Part 83: Riley Shepard's Most Dreaded Houseguest & The Encyclopedia of Folk Music
My father said that part of his encyclopedia of folk music was burned in a fire, and that he'd have to start all over. Was it true?
Part 52: The Kitchen Sink...
Today is Sunday, November 15, 2020. The 45th president of the United States still refuses to concede the election to President-elect Joe...
Part 35: Riley's Revolving Door
When I saw this drawing in my late father's box of personal mementos, I was stunned. How on earth did Riley get his wife to pose for this?
Part 33: Burgess Meredith and The Gold Rush
I have no idea if he and Burgess Meredith and Gary Romero made a dime off this album. Or The Quartones, for that matter.
Part 32: Short Blog on Riley's life in 1958
I know he missed his kids, and that my father had no idea how to stay in touch with them once his relationship with his exes was off
Part 29: The Cat and The Ashes
*The role of Jo's cat in this blog will be played by Sarah Harlett's cat, Alfie... Alfie is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Equity.
Part 26: "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" and Riley Sells Songs...
Why did my father work so hard to get respect, fair treatment, and equal pay for hillbilly performers, only to squander his own money?
Part 24: Living the Life of Riley
Victor Shepard had stories to tell. He loved to gossip. "Your father was the horniest man I've ever met," Victor said.
Part 23: "He Enjoyed Tricking People," She said.
Here's what I grapple with. Did my father believe his lies sometimes, or lie so often that he became confused about reality?