Clifton Hicks

A couple of days ago I was talking to Dear Old Dad and surfing the web. I came across a video where a guy was telling students that he only uses electric tuners for one string and it went downhill from there.

I disagreed. So, like an idiot, I posted a comment. With my neurological issues making typing difficult I kept things short: “Bullshit and misdirection”.

I will be the first to admit that it was a stupid thing to do, but I get tons of crazy comments and emails. If something rubs me the wrong way I delete it and move on.

Clifton’s reaction was unexpectedly over the top.

I got an angry email.

Are you drunk this morning or just plain ignorant and jealous?

I am clearly your musical and intellectual superior.

It struck me as a little frantic over a YouTube comment, but I thought that would be the end of it.

Then he went to the Banjo Hangout claiming my comment was libel and profanity.

Then the crazy stuff started. Hate reviews on Amazon. YouTube comments making fun of the 24 hour EEG headset. Crazy emails from anonymous wackos. The list is disturbingly long This whole week has been a circus over one YouTube comment.

Then today I got this:

11:54 AM
to me

i seen Cliff do some really bad things in iraq. saw him do a lot of really bad things to bad people i wont say no more cause i know he feels sad for all the life he took over there.

you are lucky he became a good man after the war and aint thee way he was back then HE WAS BAAAAAAAAAD BACK THEN you are soooooooo LUCKY BOY. one day you jst mite step in shit and get yourself hurt tho if you dont stop trolling and lieing like a little ass faggot bitch

truth is yer fuckup on his youtube really pissed me off and i cant let it go. you need to apologize to him in front of everyone and admit that you lied about him
truth is Cliff is 100 times the man you could ever dream of bein he can outpick u, outsing u, outrun u, outfight u, outfuck u, outdrink u,,,,,,, he is 1000 times the man you are little BOY

I am taking this as a threat to me and my family. If you have met my mom, just imagine this animal threatening her. Over a YouTube comment.

I am making this public because the only way to dispel darkness is to bring it to light.  I tried ignoring him, but the harassment just keeps escalating.

This, apparently, is Clifton Hicks. What you do next is up to you.

Sing the Banjo! Episode Two: Secret Agent Man

Sing the Banjo! Episode Two: Secret Agent Man

Today we play the 60’s spy-rocker television theme that Johnny Rivers sang oh so well. It’s Secret Agent Man!

This song was written by Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan for the television show Secret Agent (also known as Danger Man).

The song uses simple chords in interesting combinations. It’s a lot of fun to play and sing solo, and a blast in jam sessions.

As much as I love this song, I have never seen the television show!

I sing the song, walk you through the riff and run you through the chord progression in the audio file. The .pdf had the lyrics and chords.

The audio file and lyric sheet are available for our Patreon sponsors:

Patrick and Dear Old Dad Vidcast Episode 5: Retreat and Advance!

Patrick and Dear Old Dad play The Baltimore Fire, discuss The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat, Patrick’s book in progress with a twist and other happenings around Crisfield, MD.

Write Dear Old Dad with your thoughts on the 2019 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat:

Chapter One – Now On Patreon!

I am writing a book. Dear Old Dad and I decided to offer our Patreon sponsors the opportunity to experience the  creation of this new work as it happens.
For reasons my neurologist is trying to sort out, I am having difficulty typing. I can write by hand all day without any issue, so I am writing the first draft in pencil on legal pads.
We have posted on Patreon, exclusively for our sponsors, a PDF of the handwritten first draft complete with some of Dear Old Dad’s edits.
As work progresses we will continue to post new chapters and updated drafts until the book is finished. 
The book doesn’t have a title yet, and I should warn sensitive readers that this chapter has a few instances of hard language . . . and somebody does something grotesque to a banjo.
This all happened. Every word of it is true.
As work on the book progresses we will continue to post new episodes of The Daily Frail, Sing the Banjo and The Patrick & Dear Old Dad Show.
Thank you so much for your support.
God bless,
Patrick Costello

Yet Another Milestone

We passed fourteen thousand subscribers on YouTube.

Right now the official numbers at this moment for the channel are 4,801,058
views and 14,002 subscribers.

We are still growing, learning and sharing the joy of folk music together. With each new video and each new subscriber we take another step closer to my goal of making the art of frailing banjo universal and accessible to all!

Sing the Banjo! Episode One

Sing the Banjo! is back with a great song that is appropriate given President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-Un of North Korea: Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.

The song was written by Ed McCurdy and has been covered countless times. My favorite cover was done by John Denver.

The audio file and lyric sheet are available for our Patreon sponsors: