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What do Howling Dick & Blues Have In Common?

Me… and the LIKE button.   (for two)

Just in case you do not know this gentlemen & his radio show let me happily be the person to introduce you.  I think you’ll ‘like’ his show too.

I came to be a follower of Downhome with Howling Dick because I am addicted to the music genre  of blues & I post blues music regularly on another social media where I was first introduced to his shows. Soon between social media and his show we became fast friends with music being a core common denominator. Particularly blues.

And I want to share.


I freely admit that I have had a thing about radio programs, what I thought were of a thing of my past. Back in August 2012 I wrote a piece  called Bus Stop Games: As a young lady my friends & I depended on our local radio station KISN to become savvy music fans.  ( link below for Bus Stop Games Post)

Enraptured by radio shows and the disc jockeys who played the music, my friends & I would speak about the artist, the band, the music itself, and the business. It has been a life long passion. We would spend hours dissecting what we  had learned. Only then my friends and I would create the trivia Bus Stop Game of the week. We learned to name that tune in as little two notes to each. A game I taught my daughter’s to play.

Today I am listening and following a fabulous radio program again.

Downhome with Howling Dick

Thanks to the Internet I am listening to a radio show that I want to introduce my music loving friends to. The show hails from the United Kingdom and comes via pod casts  The disc jockey is Howling Dick;  and the name of his hour weekly show is Downhome with Howling Dick. The ambiance of the show will take you back to days when a radio show was something worth making a date with.

Linked  here is the week of 20 June 2013 show (which  by the way mentions yours truly)   http://www.howlingdick.com/i-raise-my-hat/

Howling Dick’s show is promoted as a Blues genre show, but he admits that he plays what he likes and that covers a lot of genres. The man is a wealth of knowledge about music, and he also has the most unusual & eclectic collection of recorded music in his library I have ever come across. If you are interested in rare and unusual recording stick around Howling’s front porch awhile, you will be pleased you did.

I had given up on commercial radio in the 80’s because the constant commercialism started to really bother my sensibilities. I do not watch television for the same reason.  It was not just the advertisements in radio that take so much air time that bothers me, but  also very much the politics in how music was chosen and given air time for play. The Dj’s were no longer the people making the choices as to what we heard.  In  my younger  years I had the great experience of distributing demo tapes to radio station disc jockey’s to try to inspire some interest & air time in local bands I worked with. It was a fascinating time in the world of music.

As it is today. If you have the where with all to create some good music you can realistically promote yourself  in such creative ways you can become a name for yourself in the industry; thanks to modern digital recording equipment & web sites like YouTube, Reverbnation & Dailymotion to name just a few. And radio programs like Howling Dick’s who promote artists we might not learn about without the radio program & Disc Jockeys.

I think that is pretty cool. Keeping the music where it belongs, with the artists as much as possible..

I spoke to Howling about doing this piece and asked for his permission to link his show. His response is so like the music fan that he truly is when he simply said ” spread the music”

I love that kind of attitude…….especially when it is regarding music.

Thinking  it might be fun in this introduction to Howling Dick and his show to discover a glimpse into how his mind ticks by asking him a few questions. Howling,  a very good sport as he played along so nicely in his answers is a delight. It might also be interesting for you to know he is an unabashed Bob Dylan fan and reputed to have quite a Dylan collection of music and memorabilia.

The interview:

* Do you play an instrument? What kind?  (Tell us about your cigar box guitars you make & play)

Theres a wonderful video on YouTube – Angriest guitar player ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8hmi9aEiy4), which most of my family and friends have confirmed is ME! I have a wonderful collection and love playing guitar but truth is, I don’t have that gene where it comes natural. One of the reasons I make and play Cigar Box guitars is I reckon its easier to play 3 strings (its not). I also dabble with banjo, dulcimer and Ukulele with similar poor results but it don’t stop me playin’ em or collecting hem. My wife has issues about the amount of stuff I have!!! Funnily enough, apparently  I am a half decent blues harmonica player which my eldest son Josh says I should stick to but hey! every boy wants to be an axe god doesn’t he?

* You are building your dream band. Who is are your choice of band mates? Why?

Drums – Ritchie Hayward of Little Feat (or possibly George Recine from Dylan’s band?) because he has the groove I love to play to. Steely Dan have a young drummer Keith Carlock with them who is possibly the best Ive seen recently but he’s far too good for me.

Bass -Ian Jennings who I saw recently playing with  Mud Morganfield. He’s a pint sized fella with a giant double bass (HAS to be double bass) and oozes charisma and talent. Sort of bloke Id enjoy hanging out with unlike Sting (he’s too good looking)

Keyboard – Chuck Leavell. Not only because he’s so damn good but for the privilege of playing with someone who’s played with the Allmans AND the Stones. Oh, if he couldn’t make the gig then Clint Eastwood, because.. well, if you have to ask….

Guitar – Oh the big one, too many to choose from so it would it would be my son Josh on rhythm and old mate Phillip Morris on lead who I’ve jammed with for years just so we could share the experience of playing with a great band. (I’d be on harp and vocals that night)

* Name 3 current favorite tunes & artist.

If you’re asking whats on my turntable at the moment

Mississippi Sheiks – Sitting On Top Of The World (Document reissues on Vinyl)

Charlie Parr -Good Friends (Barnswallow)

Going Down South – Big George Brock (It’s on an amazing compilation of American Roots music -More Miles Than Money)

* If you could bring 3 people to my high desert with you who would they be?  Why?

Well, truth is I wouldn’t bring anybody cos Id want to get to know you 🙂 but if you’re asking who do I want to join us for dinner, Id avoid big heroes like Dylan and Neil because too much pressure and I won’t be corny and say the family (who I do travel with) or Nelson Mandela/Barak Obama. 

Soooo…..I met Charlie Parr recently and he is one of the most decent inspiring men Ive met and also a walking encyclopaedia of roots music – so he’d be one. So would be the wonderful Bex Marshall, cos she’s a really good laugh as well as the fact she can play great slide guitar during desert and I suppose my mate Mark because everyone loves him and we’d definitely have a good time with him around. Whatcha cooking’?

My gracious thanks to you Howling.  Soups on!


Bus Stop Games:


Signature 2013

Folk Music ~ A Trilogy

Re-posted from Lady Barefoot Baroness  [ Original post date 6 October 2012]\

” It’s like finding home in an old folk song that you’ve never heard, still you know every word. And for sure you can sing a long.”    ~  unknown

It is so true that I am 60’s music fan. I am also a Folk Artist first. Folk art in all ways, the music, the visual arts & the stories. The music is what I know like I know my right hand. I know nothing like it any better. It is what I was raised on.  Soy fed Folk-girl.

Ancient Thoughts Told Many Ways Today

A folk music fan, from birth I think. The stories told generation after generation are stories I know also like my right hand. And my left too. It was my passion for so many years and  I am experiencing a resurgence of that passion today. Although with Folk you are never that far away.

Today there are new bands, new artists, new songs, and Folk music is alive and well. The message still the same. How wonderfully comforting and at the same time disturbing this is.  Today these new artists are keeping the entire movement alive and well in 2013. I think that is worth celebrating.

So just in case you have missed either of these three bands I want to feature their music here. You may like what you hear, and you may not. But I promise you that the messages are ones that you will have no problem feeling an allegiance with.


Listening to these bands perform their music outside, acoustically without the bells and whistles of a studio session is brilliant, raw, and pure forms of their sounds…their music..their voices… and most assuredly their harmonies.

I am not always a fan of new/current music. But I believe we should always be growing & learning.

I have been taught this music & I know what I like. I also know what sounds move this soul of mine,

This is some of that.  The healing begins.


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Signature 2013

Humble Me ~ Reader Appreciation Award

My weekend is starting off with a big bang!  A Huge Thank You Shout goes out to my sister blogger, Judith at Diabetic RedemptionJudith has very kindly blown me away by awarding me The Reader Appreciation Award.

Is this not just a gorgeous award badge?

I think so~

Judith manages to lift me up when I am down, to bring sunshine to me when there are clouds over head instead. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Judith on her blog I encourage you to take a few minutes and go introduce yourself.

You can find her here at: http://diabeticredemption.com/2012/05/18/awards-and-thanks/

I was unable to find much information about this Reader’s Appreciation Award however I did find this brief quote by another blogger who was also gifted this recognition of award. This lovely award was created by Jennifer Avventura. Her reason for creating this award is a novel one indeed, and as she is quoted saying:  “I’m giving an award to those that have made this past year of blogging worthwhile. You have kept me on my toes, left comments, advice and tons of encouragement. For this I am grateful. Thank you.”

I feel like this is a most sincere sentiment behind an award, and for which I happily accept the much cherished thoughtfulness on Judith’s behalf. Thank you Judith, you rock my soul!

Now To The Requirements of the Award

1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
2. Be thankful.
3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay too. Just admire it.

  • I am doing my thing backwards, to my own liking if you will. If a Barefoot Baroness cannot change-up the rules now and again what is the point of being a Royal Baroness? And being Barefoot?  I want to take this spot, this time, to properly thank my benefactor. Miss Judith. I have been humbled by you more than I can express, your constant unconditional support towards my writing (just among the many others) has been a constant source of love that I draw from daily. Thank you my friend from the deepest recesses of my heart and soul.

  • I am an extremely grateful person in all ways of my life. There is no other way for me to be, I could not relate to life or the people in my life if not for my gratitude’s towards them. The big things, the small, I am grateful because each blessing in life brings my way new lessons and wisdom’s that help guide me through a world that can get pretty complicated along the way. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and loving Thanks to all my family, “framily,” friends, and all of my “biblings” here in my blogging home at WordPress. 

  • Six (6) Blogging friends? Really? Just 6?

Okay, here is where it gets tough. Because there is not one person that I follow who does not deserve this award too. Now I don’t have a huge groupings of bloggers I follow anymore. In the beginning when I was so young and naive I clicked on everyone’s follow button like it was some popularity class in Jr High school. Since I became completely overwhelmed when losing just one week of being able to write & comment I realized that being able to nurture the friendships that are significant for me, and to write what I need to get off my chest could not happen if my head was constantly under water trying just to keep afloat. Priorities change. 

In that spirit I am going to award this award to my six bloggers. I have decided to do this somewhat different from maybe expected, I am naming bloggers who I don’t know well only because we have just met, or bloggers who I am not aware of them receiving this award already as that is one of the rules. One which I will not take the authority to change. I also have blogging friends who I do know well, who have not received this award, ones who certainly should be awarded. But because I happen to respect their wishes to not accept awards I will not send this their way.  You know who you are;  and I hope you know too just how grateful I happen to be for you, and all that you share with me and this world.

And the Drum Roll please….

  1. http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/
  2. http://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/
  3. http://2mhttp:/
  4. http:/caddoveil.wordpress.com/e4art.com/
  5. http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/

And for Number Six ( 6 ) I have decided to change my mind. I am woman; I am strong and that is my prerogative. 

I have decided that Gerry from Gerry’s Place @  http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/  is  a blog writer who I also appreciate so much.

Can I just mention that one of Gerry’s aspects that I truly adore is his passion and devotion for missing children. As many of you know I am a child advocate and the thought that this kind of thing could happen in my community leaves me numb with fright. Gerry and I have began posting posters and detailed information about missing and abducted children, We have a shared passion that involves passing these missing children’s sweet smiles around WordPress so that we may find even just one child to bring home to their waiting families.

Can you help? Oh yes you can!  I’m so glad and grateful that you asked. We would so appreciate your help in this. Re blogging when you see a blog about a missing child is a way that you can help and help yourself from un-numbing your feelings involved regarding this issue. If you know of a missing child or person and have not seen us post it here on my blog or Gerry’s please feel more than welcome to contact one of us, or even better yet post it yourself. Then if you would kindly notify one of us so that we too may re-blog …..

Again Thank you Judith, and thank all of you for your devotion and faith in me and my blog! involved.

©tjhelser 2012