November is a good month. Daniel Boone’s birthday fell on November 2. Mine comes ’round on November 6. And, Dropkick Murphys notwithstanding, I will celebrate all month. There’s plenty of gifts to enjoy:
Hawken Horse’s Westward Water dropped November 3. I’ve got three of his CDs on permanent rotation in the truck — it’s right in the FP wheelhouse.
On Sunday, November 5, Lawmen: Bass Reeves drops on Paramount+. As we’ve noted here before, this is a story that deseres a rich telling, and I have high hopes.
A year from this November, we’ll finally get the conclusion of
Yellowstone My Cowboy Soap Opera. There seems to have been plenty of soap opera behind the scenes. Sheesh. But… I’m in for the whole ride, so… Apparently we’re going to get two more spin-offs, 1944 and 2024 — the latter of which sounds to me like a way to reboot Yellowstone without Costner.
Daughter Ceili was just at the right age to be swept up in The Hunger Games — bow and all. A prequel has stalked up on us, with me all unawares — until Billy Strings and Sierra Ferrell both posted about songs they’ve landed on the soundtrack, which releases November 17. It’s titled The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, which carries the tones of a tale of Fennario.
There’s a new version (or several) of The Hanging Tree…
Molly Tuttle, Flatland Cavalry, Charles Wesley Godwin — yeah, I’ll be getting this. Hell, I’d get it for the cover…
Later in the month, my musical compadre Mike Biggers and I are playing two gigs for the Deschutes Public Library’s Know Revolution program.
Among our selected songs is one used in the old PBS doco series Liberty! — a really nice version of Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier by Mark O’Connor and James Taylor. If they record the show, I’ll post it up here.
A couple of very striking Frontier Partisan paintings caught my eye. Hawken Horse scouted up this one by Mian Situ. I want to know everything about this dude…
And Robert W. Griffing. What a maestro he is…