McKendree Spring CD '9' available now

The brand new McKendree Spring recording, '9' is now available in cd or download form at the web site!  Here's the place to go;



John Philip Newell and Judy Sorum Brown,  December 4-8, 2011, Lutheridge Conference Center, Arden, NC


Music by Fran McKendree, Charles Milling, River Guerguerian, Lindsey Blount and others.

Some of you will remember the Advent Conference in 2008 that I…


Jenifer Gamber and I co-led a retreat for youth leaders and other seekers at the beautifully serene Holy Cross Monastery, in West Park, NY. It sits on a bluff overlooking the mighty Hudson River, and is one of my favorite…

large visitor to our bird feeder!

We occasionally have a flock of turkeys visit our back yard, which is always a great event.  The other morning I startled them, quite by accident, and all twenty of them flew up into the trees around our back deck…

Sewanee visit and McKendree Spring update


I was at the University of the South, Sewanee this past weekend.  Had a fantastic visit with some of my favorite folks, some whom I've known for years doing events at Camp McDowell, and others who have come from…

McKendree Spring Recording

We did it!!  Spent a great week in Nashville recording with my old band mates.  We did 5 songs;

'River Song' by Tom Rush [the last song of his we did, 'No Regrets,' was one of our most requested], 'One…


McKendree Spring in the studio soon

We've been in the process of choosing songs, and it's feeling like we're almost there.  Two selections for certain at this point are 'River Song' by Tom Rush, and 'One Word' by the Subdudes.  Both are great songs and will…


McKendree Spring set to record

McKendree Spring will be back in the studio in Nashville soon.  Fran, Mike Dreyfuss, Marty Slutsky, and Chris Bishop are booked in for a few days with Fran's favorite recording engineer, Casey Wood, at the console.  Will have photos soon.

The Red Wellies CD - top 10 of 2009!

The wonderful Asheville/Irish band, The Red Wellies, whom I recorded and co-produced at my Teerivane Studios, has won a great honor - in the top 10 of  Folkworld's  Alex Monaghan's top ten cds of 2009.  They're all great folks, and…


Sawyerville Day Camp

What an incredible week!  This is truly an amazing thing that the folks from the Diocese of AL are doing...please visit the Sawyerville web site for lots of information and tons of pictures of the campers and staff.  Life changing…


National Happening gathering

Had a great time with the folks from the National Happening Committee held at Montreat, NC. Lots of singing and fun.  Will add some pix.


Cara and the copperhead

Our sweet Ms. Cara got bitten by a copperhead last fun at all.  She's mending well, 'tho and being a trooper.