Robin and Linda Williams: Ground Hogs and Tours: 2009
Greetings from the sunny Shenandoah Valley where, if a
groundhog had stuck his head out yesterday, he would have seen his
shadow as it was 50 degrees and sunny. Here comes six more weeks
of winter. So far the groundhog is right. This morning it was 12
degrees with three inches snow on the ground. But we need winter
and we need moisture. So, we're not complaining.
It's hard to believe it's February. January just sped by. We had
a fun trip to the great Northwest. Luck was with us and flooded
interstates and avalanche-blocked mountain passes were opened just
in time for us to make all our gigs. We also had a memorable evening
at the Landmark Center in Richmond, VA with Garrison Keillor. It
was great fun playing in front of a sold out house there.
January was brightened for Robin by the arrival of his new Huss
and Dalton guitar. It's a model TOM-R with Brazilian rosewood back
and sides and red spruce top. It's a beautiful guitar and has an
absolutely amazing sound. Robin decided to buy it after breaking
a string on stage one night while we were playing some fiddle
tunes. He immediately picked up Linda's H & D TOM and finished the
tunes with her guitar. Linda turned to him and said, "Now, that's
what I want to hear when I'm playing banjo." So, in an effort to
maintain harmony in the house, Robin bought another guitar. Huss
and Dalton's web site is http://www.hussanddalton.com/.
January has been brightened for the both of us by the addition to
the household of Tess, a thirteen pound terrier hybrid canine. We
were humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of concern and sympathy
we received from so many of you at the news of the loss of our dog
Luke. We can't tell you how much we appreciated each and every card
and email. Tess is a two year old that we adopted from the SPCA
and she is a real heart-healer. She's as sweet as she can be but
she has a roaming soul that we are hoping to change. So far,
so good. She wants to please and is trying hard.
And January was brightened by the inauguration of our country's
44th president. It was amazing to see the happiness on so many
peoples' faces as we all witnessed a great moment in our country's
history. The expressions of hope were remarkable and have given
the two of us renewed faith in the collective will of all Americans to
do and be better.
We'll be spending this week getting ready for a trip to the
midwest. We've had a nice chunk of time off here in Virginia and we
feel renewed, recharged and raring to go! And since we start off the
tour near Nashville, we'll mention that out song "Maybelle's Guitar
and Monroe's Mandolin" made it onto "Bluegrass Unlimited" magazine's
list of 30 most played songs. Another first for Robin and Linda.
Bumper Sticker of the month (from the Ladies Banjo Society of
California) : "Drop Thumbs Not Bombs"
We hope this finds you all well and happy. If we're close to you
we hope you'll come on out and and see us. As we all know, music
makes you smarter.
Your pals, Robin and Linda
Feb 13 - Pulaski, TN - Martin Hall Auditorium, Martin Methodist College -
7:00 p.m. - (931) 363-3815 - www.martinmethodist.edu
Feb 14 - Memphis, TN - Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main,
Pembroke Square at Peabody Place - 8:00 p.m. - (901) 525-3655 -
Feb 17 - Faribault, MN - Newhall Auditorium, Shattuck St. Mary's School -
7:30 p.m. - (507) 333-1620 - www.s-sm.org
Feb 18 - Grand Rapids, MN - Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, 720 Conifer
- 7:30 p.m. - (218) 327-5780 - http://reifcenter.org
Feb 19 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Presentation Hall, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE -
7:30 p.m. (507) 328-2200 - www.riversideconcerts.com
Feb 20 - Fairmont, MN - Fairmont Opera House, 456 Downtown Plaza - 7:30 p.m.
- (507) 238-4900 _ www.fairmontoperahouse.com
Feb 23 - Eau Claire, WI - Schofield Auditorium, UWEC - 7:30 p.m. - (715)
836-3727 - www.uwec.edu/mus-the
Mar 14 - Kilmarnock, VA - Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School St. -
8:00 p.m. -(804) 435-0292
Mar 31 - Portsmouth, VA - Willet Hall, 3701 Willett Dr - 8:00 p.m. - (757)
Apr 23 - Savannah, GA - Randy Wood's Pickin' Parlor - 8:00 p.m. - (912)
Apr 25 - Carrollton, GA - Townsend Center for the Performing Arts - 7:30 p.m.
- (678) 839-4722 - www.townsendcenter.org
May 1 - Paramus, NJ - Main Theater, Bergen Community College - 7:30 p.m. -
May 9 - Raleigh, NC - A Prairie Home Companion (live radio broadcast)
-details to be provided at later date
May 10 - Black Mountain, NC - Lake Eden Arts Festival - 828-68-MUSIC
(686-8742) - http://www.theleaf.com/
Aug 14 - Manhattan, KS - Larry Novel Bandstand, Manhattan City Park - 8:00
p.m. -(785) 587-2757
Robin and Linda's web site: www.robinandlinda.com
BOOKINGS: George Balderose, Music Tree Productions, (412) 323-2707,