Monthly Archives: February 2008

House Concert Pics!

Here are some pictures from my last house concert — Butch Ross, Christie Burns, and Adrian Kosky….a fabulous combo and wonderfully entertaining house concert.  The pictures sing the song…tell the story…
February 10, 2008, House Concert

An evening with Butch Ross and Christie Burns

Enjoy these pictures as a taste of what is to come in my next house concert — February 22, 2008, 7 p.m., Steve Eulberg performing on mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, and guitar.

Carla Maxwell

Butch Ross and Christie Burns — THANK YOU!

[Originally posted in February 2008 on , copied and reposted here with changed formatting on 4/11/2009.]

Sunday night’s house concert with Butch and Christie was one of the BEST house concerts I have had the privilege to host!

My wonderful Aussie Bloke/Friend, Adrian Kosky, provided Butch and Christie’s introduction in his charming Australian-yet-Deltafied manner and then proceeded to warm us up with a rhythmic, sassy, songwriter/singer/mountain dulcimer performance. Adrian played several of his original tunes, including by request, his DPN-published “Table Hill Road,” as seen on — minus any alleged railroad regulation violations, as he was simply sitting in front of my fireplace rather than on the railroad tracks of Chattanooga.

The concert audience of about 10 was a gathering of Memphis Area Mountain Dulcimer Club members and spouses, a fiddler, a violinist, as well as a couple from Jonesboro, Arkansas, who discovered my scheduled house concert via an internet search, picked up the phone and called me for more info, and traveled to hear Butch Ross and Christie Burns perform on their stop-over visit after performing at a recent folk festival in Texas.

Adrian’s warm up performance and an impromptu Will The Circle Be Unbroken sing-along finale were the luxurious and entertaining bonuses for all of us.

Other than hearing Adrian and Butch jamming after dinner at Butch and Christie’s house and seeing/hearing Butch and Christie in performance on a Youtube video, I had never before had the privilege of hearing Butch and Christie perform in concert.

This house concert was sheer pleasure…hearing Butch and Christie’s music of hammer dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, and guitar in various combinations….and also, at times, accompanied by Adrian, was truly entertaining. Together Butch and Christie play with the beauty of timing in their musical expression/phrasing in a way that I have observed with the most professional of stage performances — the most recent being the performance of the Transiberian Orchestra at the FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis during the Christmas season. I’m not saying that Butch, Christie, and the Transiberian Orchestra are the same in their genre or their dramatics…I’m just saying that there didn’t seem to be any difference in the quality of Butch and Christie’s musical expression and phrasing in my living room as what I observed from the super-high seats in the super show of the T-Orch.

Butch and Christie seem to breath music in and out of each other and their instruments….the whole time Christie comes across as a bouncy ball of energy that would make anyone want to bounce along with her….and Butch seems to be energized by Christie’s energy.

Butch sang his original song — which he later learned was coveted by another song-writer in the audience that night — “I Love Singing Folk Songs,” a song telling of Butch’s fondness for singing the songs of everyday life and how he loves to sing them so….if I didn’t already love singing folk songs myself [when nobody is looking/listening] before Butch’s performance, instead of writing up this entry on my website right now, I would currently find myself Googling up more info on folk songs, as in Who else sings them? How can I sing them? and Why would anyone not want to sing folk songs???? I don’t think Butch has any political motives…but if he did — he would no doubt write a campaign song that would win us all over to his side….fer sure.

As you can read…I’m not really a concert critic….I cannot tell you which key was what when or where in my living room, and I can’t really even remember what they sang from their set list…although I remember someone getting ahold of the black Sharpie ink pen that they used when they wrote their song list…and I happen to know that there was a surprised look on someone’s face at the moment she did a double take on her familiar, yet smiley-face edited, set list…those things I REALLY remember…and will ALWAYS remember — the memory of the beautiful, intimate, feeling of friendship that comes when friends are with me in my living room, listening to the performance of the sharing and talented musicians who were not holding back anything they would give to another audience of great size/number….as they demonstrated that their gift to a gathering of only a few is the same and can be even sweeter than that which is given to a gathering of thousands.

When it comes to the effect of their music on my soul, love for humanity, and the living of life in my immediate world at this given time and place in West Tennessee, Butch and Christie deserve much more of a reward than their collection from the love basket of appreciation and donations. They deserve to be heard…again, and again, and again. Thank you Christie, Butch, and Adrian, for allowing me to share you with my beautiful, music-appreciating, friends….the long-timers and the new ones. And thank you to my friends who shared their friendship and their love for cozy, living room-evenings and music simply by being here.


[edited time stamp after publishing on 4/11/2009 to indicate original posting date]

Flying to Florida and Friends in February House Concerts

[originally published on in February 2008, copied and republished here with corrected formatting on 4/11/2009]

February 8, 2008….Hey Everybody…Just wanted to tell you I’m on my way this coming weekend to enjoy the sweet music in White Springs, Florida.

The Suwannee Dulcimer Retreat at the Stephen Foster State Park Folk Center is January 11th and 12th. I’m looking forward to a great gathering of friends and music, and I’ll be glad to share whatever I can share about this event when I return. I’ve never before ventured out to the Suwannee Dulcimer Retreat, and I’m excited about copying whatever great is going on there to repeat it here in Memphis! So watch out!! David Beede has a link to the Suwannee info on his website at And, don’t forget our next club meeting, Sunday, February 3, 2008, at 3 p.m., at my house.
Oh, AND remember the house concerts and workshops coming up in February. Christie Burns and Butch Ross will be here February 10th for a house concert at 8 p.m., and on the 11th for hammer and mountain dulcimer workshops! On February 22nd, Steve Eulberg will be in town for the International Folk Festival at the Folk Alliance in downtown Memphis and will entertain US with a house concert! More details will be provided soon!! Stay tuned.  

Carla Maxwell