Met N-J-D yesterday while playing tourist in my hometown. Also went to see the Cash/Dylan exhibit at CMHoF. Very cool. Was compelled to raise my camera to just this one artifact that was part of another exhibit. Awestruck.

Printed key rings East London

I like to offer something different when networking. Everyone hands out business cards whereas I will hand out printed key rings, even if they’re not used as keyrings they still stand out. 

If they are used as keyrings then it will advertise my business even further! In order to make sure that your business is advertised in the best light possible however it is important to make sure that the quality is as good as it gets.

Big fish print definitely offer quality as good as it gets and they have been instrumental to the success of my printed key rings. If you live in the East London area and are looking to purchase a batch of printed key rings I can easily recommend using Big Fish Print.

Today in Irish history: July 2nd

1790 - In an election for Speaker of the Irish parliament, John Foster defeats William Brabazon Ponsonby by 145 votes to 105

1798 - Rebels defeat small force of Yeomanry at Ballraheen Hill; they move to camp at Croghan

1800 - The British Act of Union is passed

1819 - Edward Vaughan Kenealy, barrister and writer, is born in Cork

1869 - Birth of one of Ireland’s greatest ever tennis players, Joshua Prine, who won the Wimbledon singles in 1893 and 1894

1874 - Isaac Butt’s Home Rule motion defeated in House of Commons 458-6

1903 - One of the greatest motoring events is held in Ireland - the Gordon Bennett Race, sponsored by James Gordon Bennett, owner of the New York Herald

1957 - Bridie Gallagher reaches no. 1 in the Irish charts with “The Boys From The County Armagh”

1958 - The Industrial Development Act is passed to encourage an influx of foreign capital

1970 - Irish Catholic bishops announce that it is no longer obligatory to abstain from eating meat on Friday

1970 - Following his arrest on May 28 for allegedly importing arms for the IRA, Neil Blaney is discharged

2000 - Joey Dunlop, motorcycle racer and humanitarian worker, dies in an accident during a race in Estonia

2000 - The 25th anniversary of St. Oliver Plunkett’s canonization is celebrated in Drogheda, Co. Armagh

2000 - Navan-born jockey, Johnny Murtagh, rides Sinndar to an easy victory at the Budweiser Irish Derby

2001 - Ireland bids bon voyage to the relics of St Therese of Lisieux at the end of an 11-week tour which organisers claim drew three million onlookers.


Joan Osborne at City Winery, Chicago, July 5, 2015 (Noon show)

Joan Osborne closed her brunchtime set at Chicago’s City Winery with a delicate rendition of “Stella Blue” accompanied by “the beautiful and talented” Keith Cotton’s lilting acoustic piano.

It was a sublime coda to what the brass-piped singer called a “special set just for you,” a 90-minute stroll through Osborne’s own recordings and the songs of her influences from Muddy Waters (“I Want to be Loved”) to Ike and Tina Turner (“The Game of Love”).

With music supplied from Cotton’s supple acoustic and sinewy electric pianos, Osborne’s own guitar and white, star-shaped tambourine and an iPhone-generated beatbox, the duo kept patrons in the intimate venue in rapt silence. On command, concertgoers clapped along and provided percussive support, but otherwise maintained a respectful hush, save for between-song applause and cheers.

Of course, the most important instrument in the house was Osborne’s throaty voice, which sounded strong and ballsy. She channeled Bonnie Raitt on John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” and reworked her own - and so far only - hit, “One of Us,” into a serious discourse on crises of faith that sounded much different from the inescapable song of 1995.

The show was part of City Winery’s Weir’s World concert series in conjunction with the Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts at Soldier Field. The singer, resplendent in a white, floor-length dress, fondly recalled her “very interesting time” as a member of the 2003 incarnation of the Dead, she also served time as one of Phil Lesh’s Friends, and spoke reverently of the band’s songwriting prowess.

That she was sincere in her praise was obvious by the emotion she put into Dead songs including a mid-set “Brokedown Palace” and a loping “Sugaree.” Banging her tambourine and in harmony with Cotton, Osborne rendered “Deep Elm Blues” with just the right amount of Chicago grit.

Osborne said she and Cotton are attending tonight’s Dead finale and, in response to a fan’s question, said “I don’t think so,” when asked if she’d be sitting in.

No matter. For Mr. and Mrs. Sound Bites and 323 of their closest friends, the nooner with Joan Osborne was completely satisfying.

Grade card: Joan Osborne at City Winery, 7/5/15 - B+

You come home late and you come home early
You come on big when you’re feeling small
You come home straight and you come home curly
Sometimes you don’t come home at all
—  John Prine

Daily Discovery: Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard, “This Daddy (Has Run Out of Strut)”

HOMETOWN: Cookeville, Tennessee

CURRENT LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

AMBITIONS: Shows, shows & more shows. Bringing my songs to as many folks that will listen.

TURN-OFFS: Table 1 over there talking too loud to hear me crack jokes and sing songs.

TURN-ONS: Table 1 over there being told to hush by other audience members.

DREAM GIG: I recently played the Bluebird, which was a big check off the list. But like most folks in my genre I’d love to play the Ryman one day.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “Don’t approach her with that Atari, that ain’t good game homie, sorry”

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Souvenirs” – John Prine

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: My wife, Hank Williams, Paul Westerberg, Michael Shannon, and Cormac McCarthy.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Bruce Springsteen at Bridgestone Arena in 2014. Quite possibly the most religious experience of my life.

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE…I was at a point in my life where I was unquestionably burning the candle at both ends. I wanted to write a song about that experience, but keep it humorous and upbeat. No need to bum yourself out further by writing a slow sad song about a slow sad experience. Swing that beat.

Click here to listen to “This Daddy (Has Run Out of Strut)”…


Happy holiday weekend!!

There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes,
Jesus Christ died for nothin’ I suppose.
Little pitchers have big ears,
Don’t stop to count the years,
Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios.
—  John Prine

mcgarrygirl78 tagged me to pick my six favorite albums, which is such an absurdly low number for someone like me. Six? SIX? SIX?!!!  A top sixty, maybe. That might be workable. But six?

I mean, I tried. I started by making a list of all-time favorite albums - ones that I can play over and over and love each and every song or track but I quickly got to around 40 and realized I would just keep going. 

So, I’m just going to list the first six favorite albums that come to mind as I make this post

The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas.

Nina Simone - Pastel Blues.

John Prine - John Prine.

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me.

Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme.

Tagging crazymaryt, desroubins, lozenger8, ratthrash, schrodingerskat, mousewings, and anyone else who wants to do this meme.


John Prine and Steve Earle singing Townes Van Zandt’s Loretta = everything I’ve ever wanted to hear. 

anonymous asked:

"Keep your wings up, Starscream. A Vosnian prine does NOT droop jis wings. And stop fridgeting, you've no reason to be nervous." (mom anon.)

Go Anon and pretend to be my character’s mother. 

 The little prince’s mouthplates twist into scowl, but he straightens up nonetheless, wings lifting high and proud.  It’s terribly boring, having to stand so rigid and still, ceremony or no.

Tfw ur about to fall asleep and dad knocks on ur door to give u a John Prine album and ask u if u remember playing a computer game called “The Day of The Tentacle” when U were little

Hey look ma
here comes the elephant boy
bundled all up in his corduroy
headed down south towards Illinois
from the jungles of East St. Paul.
—  John Prine

ginnyvos tagged me. I was tagged in another meme thingy too, but the second one will have to wait till I have more time….

Hit shuffle and listen to the first 10 songs. NO SKIPPING then tag 10 people.

1.    Gold  - Sir Sly

2.    His Word Is Not His Bond  - The Waterboys

3.    Glastonbury Song - The Waterboys

4.    Wash Jones  - The Squirrel Nut Zippers

5.    Little White Lies - Fastball

6.    Jimmy – Of Montreal

7.    Everybody Takes a Tumble – The Waterboys

8.    A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left – Andrew Bird

9.    Explorers – Muse

10.  Same Thing Happened to Me – John Prine

Well that is a frighteningly accurate snapshot inside my head… In other words, Brokengrackle needs to acquire some more upbeat music. Also, 3 guesses who my favorite band is, lol.

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