End of 2015

It's November, Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is only a month away.  I would recommend, right now, buying as many S.E.Willis CDs as possible for gifts.

That said, I'm going up to Novato tonight to join Elvin Bishop at a benefit for Haitian children, always a good cause.  I'll be bringing Ruth Davies and Bobby Cochran, and Charlie Musselwhite is supposed to join us as well.  It should be a good time.  Ruth and I went up to Clear Lake last Sunday to do a benefit for fire victims joined by Anthony Paule, Paul Revelli and Alvon Johnson.  We had a fine time there as well, and maybe did some good.  It's the season!

We've been lucky in having a fair number of local dates this Fall, keeping the Willing working--Ruth, Bobby, Bob Welsh, Nancy Wright, sometimes Marina Crouse and Takezo Takeda.  I spent last year trying, in a pretty ineffectual way, to put us in a position to work more nationally and internationally, but came up short there.  Whatever degree of fame and publicity is needed to get that sort of attention is evidently beyond me.  So I'll just keep playing where I can until I can't do it anymore.  I'm 63 now, so, what, 20 more years maybe?  

There are a lot of us out here playing what is now old-fashioned music and hoping for a little recognition.  We went looking for the older musicians when we were young, and helped them work in their final years.  It took a lot more effort back then to track music and musicians down--now everybody and everything is on YouTube and Facebook, and young musicians have access to it all without even leaving home.  This has created a very educated younger generation--they seem to know it all! And maybe don't much need aging baby boomers who base their efforts on Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and the other greats of the 20th Century.  After all, Wolf is alive as you and me on line.  And that's a good thing.