21 December, 2018

QTN 2018 End of the Ear Retrospective

Hello to you at the turn of another year!
2018 has dwindled away and suddenly here we are in the years. Today the Winter Solstice and tomorrow, days begin to lengthen again. December is always a zoom of energy and a welcome reflective time and most especially this year. If folks seem a bit kinder and more open, that's no small thing these days. Perhaps it’s a cellular imprint on our earliest beings and all the old seasonal tales we’ve been told like mythological whispers replay with tidings of comfort and joy even as the world mostly seems like anything but. The pic above will show you how I’m celebrating this year...

Been a long time no type a hello, so hope yer doon most splendid in whatever you are bringing forth in fifths and sixths. Thanks for the emails and communications of all sorts and especially for hanging in here with me. Perhaps we’re moving forward through this brouhaha even though it sometimes feels like standing still. That’s the nature of process work and more than likely one of the main reasons we came here anyway.

In these days of extreme over stimulation and the continuing conflagrations of social structures and sensibilities, it is good to remember to go for a walk to a peaceful place, to sit quiet not doing, to make a pot of hearty soup, to play music for the sheer exuberance of it, to write a poem you mean or find a way in to the creative. The whole world depends on the creative process most days and perhaps many of the world’s problems are caused by folks missing their naps...

On a brighter note, to those of you who have asked and are interested, I’ve just initiated the option for you to be able to download all my recordings in one swell foop for one lolololo price. Six full length CDs worth of tunes and extra assorted audio oddities all for $38 are at brianQTN.bandcamp.com and they’re purchaseable, downloadable and streamable. 

Of course they are available separately too.  If you prefer physical CDs with real covers and liner notes etc, I’ve made another run of Guitarred and Feathered and Sound of Photosynthesis, Hearthearthearth, Parakeetfishhead and Lubricating the Species are still in print too. When you download The Sound of Photosynthesis album, if you’d like a poster of its splendicious cover art with the album's lyrics on the back, I can mail it to you postally as I’ve just found a stash.

This way, I get to come sing for you wherever you are and you get to help me keep this road open and get fun music to lift your spirits whenever you need it most. It is a good way to support your local artist and to nourish your insatiable taste for quality music.

Another wonderful thing this year: I found a sixteen minute video my brother Bruce made way back in 1995 of his earliest 3D Assembloids. Since he is no longer with us in form, it is the most we get to hear of his improvised guitar playing while looking at the details of his art he zooms in on. It’s at https://youtu.be/Im53zQFPrUc  on my Hibidiville youtube channel. Other vids there include a just-posted video of the bonus track from the HHH album of me and the Chapel Hill chimes filmed by Brad Burkons.

Solstice greets and huge thanks to you all for your many years of ears, letters, affirmation, believing in this music and your ideas and feedback and the etc too. It means a lot, especially these days. We'll need a lot of patience, love, sagacity and wherewithal to get through the challenges of this next year and we all have a front row seat. Onward and excelsior!

Your corn forest pundit,

05 July, 2018

QTN Summer News, livestream concert and albums available again!

Hello to you all and the turn of another season to you as the burgeoning summer is upon us once again! Here’s three sections of summer-y details of upcoming Oregon shows and two newly-available-again QTN recordings.

•• Suddenly June and it’s been a wild year for me mostly spent in Chicago area since last July in eldercare mode with my dad. Time for performance and travel has been mostly nonexistent and it is an amazing grace that allows me two weeks respite to return to Oregon to homebase, to cut the mile high grass, trim the wild blackberries where I ostensibly live and once again, play with the inimitable and evre-amazing Qband for my 30th consecutive Oregon Country Fair. 

This year, our set at the legendary Blue Moon stage will be streamed online via KRVM FM on Saturday July 14 at 4:20 pm Pacific Time. Just go to krvm.org and we’ll play for you wherever you are.
OCF Awkward Stage
2017 from left Jason Montgomery, QTN, Simon Lucas and Kate O'Brien

•• I’ve finally remanufactured Guitarred and Feathered, my 2010 album featuring one guitar and no words recorded in front of eight splendid mics. The first pressing sold our quickly and though it’s been downloadable on my Bandcamp page, physical CDs are not the same as files and folks have been asking for another run. The wordless music is a fine listen and the fabulous feather paintings on the cover were done by New Mexico Theresa Gray and quite remarkable.

•• Amazingly, this year is the 30th anniversary of my first album, Lubricating the Species, recorded way back in 1987, and released the following year in time for me to peddle it at the 19th Oregon Country Fair way back in the 20th century days of Runny Raygun when ketchup was a vegetable and trees caused pollution. I’ve made a lot of albums since but that was the first and though you can still find vinyl copies online for collector’s prices, I’ve finally placed it on my Bandcamp page for streaming, downloading and instant ordering (brianQTN.bandcamp.com). There are other CDs available there too.

Always glad to hear from you. 
Hope to see you next in real time.

Your corn forest pundit,

22 December, 2017

QTN 2017 End of the Ear Retrospective

And now it’s winter… winter in America…

Long time no type a hello and howd'yadoon. Today the Winter Solstice and tomorrow, days begin to lengthen toward springy summeryness again. It’s been a tough zoom of a year for everyone I know in so many ways and a kind of a missing year for me as I have been less in my homebase of the northwest involved with my usual writing, performing and recording and way more involved in eldercare on a daily basis (as many others are as well). The day to day of finding the groove in caregiving is like the routine with full plates spinning on sticks that those guys used to do on Ed Sullivan. Clearly many of you won’t remember that but I betcha you know what I mean allasame…

The brianQTN.bandcamp.com page has many of my recordings available for streaming, download or to order CDs by mail and it is good for us both: I get to come sing to you wherever you are and you get to help me keep this road open and get fun music to lift your spirits whenever you need it most. The latest album, The Sound of Photosynthesis is in its second CD pressing and I’m still planning to press it into vinyl, perhaps in 2018. Been looking for an able hand to help retool my old website too. Any design folk interested?

This most propitious time of year is full of the sounds of a worldsphere mechanism resetting itself amidst onslaught, detritus and chaos. Even though it seems like sometimes a darkopolypse comes, it’s so important to remember there is still a heart beating underneath it all and stronger than ever, getting clearer each breath and day, an autonomic holding space even as it often appears to be exactly the opposite. There is an opportunity for a re-visioning here alongside the hairpin turns and chaos triage and an open elastic way of seeing as well. A practice of some kind to ground it all is essential through it. 

If I didn’t play guitar, there is no way of knowing where I’d be today. It is the way I process my day to day. Moving fingers on wound wires and wood feels mighty good. If I didn’t breathe and stretch and listen to the onlyeveryany, I’m sure everything would make way less sense than it appears to now. Perhaps it is a time of looking at old patterns and transforming them, pulling old belief system tapes and updating them on a regular basis loaded kinda process to recreate and image something untried and new, to snap out of habit and evolve into a different grace.

It was pointed out to me that this December 31 will be the only day when every adult was born in the 20th century and every child was born in the 21st. The turn of the year is a good time to check in with those we call family, by blood or by choice. As many folks drop off the sphere each year, older generations vanish and youngers too.  It’s always a good idea to tell someone you’re thinking of them. 

I can’t imagine where I would be without all your ears, support, letters, affirmation, ideas and feedback and I’m glad I don’t need to imagine it. Somehow I have been doing this musiclife for a very long time and it is a strange sustenance. A fine community too of creatives who revision each day and bring new thought and clarity into being through hand and heart made art, silliness, music, dance and bright beingness.

May your New Ear hear thrilling music unanticipated and incredible. May your close ones enjoy health, wherewithal and as many graces as an opening heart can hold. To my fellow Northwet pluviophiles, I hope to be back there soon to drink the winter skies and sea.

Yogi Berra once said “ You can observe a whole lot just by watching!” and that, my friends, is more than enough for me…

You corn forest pundit,

27 September, 2017

QTN Midwest – GroveFest 2017 and Crane's Pie Pantry in October!

•*♪♫•*¨*•.♪♫ BRIAN CUTEAN *♪♫•*¨*♪♫•*

My first set is 11:55 am on the big stage and 
at 2:45 pm in the Kennicott Courtyard.
I've played this fest since the 20th Century and it’s still big fun.
Music, crafts, food and history outdoors on a golden autumn day.
Everyone is welcome.
The Grove National Historic Landmark is at 1421 Milwaukee Ave.

Glenview, IL 60025. Phone is 847.299.6096

•• FRIDAY OCTOBER 13 • 1 – 4 pm on The Patio••
So glad to be able to see my Michigan family if only for a day.
I haven’t gotten to play music there for the last three years due to family emergencies. 
It is a special treat to get to visit and play these songs there and share.
Join us at Crane's – a multi-generational place to go for splendid food and fellowship. 
There is no cover and all ages are welcome.
6054 124th Avenue (M-89), Fennville, MI 49408 

It’s been an impossibly difficult as well as a most enlightening year.
Graces comes in many forms, even forms we don’t like or recognize.
Every day is holding space and breathing it through to clarity.

Hope to see you at this lovely 100 year old community treasure.

Your corn forest pun-dit,

15 July, 2017

QTN and Patrice Pike July 22

All ages okay

Sharing the evening at this fabulous Portland theatre with the most awesomest Austin sista, the one and only PATRICE PIKE (EX-SISTER 7, LITTLE SISTER). We each do a set and tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance at albertarosetheatre.com.

01 July, 2017


Summery greets to you all!
It’s been another zoom of a spring. I’m just back from the annual 3 1/2 week relaxofest at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the best 12 fret program I’ve ever been to and this year was my 37th year! Lotsa guitar, late nights, that sweet Medina river, songs songs songs, and no computer for three weeks – the best retreat from this spinny whirl. Now I’m back in the cityzoom and it already feels like a dream... Whoa...

Here in Oregon now invigourated, just past another birthday and ready to spring into action and it's bout time. This weekend I play a Wordless Guitar gig out on the patio of 16 Tons in South Eugene and then it's Oregon Country Fair time again. This year's dream Qband is non pareil too: Jason Montgomery on bass, Lewi Longmire on mandolin, Michelle Alany on fiddle, Simon Lucas on drums and percussion and me, singing and playing with these great musicians. Hit the Fair link above for the whole amazing three day schedule.

I just pressed the 2nd run of my new CD The Sound of Photosynthesis. Somehow  1000 of em already sold so I had to get more made. Its been getting airplay all over the worldsphere and it’s available at my gigs in person and online at brianqtn.bandcamp.com. I hear itunes has it now too and CDBaby but if you order directly from me. you get album quality files or actual CDs and, it’s so much better. I send em out quick.

Here's my dates to fig yer raisin consciousness:

You can find me here in a wild musical spin:

16 Tons in Eugene; 2864 Willamette St. on the Patio
 6 to 8 pm. Free. All ages welcome!

••• OREGON COUNTRY FAIR JULY 8, 9 & 10 •••
The QBand this year is Lewi Longmire, Jason Montgomery, 
Michelle Alany, Simon Lucas and spontenacious guests. 
We have two official sets:
FRIDAY   JULY 7   BLUE MOON 12:20 pm

More QTN this month too:
••• WEDS. JULY 12 – SCOBERT PARK, EUGENE – 6:30 pm •••
The annual post OCF exhale concert! 
Picnics, kids, dogs, families and cookies encouraged. 

••• THURS. JULY 13 – SAM BOND'S, EUGENE – 8:30 pm •••
A new version of last summer's Splendicious Songwriting 
with a set of QTN tuneage preceded by a set from

$5 for 21+ over

Sharing the evening at this fabulous Portland theatre with the most awesomest Austin sista, the one and only PATRICE PIKE (EX-SISTER 7, LITTLE SISTER). We’re each doing a set and tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance at albertarosetheatre.com.
More on this soon.

19 May, 2017

QTN Texas Withdrawl 2017 Post Kerr Update

QTN and friends at Radio, 16 May 2017. Photo by Daisy O'Connor

THURSDAY JUNE 16 –  Linda's Fine Foods 
Wimberley, TX 6:30 to 9 pm 
A sweet treat of a place to play and eat at with delicious food and great people. Outside under the trees with a fine buncha folks 
eating a fine buncha Linda Allen's delicious food. 
500 FM 2325, Wimberley, Texas 78676 / 512.847.5464  lindasfinefoods.com

QTN is guest on Rush Evans' Singer and the Song, an hourlong show beginning at 3 pm. Listen in from anywhere in the world online at koop.org

AND later that same evening...

Two QTN sets beginning early at 7:30 pm with special guests. RSVP QTNZYME@yahoo.com for address and other pertinent info. 
Seating is limited and RSVP is necessary. 
An incredible place for a special concert.

Potluck at 6 pm. Suggested donation $15
with special guest Ike Eichenberg and ??
Seating is limited so RSVP for info to:
trweinberg@yahoo.com or joannagel@yahoo.com
RSVP for address and other info.
A beautiful house for a concert, an awe-inspiring potluck beforehand 
and a community of creative Hill Country folk!

Your continued prescence, part of the bloodflow mindkythe and musicalogica that always and evre exudes through every pore and vessel is muchly appreciated. These lives and times get stranger and more incredible with each new breathing and the dice are always rolling.

Order and stream my new album via brianQTN.bandcamp.com and listen and download from the same page. There’s plenty of old weird QTN songs along with whole albums. Order by mail with a check or money order? Yes thank you! Tell me where and how many.

I did an hour-long interview with Tom May on the River City Folk radio show from Omaha Public Radio, that aired a couple of weeks back. I just posted it in two parts so you can stream it at soundcloud.com/brianQTN.

Your corn forest pundit,


09 May, 2017


The Q-newsletter follows these dates, figs 
and raisin consciousness
 Like to host a QTN houseconcert, 
or an evening of wordless guitar music
in May or June? Write QTNZYME (at) yahoo (dot) com. 

The post Kerr June calendar will be updated with last-minute spontenacities I’m sure.


FRIDAY MAY 12 - Linda Allen's Fine Foods in Wimberley with Ike Eichenberg. 6:30 to 9 pm. A sweet treat of a place to play and eat at with delicious food and great people. Sit under the trees with a fine buncha folks eating a fine buncha Linda Allen's food. 
500 FM 2325, Wimberley, Texas 78676 512.847.5464 lindasfinefoods.com

TUESDAY MAY 16 - QTN in concert at Radio Coffee and Beer with Amy Sue Berlin and Kendra Kinsey opening. Music begins at 8 pm. All ages are welcome. Don't miss this one. 4208 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX 78704 radiocoffeeandbeer.com            Facebook Event

THURSDAY MAY 25 – JUNE 11 - The 46th Kerrville Folk Festival. I'll be out there maybe the whole time... What are you waiting for? Get your tickets, make your plans and come out to the Quiet Valley Ranch. Fall into the sky as you sing and meet a buncha extraordinary people you may be friends with for the rest of your life. The schedule and all the info is at kerrville-music.com

Brian sez:
Hello to you all in the burgeoning blossoming of this 2017 boing of Spring.  I’ve never left the Northwest this late to head to Texas and I’m soo ready for this year’s spin there. All around the hillside abode I ostensibly live at, the ground is like quicksand and mud is all around from unrelenting rains and cold. Now here I am heading to the place that’s been warmest since February and the people I get to see are resonant, creative and multifaceted.

It has been a time of many extenuating life circumstances and already quite a year, unlike any other and for everyone I know. These hearts reach for connection as the world puts on quite a show. Everything that used to be preposterous is post-posterous now and if there’s one thing certain, it is that uncertainty can be a principal activating force of the multiverse.

So I’ma heading down to the Hill Country for another round of QTN concerts, late night food, good people visits, the rivers and the rolling hills of whatever is left undeveloped of that most beloved virtual rurality. This sun, sky and southwestern birds are most welcome to these Northwet behind the ears. I am especially looking forward to bone warming heat. This winter had nearly 150 days of rain (and ice storms and cold and snow) where I live so the change is welcome.

Thirty seven years ago, two of my songs got selected for New Folk which brought me to Quiet Valley Ranch for the first time and I still look forward to it each year. The Kerrville Folk Fest has taugh me so much and it's been a part of my migratory pattern ever since. One of my favourite things ever is sleeping on the ground there when a dramatic thunderous storm comes through and shakes the earth beneath my body.

Once again, I’ve left my truck in Oregon and that means I’m on the lookout to borrow a street legal vehicle while I am in the Austin/San Marcos area for short gigs, a day or a week at a time. Of course, the endibilities are posstless and I am open to suggestions.

This year my CD, the sound of photosynthesis follows me along with a QTN colouring book  LOLOLOLOLOLO. If there ever were an appropos time for absurdity, it’s now and these days, colouring books are back in vogue I hear (they’re probably in other magazines too…).

Stream new music via brianQTN.bandcamp.com and listen and download from the same page. There’s plenty of old weird QTN songs along with whole albums. Order by mail with a check or money order? Yes thank you! Tell me where and how many.

I did an hour-long interview with Tom May on the River City Folk radio show from Omaha Public Radio, that aired a couple of weeks back. I just posted it in two parts so you can stream it at soundcloud.com/brianQTN.

If you made it this far, I thank you most heartily. How’s your popcorn?

Your corn forest pundit,

09 December, 2016

QTN News: Year View in the Rearview

The only thing there is to atmosphere is sphere itself...

A.     The year view in the rear view
B.     Parakeetfishhead finally up on Bandcamp
C.     QTN music SALE – a sound gift to give
D.     Epilogue

Hello to you all. It's been a while since I've compiled one of these and was in touch this way.

A.     It's the last few weeks of an utterly impossible year overfilled with hairpin turns, blessed adventures, abrupt leavings of friends, family and heroes, unprecedented and disturbing upheavals, extraordinary experiences and so many facets of our swiftly tilting existence on the verge of total system collapse. As multiple apertures open wider, we somehow still must find the space to hold, to    b   r   e   a   t   h   e   , to refocus and revitalize this process of becoming.

Music is a tool in the box that has opened me to possibility and imagination nearly every day of this liferide and this year has been full of musical adventuring while celebrating the release of The Sound of Photosynthesis. Don't know what I would do without music through my hands and the wound wires and wood that centers and clarifies my focus while calming the rampaging elephants of the heart.

My traveling bounces have been smaller this year. I've enjoyed exceptional musical collaborations along the way with record release concerts in Texas, Oregon and Illinois, and great players with their huge talented hearts to a unified field of sound and unpredictability. I've gotten to continue to meet with the faces and ears who believe in this musicdanceprocess we know. All of this makes presenting music live all these years feel more like a privilege and a reward for this lifetime of work than ever before.

B.     An album I recorded back in the last moments of the 20th century with a team of Portland and Austin musicians, Parakeetfishhead, has finally been released in a high-res downloadable form along with The Sound of Photosynthesis. Click through like the heels of those ruby slippers to brianQTN.bandcamp.com and have a listen. You can hear whole tracks there instead of 30 second clips and even stream whole albums.

Bandcamp is how I can make my music available directly to you and it supports me directly through your purchases of tunes or albums I've recorded.

C.     For the month of December, to celebrate the return of the shortest night and to assist with your holiday gift list, my entire catalogue of songs there are now downloadable through Bandcamp for all of $36. That includes four whole albums – The Sound of Photosynthesis, Parakeetfishhead, Hearthearthearth, Guitarred and Feathered, the three song Food single and two other QTN rarities in whatever album quality files you prefer (wavs, FLAC or high res mp3s).  If you prefer old fashioned CDs, you can postal order by emailing me here or through the Bandcamp page there. There! I've just done my first late night commercial. But wait! Theres more...

•  The Sound of Photosynthesis hasn't made it to vinyl yet due to the unexpected loss of the truck I drove for the last 13 years last August. I got as far as making the reference master and it sounds wonderful with a needle riding its grooves so I have not given up on that pressing matter yet. I'm grateful for all the encouragement to proceed too.

• The QTNRG website is undergoing a long overdue housecleaning and overhaul and the new ear will bring it a much-needed new look.

D.     Lastly here, along with music and participating in the world around us in its precarious state, I think it important to do our best to create spaces for pause and reconstitution; to explore whatever resources are available as often as possible; to not lose heart even in the face of the many system upheavals. Yep, constant vigilance, expanding awareness, broadening consciousness, and taking part in this whirl are always part of the deal. Terrence McKenna has said in times like these, we must push the art pedal to the floor. That may be the best I have to give this ol whirl...

McKenna also said it's not a new age; it's an archaic revival – so let's have archaic and eat it too...

Fortunately, it's too late to stop now.

Thank you sharing part of your journey with me. Some of you have been part for many years now, listening to these songs that comes through this voice and hands, coming to the shows, staying in touch, buying the records and welcoming me into your sphere. The folks who come with the couches I sleep on are a thoughtful friendly communitarian bunch and this ride would not be possible without that incredible circle of energy.

Reading your letters and thoughts is fine medicine for me too and email makes it easy.
Write to me anytime. I read em all...

Your corn forest pundit,