Thursday, June 16, 2005

Close-up of our stage box.

As we travel we try to find stickers of the states we pass through-the more old- fashioned the better!  Here is  what becomes of them...Whitt also keeps an eye out for bumper stickers (upper right-hand corner).

Eerie phenomenom in skys over Michigan!


Image captured by Michael Emig of Comins Michigan.

Finally...our name in lights!

to John Zollars!!

...John's curbside sign at
North Woods Fine Art Gallery & Coffee House...
this gets our "Best use of possible space" award for sure;
but, it also gets the "What was so hard about that?" award for being the only promoter or medium to get our name right consistently!
Beautiful sign, John!  Thanks for the time and effort!
(We have been extensively promoted as "The McKinley Washtub Two," "McKinney Washboard Two," "The McKinny Washtub Two" "The McKiney Washtub Two" "The McKinney Washtub Two Band," "McKinney Washtub II," and "Englebert Humperdinck." Ok, maybe not the last one.)
The latest addition to the Mckinney family name walk of fame is: "The Mickinney Washtub Two".
But wait! That's not all!! There's "Washtub Duo" and even "The McKinney Washtub Trio" ! Yup. No joke. Hot off the presses.They even gave us top billing! (We're thinking of changing our name to "The Mickinly Washboard Duo Band" and seeing if that doesn't result in their actually getting it right.)
p.s. Here it is 2008 and the new year began with getting introduced as "The McKinney Washtub plus Two"! (So now our washtub is actually getting it's own billing!)
The Tampa Tribune (bless it's heart) wrote us up in an article with the headline, "Washtub, Comedy, Two" for which we are entirely grateful!
But wait, there's more:
"The Washboard Band"
"Washtub II"
"The McKenny's Washtub Two" (Apparently we are owned by some big corporation or something.)
(We are NOT making this up!)
and  completely off the wall, we were called "The ubiquitous Steve & Holly" by someone at the Moon Shadow in Tucker, Georgia.
The fall of 2008, we recently appeared on  lobby billboards as follows:
McKinney Duo
"The Washtub "
(So now we guess, we're just opening for the washtub!)
"Husband & Wife
McKinney Duo"
2009 and we're still at it.
For your consideration:
"The McKiddeys" ( has a certain ring to it actually)
"McKinney Washtub" (Suppose we could just take the evening off)
and  the not very inventive, "McKinney Washtub Duo". Although all the elements are there except the "The" (and what's so hard about the "The"? Can you spare us a "The" please?)
"The McKinney + Washtub Two..technically true as Whitt's the only blood McKinney in the group...
"The McKinney Washtub for Two" is sweet, but hopefully not exact as pertains to our audience.
July 2009, and we couldn't wait to include this new one which appeared on the billboard in the lobby:
"Olde Tyme Washboard  Dance with The Olde Tyme Washboard Band."We kid you not. Actually, we'll give 'em a few points for the "Old Tyme"
just for creativity, but we're subtracting them due to the excessive use of end
word "e".
Dec 2009. Our latest addition was printed in a full-color glossy monthly newsletter, where we were billed as "Washtub Band with Whitt & Judy" (always happy to be included) and we also got another mention on the back page as "McKinney Washtub Band." Course we've had lots of repeats of the aforementioned misnomers, so maybe someone is actually reading this page!

March of 2010. There have been a lot of duplicates which we won't bore you with, the only two new ones we have to add in three months of touring (c'mon Activity Directors where's your muse?!) are "Washtub Duet", which we'll leave you to make up your own sub-title for, and the simple yet elegant "Washtub Trio", a variation on a familiar theme.
April brings us The McKenny's, and "McKinneys-The Washtub"
                     Washtub-2, not to be outdone by "Judy McKinney and teh Washboad and."


Stay tuned for our latest incarnation...