Entry for June 29, 2007

The poster from BURG can be downloaded here:

Mark you calendars. Ben Bradford, a singer-song writer from Springfield, IL is playing in Blacksburg at the Easy Chair at University Mall on July 7 at 7 p.m. to benefit the legal fund. Suggested donation is $5. Bradford has a gig in his hometown on July 5 and then heads back to Madison, WI on July 21. He has a song called “Virginia Girls.” Maybe, like Bob Margolis, he knows someone in town?

On his Myspace page, he says he sounds like

A medieval siege weapon on a rotary phone

He lists his lists his influences as:

Strong Bad, Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Shindell, Tom Irwin, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Guy Clark, John Steinbeck, Warm Baby, Patty Griffin, Bill Morrissey, Norman Blake, Prof. John Buckler, Jack London, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Troy Carlson, Sally Barris, Tony Rice, Emily and Annelise, Doc Watson, Billy Joe Shaver, Slaid Cleaves, Diana Jones, Richard Thompson, Chas Williams, Abe Lincoln, Nanci Griffith, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, My Momma and Daddy, Dorothea Lange, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, John Prine, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, Kris Kristofferson, Big Bird, The Carter Family, J.R.R. Tolkein, Richard Buckner, Hank Williams, Albrecht Durer, The Battle of Chancellorsville, Jason Eklund, John Adams, Wilbur my dog.

I’m looking forward to it.

BURG will have an entry in this year’s 4th of July Parade. A small pick-up truck decorated with two large banners with the slogan, “Let’s keep Blacksburg special as we grow” will combile with members doing a little “street theater” to illustrate our concerns about the South Main development. Wear you green BURG T-shirt and line up on Eheart Street at 1:30 p.m.


Am reading Richmond writer Ellen Glasgow’s Vein of Iron for the next book group. Can’t say she’s anywhere near my favorite author. Looking at her letters, she seems to curry favor with critics, but to ignore anyone, such as Randall Jarrell, who had legitimate criticism.



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