We're back from Las Vegas where Gail Steiger and I performed for a couple of private functions for our dear friend Joe Brown. We were working to get excitement up for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko this January. They say we accomplished that and it was so fun to hang out with Gail, Amy, Teresa, Joe and Pam Brown. We even got to attend opening night of the National Finals Rodeo.

We met a wonderful man named Oliver Hemmers at both events.  His kids Conner, Crystal and Justice love cowboys. They are pictured above. Crystal sent us a note and another son Jonathan sang us an amazing song which can be heard in this post. Take listen if you need some REAL Christmas cheer. 
 
 
It feels so good to be home after plenty-o-travel this fall. This is our little dog trot home in downtown Virgin, Utah. Soon it will not have the breezeway but will be one house. There will also be a small guest house built. Teresa and I are so excited about the wonderful plan Peter Stempel has come up for the remodel. We have over 40 fruit and nut trees on the place plus wonderful grapes. The next photo is from our pecan orchard past our house to the old school, now town hall next to our place.  
Also, just got a photo of me standing with Ellis after interviewing her at the Moab Folk Festival.
 
 
This fall has been busy giving keynotes and performing. I've been invited to the Western Museums Association annual meeting in Salt Lake, the National Association of Interpretation in Reno, Kanab Writers Conference,  the Theodore Roosevelt Conference in North Dakota, and the Moab Folk Festival. 

All of these events showed me talented and dedicated people who are committed to imparting knowledge, wisdom and beauty. I really appreciate being asked to part of these occasions. 

In Moab, in addition to singing some of my new songs on a wonderful session with John Fullbright and Dan Wheetman, I was asked to conduct public interviews with two incredible artists, Ellis and David Lindley, pictured below. 


Also, wanted to show a blast from the past, an earlier incarnation of the Moab Folk Festival from the 70's with the Deseret String Band cutting it up. Thanks to Hugh Bollinger for the photos from the 2013 Moab Folk Festival.
 
 
 
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I have a new radio documentary out. It was recently broadcast on the other side of the world in Australia and I'd love to invite you to listen to it. You can download it anytime. 
 CLICK HERE 

Titled, "Mayan Music, Chiapas Mexico," it was made for a wonderful weekly show called INTO THE MUSIC on Australia's ABC Radio National. It aired October 5 and is about ancient and contemporary Mayan music. Even though you may have no clue what this music sounds like I would commend you to listen. It is a musical journey that deals with universal matters of the heart and mind. Hope you can join me. 

 
 

September 27, 2013 - born to Anneliese Cannon and Wolfgang Vollmann. 9.1 lbs. A strapping young lad.
With great love from your proud 1st time grandparents, Hal and Teresa. 

Welcome to the world, little baby
We’re glad you found this place to land, 
Mommy and Daddy are here to greet you
And shake your perfect little hand

chorus

Welcome, Welcome
To our dear one
Welcome home, Paul James
Pat your perfect little back,  and we will greet you

 
  1. Well done, our son, well done



Welcome to the world, dear baby
Open perfect eyes and look around
Feel the love and the safety
Hear the birds and all the perfect sounds

Welcome to the world, dear PJ
Come on in and find your room
We’ve worked real hard to get it ready 
Just as cozy as that perfect womb