Friday, February 04, 2011

Greencards North Vernon Sat, 5 March 2011

I'm a big fan of the Greencards. I'm really looking forward to hearing them live.

You can check out some samples of their music at

A couple of my favorites are Six White Horses (Movin' On) and Lonesome Side of Town (Viridian).

You can RSVP on the Facebook page if you think you'll be attending.

The Greencards will be headlining the 8th annual Granville Johnson Bluegrass Festival at the Park Theatre, 25 N. Madison Avenue in North Vernon, Indiana on Saturday, March 5, and we hope you can come to the show. For early ticket pre-sales call Tracy Thompson (812) 592-3003 or Bill at The Park (812) 346-0330. Show time: 7pm. Box Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday - 3:00 - 6:00pm; Saturday - 10:00am - 1:00pm

================ About The Greencards ============

North VernonThis critically acclaimed Austin-formed / Nashville-based band’s love and respect for Americana, folk and bluegrass brought them together in 2003. The Greencards have:
  • Toured multiple dates with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Kasey Chambers, Shawn Colvin and Tim O'Brien just to name a few;
  • Landed Grammy nominations for "Best Country Instrumental" in 2008 and 2010; and
  • Earned the Americana Music Association Award in 2006 for “Emerging Artist of the Year”
The Greencards appeared at several festivals in past years such as Austin City Limits, Telluride, Walnut Valley (Winfield), MerleFest, Newgrass, Grey Fox, Lollapalooza and the Cayamo Cruise.

Originally from Australia, an urge to challenge themselves and test the limits of any established genre has guided singer / bassist Carol Young, and mandolin master Kym Warner (accompanied by fiddle and guitar) on their first three albums.

The Greencards released their fourth album in April 2009. Fascination is the band’s most daring project to date. Meticulously crafted arrangements serve as springboards for exhilarating improvisations. While technically breathtaking and acoustically driven, The Greencards have consistently moved towards a sound of their own. A new record will be released in May 2011.
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Visit The Greencards' CD Baby page to hear samples from of their various projects -

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Debby's memory of Edith Schaeffer

I am enjoying my read of Frank Schaeffer's memoirs, "Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (Or Almost All) of it Back."

One of the most powerful pieces so far for me has been the end of the letter Frank's older sister, Debby, sent him for inclusion in the book.

"My mother's legacy was in stark contrast, as she single-mindedly pursued her ideals, often blinded to the realities of life or of our lives. As a dreamer and a highly artistic individual my mother created her own life with passion and hard work. I compare her to early discoverer's of the North Pole. She pursued her objectives with determination, though bits of bodies all around her were lost to frostbite. The havoc she caused to all around her, as they were dragged in to help her meet self-imposed deadlines and goals, was phenomenal and scarring to me as a child. The force of her personality was such that I, at least, never even thought of refusing. Also, I would say, that though my father taught me the love of the Real, my mother's idealism has taken years to peel away."