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March 9, 2014 news update


Bad Asses and Disasters of Early Idaho - Songs That Should Have Been Written But Weren't

Click on title to see a description of this 80 page interpretive booklet and 18 track audio CD. If you are interested in ordering a copy of the CD/booklet or are interested in a live one hour program based on the project, contact Gary Eller at


KRBX feature program on Bad Asses and Disasters CD/booklet project

On Wednesday March 12, Greg Harness will interview me live at 7:15am and play four selections from the project. You can livestream the show anywhere in the world by linking through the KRBX website.


Three "new" early Idaho songs have been posted on the Early Idaho Songs Bibliography page:

The Mormon Bums is an extremely rare song found by Hal Cannon related to rampant anti-Mormon sentiment in Idaho in the mid 1880s. Alma Mater Idaho and Idaho are University of Idaho songs dating to the early 1900s, provided by Jill Nock from the collection of the historic White Spring Ranch.


Two new song tracks have been posted on the Early Idaho Songs of the Month for March 2014:

Sacajawea Lullaby, from the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, rendered by Sean Rogers.

Pioneer Song, College of Idaho tribute song written in 1927 by Thomas Steunenberg. Also know as "The Rattlesnake Song". This wonderful lighthearted song was performed by College of Idaho alumni Stephen Craig, Margie Koenig, John Larsen andSean Rogers, recreating how the song might have sounded on campus at the time the song was written.


Bluegrass Banjo Camp at Weiser (May 1-4) and Banjo Contest at Weiser (June 14-15)

See details at . In addition to the banjo camp, a concert at Slocum Hall at Weiser on Saturday evening, June 3 will feature internationally acclaimed banjoist, author, composer and educator Bill Evans presenting his well received program The Banjo in America. In this program, Bill plays a variety of banjos in numerous styles while tracing the history of the development of banjos of many types. Bill is an outstanding scholar, player and entertainer so this should be a great show. Opening for Bill will be two very popular modern bluegrass groups from the Treasure Valley, Possum' Livin' and Chicken Dinner Road.


East Idaho/North Utah Early Songs Collecting/Performing Tour with Hal Cannon

7pm Monday, March 31 with Hal Cannon ---------------- Rexburg Library

7pm, Tuesday, April 1 ---------------- Pocatello, Bannock County Historical Museum

7pm Wednesday, April 2 with Hal Cannon --------------- Soda Springs, Enders Hotel

7pm, Thursday, April 10 -------------- Grantsville, Clark Historic Farm

7:30pm, Friday April 11 ------------ Brigham City, Performance Theater

7pm, Saturday, April ----------- Logan, Whittier


KTVB Broadcast on Idaho Songs Project

On November 18, KTVB news anchor Doug Petcash (Channel 7, Boise) ran a nice seven minute special

on the Idaho Songs Project. You can see and hear it by going to the link above.



Newly posted songs on the Early Idaho Songs Bibliography :

The Big Red Apple (M. N. Webb and John M. McPherson, early 1900s)

Ed's Song (Edwin Harrington Trafton, ca. 1890)

Pioneer Song (Thomas B. Steunenberg, ca. 1927)

They've Got his Goat in Gotham (Clarence E. Eddy, 1910)


Newly posted audio tracks - Early Idaho Songs of the Month list

Coming to Boise (unknown songwriter, ca. 1863)


Newly posted audio tracks from the Bad Asses and Disasters of Early Idaho project (see below)

Buffalo Horn (John Larsen)

Copperfield Girl (Gary Eller)







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