03 July, 2022
10 April, 2022
|Mark "Gumby" Williams and QTN, Kerrville Folk Fest, 1983|
13 February, 2022
10 November, 2021
Greets of the season Corn Forest Pondents!
19 August, 2021
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 6-8 pm
QTNstrumental Wordless Guitar in front of 16 Tons,
2864 Willamette (between Market of Choice and Laughing Planet) FREE
Two hours of QTN Wordless Guitar with food, libations, community and a gorgeous summer Saturday evening in the same plaza as Laughing Planet and Pegasus Pizza. Everyone and their dogs welcome.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 5 pm
QTN Outdoors at 118 Merry Ln. in the River Road neighbourhood
An intimate QTN concert with two sets and a very special guest
on a beautiful spot near the Willamette River.
Tickets at the door, $10-$20 sliding scale.
There are overstuffed plum trees and plenty of space all around. Bring your own chair or use one there. Gates open 4:30 pm, show at 5 pm. Bring water for hot days. Free parking at Hosanna Studios, 1361 River Rd. or nearby street parking.
14 June, 2021
|Al Grierson's new Al-bum 20 years after he caught a Westbound|
Lots in this newsletter:
A • A few, fun, fortuitous, future QTN local music opportunities this summer
B • A 3 Night Tour With Adrianne Lenker, Seattle, Portland and Eugene
C • Al Grierson’s new album The Petals is out
A • FUN, FORTUITOUS FUTURE QTN LOCAL SHOWS THIS SUMMER – I haven’t booked much this year but I am playing a few choice dates outdoors in the area in July and August. Not waxing words here (pink eloquence on parade) but just the facks...
Wednesday July 14, 6:30 pm – QTN annual Post OCF Concert in Scobert Park, Eugene FREE Plenty of room to stretch out in this sweet little pocket park just west of the corner of 4th and Blair over by Sam Bond’s, World Café and the old Tiny Tavern and lotsa QTN tunes old and new with special guests always a possibility too. There’s a playscape for the kids, picnics are encouraged and Fair costumery is most welcome. I’ve played this annual concert for more than 20 years and it’s always a big fun way to relax together.
Saturday July 17 & Saturday August 21, 6-8 pm – QTNstrumental Wordless Guitar at 16 Tons, 2864 Willamette #500 (between Market of Choice and Laughing Planet) FREE
Two hours of QTN guitar to go with food, libations and a gorgeous summer Saturday. Everyone and their dogs welcome.
Sunday, August 22, 5 pm – QTN Outdoors at 118 Merry Ln., in the River Road neighbourhood Eugene– A special intimate concert on a beautiful spot on the Willamette River and one of 4 Mike Meyer Summer Concert package. Tickets $10-$20 sliding scale and capacity 50 seats. Paypal money for reservations (heartily recommended as it is already half sold out) using email@example.com, or send a check made out to Mike Meyer, 70 East Howard St. Eugene, OR 97404. I know it’s nearly 3 months out but don’t wait to buy tickets.
B • A 3 NIGHT TOUR OPENING FOR ADRIANNE LENKER
This is gonna be big fun playing the opening set for Adrianne. It is quite the honour to be asked to accompany her on three nights of her solo acoustic tour. In the 10 years I’ve known her, she’s been nominated for a Grammy twice and her band and solo shows have a habit of selling out very quickly all over the world. If you look at her fall tour schedule, many of her fall and winter shows have already sold out, so this is an early head’s up. If you want to see these shows, you'll have to think ahead and buy tickets now.
Ticket links here.
12/3/21 Seattle, WA Washington Hall – ticketweb.com/event/adrianne-lenker-washington-hall-tickets/11071975?pl=crocodile
12/4/21 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom – etix.com/ticket/p/8930367/adrianne-lenker-portland-wonder-ballroom
12/5/21 Eugene, OR WOW Hall – ticketweb.com/event/adrianne-lenker-wow-hall-tickets/11081755
C • AL GRIERSON’S THE PETALS
Many of you know that since February, I’ve been working on a collection of Al Grierson’s unreleased recordings. Now it’s out and done and I can’t wait for folks to hear it. Al was the crown prince mythopoet Buddhist hobo trickster singer scribe whose unforgettable songs were filled with history, heartache, observation and wanderlust. He was swept away in a Texas flood near Luckenbach back in November of 2000 and his plaintive guitar, harmonica and voice were the perfect ruse to draw you deeper into his stream of consciousness world of poetry, mayhem, mythology and mischief. It is a project I began with Anne Feeney and when she was in the hospital the last time, I decided it needed to be completed. She and Al have both inspired and accompanied me all throughout the process.
What started with 7 unreleased songs blossomed with the help of his friends. The new disc is 13 songs from many sources, all brilliantly restored and remastered by Sky Onion Audio and now there is also a huge archive of other recordings and video uncovered in the process. The album’s proceeds and archive all go to Al’s two daughters and The Petals is a fine companion to the other two albums he left behind. All three albums are downloadable via Al’s new Bandcamp page algrierson.bandcamp.com. The Petals is also available as a gorgeous, limited run physical CD. Preorders went into the mail today and the rest of the CDs will go fast, so order a copy asap from his bandcamp page to get one.
If you made it through all this news, I thank you.
Enjoy these golden days and drink a lot of water. Water is life.
Your corn forest pundit,
07 June, 2021
Just received big fun news this week about December of all things. Got a call from Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief who is doing an extensive fall tour in support of her new double album of acoustic guitar songs and she asked if I would be able to open for her for three shows December 3, 4 and 5 in Seattle, Portland and Eugene. We’ve been friends for about 10 years now and I’m a big fan of her guitar talent and songwriting and so of course I said yes.
Why am I telling you about this now?
In the 10 years I’ve known Adrianne, she’s been nominated for a Grammy twice and her band and solo shows have a habit of selling out very quickly all over the world. If you look at her fall tour schedule now, many of her shows have already sold out, so this is a head’s up. If you want to go, you have to think ahead.
The shows I will be opening for were announced in the big media today and tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 am PST. I know the show is quite a ways out and the dice are always rolling and nobody knows who or what we’ll be up to then, but one friend who loves both of our songwriting told me “You have to tell everyone so they can have a chance to get tickets!” and so I am.
Tickets here: adriannelenker.com/tourdates.html
December seems like a long ways away especially since it was 95 degrees today…
Your corn forest pundit
13 December, 2020
Sunday December 20 • 7 pm PST
The Return of
QTN’s WORDLESS SOLSTICE
Virtual this year and Live Online
from the stage at Tsunami Books
and streaming from their facebook
and youtube pages
An evening of musical mindfulness
holding space for the longest night
and a lively toast to the end of this most impossible year
with wordless songs of wound wire and wood!
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A hearty turn of another year’s greets to you all.
Although I have missed seeing all the tribes of folk I usually visit along the way every year, it is an incredible thing to be home everyday – I haven’t done that since about 1986. Utah Philips said when he was finally told to stay home and not go on another road trip, “It’s a different way to travel!”
Since we used to say "bulletins as they occur,” here's a short notice for you, coming right up. I've been asked to play my Wordless Solstice concert (an annual event for nearly ten years) and this year, virtual and streaming live from the hallowed stage at Tsunami Books in Eugene. It starts early, at 7 pm PST and 10 pm on the East Coast and we’ll be streaming the hour on Tsunami’s facebook and youtube pages simultaneously (Baby Gramps would say, “Same ol’ timeously.”)
There won’t be an in person audience, but you can attend without even leaving your house. Take a trip and never leave the Farm! Tune in from anywhere on this swinging sphere. Text your friend on the other side of the planet and experience it together. It’s a golden opportunity to celebrate the Winter Solstice 2020 and the great Jupiter and Saturn conjunction (which hasn’t occurred in Aquarius since the 13th century) with a bunch of wonderful people and all accompanied by live spontenacious QTN guitar music without all those pesky words. Tsunami has hosted this event for nearly ten years now. This will be a FREE show for all, and donations are welcome too.
We’ll turn the lights down and light candles. It's a heart toast to the longest night, and early enough so you can still go outside and watch Jupiter and Saturn dance too. Solstice time this year is Monday, December 21 at 2:02 am PST.
Music helps me remember everything important in moving mercurial shapes and sounds and the brightness of the synesthesia of the seasonal turn and I am still moved by the sound of a guitar even after all these many years of playing.
My wish is for us all to remain healthysafe and sound, speedy healing to those I know struggling with this covid mess, and kindness and heartpeace to remember what we can do working together. There is so much that needs to be changed to repair our dysfunctional social mess and it really does begin inside, so it can continue to radiate outward.
My recordings are mostly all available at brianQTN.bandcamp.com and folks still order CDs by mail. Most grateful I be for all the letters, the affirmations and absurdities, the graces and the many ways we reach and touch from afar in this strangest of times.
Maybe it is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus...
Your 21st century corn forest pundit,
23 June, 2020
Let’s have Ella and Billie, Sir Duke or Roy Haynes
We're toppling statues
Elizabeth Cotten, Charles Mingus or Prince
Big Mama Thornton, Ruby Dee or Odetta,
Or Zora Neale Hurston or Nina Simone
We're toppling statues
Those thieves they have robbed us