News From Joel...
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Old news comes last! Last revised: April 09, 2022 .
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I have lately been mulling over my body of work, both the songs I have
written and the recordings I have made over the past 35 years. During the
pandemic (is it over yet?) I have been keeping myself busy scoring sheet music
for my better songs. Enough for a book or two already, but books are going
the way of the VHS tape it seems. Would anyone be interested in
that? Or a thumb drive full of lead sheets?
If you have any suggestions or requests, please let me know!
As for the unvaccinated holdouts who keep this virus galloping: If you are waiting for that fabled "herd immunity" to kick in, you should understand that herd immunity begins only after mother nature culls the herd. Culling the diseased. "Nuff said?
No, it is some garden variety of cold traveling in my upper respiratory system. Sneezing, dripping, hoarse voice, chest congestion, general crud. But I am feeling better than I did last week. Just not better enough to "drive and play" as musicians call it. I went for 20 months without catching a cold. Isolation and masks will do that for you. But until they have a vaccine for the common cold, walking the world without full personal protection apparatus has its price, I guess.
My address book (contacts) was wiped out which I am trying to recreate. So If you are reading this and used to correspond with me, please send me an email now, so I can get you & your email back into my data base.
Two email addresses work for me:
-- my 25 year old address that redirects incoming emails to my current
Still pulling out what little hair is left on my head, but getting back to
SEPT 20, 2020
ALSO: At the insistence of friends and colleagues, I now have a
"TIP JAR" at my site where anyone can donate actual money to my
virtual open guitar case on the virtual sidewalk of my virtual career as a
Of course he sees those as "his numbers." It is all about him, after all. Our own "Prince Prospero." That is the prince in Edgar Allen Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" which you can read for free here: https://www.poemuseum.org/the-masque-of-the-red-death If you haven't read it recently, I suggest you do. It is pretty short -- no longer than an opinion piece in the Times. A timely read if ever there was one.
My own news is that my postponed knee-replacement surgery is on again, for July 9. I am looking forward to it, even if I will be inconvenienced for a few weeks after. I would say I'd be ready for my Fall dates, but the cancellation trend is moving into 2021. My yearly "homecoming" concert at the Ten Pound Fiddle has been cancelled for November, as the Fiddle has cancelled their entire '20-'21 season. I hope Newton's law of inertia doesn't cancel my career for good. Meanwhile the virus stalks the world.
Wear your masks, folks!
Meanwhile some of our many curves seem to be flattening. But I learned in high school math that you need to inspect the X and Y parameters before you can interpret ANY graph. All I see on the TV news are humpy lines. Ah, yes, journalism. I remember when we had that. I have never seen so many Governors or Mayors talking so long on TV in real time. I realized today that it is more fun to ignore the speaker and just watch the sign language interpreters in the background. I wish Trump used one of those. It would make his daily bloviations all the more entertaining.
Well, enough of the ironic comments. I do hope you are well. I
hope you have found me on YouTube these past several weeks. I have been posting
laptop performances, about once a week, there. My YouTube channel is here:
What else? With the Pandemic has come political will to help the unemployed. And that includes me, too, as they are paying benefits to self-employed gig-economy workers for the fist time. I have filed (2 weeks ago) and await funds -- maybe next week? The mills grind exceedingly slow. That's fine. I have seen my share of dry spells.
If you visit my "tour dates" page here, you will see my concerts that have been cancelled this spring (hopefully to be rescheduled someday) and my next upcoming dates in November. Which I am starting to worry about.
Meanwhile, I have been updating my website with new info -- CD Baby Store is now defunct, and many other retailers are going that way -- so I have re-addressed my own mail order operation. I have had to raise my shipping prices a bit, so as not to slowly go broke sending out CDs. You can see that if you click here. I also can take credit cards now thru an invoice via Square Up (the smartphone swiper company) which should make things easier. I've also updated my available sheet music.
SO hang in there, music lovers. We'll meet again (don't know where, don't know WHEN), but I know we'll meet again, some sunny day! (Yep, that song is one of my new vids!)
Meanwhile, here where I live in West Michigan, today it is colder here than Alaska, Siberia, and Antarctica. Literally. State government is shut down, as is the US post office, and doctors offices. Schools have been closed all week.
The weekend outlook for Michigan is looking rosy, though, and I will be performing in East Lansing at the Midwinter Folk & Singing Festival, where Time & Truth will be for sale in the lobby.
10/20/17 Sickness update
6/30/2017 Release Day!
4/30/2017 NEW CD AVAILABLE HERE ONLY -- AND NOW!
3/1/2017 NEW CD in the works... stay tuned.
THE TRUMP SONG
2/20/15 NEW ALBUM IS OUT!
NEW ALBUM ABOUT TO BE RELEASED!
New Year 2015!
More Mabus to Download!
***as of 1/1/2014, also Golden Willow Tree and Rhyme Schemes are available to download. All the songs are available as single downloads, but you can get the entire album at a discount.
New Banjo CD
CHECK IT OUT!
OH THAT POST OFFICE!!!
BTW -- for orders within my own state, I pay the sales tax, so you don't have to. All the details are at my How To Order page, recently updated.
NEW CHRISTMAS DISC
UPDATE: A Parlor Guitar Christmas was the number one album in folk music airplay for December 2012, on the only radio chart that matters for folk music -- the FOLKDJ-L list that tracks folk and bluegrass airplay from thousands of djs airplay reports in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
ANONYMOUS is released!
The airplay reports have been tabulated at Folkradio.org
(aka Folkdj-L) and -- ta-da --
That made the fireworks look a little brighter for the fourth of July. Reviews are just starting to come in -- scroll down for more about the release:
NEW CD -- AMERICAN
You can visit my page by clicking here -- American Anonymous. Music samples from each song are there, also lyrics, liner notes, and further un-published notes, as well.
As you will see at that CD page, this is a collection of folk songs. I've been wanting to do a cd like this for a long time, an album of folk songs, many of them familiar titles, the way I like them. No fancy production. Just me sitting there singing the songs & playing guitar, banjo or autoharp. Yes, this is my autoharp debut. |
If this sounds appealing to you, check it out!
PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION -- May 7, 2011
I had a great time and the Michigan song went over like gangbusters. Garrison said it got longer applause than any other song ever sung on his show. Without a stopwatch, I'm not sure of that, but let's just say it was well appreciated. Last time I was on that show was in Minneapolis nearly 30 years ago. The show back then seemed to be run on cigarettes and manual a typewriter, and a chalkboard on a rickety easel. Now there is a team of specialists each with a glowing laptop and a semi-truck full of gear. I must say, though, that in all my show-biz experience, I have never seen a smoother, well-oiled machine. It makes a show every week that runs on spontaneity but does so with a calm, friendly, efficiency.
NEW SINGLE (MAY 25, 2010)
Here's the page for the song at this website, along with
the links to lyrics, CDbaby, and the story behind the song:
Top 6 in 2009
The latest release, No Worries Now came in number one in airplay for September 09 -- the month it was released. That's according to folkradio.org and the playlists of world-wide folk deejays.
Pardon me as I polish my fingernails on my vest.
As to overall airplay (including my older releases) last year on folkdj-l I was the fourth most played artist on folk radio. This year I came in at number 6, but still proud to join the company in the top 10, third year in a row:
1. Pete Seeger 2. Bob Dylan 3. Cheryl Wheeler 4. John Gorka 5. Tom Rush 6. Joel Mabus 7. Nanci Griffith 8. Greg Brown 9. Danny Schmidt 10. Jorma Kaukonen
For all the list and other lists, go to:
New CD -- NO WORRIES NOW
The latest Mabus CD is out there. No Worries Now was officially released on September 15, 2009. (these things must be done on a Tuesday, a mystic day of the week chosen by a cabal of Freemasons and Knights Templar -- see the latest Dan Brown book)
Right NOW, you can get copies from me. I have 'em. In early August, they went out to folk shows on radio stations across the globe -- well, all over the US and Canada and several to Australia, NZ, UK, Germany-- and one to a folk dj in Israel. No Worries Now came in third in airplay for the month of August, according to the folk radio charts of "folkdj" and getting lots more play since. So don't be surprised to hear my voice on your local folk radio show.
But now that it has been released you might find it in better stores. My favorite is Elderly Instruments ( www.elderly.com ) CDbaby has it for sale now and offers downloads at 99 cents per track. www.cdbaby.com/cd/joelmabus Apple iTunes, Amazon and other download sites will be added in coming weeks.
Here's an early review at F.A.M.E (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)
TOP 4 in 2008
FOLKDJ-L is a long-time email list of hundreds of disc jockeys all across the world (mostly North America, Australia & New Zealand, with a few others). Many post their playlists regularly. Each month and at the end of each year, a compilation of these posts is made to see what was the most played disc, artist, song, etc.
For 2008 it was determined I was the 4th most played artist! I have good company -- here are the top ten:
1. Eliza Gilkyson 2. Pete Seeger 3. Bob Dylan 4. Joel Mabus 5. Tim O'Brien 6. Tom Paxton 7. Emmylou Harris 8. Joan Baez 9. Joe Crookston 10. Robin And Linda Williams
Based on 166787 airplays from 200 different DJs
For all the list and other lists, go to:
Everybody likes a bargain. I am reissuing recordings from earlier in my career, nearly all of the albums, FIRELAKE and SHORT STORIES on one very full CD, called Joel Mabus Omnibus. I have had the cuts re-mastered, and the new disc was released date Oct 21 2008, You can order it here from the website, of course.
I went into the studio and cut new versions of 12 of my older original songs. Some of my most requested songs and ones that I do differently these days. Included are studio versions of songs previously only available in "live" versions: "Touch a Name on the Wall," "Duct Tape Blues," "Swing That Thing" and "The Naked Truth."
NEWS -- #1 -- for the month of February, RETOLD was ranked #1 in airplay for folk music (North America, Australia, NZ and UK reporting too) according to playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L. I was the #1 played artist for the month as well.
NY Times -- My picture is on the front page of the arts section of the Sunday
NY Times 2/10/08 -- however I am not named. Not fit to print, I
suppose was their thinking.
CHART TOPPERS -- The Banjo Monologues placed in the top ten most played CDs in the year 2007, according to the compilation of more than a 100,000 airplays, according to FOLKDJ-L (that is mostly North American deejays who play mostly folk and bluegrass music on mostly non-commercial radio). I was also in the top ten most played artists. Highest ranking indy release, by the way.
NOMINATION -- Looks like I am nominated for the Traditional Artist of the
Year to be awarded by the Folk Alliance in Memphis on 2/20/08. I'll be
sure to let you know if I win!
I have recorded a new cd of banjo music and more, called
The Banjo Monologues. Tunes, songs and storytelling done to the clip of a
clawhammer banjo. Click here to read reviews!
ALSO -- BANJO TAB
Golden oldies !
Selections on my MP3 page from
my very first album, an LP entitled GRASSROOTS.
The new CD in fall of '05 is called Parlor Guitar. Click HERE
to read about it. All fingerstlye
instrumentals on a Larrivee parlor model guitar.
I'm doing a book based on Parlor Guitar for Hal Leonard publishing. Ten of the cuts from the album will be painstakingly transcribed note-for-note and a CD of those ten songs will be included. It is available in music stores anywhere, including Amazon. Get your copy here for an autograph!
SHEET MUSIC AVAILABLE
A number of my guitar arrangements are available in full music and tab
notation, including several of the numbers from Parlor Guitar and a few from
other albums. Also lead sheets to several of my more requested songs and the
melodies to my many original fiddle tunes are available. Check out my new SHEET
"Blue Jig" Published!
A little tune I wrote for contradancers, "The Blue Jig" has certainly been making the rounds. It has been recorded at least 6 times by contradance bands, and has been played around the world for dancers. The news now is that the music for it has been published in a great book of tunes for contra & square dancing, "The Portland Collection, Vol. 2"
Bad Audio Links? Bear with me...
FORTUNES in CD format
My early CD, Fortunes, came out in LP form in 1987, and a cassette tape followed. Last month, I finally had the original master digitized to a new CD master. For now, I am burning music CD-R's and selling them in slimline cases for the low price of $10, shipping included. click here for more info.
"You Can't Buy My Records at Wal-Mart"
I've been singing a short song of this title in concerts lately and many fans have been asking where they can get a copy. Well, I won't sell it to you but you can have it for free. Visit my MP3 page for a free and legal download.
PROMISED LAND IS BACK
After being out of print for a few months, I am now well-stocked with my CD, Promised Land of 1994. With such request favorites as "Alice & Ralph," "Holding To The Land" and "Sea Of Dreams" ("In the morning comes the sun / And it shines on everyone ...") I was persuaded to bring this back to the catalogue, and not be a "CD-R - only" item. Glass-mastered
CD-R FOR OUT-OF-STOCK TITLES
ONE of my older titles -- Western Passage -- is for the time being out-of-stock as a typical, mass replicated CDs. However, I have plenty of the inserts (booklets and tray cards) and have the technology to burn Music CD-Rs one-at-a-time from the original masters. The sound is identical. Only the label on the disc itself will be slightly different. So until further notice, that's what you would get if you order this title. Not available at stores -- only through this website.
ONLINE PRESS KIT
I have always had promotional materials on this site, ready for download, but now I have a specific page for an easy starting place for all the materials in a full "press kit." Go to PRESS KIT ONLINE (also in the menu on the left of every page) for a listing of all the tools you might need to promote a concert or other publicity. It also includes a new page for all the folks I've shared a stage with -- quite a motley crew.
PAYPAL OPTION FOR CD PURCHASE
I have registered with Paypal ( www.paypal.com) to take payment for any CDs you may wish to purchase directly from me. I am just as happy with a check in the mail, but if you would rather use your credit card, Paypal offers a method to send me your money instantly. They do require you to go through a "sign up" procedure, which may or may not be to your liking. But many folks who do payments online are already signed up. If you want to use PAYPAL, click HERE for info, or drop me an email if you want further details.
300dpi PHOTOS ONLINE
A selection of promo shots are now available on this site scanned at the rate of 300 dots per inch, for high quality print applications. Click HERE to check it out.
2001 I've been writing a column on performer's issues for the Folk Alliance newsletter since 1997. I've archived the past and current columns here at my site. Click on Folk Alliance or go straight to the index of columns, for such topics as CD sales, royalties, touring and contract advice. A few opinions too!
Check out the page on this site titled Workshops. I have been adding online copies of handouts I often use at festival and music camp workshops, music business conferences, etc.
If you are looking for a song you heard at a concert or on the radio, but don't know which CD it's on, now you can check the Song Index page. All songs and tunes are listed alphabetically followed with the title of its CD.
(c) 2001 - 2016 Joel Mabus