I start and I stop and I try it again,

the unending fight to live up to my pen…

Thank you, Asheville!

Lots of love and many thanks to those of you who voted for me as a Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” poet for the third year. I had hoped to give each of you a kiss….but I’m afraid I don’t have that much Dr. Pepper chapstick. Thank you also for voting for me as a Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” social media personality. This is my first time being named in this category and, since I predominantly use Twitter and Facebook to make people laugh, it’s an immeasurable honor, although I may ask one of my mathematically inclined followers to try to measure it anyway.

Barbie Angell’s blog

Robin Williams, social media & the end of my rapidly fraying rope….

August 12, 2014 | comments

There’s a bumper sticker which reads, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”…. Well, I’m paying attention and I am absolutely, unequivocally outraged.

To those of you who are attacking people for being upset about the death of Robin Williams…. STOP.

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1 year anniversary of Roasting Questions & upcoming shows….

February 25, 2014 | comments

Photo credits…. Hop West book release ~ by Rodney Smith. Mended Heart artwork ~ by Erin Scholze. Greg Garrison at Walk A Mile ~ by Barbie Angell. Bombs Away Cabaret ~ by Sandy Jones.

And now I’m going to do something which I rarely do….promote myself. Please bear with me, this is not something I do well. Sure, I’m great at letting everyone know which bands and plays to go see, and I’m almost always right when I warn people to buy tickets because a show will sell out, but I am no good at reminding people to come hear me perform.

To further illustrate my point, this is the first time I’ve used my website to mention one of my shows in several months, maybe a year. I have an email list to send out newsletters, but I only sent out one and it was in early 2013. Yep, the shoemaker’s children have no shoes and the girl who loves to promote everyone else never says a word about her own work.

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Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread

Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread….a non-standard review.

January 12, 2014 | comments

Before I share my thoughts on Rosanne Cash’s new album, The River & The Thread, let’s go ahead and address the metaphorical elephant in the room. Yes, I am referring to the “clad in black, full of charm, iconic voice” known to all generations as Johnny Cash. Because yes, he is Rosanne Cash’s father; however his black coattails have never carried her career. To me, the fact that they are related is almost an aside when discussing her music. An interesting association, and certainly it enabled her to gather an insider’s perspective of the industry, but this is not what has made her an Americana music legend.

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steep canyon rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers….a non-standard review.

September 8, 2013 | comments

Yes, this is another “completely non-standard” album review. I’m sure there won’t be a shortage of actual music writers putting keyboard to screen about Steep Canyon Rangers’ brand-pickin’-new album, Tell The Ones I Love. In spite of that, sometimes I am just so taken with something that I simply have to write about it. I’ve owned the cd for two weeks, and I’d need algebra to figure out how many people I’ve talked to about it in person, let alone through social media.

“If Barbie talks to an average of 20 people a day, tweets to approximately 3,000 followers, has 825 ‘friends’ on Facebook and fell in love with an album fourteen days ago… how many superlatives has she used in the last two weeks?”

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