Coyote Kings w/Mush a blues society award nominee

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The “Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets” CD by Coyote Kings w/Mush of Walla Walla has been tapped as an Inland Empire Blues Society nominee for 2013 Empire Award for Best Blues Album.

Also nominated in this category are Bakin’ Phat and Charlie Butts & the Filter Tips. The awards will be presented Nov. 14 in Spokane, said Coyote Kings’ Robin Barrett.

In addition, Michelle “Mush” Morgan has been nominated for the 2013 Inland Empire Blues Society Empire Award for Best Female Blues Vocalist and Best Female Blues Performer.

“How LARGE is that?” Robin asked friends in a recent Facebook post.

Robin, who plays guitar, bass and sings vocals, formed Coyote Kings in 2006 with Mike Cook, guitar, bass, vocals; Curtis Johnson, drums and vocals; and Jim “JJ” Johnson, keyboard, saxophone, harmonica and vocals.

JJ left in December that year and Tim Dallas came on board with bass and vocals.

Mush began guesting with the band in spring 2007. After Tim and Mike left in winter 2011 and spring 2012, respectively, Coyote Kings became Coyote Kings w/Mush with Robin, Mush, Curtis and Kit Kuhlmann, bass and vocals.

The band has also released CDs “Feelin’ Lucky” in 2007; “Coyote Kings’ Large Band Extravaganza!” in 2009; and “Move” in 2011.

Robin said the band has garnered a number of Empire award nominations and “Nasty Habits & Dirty Little Secrets” has earned national and international critical acclaim and peaked at No. 1 in Washington state and at No. 48 on the Roots Music National Blues Chart.

The CD is available at Hot Poop on Main Street, wherever Coyote Kings w/Mush are playing, and online at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CoyoteKings .

Upcoming performances are Saturday at Marcy’s Bar, Oct. 18 at Vintage Cellars and Nov. 2 at Sapolil Cellars.


Walla Walla High School FFA students strong showing at 2013 Fair

Some 42 42 Future Farmers of America members from Walla Walla High School participated in the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days.

All of the participants sold their swine, steer, goat and sheep market animals during the Sunday auction at the Walla Walla County Cattlemen’s Youth Market Sale, said Jessica Johnson, FFA adviser.

“If we added up all the checks they received from selling their animals, it would amount to $57,056,” Johnson said. “Of this amount, approximately $31,000 ... is profit for the students.”

The Wa-Hi FFA chapter won herdsmanship awards in beef, sheep, swine and horse. This award goes to the FFA chapter that keeps its pens and aisles clean, and has members who share information about their projects with fair visitors.

“I had the kids complete a post-fair survey and found that each student put in an average of 50 hours with their animal over the time they owned them,” Johnson said.

“Almost all of the money the members invested stayed here locally, supporting our local economy, at businesses such as PGG, Bordertown, Northwest Farm Supply, Ranch & Home, Walla Walla Farmers Co-op and many others.”

Jessica added that 95 percent of the students would like to show again in 2014. FFA advisers Arch McHie, Lindsey Butcher and Jessica invested many hours throughout the year working with the students.

“We helped students with the selection, feeding and care of their animals as well as their preparation for the fair,” Jessica said.

“We also entered projects in the ag mechanics division and coached teams tractor driving and livestock judging.”


Walla Wallan Lucas “Luke” Fazzari completed the first step in the U.S. Military Academy’s officer training program.

The son of Gregory and Susan Fazzari came through what’s called the six-week “Beast Barracks” for cadets in the Class of 2017, which started July 1 at the Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Cadets learn a skill set that instills discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets, according to a release. They received instruction in first aid, mountaineering and rifle marksmanship and chemical, biological, and nuclear defense training, plus intense physical conditioning.

Cadets celebrated the training’s conclusion with a formal march, parade and presentation on the Plain at West Point during Acceptance Day.

The start of the academic year started Aug. 19. West Point’s curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a bachelor of science degree.

Luke is an alum of DeSales High School. Upon graduation from West Point he will be commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army.


Camp Fire Walla Walla hosted guest presenter Tom Osborn from Bonneville Power Administration as part of Career Week at Camp Fire, said Peggy Needham, communications coordinator.

A mechanical engineer, Tom talked to Camp Fire After School Camp youths about how wind turbines are built and work. The young people then could build their own wind turbines and put them to the test, Peggy said.

“At Camp Fire Walla Walla, we know that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity for youths to find their spark, lift their voices and discover who they are. By bringing people like Tom Osborn in as a guest speaker, we open the door to science and engineering and all the possibilities for kids to explore and learn.” For more details about Camp Fire Walla Walla, see www.wwcampfire.org or call 509-525-3180.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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