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.

How Did We Get to February Already?  

January was a very stretchy month for Kathleen:  Just coming off recording with The Sound Field for their new CD, and playing with the Nasty Women & Bad Hombres.  First time I ever played guitar on other people’s songs, in a band, and also without Henry.  My new sisters, Nasty Women singer-songwriters Deb Grabien and Lauren Murphy are truly inspiring, empowering, and most of all, fun, to work with. And the Bad Hombres aren’t so bad either in that respect: we had Mark Karan on guitar, Larry Luthi on drums, and Nic Grabien on bass.  It was a blast!   

I’m sure Henry was off doing interesting stuff too, but I forget what.  I can remember as far back as an hour ago, though, when he left the house to go rehearse with multi-instrumentalist Jenny Kerr, who is also a fine singer-songwriter. Also, later his week he’ll be recording with Myles Boisen. 

Anyway, we’re busy! But we will finally make it back at the Chit Chat in Pacifica on Friday, Feb 1, 7:30 p.m.  The next weekend we’ll be back on the coast Saturday, Feb 9, playing at San Gregorio in the morning and with a full band at the Moose Lodge in Pacifica that evening. 

In March we look forward to the Jones Gang Presents Mad Dogs & Englishmen show.  The band will swell to at least 12 people, including me, Loralee Christensen, and Annie Sampson on backup vocals.  It is going to be a hoot, March 9 at Rancho Nicasio! 

Meanwhile, life goes on, with all its petty differences, major annoyances, moments of unadulterated joy, happiness, frustration, and just plain hate.  We are a strange species.  And though I gag at the thought of fake news, and rue the insidious internet plantings of lies as truth, I recently gleaned one  piece of solid advice, that is working pretty well so far:  Act kinder than you feel! 

Peace, 

Kathleen

Happy New Year! 

Well, my December blog lied.  We are back in January after all!  Just couldn't wait until February.

2018 was a political roller coaster of a year.  A musical roller coaster, too.  The Flying Salvias spread their wings and added trio and full band configurations at all kinds of gigs from our clubhouse San Gregorio Store, to Brewsters Pub and Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, Byrd & Beckett and The Lost Church in SF, Armando's in Martinez, and even the San Mateo County Women’s Jail and Menlo Park VA Hospital. Heck, Henry even played with Metallica! 

In late 2018, Henry and Kathleen both got involved in a couple of projects that we hope to see more of in 2019.  The Jones Gang’s tribute to Mad Dogs & Englishmen debuted in December at Armando’s. And Russ Gold’s Southern Soul Survivors should be bursting out of the woodshed any time now.  Currently, Deb Grabien also has Henry and Kathleen in the studio pitching in on Sound Field’s next CD, “This Moment of the Storm,” which will be chock full of Deb’s fine songs. 

Henry played with Maurice Tani at Freight & Salvage for a live recording, “This is It!” that just came out.  It is a really great listen; I can say that with all my heart, because I rarely think anything is a really great listen.  Yet, I always love pretty much anything Maurice Tani writes, plays, or sings, so I encourage you to go out and see and hear for yourself why.  (And you won't hear it from his lips, but Henry's piano playing is fabulous on this CD!-K) 

This month: 

          Flying Salvias will be with Jerry & Melissa at the Ocean Ale House in SF on Friday January 18th. They’ll play a set, then we’ll play a set. It’s fun. There are very good burgers, too. 7 – 9:30 p.m., 1314 Ocean Ave. 

          Kathleen is joining Deb Grabien and Lauren Murphy as a Nasty Woman for a show on Sunday January 27 at Tiburon Wine, from 5 to 7:30 pm.  This singer-songwriter conclave will also feature some stellar players, such as Mark Karan, so come and see us!   Tix are $20. It’s a very small venue and right now the only way I know to get an advance ticket is to email me and I’ll take care of it with the girlzzz. Will update this information soon. 

          Oh, and of course, the SF Women’s March is coming up Saturday January 19, 11:30 a.m. Civic Center Rally; march down Market Street at 1:30 p.m.  We always skip the speeches… preaching to the choir, ya know?  But the march is a powerful experience.  

More stuff coming up in February, so we’ll get back to you soon!   

Signing off for now, with a toast to those who left us behind last year, those who stuck around, and those we have yet to meet:  May there be better days ahead for everyone!

December Update 

Hey kids -  This month we trot Jingle Horse out for its annual holiday ride around. So yesterday, Henry, Kathleen, Dave Golia, Big Lou and Roger Pease played at the annual Service League Christmas party given for the women of the San Mateo County Jail. I sang in a lot of jails and prisons when I was with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, but this one is just me and my friends and the ladies and there is always something about the event that touches me to the core.  Thanks to Bread and Roses for inviting us to do this gig for over ten years now.  Maybe it's special because if I got arrested in my home county that would be the jail I'd go to?  Hmmm...  nonetheless, it's a "there but for fortune" moment for all of us in the band.

Here's something different: Henry recently played with Metallica at The Masonic, as part of the first acoustic concert /fundraiser the band put on for their All Within My Hands Foundation.  David Phillips was on the gig too. To say that I was stoked about this would be an understatement.  Henry was cooler about it and just worked his ass off to prepare and do a good job. I have just erased a tirade about how they stiffed their sidemen. Other than that, it was pretty cool.

So now it's the end of the year.  Jingle Horse will be playing another Bread & Roses show at the Veterans Admin Hospital in Menlo Park.  Then the Flying Salvias will have our official office Christmas party on Sunday, December 9 from 9 to 11 at San Gregorio Store.  It'll be a long day.... the Jones Gang follows at 2 pm.  Come and have fun with us.

We'll be back in February.  Be good to each other, and spread some love around if you can.  Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday however you call it.  

Best to you all,

Kathleen

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? 

Oh, how I wish that song were not still so absolutely relevant.  When will we ever learn?  What have we ever learned?  I'm learning to keep my mouth shut if I want any peace, which somehow seems wrong, being as this is a country where free speech is almost as important as the right to bear arms or for boys to be boys.  Yes. I am angry!  The polarization in this country is breaking my heart. Are these the growing pains of democracy or its death throes?  Sad to say, I am really glad I don't have any children to leave this mess to.

Far more erudite and intelligent friends have been writing about our condition today.  So I'll stop now. I figured it was safe to vent a little here since no one reads these blogs anyway.  Therefore the danger of starting a flaming war is minimal.  Test, test, is anyone out there?

Come to our gigs.  It will be fun.  We will create a concentrated area of peace, love, and understanding.

Sunday October 21, 11 - 1 pm, San Gregorio, no cover, all ages.  Trio with Jerry Kuhel.

Friday October 26, 8 - 10 pm, Armando's in Martinez, $15, doors at 7:30 pm. Quintet with Diana Greenberg,  Dave Golia, Ken Owen.

Peace,

Kathleen Flying Salvia 

 

August 2018 - MUSINGS FROM THE SAGE 

The Flying Salvias and Keta Bill just got home from playing at a birthday party for a 112 year old woman.  Amazing lady with a great group of family and friends!   

Sunday, Henry and Kathleen celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

The Smart Car has over 100,000 miles on it.  

Numbers mark everything, but it is the time between that is so precious, remembered, savored, wasted, suffered through, and/or forgotten.  Is that not so, my friends?  

We spent 4 days at the Rodney Crowell Adventures in Songwriting Camp.  This could be said to fall in the category of "suffered through", but we didn't come away completely uneducated or uninspired.  As  result, our collaborating skills have improved and we're getting pretty fearless at self-editing. (That means we can talk to each other without wanting to kill the other songwriter or ourself and are now more capable of taking our favorite, most precious couplet, and throwing it in the garbage.)  Also discovered youngster/genius player Joe Robinson, a definite guy to pay attention to. A heck of a player, and his songwriting is not too shabby, either.  He's out of Nashville via Australia.  Practicing what we learned meant that "The Road" has been mercilessly slashed of non essentials and refreshed with additional, more concise lyrics.  You will hear it soon!  It's still depressing as hell, but it's a better class of depression.

There's not a lot going on for us this month, except Henry is getting his wish and playing for a lot of different people. Frequently!  Meanwhile, we'll be at our clubhouse in San Gregorio and also debut at The Fireside Lounge, in Alameda.

See all ya'all soon!

 

 

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!  

COMING UP THIS YEAR... 

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!

Previous events

Feb9

Moose Lodge Community Fundraiser

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Moose Lodge, 776 Bradford Way, Pacifica, CA

This is a fundraising dinner/dance for the Moose Community Fund. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7, dancing 8 - 10. Flying Salvias will be playing dance music from left field (well this is the Left Coast!) allowing you the opportunity to try out many different dance moves, from standard swing to blues, rock & roll, country, and basic hippie freestyle. For tickets, email leonardiniguez@gmail.com

Oct26

Flying Salvias

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Armando's, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez

We're a quintet tonight, with our friends Diana Greenberg on fiddle, Dave Golia on bass, and Ken Owen on drums. $15 Doors open at 7:30 pm. 21 and over.

Sep28

Flying Salvias, Melissa & Jerry

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Ocean Ale House, 1314 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco

We had so much fun the first time, we're going back. First set - Melissa & Jerry, Second set - Flying Salvias. All sets - great brews and burgers. No cover, all ages.

Sep1

A Night of Americana

The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster Street, Alameda

We've got the fabulous Daves with us tonight! David Phillips on pedal steel, and Dave Golia on bass. Singer Songwriter Koli Kohler at 9 pm Flying Salvias 9:45 - 10:45 pm The California Sons 11 pm - 1 am $5 cover. 21 and over.

Jul27

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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