Since Katie and Joey died, what a time!  My wife, Joanna Frueh, and I shared a wonderful few years together until she passed away in February 2020.  Covid19 came right on the heels of her burial.  I locked down alone for all of 2020 and made friends with my inner introvert, reflecting on so many lessons learned over the preceding years.  I imagined I'd also work on new and old song ideas and improve my guitar chops but the traumas and confusions of the political madness, the Anthropocene, the drought in Arizona, the pandemic, whittled me down to bone, a witness meditating and breathing.  And, ultimately, I reckon that's just fine.  At the end of May 2021, I came out of the shell and joined dear friends on the lower San Juan River and we celebrated life, music, and each other unmasked and loving. 


The Passing of a Giant: Katie Lee Oct 23, 1919 - Nov 1, 2017 

It is with profound sadness that I convey that indomitable Katie Lee, my mentor in folk music and dear friend for 43 years passed away peacefully in her home in Jerome, Arizona on November 1, 2017.  I'm grateful for all the time we shared singing, plucking,  hiking, talking, adventuring, weeping, bitching,  and laughing.  Performing for her at the premiere of the stage production of her folk opera, Maude, Billy & Mr. D. last May 2017 was really a special experience.




If a tree falls in a forest

And nobody posts it on facebook

Did it make a sound?


You come from dust – and to dust you shall return.

All we are is dust in the wind, as the song goes.


What fabulous dust we are!

And yet….

Cup of Tea 

When one thinks of the world (of mind and matter)

As passing and arising, arising and passing, passing and arising….

Well, then,

There really is nothing

That a nice cup of hot tea

can't cure.

Fallen Angel 

There is no dying.   Only living.

There is no hate. Only love.

Apparent Reality is our perception seeing a false dichotomy of living and dying, whether that seem to be in succession or simultaneously.

But Actual Reality shows that dying is a false perception,

A mental construct, not real, but it is so beautiful.

Hate, also, is only a manifestation of Love,

A fallen angel

So poignant

So beautiful

Have mercy on fallen angels.

They fear death.



My Hard On for you is bigger than the Milky Way


My Hard On for you is bigger than the Milky Way


My Hard On for you is bigger than the Milky Way


My Hard On for you is bigger than the Milky Way

Let it be big.

Let it be happy.



Strong backs before me. 

Strong backs behind me.

Strong backs beside me.


Straight backs before me.

Straight backs behind me.

Straight backs besides me.


This Refuge will not fail me.

Carole Hand / the Artist gracing these web pages 

I can't figure out how to write credits so it will show up on the pages them selves, alongside my copyright notice at the bottom of each, but want to give notice on behalf of and thanks to Carole Hand for the artwork (image of me from Jerome AZ in the 1970s where she sketched me in performance).  Carole is a fabulously gifted artist and has painted musicians for decades.  More information about her can be found at   

 Pashyanti Carole Hand was born in…

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Kat & the Mehitebels

Southside Presbyterian Sunday Service, 10th Ave and 23st, Tucson, AZ

Music from the Kiva- Kathleen Williamson, Birks Works & Friends

Concert to Benefit Southside Presbyterian Building Fund, 317 W. 23rd Street, Tucson, AZ

Kathleen Williamson will be joined by Ed DeLucia (guitar) and Michael Markowitz (mandolin) as well as Mark Rein'l Bautista (bass) and Vivian Smith (drums).   Birks Works is a popular jazz band with Eric Mellan on Guitar, Mark Rein'l Bautista on Bass and vocals, Stu Mellan on keyboard, Vivian Smith on drums  



1st annual DreamCatcher Festival

1st annual DreamCatcherFestival at La Cocina, Tucson, az


We are having our 1st annual Colby Olson Foundation DreamCatcher Festival on August 19th from 5-9pm at La Cocina. Kathleen Williamson will join our amazing lineup of artists, musicians, poets, authors, comedians, and other performers from our talented and diverse community!   We are a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising money for LGBTQ+ youth and senior organizations.

If you would like to learn more about our organization and why we started, check out this article in Tucson Weekly.

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