Tuesday, March 28, 2017


““The film is a love letter to recorded sound, without which we’d never have left the silent film era and an intimate visual portrait of the recording process...a celebration of the honesty, vulnerability and immediacy of recording and the joy of making music.””

Check your local PBS/BBC listings for times and dates. Likely the last three weeks in May and the first week in June. 

Four of my acts are in AMERICAN EPIC. Frank Fairfield, Hubby Jenkins, Blind Boy Paxton and The Americans

AMERICAN EPIC airs on PBS & the BBC in May 2017. Music produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett.  Film produced by Robert Redford & the BBC.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcbATyomETw  

Lots of other famous musicians in it. More info on that here  

““This is one of the coolest things we’ve ever done.””

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rick Vito & The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band

         Rick Vito, the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist, is now featured this fall in the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band on the U.S. west coast. Rick Vito and The Lucky Devils are available with the same great show that features the early Fleetwood Mac blues songs, great blues standards and Rick's original songs. Rick Vito and The Lucky Devils performed at the 2016 Harvest Time Rhythm & Blues festival in Monaghan, Ireland and the Summertime Blues Festival in Nanimo, British Columbia.
Please contact me about bringing the exciting blues guitar of Rick Vito or his King Paris & His Hypnotic Guitar Show to your festival or event.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Carolina Chocolate Drops Hubby Jenkins Now Available

Carolina Chocolate Drops member Hubby Jenkins is available for solo performances. Hubby is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Hubby is known from his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Grammy nominated) and from his association with the Rhiannon Giddens band. She was nominated for a 2016 Grammy with an album he played on (Tomorrow Is My Turn). 

and find out more about Hubby Jenkins at his web site 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Down Hill Strugglers "Treasures From The Archive"

Announcing: Treasures from the Archive Roadshow!

The Down Hill Strugglers is proud to be a part of the forthcoming "Treasures from the Archive Roadshow: Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress" - an outreach program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The idea is that The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton, Nathan Salsburg (Curator of the Alan Lomax Archive) and others will tour festivals, performing arts centers, colleges and universities, playing live renditions of songs and styles learned directly from the collections at the Library of Congress.  The Roadshow is also accompanied where appropriate by a museum quality panel display with more information about the American Folklife Center as well as a presentation of folklore-related films from the collections there. 

The intention of this project is to bring the beautiful diversity of music, songs and styles, faithfully preserved in this amazing archive, out to the general public.  The Roadshow will raise awareness about the existence of the Folklife Center itself and encourage people to take advantage of this amazing resource, just as we have.  By touring and playing live for audiences the Roadshow can introduce people in a live and immediate way to some of the kinds of songs and styles laid away by folklorists and collectors in this deep repository of our grassroots indigenous American music.

The "Roadshow" honors the folk music collections at the Library of Congress and particularly in 2015 the seminal work of folklorist Alan Lomax who would have been 100 years old this year, and whose unparalleled collecting work formed the basis for the American Folklife Center's holdings.
The first exhibition and performance of the Roadshow will take place Sunday, April 19th at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, with more performances TBA over the coming months.

Here is more information about the "Roadshow" -

The American Folklife Center was created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress as the national center for folklife documentation and research, with the mandate to "preserve and present American folklife." The American Folklife Center Archive, established in the Library of Congress Music Division in 1928 and moved to AFC in 1978, is now one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world.
  The Treasures from the Archive Roadshow is an outreach program of the American Folklife Center in conjunction with the Alan Lomax Archive/Association for Cultural Equity. This roadshow will be touring festivals, colleges, universities and performing arts centers starting in 2015.

Famed folklorist Alan Lomax would have been one hundred years old in 2015. The field recordings that he made throughout his long career are the foundation of the holdings at the American Folklife Center, and as such are at the very heart of America’s indigenous, grassroots folk music, including blues, rural string band music, ballads, ragtime and more.

This roadshow draws together nationally recognized folk musicians who play songs and tunes they have learned directly from the Lomax Collection and other important collections at the American Folklife Center. These performers will present this music live to audiences nationally in Lomax’s centennial year.

The roadshow includes; The Down Hill Strugglers with legendary musician and folklorist John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, Frank Fairfield, Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Lomax Archive curator Nathan Salsburg. These performers will be touring together with a traveling exhibit, showcasing the collections housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, with a focus on the Lomax Collection. Through live performances and the traveling exhibit, the general public will be informed about the existence of the holdings at the American Folklife Center; a national treasure to which every American has access.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


American Epic, four-part historical documentary and The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length recording studio film will air in mid 2017 on PBS and BBC Arena.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meredith Axelrod Now Booking

"Meredith Axelrod (SF) is a singer of early jazz and pre-1930s American pop music. As a guitarist, her playing explodes with energy and vintage rhythms." San Diego Reader

Now booking with their imaginative presentation of old time music are Meredith Axelrod and Craig Ventresco.  Craig performed on the soundtracks for “Crumb” & “Ghost World.” They are available as a solo, duo or  they can be booked with Blind Boy Paxton and or Frank Fairfield. Here is a video of Meredith with Frank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lp5ihYQ7eU

Here is a video of Meredith & Craig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_IVAOY7xII 
& Meredith with Blind Boy Paxton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYB2Cq1AnX8. 

Meredith & Craig with their jazz group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZPX2dnoqic

and Meredith solo Nothing in Rambling

Meredith & the Wayfaring Strangers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWbgh-zdW-E

Meredith is charming & fun and Craig is a virtuoso on the guitar with impeccable music knowledge. All part of their show. For more on Meredith. Go to her website http://meredithaxelrod.com/ and for more info on Craig Ventresco, go to his web site http://www.craigventresco.com/
Please contact me about booking her with one of her many configurations.