Songwriters At The Forge

Dear Friends,
We hope this late June greeting from your friends Robin and Linda finds you all doing well. Things are fine here, especially since Linda has gotten off the Disabled List and her shoulder is getting better. We appreciate the show of concern from so many of you.

Every day around here is full. The garden has been slow getting started due not only to the usual perils of frost, insects and varmits, but also to our being gone two weeks in May and getting behind in our planning and our duties. But it's rolling now and we had our first "poppers" last week, a summer treat using our jalapeno peppers.

What's on our minds at the moment is a concert that's being called Songwriters At The Forge and is coming up this weekend, Saturday, July 3 at the Masonic Theatre in the picturesque old railroad town, Clifton Forge, VA. This was originally Scott Miller's gig but he wanted to make it a showcase for songwriters from the Shenandoah Valley and brought Trent Wagler and us in on it. We think it will indeed be a memorable show and it was good of Scott to think of us.

Scott first came to our attention when we heard that he and his band, "The Commonwealth," had joined us as label mates on Sugar Hill Records. "Scott Miller and the Commonwealth!" Hmmm. It sounded to us as if there was a Virginia connection so, our curiosity aroused, we got ourselves a copy of their CD and liking what we heard, we checked him out. Sure enough, he is a Virginian. And not only that, he was raised just six miles from our house. Strange we'd never heard about him. But he's one of these young whippersnappers and he started his career after he left home. So on some level it makes sense that it took a while for us to cross paths.

We were pleased when we learned, five years ago or so, that he was making plans to leave Tennessee and come back to take over the family farm. It's been a boon for us to have such a strong songwriter and show biz pro as a neighbor and friend. And for over a year now we have been getting together and writing songs, which has been a fun and fruitful endeavor.

We met Trent through our friends at Huss and Dalton Guitar Company and we got to know and like him through several informal "picking gatherings" in the area. He, along with Jay Lapp and two former H & D employees, Brian Dickel and Eric Brubaker, went on to form The Steel Wheels and we hired them in the early stages of their career for The Fortune Williams Festival. One thing for sure, we couldn't hire them now for what we paid them then. Many of you know that they now travel the country doing hundreds of dates a year as well as being host for the Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

As friends and fans it's been fun to watch the success of Scott and Trent and we can't think of a better venue to share a stage with them than the venerable and historic Masonic Theatre, which has recently undergone a $6.7 million renovation. If you're close, be sure and come.

Bumper Sticker of the Month: Don't trust atoms. They make up everything.

We really enjoyed our dates with Garrison Keillor in May and have plans for more in the fall and into 2018. Each night brings something new and wonderful.

Your pals,
Robin and Linda

FOR BOOKINGS: Trish Galfano,, 919.967.8655


___________________________________________________ July 1, 2017 - Clifton Forge, VA - Masonic Theatre, 510 Main Street - 8:00 p.m. - (540) 862-5655 -

July 15, 2017 - Fairfax, VA - Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035 - TBA  -

August 6, 2017 - Verona, VA - Oak Grove Music Festival, 845 Quick's Mill Road - TBA -

August 26, 2017 - Lexington, VA - Theatre at Lime Kiln, 2 W. Henry Street - 8:00 p.m. -

October 4, 2917 - New York, NY - City Winery, 155 Varick Street (with Garrison Keillor) - 8:00 p.m. - (212) 608-0555 -

October 6, 2017 - Concord, NH - Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street (with Garrison Keillor) - TBD - 603.225.1111 -

October 7, 2017 - New London, CT - Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street (with Garrison Keillor) - TBD - 860.444.7373 ext 1 -

October 8, 2017 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall NH, 131 Congress Street (with Garrison Keillor) - TBD - 603.436.2400 -

November 18, 2017 - Kilmarnock, VA - Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, Lancaster Middle School, 191 School Street - 7:30 p.m.