Archive for November 2011

Will Rogers on the Economy 1931

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Here’s a wonderful clip of a speech made by the great American comedian, cowboy and commentator Will Rogers about the state of the nation in the 1931, The Great Depression.  He could make the same speech today.

On Tour Through OH, KY and TN…

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Hello everybody,

The Dust Busters are heading out on tour again, this time to the great states of Ohio and Kentucky! We will be on tour from Nov. 15th – Nov. 20th, all the dates are below. We are pleased and honored to be performing at To Sing With You Once More: A musical memorial benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund. This concert was organized my Michael Oberst of The Tillers, one of our very favorite bands! It is a tribute to the music and work of Mike Seeger. 

The concert will feature:
John Cohen with The Dust Busters, Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker, The Tillers with Uncle Mike Carr, Magnolia Mountain, Clifton Hicks, Rabbit Hash String Band, Ma Crow, Andru Bemis, The Comet Bluegrass Allstars, The Williams Family Band, Davy Jay Sparrow and His Well-Known Famous Drovers, Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Gerle Haggard, Lee Sexton with John Haywood and Brett Ratliff, Ryan Spearman, Calamity Rain. 

Sat, November 19, 2011
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Southgate House
Newport, KY
$12.00 – $15.00

[Mike Seeger with some of his instruments] 

Here’s all of our November tour dates:

Tuesday Nov. 15th – Hiram College, Hiram, OH.
Frohring Recital Hall
11764 Dean St., Hiram

Wednesday Nov. 16th – Gone to the country. 

Thursday Nov. 17th – Gerstle’s Place – Louisville, KY
3801 Frankfort Ave.  Louisville, KY
Seth Folsom will play an opening set.

Friday Nov. 18th – Morelock Music, Knoxville, TN
411 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
…a little after 8pm

Saturday Nov. 19th – To Sing With You Once More benefit, Newport, Kentucky
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Southgate House
Newport, KY
$12.00 – $15.00

Sunday Nov. 20th – House Concert with John Cohen, plus a screening of John Cohen’s new film, “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky.”
2911 South Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, Cleveland, OH

Occupy Wall St. Benefit Concert

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Hello everybody,

Just wanted to let you know that I have put together a concert to benefit the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Its gonna be a great show! The show is set to take place at Brooklyn’s own Jalopy Theater on Sunday Nov. 13th.  The show starts at 7pm and will feature a number of great bands and performers! (Including my own band The Dust Busters…) The complete list of performers and schedule plus all other relevant info is below.

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Occupy Wall St. movement.

Hope to see you there!  All the best,


Venue: The Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St. in Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens/Redhook area.  Their website is .  F train to the Caroll St. stop.

Date and Time:
7pm till whenever on Sunday Nov. 13th

Check out the event page on:

Schedule of Bands:

7pm Gregory Nissen – pianist, composer and part of the OWS Arts & Culture Working Group.

7:20 Eric Koniger- Blues guitarist and volunteer at the OWS medical tent.

7:30 Brotherhood of the Jugband Blues – Great jug band music and original songs!

8:10 Veveritse Brass Band – Balkan brass band!

8:45: Kristen Andreassen – Old Time, Country and original songs.

9:10pm The Dust Busters – playing old time American string band music, including some good old American protest and topical songs.

9:50pm The Whiskey Spitters – Old Time, Blues, Jugband Music and more!

10:30pm Peter Stampfel & The Ether Frolic Mob – Wish for a potato!  Incredible banjo twang!

11:10pm Feral Foster – Blues, Folk and original songs

11:45pm Tik Tok – original songs from Berlin and New York – guitar and banjo, ” sounds like tin pans and chicken bones.”

Tickets are available at the door or by calling the Jalopy Theater at (718) 395-3214. Ticket price is $10, all proceeds go towards the Occupy Wall St. movement.  The Jalopy Theater serves beer, wine, tea and coffee.