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Abdi Nor Iftin and Mama Malyun

I am finally releasing my interview with author Abdi Nor Iftin. If you've been following my podcast and blog posts, this man needs no introduction. We sat down at the Bisbeens and Rice space in Bisbee, to talk about his experiences growing up in Somalia, and about his new book. Included as well, is an interview with Mama Malyun, a celebrity within the Somali community, who we were able to sit down with in the Phoenix area. She is an outspoken women's rights activist and feminist, now living in the States. Included on the blog is the video that Abdi did for Mama Malyun's YouTube show. I've also included links to an organization that helps women find their voice in Somalia, including links to where you can find Abdi's book, Call Me American. Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (GECPD) Abdi Nor Iftin - Call Me American Mama Malyun's YouTube Channel  (discontinued - email me for reasons why and how you can help)


UPCOMING EVENTS - 2018 SEPTEMBER 21: Whiskey Lickers; Oddjob Ensemble @ The Quarry SEPTEMBER 27: Whiskey Kiss @ Cochise County Fair SEPTEMBER 28:  Zigtebra and Black Medicine @ The Quarry Whiskey Kiss @ The Quarry Girl Fry @ The Quarry SEPTEMBER 29: Dolan Ellis @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ SEPTEMBER 30:  Dolan Ellis @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ OCTOBER 5:  Pit Fire Festival @ Cochise College - Douglas Campus OCTOBER 6:  P.D. Ronstadt & Co. @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ OCTOBER 7:  Jonathan Rodriguez Jazz Quintet @ The Quarry P.D. Ronstadt & Co. @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ The Lion's Daughter and Armed For Apocalypse @ The Quarry OCTOBER 12:  Naim Amor Trio @ The Courtyard OCTOBER 13:  Katie Haverly @ Patagonia Fall Festival Lillie Lemon @ The Quarry OCTOBER 14:  P.D. Ronstadt & Co; Rebekah Rolland featuring the Sandoval Sis

Dee and Jeff Foote / Uptown 3 Theatre

Jeff and Dee Foote, the owners of the Uptown 3 Theatre in Sierra Vista were kind enough to chat with me about their upcoming screening of Bisbee 17, the documentary about the Bisbee deportation of 1917. The documentary is having its theatrical release in September (2018), and the Uptown 3 is screening the film, starting September 14th. We talk about much more than Bisbee 17, so give a listen! Bisbee 17 Uptown 3 Theatre PODCAST LINK

Music Showcase - May through July - 2018

Thanks everyone for supporting the show so far. I'm going to release the tracks I have recorded, back to back, from different artists who have come to sit down with me. I'll put the track order here, and will announce the artists and song titles at the beginning of the show. Also, thank you everyone who has contributed to the GoFundMe page, to cover the costs of Abdi's book tour here in Southern Arizona. I've almost reached my goal! I just need another little push from the community, and friends and family. I'll post a link to that GoFundMe page here on the blog. NOTE: The Leigh Lesho recordings were done at the KBRP studio in downtown Bisbee, Arizona. 1. Leigh Lesho - Shadowside 2. Leigh Lesho - The River 3. Katie Haverly - The Ruins 4. Katie Haverly - A Bigger Heart 5. Dan Simonis - The Cowboy Song 6. Dan Simonis - Defiance County 7. Nathan Hinojosa - Alien Nate 8. David Butler - Keep Your Dreams Alive 9. Birds and Arrows - Edgewood 10. Birds a

Abdi Nor Iftin - Call Me American - Chapter 4 - Passage

Here is another passage from Abdi Nor Iftin's book, Call Me American. I thought this section of chapter 4 was particularly interesting, as it is the start of his journey into a fascination with American culture. Once again, he will be promoting his book here in Arizona. Full info: - September 7th, 2018 - Tucson - Barnes and Noble (West) - 7325 N. LaCholla Blvd - 1:00pm - 3:00pm - September 8th, 2018 - Bisbee - Bisbeens N Rice - 24 Main Street - 2:00pm - 4:00pm Bisbeens N Rice Bisbee Books and Music Full Resolution Flyer GoFundMe PODCAST LINK

The Blues Wizard

  Today's interview is with Keith Kifer, 'The Blues Wizard'. He came to Bisbee a few years ago and has been filling our little town with the sounds of his custom made 'found object' instruments ever since. He creates instruments out of objects, like hubcaps and gas tanks, and let's not forget suitcases! Growing up in California, we talk about how that impacted his interpretation of the blues, authenticity, and how he found acceptance in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a town steeped in Delta blues history. On the page are some links and a video he filmed here in Bisbee, with other local musicians. Lunatic Fringe Luthiery The Legend of the Blues Wizard

Abdi Nor Iftin - Call Me American - Chapter 1 - Passage

I've been enjoying the monsoon rains here. My ocotillos are looking thick and beautiful. The creosote bushes are pungent and keep me up at night, simply because I don't want to stop smelling them! I'm sure in my dream state I have incorporated the smell as well, though. It doesn't last long here in the desert, and I'm soaking it in. All of this to say that I have no interview this week. If I could interview the ocotillos and creosote bushes, I would. Here is a passage from Abdi Nor Iftin's book, Call Me American. I'm posting the flyer here as well, for his upcoming book tour dates here in Southern Arizona. I pose a question at the end of this short episode. Maybe you can send me your thoughts, at Bisbeens N Rice Bisbee Books and Music Full Resolution Flyer GoFundMe Page PODCAST LINK

Slow Motion Cowboys / Pine Hill Haints

    Here is my interview with Pete Fields from the Slow Motion Cowboys and, then Jaime Barrier from The Pine Hill Haints comes in at one point to talk about Arkam Records, and Alabama, the Tennessee River, and the history of the blues. I'll include some links to music and Jaime's record label that he talks about. Who was W. C. Handy? Ever wanted to mosey down the Tennessee River? Learn more about Muscle Shoals and its role in shaping the blues? Also, learn about Pete's days in San Francisco, including stories about growing up with Jesse Thorn, the founder of Maximum Fun and the host of NPR's interview show, Bullseye. The Pine Hill Haints Slow Motion Cowboys Arkam Records

Abdi Nor Iftin in Tucson and Bisbee - GoFundMe

I will be bringing Abdi Nor Iftin to Bisbee, for my show, and for his book tour, with a date also being set up in Tucson. This will happen in September.  His publisher will not be funding this trip, so I have decided to fund it myself, keeping my community in mind. This will be a great opportunity, bringing this great writer to our town.  Abdi's story about immigrating to the US from Somalia was featured on This American Life a few weeks ago, and his new book, Call Me American, is now on the shelves.  This estimated $500 is to cover the cost of gas (I will be driving around the state with him) and the cost of the plane tickets. He will be staying with me, and with family in Phoenix, so there will be no lodging costs for him. Any additional funds I raise will go to Adbi, or to wherever he decides to send it.  Here is a link to the gofundme page: Call Me American

Birds and Arrows

  Listen to us wax lyrical about Tom Petty, chat about stories behind songs and talk about Banjo, the pampered pooch with a bigger trailer than the other dogs. What on earth am I talking about? I don't know, it's late and I'm burnt out from the day, but need to get this released by midnight. Don't worry, I'm maintaining consistency in podcast releases! Look at me go! Here is my interview with Andrea and Pete from Birds and Arrows. The two songs you here is 'Edgewood' and then 'Adrift', recorded here at the Red Mountain Property. Birds and Arrows  


UPCOMING EVENTS 2018: AUGUST 13:  Julien K @ The Quarry AUGUST 16: Big Business @ The Quarry AUGUST 17: Emily Davis @ The Quarry AUGUST 18: Soft Deadlines, Snailmate, The Woodworks @ The Quarry AUGUST 24: Kevin Pakulis @ The Bisbee Grand AUGUST 25: Mill's End @ The Quarry SEPTEMBER 1:  Dolan Ellis @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ SEPTEMBER 2:  Dolan Ellis @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ Sleepspent @ The Quarry SEPTEMBER 8th: Book Signing and Q and A: Abdi Nor Iftin in Bisbee - Bisbeens N Rice SEPTEMBER 29: Dolan Ellis @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ SEPTEMBER 30:  Dolan Ellis @ The Arizona Folklore Preserve - Hereford, AZ

Nathan Hinojosa

Last month, I sat down with this young man here, and learned a lot about how much of his life is far outside of the mainstream way of thinking in this country. It was refreshing, as someone who grew up with punk rock roots, but has become very by-the-book in most aspects of life, to sit down with someone who hasn't given up and fallen into the trap of 'the matrix'. Want to know what the hell I'm talking about? Give my interview with Nathan Hinojosa a listen. We also talked about the Concert without Borders. I have included some more information about this important border concert in this post. Nathan Hinojosa Concert Without Borders NOTE: I am aware, and ashamed, as an English teacher, that I referred to 'her' in 'her story' as a pronoun. While it can be used as a pronoun, 'her' is a determiner, not a pronoun, in this sentence structure. I apologize to any pedantic grammar nerds out there. No need to send emails. Please forgive me.  

Jelle van der Munnik

  Here is my interview with a young cyclist named Jelle van der Munnik. He just recently graduated from college in his home country of The Netherlands, and decided to get on his bicycle and ride from Canada all the way to Argentina. He arrived into our little town, having already traveled through the entire USA. He crossed into Mexico at Naco, Sonora/Arizona a few weeks back and has been having a great time traveling through Sonora. Below are the links I promised I would include, as well as the video from El Imparcial TV. ¡Que impresionante este hombre! Él habla español muy bien en este entrevista en el video. Jelle van der Munnik Orange Guy on a Bike Couchsurfing Warm Showers Aquí está la enlace a ' '.  Tim es mi amigo motociclista que escribe acerca de deportes alrededor del mundo.  

David Butler - Kozmic Karma

Happy Father's Day! This is my first interview at the new Red Mountain Property Studio, at the base of the Mule Mountains here in lovely, Bisbee, Arizona. This week, I sat down with my father! David Butler, who is recording right now under the band name Kozmic Karma. I've included some links to his music on the blog page. It was a blast to talk about his journey with music over the years. We come from a multi-generational family of musicians. What deep, personal stories will we tell? Listen to find out! I've included some pictures of the new property as well. Thanks for your support! Here are the lyrics to 'Keep Your Dreams Alive': Do you get the feeling you've been here before? We live more than one life of that I'm sure And when you find that you've got a second chance You want to make the most of your past 'Cause everyone gets lost along the way Going through the motions day by day Sometimes we need to be alone To try to fi

Dan Simonis

This week I have Dan Simonis, a Bisbee local. We talked about the Southwest, tall tales and lore of the desert, and Texas. We touch on his project, the West Texas Millionaires, and he shares some stories from when he was touring with that group. Below is the video we talk about in the interview, for the song, "West Texas Town". Dan and his wife own The Courtyard, a lovely space and music venue right in the heart of Old Bisbee. Links below. The Courtyard Dan Simonis PODCAST LINK  

Bisbee En Vivo

A todos nuestros oyentes hispanohablantes... vamos a lanzar mas material que es bilingüe en adelante. Siento que es importante para mí y para la comunidad. Gracias por escuchar.

Katie Haverly

Katie Haverly is a recording artist from Tucson. We talked about the Southwest, and what can come out of you, when you hole yourself up in a cabin in the woods long enough. We also talked about the inspiration behind some of her songs, and the look, feel and mood of the music video of her song, Wreckage, off of her latest album, Pluto. She and her guitarist, Ben Nisbet, played two songs for us, including a song that hasn't been released on any album yet. What a treat! I'll provide some links on the blog, including her two upcoming shows I'm promoting (June 2018), and I'll stick in the Wreckage video. Katie Haverly - The Courtyard, Bisbee - June 22nd Katie Haverly - The Buckhorn, Pinos Altos - June 23rd  

Of Sea and Stone

  Here is my interview with Luke and Morgan from Of Sea and Stone. Make sure to visit . We spent a lovely day together, walking around Bisbee. Here's a video I captured of those two singing along with Bisbee's Blues Wizard in his music shop, and a picture of Luke and Morgan outside of the KBRP studio!

Jean Caffeine

We're heading a bit backwards this week, just to catch up on the interviews. This was my first recording for Bisbee Live. This week, I’m releasing the podcast version of my interview with Jean Caffeine, who came to Bisbee a few weeks ago to play a gig, promoting her new album Sadie Saturday Night. Sadie Saturday Night is not only her latest album release, but also the name of her one woman show about growing up in San Francisco, during the explosion of punk rock in the late 70s. Be sure to checkout and also to find out more about her music and where you can go see her show. This interview was recorded in the KBRP studio in the Bisbee Royale building, downtown.  

Leigh Lesho

This month I sat down with Leigh Lesho, a recording artist based out of Tucson. We talked about the songwriting process, her work as a yoga coach and how that ties into her experiences with softball, equine therapy for people who fall on the autism spectrum, and so much more. This is the uncut version, recorded in the KBRP studio, with the broadcast version being released on May 13th, 2018. Leigh and her work can be found at PODCAST LINK