They call their music Ameri-kind-uh, as their tunes repeatedly stray over the Americana border, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippie influences.  Songwriters Henry (piano, accordion, vocals) and Kathleen Salvia (vocals, acoustic guitar) founded the band, and currently have enlisted Jerry Kuhel on guitar, mandolin, cello; David Phillips on pedal steel; bassist Dave Golia; and percussionist John Pearson.

JANUARY 2022 

Welcome to the new year!  We made it.  Kind of.  I can’t wait until it is February 22 2022 – that will be 2/22/22.  These are the kinds of ideas I entertain myself with these days.  However, if you’d like to be entertained, and sooner than 2/22/22 (fun to type!), please join us this Sunday, at the safest place we know to play these days: 

Sunday January 9 – 1:30 to 4:30 pm 

San Gregorio Store 

Hwy 84 & Stage Road 

Outdoors 

Full bar, snacks, shopping for eclectic stuff, and the full Flying Salvias Troupe (Kathlen & Henry, Jerry Kuhel, David Phillips, David Golia, John Pearson and special guests!) 

Masks required inside the Store.

SEPTEMBER 2021 

Wow. A month went by. Really fast. How come time dragged so slowly when I was waiting to be 21?   

Anyway, the full band, The Flying Salvias Troupe, is back at our clubhouse, San Gregorio Store, this Sunday, September 12 from 2 to 5 pm. Outdoors.  Divine weather, sublime cocktails, interesting shopping, oh yes, and us!!!  No cover as usual. Also as usual, we love the tips. Most people our age don’t go out and get a mortgage but there ya have it.  Only one way they will pry me (Kathleen) out of the dream house in Petaluma… and it’s a cliché I am loathe to write.   

Come and see us on Sunday! 

Peace and love and health to all! 

K

AUGUST 2021 

Dear Sage Heads: 

Henry and I are now officially Petaluma residents. There are beat up old upright pianos all over downtown Petaluma. We fit right in. 

However, we would never, ever, give up playing at San Gregorio Store, and that’s where we’ll be next Friday the 13th from 5 pm to 7 pm.  We’ll have quite a lineup playing our signature Ameri-kinda music: special guests David Phillips on pedal steel and Big Lou on accordion, plus Jerry Kuhel on guitar and cello, Dave Golia on bass, and John Pearson on percussion.   

Come on down!  It’ll be fun. 

Peace out, 

Henry and Kathleen

JULY 2021 

We're not sure we'll ever get back to, or even ever be normal, but we're definitely getting out of the house more often, and we hope you are, too. Here’s what we're up to in July.   

SUN, JULY 11, 11 AM – 1 PM    SAN GREGORIO STORE   Hwy 84 & Stage Road, 1 mile east of Hwy 1 The entire Flying Salvias Troupe – Henry, Kathleen, Jerry Kuhel on guitar, Diana Greenberg on fiddle, David Golia on bass, and John Pearson on percussion – will be playing. The bar is open, snacks abound, and the shopping is divinely wacky. No cover. Tips gratefully received. http://www.sangregoriostore.com 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY  - JULY 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 – 8 PM    WOODMINSTER AMPHITHEATRE ALWAYS, PATSY                                                                                  Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland 

Henry and Kathleen are pleased to join the musicians and singers supporting Margaret Belton as Patsy Cline, and Julia Etzel as Patsy’s friend Louise Seger. I, Kathleen, admit this is the first ever actual musical I have ever been in, having shied away from such shenanigans ever since I got rejected in high school. Click on the link for tickets and a synopsis of Always, Patsy, an inspired-by-real-life story. https://www.woodminster.com/2021-season 

In closing, because so many of you are our personal friends, we’re taking this opportunity to let you know that we are moving to Petaluma in a few weeks.  Our phone numbers and emails will remain the same, so we’re not disappearing completely; we may even be closer to some of you.   We don’t plan on ever leaving the San Gregorio Store behind, or Byrd & Beckett or the Ocean Ave Ale House. But maybe, we’ll find some new places to play in the North Bay… we shall see! 

Peace and love forever, 

Henry and Kathleen

We're BAAAAACK!!! 

April 2021

Hello Sage Heads! 

How the heck are you all?  The Flying Salvias played their last full band gig on March 8, 2020 at the San Gregorio Store and we’ve been pretty much flying under the radar ever since our last post in October.  Rather than going through a chatty little newsletter about how we now have a regular pre-dinner cocktail hour featuring Nash Bridges or Bay Watch accompanied by appetizers that don’t involve cooking, let’s cut to the chase: 

The Flying Salvias Band will be playing outdoors at San Gregorio Store on Sunday, May 9 from Noon to 2 pm.  Please join us.  Bring your mom because it’s Mother’s Day! 

Hope to see you soon! 

Love and Peace, 

Kathleen and Henry

October 2020 

October 2020 

Hey Sageheads! 

We have something new for you!!! Us performing Maurice Tani's gorgeous song, "Take Me With You When You Go Too Far."  Enjoy, then come back and read on!

We hope you are all well and as happy as you can be.  What a year.  So many changes!  Some of them may not be so bad, like learning we actually need to be around other people and finding new ways to do that.  I mean, drive-ins are back! 

Other developments have been very painful to endure even as a mere bystander.  They remind us how the amount of continuing sacrifice, heartbreak, and loss incurred over the years by our brothers and sisters of color is staggering. The one comfort I find is that the outrage against the years of brutality, inequality, and pernicious systemic racism is at last being expressed by millions of people of all colors, including white.   

Still, I feel a great heartbreaking sadness when I think about how much hate and fear abound in this country.  And no matter who is President, that hate and fear will remain. But it is not all darkness and evil. Right now, I feel surrounded, and protected, by heroes. They are fighting inequality, injustice, and fires. They are wearing a mask while they serve us food, sell us groceries, or deliver packages. Some of them are even running for office. 

Frankly, I see little hope in any kind of law convincing a hater to become a lover, unless it can prevent someone from becoming a hater in the first place.  One way to encourage that process is to VOTE!  We need people in office who will fight to provide quality education to our children, encourage concepts of social justice in our judicial system and everyday lives, work toward creating jobs that won’t wreck the environment, and view healthcare as a right, not a privilege.  I know there is a price tag to all of this.  It always comes down to money.  I’m in the solid center of the shrinking middle class, but I’m willing to accept the responsibility of paying more taxes if it will give me the reach to lend a hand to the ones coming up from the ranks; the same ranks my grandparents came from… but that’s another story. 

So, please VOTE!  And celebrate your vote with us on Thursday, October 15---  Here's the link:Click here at showtime to view!

 

Peace and Love,

Kathleen (and Henry, too!)

Shelter in Place Month 5 

Are you discovering that total strangers like to chat (through their masks of course!) outside Safeway, or when they walk past your house?  Are we all getting a little lonely?  Discovering we might actually be more of a social animal than we thought we were?  For us, the answer is: Yes! 

Recently Henry was preparing to do his first gig since this whole thing started.  It was outdoors in San Leandro at Harry’s Hof Brau. As he read the news that morning, he saw that San Leandro, as part of Alameda County, had just been put back into lockdown stage. A second later, he received a text:  Gig Cancelled.   I asked him whether he was disappointed or relieved.  His answer:  Yes! 

The front porch song-a-day sing-alongs lasted 49 days before we pooped out.   Kathleen has now also pooped out on facebook, though it was a great way to keep company with people. Eventually, though, it kind of got in the way of getting out of bed or ever getting dressed.  

Now we’ve moved on to outdoor backyard dinners with one or two couples all sitting far apart from each other and wearing masks until we are seated.  Then Henry got bitten by the outdoor movie bug.  We now have a 10 foot screen we hang, hook it up with a couple PA speakers, and a new digital projector and off we go.  First movie was Busby Berkeley’s “Golddiggers of 1933” complete with cartoon.  Second movie was “What’s Up Doc?” with opening Wallace and Grommit cartoon. We are really very lucky compared to so many others.  Very lucky.

We have used more flour in the past few months than we have used in the past few years.  Likewise, butter. 

We’ve written a couple new tunes during this time, at least.  And we are planning to do some recording. We are also finally acknowledging what was previously described as a “lack of focus” is actually two separate identities masquerading as The Flying Salvias.  So, along those lines, The Flying Salvias will soon be presenting “The Return of K. N. Right” (Country) and “Pop Goes the Jazzle” (Not Country). 

We are so eager to perform again that we are actually practicing.  Ha ha.  

Now, to the purpose of this epistle: 

Bird & Beckett Books & Records has invited us to play as a duo for one of their Thursday night live stream concerts.  Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m., we will be doing a couple sets and putting our 2 new projects out there for all to hear.  It’s a live stream thing, so everyone stays safe and healthy.   

What you will hear: 

A set focusing on K. N. Right material.  We’ll revisit a couple tunes from our original Kathy N. Right country CD from years ago, add in several new tunes, and remember our dear friend Kathi Kamen Goldmark by doing the song Kathleen wrote with her, “Older Than Him”  aka “The Slut Song.” 

Pop Goes the Jazzle starts off with “Henry’s Hideaway” which will set the tone and mood for the rest of the set; I’ve always thought of it as the introduction to a musical.  I don’t think we’ve ever performed it, so we will be debuting “Henry’s Hideaway” along with a couple other new tunes.  This will be the rhythmically and harmonically diverse set!  

We’ll send a reminder the day of the show, but for now, here’s a link to the Bird & Beckett You Tube Channel and you can check their other shows out: 

Click here!

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy, and best of our love to all of you!

Henry and Kathleen

May 21, 2020 

Hello Sageheads! 

Miss us?  We miss you!  We’re sorry we dropped off the radar, and yet, of course, we didn’t really go anywhere since COVID19 came to town.  All our gigs were cancelled of course, but still we feel we got off lucky compared to the many thousands of people who have lost their lives, the many more thousands of their surviving family members, those in recovery, people who are still sick or on respirators, and the 30 million people that lost their jobs and the ability to feed their families. 

We wanted to do something to make people feel better, so we created a little “sing along” that we live-streamed on Kathleen’s facebook page. It was called “Live at 5:05 Hold the Phone and Sing Along from Home.” We did it on our front porch. It lasted for about 7 weeks before the well ran dry.   It actually first started at 5 until we realized the Brisbane Shuttle Busses drove by right on schedule at 5:01 and 5:03. We mostly played cover tunes we thought would resonate with the situation and that people could sing or dance along to at home. Most days, there were socially distanced people out in front of our house, sometimes the cops drove by, and there were frequently motorcycles, as well as the relentless Brisbane wind. Every so often props or costumes were involved. It wasn’t really supposed to be about us so we mostly did not do our original tunes and we never pre-recorded anything.  It was just for fun.  

We were sometimes joined by socially distanced neighbor musicians Jerry & Melissa, or Dave & Big Lou. One time the Keller Sisters showed up and sang harmony from the curb on After the Gold Rush. 

We thought you might be amused by our song selection. Most of them are posted on Kathleen’s facebook page, and a select few are on the Flying Salvias facebook page, too.   You can view a "highlight reel" of some of the tunes here.

March 16         You Are My Sunshine (Davis/Mitchell 1939) 

March 17         When Irish Eyes are Smiling (Olcott/Graff/Ball 1912) 

March 18         Dairy Queen and Beer (ours) 

March 19         Happy Song  (ours) 

March 21         Puff the Magic Dragon – with Jerry & Melissa (Peter, Paul & Mary) 

                        Get Together – with Jerry & Melissa (Yongbloods) 

March 22         Three Little Birds (Bob Marley) 

March 23         Let It Be (Beatles) 

March 24         Lean on Me (Bill Withers) 

March 26         I Been Working on the Railroad (traditional) 

March 27         Rocket Man (Elton John) 

March 28         Oh, Wayne (ours) 

March 29         Sleepy Armadillo (ours) 

March 30         Spanish Pipedream (John Prine) 

March 31         Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) 

April 1             Nyquil Blues (Alvin Crow) 

April 2             Antontonilco (Flaco Jimenez) 

April 3             Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) 

April 4             I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) 

April 5             Alcohol (Kinks) 

April 6             She Don’t Worry (ours) 

April 7             Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) 

April 8             Holding Things Together (Merle Haggard) 

April 9             Living on a Prayer  (Bon Jovi) 

April 10           Will the Circle Be Unbroken (everybody who ever played in a country band) 

April 11           Ripple (Grateful Dead) 

April 12           Someday Soon (Ian Tyson) 

April 13           Freebird (Lynrd Skynrd) 

April 14           White Rabbit  (Airplane) 

April 15           Happy Together (Turtles) 

April 16           Different Drum (Linda Ronstadt) 

April 17           Living in America (James Brown) 

April 18           The Happy Song (Pharrel Williams) 

April 19           Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson) 

April 21           No, No, a Thousand Times No (1930’s melodrama) 

April 22           Dave and Lou – Woolly Bully, Beer Barrel Polka 

April 23           Ain’t Got No Home (Clarence “Frogman” Henry) 

April 24           Bohemian Rhapsody redux 

April 25           Without You (Nillson) 

April 27           Subterranean Homesick Blues (Dylan) 

April 28           After the Gold Rush (Neil Young) 

April 29           Blind Man’s Bluff (ours) 

April 30           Stand By Me (a lot of people) 

May 2              Witchdoctor (David Seville & The Chipmunks) 

May 3              Why Get Up? (Mavericks) 

May 4              Breaking the Law (Judas Priest) 

May 5              How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away? (Dan Hicks) 

May 6              Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues (Commander Cody) 

May 7              I’ll Be Your Mirror/Love is All Around (Velvet Underground & Nico/Troggs) 

May 10            To Where You Are (Josh Groban) 

We’re thinking of starting up again soon, improving on the sound, and making the stream available by other means than facebook, but the focus will still be on one song a day aimed at making you happy or comforted.  We just want to do something to connect us all, a pleasant diversion, a way to go someplace for a few minutes without getting in the car….  We’ll save our concertizing until such time as we can all be together in the same room again.  For now, stay healthy, keep calm, and know that we miss you.  We’ll be back in touch soon. 

Kathleen & Henry 

HOW CAN YOU HAVE A TRIAL WITH NO WITNESSES? 

So much going through my mind!  Shakira!  J-Lo! How can you have a trial without witnesses?  Conflict, conflagrations, Koalas. WTF is up in Martinez with bad landlords and Armando’s… I mean, Armando’s was one of the pioneers in bringing life back to downtown Martinez. It is heartbreaking, and I’d be lying if I didn’t mention I'm especially sad that we were supposed to play there in April with The Keller Sisters, and at least get to say a musical farewell to the beloved old place. On a smaller note, our car got keyed right in front of our house. Meanwhile, I have three ideas for books and I don't know how to write a book... maybe they should be musicals instead... oh, wait, I don't know how to write a musical either.  Maybe better stick to focusing on one song at a time and connecting the dots later.  Oh yeah, and how can you have a trial with no witnesses? 

Well, that’s out of my system.  And now it’s time for music happenings. Here’s what’s coming up in February and March: 

Sunday    February 9      11am-1pm  San Gregorio Store
Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio   No Cover 
We’ll be a TRIO, with our buddy, Jerry Kuhel. 

Friday      February 14    7:30-9:30 pm  Chit Chat Café 
5 Manor Drive, Pacifica   No Cover 
BIGGEST BAND EVER – w/Jerry, Diana Greenberg on fiddle, Big Lou on accordion, Dave Golia on bass, and John Pearson on percussion.  

Saturday   February 16   3 pm – Live on KKUP radio!
91.5 fm on your radio dial or go  to www.kkup.org and you can listen online.  

Sunday    March 8        2 – 5 pm     San Gregorio Store
Afternoon show with FULL BAND! 

Sunday    March 22    2:00-5:00 pm   The Lost Church  REVISED 2/6/20
65 Capp St, San Francisco 

You really want to buy a ticket for this!  $20 advance/$25 day of show,.This will truly be a very unique and special show.  We are sharing the bill with our friends,  The Sound Field.  Doors open at 2; Flying Salvias will go on at 2:45, Sound Field at 4:00.  The Lost Church is a gem of a listening room/performance space, complete with a bar in case you get thirsty.  Pay close attention to the street addresses, or you might miss it! Very cleverly disguised behind corrugated metal siding. 

Okay, everybody, we’ll see you soon.  Be kind to each other! 

Love, 

Kathleen

KARMA IN RETROGRADE: GOD IS LAUGHING 

Hello Sageheads! 

November already. It’s amazing how fast time goes by these days.  Couldn’t wait to turn 18… it seemed like time dragged on and on.  Now, there’s a lot more sand in the bottom of the hourglass than in the top of it. Dunes and dunes of it to be slogged through in the quiet moments, all while new little grains of memories trickle down relentlessly.  Which brings me to this month’s subject, which was supposed to be Karma.  But since last month, I have been distracted by the theory of what happens when Mercury goes in to its retrograde phase. I have become convinced the two concepts are irrevocably tangled up with each other. 

         Karma:  The sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. It is a Hindu belief in cause and effect.  It is a Christian’s idea of “going to their reward”  (or not).  For some of us, Karma is another name for “the Brownie Point System.” 

        Mercury in Retrograde:  An optical illusion that makes the planet appear to be moving backward from where we view it here on earth.  Side effects include wreaking havoc on communications, technology, information, and pretty much illustrating how when men make plans God laughs.    It lasts for almost 3 months a year. It’s going on now.   

Theory:  Karma and the shenanigans of Mercury in Retrograde are attracted to each other, like iron to a magnet, like a moth to a flame, like a fallen apple to the ground. 

Example: Recently,  I tried to do a good deed.  I picked up someone who lives a couple hours away, brought him back to the Bay Area for the night, then got up very early the next morning to take that someone to a doctor’s appointment. We check in and confusion is rampant. I have the email confirmation of the appointment in my smartphone which I wave around a lot, just to prove I am not crazy. We are informed that the computer should not have let us make the appointment, but that the doctor wants us to come back in February, which they would have told us about next January.  This is a classic example of communication gone awry. It was not the fault of any individual.  It was the retrograde ghost in the machine, apparently. 

Conclusion:  It can be especially risky to do any good deeds during this time, as the chance of something screwing up is high. It would follow then, that this is the time to plan your bad deeds, as they could likely turn out to be good. 

Question: Will I get Brownie points for the attempted good deed or was the failed appointment a punishment for maybe missing a few appointments in previous lives? 

Plan for the Future:  Come and see us and we’ll discuss.  Saturday Nov 9 at San Gregorio, Saturday November 23 as part of the special Nasty Women and Bad Hombres show at Tiburon Wine, and Sunday December 1 at the new-to-us and very cool Amado’s, in San Francisco.

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