For nearly 20 years Eddie’s Attic and it’s namesake, Eddie Owen, has been the pivotal acoustic venue of the Southeast. I’m lucky enough to live mere minutes from this amazing joint, right in downtown Decatur, GA…an artist-friendly town that’s part Berkeley, part Mayberry. Eddie’s served as the launching pad for such national acts as the Indigo Girls, John Meyer, Shawn Mullins and more. Go out of your way to enjoy one of the best listening rooms you’ll ever visit.
This grassroots organization was founded in Chile 25 years ago to train community health workers in urban shantytowns and squatter’s settlements and basically to defend life in the midst of the military dictatorship. A good summary is on their website at www.epes.cl (including, you will see, a poster for the MN concert). Over the past 25 years, EPES has grown from a small, emergency-response team to an institution with 16 staff people, two centers, educational materials that are used in many places around the world. Read more »
SuAnne Big Crow was the youngest of 29 children and the most gifted athlete in the history of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Her brave, creative action as a 14 year-old freshman basketball player, however, was the subject of my song, "SuAnne Big Crow" from the album "This Fire." You can read more about "SuAnne's Story" on the link's homepage.
Please join me in honoring her legacy by contributing to the SuAnne Big Crow Boys & Girls Club.
Much of my thinking these days is overshadowed by the death of Pete Seeger this past week. At 94, his passing could hardly be unexpected, though it came as a surprise, nonetheless. He was such a constant in our culture it seems strange that he’ll not be there to exhort us into song, waving his long arms, pointing his chin to the stars. Read more »