3rd Finland Tour Update

Yesterday we ended our time of teaching Bible and Blues at the camp in south central Finland. SUCH cool people! Hot weather but cooling today and this week, ready for that!

Wendi rocked in teaching and singing, and now a day and part of the next day off with a few details below on the rest of the shows here, below.

The camp was a lot of fun as well as filled with some serious thought and discussion of important issues facing our world -a very, very good time. Now a little rest and then the rest of the gigs.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Glenn

GK/WK FINLAND TOUR 2019, the last week itinerary
Some addresses:

TUESDAY: Prison: Vaasan lääninvankila, Rantakatu, 65100 Vaasa

WEDNESDAY: look at littlepub.fi

THURSDAY morning: parkcafé: trefaldighetskyrkans park, kirkkopuistikko 24, 65100 Vaasa

THURSDAY evening: black sheep pub, Pietarsaari/Jakobstad

FRIDAY: at pubomalleys.fi

SATURDAY: God’s Squad, mc-riding and party at Bocks Corner… “all day-project”)

SUNDAY: church service in Malax: Åminne folkpark, paviljongvägen 21, 66100 Malax


Finland- Update #2

20190725_162330[1]The gigs nearer Helsinki were as I posted, amazing. Same goes for our lecture and jamming time here in central Finland at camp. A whole lot of interest in blues and I have been as usual, impressed with the musicians and the great kindness of our hosts and the people in general.

Wendi and I finally have caught up on our sleep, had a long walk last night and in that the weather has been warm but for the most part not as hot as in parts of the U.S., nice cool breezes have been a gift over here.

My long and deep lectures have been punctuated with questions, comments and I am again thankful these Swedish-speaking Finns in this area like most Finnish speakers have an excellent command of English. When talking about music and broad issues, musical styles and such, getting the concepts across would be difficult without it.

I bring my own personal studies of blues history and experiences as well as many, many quotes, partial biographies and an overview of core issues of spirituality, poverty, racism and survival as well as guitar history to the sessions, so many kind responses to what we’re doing here.

Today the last part of the second session was devoted to jamming and a couple variations of blues playing/song. We had several acoustic guitars, a cigarbox slide player, a couple harmonica players, a bro with a recorder, sax, two keyboardists, violinist  and I am not joking- they all blew me away with taking solos as I directed each one several times to go for it! They’re so good I invited them all to join me on the last two songs of my set tomorrow night. YES!

Tonight I bring a song to sort of prep folks for tomorrow evening. There are several outdoor events, volleyball, soccer, a climb up and repel down setup and small stage w. p.a. and some music tonight, so I was invited to bring a tune at the end -out comes my harmonica and cigarbox git.

Wendi will take one of the lecture sessions tomorrow on The Artistic Temperament (rocking, I’ve heard her do it before… sooo good!) and I will take the afternoon slot.

Ok, time to post this and rest.

I truly hope your summer is a good one- and as always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Finland Tour Update #1

If I were to say that our hosts are anything less than amazing, sweet and kind I would be a true liar!

The weather (sorry Chicago and U. S.) has been perfect, sunny, warm with cool breezes, the shows well attended and the people and conversation soooo good! Many longtime fans, more new ones it seems. We are very grateful.

Europe has always loved and respected blues. As usual, there is great interest in my cigar box guitar and new double diddley bow. Every night the phones and cameras come out, especially as I play those.

Wendi and I are finally over jet lag, today is a day off so we slept long and deep, Allelulia! 🙂 I just have one press interview today so… nice rest break.

As always here the coffee rocks, the scenery is beautiful. The laundry is in the machine and maybe tonight we at last have time for sauna!

So we are both finishing final work for seminars re. The Bible and The Blues which we’ll share at a large summer camp Wednesday through Sunday, along w. concerts.

Here are a very few pics of the many from our first four days.

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Double Diddley Bow

Ok, adding the finished pic first:

-the rest of the pics are prior to position markers being set in place.


Wendi and I are off to Finland for 3 week tour, flying over this Weds. night. So I just had ta make somethin’ for the tour… may put a pickup under ea. string, maybe just mic it for shows which I’ve been doing a lot more w. diddley bows on stage lately. It allows for a totally different tone that way.

The concept was simple: bring 3 cigarbox guitars rather than just two 🙂 And that meant something very small where all 3 would fit in my gig bag to carry on the plane. The more I thought about it, having a few very sturdy wooden cigar boxes and a couple thin hardwood necks, well, why not a double neck diddley where one neck gets a low bassy tone and the other a higher unwound guitar string sound? YES! Tonal goodness and both played with either metal or glass slide and a cut up credit card pick.


She sounds great acoustically and all that’s left is to place position markers which I’ll do shortly.

I think it’s an A bass string and a G plain string on the other neck- don’t know the actual gauges, sorry! I need to stretch the strings out and play ’em a bit and settle on tunings for each neck.


Just under 19 3/4 inches long tip to tip. Box/body is 7 1/4 inches wide and she’s 1 3/4 in. thick back of box to top of bridge, just under 2 in. thick up top where the eye-bolt “tuners” are. Very light, small, sweet. Bass string neck scale about 17 inches, guitar string neck is scaled appx. 17 1/4 inches.

Bit of an optical illusion as both strings are lined up closer to dead-center of each neck. Well above an octave of notes on both… pretty cool for such a little git!


She will pack right behind my Jack “dog dish” electrified resonator guitar in a soft Taylor carry-on git bag.

Blues for Suomi and then some 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

AudioFeed, TrueTunes,The Church

Another AMAZING time at Audio Feed Festival in Urbana, Illinois! A SWEET time with John J. Thompson, his wife Michelle and many others at True Tunes 30 Year Class Reunion (at Warehouse Church, Aurora, Illinois) last weekend!

But first some thought re. the Church- I’ve said this tons but found a need to say it again recently: there are spiritually deep, committed, loving and mature disciples of Jesus as well as shallow, selfish, mean and massively petty folks in each and every local and denominational and house church, mega church, mainline, evangelical, highly liturgical to nearly zero organized Christian group on earth! The sooner we face that reality the better.

It is easy and inaccurate to paint all followers (or professing followers) of Christ in a particular tribe with a wide brush but we (with some truth or with plenty ignorance and prejudice) do it all the time. We all have our favorites, our most-agreed-with and comfortable spaces and people, and likewise find at times with very good reason, “idiots” among the wide and broad group referred to as “church”- regardless of tribe. It’s about time we face this as fact and think twice before we toss entire groups of people onto a sort of discarded ash-heap as though we and our peeps have somehow cornered the market on spiritual knowledge, wisdom, methodology and “correct” faith while they are simply of lesser value or sounding like “it is only me and my kind made in God’s image and they simply don’t rate that”.

Hard words here but I am calling all of us to grow up in a day when attitudes and polarization are often flowing like lead through the water pipes of Flint, Michigan.

I found at the Festival and again at the True Tunes Reunion   so much love, sense, grace, kindness and good thinking! There are folks who are learning about nuance, about disagreeing in love and yet standing strong in the faith of Jesus, learning to forgive, truly desiring to grow in and manifest His character more in their lives. In that we’re all in different stages of spiritual maturity and even walking in varied world/time and space experience, the depth or shallowness is what it is.

Whether the issue/s are sharing the Good News of Jesus, who gets to teach, justice, pot laws changing, incarceration, LGBTQ or full equality of women including equal pay for equal work there are a wide range of views including raw emotions, propaganda, little or great exegesis of scripture and a word I have been seeing a lot of lately, the issue of who is and ain’t irrelevant.

From young artists that are truly relevant, speaking and playing with precision and depth:

all the way to some perhaps a bit full of themselves and rather surface though sometimes talented (young or old…) nothing new under the sun about all this!

My sense of hope and joy in hearing what I did and many chats with all sorts of folks this past week encouraged me greatly that there are people young and old who are learning to embrace both their comfort zone -as well as- personal crosses in terms of learning and extending God’s grace along with God’s truth to others.

Chatting with pastors, tech and light peeps, security folks and fest-goers of all ages it was a pleasure once again to see the family come together. This was as true at AF as TT, both events put on by truly GOOD people with GREAT hearts!

For myself, to be invited is an honor, to be friended (not un-friended, ha!) and hang out with Christian… in fact Christ seekers (yep, we’re all still in the grow-up and learning process) was and is a gift to me. Thanks to Jim, Luke, Ben and so many at Audio Feed and John at True Tunes for a place at the table, stage and sharing spot with you all!

Now to Peoria: Unite Fest, and after that 3 weeks of touring in Finland with Wendi!

You can find my July-August appearance schedule further down in the posts here.

I hope your summer is blooming like our side yard flowers 🙂 -and as always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

GK Essays: “Income Inequality” and “Polarization”

The following papers were prepared for this summer’s AudioFeed Festival re. a sharing slot I was offered at the Asylum Tent. As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn


[NOTE- the following two papers are my views and my writing alone with the exception of my quote from The Daily Bible Verse in the Polarization piece. I claim total responsibility for them, and I have no problem with either your agreement or disagreement. What I write and conclude here may or may not be aligned with either Asylum or AudioFeed Festival leadership and organizers! -Glenn Kaiser, July 2019]

Intro.: at first these two bits of writ will seem very separate in terms of streams of thought. They are not, rather they are truly two sides of a deeper consideration of loving as Jesus has called and commanded us to love.

glenn kaiser

The rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16.19-31) is one biblical mic drop- all those the words of Jesus Himself. Another is where James writes about the church giving slack and place to the wealthy and turning the poor away. (James 2.1-13 and especially 5.1-6) In chapter five he writes one of the most harsh rebukes you’ll ever find in the New Testament.

We simply shrug. Like Ayn Rand in “Atlas Shrugged”, like Darwin and others so-called ethic “survival of the fittest”. Perhaps like the most extreme reformed/Calvinistic concept that the poor were likely predestined for damnation, the Potter apparently created them for the trash heap?

Or we take the truly American core-value judgement not having any clue how a person ended up so poor, so in the gutter: they’re merely reaping what they’ve sown. If we are judged as we judge we’re all in deep trouble with God!

The alcoholic, the drug addict, the physically mentally ill (dna or life’s battering, sexual or other abuse or??) and a greater amount of such inner city and rural homeless “bums” who returned from Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or other military actions who now find little grace (UNMERITED FAVOR) or compassion from even professing Christ-followers.

But wait- no problem for them to find and maintain a living wage job, housing, actual affordable health care, right?

It’s even easier when you’re black, brown, red, might have one or more records of jail or even prison time because nobody ever falls into racism when judging and deciding a court case, correct?

So the poor often sit in jail or perhaps ultimately in prison and whether a few days, a week or years waiting behind bars, more time served, those who had been employees in a legal job are no longer employed -and in many cases will be considered unemployable.

When most or all of your immediate family, friends, school mates, your local “social club” (perhaps some are best called “gangs”) where poverty is erased and status is conferred by the toughest, meanest and on occasion most lethal people who can always help one find a rather profitable living in some form of “sex work” or illegal drug trade.

Then we have the prison industry linked tightly with the bail and bail-bond industry where those with money can keep their job because paying bail isn’t an issue -but it keeps the poor in jail awaiting trial, often for several years.

Those with the money can afford legal defense that often brings a much lesser, more gracious sentence if not complete freedom from a given case/crime.

On the other end of the economic spectrum consider inheritance, corruption or even actual hard work and stir in the very common “manifest destiny” concept held by so many in our world. “God INTENDED for me to win, control, climb the ladder to success and wealth- AND I’VE EARNED IT!!” Unlike that sinner over there. Why should I give him or her a job? Can I trust them?

Especially when the employer is a professing Christian and such judgments are made- and of course some with a real measure of sense and concern for safety and production of whatever the business does or makes… well now we have the perfect storm for continual crime, poverty, lousy housing and who holds the keys? Those with the most wealth and therefore politcal clout locally and federally. Those who place politicians who will agree with them -the employer over employee-, and whom they bankroll to election and laws favoring the corporation rather than the workers.

If all this sounds like leftist, socialist, even communist diatribe, spend serious time studyig Acts 2.42-47 and 4.32-37.

If the CHURCH rarely lives this out in our time how can we expect the world around the church to?

Study the Kibbutz movements in Israel and their histories, many (not all) with mixed Jewish and Arab community members -not perfect (nor was the early Jerusalem Church of course) but a sense of equity and belonging there and indeed in Years of Jubilee (Old Testament) brought an equity and debt-forgiveness that neither most Christians nor unbelievers in mainstream society seem willing to help create. The rich for the most part, “make the rules”.

It indeed seems to me the apostles and first disciples in the Book of Acts/early Church were more focused on stewardship and discipleship than ownership or position. I’ve long been convinced scriptural justice blooms in such ground.

To be very clear, racial inequality breeds income inequality just as does gender (men garnering higher wages than women for the same work).

Questions and Answers please, and Thanks for reading/caring!

glenn kaiser

From The Daily Bible Verse via Grace.NYC, Pastor Dave Whitehead:
Colossians 3.12-13 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Paul’s admonition to the Colossian believers is a call back to the gospel. One of the true tests of a believer is how they respond when faced with the pain of offense. If our identity is in the love that the Father showers upon us, then we are able to reflect the nature of the Holy Spirit to others. This is not a display of our benevolence, but an exercise in our personal awareness of our daily need for Jesus. To hold grudges against each other shows that we have forgotten our own need for mercy.

GK: It”s natural and common and not automatically sin and sinful to want to be with people like us, like ouselves, those who share our way of thinking, seeing things, who share our culture and subculture.

As much as we all like and want to be accepted, affirmed, even loved, as much as we all seek comfort and a comfortable space, this can also be a trap.

If we don’t pay attention we can take this so far we begin to be super afraid or in the other end of the emotional spectrum, judge, ignore or actually hate those people “not like us”.

This is a way polarization happens outside and inside the church. We begin to separate ourselves from those not like us out of fear or rage -to feel safe, but how do we love our enemies by doing that?

I am NOT saying stay in a truly abusive relationship, not at all! I am saying in general that if we only love those who love us we are failing a core Gospel command to, as Jesus said, “Love others as I have loved you.”

WE are “the other” to Jesus! We are so unlike Him in so many ways! What is His response?

Father SENDS His Son, God takes on human form and walks among us.

If you have the gift of prophecy you may be most comfortable with other prophets. If you have the spiritual gift of mercy you will gravitate to merciful people, if a pastor, other pastors and so on. Those who best understand and accept our calling, spiritual gifting and culture are the ones we want to hang with. Makes total sense!

But if we aren’t careful we become like the Pharisees in how they thought of and routinely treated the Samaritans.

Polarization should never be confused with sanctification. Polarization and biblical sanctification are not synonymous!

Further IF Eric Liddell (of “Chariots of Fire”) was correct- and I believe he was when he said “We are ALL missionaries wherever we may go.”- God has given every Christ-follower a calling to interact WITH GRACE toward people “not like us”, to express His love, His mercy, truth with patience and kindness toward “the other”, to live the Gospel and share the Gospel with those we strongly disagree with, to share it with compassion towards those who may actually disgust us!

Politics, theological hair-splitting, even simple challenges from others that cause us to want to choke them or just run away fast, you know… “fight or flight” are common.

In the world you shall have tribulation.

We all need Audiofeeds, Asylum Tents, people we don’t have to continually explain ourselves to… but we also need to learn, and grow in and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit with those unlike us.

Jonah wanted nothing to do with the Ninevites but God loved that wicked people and picked ornery, self-righteous, rebellious Jonah to bring them God’s message of rebuke, repentance and reconciliation with God or complete annihilation. Jonah was a mess but eventually obeyed God -and God spared Nineveh.

We don’t know if Jonah ever grew up -but we need to.

GK/GKB Shows This Week

AUDIOFEED FESTIVAL Champaign, Illinois
GK and GKB schedule:
WEDS July 3 – Asylum Tent GK Solo @ 10pm
THURS July 4 – Asylum Tent Chapel: “Income Inequality” and Polarization Discussion, Q.&A. @ 2pm
THURS JULY 4 – Burning Town Stage, sitting in a bit w. my friends Todd Anthony Joos and the Revelators @ 9pm
FRI July 5 – Burning Town Stage Glenn Kaiser Band @ 10pm


SAT July 6 GK Solo 7pm, Interviewed by John J. Thompson at 7:30pm(Event begins 4pm) @ Warehouse Church 308 E. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60505

For more plz see my July-August Appearances post here at glennkaiser.com


As always, thanks for stopping by:) -Glenn