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My MAMA Loves Me!

Posted by John Duggleby on April 7, 2017 in Music |

Lordy MAMA, I’m a double finalist for the 2017 Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Awards!   My song “Meet Me at the Watering Hole” is a finalist for Best Children’s Song, and I’m up for Best Children’s Performer.  Thanks a gazillion to everyone who supported me through the nomination process—now I need your vote one more […]

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Lordy MAMA, I Need Your Vote!

Posted by John Duggleby on February 5, 2017 in Music |

The Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) supports underfunded area musical programs and kids who can’t afford instruments. One of their major fund raisers is the annual MAMA Awards to musicians of all stripes (and many are pretty spotty as well). By joining MAMA for a paltry $5 (which goes 100% to the abovementioned causes) you […]

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I’ve Arrived

Posted by John Duggleby on August 12, 2016 in Music |

Last night at local PaintBar Madison I achieved a musical career milestone– I received top billing over “$3 BEER”. In Wisconsin, that’s saying something!  Since I’m very goal-oriented, I’m now shooting to be billed above Bloody Marys or margaritas. On the other hand, perhaps I should not get a big head– I’m worth $3 less than a […]

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Lordy MAMA, I’m an award finalist!

Posted by John Duggleby on April 5, 2016 in Music |

After the first round of voting, the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) just announced finalists for the 2016 MAMA Awards– our version of the Grammys.  My tune “Ukulele”– inspired by my grenddaughter Harper Rose– is through to the fiinals for Children’s Song.  If you belong to MAMA, please vote for me!  If not, you can become […]

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An egg-cellent article!

Posted by John Duggleby on November 21, 2015 in Music |

Holy tailfeathers! I’m featured in the Nov./Dec. article of Our Wisconsin, a pretty well known and regarded magazine here in Cheeeseland. They took something I’d written on myself (focusing on my singing chicken persona) and edited it, adding even more corny chicken puns than I’d thought of! I have to admire someone with that kind […]

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Not Your Grandfather’s– or Pete Seeger’s– Folk Music

Posted by John Duggleby on September 3, 2015 in Music |

I began my formal performing career at age 11 during the Hootenanny Craze of the 1960s.  I sang and banged percussion in a “baby Kingston Trio” as the opening act of hootenannies that straddled the Mississippi in Iowa and Illinois.  Pretty heady stuff at the time, though I now understand that it was because we were cute more […]

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Farm Fresh Summer Music

Posted by John Duggleby on July 9, 2015 in Music |

Who needs your name in lights when you can have it in chalk?  I’ve been a negligent blogger lately because I’ve been busy and happy playing farmers markets and other outdoor venues during this glorious, always too brief Cheeseland summer.  There have also been other distractions, like my daughter’s wedding 12 days ago.  My sets lately are heavy […]

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Long Live the King

Posted by John Duggleby on May 16, 2015 in Me, Music |

There aren’t many people who are instantly tagged by their initials, but the King of the blues, B.B., is certainly one of them.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Slamming around in teenage garage bands in the Sixties, like most kids, I knew nothing about “real” blues– the kind played by black people before I was […]

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I Missed “Don’t Miss”

Posted by John Duggleby on March 5, 2015 in Music |

A friend just told me something I hadn’t realized:  The South Central Library System’s online LinkCat (representing almost 50 Cheeseland atheneums) included my album Better Late Than Never on their February “Don’t Miss” musical list.  I’m sandwiched in between The Best of Blue Note (the likes of Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Norah Jones) […]

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Better Late Than Never– The Album

Posted by John Duggleby on July 28, 2014 in Music |

My performing career began at age five when I crooned “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” for a nickel in an Iowa supper club.  But  what really spun my compass was The Beatles’ American invasion shortly after I turned 12.  I dreamed of writing songs for an album (in those vinyl days) of my own. Dreams can […]

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