Ken Mottet's blog

I am once again stuck between a rock and a hard place. It's the gift giving time of the year. And members of my family(my wife's family to be exact) are asking me what I want as a Christmas present. Well, "my two front teeth" is a bad reference to a very old song(and I still have my two front teeth thanks in no small part to the expert work of my Fairfield dentist Dr. Thomas Nash in the seventies). Quite frankly, I don't know what to tell them. I really have everything I can realistically want. House in the suburbs. Lovely and talented wife. A great bunch of friends. And my very own radio show on KRUU.

Oh wait...I could use some tube socks. Big and tall man size, please. 

I'm sure glad I have family in Iowa (Fairfield to be exact). I live in Chicago... which is east of Iowa(thank you, Rand MacNally). Here's why it's good to have people in Iowa. The weather moves in from the west. Whatever crummy weather is coming down on Fairfield, it'll be coming down on me in the next few hours. If it's really really bad(like a huge snowstorm) I can count on my mother to give me the heads up with a phone call. She's my own personal weather radio.

  • Sun
    Nov 15
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm

The Feed Store

It's just plain good to be alive and awake and clean and smart. Perhaps this unexpected jolt of happiness is due to a thing or two falling into place around Feed Store Central. Perhaps it's because the Feed Store just keeps getting better and better(and I ought to know---I've been there for every episode).

Or maybe it's just because the sun is shining briskly on my little home in the 'burbs and my neighbor's cat really really likes me.

Either way, it's all gravy. Stop by the radio show--Thursdays at 10am CST and Sundays at noon CST. 

  • Thu
    Oct 22
    10:00 am -
    11:00 am
  • Sun
    Oct 25
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

Normally I am a stay-at-home kind of guy.

But of recent I have been on the move, thanks in no small part to my brothers in music the Gin Palace Jesters. The band has taken me to Pittsburgh, New England, Toronto and Ingleside, Illinois in the last two months. I have also gotten new eyeglasses. And I've seen about half a million great bands along the way. In a nutshell,

The Feed Store is still charging along. In the next few weeks I have a very special guest on the show. Plus my mom keeps sending me great stuff out of The Fairfield Ledger.

Onward and upward.

  • Thu
    Jul 09
    10:00 am -
    11:00 am
  • Sun
    Jul 12
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Feed Store

I'd be lyin' if I said I didn't have a grand and wonderful 4th of July. My lovely bride and I spent part of the evening at our favorite roadhouse, Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, Illinois. When you're looking for a friendly spot with the best in jazz, Americana, country, blues and rockabilly you head straight for Fitzgerald's---like we've done for the last thirty years. The featured attraction was our buddy Dale Watson. As always he put on a great show full of twangin' and sangin' and hollerin' and drankin'. Best of all, I informed Dale(and everyone else within earshot) that the first time we ever saw him perform was at Fitzgerald's in July of 1995!!! We were celebrating twenty years of the best damn entertainment and friendship a person can find. Hell, Dale even invited us to his house next time we're in Austin. Hey Dale, we like french toast for breakfast.

  • Sun
    Jun 28
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

Gloryosky, I had me a time in Fairfield!!!

I went to a reunion of my Mom's side of the family, featuring my Aunt Hazel who is 94 and my Aunt Cecil (shouldn't everyone have an Aunt Cecil) who is 98. The whole family told stories about the aunts and uncles and grandparents--stories we didn't all know. Then my immediate family got together to celebrate my sister Jean's retirement from the workforce.

Along the way, members of my family cut IDs you'll soon be hearing on The Feed Store (my niece Rachel and her husband Chris are a stitch). Oh yeah, and I performed at the Sondheim Center saturday morning. Thanks to all who saw the show (which is posted on youtube thanks to Mr. Richard Thompson). Big big thanks to Eric my soundman, the construction crew at FHS, Mary Kitch, James Moore and KRUU. And a huge thank you to the Bargain Box. My wife and I found something super cool for our house.

I am wound up tighter than a three day clock. I will be in Fairfield this weekend. In fact, I'll be appearing at Fairfest saturday morning at 10:30 live as I happen at the Stephen Sondheim Center.

One man, one guitar, a fistful of songs(most of which I wrote---most of which are featured on my new cd "Showmen's Rest"). I hope to see you all there.

If you miss me there, I'm sure you can catch me later in the day at Orscheln's, the Bargain Box or Hy-Vee. They're all my favorite stores in Fairfield. My wife and I are geared and primed. 

  • Thu
    Jun 11
    10:00 am -
    11:00 am

The Feed Store

I can't walk more than ten steps in and around Chicago where I live without bumping into my own past. And that's pretty handy considering that I spend all my time on KRUU talking about my childhood in Fairfield in the sixties and seventies. In talking with my showbiz friend Ramy recently(he's a darn good show producer with a fair amount of success under his belt) I found out that he lived in Fairfield with his brother in the early 1980s. He came to town after having studied with the Maharishi himself in India(did I mention that his classmates at the time were John, Paul, George and Ringo!?!?!?). And some time soon he would like to bring his wife to Fairfield. She knows the place but she's never visited. My wife is right. The whole world passes through our town sooner or later.

  • Thu
    May 28
    10:00 am -
    11:00 am
  • Sun
    May 31
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Feed Store

Thanks to James Moore and KRUU, I will be a musical part of FairFest this year. I'll be appearing saturday morning June 20 live on stage at the Sondheim Center. It's just the Martin guitar and me. I'll be playing a mess of my own songs, some Gin Palace Jesters gems and a tune or two off my latest recording "Showmen's Rest"(currently available as a cd or digital download on cdbaby or iTunes...as far as I know). I hope to see y'all there. Then we'll all go to Orscheln's and buy stiff blue jeans. 

  • Sat
    May 09
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Feed Store

 

In my high school days at FHS, I was part of a sketch comedy group called Foam Rubber Theatre. Along with Steve Lamb, Jeff Wallace, Tom Green and sometimes Greg Hanshaw, we wrote and performed at pep rallies and other events.

Our crowning achievement was a short film called "Life Is So Natural." The film would not have happened if Jeff's parents had not owned an 8mm camera. And the film would not exist today on DVD without Jeff himself.

We actually premiered our magnum opus at the FHS auditorium during our senior year of 1979. And this was the poster that announced the event and hung in the front windows of several stores on the Square.

Man, I love show business.

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