Brewing Company used that name in its advertising images in the 1950 and ’60s.

This weekend, April 23-25, I’m performing two concerts in the Land of Pleasant Living, in Colonial Beach, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. The first is on Friday, April 22 in Colonial Beach, on the Northern Neck of the Potomac river, at The Ice House Brewery. I have performed in Colonial Beach many times, this being my first performance at The Ice House Brewery. I’ll be performing a set with a band from the Northern Neck called The Hard To Tell band. I’ll be bringing my new Ithacaster electric guitar to perform songs from my 1988 release, Nightwaves, as well as others. I will be doing the song, “Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” that was recorded by Alligator Records artist, The Kinsey Report.

The second gig will be in Baltimore on Sunday, April 24, an early show at 3 pm at An Die Musik for the Roots Cafe as they celebrate the Geoffrey Himes 70th birthday. Geoffrey has been a songwriting partner since 1982. The concert will feature Geoffrey Himes on piano, Willem Elsevier on viola and violin and myself on guitar. We’ll be performing songs from our back catalog as well as new ones written during the pandemic. Here is an information link to The Roots Cafe for the show in Baltimore.

Thanks for reading my blog and for supporting the music. I hope to see you this weekend in The Land of Pleasant Living.

Billy

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