Sunday, January 30, 2011
Here it is, the end of one year, and the beginning of another. You've probably noticed the last few issues of the News has been filled with lists and compilations. Letter writers. Community Partners. 52 Faces. Looking back at the stories of 2010.
Which got me to thinking, "Why don't I have a list?" And then I got to thinking, "Hey, I should really have a list."
So then, I looked at the clock, and said to myself, "You know, it's at least two hours before this deadline ends, I could write a list right now."
So, with a nod to all of the lists, wether they're in the Hood River News, David Letterman's Top 10 List, or the 25 Best Dressed Folk Dancers from Lower New Zealand (I made that one up), here is my list - everyone who's participated on my Blog for 2010, and it's my way of sincerely saying "thanks."
Now, where did I put that grocery list?
2010 Blog List
Hawaiian slack-key guitarists Chris Yeaton and Adam Werner.
Up and coming bluegrassers The Montana Slim String Band.
Award-winning blues singer Janiva Magness.
Indie-rockers Miriam's Well.
NW fiddler Chris Kokesh (Brokentop band, Misty River).
Comedian, radio and talk show host Dave Anderson.
Local writer Jodi Bergstrom with her tribute to the River City Saloon.
Portland's amazing musical kids in the School of Rock concert tour.
Alt-country legends The Gourds.
The fine sounds of the Real String Quartet.
Comedy man Michael Fox of Foxwell Productions (Faithful, Shakespeare's Shorts).
A Blog First: A Podcast with Gypsy Balladeer Spruce Baugher.
National Loop Pedal Contestant (and should be number one) Tony Smiley.
Paul Richards of the California Guitar Trio (Picture Jim in the "I'm Not Worthy" scene from Wayne's World. That's how good these guys were).
The ever-quirky singer-songwriter Craig Carothers.
Portland Dub-masters Gravity Research Project.
The very friendly and TV stars of The Northstar Session.
The interesting and eloquent guitar of Inoke Baravilala.
Jim also blogged his 2010 Laugh More Tour, which featured: Bill Cosby, Cheech and Chong, Tim Conway, Bridgetown Comedy Fest with Oscar Nunez, Wierd Al Yankovic, Margaret Cho, The Firesign Theater, Roger Rodd and Leslie Henning, Penn & Teller, Arabs Gone Wild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bill Bryson, the Hood River cast of Greater Tuna and Nathan Brannon.
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