Chapter Five!

Chapter five of my book in progress is ready to download.

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

In chapter five I write about a jam session in the mountains. Every word of it is true . . . and to this day I still feel bad about the guy I clobbered at the driving range.

Chapter Blaster

Chapter five of my book in progress is handwritten, edited, scanned and converted into a .PDF document for the reading enjoyment of our Patreon sponsors.

I just can’t get Patreon to process the upload.

Patreon, we love you, but uploading files to you can be hit or miss.

I will try again in a few hours.

God bless,

Be Our YouTube Friends!

YouTube is changing. I may have cut my social media presence to a bare minimum, the friend button is coming to YouTube so we might as well embrace it.

Make sure you are logged in to YouTube and then click this link:

Friending us on YouTube will allow you to send us instant messages while you watch our videos. There will probably be other features and benefits as well. I only noticed the button on my YouTube dashboard yesterday.

Click away! Show us some love!

Chapter Five is Nearly Alive!

I got up at 4:00 AM this morning and finished chapter five of my book-in-progress.

The next steps are as follows:

  • Dear Old Dad will edit my handwritten draft, making any edits he deems necessary.
  • Dear Old Dad will give me the draft with his edits.
  • I will scan the edited handwritten pages and post them for our Patreon Sponsors.
  • Dear Old Dad will then take the pages back to transcribe. As he types my handwritten pages in Word he will make any necessary corrections.
  • Dear Old Dad will finish work on the chapter by recording himself reading it aloud for the audio-book edition we will release when the book is published

You can read more about our process and discover ways you can become part of this project here:

Writing The Great American Banjo Novel

Neurological issues have made typing difficult, so I am writing my next book by hand. In this video Dear Old Dad and I share how we are getting the words out of my head onto the page with the tools available.

I write in pencil on legal pads and Dear Old Dad transcribes my Phoenician hen scratches onto the computer.

We are posting edited handwritten chapters on Patreon for our sponsors.

Pumkin Patch!

My garden ended up becoming home to a rouges gallery of critters. I’m cool with that as long as they leave my pumpkin patch alone. For the first time in my life we stand a real chance of having not one but several home-grown pumpkins for Halloween!

Our pie melons, black krim tomatoes and Cherokee moon and stars watermelon are also doing well. Life is good.

New on Patreon: More Episodes of The Down Neck Gazette!

Exclusively for our sponsors we have uploaded more episodes from the archives of The Down Neck Gazette – a video folk music magazine Dear old Dad and I published between 2000 and 2003.

This time we have Mark Cosgrove, Christina Harrison, The Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild, The Charm City Klezmer Band, Andy & Denise and Beard Guitars.

Interviews run from fifteen minutes to an hour.

Tune in at

If you are not a Patreon sponsor you can still get a taste of The Down Neck Gazette with this clip collection I put together way back in 2002.