Judy Collins/Jonas Fjeld Concert broadcast on American Public Television 

Hi all-

Hope you're well and safe.

I just learned that one of the Oslo, Norway, concerts of Winter Stories, the tour by Judy Collins and Jonas Fjeld with the band Chatham County Line, is being broadcast currently on public television in the US. It was just shown in New York. The other showings are unknown to me in the different markets. Please look them up locally by searching on "Judy Collins Winter Stories". If it's there, you'll find it.

Here's a link to the American Public Television facebook entry about it:

This concert includes the song "Frozen North" that Jonas and I wrote. It's a beautiful concert, all of it.

See you down the road (someday)!

--------- Hugh


New Page for Dramatic Writing - Plays and Screenplays 

Hi everyone- 

I hope you are working hard on social distancing. Different governments are giving the message differently, but we have to do it. We're the ones who can stop this eventually, just by keeping our distance. It's not always easy, but it has to be done. 

NOW - I have created a new webpage called "Dramatic Writing - Plays and Screenplays". You'll see it in the menu above.

This page will have free downloads of scripts I have written over the years. Some have been produced, most haven't, but... 

I have posted the first one. Here's the description: 

1) A Park Bench (A Web Series) - Season One.   

A PARK BENCH is a script for a web series consisting of 22 ten-minute episodes. The story centers on an old southern woman who lives in a nursing home and the young Englishman she pays to take her to the park to smoke. Oh yes, he's also an alien in love with an earth girl and desperately wants to become human. He believes she can teach him. She doesn't feel human anymore, so doesn't see what the big deal is.  

A lot happens over the course of Season One, and almost all of it happens from their place on a bench in the park where they go for her to smoke and watch the children play. AND---meet an amazing array of humans: evidence that being an alien doesn't actually stand out at all. 

I hope you like it! 

See you down the road (eventually...) 

---- Hugh

David Olney 

There will be a celebration of the life of David Olney in Nashville on March 9, 2020, at the Belcourt Cinema. I won't be able to be there. I met David early in 1973, a month or so after I got to town and maybe six months after he did. I've known him ever since, and like so many others who have posted about him, I miss him, and I can't believe he's gone. 

Here is a version of what I would say if I could attend the memorial in March.


                                                                                                David Olney 

            David loved. 

            I ran into him at a gig in Northampton, Massachusetts several years ago. Gine, Redding, and Lilly were staying with David’s parents in Rhode Island while he toured in the region. The kids were small then. I asked him how the family was doing. He said, “Everyone’s sick. They’re throwing up all over the place.” I said, “That’s terrible”. He said, “Oh well, that’s what agents are for.” 

            The reason he could say that to me is because he knew that I knew how much he loved them. 

            Love is like a scatter gun. Wherever you direct it, it spreads out everywhere. We see this in his songs. David loved Judas, eternally unable to spend the 30 pieces of silver. He loved the iceberg calling to the Titanic. He specially loved the poor fool, who is every one of us, tagging along and heading for Jerusalem tomorrow. 

           David loved, and by loving he gave everyone around him permission to love, too. To love even ourselves. By being so totally David, he gave us permission to be ourselves. I’m so much better because of him. Not because I’m more like David, but because I’m more me, more Hugh, than I might have been. In this way, we all carry him forward with us, and---maybe---do the same for others. 

            And David was something that often seems out of style today. He was decent. That he was brilliant is well documented and will be commented on a lot by all of us as we go forward carrying him inside. It’s his decency, at the heart of everything, that I remember now. 

            David had crazy times, but he wasn’t crazy. He had drunken times, but he wasn’t a drunk. He had lonely times, but he wasn’t a loner. He knew old times, but he was never old. He had hard times, but he was never a hard man---edgy sometimes, offended by insincere foolishness, but ready to do the work necessary when called. He served on the board of directors of his children’s school and knew about making the hard, unglamorous decisions that actually make the world go ‘round. 

           We’re going to remember David for the rest of our lives, and others will remember him through his works and through us. I’m not qualified to tell his story, but I don’t have to. David wrote his own life story. It’s in “Roses”. The lightning strikes and... 

           The old oak tree began to shudder 

           But he held his ground like some old soldier 

           His ancient pride was burnt and shaken 

           But something deep inside did waken 

           He raised his limbs just like Moses 

           And blossomed roses 

           He blossomed roses   

2019 Tour info and photos added - check 'em out! 


I'm closing in on the last part of my 2019 Euro tour. I have three last shows this weekend in Germany and the Netherlands. You can find details on my Shows page. 

I have added some photos in albums under PHOTOS/2019 Tour Photos.  Also a blog about one particular experience under BLOGS/2019 Tour blogs. 

I hope to write more. 

See you down the road! 

--- Hugh

"Frozen North" single released! 

Hi all-

The wonderful Norwegian artist and writer, Jonas Fjeld, has a new album (WINTER STORIES) in partnership with Judy Collins and the bluegrass group Chatham County Line. The first single is a song that Jonas and I wrote, "Frozen North". Jonas has recorded it before in Norway, but this is the first American/Worldwide recording release and it's with Judy Collins!

 Here's the smart link, Enjoy!:

OR you can download the MP3 on the LINKS page above.

Mary and I leave for the UK on October 17, and my tour starts Nov 2 and will take me through England to Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. The full itinerary is on the SHOWS page. I will also post blogs on the BLOGS page.

See you down the road!

-- Hugh

Hugh's short play, "The Mome Raths", to be produced in Topanga, Sept. 29 


My short play "The Mome Raths" will be produced as a staged reading by on Sept 29. Royce, the lead, will be read by JOHN KASSIR, Crypt Keeper/narrator from TALES FROM THE CRYPT! Director is John's wife, Vanessa Waters. The rest of the cast is Elizabeth Herron, Annie Abrams, and Jeff Kongs. Damn, I wish I could be there!! 

If you or anyone you know would like to go, here is how to do it: 

My play is one of 6 or 8 short plays to run the afternoon of Sunday, September 29, 2019. Starts at 2:00PM and will be done by 4:00PM with option of a short discussion afterwards. 

There's no admission charge, but if someone wants to go, they should email Judith Hendra at for reservations. It will be full.

See you down the road!

-- Hugh

LONG WIDE OPEN ROAD available worldwide 

Hi again, everyone-

Many of you have discovered this already, but my new album, Long Wide Open Road, is available to stream and download on all major music outlets, including Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and Amazon Music.

The CD is of course available here on my Music page.

Please let me know if you listen to it.

See you down the road,

-- Hugh


My new album, Long Wide Open Road, consists of eleven songs I've never recorded before. Many are new, some are from earlier periods. It was produced in Nashville with the help of Biff Watson as producer. 

For a broadcast preview of some of the songs, WCUW in Worcester, Massachusetts will stream a feature on the album as a world premier. It will be between 1100 and 1200 Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, June 7, 2019. Here's the link to the stream: 

You may go to my music page for the album, and it is available on iTunes and Spotify. Let me know what you think! 

See you down the road. 

-- Hugh