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January 2020

Welcome to the new decade!

We are settled back into Berea after our Christmas tour up North.  We are looking forward to a busy year here at the college and well beyond...see our "Shows" page for a full list!  We'll be at some upcoming dances in Lexington and Berea, and we have a busy summer booked already with concerts at venues in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Hampshire including a week at Star Island.  We are looking to book some house concerts that will coincide with those dates - please contact us if you are interested.

We are working on mastering one album, and preparing to record another, a reboot of our debut album, "Playmates."  Some of the old favorites will be on it, plus some newer originals and songs we have learned since being at Berea.

Liza's album of ballads collected by Katherine Jackson French, entitled "There Was a Fair Maid Dwelling," is in hand, though official release will coincice with the book and ballads this spring.


Author, Author!

Liza, the academic of the duo, has been flexing her writing and scholarship muscles lately. 


Liza's biography of early Kentucky ballad collector Katherine Jackson French, will be published in May 2020 by the University Press of Kentucky.  Dr. French first tried to publish a collection of Kentucky ballads in 1910; the story of how this did not come to be, along with how the history of Appalachian balladry would have been different if it had, is the subject of this story of one of Kentucky music's greatest unknown women.  Tentatively entitled "Katherine Jackson French:  Kentucky's Forgotten Ballad Collector," the book is scheduled for release in the winter of 2020. A commemorative edition of her ballads will also be published by Berea College.  "There Was a Fair Maid Dwelling," a recording of French's ballads, will be available Spring 2020.

Liza also collaborated with Loyal Jones, Mr. Appalachia himself, on "My Curious and Jocular Heroes" and transcribed the ballads therein.  Published by University of Illinois Press, the book came out in 2017 and is now available.

In addition, one of Liza's poems, "Bread," was accepted for publication by the prestigious Paterson Literary Review, which came out in April of 2018.

A.J. too is working on a book.  Entitled "Ain't It a Shame," it explores the difficult subject of abuse through photographs and poems.  He has been working with Lee Francis IV and is nearing the final edit.  He is also exploring avenues to utilize his many well-loved monster images in artistic mediums of various kinds.

2017 Liza DiSavino and A.J. Bodnar