•Bully Pulpit Dept. LMN recently received an unsolicited box containing three bottles of toner for our copy machine. Since we buy the same toner at a local office supply store, at a cost of about $40, we knew we hadn't ordered it. Having seen/heard/read a warning about similar, um, occurrences, we dashed off a letter informing the company,Central Distribution Center, of San Diego, California, that we didn't order it, didn't want it and that they could pick it up at their leisure. A few days later, a delivery truck came and got the toner.
Shortly after that, we got the invoice for the toner. The price? $397.98, plus $27.86 S&H, for a total of $425.84! Ten times the local cost!
And folks wonder why the cost of living is so high in California.
•All Ages and Alcohol, Too? Dept. On Friday, May 27, a mini-music fest will be going on at the Louisville Gardens, in the upstairs room. An all ages show, featuringEleven-Eleven, Scream Bloody Murder, Ten Foot Pole andBig Hat, will go on from 7:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. It's all ages, but over 21's can buy alcohol as well. There will also be a live remote on WDJX.
•Drink One for Me, Lads Division. The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra is going to Germany in May to play at the Bundermusikfest in Schöneck. The Festival consists of five days of mandolin orchestra performances. After that, they're off to Rotenburg, Nordhausen and Rodgau-Dudenhofen. LMO founder and directorMike Schroeder says all their friends should come see them. Right.
Look for an account of their trip in the June or July issue.
•There are Orchestras and There is the Louisville Orchestra Dept. Liberty National Bank will sponsor the Louisville Orchestra's SuperPops series for the next two years, according to a press release from the LO. The SuperPops Series will include programs featuringNatalie Cole, Ronnie Milsap, Sandi Patti, Gary Morris, and theLettermen.
At the announcement, several LO musicians were joined in playing Sousa's "Washington Post March" by Louisville MayorJerry Abramson on French Horn and Liberty Bank CEOMalcolm Chancey and Liberty Bank PresidentRick Guillaume on percussion. I think you had to have been there . . .
•Todd Smith called to tell LMN that he is the new resident composer atAllen Martin Productions, replacingJ. D. Miller, who left to take a position with a church. Todd also got married in March, toDana Lester, who was last singing with Maxwell.
•When the Manager Works Dept.Nat Grauman, manager of Lexington-basedCandy Says, called the other day to plug the band's increasing visibility in Louisville. He mentioned in passing thatJohn Zangari, formerly withGoodnight Maxine, is now the bass player for Candy Says. Candy Says is planning a summer recording session for a new project as well.
•You, Too, Can Leave Home and Find Success in Ten Easy Years Dept. Expatriate LouisvillianHank Linderman called from California to relate that he was heavily involved in the making of the newAmerica album, on American Gramophone. Hank played guitar on eight of the twelve tunes and sang background on one tune. He said he will get "assistant producer" and "guitar" credits on the album, which is due out on May 17.
Linderman also has written a book about making home demos, called 4 Steps to a Great Demo, due out in October. The book will be published by Writer's Digest of Cincinnati.
The header on this item is a Linderman quote, by the way.
•Guitar Lessons by Telly Subdivision.Quenton James called to plug his guitar show, now on cable channel 10, Fridays at 9:00 p.m. TKR could have picked a somewhat better time for guitar lessons, as many folks interested in them will likely be out listening to guitars. . . .
•Rocky Adcock has entered into a contract to operate Music Talent Louisville, the musician's union's booking agency. Call him at 456-5883.
•Be Wise, Go to the Hard Scuffle Steeplechase Div. Yes, theKentucky Opera andDinwiddie Lampton are staging Hard Scuffle, the Bolla Steeplechase on Lampton's farm in Prospect, Kentucky, once again. The date is May 28 and this year is the 20th Anniversary of the Steeplechase. The event raises money for the Opera and is a must-attend for opera and racing fans alike.
•Nashville Bits Dept.Karen Le Van, our ever-faithful Nashville source, called to report that Benjamin Moore Paints has bought the rights to useDebbie Hupp's Grammy-winning "You Decorated My Life." That should help Debbie and co-writer Bob Morrison's bank accounts.
•Nashville Bits Dept. II.Jonell Mosser is getting ready to start her album on MCA/Karambolage, withDon Was as her producer. Mosser is scheduled to perform at Telluride and perhaps at the Woodstock Anniversary Festival with theNew Maroons. Besides all that, Mosser is co-writing withJohn andJohanna Hall.
•Ernspiker's Market PutThursday, May 26, on your calendar and a little cash in your pocket and go to the Butchertown Pub for a combination music benefit and musician's yard sale. Proceeds will go toDave Ernspiker, who was seriously injured during the January snowstorm.
As planned byRay Rizzo, bands and other performers will come and sell some of their "stuff" to you. A used Spanky hanky maybe? The yard sale will start at 3:00 p.m. and go on all night.lovesauce and soulbones will open the night's music with an hour set.
LMN/C-J writerBob Bahr will be running a "Used CD" table. He's looking for donations of used/unwanted CDs to bundle with others and sell for one low, low price. Call him at 459-1555 if you have some to donate.
•Last-minute Fax Dept.Kamran Javid sent us a fax at the last minute announcing thatDan Seals will be in concert on May 11 at the Village Pub in Jeffersonville. Call him at 812-288-9848 for ticket prices, times, etc. Tell him you saw it in Louisville Music News.
•1993 Indie Awards Finalists Picked. The 1993 National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers has announced the finalists for the NAIRD 1993 Indies Awards. The lists is lengthy, so if you're interested, contactMary Neumann at 518-861-7037.
•Heartland Dulcimer Club. A new dulcimer club has been organized down in Elizabethtown. If you are a dulcimer strummer, picker, or banger or would like to be, contactLorinda Jones at 862-9747. The club meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Elizabethtown Community College in the Department of Nursing.
•More Club Changes. The club scene continues to roil and boil. Two new places in the Buechel area have begun to have live music.
•The Good Times Tavern, 4160 Bardstown Road, has opened for business. Call 491-8263 for information. Tell 'em saw it here.
•Fast Break Restaurant and Pub, 4002 Bardstown Rd., now offers live music on Fridays and Saturdays, according to ownerTim Greer. Call 499-7030 for more information.
•The Last and Final Word Section. AsJeffrey Puckett noted in the April 22 issue of the C-J's Scene, Uncle Pleasant's and Tewligans have been bought byJeffrey Crowder and partners. Tewligans will become the Cherokee Blues Club, Uncle Pleasant's will stay Uncle P's, booking the bands that earlier would have played at either club.