Death of a legend
On Friday night, folk musician U. Utah Phillips (who fashioned his moniker after one of his own icons, T. Texas Tyler) died at age 73 of congestive heart failure at his home in Nevada City, Calif.
Phillips was the son of labor organizers and himself spent the years after his return from the Korean War focusing on the injustices and difficulties faced by the working class. Phillips was a Grammy-nominated musician and performed with others of a like mind including Kate Wolf, John McCutcheon, Ani DiFranco and Idaho's own Rosalie Sorrels. You can read Phillips' obituary at utahphillips.org.
The beat goes on
The annual Braun Brothers Reunion Festival is scheduled for August 7, 8 and 9 this year. A rollicking event held in Challis, this family reunion is for everyone ... even those without the last name Braun.
Though subject to change, the lineup of acts this year may just top any previous year's and will include several members of the Braun clan, the Do Wha Riders, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Pinto Bennett, Braun relatives Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars, and Robert Earl Keen.
This festival is supposed to—and does—have the feel of a barbecue and beer blow-out, but organizers Muzzie and JoAnn Braun know that to put on a concert of this size, organization and safety are key factors to its success. On their Web site, braunbrothersreunion.com, the couple explains that with people coming from all over the country to attend, it's becoming a huge event and they wanted to "step back and ask ourselves a few questions" to guarantee the whole thing doesn't get too big for its britches.
They write "We intend to keep the numbers to no larger than last years 3,000 on Saturday, and 3,000 for Friday night."
So if you want to get an earful of Reckless Kelly or Robert Earl Keen (and why wouldn't you?), you might want to get your tickets early.
For a full schedule of events and ticket price information, visit braunbrothersreunion.com.
Dead Trees Live at The Bouquet
If you missed The Whigs at the Bouquet last Thursday, you also missed Austin-based darlings What Made Milwaukee Famous and Portlanders The Dead Trees. The Dead Trees were certainly lucky to be in such company but held their own and were a tasty appetizer to a meal of rock music as American as grilled cheese sandwiches and tater tots. Vocalist/guitarist Michael Ian Cunningham said the band just finished recording a full-length CD, a follow up to last year's EP, Fort Music. Check out the track "Shelter" at myspace.com/thedeadtrees.