The Flying Salvias are a piano/vocal and sometimes guitar duo, playing their signature Ameri-kind-uh music, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippy, though not usually all in the same song.

No Answer So Far 

Well, kiddies, it's been six weeks since I wrote to Sir Paul. So far, no answer. But I will not give up hope.  I'm sure he'll get to it any day now.  And in the meantime, there are songs to be written and gigs to be played. 

Been trying to write happy songs in major keys.  It is SOOOOO much easier to write complainers and wry observations.  It is amazing how long it can take to write a love song.  Like, a line a day.  I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, and use major happy chords.  Still, I cannot stray far from the minor chords.  But what love story doesn't have a minor chord or two or three pop up over the years?

June is half way done and July is knocking at the door. There are lots of interesting things coming up:  San Gregorio Store, Chit Chat Cafe (Pacifica),  our first gigs at Armando's  (Martinez) and Ocean Alehouse (SF). Both Flying Salvias will also be backing up the fantastic Margaret Belton at the Freight & Salvage (Berkeley).

Then there is the Sausalito Presbyterian Church British Invasion Sing-A-Long; we've done a couple of these (The Great Folk Scare, Summer of Love), and it is such a blast to have a whole hall of people uninhibitedly singing to all the songs. The Sing-A-Long is a community event, you don't have to be a member of the church, and words are provided. It's a pot luck, too, in the true sense of community connectedness.

All these gigs, except Margaret Belton at the Freight, are FREE. 

Look for us at Kate Wolf Festival.  Henry will be playing with The Jones Gang. Kathleen will be flitting about.

See you soon!

Letter to Paul McCartney 

Hi everybody - This is the letter I am sending to Paul McCartney. I figure it has as much a chance of Paul seeing it here as it does of making it past his gatekeepers. Will keep you posted!

Dear Sir Paul: 

I’m getting caught up on my correspondence and realized that I never received a response to the letter and handmade poetry/doodle book I sent to The Beatles 51 years ago.   

In an effort to bring you up-to-date, I learned to stop screaming at your shows after the first time I saw The Beatles at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and realized that none of you were going to stop playing, scream my name back at me, stop the concert, invite me backstage, or hug me to death. Also, I couldn’t hear a note through the din of all those other hussies in the audience. 

I next had the sort of pleasure of being in a seat very close to the field when The Beatles played their last show at Candlestick Park.  This time I was not screaming, just breathlessly waiting to be transported by your music. Then, there you all were:  being escorted out to a no man’s land on the field, completely separated from your audience. In retrospect, it was so sad that it had come to that.  None of us knew then that it would be the last Beatles concert for us.

Lots of water under the bridge since then.  Many more concerts where the sound was superb, and Sir Paul McCartney and his music delivered inspiration, provided an education on fine musicianship and showmanship, and was just a ton of fun. Of course, your own closing concert at the Stick definitely showed how far concert production, from every aspect, has come in the intervening years.  Thanks for getting the ball rolling on that so many years ago! 

I guess I could say it is your fault I am still making music myself after all these years.  The Beatles planted the seed.  Of course, back in those days, music wasn’t really the seed I wanted planted, but it has worked out much better this way for all of us, I’m sure!   

Today, my husband Henry and I write and perform as The Flying Salvias and have produced a few CDs over the past 20+ years.  We call it “Ameri-kinda” music. Besides that, we both leave behind a trail strewn with old publicity shots and band recordings from country to heavy metal.  

We’re not sending you our music, a video, or asking you to produce our next record.  (Not that we don’t want you to!)  However, I would be really stupid not to point out the website and contact information provided here just in case you get curious or want to send comps and all access passes to your next show.  

With thanks for your music and for the positive energy you have put into this world, 

Kathleen Salvia

Dear Diary 

I wonder if Paul McCartney will ever answer my letter?  It has been approximately 52 years, 10 months, 2 weeks and 3 days, and still no word. Oh, wait.  It was to George, not Paul.  Just answered my own question.  I think I will write to Paul tomorrow.  I think I have a much better chance of getting an answer now than I did then.  

Well, what happened to April?  Sometimes I get tired of listening to my own self run on, and I guess April was one of those months, so I didn't blog.  Actually, I have a really good excuse, but I'm not going to share it because it's just too darn depressing. But here we are on the cusp of May.  We've been playing a lot in various combinations, and for the next couple gigs our line up will again include David Golia on bass, Jerry Kuhel on guitar, banjo and mandolin, Roger Pease on drums, and of course Henry on keys, with me flapping around and chirping--in a spring mood.  Been writing some new songs.  Our CD got played on way over 100 non-commercial radio stations nationwide, which I bring up (again) because it makes us feel good and inspires us to do another CD.  Which we will do as soon as we finish writing the tunes.

Hey, if you're reading this, do me a favor and leave a comment.  It would be nice to get something besides all these weird robot nonsense comments; I am unclear on what their points are.

Come see the band on Sunday April 29 at Chit Chat or Sunday May 6 at Byrd & Beckett.  We'll be back to duo format for Sunday May 13 at San Gregorio. Will let you know what Paul has to say.

March On... March On... 

We're busy this month!  A little fun planned with a trip to New Orleans and then we'll be playing around the East Bay, North Bay, San Francisco, and Coastside.  We are fortunate to have Jerry Kuhel joining us on guitar and mandolin on a pretty regular basis in March, and we have a fine rhythm section, Dave Golia on bass and Dave Scheff on drums, ready to join us on a couple gigs this month too.  There is also a rumor getting started that David Phillips will be joining us on pedal steel, though I don't think that will happen til later this year.... still, one never knows!  


The past year has been both challenging and rewarding, and we hope it went the same way for you.  Coming up, we're planning on dressing up the duo with special guests as often as possible, and we can promise some very fun engagements for everyone involved, no matter what side of the bandstand you're sitting on.  Our gigs for the first six months of 2018 will have us ranging about  from a night of sharing with our fellow Brisbane artists, to our favorite home base at San Gregorio General Store, our Pacifica HQ at the Chit Chat Cafe, the fantastic Byrd & Beckett Books & Records in SF, the Pacifica Earth Day Celebration at Linda Mar Beach, and even a fundraiser for the Strong Second Chance Ranch in Petaluma, which helps rehab horses and find new homes for them.  We wish you all a year of peace and love, and if you can't find those things, then perhaps a good stiff drink!


Guess what?  The Nature of Things is now being played on about 135 non-commercial radio stations across the United States!  If you've got a local station you'd like us to send it to, please let us know and we'll get it right out to them.  Also, remember you can listen or download from SpotifyiTunes, the music page of this website, AmazonCD Baby and many other streaming services of your choice.  If you are a high-res fan, you can get it in DSD from Blue Coast Music

Jean Bartlett recently interviewed us and she also had some very nice things to say about The Nature of Things, including the following: 

"This new record by The Flying Salvias plays like a road trip to toe-tapping music salvation."   

Jean is a remarkable reporter whose interviews and articles you may have seen in the Pacifica Tribune, Oakland Tribune, or San Jose Mercury News.  Her online journal contains all kinds of interesting biographies and profiles. Read the entire interview in Bartlett's Biographies online journal, Portraits & Roots,

Love is the answer!  Invite us to play at your place, and we'll bring you some!

The Nature of Things 

The Nature of Things is available, and just waiting for you! All original, all acoustic, all great musicians, including Henry on piano and accordion of course, Kathleen on vocals, Travis Jones on rhythm guitar, Joe Craven on mandolin and fiddle, Mike Anderson on upright bass, and Russ Gold on drums and percussion. The gorgeous cover art is by Maurice Tani, who is a fine singer-songwriter in addition to being a wowzer of a graphic artist.

Preview the songs, and download your favorites from our Music page. Hi-res DSD downloads are available at Blue Coast Music.  Add us to your Spotify and iTunes playlists! Get your own copy that you can hold in your hand at CD Baby  or better yet,  come to one of our gigs!    

And you know what?  Now is your opportunity to be a music critic. Please feel free to review the entire album or just one song. You can do this with CD Baby or any of the other websites making our music available. Also, if you email us an honest but kindly review,  we'll publish it on our Music page.

And if you want to kneel the next time you hear the National Anthem, go ahead and do that, too. Kneeling is not just for athletes. People do it in churches all the time.

See ya soon!



The new CD has arrived! It is a feast for the ears thanks to all original songs, a stellar band, and Cookie Marenco's considerable recording skills with acoustic music. It looks gorgeous, too, thanks to Maurice Tani's cover art.  "The Nature of Things" will soon be available for download or you can purchase an actual CD. It was recorded at Cookie Marenco's OTR Studios in Belmont, on 2" tape, and then mixed to digital format.  Cookie will also have a DSD version (Direct Stream Digital is a very high resolution format) available on her Blue Coast Music website.  The band is outstanding, and features Henry on piano and accordion, Travis Jones on rhythm guitar, Joe Craven on mandolin and fiddle, Mike Anderson on bass, and Russ Gold on drums and percussion. Kathleen's vocals float like a lovely biscuit swimming in a bowl of musical gravy.  Can you tell I'm hungry as I write this?

Not much else to say right now, but a ton of work to do getting CD to reviewers, radio stations, and onto streaming platforms.  Soon we will take over the world!  It would be a happy world, and everyone would have health insurance.

Thanks for your patience!  We should be able to make "The Nature of Things"  fully available in a week or so. 


June Bugs 

I have never gotten over the image of floating, dead, really big, June bugs, in the swimming pool at girl scout camp, where I went on a "camper ship" back when I was a kid.  It is highly likely they are still dead. Just a little historical perspective...

Moving on!  May was about as busy as we could get, and is staying that way for a little while.

June started off with the Los Angeles Audio Show.  Cookie Marenco invited us to be part of the Blue Coast Music entourage, along with Jenna Mammina, Valerie Joyce, Judi Jaeger & Bob Reid, Derek Jones, and a bunch of other really talented people.  We got to do live recordings in the Blue Coast room, to meet a lot of new people by the bar campfire at night, and to listen to a lot of high end stereo set ups.  

Now we're back, and on June 9, we'll be part of the back up band, along with the Jones Gang, for singer-songwriter Peter Bland's Kyrie Concert, which will also feature members of Kathleen's "choir mater"  Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and be a benefit for the Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. Expect some gospel interplay, as well!

The album is just about finished. We expect to release it mid-July.  Our home base gigs at San Gregorio and Caffe Trieste will take place on June 11 and 23, respectively, and I have to say, that without the longstanding support of George Cattermole at San Gregorio and Terri Nevin at Caffe Trieste, we wouldn't have been able to hone the songs that are going to be on the record. 

James Comey just got done testifying as I wrote this.  Just a little more historical perspective...

May be, May be not, but mostly true. 

I've been thinking that the only thing I do on the Internet is flog various gigs, which is boring to me, so I can only imagine how you feel. So for a change of pace, I thought I'd see how much I can recall of The Worst Gig I Ever Played. Don't worry, you'll still get the free-form commerical at the end.

It was 1976, and I was in a band called Dallas Hodge and His Disco/Rhythm and Blues Review. This was the first band I was ever in with guys way better than me, so I was pretty stoked about the whole thing. Had a 2-piece horn section and a chick singer, as we used to say Back in the Day. Not much Disco in the Disco/Rhythm and Blues review, Average White Band, Rufus, Temptations (Shakey Ground was in the charts then) and a medly of Dancin' Fool (by The Guess Who) and Dancin' Fool (by Frank Zappa). A pretty good Funk band but not much Disco. Dallas was a young old Blues man who had bent as much as he could towards the domanant paradigm that was Disco (even in Rock City Detroit) back then. You kids today don't know how lucky you are.

Anyway, we had a gig at a place called the Underground Disco, in the basement of a hotel by the Metropolitan Detroit airport. The place was a cavern with 50' ceilings decorated by hanging silver-painted mannequin body parts (not the mannequin, just the separate heads/arms/legs/torsos) on ropes from the ceiling. Quaaludes were a hell of a drug. Probably held at least 1000 people. They had a massive sound system even for those days (back then a band would play a bar seating about 60 with a PA that would handle a room of around 500). The deal was the band would alternate with the DJ and play 2 "shows", sharing the house system.

There's a few things you may not realize if you didn't play bars in the midwest in the '70s. The first is the people who go to Underground Discos are not much fans of Funk and Soul, let alone Frank Zappa and the Guess Who, believe it or not. The other thing is that no matter how loud a live band can get, they absolutely cannot compete with a DJ setup. The dynamic range of live music guarantees that it will always be much quieter than a recording played at high volume over the same system.

So, the dance floor is full for the DJ's opening set. We get up and everyone sits down and stays there, with tepid applause that grandually fades to no applause at all. We finish up the first set by blowing the ending of Love Machine by The Miracles, which gets us a good round of laughter, along with a round of applause when Dallas announces we are taking a break. The DJ starts at a much louder volume than us and the dance floor is packed. We get back up later to a round of boos that don't stop until we quit early, which gets us our last ovation of the night along with more boos. The only time I've ever been booed off a stage. Not much fun. And I never even got one of the steak dinners from room service that Dallas charged to the promoter. My career in a nutshell.

So now the commercial. Kathleen and I are playing Fri May 5 at a benefit for the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica in the Mildred Owen Concert Hall on-site there. We open and sit in with the headliner Wall Of Blues, who are.  Tix at

We play Sat May 13 at the San Gregorio Store at  11AM, but then Sun May 14 at the Freight & Salvage with Margaret Belton and her Patsy Cline show Today, Tomorrow and Forever. 2 shows, 3pm and 7pm. This will be a really great show, as she is amazing. We're going to see Marty Stuart at the Freight the next night, you should too. Then we have a Bueno Vino Club show at the Cannery Cafe in Hayward May 18 at 5:30 PM. Guest winemaker pouring and reallyreally good food from chef Jeff Rosen. Sun May 21 on the ocean at the Chit-Chat Cafe in Pacifica at 3pm, and Fri May 26 7pm at Caffe Trieste in Oakland on Piedmont ave.

That's our show. Goodnight everybody, and thanks.

Happy Hour and a Half

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Armando's, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez

Our first time on our own at Armando's. It's a great listening room, serves with beer and wine, as well as NA drinks, there is plenty of seating, and in keeping with a true happy hour, there is no cover. A great way to check this place out if you haven't been here before.

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