Don Armstrong has been hailed as a “Tucson legend” and “folk treasure,” and has performed in clubs, coffee houses, concert halls and festivals across the US, as well as on tv and radio. His voice, according to one critic, “has an inherent sweetness (along with) an ability to sing seamless lines, the sign of a master singer,” while another simply said “he has the voice of a twenty-five year old.” The Arizona Daily Star referred to him as a “consummate songwriter,” and his original songs, which have a Southwestern, traditional Americana flavor with a 1930’s flair, have been recorded by artists nationwide and sung and enjoyed worldwide. Playing guitar and five string banjo, Don was part of the duo Don & Victoria Armstrong for 42 years before Victoria’s passing in 2014. Together, they recorded ten albums, each one receiving national acclaim. Today, Don leads the popular Tucson band, "Don Armstrong & The Whiskeypalians" and tours some with Liz & Pete (Liz Cerepanya & Peter Dalton Ronstadt). The Ronstadt Record Company recently released Don's first CD, "Mother Don't Give Up On Me Now."
Gone On You, with the very first Whiskeypalians: (l to r:) Nick Coventry, Gary Mackender. Don, Peter McLaughlan & Slim Rost. March, 2017, Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ.
500 Miles, as learned from Victoria's & my friend, Hedy West, who wrote the song. With Michael Markowitz & Slim Rost, March, 2014, Tubac Presidio Park, Tubac, AZ.
Bon Voyage Miss Tischhauser, a song from the days when Victoria was half of the incredible singing/songwriting duo, Pat & Victoria Garvey. From their Epic lp, Mr. & Mrs. Garvey. This video is from Victoria & Don's last concert, August, 2013, featuring Michael Markowitz & Slim Rost. House concert, Tucson, AZ.
Velvet Night, with Bobby Ronstadt, Don, Slim Rost & Michael Markowitz. Victoria & Don's last concert, Tucson, AZ, August 3, 2013. Don's favorite of Victoria's songs. Even though this is a home, hand held video, the Spirit is in the room!
Javalinas Under My House with Michael
Markowitz & Slim Rost, also from our last concert together. for those of you not familiar with javalinas:
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