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8-15-10 So Long Sweet Summertime... Hello iTunes and UK

Sunday, September 5, 2010

8-15-10 So Long Sweet Summertime... Hello iTunes and UK

Woody Fest 2010 with Patrick Turnmire by Vicki Farmer

Late summer in the Southwest is about as good as it gets for me. And to try to top that I get to go tour the British Isles all of September as side man for my my dear friend Sam Baker. You'll find a selection of UK tour photos in the gallery here on the site, but I'm posting a daily run of photos and the occasional video on my Facebook page. Click here to follow that circus through the United Kingdom. When I fly back from London I get off one plane and onto another to go play Cleveland and Ann Arbor with my buddy Ellis Paul the last weekend of September. After that I play with my trio the first weekend of October in Alamosa Colorado and Taos then go run around Oklahoma and Texas with Ellis Paul some more. I'll be slipping in a solo show October 14th at the Blue Door in Ok City while I'm out that way. This is a good life for a guy who recently had one leg and his whole mouth rebuilt.
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I want to wish my bass playing comrade Patrick Neher a safe transition back to academia in Tuscon. In his bass place with my band we now have the incredible Dan Daily. Patrick Turnmire remains on drums/percussion and the dance grooves went uninterrupted for the Don Conoscenti Trio when we opened for blues guitar legend Jimmy Thackery at the KTAO Solar Center in Taos August 20th. Jimmy Thackery... OMG! That was a fun show. My trio returns again to the Solar Center October 29th for more dance mania.

Most of my catalog of over 10 albums is now for sale here in the "Store" section as iTunes compatible digital downloads.... and you can also get those songs and albums from iTunes itself... although I really don't think they need their cut of my music sales as much as I do... so obviously I'd prefer is you kept it local and got the music directly from my site. I have Nimbit and my pal Rachel Klein to thank for getting my music distributed digitally by iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CDFreedom, Napster and eMusic.
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I lost two very dear friends in August. Zuni was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Taos full time and his partner Christine has a tough hole to fill in her life now that he's moved on to higher ground. We also lost one of the greats of this past generation when Kenny Edwards passed. Here's an article in the Los Angeles Times that pays a fitting tribute to him. And for the last bit of news in this truly newsy post I want to tell you about one of the cool books written this year by various friends. My dear and talented friend John Dillon published a book called "The 20-20 Creativity Solution: Focus Your Natural Creativity for Success, Happiness, and Peace of Mind." John and his partner Viv have been close friends since I first started playing music in Taos years ago when John was building guitars (which he still does quite well) and Viv was acting (which she still does quite well).
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They are the co-hosts of the wonderful syndicated radio show Art Of The Song. To check out and purchase the book click here. Peace and sunshine on you all. DonCon

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