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new CD, buncha gigs, new rant

First, the new CD, "Old White Men", is out digitally. It is available on the website -, as well as on iTunes - The physical copies will be available in about 10 days. Check out that first link for pre-ordering.

I've got a few gigs in Canada coming up this week, on Thursday (Algonquin Stage House Concert Series) and Friday (Ottawa Folk Festival), and then Sept 2 (Shelter Valley Folk Festival). Check out the website for all pertinent details -

After that is a CT/PA run:

Fri, Sep 9, 2011
2011 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo
New Haven, CT

Fri, Sep 16, 2011
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA

Sat, Sep 17, 2011
Kennett Flash
Kennett Square, PA

Thu, Sep 22, 2011
Calliope Center Stage Concerts
Pittsburgh Center for The Arts
Pittsburgh, PA

Sat, Sep 24, 2011
Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Harrisburg, PA

Again, see for all details

And finally, a new rant is up on my site. Here's a part of it:

Racial Profiling First Hand...FWB&RAAB...

You have to read through the letter below, sent to the ACLU, United/Continental Airlines, and/or a willing private lawyer (anybody?) to get to the meaning of the acronym.

What price Freedom, indeed. If the below is democracy and freedom, you can friggin' have it. Maybe Paul Robeson was right:


To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Vance Gilbert.

I live in Arlington, MA.

I am a homeowner, having been here 10  years, I have a partner, and we have two 52lb Standard Poodles.

I am a 6 foot tall, bespectacled, slightly greying, 52 year old, 230 lb African-American male with a close hair cut.

On August 14, 2011, I boarded United Airlines Flight UA #3483 from Boston to Dulles on time and was seated in an isle seat #9C on an Embraer 170. I was dressed in shorts, baseball hat, t-shirt, hiking boots, and unbuttoned Jimmy Buffett Hawaiian shirt (covered with airplanes). As the door was being closed, we were told it was a full flight, meaning 70 - 80 people. I had my backpack under the seat in front of me, and my fanny pack/wallet behind my heels.

After the doors were closed the flight attendant came down the isle checking security buckling, bag clearance etc., and asked if she could put my fanny pack above me in the overhead bin. I replied to her that I'd be fine just stuffing it next to my back-pack under seat in front of me as it contained my wallet etc and that I'd rather have it near. She seemed fine with that resolution. All that was done without consternation or belligerence, and I thought nothing of it.

Read the rest...

Thanks, all!