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6-23-14 Woody Fest and Hoodstock Time

Monday, June 23, 2014

6-23-14 Woody Fest and Hoodstock Time

Happy Solstice!
  For those of us who are basically nocturnal the Solstice is the best of two worlds. Especially here in the high desert where the garden is in and the race to keep things wet enough to grow is on. It helps that cause to have daylight until 9pm or later. It also helps if you take an evening ride into the mountains on a bicycle and get yourself really lost.

Two of the more fun things coming up for me are the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah Oklahoma and Hoodstock in Red River, New Mexico which is a great outdoor festival/party thrown by my guitar slinging compadre K Bolan of The Damn Band. Details can be found in the calendar section of this website for those and other shows including the monthly Stadler and DonCon radio show I do on KTAOS Solar Radio with the amazing Jimmy Stadler on the second Sunday of each month from 5pm till 7pm Mountain Time. I’ll also be making a run up to Denver in late August as well as the Disappear Fear dates that Sonia pulls me in for. Yeehaa.

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I had an amazing time recently in Manhattan working with my beloved sister, Musa Reyes, on a symposium/birthday celebration for Nobel Laureate and President Emeritus Torsten Wiesel (aka Kha) at Rockefeller University on the East River. Some of NYC’s finest jazz, baroque and classical musicians (and me) were brought in to create and perform with a cadre of international rock star scientists during events put together by Mu to celebrate Torsten’s, life, achievements and his 90th birthday. It was a love fest. Turns out musicians and scientists have a lot in common and love a good party (or two). Special thanks to Ann Vellis for bringing in her ‘Kill Squad’ at the tail end of the party. I can always count on Ann to keep things lively. An awesome time was had by all.
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Thanks to the prodding of my good friend David Clemmer (chemist and songwriter extraordinaire) I’ve decided to take a crack at another record in 2015. It’s been thirteen years since my last full blown studio record. I was telling my brother Ellis Paul that I thought I had one more good record in me. He said I probably had ten. He’s kind. The core of the record will be recorded in Alamosa Colorado with the ever awesome Don Richmond at Howling Dog Records. I’ll be bringing the rhythm section from John Oates’s band in to do bass and drums. Other parts of the record will be subsequently recorded with Lloyd Maines in Austin, with jazz buddies in New York City, Red Dirt pals in Oklahoma,  in Taos at my friend Greg Thum’s studio and at my own ‘Studio 13’…  and finally the last touches will be done in Los Angeles with {www.learnaudioengineering.net Gary Gray}. To do a Grammy worthy record (a guy can dream, right?) is costly and so it’s off to Kickstarter for me this fall. Heather Sparrow will do the launch video here in Taos and the campaign will be managed by Jana Pochop in Austin.
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  On another front I’ll be doing an online web performance from my home studio (Studio 13) July 18th at 7:30pm Mountain Time/9:30pm Eastern. Right after I unpack my bags from Okemah and Woody Fest. Back in the 70s and 80s I used to spend more time working in the studio and less time on stage and I’m trying to create a balance of the two that will allow me to produce more music and still pay my bills without having to be in five bands at once. Not that being in five bands isn’t fun or good for my chops… but when I can figure out how to do that without endless rehearsals I’ll be more inclined to dive back in. So being able to perform right out of my studio live is pretty cool. And technically this is the kind of thing you could do in your pajamas… if the demand for that kind of thing was there. Of course. Expect me fully clothed on July 18th. Thank you to Emma at Concert Window for reaching out and inviting me to be part of that of their cool endeavor. For details and to sign up goto this Concert Window page

   You all have amazing lives with struggles and triumphs and I never consider my news to be anything more important than what you have on your own plates so thanks again and always for listening and participating in my little songs and adventures all these years. Until my ride comes I’ll just keep on keeping on and hopefully there will be enough company along the way to make it worth telling you about. Peace and Love from Taos and beyond. DonCon

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