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Hello friends ~ Much news

I’m giving away my old postal jeep. Pictures are here ….

– SEATTLE, WA – 16 AUG (WED) @ 8PM – http://theparadox.org
Paradox Theater, 1401 NW Leary Way
($8; all-ages; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– PORTLAND, OR – 17 AUG (THU) @ 8PM – http://redandblackcafe.com
Red & Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division St – #503.231.3899
($7; all-ages; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– EUGENE, OR – 18 AUG (FRI) @ 6:30PM – http://sambonds.com
Sam Bonds Garage, 407 Blair Blvd – #541.343.2635
($4; all-ages early show; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– EUGENE, OR – 18 AUG (FRI) @ 9PM – http://sambonds.com
Sam Bonds Garage, 407 Blair Blvd – #541.343.2635
($7; 21+ late show; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– OAKLAND, CA – 19 AUG (SAT) @ 8:30PM – http://21grand.org
21 Grand, 416 25th St – #510.444.7263
($7-$10 sliding scale; all-ages; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 20 AUG (SUN) – http://amnesiathebar.com
Amnesia, 853 Valencia St – #415.970.0012
(21+; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– DAVIS, CA – 21 AUG (MON) @ 7:30PM – http://deltaofvenus.org
Delta Of Venus, 122 B St – #530.753.8639
($5; ‘How Big Is Tacoma’ record release w/ Jason Webley!)

– AUBURN, CA – 22 AUG (TUE) – http://clubcarauburn.com
Club Car Bar & Restaurant, 863 Lincoln Way – #530.392.1000

– (OMAHA, NE; help?) – 24-25 AUG

– SAINT CHARLES, IL – 27 AUG (SUN) @ 4PM – bswartzy@att.net
Lombard Mennonite Church Summerfest

– SCOTTS, MI – 17 SEP (SUN) @ 1PM – http://tillersinternational.org
Community Harvest Festival @ Tillers International, 10515 E OP Ave
(all day; all-ages)

– SOUTH HAVEN, MI – 22 SEP (FRI)
Warren Senior Center

– SOUTH HAVEN, MI – 24 SEP (SUN)
First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix St – #269.637.3804
(w/ Twilight Hotel!)

– CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – 10 OCT (TUE) – http://starrhill.com
Starr Hill Music Hall

– (help?) – 11-12 OCT

– HARRISONBURG, VA – 14 OCT (SAT) – http://mennofolk.org
Mennofolk Harrisonburg Festival

– (help?) – 16-18 OCT

– HERSHEY, PA – 19 OCT (THU) – http://cocoaperk.com
Cocoa Perk

– PITTSBURGH, PA – 20 OCT (FRI) – http://quietstormcoffee.com
Quiet Storm

– LAFAYETTE, IN – 21 OCT (SAT) – http://myspace.com/dtrecords
Downtown Records

– MCHENRY, IL – 22 OCT – Cafe Aeon
http://cafeaeon.com

– (help?) – 23-26 OCT

– PHILADELPHIA, PA – 27 OCT (FRI) – http://kingbonk.libsyn.com
Germantown Mennonite Church

– PRINCETON, NJ – 28 OCT (SAT) – http://cafeimprov.com
Cafe Improv

– LAKE FOREST, IL – 09 NOV (THU) – http://lfc.edu
Lake Forest College

– MACOMB, IL – 11 NOV (SAT) – http://wiu.edu/wesley
Common Grounds @ Western Illinois Univ.

– PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – 15 MAY (TUE) – http://calvert.lib.md.us
Calvert Library

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(dunno why ye’re getting this? want off? reply ‘unsubscribe’…. all is well. 🙂
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Hello friends/enemies/other (circle applicable) – It’s been very close to a year since I sent the last of these infrequent newsletters, and in this time I’ve been just about every direction ‘cept North, it seems. So I s’pose I should have lots to share. You know how time makes memories and experiences all sorta squish together- kinda like fruitcake? There’s no tellin’ what any of them colorful morsels use’ta be, but it makes fer a fine conversation-piece ….

…. I’m gonna cut right to the quick. I have a new album!!! We can all have virtual friends! I might soon be playin’ the banjo near you!!

An introspective newsletter is forthcoming. Until then, this will hafta do. Please have lovely days, keep in touch and I hope to see each of you very soon.

Yer friend – Andru 🙂
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– NEW ALBUM!!! —– {http://r2r.andrubemis.com} ——
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I’m pleased to announce that Wepecket Island Records {http://wepecket.com} has released my new album, “Rail to Reel.” Many thanks are due to you who’ve so patiently awaited this release; it would seem that record-label land operates on train-schedule time. Learn more, listen, and order a copy or two fer yer very self here: {http://r2r.andrubemis.com}.

Originally intended as a simple EP featuring original adaptations of a few cover songs I’d been playing to pass the time at train stations (Two Dollar Bill, Crawdad, Hound Dawg,…), “Rail to Reel” has blossomed into a thirteen song album of carefully selected traditional tunes and a handful of Bemis originals. Featuring guest appearances on the pump organ, tuba, piano, upright bass, washboard and a host of other wonderful unpluggable machines by some of my very most favoritist friends and musicians- Rachel Ries {“*” = see weblink below}, Rich Burnett {*}, Mike Reeb {*}, Jeremy Keen {*}, Derek Kratzer {*}, Liam Idiot, Karl Andrews, Todd Burdick, Phil Leonard, Rick Swanson, my dad, two brothers (that’s four BEE-mye fer the price of one, y’know) and a few wanderin’ tramps.

…. Also, keep an ear open for the upcoming August co-release of a limited-edition record and accompanying CD with the incomparable Jason Webley {*}.
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– NEW FANSITE! —– {http://myspace.com/andrubemis} —
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Thanks to a few thoughtful friends and fans and a good fella named Mike, I’ve been propelled into the world of virtual friendship at {http://myspace.com/andrubemis}.

My poor, travelin’ laptop is ten years old and isn’t too keen on this technolalol-logy, but fer the rest of us, the new fansite is the place to find lyrics, chords and (eventually) tablature to my songs, as well as real live audio downloads, perhaps a video or two, upcoming shows and- best of all- new virtual friends of yer own (collect all three)! Post comments, write reviews, share recipes …. I don’t administer the site personally, but I do upload occasional updates and’ll do what I can to help make it interesting and useful fer you; lemme know what you’d like to see, or send a note to Mike at {bemismyspace@gmail.com}.
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– NEW TOUR DATES! — {http://calendar.andrubemis.com} –
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I’ve got some heavy Eastern travel plans fer the next month or so, and should be on the road a week each month through the Summer. I’m constantly scheduling new dates, so keep an eye on the online calendar fer all the latest additions. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to call a venue before driving ‘cross the country to catch a show; the world is an oft-changing place. Recommendations, advice and questions regarding booking a show near you are always welcome {booking@andrubemis.com}:

—– APR 2006 —–

– 29 APRIL (SAT) @ 8:00PM – BALTIMORE, MD
Holden’s Lair Houseconcert – {http://holdenslair.blogspot.com}
4636 Walther AVE – #443.829.5159
($10; reservations recommended)

– 30 APRIL (SUN) @ 10:30AM – WASHINGTON, DC
Washington Community Fellowship – {http://wcfchurch.org}
907 Maryland Ave NE – #202.543.1926
(offertory music)

– 30 APRIL (SUN) @ 6:00PM – COLLEGE PARK, MD
‘Third Rail Radio’ @ WMUC-FM 88.1 – {http://wmucradio.com}
(free on-air performance & webcast; public welcome; see website for details)

—– MAY 2006 —–

– 01 MAY (MON) @ 8:00PM – FREDERICK, MD
Steve Key Showcase @ WestSide Cafe – {http://westside-cafe.com}
1A W 2nd St – #301.418.6866
($5 suggested; featured performer; w/ Steve Key {*}, John Sonntag {*}, Richard Broadbent {*}, Ken Baldwin {*}, Doug Brouder {*} and Caleb Stine {*})

– 02 MAY (TUE) @ 10:00PM – CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Atomic Burrito
109 2nd St SE – #434.977.0117
($5 suggested)

– 03 MAY (WED) – (?)

– 04 MAY (THU) – LAFAYETTE, IN
Crawdaddy’s Bar
(w/ Mike Reeb! {*}; {mike@groundvinyl.com})

– 05 MAY (FRI) – TIFFIN, OH
‘First Fridays’ @ Ritz Theatre – {http://ritztheatre.org}
30 S Washington St – #419.448.8544
(reservations strongly recommended)

– 06-07 MAY (SAT-SUN) – ELKHART, IN
({jolietjo@aol.com})

– 08-10 MAY (MON-WED) – (?)

– 11 MAY (THU) @ 7:30PM – PHILADELPHIA, PA
Germantown Mennonite Church – {http://germantownmennonite.org}
21 W Washington Ln – #215.843.5599
($5 suggested)

– 12-15 MAY (FRI-MON) – (?)

– 16 MAY (TUE) @ 11:00PM – BROOKLYN, NY
Pete’s Candy Store – {http://petescandystore.com}
709 Lorimer St – #718.302.3770

– 17 MAY (WED) @ 9:00PM – WALTHAM, MA
The Skellig – {http://theskellig.com}
240 Moody St
($5 suggested; w/ Two Palms)

– 18 MAY (THU) @ 7:00PM – PORTLAND, ME
Acoustic Coffee – {http://acousticcoffee.net}
32 Danforth St – #207.774.0404
(MEsongwriters.com showcase)

– 19 MAY (FRI) – (?)

– 20 MAY (SAT) @ 7:30PM – RICHMOND, VA
Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
3600 Forest Hill Ave – #804.231.2030
($5 suggested)

– 21 MAY (SUN) @ 9:00PM – WASHINGTON, DC
Grog & Tankard – {http://grogandtankard.com}
2408 Wisconsin Ave – #202.333.3114
($5 suggested)

– 22 MAY (MON) @ 7:30PM – ROCKY MOUNT, NC
Via Cappuccino – {http://vccoffee.com}
Englewood Square, 3002 Sunset Ave – #252.937.0004
($5 suggested)

– 23 MAY (TUE) – GREENSBORO, NC
Green Bean
($5 suggested; {pete@greenbeannews.com})

– 24 MAY (WED) @ 7:30PM – DECATUR, GA
Eddie’s Attic – {http://eddiesattic.com}
515-B N McDonough St – #404.377.4976
(w/ Matt Williams and Sonia Leigh! {*}; reservations recommended)

– 25 MAY (THU) – (?)

– 26 MAY (FRI) – BIRMINGHAM, AL
Moonlight Music Cafe – {http://moonlightmusiccafe.com}
628 Montgomery Hwy – #205.822.1400
($12; w/ Hope For Agoldensummer! {*}; reservations strongly recommended)

– 27 MAY (SAT) – (?)

—– JUN 2006 —–

– 08 JUN (THU) – MADISON, WI
ZuZu Cafe & Market – {http://thezuzucafe.com}
1336 Drake St – #608.575.2426
($5 suggested)

– 09 JUN (FRI) – DULUTH, MN
Fitger’s Brewhouse – {http://brewhouse.net}
600 E Superior St – #218.279.BREW
(w/ Anthony Newes! {*})

—– JUL 2006 —–

– 02 JUL (SUN) @ 9:00PM – CHICAGO, IL
’15 Years, 15 Days’ @ Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse- {http://uncommonground.com}
3800 N Clark St – #773.929.3680
($5 suggested; w/ very special guests!; reservations strongly recommended)

– 06 JUL (THU) – LAWRENCE, KS
Gaslight Tavern & Coffeehouse – {http://gaslighttavern.com}
317 N 2nd St – #785.856.4330
($3)

– 07 JUL (FRI) – DEKALB, IL
The House – {http://thehousecafe.net}
263 E Lincoln Hwy – #815.748.2880

– 08 JUL (SAT) – SAVANNA, IL
({owlgrove@gmail.com})

– 14 JUL (FRI) @ 9:00PM – KALAMAZOO, MI
Kraftbrau Brewery – {http://kraftbraubrewery.com}
402 E Kalamazoo Ave – #616.384.0288
(w/ Curtis Eller! {*})

—– AUG 2006 —–

– 11 AUG (FRI) – SEATTLE, WA
(CD release w/ Jason Webley! {*})

– 12 AUG (SAT) – BELLINGHAM, WA
Subdued Stringband Jamboree – {http://sameroomrecords.com}
(w/ Robert Blake! {*})

– 16 AUG (WED) – PORTLAND, OR
(CD release w/ Jason Webley! {*})

– 17 AUG (THU) – EUGENE, OR
(CD release w/ Jason Webley! {*})

– 18 AUG (FRI) – TBA
(CD release w/ Jason Webley! {*})

– 19 AUG (SAT) – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
(CD release w/ Jason Webley! {*})

– 20 AUG (SUN) – OAKLAND, CA
(CD release w/ Jason Webley! {*})

—– OCT 2006 —–

– 10 OCT (TUE) – CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Starr Hill – {http://starrhill.com}

—– MAY 2007 —–

– 15 MAY (TUE) – PRINCE FREDERICK, MD
‘Tuesday Tunes’ @ Calvert Public Library – {http://calvert.lib.md.us}
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– WEBSITES & LINKS ———————————-
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—– ARTISTS —–

* Ken Baldwin – {http://kenbaldwin.biz}
* Robert Blake – {http://sameroomrecords.com}
* Richard Broadbent – {http://browoowho.com}
* Doug Brouder – {http://myspace.com/dougbrouderandtheincredibleoccasionals}
* Rich Burnett – {http://richburnett.com}
* Curtis Eller – {http://curtiseller.com}
* Hope For Agoldensummer – {http://hopeforagoldensummer.com}
* Jeremy Keen – {http://seventytwoothers.com}
* Steve Key – {http://stevekey.com}
* Derek Kratzer – {http://goldminepickers.com}
* Sonia Leigh – {http://myspace.com/sonialeigh}
* Anthony Newes – {http://myspace.com/anthonynewes}
* Mike Reeb – {http://mikereeb.com}
* Rachel Ries – {http://rachelries.com}
* John Sonntag – {http://johnsonntag.com}
* Caleb Stine – {http://calebstine.com}
* Jason Webley – {http://jasonwebley.com}

—– OTHERS —–

* MEsongwriters.com – {http://mesongwriters.com}
* Wepecket Island Records – {http://wepecket.com}
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– MAILING LIST INFO ———————————
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– Name:
– Email:
– City, State:

(Have you moved or changed your email address? Please advise me of any changes, corrections or additions so you don’t receive any unnecessary emails from me.)
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– THE END ————— Thanks fer reading! ——-
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Andru Bemis – {http://andrubemis.com}
POB 172, South Haven, MI 49090-0172, USA

“Andru Discovers Americana” — newsletter

(That’s right, folks! It’s another edition of “Andru’s Semi-semi-Monthly Long-Winded Ramble and Kinda-Newsletter”. If you don’t want it or don’t know why the heck you’ve got it, send me a quick email and I’ll take ya off the list. No hard feelin’s… – Andru 🙂
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Dear Friends, dear friends, some family members, and the occasional stranger who haplessly winds up on my email list,

The traveling month of May found me traipsing throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana in a borrowed car, entertaining for mint juleps, bourbon, and blueberry wine- sesame salad, sewing machine oil, and a place to sleep. I left the car in Illinois and hopped the Amtrak to New Orleans for a day. My true love Louisiana had other plans…. she stuffed me in a crawdad shell and there she kept me very well a week for to see.

An eventual fit of Lord-how-I-wanna-go-homesickness sent me, my guitar and my banjo hitching straight up I-55. I forsook the planned trek across the republican desert of Texas to the sweat ‘n socialism, new-folk singin’ rabble of Kerrville in favor of the cliffs, vultures and cypress swamps of Southern Illinois. I rarely hitchhike, but ’twas Memorial Day and patriotic days call for patriotic activities. So I found a comfortable, available space with a good view at the side of the road, struck my most dignified thumb-salute, and watched tractor-trailers, Hummers and flag and yellow-ribbon bedecked luxury cars parade by at sixty-five miles per hour.

After a time, even the best parades get old. A fella can see only so many bright people in shiny cars before they all start to look a bit dull. Besides, everything about the holiday seems faster and bigger these days. And I didn’t get a single stick of candy. So I packed my poor, tired thumb back in my fist where it belongs, set my sights on the storm clouds at the horizon, said a quick prayer for the freshly glued leather clinging to what little remained of the soles of my boots and continued on my own-powered way.

And then, several hours and a ride later- on Memorial Day on I-55 near McComb, Mississippi- I discovered Americana. My oh-so-carefully glued boots had torn themselves apart again. The rain was well on it’s way to claiming my feet, my legs ached from the beat and my head from the heat, and growing in the midst of some tall grass about five feet off the road, as if freshly flowered, was an entire, flawless turntable and record-changing assembly from a 1970’s Wurlitzer Americana jukebox.

Funny things happen to one who walks along the interstate. You might assume the noise, heat, exhaust and sheer proximity of thousands of speeding cars per hour would be disconcerting and overwhelming. In fact, I’ve found it to be quite the opposite. The more cars a road may boast, the less real each car becomes; the faster they run, the less significant time becomes. Each bird grubbing for food or snake seeking sunwarmth along the shoulder, the cottonseed drifting from trees and rain from the sky, the deafening call of crickets and toads from the swamps and ditches, every Wurlitzer in the weeds …. these are immediate and true. They need no purpose or goal. Their existence is reason enough to celebrate. For the traveler, a road is nothing more than a temporary path between a source and a destination. The road is an illusion in need of a purpose; the roadside is a purpose in need of no road.
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I will never know how to possibly describe or thank the countless folks who have fed me, lodged me, picked me up or entertained me in my travels. I never cease to be amazed at how often one person’s kindness and hospitality obliterates any sense of hopelessness or despair which may have come before. What can I say ….?

I’ll be around the Midwest through the end of August; including Mennofolk-Michiana this Sunday, Southern Illinois w/ Jason Webley on the 29th, and then Cleveland, Goshen, South Haven, Chicago, Milwaukee(?), Wheaton, South Bend, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids(?), Saugatuck and Berwyn all before the end of August. The schedule’s all the way at the bottom of this email and at this link [www.calendar.andrubemis.com].

So I’ve got a new plan. It’s kinda secret but here are some hints: music, train station, free. You won’t see too much of this plan in the next couple months, but come the November CD-release tour it should become much more apparant.

Speaking of CD releases, the new album, “Rail to Reel,” will be on CD and will be released. Thanks to Jack Radcliffe and Wepecket Island Records [www.wepecket.com], I might even get to pay my musicians this time ’round.

And speaking of tours, I’ll be taking the new album East-Northeast in November, South-Southwest in January, and West-Northwest in March. That’s about as specific as I’ve got it right now- anyone who’d like to help fill in dates or suggest a venue in their town should visit [www.booking.andrubemis.com].
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Free Shows & Downloads!

www.20050213.andrubemis.com – 13 Feb, 2005 – Oakland, CA (w/ Liam Carey & Mandrake)
www.20050220.andrubemis.com – 20 Feb, 2005 – Portland, OR
www.20050221.andrubemis.com – 21 Feb, 2005 – Olympia, WA (w/ Jason Webley)
www.20050225.andrubemis.com – 25 Feb, 2005 – Seattle, WA (w/ Jason Webley)
www.20050304.andrubemis.com – 04 Mar, 2005 – Chicago, IL (w/ Rachel Ries)
www.20050321.andrubemis.com – 21 Mar, 2005 – Cedar Falls, IA (w/ Rachel Ries)

Many of you know that I encourage recordings of my live performances. I figure they keep me on my toes and give you something to listen to in the long breaks between my albums. You’re welcome to bring your cassette recorder, iPod, dictaphone, DAT, minidisc or wire recorder and a microphone or two- pretty much anything but a direct plug into the soundboard is fine with me.
I’ve recently uploaded six shows from this year to the audio archive community at Archive.org. Using the links above, you can stream or download these complete shows or individual tracks in a variety of formats (FLAC, MP3, OGG) and bitrates completely for free. All these choices can be a bit confusing at first, but anyone who takes a little time to figure it out will not be disappointed, unless you hate my music in which case you will be sorely so..
Of course, all you tapers are welcome to upload live recordings yourself, or you can send ’em to me and I’ll try to get them up for you when I get a chance. I really appreciate everyone who arranges and attends my shows. Making sure these recordings are free and accessible is the least I can do to thank you.
I’ve still got a few older live performances to upload; including Nov 2004 at the Moonlight in Birmingham, AL, w/ Kym Tuvim; a few Chicago shows at Uncommon Ground w/ Mike Reeb, Rachel Ries, and Rich Burnett; and a magical evening in the nature center at Mennofolk-Michiana 2003. You can find all my available live recordings anytime at [www.archive.andrubemis.com].
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