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Couderport - February 21, 2010

There is poverty along the way, out across beautiful Appalachian foothills between Ithaca, NY, and Coudersport, PA, where it can be a surprise to see a painted up, restored house. But it's all so incredibly interesting, too.

Olga Cafe and Gallery, a new venue, in downtown Coudersport, PA, a former bank, then prospective bookstore, and now a cafe with yummy food, beer and wine. It's filled on 2 levels with Olga's beautiful fiber and glass art.

The wood makes for great acoustics. It is just so, so lovely.

After the show, I stayed in this cool, funky guest cottage, art everywhere there, too, thanks to musician/artist friends there. I feel like I've been away. I got to play with a dulcimer I found there. Yum. The cottage, which is also been called The Antique Shop (its former purpose) and the Tin Shack.

The people there are so, so nice, and what an explosion of art I found in this little circle of those who invited me in and put me up.

Wellsville - February 21, 2010

Traveled out to Wellsville, NY, recently, and the Nancy Howe Auditorium is just a lovely, lovely venue, and London played his butt off on dobro. I told the audience I got distracted watching him. He also brought and played a big, beautiful bass, thanks to Doug Robinson. Thanks to promotor Eileen, to the many familiar people who came, to Peter for excellent sound and lighting. Thanks to my musical family and hometown for preparing me for a music career.

Valentine's Show - January 31, 2010

London McDaniel and I are thrilled to be playing a pre-Valentine's show in the gorgeous restored theater.

It's in the David A. Howe Library in the Nancy Howe Auditorium on Main St. in Wellsville, NY, my hometown from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and free.

Imprint Magazine - November 25, 2008

We were featured in Imprint Magazine, photographed by David Korman when we played in August at MuseFest: http://www.imprintmagazine.org/sites/default/files/image_galleries/musefest08/musefest1.jpg. I was playing with guitarist London McDaniel and drummer Jeff Trippoli.
-- Linda Stout

Singing on Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers' CD, "Humming My Way Back Home" - November 24, 2008

I was just reminded of this. I sang on a track on Jeffrey Pepper Rodger's "Humming My Way Back Home," a fun session one day in Syracuse. In "Only the Soul," a Stevie Wonder-ish song, I sang backup, layering parts to create a little soul choir. Listen at http://cdbaby.com/cd/jpr.

This CD by Jeffrey varies genres, something I understand as a songwriter. "Fly," another song on his CD won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest first prize in the country category. He's a varied guy, as an editor, writer, NPR radio commentator, guitarist, drummer, singer and songwriter.
-- Linda Stout

NY Times songwrwiter blog - April 6, 2008

Check this out, a blog by some of my favorite songwriters about songwriting:
http://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/

Production work mentioned - January 7, 2008

David Sale got a mention for his production work on Linda's "Extended Play" in The Ithaca Journal music awards.

Interview in London publication - August 5, 2007

I'm featured in an interview in a heading called "Hot New Acts" at On-Air Music, a London-based, online publication. See http://www.musiconair.biz/LindaStout.php

Blackcap pies - July 4, 2007

I picked more than two quarts of blackcaps out behind the house. It was raining, and I got soaked, which I sort of liked. Finding berries is cool. You can’t look too hard. They’ll be there in your peripheral vision; approach them from different angles and they’ll be there. It’s satisfying. I don’t have to philosophize more. I had a line in the song, “Good Luck Child:” “Too much trying’s my disease,” partly meaning too much thinking. I’m making two pies for a 4th of July party, one of those more-the-merrier gatherings Michael Ludgate of Ludgate Farms throws frequently for runners, hikers, bikers and musicians who jam on old-time music (I tend to jam solo, and have been on an old-time kick recently, creating strange new versions of songs). Raspberry pie is my favorite. My mom used to make them from berries we grew. The blackcap, or black raspberry version is wonderful. Last year I was so busy with finishing up full-time work and often three or four gigs a week, I didn’t pick any. But I had memories of two years earlier when I’d picked enough to make pies. I can continue on this, picking every few days. I am no expert on crusts because I don’t want hydrogenation, so I buy already-made non-offensive crusts at GreenStar. Maybe I’ll teach myself to make crusts with chilled/nearly frozen oil. My grandmother talked me through the Crisco version some years ago, but I want a healthier version. I have this thing with picking wild berries; it’s free, wonderful, wonderful food, a gift. There’s something spiritual about this for me.

I live in the City of Ithaca, and yet have little bits of country around, like the wild space out back. This week, I’ve been in gorges, in amazing nature within the city.

London press - June 22, 2007

An interview with Linda is coming up soon in a London music publication called Music On-Air:http://www.musiconair.biz.

Gypsy Art Show podcast - May 9, 2007

Look and listen for a podcast/blog on my music on Gypsy Art Show, a
syndicated writer/radio host Belinda Subraman. She was really
positive about what a unique sound I have, how it's "genre-busting."
Her podcast covers a really interesting mix of indie musicians, poets
and other intriguing souls. Belinda lives in El Paso, TX, but this
goes all over. It should be posted Saturday May 12 at:
http://belinda_subraman.podomatic.com/

More praise for new CD - April 25, 2007

From another singer-songwriter whose work I love, love love, feedback for my new CD, "Extended Play:"

Tremendous! What a mix of surprising influences -- I hope you're very proud of it. It's very very interesting and strong.

Nashville - April 25, 2007

I had a great time visiting friends and family in Nashville while traveling, saw a wonderful soulful singer-songwriter, Jesse Alexander along with Carrie Rodriguez on the bill (love her electric mandolin; I'm getting one). Very fun, with my cousin Ward Stout, and it was great to see him; having grown up together on the same farm, we "get" each other. I also have another baritone ukulele, thanks to Ward. I had craved another one, but no wonder I liked it. It was $3800, at a store on Broadway; I also wanted a 1928 tenor guitar there, too, but restrained myself on that, too. So I have another $50 mahogany uke, an Aria, not as nice-sounding as my Harmony. But it has songs in it, rootsy pop songs; all these cool little moody hooks are introducing themselves.

Early fan feedback - April 13, 2007

From a fan about my new CD, "Extended Play": "Extended Play" is wonderful! I've been playing it alot as I drive (which is 100 miles daily) and I just love it! I like the poetic aspect of your work - setting the words of great poets like Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson to music. (The 1st CD, "Good Luck Child," has an Emily Dickinson setting -- "If you were coming in the fall,/I'd brush the summer by.") On "Extended Play" I set Frost's "The Pasture" and "The Rose Family."

Dulcie Taylor again - April 9, 2007

Who am I listening to? Dulcie Taylor, again, "Diamonds and Glass" (2002). Her voice, the songs, the production are just so gorgeous.

WVBR live - March 27, 2007

David Sale and I did Live with the Band on WVBR in Ithaca with Dan Cole. How fun. I played and sang and he played the new CD, "extended play," which is still in pre-release, but will soon be available at CDBaby. It's available now if you write to me here; $11 includes US shipping. Thanks for those who listened. For future radio gigs, you can listen online. You could have with this.

Eliza Gilkyson, Golem, Friends of Dean Martinez - March 17, 2007

What great songwriting and a performance by Eliza Gilkyson. Her lyrics and melodies are so lush with meaning. Also caught part of a set by the theatrical, Israeli band Golem, from NYC, and even learned a dance. Whoever it was from PA in a slot previously marked for Melissa Ferrick Creekside at the Hilton, was good, too. Friends of Dean Martinez -- yummy, even edgy, atmospheric soundtrack music...gorgeous. Hear it on "Fast Food Nation," although that topic's not so yummy.

More South by Southwest - March 16, 2007

Caught the Stax Records party, with Booker T. Cool. Waited, but got in, Wednesday, I think. And saw Jim Lauderdale (again for me, and for my friend, who is his biggest fan) at the Continential. Saw him to talk again a day or two later, but was too late for the show. I'd seen him at the Grassroots fest in Trumansburg near Ithaca, which his pals and sometime collaborators, Donna the Buffalo, run. What a great songwriter he is. Also met some people in the airport on the way, in parties, venues. How fun. I was about ready for a break late, late March 17, both South by Southwest and St. Patrick's Day when we couldn't find a cab and called my friend's booking agent pal and her musician husband for a ride. Thank goodness. We would have been hailing cabs all night otherwise.

South by Southwest panels - March 15, 2007

At South by Southwest, sat in "A&R Before, During and After the Deal" listening to major label A&R guys, yeah, all guys. It is not an easy business. But I knew that. They get random demos sent to them, no prior research and recommended artists or managers pursuing them at least do some background work first and not send metal to a guy who does pop.

Later, I got to a demo listening session which included Simon Cramer, formerly with the Chocteau Twins and owner of Bella Union Records, in the UK. After listening to him and others in this 1-minute per demo critique, I wagered he might like "Extended Play," so endeavored to hand it to him. I'd stuck my head in the door in "China's Emerging Music Market" and heard the littlest bit about clubs that change types of music they present on a dime and pay maybe $4 cover, if you're lucky. I can struggle like that here; think I"ll pass. I am interested in China, but for downloads and CD sales. It could be, well, a trip to tour there, but maybe we'd network through friends and acquaintances somehow.

South by Southwest - March 15, 2007

I'm at the South by Southwest music conference, saw Pete Townshend speak -- and play as a guest of the Austin Music Awards, reacquainted myself with Tejano and Texas swing at the awards event and a bar, ate a taco for breakfast. Now back to the conference.

"extended play" - February 20, 2007

The new project produced by David Sale, "extended play," went off to the printer/manufacturer Friday. I expect to have it in time for South by Southwest. Think there'll be a little tour south in April, then an Ithaca release in May. It looks great, with a cool abstract photo by Simon Wheeler, design by Pat Burke.

Rani Arbo, Jerry Douglas, Po' Girls - February 20, 2007

Saw Rani Arbo and band open for Jerry Douglas Saturday at the State Theatre in Ithaca. She was charming; sweet band, all singers, bluegrass, gospel. I love her voice. Jerry Douglas and his band -- oh so tight, such pros, instrumental bluegrass, reminded me of Mark O'Conner's sound (maybe Mark reminds others of Jerry's band.) Po' Girl, saw again, after seeing them 2x about 2 years ago, in Ithaca and Kingston, Ontario. Fun. Someone I know, Charles, described them as neo-old time. Yeah, a little garagey in a good way, lots of fun, excellent musicians, a great girl band with a boy drummer.

More blogs - February 9, 2007

There might be a few other blogs at my myspace profile, www.myspace.com/LindaStout. I am not regular. I used to get paid to write reviews...Well, I still have an amazing flexible dayjob as a reporter. I realize that songwriting, questioning every word, helped, some. I had been away from journalism, but went back to it and was happily surprised I could do it better, after years away. I used skills as a counselor in the past, listening, trying to make something of things; same with music, except I get to sing and play, and probably most songwriters should flex their writing muscles at prose, so I get paid to do it, not much, but better than working as a grocery clerk or something.

Sometymes Why - February 9, 2007

It was not just doing myspace listening last night. I went out to the Haunt, not far from my little house in Ithaca and heard Sometymes Why, 3 terribly talented women known for their other bands, Crooked Still, the Mammals and Uncle Earl. It was full of gorgeous harmonies, a touch of twang. How did old time (or old tyme) ever get so hip? It was kind of like Dixie Chicks, not so different from my favorite Ithaca group, Five2 (also 3 women). In Sometymes Why, they're all great singers, and Aoife O'Donovan sounds like Alison Krauss, all honey high and sweet (she can also sing low just fine, too). And they play baritone uke -- baritone uke, yay -- along with other instruments, and I understand this because I'm in love with my old uke lately. My old uke, hard as it is to tune, has been my sweetie lately; lots of new songs. I did cheat a little and found the strangest new tuning for guitar last night after the show.) I dream of having an all-girl band, of very talented, committed musicians who aren't too busy with a million other things, or will at least make the time. I saw an engineer I've worked with last night, too, Al Grunwell, Finger Lakes Recording, and he liked my girl group idea; he said, "Yeah, 3 Lindas." (I like playing with guys, too, always have.) Layered stuff is fun in the studio, and I want it live, too. I briefly met Ruth of the Mammals, and her young "niece" who's at Ithaca College. Ruth Ungar and I figured out we'd both been inspired by seeing Jennifer Kimball play her baritone uke. I took to uke like a love from multiple incarnations returned. I played soprano uke as a tiny little kid, along with toying with piano. I tune it strangely, kind of low and like a cello, in 5ths, or octaves and 5ths.

Natalia Zuckerman - November 23, 2006

Saw Natalia Zuckerman play the other night in Ithaca. She's an excellent guitarist. When you grow up as the child of a virtuoso, guess it rubs off, even if you venture into singer-songwriter blues. She is quite lovely on stage. I wish the gabbing women in the club would have shut up, but maybe this is part of it; you get a bunch of women together, women, if I may generalize, know how to communicate, so that happens, lots of talking. However, drives me crazy when there's music on stage and people don't shut up, especially when it's me, although I also understand and like the casualness of a place where people can walk around, eat and drink and listen to music vs. a concert setting. That said, I do prefer playing concerts, though.
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