Willie T & Doctor X

50th Anniversary Show in November 2017!

 

Willie T & Doctor X 50th Anniversary!  We'll have a special show in early November (date TBD) to Celebrate!

Great Show at the MIT Coffeehouse Lounge!

 

Fabulous night at the MIT Coffeehouse Lounge, last  night! We played to a very enthusiastic audience. It was so much fun!  Many thanks to Anthony for bringing us back, and for streaming this video! Thanks also to Rudy for his work with the sound. See you next time!For those of you who couldn't make it, here's a video of the show, which the coffeehouse crew streamed on their website:

https://www.facebook.com/MITcoffeehouselounge/?fref=ts

 

 

Successful Outdoor Show at Last! (No Rain!)

 

Hi Folks,

in June, we attempted our first outdoor concert this summer--on the Science Center Plaza at Harvard--and just four songs in the sky just opened up, and we had to scramble for cover.  Two weeks ago we waited out a rainstorm at the Roslindale Farmer's Market.  That was nearly called off, just two songs into the set, but it turned out all right in the end.  I was beginning to think we traveled with a cloud over our heads, and that maybe, as long as we had a talent for conjuring up precipitation, we should spend the rest of the summer performing in California, where they could use some rain!  But this Tuesday we did our third outdoor concert of the summer, again on the Science Center Plaza at Harvard University.  It was mighty hot, (90 degrees) and we had no shade, but it did not rain this time, and we made it through a full hour-long performance with no rain.  I feel as if a curse has been lifted!

Next performance up is at our beloved Tavern at the End of the World, in Charlestown, MA, on Thursday, September 3rd.  Looking forward to going back there again.  Hope you are all having a terrific summer!  See you soon!

 

Best,

WT

 

Tell Congress to Let the PATRIOT Act Expire on June 1st!

 

Hi Folks,

I've called my senators and asked them to oppose reauthorization of the PATRIOT ACT, specifically the most egregious part of the act (Sect. 215). Fortunately, Sen. Markey has come out against reauthorization under any name, including the House's recently passed version called the USA Freedom Act, which ironically takes away your freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and has a detrimental effect on your freedom of speech. Not sure where Sen. Warren stands, but I have a feeling she's on the same page, but as her constituent, she now knows where I stand. There isn't much time. The existing Act expires on June 1, unless reauthorized by the Senate. Please call your senators today and tell them to relegate this most insidious piece of legislation to the trash heap of history, where it rightly belongs! You can easily find your senators' contact info here: 

 http://www.senate.gov/…/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

I've also attached a link to a letter that the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) will send to your senators.  Please click on the link, fill out the form, and they will send it to your senators!

https://www.sunsetthepatriotact.com/?ref=ra

Best,

WT

 

 

 

 

Willie T & Doctor X -You Tube Video, Shot Live on BNN-TV's "It's All About Arts"

 

Hi Folks,

We had a great time performing on BNN-TV's show, It's All About Arts on March 23rd, 2015!  The show is shot live, and was aired several times that week, and then posted on You Tube.  In addition to performing four songs, we were interviewed by our wonderful hosts Glenn Williams and Valerie Eliason.  This is our first TV show ever!  You can watch it on You Tube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENeZRDcTh9U

A Magical Night at the Tavern at the End of the World!

 

 

House Concerts!

 

Happy Spring, Everyone!  So glad to have the winter behind us.  Lately, I've been reading a lot about house concerts, and what a hot thing they've become.  Artists are booking themselves right into peoples' living rooms and backyards for intimate concerts.  My wife and I attended one once, and it was a terrific experience.  We enjoyed talking with the artists after the show, buying their CDs and having them autograph them for us.  So I thought maybe Willie T & Doctor X should try it out ourselves.  In fact, we just auctioned off a house concert for a fundraiser, and we'll be doing a show at a backyard BBQ this summer.  In the meantime, if any of you would like to have us come perform at your home either for a party, or as a commercial venture, where you charge admission and invite the public, we would be very much interested in talking to you, and working with you to iron out all the details!

All the best,

-WT

Introducing RuthAnna: Skylight

 

And so, I have become a record producer (just kidding!)

I'd like to give a plug for my good friend, and fellow singer/songwriter, RuthAnna, with whom I have been a frequent collaborator for many years.

RuthAnna's songs so evidently come from her life experience, that after listening to Skylight you feel as though you've really gotten to know her intimately. In the first three songs, collectively known as the 'Father & Son Trilogy', RuthAnna addresses the challenges of a single mom trying her best to raise her son under very difficult circumstances, and exults in the joys of motherhood. 'Colorado Visions' takes the listener on a tour of big sky country, the land of RuthAnna's childhood roots. My personal favorite, however, is the hauntingly beautiful 'Elizabeth', dealing with friendship, life and loss. When she sings, 'I'm here to tell you…life isn't pointless at all,' it sends chills up my spine!

This is the third album by this prolific and talented folksinger. Skylight is a compelling collection of songs, performed in its entirety before a live studio audience at Splice of Life Studios, in Brighton, MA in 1982. Although she plays several instruments, including guitar, recorder, and autoharp, RuthAnna accompanies herself here on piano only--an instrument that transforms her performances into something truly mesmerizing. For those of us who were lucky enough to be in the studio with her that evening, it was an absolutely unforgettable, spellbinding experience. The magic of that performance is perfectly captured, and forever preserved in this recording! Skylight was originally released on a vinyl LP in 1986, with distribution pretty much limited to the Boston area. I've always felt that this album, which I consider to be her finest work, deserved to be heard by a wider audience. I convinced her to re-release it on my label, Wheel & Dheel Records.  I had it remastered for CD, and through the magic of the Internet and CD Baby have made it available for the world to hear. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have!

To hear samples of her music or purchase the album, please visit    http://cdbaby.com/ruthanna

 -Willie T, co-producer

 

Back to Our Roots, and Honoring an Old Friend

 

We've been spending a lot of time looking at our extensive repertoire, digging way back to our distant past, for songs that we have not performed live in eons. 

A Fabulous Night at the Tavern at the End of the World!

 

Thanks to Natalie Flanagan for having us back at the Tavern at the End of the World last night, and to everyone who came out to see us. It was great to see you all there! We had a blast. Swapped CDs with Paddy Saul, whose set I really enjoyed. Loved his song "Rock 'n Roll." Nat's band was terrific, as usual. Always enjoy hearing them! Zipper put on a great show as well. And the evening would not have been complete without singing bartender Tim, who shook the rafters with that powerful voice of his. All around, it was a fabulous night!

Happy New Year everyone!

Boston Tragedy: Picking Up the Pieces

 

There are no words that can make sense of the senseless violence that took place at the Boston Marathon finish line. 

Last Thursday's Gig at the Tavern at the End of the World

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us play at the Tavern at the End of the World last Thursday! It was another great night! By some miracle, despite a nasty bronchial ailment, I was able to sing. Before we went on, I thought for a while that Dr. X was going to have to do all the singing. I think I was running on adrenaline and sheer will power! Paid heavily the next day, but it was all worth it. As Dave Bromberg once sang, "You've got to suffer if you want to sing the blues."  Thanks again to our host Natalie Flanagan, who put on another wonderful show with her band. A splendid time it was!

Why I Sing

 

For me, there has always been something special about singing. My earliest memories of it being such a meaningful thing in my life go back to elementary school, where I used to sing in the choir. 

Another Awesome Night at the Tavern at the End of the World!

 

Hi Folks,

We had another awesome night at the Tavern at the End of the World last Thursday night. I LOVE that place! 

A Magical Evening at the Tavern at the End of the World!

 

Had an AWESOME gig at the Tavern at the End of the World on Thursday Dec. 20th! It was an intimate room, with a really warm ambiance. 

Election Day

 

Hi Folks,

I wrote this in the wee hours this morning, so please forgive any typos or grammatical errors!

Today our great national contest will draw to a close as we decide who will lead our country for the next four years, as well as the shape of the next Congress, and perhaps the makeup of the Supreme Court. 

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