Well, my year of retirement was good and now maybe I will un-retire a little bit. My autobiography was finished in its current state with the help of Jane Ganahl, but was not wanted by a few publishers or me for that matter so I will regroup and maybe work on it some more or not. I am thinking of 2015 which will be the 50th anniversary of my beginning to make albums and I know this is 2014. I think I might make another album this year even though the last year's Time Flies By album was not much of a hit but very much enjoyed by me. So look here for further news ... or don't. Happy New Year!
-- Joe McDonald, January 1, 2014
Update: New York book agent Bob Mecoy has shown interest in helping me with my memoir and after some work we plan to submit proposals to publishers this summer. Alec Palao, Bill Belmont and I are going to put together a boxed set of Country Joe stuff from Goodbye Blues to Time Flies By to submit to record companies for release next year to celebrate my 50th year in show biz. UCSF Nursing School archives are looking over my Florence Nightingale archives for things they might want in their archives and some other schools. They might take my Florence Nightingale web site and put it in their cloud and on their home page
There's a benefit for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists on Saturday, May 10 at the BFUU Fellowship Hall in Berkeley. I'll play and Hali Hammer will open. Get tickets.
As part of UCSF's All Alumni Weekend, I will be performing my "Tribute to Florence Nightingale" at the Nursing Alumni Reunion Dinner held Saturday, May 31st at the Ralston Ballroom of the Palace Hotel, at 5:30 pm.
I will perform the KSAN Reunion Concert at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 4. It is a benefit for the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (BARHOF). The gig will start with a VIP reception at Yoshi’s at 6:00 pm. Doors will open to the public at 7:30 and the show will start at 8:00 p.m. The very next day, June 5, there will be a special luncheon at Spenger’s in Berkeley where KSAN Jive 95 gets the CHRS/BARHOF “Legendary Radio Station of the Year” award. The main attraction that day will be a KSAN panel discussion lead by Ben Fong-Torres. KSAN Alumni Bonnie Simmons, Richard Gossett, Terry McGovern, Scoop Nisker and others will be on the panel.
I will be performing my "Tribute to Florence Nightingale" on Saturday, June 7 for the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau in San Francisco.
On Wednesday, July 30 I'll play two sets at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, California.
I will be in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, October 9 at Boomer Fest Days. Their motto: "Music that defined a generation and created a culture that changed the world."
See previous gigs.
At the Pete Seeger memorial at the Freight & Salvage. Photo by Judith Scherr.
I sang the National Anthem at the A's vs. Angels game last July at the Oakland Coliseum.
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THE GREATER BAY AREA AND REGON 1 CHAPTERS OF SIGMA THETA TAU
With co-sponsor Omicron Delta Chapter (University of Phoenix)
Invite you to attend a Research & Continuing Education Program for
STTI Chapter Members
Date: June 7, 2014
Location: Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport South
Program Theme: Promoting a Healthy Work Environment
Keynote Speaker: Carol Huston, DPA, MSN, MPA, FAAN, Past President, STTI, & Director, School of Nursing, California State University Chico
Very Special Guest-Music Icon Country Joe McDonald
A Presentation & Performance Honoring Florence Nightingale