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The Photo Gallery highlights some of my photos, including a lovely panoramic full Morning Rainbow. My 10 most popular photo posts are listed in Favorite Photos. A Photo 101 Calendar displays all 21 photo blog posts during the Photography 101: A Photo a Day workshop in Nov 2014, organized in calendar format with day of week, date, and theme/title. There’s a Photo Summary that lists all photos in reverse date order.

Travel

Travel posts feature photos from an 8-day Viking Rhine Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as an extended 2-week Germany Trip with visits to Munich, Salzburg (Austria), Romantic Road (Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl, Rothenberg ob der Tauber), Leipzig, and Berlin.

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Writing posts includes my Poetry assignments in the Writing 201: Poetry course in Feb 2015. Best Stories features a few articles with stories, short quotes, and thoughts about my grandchildren, children, and parents.

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Kelsea Ballerini: Unapologetically

Kelsea Ballerini: Unapologetically

Listen to country music by Kelsea Ballerini on her new (2nd) album Unapologetically that was just released.  On her website, she provides background about this album and its songs. She will be on tour from February through April.

New Album

Enjoy another great album.

Unapologetically (2017) – 12 songs, 41 min

 

Videos

Here are some videos from the new album.

Unapologetically (Acoustic) – 3 min 38 sec

 

Legends – 4 min 28 sec

 

Listen to more of her music at my Kelsea Ballerini post with additional albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Unapologetically @ Amazon (album cover).

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Blake Shelton: Texoma Shore

Blake Shelton: Texoma Shore

Listen to country music by Blake Shelton on his new album Texoma Shore that was just released.

The country superstar remains firmly rooted as a proud Oklahoman, describing his album this way.

Lake Texoma has always been a place of great memories, new and old.  I literally recorded this album here at its shore so it’s full circle to have the love of this place and the love of country music come together here.  When you listen to the record it will go from something traditional to something that will make your head spin back to something even more traditional. That’s just what you can expect from one of my albums. At this point in my career it’s always good for me to try something different, with different sounds, and I think you’ll hear hints of that on this record. I’ve explored about every part of country music you can explore and it seems like I always keep coming back to my roots, which is traditional country music. I love great songs and there are so many talented writers in Nashville, but I do have a song on the album that I wrote and I’m very proud of it.

New Album

Enjoy another great album.

Texoma Shore (2017) – 11 songs, 38 min

 

Video

Here is a video from the new album.

I’ll Name the Dogs – 3 min 4 sec

 

Playlist

This is my playlist of his songs.

Blake Shelton (Playlist) – 17 songs, 1 hr 2 min

 
Listen to more of his music at my Blake Shelton post with additional albums, videos, and links. It has been updated with the new album, and new songs incorporated in my extended playlist.

Photo credit: Texoma Shore @ Amazon (album cover).

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SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Nov 1

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine – Nov 1

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

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SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 40 – My Oh My (11/1/2017) – 1 hr 9 min

Playing tracks by Jamestown Revival, Sharon Van Etten, The Lone Bellow, Marcus Foster, S. Care and more.

 

Bearded Sunshine is here to wrap up Halloween and we talk about a 68 year old new dad.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Joy Kills Sorrow- Such Great Heights
  • Blind Pilot – Packed Powder
  • Black Prairie – Let It Out
  • Roo Panes – The Original
  • Jamestown Revival – Love Is a Burden
  • The Cave Singers – When the World
  • Peter Bradley Adams – Who Else Could I Be
  • Punch Brothers – My Oh My
  • The Lone Bellow – Deeper in the Water
  • Marcus Foster – How Many Times
  • Slow Club – Wanderer Wandering
  • S. Carey – Brassy Sun
  • Night Beds – 22
  • The Milk Carton Kids – New York
  • Sharon Van Etten – Not Myself
  • The New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands On You

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Turnpike Troubadours: A Long Way from Your Heart

Turnpike Troubadours: A Long Way from Your Heart

Listen to Americana music by Turnpike Troubadours on their new (4th) album A Long Way from Your Heart.

New Album

Enjoy their latest album.

A Long Way from Your Heart (2017) – 11 songs, 39 min

 

Playlist

Here is a playlist of their most popular songs.

Turnpike Troubadours (Playlist) – 10 songs, 41 min

 

Listen to more of their music at my Turnpike Troubadours post with additional albums, videos, and links. I will update my music post to include the new album, and incorporate new songs in my playlist.

Photo credit: A Long Way from Your Heart @ Amazon (album cover)

Josh Ritter: Acoustic MicroShow Video

Josh Ritter: Acoustic MicroShow Video

Listen to Americana music by Josh Ritter with this video of a recent acoustic performance for his latest album Gathering. He starts his tour with The Royal City Band this Sunday in Dallas, and will be here at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater on January 12, 2018.

Video

Just a few days before his new album Gathering was released, Josh Ritter performed for The Current (89.3) and 75 lucky fans, packed into the basement of The Turf Club (aka The Clown Lounge), Saint Paul, Minnesota. He performed songs with bassist Zachariah Hickman from ‘Gathering’ and a few standout tracks from his catalog, in an uplifting and spirited performance.

Full MicroShow performance for The Current (89.3) – 44 min 49 sec

 

Songs

These are the songs performed in the video with their start times.

 0:20 Feels Like Lightning
 4:08 Showboat
 8:15 Train Go By
13:10 Dreams
19:30 Thunderbolt's Goodnight
23:28 Oh Lord, Part 3
27:20 I Can't Believe We Were Ever Strangers
31:30 Henrietta, Indiana
35:05 When Will I Be Changed?
40:45 Getting Ready to Get Down

Playlist

Here is my playlist of his songs.

Josh Ritter (Playlist) – 56 songs, 3 hr 29 min

 

Listen to more of his music at my Josh Ritter post with additional albums, videos, and links. I will update my music post to include the new video.

Photo credit: Gathering @ Amazon (album cover)

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine (ACL 2017) – Oct 11

SXSWfm: Bearded Sunshine (ACL 2017) – Oct 11

Listen to Americana music on the Bearded Sunshine SXSWfm specialty radio show stream that is now available on MixCloud. The award winning and revolutionary SXSWfm Americana music show “Bearded Sunshine“ is hosted by resident musical scholar and SXSW staffer Matt Small. Join Matt weekly as he dives into the aforementioned Americana music, current events, humor and other listener favorite topics. This is the opposite of every show you’ve ever liked.

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SXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Last year its 30th anniversary was celebrated in Austin, Texas with over 2,200 official performers from more than 67 countries and happened again recently from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

 

Bearded Sunshine 40 – ACL 2017 (10/11/2017) – 1 hr 2 min

Playing tracks by Vance Joy, Angel Olsen, The Head and the Heart, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carson McHone and more.

 

Matt talks about the top stories from ACL 2017 as well as debuts a playlist where every song was performed at this year’s ACL event.

Playlist

This mix includes the following artists and songs.

  • Joseph – White Flag
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Devil Like Me
  • First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Waiting
  • Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
  • Angel Olsen – Never Be Mine
  • The Head and the Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over
  • The Band of Heathens – All I’m Asking
  • James Vincent McMorrow – We Don’t Eat
  • Benjamin Booker – Motivation
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Find Yourself
  • Vance Joy – Lay It on Me
  • Carson McHone – Bouquet

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