Country Calendar

[ UPDATE 8Jan15] Contributions remain paltry, so I will continue adding some of the email calendar notices I get.  Better for you to post your own notices, though; then you’re not relying on me to remember.  Just use the Comments box at the bottom. /CL

This page is for Country Calendar on-air announcements, though visitors may like to refer to the printed items here, too.

What we’ll do is use the Comments for Calendar announcements.  I’ll print them off on the Friday before the show, and take them in with me in my red Country Calendar folder. I’ll delete the older, obsolete ones as I get around to it.

• Bullet Points: Please remember that a harried disc jockey (HDJ) programming on the fly has no time or inclination to carefully pre-read announcements.  The HDJ needs concert/show announcements clearly laid out in bullet points—please, no long paragraphs!  Some of you are prone to long disquisitions.  Refrain!

• Vitals First: If you want to give the HDJ information about the performers he might not know, save it for the end of the announcement, not for reading on the air.  Don’t make the HDJ wade through pages to get to the meat: Who, When, Where, Contact!

• Spell Out Links: Internet links for more information, tickets, or a general good time must be spelled out, so when they are printed and I read them, listeners will understand what they have to type.  You don’t need to include the http://. . . header, but a hyperlink called ‘Moe’s Club’ won’t do, either.  I need ‘’, i.e. exactly what the listener has to type in his browser.  Most modern browsers will fill in the ‘http. . .’ header.

• Phone Numbers: Please include phone numbers!  Believe it or not, not everyone who listens has or uses a computer, tablet, smart phone or other such device.

• Redundancy: You should also email me the announcements, as many of you already do, to: CousinLynn953 at Yahoo dot com.  Redundancy is good.

• Saturday is TOO LATE: And remember: Hillbilly at Harvard airs Saturday morning.  I do my show prep Friday evening.  I won’t see announcements for the coming weekend and week if they are posted or emailed after Friday.  Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many such duds I get.

So let’s try it!

/Cousin Lynn

UPDATE: Jeff Boudreau (who in addition to notloB Parlour Concerts, runs a Facebook Group called “Northeast Old-Time, Blue Grass and String Band Music”), suggests the following rule:

Third-party event notices must be authorized by producer and/or artist. Poster is responsible to communicate any date/time/location/bill changes.

In other words, if you post Country Calendar notices here, you—not I, not WHRB—are responsible for any changes, cancellations, missing or wrong information.  Thanks, Jeff!

7 Responses to Country Calendar

  1. From Southern Rail—

    Hi folks,

    Join us Saturday Oct. 9 for a classic New England Harvest festival.

    And, looking ahead to Saturday Nov. 20, we return to the delightful
    Rose Garden Coffeehouse.

    Details below. Mark your calendars for these dates!
    Oct. 9 (Sat) CONCORD, MA New Life Community Church (1:30-2:30)
    Join us for an outdoor Harvest Festival
    The concert will be held under a huge tent. Free.
    Event runs 12:30-5:30. Other performers throughout the day!
    Lots of family games and activities.
    Food truck (1-3) and Ice cream truck (4:30-5:30)
    Rain or shine.
    221 Baker Avenue.
    Come celebrate the fall season with us!

    Nov. 20 (Sat) MANSFIELD, MA Rose Garden Coffeehouse (8pm)
    The Congregational Church of Mansfield
    17 West St., Mansfield, MA.
    Tickets available online or at the door.
    Info: or 508-789-7611
    Proof of vaccination will be required at the door.
    Masks must be worn throughout the show.
    The concert will be held in the sanctuary, which has 4 new air filters
    and plenty of room for folks to space out.

  2. Willie J. Laws and Peter Hi-Fi Ward

    Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.
    Added Show to the “Blues at Bradley” music series hosted by guitarist Peter Hi-Fi Ward: Texas guitar slinger, songwriter and vocalist WILLIE J. LAWS creates music that is a soulful mixture of South Texas Blues/Funk, classic R&B, Country, Rock & Roll.

    At the Bradley Estate, 2468B Washington St., Canton, MA Oct. 31 at 1 pm.

  3. From NEBG—

    The Worcester Jam at Union Music has been permanently changed to the last
    Saturday of the month instead of the fourth Saturday.

    The next Jam will be Saturday October 30th from1:00 to 2:30
    Victor Evdokimoff

  4. From Terry Eagan—

    Hi Friends.

    Here’s a last-minute announcement of the Healing Garden concert this coming Sunday. (Yes, I have already thwocked my forehead with my palm for my lateness).

    The Healing Garden at Mount Auburn Hospital has been OPEN for patients since June. (Still need to be further funded).

    This concert will be to celebrate its opening.

    All the concert info is at

    Briefly, the lineup features:
    – Lisa Redfern – : Stunningly-sweet-voiced singer songwriter
    – Frank Ferrel – : North American Fiddle Hall of Fame
    – Visiting Wine – : rousing rhythm and great harmonies.

    Date: Sunday, Oct 24
    Time: 2:00 PM (Doors open at 1:15)
    Place: French American victory Club
    193 Elm St
    Waltham, MA 02451

    Cost : $25 at Door

    Online tickets :

    Note: Vaccinations and masks (per city ordinance) required.

    I’ll be available for questions and/or scolding at email and phone all week. 617-930-9723.

    Hoping 98% of you haven’t already made your weekend plans, 🙂

  5. From Plow Man Records—

    November 12th
    Grain Thief in the Burren Backroom

    “Gasoline” is the sound of a band getting its ‘grass on. -Stuart Munro, Boston Globe

    “They have firmly established themselves in the vanguard of forward-thinking string-bands like the Punch Brothers, Infamous Stringdusters, and Sierra Hull. Bluegrass has long suffered from a segment of the fan base and bands who are reluctant to see the music evolve, instead preferring to stay true to what they know. Grain Thief is not one of those bands.” – Tim Newby, Americana UK

    Grain Thief heads to the Burren Backroom on November 12th supporting their new record Something Sour, Something Sweet.

    Following up on 2020’s Gasoline, Something Sour, Something Sweet is the latest release from Boston’s Grain Thief. The records share a kinship, both in their raw recording style and the times into which they were born. Gasoline wrapped tracking in April of 2020, one day before the first lockdown came to Massachusetts. Something Sour was recorded just a few months later in the fall of 2020.

    There’s no room to fake it when it’s just the band, acoustic instruments, and a microphone. Patrick Mulroy (guitar, vocals), Zach Meyer (mandolin, vocals), Michael Harmon (bass, vocals), Tom Farrell (resonator guitar), and Alex Barstow (fiddle) groove together like a well-tuned musical machine. While Gasoline showcased the group’s core as a roots string band and served as a musical snapshot of the band’s true live sound, with Something Sour Grain Thief dives even deeper into its roots.

    During the doldrums of the 2020 pandemic lockdown, the band got together for two days in Princeton MA to record Something Sour, Something Sweet, a tribute to the fiddle music that makes its way into their live performances and influences their writing and arranging. Recorded with the same techniques and philosophy used to create Gasoline, Something Sour, Something Sweet captures the band’s live energy. The record features tunes both modern and ancient, with a few easter eggs like the Ted Hawkin’s classic “Sorry You’re Sick” and a direct-to-acetate cut of “The Auld Triangle.”

    Grain Thief has toured the north, south, east, and west of the U.S. playing venues large and small. They have graced the stages at the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, Hempfest, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, UMS Music Festival, and Rockygrass, among others. Gasoline reached #81 on the AMA Album chart, hitting #8 on the Bubblin’ up chart, #9 on the Roots Music Report Country Album Chart, and #7 on the Roots Music Report Americana Album Chart. Their music has been featured in hit tv shows and national commercials.
    Show Information:

    6:30pm; doors 7pm Show

  6. From NEBG—

    Squirrel Hunters at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence this Wednesday, Oct 27th as part of continuing Bluegrass Throedown Music Series
    Sal Sauco : Oct 24 09:33PM -0400

    On Wed, Oct 27th, Squirrel Hunters return to Nick-a-Nee’s.
    Oddly, I don’t see many squirrels there on a nightly basis.

    Sal Sauco

  7. George Tocci says:

    Sunday, Oct. 31 @ 7:30pm “An Evening with KATHY MATTEA”
    At the BULL RUN, 215 Great Road, Shirley, MA – 978-425-4311

    Call for tickets or go to:

    Kathy Mattea will perform her beloved classics such as “Where’ve You Been?,” for which she won her first Grammy for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance,” “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “455 Rocket” and many of her other hits.
    During her radio-ruling days Kathy charted many mainstream country hits, with 16 of them reaching the top ten.
    All Bull Run concerts offer a dinner menu and full bar service.
    Proof of vaccination or negative covid test result within 72 hours will be required at the door.

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