25 June, 2024

Brian QTN's Summer Simmer of Live Spontanacious Music Sounds


Happy snappies, Solstice Fool Moon, and the return of HEAT!

I’m just back from another Texas Withdrawl and Kerrville Fest. All the gigs were so much fun with other great players/writers at legendary Austin venues and a fine community I miss throughout the year. Of course it also was swelter of a time and intense and tweflths. Heard and was in many conversations contemplating what a Big Folk Kerrfest during a different time of year would look like. It probably isn't gonna get cooler mostly as the last ten years were the hottest ever. Hmmm… lotsa folk all over the world are asking similar questions… Meanwhile, I hear Quiet Valley Ranch is hosting their Welcome Home Fest again in October and the musical line up is Fifth Dimensional indeed.

When I started going to Kerrville nearly 50 years ago, there was a banner across the ticket road going in that said “May the people you meet here be your friends for life.” Certainly that has been the case for me and a most worthwhile reason to come back every year. Of course, every year there are more new songs to hear, new hearts to meet and of course, to wave goodbye to. 

But that was Texas and it’s all in the rearview now. I’m in Oregon and there’s a buncha gigs around this part of the Valley to tell you about including, of course, another unbelievable round at the Oregon Country Fair where I'll play my 36th year with a great band of miscreants who know how to have fun with music (QTN tunes in particular).

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Singing Wild Tunes at:

JULY 12, 13, 14 Outside Veneta Oregon 
Advance tickets only! Available here  
3 QTN sets this year. 2 with The QTNBand! 

• FRIDAY JULY 12, 1 pm – A solo reading from Logodaidalia on the Chez Ray’s stage with musical interludes from myself and perhaps others as well. An author event where hilarity will ensue.

• SATURDAY JULY 13, HOARSE CHORALE STAGE 1-2 pm. An electric stage that will likely be livestreamed and broadcast live on KOCF.org.

 SUNDAY JULY 14, BLUE MOON STAGE, 3-4 pm. An “acoustic stage” that will likely be livestreamed and broadcast live on KRVM.org.

And after the Fair:

• THURSDAY JULY 18 – SCOBERT GARDENS PARK, 4th and Blair St. FREE 6:30-8 pm. A concert, a picnic, an annual gathering for all. Bring food, family, friends and good dogs. After a generation of Wednesdays, this year it has moved to Thursday. Local folk: there is a diabolical City plan to pour a buncha impermeable concrete and install gates in this beautiful legendary People’s Park here. There is a petition anyone can sign so please do. Click here.

Also QTN Squint-Yer-Ears Wordless Guitar this month:

 FRIDAY JULY 5 – NEW ZONE GALLERY FIRST FRIDAY • 5:30-7:30 pm  FREE –– What could be better than fabulous art everywhere you look with live spontencious guitar music accompaniment? ALL AGES WELCOME.

 SATURDAY JULY 27 – EUGENE SATURDAY MARKET, 8th & Oak St. 10 am. Wordless Guitar on the Food Court stage to begin another amazing Saturday Market day.

 EVERY OTHER MONDAY at SAM BONDS GARAGE 6:30-8:30 pm (July 1, 22 and August 5, 19). Carrying on the 25-year tradition established by Richard Crandell before Monday Bingo. 

There may be more but this is plenty for now. Pass this email on to your any and every. As Tom Waits said at his induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame: "Songs are just interesting things to do with the air.” 

They sure are fun to share live too. 
See you suddenly somewheres.
Your corn forest pundit,

08 May, 2024


Greetings from 35,000 feet in the sky! 

Our worldsphere is a single drop in a bucket and seems so simple up here. It’s only when we land that it will get complicated again. Suddenly I’ma heading to the Hill Country of Texas again to play music concerts live for all the many dear folk I haven’t seen in a good long while and to play at another Kerrville Folk Festival. It occurs to me now that this will be my 44th year of attending and that means I’ve gone to the Quiet Valley Ranch for more years than I haven’t. Here is the list of Austin area gigs this month. Lotsa QTN links at the bottom to connect with too.

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MONDAY MAY 13 – TIGRESS PUB, 100 W North Loop 7:30 pm  with QTN and LACIE TAYLOR swapping sets

TUESDAY  MAY 14 – HOLE IN THE WALL, 2538 Guadalupe St. 9 pm featuring QTN, VANESSA JOLLAY (TEARJERK) and JACK WILSON doing solo sets

SATURDAY  MAY 18 – RADIO SOUTH, 4204 Menchaca Rd  QTN plays the first set at 7 pm. Then Dave Dersham hosts a Songwriter In the Round and then an energetic set from HIT IT HONEY (Tiff and Mollie).

THE 52nd KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL (MAY 23-JUNE 9) playing with a full deck now! I’ll be camping there for the whole shebang. Come sing at the Crow’s Nest and all over the ranch and at The Ballad Tree I’m hosting Saturday June 1 at 3 pm. Share your songs with the best ear-hearts in the world!

My recently released book, LOGODAIDALIA, Bedtime Stories for When You Get Up will be available at my shows. Order copies online too for $15 each, postage paid. Reply to this email with your address first (I’m on the road), and either Paypal (paypal.me/BQTN) or mail an old fashioned check. A copy will be sent directly to you forthwith and fifthsixth and hand-delivered by an uniformed uninformed govern-mental employee. 
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Living in the Specific Northwet these days, the slomo spring this year is greening and lush (even as it teems with heavy rains). At the same time other parts of the country are either roasting already, blasted by tornadoes or big storms or blown apart by idiocy. On a swiftly tilting planet, I am grateful for my tree and owl neighbours, critters and birds of all kinds, a mostly quiet refuge and skies that don’t smell like diesel. Grateful too for the rain as lifeblood (an occasional reprieve would be sweet too, but another hot dry summer’s is likely on the way) and especially grateful for friends and family along the way I make music, laughter and community with.

World is a huge conundrum to me these days. Some of us have days in nature, with music, art, creation and far too many bread and circuses, while too many of us are under fire, desperate and fleeing for their lives. All are us. 

Social media is so confining and confusing as pictures make us laugh and pictures astonishing us are followed by images of the unbelievable brutality of humanity and the economic tragedy of the monetized system we live in. Too many contradictions to make sense of and too much gun care and health control… how to change it? How to even sing about it, write about it, make art about it? 

Ursula K LeGuin wrote these words from long ago: "Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.”

Breathing deep here, the old world is fading fast but not fast enough. With just a turning of the cards, history unfolds….

Your corn forest pundit,

Email is the best way to tell you about upcoming shows and events. I do use social media too but it is never reliable due to its extreme algorhythms. If you’d like updates from fb or insta, check out the links below the signature and I hope they will find you (monetized like many other things).

Looky this cool Hole In The Wall Poster by @prismcollage