BIG Thanks NY, PA… WV Next!

I just can’t take the time for names and details but what a sweet tour with so many kind, gracious peeps all through the first half of our tour! THANK YOU promoters and gig goers in NY and PA! Wendi and I together, every now and then her joining me on a song or two, much grace and what a gift she is to me.

Celebrating our 44th anniversary June 1 as well. YES. Love is the real deal when Jesus’ own love is what you share.

So next to WV, then OH.

Here is a clip with a couple cookin’ friends (Bruce on bass, George drums) at The Rabbit and the Dragonfly in Lancaster, PA. Four tuners on my new Broken Heart cigarbox git… but 3 strings 🙂 Note, it’s -not- Glenn Kaiser Band (Ed drums, Roy bass), rather myself w. a couple friends who backed me up (well!) on the night. A good bro. took the clip though 🙂

Funny, I literally just heard a train passing by 5 minutes ago… ha.

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Binghamton, NY Blues Set Added MON May 23

GKcbgI’m doing an in-store, bringing a catalog of cds (including 2 new ones), t’s, cigarbox guitars, harmonica and a Solo Blues set from 6:30-7:30pm this coming Monday night in Johnson City, NY (suburb of Binghamton).

If you’re in the area, this was a last-min. add to the tour so pass the word on if you think someone might be interested in up-close-and-personal blues wit. da Kaiz 🙂

Arrowhead Parable Bookstore   1 Harry L Drive  Johnson City, NY
6:30pm Monday, May 23
As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

 

U.S, Norway Tour Update, Details

So, I along with Wendi (when she’s feeling up to it in some of these sets) begin the May-June tour near Spencer, New York this Sat. evening, move through PA, WV and OH shows/prison dates: https://gkaiser.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/may-june-2016-tour-details/

Then to Chicago for a day and Glenn Kaiser Band flies to Norway for a total in-country tour:GKBnorgeJune2016

Then back to the U.S. and with our friends at the AudioFeed Festival in Champaign, IL (GK Solo Blues, several other Grrr Records artists performing as well): http://audiofeedfestival.com/

Summer is about to ro… well, blues, blues/rock 🙂

Hope to see you along the way! As always, thanks for stopping by, -Glenn

Amazing Vision for South Africa

You may or not know my wife and I fronted a group called REZ Band for some 28 years, and that I wrote two songs often performed live, on our first two records that dealt with Apartheid in S. Africa.

Many years ago our Chicago community (JPUSA) began a long friendship with two white SA friends, Alan and Xana. They came to explore our mulit-racial/multi-ethnic approach to living in intentional community.

As we had other friends in SA prior to Mandela’s release and eventual presidency, and my own heart for racial equality and respect was apparent, it was interesting that other SA friends invited us down for a tour with REZ.

Our songs had been banned but were smuggled in, and we ended up playing all but one major city on that long, amazing tour.

We finally were able to meet black and so-called mixed race SA friends in the townships, the ghettos (largely) that racism and such had created and promoted.

Alan and Xana had become fast friends who then established Hands Of Compassion, to my knowledge the first truly muilt-racial intentional Christian community in the nation.

Fast forward- I just received an amazing email and YouTube clip I would love you to see.

They have walked the talk of Jesus’ love in SA and I cannot state how deeply I am touched nor what this can mean to a deeply needy nation as the impact will reach far beyond their immediate area.

This is what love can accomplish!

From time to time I hear of the violence, corruption and political nonsense in SA, mostly from angry, scared whites who bitterly expect human nature to be something other than it is… in those they distrust… and I will say some only trusted in the regime that came before the new SA.

Have a sober and encouraging look at what something other than anger, fear and self-interest can look like!

With Love and Respect to Alan and Xana and HOC!

“The Neighbourhood”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kUgOAFH1LM

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

My Day at the Office:)

JedInTheCockpitSo my friend and Director of Productions for Mission:USA Jed Brewer (writer of “Homes For Heroes” and producer of that 6 song donation-gathering music project for our Cornerstone Community Outreach Shelter I sang and played on) asked me to come by and record a harmonica part for a new song.

Off I went in a Grrr Records van in the rain. I happen to love rain. Just before turning off the freeway I came upon a truckload of bikes.BikeTruck Interesting as I just got home from a Bikes and Blues festival.

The tune is called “We Are All Missionaries” which is a direct quote from the famous “Chariots of Fire” figure Eric Liddell. Amazing truth from an amazing man. It’s something I have tried to live and have been saying for years.

I brought one of my trusty harps, a Shure Green Bullet harp mic and Percolator amp and we did it. Looking forward to hearing the final mix, cool song!PercolatorGBmicHarp

The track will feature on an upcoming “Bridgebox” podcast which you can find out about here:

http://missionusa.com/bridgebox/

They eventually release the songs from each Bridgebox on Itunes for those interested.

I also discovered Jed’s love for CheerwineCheerwine (the “national drink” of North Carolina:) which I have LONG loved -and of course I immediately demanded payment in kind 🙂 Like Vernors to gingerale is Cheerwine to cherry cola… looove dis stuf! JedGreenBulletHaungSilvertoneDeluxe

Great friends, great work and I encourage you to check Bridgebox out for yourself. When there, click on Media and Podcasts for more info.. Podcasts w. music are also at their Podbean.com site.

As always, thanks for stopping by, -Glenn

Macksville Bikes and Blues Report, New Diddley Bow

Don and Rhea (as always) were a treat! Sweet friends. Flamin’ git-picker Eddie “Bigun'” Day, Matt (aka Gravy), Scott “Biscuit” Hazen drums (no kiddin’: Biscuit and Gravy)EddieBisquitGravy and , The Big Mac ComboBigMacComboWithEddieBigunDay and Paul Draper BandPaulDraperBand allll cooked my chili nicely! Looking very forward to seeing ’em all at Sturgis Bike Week this summer.

Some pics from the event:BitOfIronMoreIronBusAndKindCrew

Some of my gear mixed with others:MyGearAmongstOthers

And I played this newest lil’ creation there on an R.L. Burnside tune:

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She’s 19 inches w. a 15 1/4 scale bridge to… well, there’s no nut as such as I set the other kind of nut in place so the lone string (diddley bow) would ride high enough on the ersatz tuner (eyebolt) not to require a proper nut as per normal in a guitar. Slapped a Dean Markley dot pickup (piezo inside) on it and really sounds pretty cool! Slide only- and the blues jus’ comes out like dat.

Dual-purpose as it still scratches my back well too 🙂

Indeed

Cooler in Chicago but nice to sleep in my own bed next to the prettiest Mom God ever made.

Ok, in a couple of weeks off to New York State, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio shows. Looking very forward!

As always, thanks for stopping by, -Glenn

May-June 2016 Tour Details

Wendi and I are heading out to four states. Most of these sets are acoustic blues, cigarbox guitars, harp, vocals and when she’s up to it, a couple REZ unplugged tunes. Some are solo, several w. friends, one will feature a live webcast w. my friend “King of the Cigar Box Guitar” -Shane Speal. A few are electric blues w. a few friends cranking it w. me including the amazing git picker Eddie Day and later that week The Spanglers for the WV sets. Then w. my friend Rev. Blues and local musos in Ohio. Looking VERY forward to this and seeing some of you on tour!

Sat. May 21 Halsey Valley (near Spencer, NY) -Solo acoustic blues
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Sun. May 22 Spencer, NY -Worship
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Thurs. May 26 York, PA –
Glenn Kaiser/Shane Speal
Live @ York Emporium Bookstore
343 W. Market St.
7-9pm Free!
LIVE broadcast via Facebook: http://facebook.com/cigarboxguitar

Fri. May 27 York, PA –
8-11pm @ The Pub on the Trail
3594 N Susquehanna Trail

Sat. May 28 Lancaster, PA -GK electric blues w. band
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Sun. May 29 Mount Joy,PA
10am @ New Path Community Church
bit of music, message
22 W Main Street

Thurs. June 2 Princeton, WV -GK w. Eddie Day
The Bridge 7pm
1171 Mercer St.
304.467.8435
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Sun. June 5 Princeton, WV -GK w. Eddie Day
The Bridge 2pm
1171 Mercer St.

Weds. & Thurs. June 8,9 Lewisburg, WV
Davis-Stuart School campus sets (GK, Wendi)
AND the 9th @ 6:30pm with The Spanglers

Sat. June 11 -Mansfield, OH -GK w. Rev. Blues and local musicians
6-8:30pm outdoor (indoor if rain) @ Gateway Resource Center
486 Springmill St.

Sun. & Mon. June 12,13- GK w. John McClure @ several Ohio Prisons

—And immediately after this, it’s the GKB Norway Tour (June 17-27)
More info. on this to be announced soon 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

An Amazing Trip

To say all is sweetness and light regardless of what’s happening, one must not recognize the various needs, miseries and tragedies in this world.

Having said that, I am writing this on my little netbook which has perhaps an hour of battery life left in it from atop a ridge where my father-in-law Curt and I are camped in an old, sweet rv loaned us by dear friends.

The wood fire I made of blow-down pine and other limbs is burning well.

We are both sitting (he sleeping at the moment) in long folding chairs that one can lay almost flat in.

Over the past few days it has been a bit cold, and in that we chose the cheap route- really cheap- we didn’t bother with water or electricity.

Now, no big martyrdom here as we selected the best spot on the Apple River Canyon campground in both our opinions. It is within 20 yards of the toilet. Not flush but clean and fine. About 30 yards in the other direction from our campsite is a working well with excellent water. So we have all we need, bringing food from home and the joy of spending time in the woods camping, hiking and enjoying God’s creation.

Both our lives are full, mine gets extremely so mid-April to early November with concerts, speaking and so forth. A lot of travel, thankfully much I can do with Wendi these days. But it’s such a treat to get out in nature for a few days and just hike, rest and recharge.

I brought a few little flashlights, made a candle in a can thingee, and we have the campfire. Hikes and wood gathering/chopping keep me in exercise.

Also brought a “sail”, triangular sun/rain shade we roped off from trees over our fire pit and near the picnic table at our campsite. The rv has a propane stove so making hot tea and doing light cooking is simple.

It has been a bit rainy and as I say, just a little cold the past couple nights so we both dress in layers for sleeping, I have 2 pair of socks on and am quite cozy with my pair of 3 dollar yard sale waterproof boots.

I started reading a book about 18 years ago on the history of the Illinois river written by (in my estimation) a genius author named James Gray in 1940. I’d gotten about 4 chapters through and never got back to it due to busy and busier times! So I’ve really enjoyed reading it over the past few nights.

The first evening here we walked slowly down the trail right below our camp which is high above the river. I got no more than 40 yards down the path when I saw two full-grown eagles in the tree tops. We watched them for a couple minutes. Beautiful, impressive birds! Then I continued down the path.

Been a little amazed that I haven’t seen any deer but have seen eagles, hawks, beautiful red cardinals and any number of wonderful wildflowers. The river is super clear and holds a number of species including trout.

Fishing is in my nature but our stay is just short enough I decided to skip it this time around.

Nice workout finding, chopping wood, hiking and then resting. Hearing the crows call out and until today, being the only people in the campground… peaceful.

Last night I built a one string (diddley bow) slide guitar by the fire. I’ll finish the last touches on that today, then I think I’ll build another, likely nylon string diddley using a small coffee can I brought up as a resonator. Nylon strings can work with toothpicks acting as frets… and I brought some glue so… we’ll see 🙂

Today we each hiked in different directions and took loads of pictures, some of which you see here.

I went far up a trail, on the other side of the canyon. Moving down and closer to the river was a treat. Beautiful wildflowers, the river itself so very pretty, limestone canyon walls up the cliffs, little caves I imagine foxes would love, the water flowing over rocks, a pool here and there, high tree-lined ridges on both sides of the river.

Near the end of that trail 5 geese were resting right in the middle of the water just above a small rock-covered sandbar. I tried to move slowly, non-threateningly so they let me get just close enough for a few pictures before I apparently bothered them too much. Three few off, the two older ones remained.

As I backtracked nearing the cliff walls above me I got some pics I’ll be excited to show Wendi.

On another trail to get a few last shots above the river I came across a bird feather. Perhaps it will end up on one of these little guitars I’ve built.

So it’s nearly time for supper and I need to get working while we have another 4 hours of daylight.

Consider this my super boring (or cool depending on your view of the outdoors and camping) blog for the year! 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

PrimroseTrailApple River Canyon State Park (Illinois)

 

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SweetFlowers

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Macksville, KS Up Next!

See my earlier post here for details on this very cool, free blues, bikes and good eats festival with a lot of good friends who know how to lay down dat soun’.

I will post the May-June GK Solo Blues tour info. tomorrow. Stay tuned 🙂

-Glenn