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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Summer’s almost gone

Pic-08272017-003Thanks to the fixed-focus nature of my cell phone, this leaf-like creature is a little bit blurry. He (or she) was a visitor to the deck a couple days ago and didn’t mind visiting with us and showing off the ability to fly and stick his toes through shirt material. Soon it will be a bit cool for the likes of these things, as well as certain humans.

In the meantime, we’re preparing for a couple of final outdoor shows, one at The Greene with a full band behind us for most of the songs (some tunes we’ll do alone or as a duo or with djembe or bass), and one at Harmony Hill Vineyards as a duo. We think it will be reasonably warm on Sept. 29th and Oct. 7. We could be wrong. We shall see. Check out our Facebook page and come visit either or both shows. They’re free. Bring chairs, coats, and umbrellas to the Greene. And maybe a set of binoculars. Just for fun.

Excellent weekend of music

CliftonfedoraOur return to Clifton Opera House was a success. We didn’t fill every seat, unfortunately, so who knows if we’ll be invited back, but the seats that were filled contained happy souls, and it looked like they all stayed for the full two hours, even after the break, during which it’s infamous for bands to lose a third or more of crowds who often hear all they need in the first hour.

And then we played an outdoor (90-degree heat) three-hour gig at the 3rd Sundays Dayton, and that was fun, too, if not so well attended, no doubt due to heat, plus the fact that we are short of relatives and friends in the area willing to venture out of the air conditioning. Heat is better than rain, though, and we didn’t have any of that.

I sometimes wonder how long live music will be able to last, and then I somehow know that it’ll always be around in some form, resurgent or rare, just like “good” music today is hard to find, but extant. It all depends on what you expect. If only we could find 50 more “Clifton Opera Houses,” we’d be more than happy to help pay their expenses to help keep them operating, and maybe, someday, to level their stages.

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?