January 2018 Newsdumpster




An Extra Five Minutes at Home Would Be Nice, Too.

Except for touring the US, UK and New Zealand for six-and-a-half months, putting over 25,000 new miles (40,000 km) on the Blue Meanie, buying our dream house, political upheaval, starting an Airbnb, setting up a new recording studio, starting our 2018 Further West Tour a month early in December and a zillion other things, nothing much happened in 2017. Nonetheless, hope springs eternal that this will be a better year for all of us. Here are a few things we want from 2018:

  • an extended visit to Hope Springs
  • time to record something
  • new tires
  • jackets with enough pockets to hold a banjo, mandolin and two guitars
  • learn people better (stolen from Woody Guthrie)
  • more celebrity gossip. Just kidding.
  • less poverty and despair in the world
  • a cat
  • that all of us are here this time next year

 Yes, We're Feeling Guilty, But We'll Get Over It.

As stated previously, our 2018 tour began in early December, making 2017 the first year to embrace two Further West tours. As you may have guessed from the photo, we're in Florida, and far from our northeastern friends and neighbors who are currently experiencing a brutally cold winter. It's also cold here by local standards, and if it makes you feel any better, it's cloudy today and socks may need to be worn.

Our 2018 Further West Tour will remain in Florida until the end of this month, and then begin heading, you know, with shows in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, and hot-springs time in New Mexico.

Logo à Go-Go.

The talent behind our new, improved Newsdumpster graphic is none other than Greg Gutbezahl of Studo 680, who, it turns out, did the superb artwork, booklet and layout for Further West.

The first photo album of this tour is here, more to follow:Part One.

We hope you had a terrific holiday season and wish you and yours only good things for 2018 and beyond.


Rebecca and Ken

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 7:00-8:00 PM
Songwriting Workshop
Lakeland Public Library
100 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801
Tips and tricks to help get your songwriting off the ground. Admission: free. Sponsored by the Lakeland Public Library.

Friday, January 5th, 2018 7:00-8:30 PM
Coffee House Concerts
North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL 32958
The evening will include an open mike for poetry readings and gourmet coffee and pastries will be served. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the refreshments. Sponsored by The Friends of the North Indian River County Library.

Sunday, January 7th, 2:00-3:00 PM
Music in the Library
Orlando Public Library, Library Central
101 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Orlando Public Library.

Wednesday, January 10th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Music in the Palm Garden
Key West Library
700 Fleming Street
Key West FL 33040
Admission: free. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Key West Public Library.

Thursday, January 11th, 6:30-7:30 PM
Marathon Library
3251 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Marathon Library.

Friday, January 12th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Key Largo Library Concert Series
101485 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Key Largo Library.

Sunday, January 14th, 2:00-3:00 PM
Countryside Library
2642 Sabal Springs Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33761
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Countryside Library.

Tuesday, January 16th, 5:30-6:30 PM
Sunset on the Roof
Clearwater Public Library System, Main Branch
100 N. Osceola Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33755
Doors at 5:00 pm. Admission: free. Sponsored by the Clearwater Public Library.

Thursday, January 18th, 2:00-3:00 PM
New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
1001 S. Dixie Freeway
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Admission: free. Sponsored by the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library.

Friday, January 19th, 4:00-5:00 PM
Lake Louisa State Park
General James A Van Fleet State Trail
7305 US Hwy 27
Clermont, FL  34714
Admission: free with park admission.

Saturday, January 20th, 2:00-3:00 PM
Help Us Feed This Hungry Town!
Spring Hill Branch Library
9220 Spring Hill Drive
Spring Hill, FL  34608
Admission: free. Bring along canned or other non-perishable food items, a food-related gift certificate or pet food for those less fortunate. Local charities including People Helping People in Hernando County and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast will be in attendance to receive the donations at the end of the concert. Sponsored by the Spring Hill Branch Library.

Sunday, January 21st, 2:00-3:00 PM
Indian River County Main Library
1600 21st Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Indian River County Main Library.

Saturday, January 27th, 2:00-3:00 PM
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Admission: free with park admission.

Friday, February 2nd, 2:00-3:00 PM
Destin Library
150 Sibert Ave.
Destin, FL  32541
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Destin Library.

Tuesday, February 6th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Foley Public Library
319 East Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL  36535
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Foley Public Library.

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