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New Song: “Roadrunner”

Posted by John Duggleby on May 14, 2024 in Music |

Inspired by a 2023 month in Tucson and a childhood of Warner Brothers cartoons, “Roadrunner” is an anthropomorphic flight (actually, dash) of covetous fantasy. It is also the last song I recorded with longtime friend, duo partner and producer/recording engineer Dave Hopper, who sadly left us before we could add a final lead guitar part.

Enter Chicagoan Lance Brown, my songwriting guru and absolute guitar shredmeister. Lance added a crunchy blues exclamation to the proceedings, and I can now submit it for your approval. If you like it, you can download it from any major streaming service and earn me a penny. Join me on the refrain: “Beep-Beep!”

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Happy May Day!

Posted by John Duggleby on May 1, 2024 in Music |

Here’s a song about a favorite tree in my neighborhood that I wrote during a less joyful time, when we were in the early throes of Covid. Excuse the crappy iPhone video until I get around to recording a proper version.

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New song: “Hard Times”!

Posted by John Duggleby on November 28, 2023 in Music |

Well, newly recorded, anyway. It’s inspired by my favorite Stephen Foster song, “Hard Times Come Again No More”. I actually wrote this in 2019, when it seemed things in our country couldn’t get any worse. Then came Covid; so you never can tell. Today, it seems just as relevant. But in the grand tradition of […]

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Wildfire Smoke– the song!

Posted by John Duggleby on August 2, 2023 in Music |

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  And when life gives you polluted skies, I say write a song about it.  Submitted for your approval: “Wildfire Smoke”.  I don’t need to explain the inspiration for this original ditty, but I’d especially like to thank friend and fellow musician Jim McSherry for suggesting I write a […]

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Help Take Me to My MAMA!

Posted by John Duggleby on June 29, 2023 in Music |

I’m a finalist for a 2023 Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Award for Classical/World/Unique Performer (whew!). It seems that they’ve mashed a few categories together. I guess at my age I’m a classic, my songbook includes a world of variety, and anyone who sometimes performs in a chicken costume can sure be considered unique.  So […]

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Rainbow Friday Merch Sale!

Posted by John Duggleby on November 25, 2022 in Books, Music |

Getting into the spirit of things, I’m slashing the price of my three in-print family books and two originals CDs by HALF between now and Christmas. Which means I’m practically giving them away, but I’m grateful for all the support folks have given me over the years, and this is my way of saying thanks. […]

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My MAMA Loves Me!

Posted by John Duggleby on November 16, 2022 in Music |

Recently my song “Sunflowers (For Ukraine) received the Madison Area Music Association’s MAMA Award for 2022 Folk/Alternative Song of the Year. This is southern Wisconsin’s version of the Grammys, and I’m surprised and humbled to be voted for this honor from among the gazillion incredibly talented musicians in this region. If you haven’t heard it, […]

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Lookin’ at Country

Posted by John Duggleby on October 14, 2022 in Music |

If Hank Williams was the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Loretta Lynn was surely the Downhome Diva Dickens. I’m saddened by the passing of one of the greatest voices and writers in not just country, but any music, any era. Though she eschewed feminist laurels in frilly-frocked country girl fashion, she was worth ten Gloria Steinhems for voicing […]

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New Duggleby/Birsan Song: “Sunflowers (for Ukraine)”

Posted by John Duggleby on March 9, 2022 in Music |

Like about everyone, I’m shocked and disgusted at Putin’s brutal assault on the citizens of Ukraine. And when I get angry, I try to get writing. So here is “Sunflowers (for Ukraine)”, inspired by accounts of everyday heroes fighting for their country and their lives. It’s a co-write with my friend, collaborator, world-class tenor/pianist, and […]

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Oh, MAMA!

Posted by John Duggleby on November 12, 2021 in Music |

I’ve been voted Madison Area Music Association’s (MAMA) Children’s Performer of the Year for the second straight year. Thanks a gazillion to all of you who supported me, and especially donated toward MAMA’s mission of providing instruments and financial support to kids and music programs in need. And if ya know anyone needing a rollicking […]

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