Antsy Appears in a TEDx Talk in Carson City

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy McClain was recently featured as a TEDx guest speaker in Carson City and his talk has been publicized nationwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Though known more as a humorist, songwriter and small town philosopher, as many of his fans know, Antsy McClain also has a parallel career as a painter and illustrator. When he shows up to speak at high school career days, he’s usually booked as “the creativity guy.” In this talk, he reflects on the pivotal age of “14” as a turning point in the lives of so many.

Antsy tells like he lives it: The good life. Antsy is generally free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

 

 


Another Year – Thoughts from the Trailer Park

AntsyStanMartinHi folks,
Well, it’s another year. Hard to believe it, but it’s true. We were all just sitting here minding our own business and we got a year older.
I had a friend once tell me that he moved around too fast, stayed on the go so much, that time couldn’t keep up with him. He looked younger than his years, so I wondered if maybe that was true, that we could outrun Time. I tried it for a while. Didn’t work.
You can play hide and seek with Time, but that sucker always finds you mere seconds after you’ve hid in the pantry with the dog food, behind the wastebasket. Sneaky guy comes up around the corner and taps you on the shoulder. You’re it.
I’m it? For what? What am I “it” for? What is “it” anyway?
Being “it” when tapped on the shoulder by Time, means “growing up.” I was never afraid of growing up. Like most kids, I saw it as being able to stay up as late as I wanted, being able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Then I grew up, and while I was in charge of my own menu and sleep schedule, the rest of this stuff was total bull crap!
Taxes? Insurance? Utility bills? Rent payments? Seriously?
MoesAlley1I started to second-guess my desire to grow up. What was I thinking? But, as we have all come to realize, by the time you realize, it’s way too late.
So, I paid my taxes, paid my bills, established credit, bought homes, bought cars, supported local, modest economies, and kept food on the table and shoes on the feet of 7 people for a long, long time. It felt good, to be honest, this grown-up thing. Most of the time, anyway. And I settled into it like my father, and his father before him.
“You’re it.”
I am it, there is no doubt about it.
AntsyTrailers“It” is starting to mean “old,” now that I look around, and Time is relentlessly pushing me forward as I shuffle my feet, looking behind me like a shopper at the grocery store who forgot to get coffee before getting in line. There it was, right there on my list, and I overlooked it. How did I forget coffee? What is happening to me? And I’m next up. I can see the coffee over there in aisle 7, but I can’t get out of line now. There are too many people behind me, and I’ll lose my place.
I’ll lose my place. Now, there’s a loaded statement. We think Time gives us a “place,” but there is no place to lose. All Time does is count. And nag. If we listen to him.
While we busily go about the minutiae of life, Time – grumpy stickler of an account manager that he is – doesn’t give us one thought. He doesn’t care if we give him any attention or not. Time is oblivious of us. He’s in the back corner office on that noisy calculator with the lever that he pushes down every second of every day. Time is eating a chicken salad sandwich, with crumbs of white bread at the corner of his mouth. He’s oblivious to that too. Efficiency is everything to Time. The crumbs will take care of themselves.
AntsyCarsonCityWhich is where I am now, letting the crumbs take care of themselves. I’m in my early 50’s, and something clicked when I crossed over to this most intriguing of decades. I simply don’t care so much what people think. I spend less time worrying about saying or doing the wrong thing. I’ve had so much practice at making mistakes, I kinda know where the land mines are now, and I roll with it. This is not to say I won’t make any more mistakes. I’m probably making more. But I’m just not whipping myself over them like I was trained to do in the past.
And it’s 2016. When I was a boy, I don’t recall even thinking about 2016. That was the stuff of comic books and sci fi novels. But here it is anyway, without my thinking about it. And 2017 will do the same, with or without me. I’m hoping it’s with me.
Troubs2016There is a lot of ground to cover this year. I have a lot of new things in my life to be thankful for, a lot of good changes at home and in my career, and I’ll share them with you as things develop.
I hope you are all happy and healthy as you read this. And I look forward to the time we can talk again face-to-face. Until then, take care of each other. Hugs.
– Antsy McClain, January 20, 2016, 12:02 PM

UPCOMING SHOWS IN FEBRUARY (SO FAR)

WED Feb 10: The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA. Details & Tickets HERE. 
FRI Feb 12: Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City, NV. Details & Tickets HERE. 
SAT Feb 27: Saint Xavier High School Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. Details & Tickets HERE. 

SOMEWHERE PAST THESE GRAVEL ROADS

GRAVELCOVEROur latest album, Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads, is doing really well, and is receiving wonderful reviews from friends old and new. We’d love for you to hear and let us know what you think. Click HERE to order your digital copy or get a CD sent to you in a matter of days.

 

WOODFLOCK 2016

Woodflock 2015 Gang

Woodflock 2015 Gang

We have our annual Woodflock registration in full swing. We hope you can plan to join us Memorial Day weekend for this fun event!

DSC_2878Woodflock is the best event we do all year. It’s a gathering of Flamingoheads from all over the United States on Memorial Day weekend. We laugh, we catch up, we play music, we meditate, we do yoga, we eat good food prepared by Sue Butler, we drink, we share. It’s nice. It’s a camping event, but there are also hotels just down the road, 5 minutes away. Many choose this option. You do not have to be a camping enthusiast to enjoy Woodflock. There is something for everyone. Go HERE for more details.

 


State of the Trailer Park 2016

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dallasHappy New Year to you all.

Life is challenging right now for many of you. I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. I look forward to when our paths cross again, and we can visit face to face.

As 2016 is upon us, many of us wax philosophical and get a tad sentimental. I am prone to do this, and make fewer apologies for it the older I get. I inherited my mother’s tear ducts, and have been accused of crying when Classic Coke came back. (It’s not true. It was allergies.)

ItAintHomeDecember was weird around here as our thermometer seemed to be stuck on 74 degrees for a good couple of weeks. Not that I’m complaining. I was practically sunbathing last Thursday until I got one too many weird reactions from my neighbors. The way I see it, a man should be able to lay in a hammock in his own back yard. With cowboy boots and a bath towel. Playing Abba. Really loud.

Troubs2016Anyway, it’s been warm is what I’m saying. It’s back to 34 degrees this week though, so our third Indian Summer of the year was short lived.

So, I was thinking of joining a gym, but they are too full right now. I’ll wait until the last week of February when two thirds of the new sign-ups will be back on their sofas in front of their televisions, embracing their bad habits like a long lost friend. Besides, there is still pumpkin pie in the fridge, and it won’t eat itself.

Woodflock 2015 Gang

Woodflock 2015 Gang

We have our annual early bird special discount still in effect for Woodflock. Please join us. You’ll save $50 per entry if you order this week. Deadline for savings is this Friday, January 8th at midnight.

DSC_2878Woodflock is the best event we do all year. It’s a gathering of Flamingoheads from all over the United States on Memorial Day weekend. We laugh, we catch up, we play music, we meditate, we do yoga, we eat good food prepared by Sue Butler, we drink, we share. It’s nice. It’s a camping event, but there are also hotels just down the road, 5 minutes away. Many choose this option. You do not have to be a camping enthusiast to enjoy Woodflock. There is something for everyone. Go HERE for more details, and to take advantage of the early bird discount.

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GRAVELCOVEROur latest album, Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads, is doing really well, and is receiving wonderful reviews from friends old and new. We’d love for you to hear and let us know what you think. Click HERE to order your digital copy or get a CD sent to you in a matter of days.

Pete Huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger

I’m working on a new album of all-new material with the incomparable Pete Huttlinger as collaborator and producer. Pete plays a mean guitar, but it doesn’t stop there. Banjo and mandolin are also strong suits for my friend of 12 or so years who has played with John Denver, Vince Gill, Leann Rymes and so many more. The album is untitled yet, and contains songs I’ve written over the last 20 years that were kind of waiting for a proper home. Warning to those who only like my funny stuff, and an announcement to those who really like my serious stuff: There won’t be any funny songs on this album. Most are love songs ripped from my own life over time – from some really dark places to extremely happy places – all written just as I lived through them. The instrumentation will be acoustic and light, some drums and bass, but heavy on acoustic guitar just as you’d hear it in my living room. We are thinking of it as a follow up to my popular solo album, Time-Sweetened Lies. I’ll keep you posted on its progress.

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PaintingAs many of you know, I am renovating a 1953 mid-century ranch home, and adorning it with antiques from the era it was built. I have been entertaining and breaking the place in as the echoes of laughter and music seep into the plaster walls, giving it more life and warmth with each dinner party. It is a great joy to build a home around you and share it with friends.

I’m going to be painting again soon, preparing for a gallery show at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA this April. I’m very excited about that. I’ll let you know more about that as time approaches.

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ConfusedWhinyI have been extremely happy these past few months, sharing time with my children and a precious handful of dear friends and loved ones. I am the luckiest man on earth, and look forward to 2016 with butterflies in my stomach.

 


Woodflock 2015 is Just Around the Corner – May 21 to 25

WOODFLOCK_MASTAre you ready for Woodflock? Have you registered yet?  So much fun is planned for this event each year and this is the SIXTH annual Woodflock event to be held in Red Bluff, CA. Antsy and the Troubs will be there, Flamingoheads from the country will be there and this year even Sumoflam is heading out there direct from Pine View Heights to join the fun (after being prodded, pulled and tugged by a few family members). It’s gonna be a blast.

Antsy's new 2015 Poster for Woodflock

Antsy’s new 2015 Poster for Woodflock

There are a number of fun activities, a chili cook-off, song writing clinics, picking and singing circles, decoration contests and more.

See THIS LINK to know more and to register.  It will be fun.

Oh, and did we tell you that Antsy McClain will be there too. And the Troubs?  And who knows what other special musical guests may just show up.

So, if you don’t have plans for the Memorial Day weekend, come join the Flamingohead Family in Red Bluff. You’ll be glad you did!

Just CLICK HERE to learn all about it!

 

 

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Antsy McClain Returning to England on May 30

Antsy in Wokingham

Antsy in Wokingham

Antsy McClain will return to England to perform again in the Pauly Zarb International Street Concert in Wokingham on May 30.  Based on the nine years of successful street concerts in Bardstown, KY, Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Pauly Zarb is bringing it for a second season to Wokingham, UK.  Joining Antsy and Pauly will be the Trailer Park Troubadours, Australian duo Hussy Hicks, Aussie folk musician Jimmi Nolan and Comedian Mark Palmer.

 

 

 

 

Catch video from the 2014 show:


Antsy to play in Tampa with Rayzilla on March 6

AntsyRayThe long awaited return of the Antsy McClain to Tampa will happen on March 6 as he returns to Skipper’s Smokehouse (910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL). Antsy will do an intimate solo set showcasing his songwriting. Then Antsy is joined by the joyful Trailer Park Troubadours for a rousing set of soulful “unhitched” jubilation direct from “Pineview Heights.” Ray “Rayzilla” Villadonga opens with a solo set of his unique take on “TampAmericana.”  Tickets will be available soon, but join the fun on the Facebook Page for the show.


Antsy McClain at the Crest Theatre TOMORROW

91-elgAntsy McClain kicks off his PBS specials with a great show TOMORROW NIGHT at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA.

This promises to be an amazing show and Antsy will be the great entertainer that he always is.

BUY TICKETS HERE

Joining Antsy tomorrow will be young Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Champagne. Regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, Daniel has recently signed to US booking agency Fleming Artists and relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

This promises to be a great show, so get your tickets today. Prices go up at the door!!

BUY TICKETS HERE


Happy New Year Video from Antsy McClain

For any who missed it, here’s my video New Years wish…
And for those who’d rather read than watch videos, here are the lyrics:

T’was the day after New Years and Facebook was jammed
With regrets all bemoaning the goodies we crammed,

The late nights of drinking, the pounds that amassed,
My fat jeans don’t fit! It all happened so fast!

We’ll see pics of kale smoothies replacing the plates
Of those holiday pies and soufflés we all ate.

And selfies in spandex in gyms ‘cross the land.
Will clutter our news feeds. I’ve seen it first hand!

The treadmills are crowded, the weight machines full,
My friends will be gimping from muscles they’ll pull.

Hey, more power to ya, if that’s where you are,
But there are always a few who take matters too far.

They become so obnoxious this time every year,
Last week they were Chris Christy, and now Schwarzenegger’s here.

They’ll scorn your Doritos as you open the bag.
Make faces and groan, they’ll preach and they’ll nag.

Saying, ‘Ew, that stuff’s garbage, It’ll kill ya, you know.’
When it’s the same crap they were eating just three days ago.

It’s like a dooms-day religion, and they go all the way.
I’d rather talk to a Mormon than these guys any day!

By the first week of March, when they’ve lost a few pounds,
Let’s hope it’s all over and our friends simmer down.

That’s usually the case, and not one word will we say
When they snarf all that chocolate come Valentines Day.

So, in a few weeks I’ll go back to the gym.
And have the place to myself ’cause they’re all empty again.

Moderation, they say, is the name of the game.
I’ll eat what I like — and let you do the same.

If it’s bad for me, well, I’m likely to try it.
Eat, drink and be merry — for tomorrow we diet.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Not too late to get the Classic Antsy McClain Christmas CD

It is still not too late to get a copy of Antsy’s fun Christmas CD.  Released in 2006, this has become a Holiday Classic for Flamingoheads.  If you have a copy, how about getting one for a friend!!

ORDER YOURS TODAY

And don’t forget other Christmas goodies like some of Antsy’s new Tree Print series and other art

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Did You Take a Photo of Antsy in 2014?

Band playing at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Band playing at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Antsy has spent a good part of 2014 performing across the United States in solo acts, in shows with Tommy Emmanuel, in shows with Edgar Cruz and a number of shows with the Troubs.

Many of you, his Flamingohead family and friends, have gotten your trusty little photographic devices out and snagged a shot or two of his shows or got group photos with him.  We have grabbed a few of them off of Facebook and Instagram and posted them in articles about his tour.

However, as 2014 is coming to a close soon, we are putting out the call for as many photos as we can get from this year.  Sumoflam, the trusty web guy for Antsy (yes, that’s me!!), is planning to do a photo/slideshow of the year’s events, as it was a banner year for our friend and favorite singer/songwriter/storyteller dude Antsy McClain.

If you have some shots or videos you want to share, please send them along to me via email at sumoflam@sumoflam.biz.  If they are videos and too big for email, shoot them up to Dropbox and share them with me so I can download them.

 

Beginning in December and for part of 2015 Antsy will be making appearances on PBS around the country and many new Future Flamingoheads of America will be hitting the website to learn more about Antsy, his music, his art and his musical friends. We want to be sure they get a GOOD look!

Make sure to include in the emails the name, date and location of the show (or event such as Woodflock) and the photographer’s name so we can provide the appropriate credits. Following are a few samples of what we have from this year.

Antsy with Ed and Christine Polakoff

Antsy with Ed and Christine Polakoff

Here I am with Bunny Barnes (courtesy of Bunny Barnes)

Antsy with Bunny Barnes (courtesy of Bunny Barnes)

With the Troubs on stage at the DeVille (courtesy of Gwen Lyons Ayliffe)

With the Troubs on stage at the DeVille (courtesy of Gwen Lyons Ayliffe)

I joined the Troubs on stage at the WorldFest for two shows. (courtesy of John Taber)

Antsy with the Troubs on stage at the WorldFest for two shows. (courtesy of John Taber)