Ken Burns Dust Bowl

Published on: October 04, 2012

PBS will air Ken Burns' latest documentary The Dust Bowl on November 18 (part one) and November 19 (part two). I have seen it and highly recommend it. This is a story of people who endured incredible hardships and yet maintained a grim determination to survive — and they did! Dayton Duncan wrote the...

Pre-Civil War Martin Guitar

Published on: August 14, 2009

The guitar I am playing in the photo on the home page of this  site is a Model 24 Martin Guitar, circa 1857. It is a gem with a big and balanced sound. The back and  sides are Brazilian rosewood, the top is German spruce, the fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony, and the neck is cedar.

Since I b...

New Stephen Foster CD - Now Available

Published on: August 07, 2009

The first true American Idol-ish "Pop" superstar was not a recording artist (recordings had not been invented at the time), he was not an entertainer - though he could play and sing well, most Americans never heard him do either. He was a songwriter. He burst onto the scene in 1847 with hi...

Ken Burns "National Parks" Film

Published on: July 30, 2009

PBS will air Ken Burns' epic film, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", beginning on the evening of Sunday, September 27 through the evening of October 2nd. Each episode will air from 8:00 - 10:00 pm, with a repeat airing from 10:00 pm until midnight EST.

There will be a reprise mara...


Published on: July 29, 2009

Thank you for coming to my newly designed site — it is an honor to have you here. Nicholas Young is my web designer and is bringing me kicking and screaming into the 21st century — I owe him a great deal of thanks. I hope to be more accessible and to "get to know" all of you who come to th...