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Join me at Hezekiah Stone's on June 7, 2018 

Hi all-

I will be part of the farewell concert for this coffee house series near Leicester, MASS.

Old friend and wonderful poet Tim Mason has hosted the series for years and is now moving on.

See the events page for details.

See you there!

Other news is that Mary and I are beginning to get a rhythm running The Sherman Guest Home. Here's the website:

https://www.theshermanguesthome.com/

Come stay with us when you are in Boston.

------ Hugh

Hugh and Mary move to Waltham! 

Hi all-

This has been brewing for awhile but details were foggy. However, yesterday we confirmed a deal to sell our home in the Bellevue section of Nashville. Sad to leave a place that has been wonderful for us, but it's time. 

We are moving to Waltham, Mass, one of the communities of Greater Boston. (Yes we KNOW it's cold!). Our daughter, Corianna, is established there and has a job for us! ...more about that later.

I will continue to write, and perform when I can. I'll keep you informed of all that.

In the meantime, again, check out THE GOLDBLOODS on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvBtab5G_jM

Spread the word and let me know.

See you down the road.

-- Hugh

Kesha's RAINBOW debuts at #1!! (Click on Blogs to see the screenshot) 

 

 

This is a big deal! 

Kesha's new album (first in years) RAINBOW debuted this week on the Billboard album charts at #1!  The album includes "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" as a duet with Dolly Parton. (Pebe Sebert and I wrote the song together...a few years back.) Congratulations to Kesha! I am incredibly proud to be a part of this very personal statement from a great artist! 

---------- Hugh

My original album for Rounder/Philo released again! 

All-

LOVING YOU, my first album for Rounder/Philo, has been released again through AirPlay Direct, an online international radio distribution service.  The lead song for this release is my duet version of "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" featuring Kathy Mattea. 

The AirPlay Direct live album chart shows my album at the top today! Check it out!

http://airplaydirect.com/charts/albums/Today

(This is a live chart that changes constantly. It's 5PM Nashville time as I post this, hopefully it will still be on the chart when you look at it.!)

Anyway, thanks to all my friends at radio around the world who keep playing my music!

See you down the road...

-- Hugh

Kesha and Dolly! 

Flash!

Kesha has a new album coming out on August 11, the first in years because of the...unpleasantness.  Congratulations to Kesha!  

ALSO - on the album will be a new recording of "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" as a duet with Dolly Parton.  I heard the recording several months ago and it's great!! I had no idea what would be done with it. Now I know.

Hope all of you are well.

See you down the road.

-- Hugh

 

For Dean Barnes 

All-

We lost a treasure this week.

Dean Barnes passed away, a British guitarist of blues and country, among the greatest, as yet undiscovered by the world.

He was not yet 50, should have had decades left to share his beauty.

Take some time to sample some of this series of videos:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5E2101C63F52C448

so long, Dean, see you down the road.

-- Hugh

Old friend getting an Honorary Doctorate 

Hi Everyone-

This time it's not about me (really).

Fine artist, George Grammer, who is about to turn 89 in October, is an old friend of my family from Fort Worth. He is also very dear to Mary and me and to my sister, Katy. We used to visit him and his amazing wife, June, in New Jersey and New York, when our children were young. June passed away since. They were a beautiful couple in all meanings of the term.

George still lives in Manhatten and is an active painter.  He is the last living member of a group of artists known as the Fort Worth Circle. Here's wikipedia on them: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Worth_Circle

On April 20, 2017, George will be in Fort Worth for the opening of a new exhibition of his paintings at Texas Wesleyan University, his alma mater. They will take the opportunity to bestow on him an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. This is well-deserved and a wonderful recognition of a talented ambassador for the Texas art community to the whole world. Here is an article about this event:

http://therambler.org/2017/03/01/grammer-comes-full-circle/

If any of you are in Fort Worth this spring or summer, don't miss the exhibit! (or the opening on April 20 if you can make it!)

All the best,

-- Hugh

Update February 2017 

Hi all-

it's not like I haven't been busy, just not sure what's of interest.

I've been focusing on a new writing project that I'll reveal more about as it progresses. It's a new one act opera, again in collaboration with composer Michael Ching. To early to say more, but it's exciting to be working with Michael again!

I am teaching the Business of Music at Nashville State Community College. That's really rewarding. Students are motivated on this topic, and they have, as usual, a lot to teach me too.

I have decided not to produce Pulp FRiction in 2017. I posted some new photos on that Facebook Event page if you're interested. 

https://www.facebook.com/Pulp-FRiction-10-Minute-Play-Festival-1060947917267566/

I have another project that is deeply in the beginning stages, that I hope will devour my time and attention as the year goes on. Let it stay mysterious for now...

I miss meeting everyone I usually see on my tours, but that's aways over the horizon for now. I'll certainly let you know when I start planning again.

Hope all are well.

See you down the road! (eventually)

-- Hugh
 

Pulp FRiction 2016 is a wrap! 

All-

Our 10-Minute Play festival, Pulp FRiction, ran successfully on October 15, 2016 at the Idea Hatchery in East Nashville.  We completed three successful runs of the program between 2P and 5P.  Photos and comments are post on the facebook page
 

https://www.facebook.com/Pulp-FRiction-10-Minute-Play-Festival-1060947917267566/

Check it out!

See you down the road.

-- Hugh

Hugh to teach Master Class in October 

Hi-

I will teach a one day master class in songwriting through Watkins Institute on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

It's open to any experienced songwriter who wants to go through an intensive songwriting workshop to improve your focus and finishing abilities to create the song you meant to write.

Please see P. 24 of the Watkins Catalogue for details and sign-up form.

http://www.watkins.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/fall_2016_catalog_FINAL.pdf

Spread the word!

- Hugh