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May 14, 2016
Just updated my calendar page with some new summer dates with the Lonesome Aces, Roland White and others. Hope to see you out and about!
I'm also proud to announce the release of the Lonesome Aces indie CD, Lost Indian. Get it at shows for $10 or $15 postage and handling if you'd like a copy through the mail.


The new year is off to a busy start. This coming Thursday (January 14) Spring Fed Records will be celebrating the release of Home Made Sugar on a Puncheon Floor. Brand new music from fiddle and banjo legends, Howdy Forrester and John Hartford.
I'll also be performing with a variety of friends weekly at the The Perk and Cork in East Nashville. The show runs 7-9 pm and will feature acoustic music in a duet/trio setting. My first performance will be on Monday, January 18th with Sterling Abernathy and John Mailander. Hope to see you out and about!


Never a dull moment! I'm still very busy playing lots of music but over the course of the last year, I've gotten very involved with the interesting business of issuing and reissuing traditional music through the Spring Fed Records label based within the Center for Popular Music. We've got two big projects underway right now. Firstly, we're going to be releasing a home recording made by John Hartford of Howdy Forrester playing his Great Uncle Bob Cates Hickman County, Tennessee fiddle tunes. We hope to have that out and available before Christmas.
The second major effort is directed towards a box set of music by the great West Virginia/Kentucky fiddler, Ed Haley. Fingers crossed that we'll have that one out by next summer.
Stop by the Spring Fed Facebook page for updates and you can hear some sound samples at our Soundcloud page.


Hey Folks!

Thanks for stopping by my website. I've been very busy with a variety of exciting, music related projects over the last year or so that have kept me so busy on the ground that I have not been attending to my virtual life here on my website.

I've been very fortunate to have been active as both a performer and librarian/researcher/archivist here in Nashville, Tennessee. Since my last web update, I have continued my work at the Center for Popular Music. While at the CPM, I've helped to research and build an educational website about political jingles in Tennessee and I also played a major role in helping to create the My Homeland research guide for songs about the state of Tennessee.

This spring, I completed my portion of processing work (funded by the GRAMMY Foundation) on the incredible collection of audio tapes collected and created by country music historian, Charles K. Wolfe. In the year or so it took to complete the work, I had the wonderful experience of listening to the voices of many of my old time country and bluegrass heroes. The collection includes interviews with folks such as Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Sam and Kirk McGee, Dick Rutherford, Sid Harkreader, Alison Krauss, Art Galbraith, Clyde Davenport, Frank Walker, Ernest Stoneman, Kitty Wells, Maybelle Carter, James D. Walbert, Benny Williams, Louise Woods-Woodward, Clarence Myer (son of W.E. Myer of the Lonesome Ace recording company) and others. Visit the Wolfe collection HERE

Now that the Wolfe collection is up and running, I'm going to be helping to manage the Spring Fed Records label which was recently acquired by the Center for Popular Music.

As far as my music performances, I've been staying busy (in Nashville fashion) with a number of talented people here in Music City. Since moving to town, I've taken up the upright bass and have performed with Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, Nick Beaudoing, John Tomlin and Company, Amanda Fields, Greg Garing and others. I've recently revived the Lonesome Aces band and just had a performance with that group that featured Sterling Abernathy, Shad Cobb, Dennis Crouch and Brian Christenson.

Stay tuned for new updates!






February 6th, 2011
Greetings from Music City! My wife and I have recently relocated from Poynette, Wisconsin to Nashville, Tennessee. I've been working on a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science with a particular interest in becoming an archivist. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to take on a couple of internships here in Middle Tennessee. In the fall, I had an internship at the Country Music Hall of Fame. My main project at that site involved processing a collection of audio recordings from the last few years of the National Barn Dance (then renamed as the "WGN Barn Dance") in the mid to late 1960s. With the coming of the new semester, I'm still working on the WGN project for one day a week but my main internship project is at the Center for Popular Music in Murfreesboro, TN. The CPM project involves processing an incredible collection of materials relating to African American gospel quartets. The collection was recently donated to the CPM by noted historian/researcher Doug Seroff.
I've been putting more time in on my studies but I still have been trying to play music as much as possible. My main outlet has been playing Cajun music with Paul Gregoire once a week at Bro's Cajun Restaurant on Friday evenings. Stop by and see us if you're in town!
















portrait of John Fabke