My great-grandfather, Papa Bates, has been on my mind lately. My duo partner, Jim Nunally, and I just put one of his poems to music. We have written a number of songs that we plan to release in an album called House & Garden. […]
It has been a dream of my husband’s to go on safari in Africa – a bucket list item we decided to make a family vacation this summer. We started in Botswana then to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and lastly to the Greater Kruger National Park in South […]
It was Saturday, December 10th. We were driving up from North Carolina, Jim Nunally at the wheel, Keith Little riding shotgun, navigating. These two guys have done a lot of driving together and I was very happy to sit in the back seat and listen to Keith tell […]
The past 2 months I have been on a pilgrimage from the Camino de Santiago to Edinburgh to the Porch Stage of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. I left for Spain and the Camino in early August, to walk 350 miles, through forests, mountains, plains, vineyards, hillside towns, […]
The 6th Annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Music Festival announces the addition of a Friday, June 3rd, performance, jam, and overnight campout to the popular event. Concessions for wine, beer and dinner will also be available.
Held at the historic Dunsmuir-Hellman estate, the campout will feature live performances by harmony-driven duo, Nell Robinson & Jim […]
I woke up on Monday morning in New York, having flown in from the West Coast the night before. I checked my email and found an alarming message from someone I did not know: “I have had your dog for 18 hours. Call me immediately!” Before I could punch in the phone number on my […]
It was a late afternoon on the northern California coast, the time of year with the Autumn light and the Indian Summer heat. As I began to wind up the narrow coastal highway, I thought I might just drive straight, straight across the curve of the road, over the edge, into the clear air, toward […]
“People aren’t going to believe what they just heard…” -Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion, April 3rd, 2010
“Hello, is this Nell Robinson?” The very familiar voice came over my car radio via my hands-free cell phone setup. “This is Garrison Keillor, I want to talk with you […]
This New Year’s Eve we have a “blue moon” (2 full moons in one calendar month, which happens about once every two-and-a-half years*).
Like a lot of people, I get “blue” in the winter. It might sound odd, but I love this dark time, it requires a sort of restful surrender. […]
I feel like my engine’s racing but I’m stuck in second gear. (There’s a song in there somewhere.)
I have gone to three weddings and am on my way to a fourth, have knitted three pair of baby booties for friends this summer. My life […]