A good September

It has been a good year so far, and this month has given us lots to be thankful for, and more coming up.

Our end-of-the-month show at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek this Friday should really be memorable, and we hope in a good way! We’ve been working with our bassist and drummer, and have a nice collection of songs to play. We’ll get to get together with them again in November at a new place for us, the Whistle Stop Opry in Xenia. Like many of the Opry stages around, it leans toward the bluegrass band, and lucky for us we have some bluegrass in our repertoire, but regular readers know to expect all sorts of good, listenable music from a Raggedy Edge concert, and we plan to keep with that ideal.

October 7, the duo will be at Harmony Hills Vineyard near Bethel, Ohio, and really picturesque local winery with an outdoor stage (as well as a huge covered (and potentially heated) patio area) and a very good sound system. The owner/operator is a musician, which is also the case with the Whistle Stop Opry, so we like coming to these places for the good sound it gives us.

And speaking of good sounds, keep thinking good thoughts about yourself and your friends and those closest to you. Might as well, huh?

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About John and Don

DoJoBoLy-800x354L to R: John Orr, Lynn Perdzock, Bob Farley, Don Winegar Jr

Flanking Lynn and me are John Orr on bass and Don Winegar Jr on drum set, making up the rhythm section for some of our shows. We’re proud to have them on hand for Aug. 19’s gig at Clifton Opera House, which promises to be one of our best shows yet.

John and I met playing music in church in Dayton almost ten years ago. A few years after that, after Lynn and I formed Raggedy Edge, I asked in an offhand way if John would want to play bass for us, and he said, “Sure.” Or something to that effect. He’s a solid player, and a sometime choir singer, so from time to time we get him up to the mic to add to the vocals.

Known as the serious member of the group, John has a nice collection of bass guitars, including a Hofner violin-shaped one like the one Paul McCartney plays (John shares Paul’s birthday). With Raggedy Edge, he usually plays his acoustic Fender, and that is a good sound.

We met Don just this year at the open mic held on Tuesdays at the Wilmington Pike Applebees in Sugarcreek Township (Centerville or Bellbrook, depending on which direction you come from). We immediately noticed his tasteful ability to play for the song, whether it was on shakers or on a full set.

One night at Applebees I heard him play his brushes on the djembe, and something told me that was the sound we wanted for Raggedy Edge. We’ve been working on it for over a month now, and we’re all super-pleased with the result. Plus, it just looks cool.

Besides the full range of percussion, Don also sings and plays guitars.

Now that we’ve worked up this pretty darn good show for Clifton, we are psyched to take it elsewhere, so cross your fingers for us for that. And we’ll see you Saturday?

Wonderful week in Wisconsin

Our first trip to Madison, Wisconsin has been a great week of Littlest Big Band music, culminating in a Raggedy Edge house concert, totaling eight shows over four days. The weather has been kind, coolish, and mostly sunny; the clean and foot-friendly downtowns of the various cities that make up the Madison complex have given good reason to gape and gawk unabashedly; and the wooded, natural areas help to bring us back to center.

We somehow met up with friends from Dayton all this distance away and spent a couple of hours visiting with them and their extended family members while listening to a local band play the dancing blues at an outdoor beer garden.

Our last few days were spent at an AirBnB hosted by the kind of people you want to have hosting AirBnB’s. They introduced us to some of their friends and family, fed us like rock stars, and allowed us to share our music and to hear their stories.

And now it’s time to return home and the weather reports promise clear skies.