Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?

Yoked oxen Library of Congress photos 1860
Today most young people probably couldn’t describe a yoke if asked to. This image of two yoked oxen is from the US Library of Congress, 1860.

When I read the sad news that singer-songwriter David Olney had passed away, and I saw how he died, I resorted to an old ‘Southernism’ my grandmother used to say about someone who died while doing what he or she loved—He died in the yoke.

I hadn’t thought of that saying in quite some time. Continue reading “Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?”

Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

Before you read another word, I’ll admit I love Billy Buchanan’s voice and style, and I think the music he performs is probably the greatest this country produced in my lifetime. So if you expect me to be objective, ditch that expectation. Buchanan is currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, and besides being an awesome musician, he’s an unsung hero with a story media appeared to overlook. Continue reading “Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida”

Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020

firepitFinally Rebecca, Jennifer, and I had a chance to get together and talk about what’s ahead for The Crazy Daysies in 2020. Some things will change, but the most important thing will stay the same.

The band will be doing more shows out of the area. As the Daysies’ Web presence has grown, their supporter base has broadened. In addition to Florida cities, we’ve got Georgia, South Carolina, and maybe North Carolina in our sights for right now. Of course they’ll be doing shows here at home as well, just not as many as before. Continue reading “Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020”

Jax Beach group Gunboat Diplomats make top 100 at Bandwagon Network

Gunboat Diplomats single 'Judgment Road'Jacksonville beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats can add another item to their achievement list. One of their songs made the top 100 on a radio network with global reach. Continue reading “Jax Beach group Gunboat Diplomats make top 100 at Bandwagon Network”

Golden Globes to US royalty: No meat for you!

Italian parsley image Indie Art South
Italian Parsley image by Indie Art South.

A wire service story is being memed by numerous media about the upcoming Golden Globes “ceremony”. That’s the annual gala where US royalty converge to see who the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hold in high esteem when it comes to TV and film. This year’s affair will have a twist—no meat courses will be served to attendees.

It’s all about honoring the planet, right? Wrong. Continue reading “Golden Globes to US royalty: No meat for you!”