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Drumsong (Drum Solo Contest Entry Tape, mp3)  Click to play or right click and 'save as' to download.

Fairly recently, I ran across the original entry tape to a drumming contest I was in a few years back.   Ok, quite a few years back. 

The extended drum solo this is NOT, I was actually attempting to put together something more accessible and  You know, with a theme, and then some variations on that theme.  So most of it was improvised based around the original groove.  I remember recording this live with my first 4-track recorder and two inexpensive room mics.

This is the original cassette mix, in all of it's low-volume, tape hiss glory.  Still, it's fun for me to listen back to this little snapshot, so I thought you might like it too. 

Our song Mary Faye Tucker is still doing well on  Due to more excellent reviews, it was awarded the Americana Track Of The Week.  For 7 days, starting March 27, it will be featured on the homepage.   

Congrats to Redboy and Absolute Amy of The Redboy Podcast for their feature article in our local newspaper, The Pantagraph.  The story provides a nice overview of podcasting, as well as an overview of five different podcasts from this area, which featured here and here.  Redboy was the first podcast to play 100 Year Picnic way back when. (I sit next to the guy at work and he needed something to play for free on one of his first shows.) 

Salute to the Central Illinois podcasters!

Ftmlogo300Independent broadcasters around the world are voicing their unique perspectives and ideas, and also playing great independent music for us all to discover.  James B from Utah is one such kindred spirit.  James hosts two very original and thoughtful podcasts, located at Navelcast and Face The Music

Navelcast is an entertaining introspective podcast featuring story telling, music, musings and more. 

With Face The Music, his mission is to introduce us to the best independent, unsigned music he can find.  This show typically features three songs, all centering around a particular theme.  In Face The Music 11, Tripin, James kicks a little cabin fever by dreaming ahead to the summer vacation season, starting his show with our vacation song, Mary Faye Tucker. 

Great intro to the song, James--it's fun to hear you tell the story behind the song.  You have it exactly right.  I'm going to take notes on how to tell that story! 

Michael was the first podcaster that I came across that was already using the new Apple enhanced podcast format, which includes a slide show of album covers to go with the music.  Michael's podcast also features detailed show notes that link to the artist websites.  These extras, of course, require more work and prep for the podcaster, and it's all to make for a better multimedia experience for us, the listeners.  It is also generous promotion for the artists. 

For his Chicago-based show, Monday Morning Commute, Michael hand-picks excellent new indie music, and we are honored to be a part of his line-up.  Check out his Feb 27 Podcast, which features 'Take This Town.'  Thanks again Michael for MMC and for playing our music!

Every week, former music insider Marcus Couch from Chicago, does a compilation podcast of the best independent music from the best independent podcasters.  It's called the Podshow Music Rewind, and this week's Episode #23 features Mary Faye Tucker as introduced on Rich Palmer's Miami Valley Musicast.  You want to hear the kicker?  This show is also broadcast throughout the US on the Sirius Satellite Radio show.  I'm thinkin' that's a good thing. 

If you have Sirius, tune-in to Sirius Stars, Tuesday, March 7, 8 PM central to hear the 100 Year Picnic Satellite debut.  If not check out the podcast anytime you like... 

Thanks Marcus for including us in your awesome show!

Last week, I mentioned the awesome daddycast, 101 Uses For Baby Wipes, hosted by the talented Dennis Gray.  Well, Dennis invited me and the fam to join him for an interview on his Episode 128.  Dennis played the world premier of the album version of Come On, featuring Kurt Hoffman on cello. 

Dennis also played some Billy Bob Joe, and we get to hear the wife's perspective on what it's like living with a musician, how domestic I can be when I'm not in music obsession mode, the stories behind Mary Faye Tucker & Come On, how the kids wrote Billy Bob Joe, plus Lexie's explanation of why she is chasing her brother on the front cover of the 100 Year Picnic CD.  I hadn't heard that one before...   

Oh, and I did a quick little jingle ditty that you can hear at the beginning of his show, complete with an unscripted appearance by my 9 1/2 year old son, telling me how weird I am.

Dennis is a very gracious host and he has a great family-oriented show.  Check it out and drop him a line.  He loves to hear from his listeners.  Thanks again Dennis!

Check out the Miami Valley Musicast from our relatively close neighbors in Southwest Ohio.  Rich Palmer is musician himself, and he does a nice job sharing original midwestern music and conducting interviews each week with a featured artist  We are thankful that Rich wanted to play Mary Faye Tucker for his 29th Episode...

Redboy has the distinctive honor (???) of being the first podcaster to ever play 100 Year Picnic.  Yes, it was back on their 8th Episode, you know, the early days of podcasting...well, almost a year ago.  This is what I said about it at the time...  Plus, I shared a free download of the jingle I created for his show.  Well he's just finished Episode #60 and his show has evolved quite a bit since those early days.  Redboy is joined by Absolute Amy (his wife) and they do a fun, variety talk show. 

Recently, on Episode #59, Red and Absolute played a little Marilyn County again.  Also, during this show, they were being observed by a local reporter (aka Silent Steve) for the The Pantagraph, so watch for their article in next Friday's paper (or check  Redboy also does a new podcast about podcasting and you can check that out at The Podcast Morons.

Anyway, thank you Redboy and Absolute Amy.  Cheers, Jeff

With 10 years of radio experience and a lifetime of political dabbling, podcaster Jeff Gilson from Massachusetts mixes it up on the Radical Reflections Podcast.  He starts the show off with several new indie music tracks and then segs into political news and commentary of the week.  Thanks to Jeff for playing Marilyn County on his Podcast #3!