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.

Chapter Three!

Chapter three of my book in progress is ready to download for our Patreon sponsors!


Keep in mind that I am writing this book entirely by hand. To be specific 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 rough 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 of our Patreon sponsors.

In chapter three I write about my introduction to boogie bass and the music of Elmore James. Every word of it is true.

The Down Neck Gazette On Patreon!

Back in the early 2000’s Dear Old Dad and I drove around in hot-rods (a 66 Plymouth and a 68 Dodge) and interviewed folk musicians.

Back then everybody was using a dial-up connection and home-burning DVD’s was the stuff of science fiction. So we sent out six hours of interviews every quarter to our subscribers on a single CD ROM. Everybody said it was impossible so we did it, and had a good time doing it.

Now we are posting selected interviews from our archives for the enjoyment of our Patreon sponsors! Full interviews with Peggy Seeger, Wayne Henderson and many more will be uploaded over the coming weeks and months for the enjoyment of our Patreon sponsors.

Sign up today! https://www.patreon.com/Dobro33H

New Book News!

Patrick just handed me the next chapter of his new book. This one is a doozy. I will have the first edit back to him tomorrow to scan and upload in longhand for our Patreon subscribers. Then back to me for transcribing and more editing. I am having a ball working with him on this project. As God is my witness it is all true and no names have been changed to protect the guilty.

To watch this book come to life go here

Two tests at our local hospital last week with one more (MRI) next week. Them back to the neurologist. Prayers welcome.

Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)

Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

From http://www.marylandfolk.com/:

For more than ten years my Father and I Have been hosting annual gatherings for folk musicians. These events were modeled after the jam sessions, retreats and shindigs we attended when we were first learning the craft.

Meeting so many of you has been a source of great joy to us over the years. Each event takes months of planning, organizing and just plain old hard work that contributes to my almost constant migraine headaches.

This year was no different. I was in severe pain when we arrived on Thursday to set up and in agony when we left on Sunday.

I can no longer put my body through this. I need to focus on work that I can do without triggering migraine storms.

After a great deal of soul-searching my father and I have decided that the 2018 Maryland Folk Musician’s Retreat just completed will be the last.

Thank you for all the happy memories.

The Daily Frail will continue, and I look forward to completing my next book which I am writing longhand as typing is one of the migraine and blackout triggers. Dear Old Dad will help with transcribing and editing.

God bless,
Patrick and Dear Old Dad


Dear Old Dad and I are hitting the road today. I have to see my neurologist about my test results. This mean I will miss CC’s funeral, but I have said goodbye to him in my own way, and I know CC would want me to try and get answers from the doctor.

I’ll post whatever news the doctors gives me when we get home.

TTFN & God bless,


F In Penmanship

Dear Old Dad tried to edit the latest chapter of the new book, but some . . . a lot  . . most . . . of my handwriting is hard to decipher.

I’ll rewrite the chapter with more effort into legibility tomorrow. We should have it up on Patreon in a few days.

Banjo and Chill

Banjo and guitar workshop playlists for binge-watching.

Old Time Banjo with Patrick and Dear Old Dad

I love the way my dad teaches. The original tab folder for this CD ROM video workshop (we did this just before DVD burners hit the market), but you can find tab for the songs in these workshops in The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and/or Crisfield Banjo Retreat Songbook

Patrick;s Guitar Stuff

A collection of folk and country blues guitar workshops.

Bottleneck Banjo

Break out the slide and get funky with the banjo!