Some of Bill's Stories

-- In Brief --

  • Paris Remembers - Searching Paris for tortoise shell picks with flat picking guitar virtuoso Tony Rice, and banjo-genius Bill Keith, and finding something far more valuable.
  • Jerry Loved to Pick - Picking bluegrass with the beloved musician and leader of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia.
  • Dylan Plays Philly - Bob Dylan plays Philadelphia for the first time, in 1962, and changes the course of American popular music.
  • MARY,... Peter and Paul - Playing string bass with Peter, Paul & Mary, and falling in love again.
  • Aretha Speaks - An extraordinary conversation with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, reveals another of her talents.
  • Dionne Sings - Dionne Warwick celebrates a birthday, and then flies away at midnight.
  • Tee - Pickin' with one of the premiere flat-pickers of the flat-top Martin guitar, Tony Rice.
  • A Maker of Songs - Writing a song with the California singer-songwriter, Kate Wolf.
  • Swimming the Oceans - Master musician Ali Akbar Khan tells a stunning story of what it was like to study under his legendary father, Baba Allaudin Khan, for fifty years.
  • Jesus Loves His Mandolin Player - On the road and in the trenches with hellacious bluegrass mandolinist Frank Wakefield, and the Greenbriar Boys.
  • New Rider on the Purple Sage - Touring with the rock group, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and following the followers who follow the band.
  • Big Mon - In concert with Peter Rowan AND the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, and an hilarious old tale about this renowned man of few words.
  • To Steve, with Hats Off- Backstage and in the orchestra pit with the outrageous San Francisco show Beach Blanket Babylon, and a remeberance of its creator Steve Silver.
  • Brotherhood of the Stick - On June 6th, 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day, in Ranville, France, veterans of World War II set the record straight on what some American journalists were calling "the last good war."
  • Linger on the Halftones - Unique music lessons are given and taken at a big band rehearsal in the tenderloin of San Francisco.
  • Layin' Buddy Down - Buddy Bolden, the first "King of Jazz" is finally laid to rest, 65 years after his passing, with a proper New Orleans funeral.
  • Vintage Lust - Fulfilling a lifetime dream by acquiring the "holy grail" of fretted instruments.
  • Jazzbeaux - Remembering Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins, longtime jazz personality and creator of the Purple Grotto.
  • Listening to Jonesborough - A lesson in stage etiquette is learned at the granddaddy of American storytelling festivals.
  • My Swami Went to the Lava Flow...- A story about the only person to have died in the lava flow which began in 1983 at Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Pele Lives!- Encountering Hawaii's most famous Goddess, Pele, at a beach in Hawaii.
  • Bread and Roses - Mimi Farina, founder of the non-profit organization, Bread & Roses, made this world a better place.