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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Hogeye Bill

Hogeye BillAs listeners, we tend to take folk musicians like Hogeye Bill for granted. You could probably throw a rock in any direction and hit any one of a thousand different such personalities from a thousand different walks of life. All of them claiming to be folk singers, steeped in the path created by icons like Utah Phillips and Bob Dylan. However, striking one who actually has something meaningful to say might prove problematic. The reason why we take this music for granted is because an unfortunately large portion of them just aren't very good. Too many are dedicated to following in their heroes' footsteps to the point of being a bland carbon-copy and nothing more. Either that or they're too busy howling whatever point they're trying to make to realize that their point still needs to come across as a strong piece of music.

Hogeye Bill is one of the exceptions. Thank God he is, because folk music remains a very clear forum for storytelling with a point and humor with a warning. Bill certainly has his music heroes and influences. Several (but far from all) of the songs listed on his website are either Dylan covers or songs Dylan himself covered on his 1993 album World Gone Wrong. However, he doesn't live in the same house as the artists who have inspired the bluntly humorous, engaging "Freethinker's Song." He visits them, draws on their influences, but keeps his own music very much in his own style and train of thought.

That's as true for "Freethinker's Song" as it is for "Cry Crisis," the video of which you can find below. Of course, in true folk tradition, the video is nothing fancy. It's just Bill sitting in front of a camera. "Don't tread on me" hangs menacingly in the background as Bill puts his passions and obsessions into the better of the two songs available on his site. His opinion is clear and relentless, but he manages what so few folk artists seem to be capable of. He possesses the ability to throw down a very decisive view while keeping the music steady, right under the point. All the while, the song never loses sight of the necessity to craft compelling, black comedy lyrics.

Hogeye BillHogeye Bill obviously seems to hold writing in high regard. In addition to his songwriting, he has also found the time to publish numerous articles on everything from book reviews to currency and the fascinating prospect of trying to create a form of currency unique to his community in Ozark Hills, Arkansas. The articles are sharp, crisp rants on the issues most troubling to Bill. They point to a man who has is firmly entrenched in his convictions. However, not so much that he loses sight of how important it is to put those convictions to some well-written words. Hogeye Bill has struck the perfect balance. His heroes would be proud of him. —GR

Hogeye Bill Says: I'm Hogeye Bill from the Ozark hills of Arkansas. Besides songwriting, I play chess a lot and write some, usually about political subjects from an anarcho-capitalist perspective. My main musical influences are Blind Willie McTell and Bob Dylan. Subject-wise, I do a lot of reefer songs and political songs. My music page is at http://www.ozarkia.net/bill//music/HogeyeBill.html. My most requested original is "Every Dead Narc is One Small Step for Freedom."

Check out this audio track from Hogeye Bill:
Freethinker's Song: 2.6 megs

And the video for "Cry Crisis:"

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The video for "Cry Crisis" is in the new .mp4 format. If you have difficulty playing it, try installing QuickTime.