From the archives…

I just discovered the following unpublished post among my draft list for this blog. It’s possible that this was published in some other form last Spring on this site, but I’m too lazy to look. It features some rare audio footage from a late 1990s Champaign-Urbana supergroup, so it’s worth reposting in any case. Afiyet olsun!


For Viper, Tangleweed, Kennett Brothers, or Edward Burch completionists, I’ll call your attention to a video I just posted to YouTube designed to show the students in our first-year writing program what a poster session is. The footage was shot by my colleague Phil Troutman during the 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium at The George Washington University, which is an event in which I’ve played a lead role for the past four years (you’ll see me briefly in the hand-gesture-montage portion of the video near the end).

More to the point, the soundtrack is taken from one of the tracks that Kenneth Rainey, Edward Burch, and I (along with bassist Dave Wesley) recorded a number of years ago during a day of studio-composing material for a never-to-materialize fishing show aimed at the Norwegian television market. My peeps!

You can read more about these sessions (and download an MP3 of the song) over at the Tangleweed blog. In my files, I’d always just called this tune “Fishin’,” but I am reminded by Kip’s account that it was/is, in fact, called “Hank’s Fishin’ Song” — “Hankie” Kennett being Kip’s moniker with the Kennett Brothers. For the video, I stretched out the tune’s 48 seconds by cutting and pasting so that bars 9-24 repeat.

One thought on “From the archives…”

  1. Hi, I am glad to hear that you recognize what a great musician and teacher Rudy Burkhalter was. I am sorry to hear that his accordians were left behind. I would love to have one for my daughter, Emma Burkhalter, his great grandaughter. Her father is named Rudy Burkhalter,also. Thank you for naming the resale stor in your writing. Good Luck with your students.

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