Robin and Linda Williams: Ground Hogs and Tours: 2009

Dear Friends,
Greetings from the sunny Shenandoah Valley where, if a groundhog had stuck his head out yesterday, he would have seen his shadow as it was 50 degrees and sunny. Here comes six more weeks of winter. So far the groundhog is right. This morning it was 12 degrees with three inches snow on the ground. But we need winter and we need moisture. So, we're not complaining.

It's hard to believe it's February. January just sped by. We had a fun trip to the great Northwest. Luck was with us and flooded interstates and avalanche-blocked mountain passes were opened just in time for us to make all our gigs. We also had a memorable evening at the Landmark Center in Richmond, VA with Garrison Keillor. It was great fun playing in front of a sold out house there.

January was brightened for Robin by the arrival of his new Huss and Dalton guitar. It's a model TOM-R with Brazilian rosewood back and sides and red spruce top. It's a beautiful guitar and has an absolutely amazing sound. Robin decided to buy it after breaking a string on stage one night while we were playing some fiddle tunes. He immediately picked up Linda's H & D TOM and finished the tunes with her guitar. Linda turned to him and said, "Now, that's what I want to hear when I'm playing banjo." So, in an effort to maintain harmony in the house, Robin bought another guitar. Huss and Dalton's web site is

January has been brightened for the both of us by the addition to the household of Tess, a thirteen pound terrier hybrid canine. We were humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of concern and sympathy we received from so many of you at the news of the loss of our dog Luke. We can't tell you how much we appreciated each and every card and email. Tess is a two year old that we adopted from the SPCA and she is a real heart-healer. She's as sweet as she can be but she has a roaming soul that we are hoping to change. So far, so good. She wants to please and is trying hard.

And January was brightened by the inauguration of our country's 44th president. It was amazing to see the happiness on so many peoples' faces as we all witnessed a great moment in our country's history. The expressions of hope were remarkable and have given the two of us renewed faith in the collective will of all Americans to do and be better.

We'll be spending this week getting ready for a trip to the midwest. We've had a nice chunk of time off here in Virginia and we feel renewed, recharged and raring to go! And since we start off the tour near Nashville, we'll mention that out song "Maybelle's Guitar and Monroe's Mandolin" made it onto "Bluegrass Unlimited" magazine's list of 30 most played songs. Another first for Robin and Linda.

Bumper Sticker of the month (from the Ladies Banjo Society of California) : "Drop Thumbs Not Bombs"

We hope this finds you all well and happy. If we're close to you we hope you'll come on out and and see us. As we all know, music makes you smarter.

Your pals, Robin and Linda


Feb 13 - Pulaski, TN - Martin Hall Auditorium, Martin Methodist College -
7:00 p.m. - (931) 363-3815 -

Feb 14 - Memphis, TN - Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main,
Pembroke Square at Peabody Place - 8:00 p.m. - (901) 525-3655 -

Feb 17 - Faribault, MN - Newhall Auditorium, Shattuck St. Mary's School -
7:30 p.m. - (507) 333-1620 -

Feb 18 - Grand Rapids, MN - Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, 720 Conifer Dr.
- 7:30 p.m. - (218) 327-5780 -

Feb 19 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Presentation Hall, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE -
7:30 p.m. (507) 328-2200 -

Feb 20 - Fairmont, MN - Fairmont Opera House, 456 Downtown Plaza - 7:30 p.m.
- (507) 238-4900 _

Feb 23 - Eau Claire, WI - Schofield Auditorium, UWEC - 7:30 p.m. - (715)
836-3727 -

Mar 14 - Kilmarnock, VA - Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School St. -
8:00 p.m. -(804) 435-0292

Mar 31 - Portsmouth, VA - Willet Hall, 3701 Willett Dr - 8:00 p.m. - (757) 686-5447

Apr 23 - Savannah, GA - Randy Wood's Pickin' Parlor - 8:00 p.m. - (912) 748-1930

Apr 25 - Carrollton, GA - Townsend Center for the Performing Arts - 7:30 p.m.
- (678) 839-4722 -

May 1 - Paramus, NJ - Main Theater, Bergen Community College - 7:30 p.m. -
(201) 447-7428

May 9 - Raleigh, NC - A Prairie Home Companion (live radio broadcast)
-details to be provided at later date

May 10 - Black Mountain, NC - Lake Eden Arts Festival - 828-68-MUSIC
(686-8742) -

Aug 14 - Manhattan, KS - Larry Novel Bandstand, Manhattan City Park - 8:00
p.m. -(785) 587-2757


Robin and Linda's web site:
BOOKINGS: George Balderose, Music Tree Productions, (412) 323-2707,