L U E G R A S S N E W S LETTER: MAY 15, 2005
Monroe, Frank Wakefield, Lester Flatt, Ralph Stanley, Kenny Baker, Jimmy
Martin, Larry Sparks, Sullivan Family, Tex Logan, Bob Black, Richard
Greene, Jack Hicks, Joe Stuart, Joe Mullins, Wilma Lee & Stoney
Cooper, Marty Stuart, Wayne Lewis, Butch Robins, David Grisman, David
Nelson, Jerry Garcia and much much more.
In HERE=>: FWB@candlewater.com
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you might already know, The Frank Wakefield Band encourages DAT
Heads to record our shows. We even allow studio grade mics on
stage with us, which you can see in many of the band concert
photos. We require that the recordings never be sold
commercially and that we get a DAT copy of the original. There
are a few other details too. We use the recordings in the
soundtracks of our movies. The "Adventures in
Bluegrass" movie series for example depends heavily on these
recordings. Although it may take a little time, we always
return the original copies to the DAT Heads who recorded them as
well as give credit to them in the movie productions.
you probably already know, this band does not try to change to fit
the current trends. It is for this reason that The Frank
Wakefield Band is totally unique. This is what draws Frank's
fans to the band. There are no other Frank Wakefields out
there. When in 1976 I first got on stage with Frank Wakefield,
I knew that this guy was an original. This band relies on the
support of its fan base. The fans help us record the video and
audio that we use in our "Adventures In Bluegrass" band
movies, streaming video
offered free online. They also help us with our tours,
finding venues etc. Most of all, they are our friends.
Frank and I want to take this time to thank everyone who have helped
us and continue to help us with our efforts. It is the
true empowerment of the fans of this music when they get out
there and challenge the venues to book the bands that they want to
see. I remember doing this for Bill Monroe in the
1970's. The purest form of this empowerment comes when the
fans put on house and independent hall concerts. One
house concert promoter told me that she just got "Mad as Hell
and wasn't going to take it anymore". Sounds like the
movie Network! She said that she was sick of the bands being
offered by the local venues and just decided to change the
always make the point that an intimate acoustic house concert
situation with 50 people attending and a ticket price of $25 is
$1,250 in ticket sales. Some house concert promoters have a
list of friends who will purchase advance tickets. This allows
the promoter to turn the house over to get 2 shows with 50 people
each generating a gross of $2,500 with next to zero costs outside of
the band. Due to the cost of lodging and transportation, a
night on the road either makes money or costs money. Any band
passing through town would be hard pressed not to work with this
promoter, provide the show didn't present a contract conflict with
another venue. We meet the greatest people on the road.
Frank always says that we have the best and smartest fans in the
world. There are lots of these courageous people taking on
risk, making shows happen, movers and shakers, who are just not
going to take what is being handed to them.
like the flavor, the soul, the blues, the spirit that this music
offers... and with the help of our friends who feel the same
about this music, we can... and do, make it work. I just want
to encourage all the people who help us. You should know that
it is working, we are not alone. This newsletter will go out
to just about 27,000 people, depending on the current status of
"active" addresses. That's 27,000 people worldwide
who have requested our free newsletter.
are other Bluegrass publications who make money by selling ad
space. They work hard to promote the larger form of the music
and do a good job of it too. What we see is that all
across the world people are creating their own music venue
situations which will support the forms of music that they want to
be exposed to. We think that this is great thing.
Frank Wakefield Band: FWB@candlewater.com
is a link to mp3 files from the bands NYC show last November
was part of the GO EAST Tour 2004.
The links are on the left side just above the pictures. These
were recorded on DAT the
silver mics seen on stage with us in the pictures, by one of the
many fans who
follow the band to record the shows.
Frank Wakefield Band
Coming in Year 2005 ------------
Friday July 22, 2005, 8:00 pm **
Sunday July 24, 2005, 8:30 pm **
Tuesday July 26, 2005, 7:00 to 9:00 pm **
on Main Street
Corner of Mohawk St. and Church St.
Friday November 11, 2005 **
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saturday November 12, 2005 **
Group Lessons email for info <=
The Baggot Inn
Showtime 8:00 pm
West Village, New York, NY
Jim Moss regarding
Saturday November 18, 2005, 8:00 pm **
Kirkland Art Center
East Park Row, Clinton, NY
Wednesday November 19, 2005 **
East Hartford Parks & Rec.
Showtime 7:00 pm
East Hartford, CT
regarding the Group
Year 2006 ------------
Return to Europe Tour 2006 ? **
are contacting interested promoters now.
More To Come...
Baker and the Bluegrass Boys at
Bean Blossom 1980
by Karla Volpert
Documentarian Karla Volpert
Bean Blossom Regular in the late 1970s.
From The Karla'graph Collection
Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys at Bean Blossom 1980
by Karla Volpert
Rights Reserved (and she means it)
here are some very cool photos. Frank made his private photo
collection available for display at his the web site. We call
it Frank Wakefield's Private Photo Collection.
year was a busy one with our west coast tour, then off to
Sweden, Scotland and England as well more shows here in the
USA. What great bluegrass fans we met. You can
find photos from our tours at the following links:
links that reside in the upper left of each page:
& Salvage Berkeley CA USA 2004
These pages are full of photos and may take a little time to
a 56K dial up modem.
have the last of the Grateful Dead Records stock of The Good Ol
Packin Moma CD. This CD which is out of print has Frank
Nelson, Don Reno, Chubby Wise and Pat Campbell on bass. We
information regarding the CD email Jim Moss at: PPM@Candlewater.com
is a handful of photos collected from the bands adventures over the
past year or 2004.
are photos of Frank Wakefield, Jim Moss, James Lewin, Curtis Wright,
and many more.
of these photos can be viewed at:
& Salvage Photos 1 set 1
& Salvage Photos 2 set 2
Photos 1 set 1
Photos 2 set 1
Photos 3 set 2
Photos 4 set 2
Great Review of Seattle FWB Show on TrueGrass:
Photos from the Pacific North West Tour:
(extra large page)
Frank Wakefield's Grammy Nomination:
CD's & VIDEOs
Sleeping Lady CD
with Jim Moss, Frank Wakefield and Bob Black
(Ask about the other Frank Wakefield and Jim Moss Video's and CD's.)
Tanyards CD, recorded in 1983
With Special Introduction
Fiddle Jim Moss,
Mandolin Jesse McReynolds,
Banjo Bob Black,
Guitar Dave Thompson.
Red Allen & Frank Wakefield Smithsonian Folkways
Wakefield ULTRA CLEAR DVD LESSON SERIES
Wakefield ULTRA CLEAR DVD LESSON SERIES
The Frank Wakefield Band,
Adventures in Bluegrass II (Real
The Sullivan Family
Bean Blossom June 2001 (Streaming Video)
Free mandolin lesson with Frank Wakefield
here to hear Frank Wakefield Teach You Catnip
Learn "Cattle In The Cane" (Jim Moss)
BACK IN TIME
So, you think that you have been to jam sessions?
Try this one on for size, its 1957...
Joe Stuart, Joe Meadows and a few friends come over...
to your house... hear it now on mp3.
Richard Greene: Part 1
Black: (recording Kenny Baker's Dry & Dusty album 1973)
JIMMY MARTIN INTERVIEW
Jimmy Martin Tells It Like It Is! (Part 1 & 2)
Part 3 "Jimmy Martin Tells It Like It Is" is on the way.
An amazing and understandable insight into the world of Jimmy Martin.
McReynolds Talks About Recording In The 1950's (Part 3)
Frank Wakefield: (Bluegrass in the 1950's)
KENNY BAKER SPECIAL SITE
Great photos and a live recording of Kenny Baker
with Bob Black at Bean Blossom. This was the first
time they ever played together.. It was after midnight
at Bean Blossom. http://www.mossware.com/scoop/
Upcoming Interviews yet to be transcribed:
"Richard Greene, Bluegrass Fiddle with Bill Monroe: Parts 1-8"
"Jimmy Martin Part 3"
"Jesse McReynolds Part 3"
Lewis, Being one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys Part 3"
Frank Wakefield / Jim Moss Web Site a Mossware LLC Production