Thursday, September 23, 2010

Monica Taylor

Howdy, friends!

Just wanted to give you a little idea of places to hear some of my homegrown red dirt music ~ this week and next!

Thursday, Sept. 23rd (tonight!) in Santa Fe, NM at The Candy Man Music Store, 7:30pm $10-15.

I will have the fabulous fellers, Patrick Turnmire (part of Don Conoscenti's band!) on percussion and Chipper Thompson (from Kim & The Caballero's Band and many other Taos groups) on mandolin and guitar playin' with me. 

*Jerry Ferris, friend & songwriter from Santa Fe, will be opening up the evening with his own songs and poems.  Come on out!

Note:  Kim will be playing solo at The Taos Inn's Adobe Bar this next tuesday, sept. 28th at 7pm... she's a wonderful tradiitonal country-western singer- a beautiful person!

Saturday, Sept. 25th in Taos, NMat The Old Blinking Light Restaurant & Concert Hall, 7-10pm $5.

 We might be outside!  That would be loverly... course, you can always sit just inside the doors of the restaurant, too.  The fine fellers, Pat and Chipper will be with me again this evening, too!  What a great time we're having playing together.  Wear your dancing boots!

Monday, Sept. 27th in Garden City, KS at the home of Russ & Debbie Tidwell, 7pm, $10-15.  

Russ & Debbie's phone number is: 620-640-3818 and the address for the concert is  211 N. 6th  in Garden City, KS

*I will have Jon Irsik playing guitar with me this evening!

**What a great way to end two and a half months of playing music on the road across the western and northwest parts of this beautiful country of ours, huh?! 

Would love to see you out at any of these show, my friends.

  And ... Thank you SO much for making me feel welcome and loved everywhere I've roamed this summer.  Sure means a lot to me to have had safe travels and a joyful journey... while spreadin' a little 'red dirt music'  around America!

~love from Monica Taylor




In October...

I'll be playing in Perkins, OK on Saturday, October 2nd  7pm...  at the old High School gymnasium for the town's annual banquet & fundraiser for the Heritage park just outside of my little hometown of Perkins.

Contact the Perkins Chamber of Commerce for info.

Sunday October 3rd...

I'll be singin' that old western swing and jazz tunes in three part harmony as part of The Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing as we perform in Wichita, KS.  *More info for this event next week.

Thursday, October 7th, 7pm..

I'll be in concert at The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame at the old Santa Fe Train Depot in Muskogee, OK with Greg Jacobs, Travis Linville, and John Fullbright- all some of my favorite Oklahoma songwriters/ performers and dear friends!

Sunday, October 10th   2-6pm ... at The Grape Ranch Vineyards, just south of Okemah, OK about 6 miles.

Uncle Don Morris and I will be performing together this lovely fall day!  Don is one of my favorite people on this planet and has always been one of favorite songwriter/ performers, too!  Ya'll come on out!

October 23rd, Saturday night in Stillwater, OK ... at Joseppi's Italian Restaurant - 8-10pm, but the time depends on the OSU football game's time.  Tonight will be very special, my friends.   I will have Terry "Buffalo" Ware on electric and acoustic guitars,  and Uncle Don Morris on bass and sharing the singing.  Will be a wonderful time- guaranteed!

Here's a little more that you will ALSO be happy to hear about!

Some good friends in concert:

Friday, October 8th, 7pm...Jimmy Lafave & Night Tribe are coming back to Tulsa, OK for a concert at The Blue Dome Diner!

You might want to reserve your tickets in advance- OK Ticket Outlet or by calling the Blue Dome Diner, 918-382-7866.

* Jimmy is a dear friend who spent his 'formative years' (grin) writing songs and playing in Stillwater, OK... my neck of the woods, you know. I'll be helping him out with the evening at the cd table and the door- might join him in a song or two.

He is going to have the loverly and talented Jess Klein with him as a special guest!  Jess is a wonderful songwriter and performer who is also on his Music Road records label out of Austin, TX.




Note:  November 11th, another Music Road record label songwriter will be at The Blue Dome Diner- Sam Baker, from Austin, TX !

One of the finest songwriters I've heard in along time- Jimmy told me a couple of years ago I needed to hear him, and he was right.  Sam can captivate an audience with his songs, performance, and his storytelling... you ought to reserve your tickets for this show, too.  I'll have a Reservations Book at Jimmy's show for this Nov. 11th Sam Baker concert.  Jared Tyler is going to play mandolin and dobro with him, I think.

I will probably join Sam on a few numbers- he invited me to perform in Telluride, Co and then St. Maries, ID with him this July and August.  We had a great time together...

Hope to see you all soon!

Red Dirt Rangers

RDR will be rockin' out at two festivals this saturday. The first show will be at 4:00 pm at the Stone River Music Festival near Chandler. Check out details at

Later on saturday, at 8:00 pm, we'll be groovin' at Jody Naifeh's Ranch near Sapulpa at the annual Woodystock Festival. For location and more info look up

Both of these festivals feature great bands, food and drink. See y'all there!!!

Camille Harp

Hey Folks....Here's the week's update!..

Friday night, 9/24, I'll be opening for Green Corn Revival for their release of "Say You're A Sinner".  I'll be joining them with Siren and Little League Hero for a great night of Okie music at THE OPOLIS in Norman. 9pm

Saturday, I'll be in Talequah at the ILLINOIS RIVER JAM.  There's music all day at Peyton's Place Friday and Saturday.  I'll be performing a set with Ali Harter and Carter Sampson. Following is Penny Hill.  YAY OKIE GALS! :) Go here for tickets and more info on the artists performing...  We'd love for you to join us!

****Next weekend, for all you Sooner Fans who're unable to go to OU/TX (& non-Sooner fans welcome, too), come to THE DELI in Norman on Saturday Oct. 2nd for a jam with us!  We'll have some of my favorite people playing with lots of switchouts to keep it interesting!  The downbeat is at 10:30pm.

Til we meet again,

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

John Randolph and Shelly Phelps - Live Music on the Canal

Show Name: John Randolph and Shelly Phelps - Live Music on the Canal 
Date:  Sep 25, 2010 
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Ticket Price:  Free Show!
Age Minimum: All ages 
Venue:  Red Dirt Emporium on the Bricktown Canal
Venue Website:

Venue Address: 115 E. California
State:  Oklahoma 
City: Oklahoma City 
Venue Postal Code:  73104 
Google Map

Additional Information: John Randolph and Shelly Phelps will give a one hour live acoustic performance at Red Dirt Emporium on the Bricktown Canal in OKC as part of the "Live Music on the Canal" event. The event features four locations on the canal and a variety of local, original musicians.

Find John Online!


Monday, September 20, 2010

NAMA 12 Nominees Announced



Nominees Announced for the
Twelfth Annual Music Awards
To Be Held On Friday, November 12, 2010
At Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino
In Niagara Falls

Featuring Performances By Top Nominees
& Special Red Carpet Event By Radio Partner WGWE-FM

September 20, 2010 – New York, NY.  Nominations for the 12th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) were announced today by The Native American Music Association & Awards, reflecting the combined votes of the NAMA Advisory Board Membership Nominating Committee.

The 12th Annual Native American Music Awards will be held on Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Seneca Entertainment Center in the Seneca Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York.

Tickets are on-sale now through, all ticketmaster outlets, and at the Seneca box office (716) 501 2444.  Tickets are $25.00, $35.00 and $50.00.  Special discounted hotel rates are available for NAMA attendees at $159.00 plus tax and fees per night on a first come first serve basis and by calling 716-299-1100 or 1-877-8SENECA (73-6322).

Both new and established artists share the list of nominations throughout a diverse array of 30 music categories spanning all genres. This year's top nominees are the cause-driven; Jan Michael Looking Wolf with his CD, "Breakin Free" and Joseph FireCrow with his distinctly new sound on "Face The Music" who are both tied with five (5) nominations and are both contenders in the Record of the Year category.  Other leading nominees feature the slightly more edgier bands; Aztlan Underground with their self-titled recording, and Digging Roots with "We Are" who both received four (4) nominations each alongside solo artists Michael Bucher for his "Believe" CD and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Nokie Edwards of The Ventures (Wipe Out, Hawaii Five-O) who also received 4 nods for his solo  instrumental effort, "Hitchin' A Ride."

Country artists like Shane Yellowbird (3), Quatisi (3), and new artist Victoria Blackie (2) dominante as multiple nominees. Leading with  three (3) nominations  each are; R. Carlos Nakai, Jim Boyd, Johnny Whitehorse, Eagle & Hawk, Samantha Crain and composer Brad Clonch of Injunity.  Joanne Shenandoah  is featured on a collaborative effort with Shiela Applegate and received two (2) nominations for her musical work as well as did a young group from the Rosebud Reservation, Nake Nula Waun and their producer/creator, Frank Waln who have been trying to fight the teen suicide epidemic  on their reservation by performing for free and giving away CDs to their peers.

All with two (2) nominations are; Allen Mose Jr. & Orion Jay Mose, Gabriel Ayala, Anthony Betoney, BlueDog, Douglas Blue Feather & Danny Voris, Indigie Femme, JJ Kent, Kelly Montijo Fink, Kicking Woman Singers, Lone Bear, Mwalim, Plex, Sayani, Segweh, Spiritwing, and Yvonne St. Germaine.

"These nominations throughout all 30 music categories reflect an impressive and diverse array of talent from across the country," said Awards President Ellen Bello. "We have received entries from artists overseas and in Europe as well. This year will also feature a  new music category for Waila Music, or Chicken Scratch, a form of dance and polka music from Southern Arizona. It's truly an exciting year for Native American music and we look forward to nothing less than a spectacular Awards celebration this year."

Public voting to determine the winner of each category will commence in the next few days and will be open to the general public. Anyone interested in voting can visit the Awards website, Music from all nominees is currently featured on the audio players on the website.

Tentatively scheduled to perform at this year's 12th Annual Native American Music Awards show taking place on 11/12/10 will be top nominees; Joseph FireCrow, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band, Digging Roots, new artist Victoria Blackie and American idol semi-finalist Charly Lowry with her band, Dark Water Rising with more to be announced.

See below for a complete list of official nominees for the 12th Annual Native American Awards:

JJ Kent – The Other Side of JJ Kent
Joanne Shenandoah – Enchanted Garden
Johnny Whitehorse – Riders of the Healing Band
Joseph FireCrow – Face The Music
Michael Bucher – Believe
Shane Yellowbird – It's About Time

Get Up & Get Out – Bluedog
Guitar & Vocals - Larry Burnett w/Don Chapman
If That's All Right With You - Twice As Good
Indian Casino - Blackhawk Blues Band
Let Me Be – The Graywolf Blues Band
Shades of Gray - Cecil Gray & The Flying Eagle Blues Band

Colours of My Life – Stephanie Harpe, Jason Burnstick, W.T. Goodspirt, Don Amoro, Tewanee Jospeh
Moon of the Drum – Terry Lee Whetstone
Rise Up - Various
The Best of NAC Compilation Vol 1 – Various
The Night Before; The Best of David Searching Owl - David Searching Owl
Walking With the Spirits - Randy McGinnis

Hitchin' A Ride - Nokie Edwards
It's About Time - Shane Yellowbird
Moving On - John McLeod
The Other Side of JJ Kent - JJ Kent
SOS - Quatisi
Wanted Man – Victoria Blackie

Chris Ferree - Unbound
Cody Sunbear Blackbird – Raven Speaks
Joseph Strider – Meanings Within Meanings, Within Meanings
Marc Brown – Long Time Coming
Samantha Crain – Songs In The Night by Samantha Crain
Victoria Blackie - Wanted Man

Dark Water Rising – Dark Water Rising
Indigie Femme – Indian Souvenir
Kicking Woman Singers - The 4th Coming
Nake Nula Waun – Always Ready
Sayani – Sacred Fire
Segweh – Segweh

Deborah New Moon Rising – Stories From The Social Fire
Kelly Montijo Fink – Songs of War & Victory
Quatisi - SOS
Shanise – Okeymow Maskiki Vol III
Tinesha Begaye – Horses Are Our Journey
Yvonne St. Germaine – Turning My Day Around

Amor Deveras – Yolanda Martinez
Believe - Michael Bucher
Hiding Behind The Sun - Peter Sackaney
Indian Souvenir - Indigie Femme
Scrapbook – Bobby Bullet st Germaine (Strawberry Island)
Songs In The Night by Samantha Crain - Samantha Crain

John Bear – Pure Passion
John Two-Hawks – Wind Songs
Johnny Whitehorse – Riders of the Healing Road
Jonny Lipford – Turn The Page
Joseph FireCrow – Face The Music
R. Carlos Nakai – Dancing Into Silence

Doo Lado Shi diyin da - Larry Kaibetoney
Hoop of Life - RainSong: Terry & Darlene Wildman
Out of the Rainshadow - Rainshadow
Sacred Fire - Sayani
Songs of War & Victory - Kelly Montijo Fink
Turning My Day Around - Yvonne St. Germaine

Allen Mose Jr. & Orion Jay Mose – Holistic Blessings
Aztlan Underground – Aztlan Underground
Bluedog – Get Up & Get Out
Digging Roots - We Are
Fawn Wood & Dallas Washkahat – 'Til The End
Injunuity – Fight For Survival

A Tribute To Walter Flett - Me'tis Fiddler Quartet
Fight For Survival - Injunity
Hitchin' A Ride - Nokie Edwards
Red River Jig – Arvel Bird
Remembrance – Gabriel Ayala
Rollin' Like Thunder – Douglas Blue Feather & Danny Voris

Anthony Betoney – That's An Old Song
Jay Begaye – Horses Are Our Journey
Glen Ahhaitty – No More Lies
Kevin Yazzie – Hope
Lone Bear – NDN Moon
Mike Sullivan Sr– Love, Lies & Lullabies

A Time for Healing – Cecile Moosomin
Dakota/Lakota Traditional Church Songs – Sacred Harmonies
Hope - Kevin Yazzie
Okeymow Maskiki Vol III - Shanise
Reconnected – Brian Stoner & Verdell Primeaux
Unity - Alex Turtle & Johnny Monroe

Jim Boyd – Voices From The Lakes
Sheila Applegate w/music by Joanne Shenandoah – Enchanted Garden
Joseph FireCrow – Face The Music
R. Carlos Nakai – Dancing Into Silence
Johnny Whitehorse - Riders of the Healing Road
Ron Warren, Dawn Avery, Ash Dargan – Red Moon

A Sunny Day - SpiritWing
Lifestyle Muzik - Bigg B
Nightwatch - Sentinel
SOS - Quatisi
The Liberation Sessions - Mwalim
We Are – Digging Roots

Boys Will Be Boyz – The Boyz
Live In Alexis – Blackstone
Many Tribes, One Nation - Warscout
One Voice, One Nation - Thunder Mountain Singers
The 4th Coming - Kicking Woman Singers
The Elk Dreamers - Elk Soldier

A Michael Martinez, Lee Herrera, Mac Suazo, Tom Bee – neXt eXit
Frank Waln – Always Ready
George Parker – Late Night Sessions
Gloria Larocque – Colours of My Life
Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Donald Blackfox, Shawn Justice – Breakin' Free
Robert Doyle– Dancing Into Silence

BrainStorm - Plex
I Love California - Short Dawg Tha Native
It Comes Natural - Lady Xplicit
Sex, Drunks & Hip Hop - Night Shield
Tribal Tribulations - Chase Monchamp/Chase Manhattan
Voice The Vision - Native Era Presents Arielle Tiensvold n Mista Futuristic

Believe – Michael Bucher
Breakin' Free - Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band
Dancing Into Silence - R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman
Face The Music - Joseph FireCrow
It's About Time – Shane Yellowbird
True Blue - Northern Cree

Aztlan Underground - Aztlan Underground
Breakin' Free – Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band
Need Your Love - Robe Williams
Segweh – Segweh
The Great Unknown - Eagle & Hawk
We Are – Digging Roots

"Cherokee Smoke" – Nokie Edwards
"Grandfather" - Windwalker
"Lizard Blues" - Joseph FireCrow
"We Are Sinixt" – Jim Boyd
"What If We Could" – Eagle & Hawk
"What The World Needs" – Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band

Brad Clonch – Fight For Survival
Douglas Blue Feather– Rollin Like Thunder
Michael Bucher – Believe
Nokie Edwards – Hitchin' A Ride
Samantha Crain – Songs In The Night by Samantha Crain
Vince Fontaine, Chris Burke-Gaffney – The Great Unknown

Aztlan Underground – Aztlan Underground
Firewater – Janet Rogers
Moon of the Drum – TerryLee Whetstone
Nightwatch - Sentinel
Red Earth – Lowery Begaye
Stories From The Social Fire – The Story Tellers

Cultural Legacy - Wakinyan Oyate
Holistic Blessings - Allen Mose Jr. & Orion Jay
Kee-Tsa-Gya - Zotigh Singers
Rebuilding The Fire – Bo Taylor
That's An Old Song - Anthony Betoney
Utopia - Todi Neesh Zhee Singers

Barefeet On The Blacktop – Shane Yellowbird
Breakin' Free/Addiction– The Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band
By The Water - Donna Kay
Sacred Warrior – Tom Bee
Shock Town - Jim Boyd
Spring To Come – Digging Roots

Gortie & the TO Boyz – A Tribute To Augustine Lopez Sr
Native Creed - Cumbiafied Nativez
Native Thunder - Get'n Down
Papago Warrior – Papago Warriors 5
The Cisco Band - T.C.O.B.
Tohono O'odham Braves - 25 Years of Waila Music

A Sunny Day - SpiritWing
Aztlan Underground - Aztlan Underground
BrainStorm - Plex
Red Moon - Ron Warren, Dawn Avery, Ash Dargan
Remembrance - Gabriel Ayala
The Liberation Sessions - Mwalim

CC NATIVE HEART (Non-Native Artist)
Big City Indians - Tribal Vision
Denise Johanson – Cave Spirits
Jeff Ball Band – Ghost Town
Peter Phippen –Woodnotes Wyld
Scott Tweedie – Long Island Sound
Wind & Fire – Mark Holland/N. Scott Robinson

The Native American Music Awards congratulates all of this year's nominees.

NAMA 12 is sponsored by: The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, TheSan Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino,  WGWE, 105.9 FM, a commercial and FCC-licensed radio station owned by Seneca Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Seneca Holdings and Bandzoogle who will be offering a special promotion to all NAMMY artists in the coming weeks.

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Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, 
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Are Albums Dead? Not In Hip-Hop

Are Albums Dead? Not In Hip-Hop
by Zoe Chace

NPR - September 16, 2010

If you needed any more evidence that the record album is in deep, deep trouble, know this: Last week's best selling album was Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart. It sold 90,000 copies. When *NSYNC released No Strings Attached ten years ago, it sold 2.4 million copies in its first week. That's *NSYNC selling more than 26 times what Sara Bareilles did.

Other albums released this year have sold more than Bareilles' -- Lady Antebellum sold 2.4 million copies of Need You Now -- but it took a full six months of sales (from January 26th to July 9th) to match *NSYNC's first week.

Even if sales trends are swinging away from albums to digital singles, there is still an audience for albums, whether they're made by huge pop acts, new indie bands or hip-hop legends.

That's what the organizers of Rock the Bells were betting, anyway, when they made the lineup for their touring hip-hop festival. Last month crowds turned out in northern and southern California, New York and Washington, D.C., to see artists perform classic hip-hop albums in their entirety.

Snoop Dogg took the stage in a jumpsuit made out of a giant bandana and laconically spit all of Doggystyle, including a bonus track that was only on a limited number of tapes. A Tribe Called Quest did Midnight Marauders from track 1 to track 14, just like you used to hear it on your tape deck. The Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-One put down whole albums, too, and the crowd ate it up.

Count Stacy Glover in on that party. It reminded her of the parties she and her friends had back in the day, when they would put on one album and dance to the whole thing.

"We had the double album," she enthuses. "We blared it and just danced and celebrated. We had no furniture. It was perfect! We did the Soul Train line."

The reason Glover and her friends loved to listen to the whole record, says DJ Jay Smooth, is because every single song on the album was made by the same charismatic team of people -- a DJ, an artist and a producer, at minimum.

"This is the mythological team, like sort of a team of superheroes that had their own really strongly defined persona and brands," he says. "When you had an album length representation of that persona and that mythological character, it gave you a whole world."

Those days are over. Now, it's not uncommon for each song on an album to be produced by completely different teams. "So albums don't really represent one artistic statement," Smooth explains. "It's just the artist buying twelve lottery tickets hoping to get that platinum hit single. They don't have that much in common sonically."

But hip-hop artists still make their names by releasing a collection of tracks that tell a single, unified story. It just isn't called an "album," and they don't make money.

The mixtape has been around in one form or another since the beginning of hip-hop -- and it hasn't always been free -- but in this era of crash-and-burn album sales, it's been taking on new significance.

Famously, rapper Lil Wayne and producer DJ Drama collaborated on the mixtape series, Gangsta Grillz. The first mixtape was 29 tracks-long, each track leading to the next, unified by one vision. Kind of like an old-school album, except it was offered for free download and passed around by hip-hop fans online.

The record labels tolerate these releases because a) they don't really have a choice and b) it raises the profile of their artists. When Lil Wayne puts out a mixtape hosted by a high-profile artist like DJ Drama and it gets passed around on the internet, it's free publicity.

"If you have that DJ Drama pedigree, that's like being in Oprah's book club for hip-hop," says Jay Smooth. "I think the theory is, at least, that your next album should have more credibility because of that."

Aspiring artists still dream of making that classic album, a collection of tracks that announces who you are to the world.

"I'll probably make an album with an artist; that's what I'm kicking toward right now," says Marte Garner. He's a seventeen-year-old who works under the name DJ 40. He feels that even though a mixtape can get his name out into the world, he'll really be able to tell his own story on a real, old-fashioned album. "For me, I like to tell what my album will be about, so you know what you can look forward to," he says. "If I do that, more people will actually buy the album."

Or so he hopes. The larger trends in the music industry aren't supporting his vision. Still, Garner came to the Rock the Bells festival to get inspired by someone as old school as Snoop, playing to a sold out crowd that knows every word of the album that put him up on stage. [Copyright 2010 National Public Radio]

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Camille Harp

Hello my friends!  Hope everyone is enjoying the rain and cooler weather as much as I am! :)  So...this is what's going on this weekend.  Maybe you can join in on the fun?.....

Ryan Dorman and I will be hitting the turnpike to Tulsa this Friday night (9/10) to play a show at Arnie's Bar (9:30-ish) .  Know some Tulsa folks?...send 'em our way! $5 at the door and 21+ to enter.  Arnie's is a fantastic little, friendly bar!

Saturday (9/11) directly after the OU game, I will be slingin' some tunes for a couple hours at The Deli in Norman. (5pm-ish)  No cover! 21 to enter. Come see me!!

Did everyone see the tv bit on News9 a couple weeks ago?  If not, go here...

See you good people soon!


Monica Taylor

~A little journey-report from this Ramblin' Red Dirt girl~


I kayaked a couple of times in the Salish sea near Samish Island with Dan Duggin and Dean Luce!!, camped for 5 days in the Chuckanut mountain area and hiked some good hikes! had some wonderful concerts in the Bellingham and Bow area of WA state. Met and made some good friends...


Just spent the most wonderful days and evenings...

I drove the amazing Columbia river gorge for the second time this month.  Camped near Maryhill... had just spent a weekend with friends at the Tumbleweed festival on friday and then sat-monday with Chuck & Vic Dunlap... and his awesome band above Lake Roosevelt near Creston, WA!  


What and amazing place and time. 

Thank you to all of you- Nancy Dillon and MJ Bishop, and Chuck and Vic Dunlap, and Leslie Beia and Dean Luce- whose birthday is today!!


~Sept. 7th, 2010~

I ended up yesterday about 4pm here in Troutdale, OR at

The McMenamins Edgefield Poor Farm resort. 

Love this old place- healing waters, fabuous food... AND The Foghorn String band trio played music last night!  

Good way to spend my birthday with all this and my dear friends...  thank you, Monica

Ya'll come on out for these shows- come ramble with me! 


Sept. 8,  Wed.  in Portland, OR at The Mississippi Pizza Place … 9pm  $5-7 at the door....don't know who all is going to play with me?   Hoping some fiddle and dobro? *For sure, my friends Tater n' Craig are gonna pick and grin wid' me this evening!!  Oh, Dean Patrick Luce ust told me he's planning on being here to  'play with me on HIS birthday!' I think it's gonna be a big night- I know there's dobro player coming, too- Dylan!   See ya'll tonight!


  *JUST added!!

Sept. 9…..Thursday night,  House concert 6-9pm

I will have Dean Luce on mandolin and guitar and also!

Harley James playing with us on pedal steel my friends!!

Just added a house concert tonight in Milwaukie, OR... just a few miles south of Portland, OR.  

A House Concert at Marlene's place on Thursday, September 9th 6-9 pm!  Everyone is welcome! 
 Featured Artist is Monica Taylor, who is visiting Portland from Oklahoma.   

 Suggested donation to the Band is $15.00 ...and of course kids are free.   

She was a featured artist on Prairie Home Companion where she made so many new fans across the country... and the world thru this internationally syndicated radio show hosted by Garrison Keillor on NPR.
There will be light snacks and some beverages. 

RSVP: or 503-789-1810
I will send out a notice with the address and reserve a spot for you!
40 seats available.


    ~R & R~


I'll be on my way to the Redwoods!  Via Breitenbush hot springs, the Oregon coastline… and then, hangin with my dear friend Rebecca (Becky Clubb- 13 or so years ago- and I lived at The Farm west of Stillwater, OK  A home for wayward red dirt musicians and songwriting aquifer...) she now lives in Sebastapol, CA!

Then Sequoia Forest, Yosemite, hot springs across NV and UT...

keep me in your prayers for safe travels & wonderful journey!


Sept. 17 & 18, Telluride and Ridgeway, CO  *My friend, and fabulous mandolin player, Jack Racja will be playing with me and has put together some great places for us to play.  I'll get the per'nant info. for the next newsletter!


Sept. 21, Tuesday, Taos, NM at The Taos Inn. 

125 Cam Del Paseo Pueblo Norte  Taos, NM 
(575) 758-2233


Sept. 24th, Friday Santa Fe, NM  at Big Candy Music store

In-House Concert  7pm   $10-15 w/ Patrick Turnmire and Chipper Thompson  (*thank you to Jerry Ferris for lining this show up for me!)


Sept. 25 Saturday at The Old Blinking Light Restaurant in Taos, NM

7-9:30pm $5 w/ Patrick and Chipper!


Do hope to see you out somewhere... or would also love to meet friends of yours 'who live in one of these venue areas...'

Ya'll take care now, ya hear?

Love from this Red Dirt girl~  Monica Taylor