Thursday, October 30, 2008


The official email fanletter from award-winning
children's songwriter, Monty Harper!

October 30, 2008

MontyNews 0810

Kids Music Planet

Halloween Specials!

Part I

Part II

The New Scribblemonster CD is out, including "It Could Have Been Worse," a song I co-wrote with Scribble Jim.

Listen to ScribbleRadio!


We've all been busy busy busy since I wrote you last in August!

Evalyn is thriving in second grade; she's reading at a seventh grade level, and also improving her writing, spelling, and manipulation of numbers. She has begun an enrichment program once a week, and brings us fascinating tales of adventures on the playground every day.

Lisa is finishing up the judging process for the Children's Music Web Awards, and turning her attention back to her Kids Music Planet podcast (see below).

We all enjoyed a great trip to the shores of Lake Michigan for the Children's Music Network national conference in September, where I met and interviewed one of my heroes, Bill Harley, and Evalyn performed the Sally Rogers song "What Can One Little Person Do" to a standing ovation.

I'm not a big dog person, but I finally relented and let Lisa and Evalyn get a "Yorkipoo" puppy. They named her Nutmeg, and Lisa just brought her home this morning. So that's the start of a new adventure!

What have I been up to? I just finished recording a jingle for Zoomers Skate Club in Marion, OH. And I've been immersed in three big new projects: The Program Room, my podcast for librarians; the Born to Do Science Cafe; and a new CD, which I'm writing and recording with my friend and creative partner, Mr. Billy. I'm very excited about this collaboration; we are both doing some of our best work!

Stick around for:

  1. Two Kids Music Planet Halloween Specials - Download them now!
  2. Upcoming Live Concerts, Cafés, and Conference Calls
  3. News from the Daily Blog - Scribblemonster's new CD!
  4. Thanks!

Two Kids Music Planet Halloween Specials

Two new Kids Music Planet Podcast episodes are now available for Halloween!

Each one presents a collection of fun Halloween-themed songs, including an "Evalyn's Pick" at the end. These would make perfect soundtracks for Halloween parties, or for your trick-or-treating if you'll be driving from place to place, or if you're at home handing out treats.

To download the two new Halloween specials, visit the Kids Music Planet Podcast site, look them up on iTunes, or just click here:

If you have any trouble, email me back and I'll help you out.

By the way, these are the first two episodes that Lisa created entirely on her own - she even did the editing! She has been growing more and more confident and less dependent on my production and technical help. This will help her put out episodes more regularly in the future. We're very proud of Lisa around here!

(Well, I did contribute the words for her computer-sung show ID spots - those are very cool, well worth the effort to download the show, all on their own!)

Upcoming Live Concerts, Cafés, and Conference Calls

I've been having a blast lately with my new projects, learning all about different art forms and different scientific pursuits, as well as writing songs and performing.

The Science Cafés are here in Stillwater. They are designed to be fun and informative for the whole family. I've been working closely with the guest scientists to improve our delivery of the content each time, to make it more accessible. Come discover what it's like to be a scientist!

The Program Room Podcast is designed for librarians, but anyone who works with kids will find useful tips, ideas, and resources. The podcast includes interviews and discussions that were recorded live. You're welcome to join the live conference calls. If you're interested, write back and I'll send you an invitation, or click here for instructions on how to call in.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday November 3, 1:00 PM Central: "The Program Room" live phone interview with Rozz Grigsby, Education Director for the Oklahoma Children's Theater, about how to lead theater games with kids.
  • Tuesday November 4, 6:30 PM: "Born to Do Science Café" with Dr. Mostafa Elshahed, the Microbe Hunter. At the coffee shop in hastings, in Stillwater, OK. Don't forget to vote first!
  • Friday November 7, 1:00 PM Central: "The Program Room" live phone interview with Dianne de Las Casas, nationally renowned storyteller and author, about how to encourage children to tell their own stories.
  • Tuesday December 2, 6:30 PM: "Born to Do Science Café" with Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven, developmental psychologist. At the coffee shop in hastings, in Stillwater, OK.

News from the Daily Blog

  • 10/28/08 - It Could Have Been Worse: The new Scribblemonster CD, Songs With No Character, is here! It's a fantastic CD of songs for the whole family, edgy and fun, and I co-wrote one of the songs.
  • 10/17/08 - Sunnybrook: I've been visiting classrooms around town to honor students who were top readers in the Stillwater Public Library's 2008 summer reading program. I donated ten visits as prizes. I've done five so far and they've all been great fun! See also:
  • 10/10/08 - Café Attendees See the Light!: This link will take you to my Born to Do Science blog, for photos from the second cafe, which went really well. I performed a new song, "The Molecular Eye," and we learned about Dr. Wouter Hoff's research into how bacteria can see and respond to light.



Monty Harper, Award-Winning Children's Songwriter • (405) 624-3805 •


-KINGDOM 2 MUSIC LAUNCH (featuring Gooding's instrumental catalog)


Please visit to hear 5 brand new tracks from The Angel/Devil.

Nov. California Tour dates:

Sat. 11/1/08 10:00 pm Tangier - Los Feliz, CA
Thu. 11/6/08 9:00 pm Old Ironsides - Sacramento, CA
Fri. 11/7/08 9:00 pm G Street Pub - Davis, CA
Sat. 11/8/08 9:00 pm Monterey Live - Monterey, CA
Sat. 11/15/08 10:00 pm Maverick’s Saloon - Santa Maria, CA
Thu. 11/20/08 8:00 pm House of Blues (Parish Room) - W. Hollywood, CA


UNRELEASED CUE "The New Black" is at The song was recently heard in the Babylon AD Trailer.

Gooding's new solo lp "To Kiss To Kill" is for sale here...

Read the latest "To Kiss To Kill" review here....



GOODING'S publishing/Licensing company has just launched. Please drop by to browse the automated catalog, featuring over 500 solo tracks of urban-anthemic, rock, downtempo, ambient, roots, orchestral and trailer music. Please help us spread the word to anyone needing to license music for a project.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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We're now on the final countdown until our ROCK AND ROLL MEANS WELL TOUR with The Hold Steady begins this Thursday in Louisville KY. This weekend we will play our Halloween Show in Nashville at the beautiful and historic Ryman and on Saturday we will finally play Atlanta at The Tabernacle.

Both nights in Minneapolis are now SOLD OUT! As are the Friday evening NYC show and the Toronto show.

Tickets for the remaining shows are selling fast but there is still time. This will be the end of our best year of touring in DBT's history. We will be taking December (including New Years Eve) off and in January we will begin work recording our next album. Thanks to everyone who has supported us this year. Also, watch out for a new video that is being finished now and will be up for view very soon.

Long Live Rock and Roll.
Patterson Hood
Drive-By Truckers


The Rock and Roll Means Well Tour - Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Oct 30 Thu Louisville, KY Coyote's @ City Block
Oct 31 Fri Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium*
Nov 1 Sat Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle*
Nov 2 Sun Tallahassee, FL The Moon @ FSU
Nov 3 Mon Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre*
Nov 5 Wed State College, PA The State Theatre
Nov 6 Thu New York, NY Terminal 5*
Nov 7 Fri New York, NY Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT
Nov 8 Sat Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory*
Nov 9 Sun Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Nov 11 Tue Toronto, ONT Phoenix Theatre* - SOLD OUT
Nov 12 Wed Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall
Nov 13 Thu Bloomington, IN Bluebird*
Nov 14 Fri Chicago, IL Riviera
Nov 15 Sat Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Mainroom* - SOLD OUT
Nov 16 Sun Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Mainroom - SOLD OUT
Nov 19 Wed Boise, ID The Knitting Factory*
Nov 20 Thu Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
Nov 21 Fri Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo*
Nov 22 Sat Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Nov 23 Sun San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
Nov 24 Mon San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Nov 25 Tue Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
* DBT closes

susan herndon band

Doe's on Cherry Street
(1350 E 15th St, Tulsa)
thursday 30 october
6:00 pm

for more info, go to:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Upcoming Tumbleweed Events

Upcoming Tumbleweed Events
Thursday, October 30
Halloween Costume Contest

$5.00 Cover
Doors open at 9.
Any Coin Beer from 9:00 - 11:00
$1.00 Bud and Bud Light from 11:00 to 12:30 for anyone wearing a costume!
Costume contest at Midnight. Prizes for 1st , 2nd and 3rd!

Friday, October 31 – Halloween Night!
Pit Bike Bar Races and Halloween Costume Contest

It’s time for another Tumbleweed Bar Race! This one just so happens to be on Halloween so dress up in your favorite costume and come join us for some bar bangin’ fun and a costume party! This race will be both inside and out, so don't be afraid to bring warm clothes!

$5.00 Cover
Doors open at 7.
Practice at 8, Races at 9!
Free beer from 7:00 – 9:00!
Costume contest at Midnight. Cash prizes for 1st , 2nd and 3rd! Plus we will give away prizes (RANDY ROGERS TICKETS?!?) for Halloween games we will play!

Friday, November 14

The Randy Rogers Band!
$15.00 Advance after Oct.5, $20.00 Day of Show.
UPDATE! We will now open doors at 8:00 because of the huge demand for this show and have $1.00 Bud and Bud Light from 8:00 to 9:30. Check out what Randy and his band says about their new album and their music at
We have added Brother Outlaw as the opening band! These guys are home grown boys out of Oklahoma City! Check out their music at This is going to be a great show. Please get your tickets early and show up early to enjoy $1.00 Bud and Bud Light!

Saturday, November 29
Johnny Cooper’s Bedlam Bash!
Tickets are on sale now. $8.00 Advance Tickets $10.00 Day of Show

Tumbleweed Concerts
Th,Fr,Sa 8:00pm - 2:00am

Friday, October 17, 2008

Jared Tyler

2 shows with Malcolm Holcombe this week. Malcolm is my favorite singer-songwriter in the world! and I am honored to join him on stage

I hope you will join us in Oklahoma City at the legendary - Blue Door <> on Sunday night Oct 19th - 8pm.

On Monday, Oct. 20th we will be playing a House concert in Midtown Tulsa, but it is currently sold out.***

***We will be rocking out the vote for Obama on Saturday, Oct. 25th - 9pm - $5cover

I will be performing with the Jared Tyler Band (currently -Travis Fite on guitar, Arthur Thompson on drums, Al Rey on bass). Thank you for supporting the band for the last two shows at Lola's - we've had a blast.

Hope to see you there Oct 25th at 9pm. ***

Jared Tyler's Upcoming Performances:

10/19/2008 8:00pm - The Blue Door <> -opening for Malcolm Holcombe Oklahoma City, OK

10/20/2008 7:30pm -House Concert -w/ Malcolm Holcombe Tulsa, OK more info here

10/22/2008 7-10pm -The Canebrake Resort Wagoner, OK

10/25/2008 9pm -Lola's @ The Bowery w/band (Obama Rally!) Tulsa, OK

10/29/2008 6pm -All Souls Chapel Tulsa, OK

11/06/2008 12pm -Garden Deva Sculpture Company Tulsa, OK

11/07/2008 10am -Garden Deva Sculpture Company Tulsa, OK

11/23/2008 7:30pm -The Blue Door -Woody Guthrie Tribute OKC, OK

11/29/2008 9pm -Lola's @ The Bowery w/band Tulsa, O

12/24/2008 6pm -The Canebrake Resort Wagoner, OK

01/02/2009 7pm -Soulful Sundown @ All Souls Tulsa, OK

01/24/2008 -Private House Concert Owasso, OK



Monday, October 13, 2008



The Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society (GOBMS), a nonprofit organization, presents its monthly concert/jam November 8, 2008, 6:30 PM, at the Oklahoma Country-Western Museum & Hall of Fame, 3925 SE 29, Del City (just west of Wall’s).

Featured bands are Graystone Bluegrass Revival, Newcastle OK; Hunt Family Bluegrass, Perry OK and The Star Canyon Band, San Antonio TX.

Jamming rooms are available for musicians who wish to come and jam. Doors open at
5 PM. General admission is $6.00 (GOBMS members $5.00). Children 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by parent or adult. Seating is provided and concessions are available.

The Museum & Hall of Fame is a smoke-free facility and no drugs, alcohol or tobacco products of any kind are permitted.

For further information regarding performances, please call 405-485-2370; 405-677-7515 or 405-632-8945. NOTE: After 3 PM the day of the show, call 405 677-3174 (Museum & Hall of Fame).

Thank you,

Melba G. Arnold, Program Chairperson &
Public Relations Coordinator
Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society /