Unlikely 2.0

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Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Doctor Oakroot

Doctor OakrootAllow me to introduce you to Cyclops, Autumn Leaves, Weeping Goddess, and the Goblin. And oh yeah, the artist behind the duct tape and pluck, Doctor Oakroot. The good Doctor applies time and craftsmanship to his art. He currently uses the vehicle of traditional blues to deliver his stories but has been known to go punk rock and specialize in the international language known as Esperanto. The music is self-described as "rough edged songs on quirky homemade guitars." This description is accurate enough seeing as the man creates his guitars from cigar boxes.

His lyrics are semi-autobiographical, particularly in the case of the title track to his latest album, Shroud for the Dead. In this dirge a man walks in on his wife rolling around the floor with the mailman. I'll assume "rolling around the floor" means they were fucking and not wrestling to pay the cable bill. Everyone knows mailmen don't pay bills. All assuming aside, I know the song is loosely based on actual events of Oakroot's life.

Another tune of an autobiographical nature is "Rushing to the Funeral." Apparently while Oakroot was dillydallying his way across some crosswalk in Cambridge, Massachusetts a rather speedy motorist nearly eradicated the flesh and bone known as Doctor Oakroot.

Should you go to his myspace page at www.myspace.com/doctoroakroot you will be able to purchase his afore mentioned album which has eight groovy tunes plus a bonus track and if you ask nicely he'll probably autograph the durn thing ta' boot. At www.doctoroakroot.com you will find up close interviews with his guitars as well as biography and more fun links. Also know this. During every one of his shows, Oakroot raffles off a free handcrafted guitar. This is fun and I should've won. —ES

The music of Doctor Oakroot remained on Unlikely 2.0 for one year, then was removed for reasons of space and copyright.

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The songs of Doctor Oakroot are not available for download, but instead can be heard right here on the web site. If you don't see a jukebox above, try downloading Flash player.

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Wichita Sam
2008-07-16 15:55:49

If you ever get a chance to see Doctor Oakroot in person...do it! He is mesmerizing... deep baritone voice and magic on the fretboard... And evening will go by like a minute and leave you wanting more....

Second best, buy a CD....much of the magic comes thru...

the best,

Wichita Sam