JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books, and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This week the focus is on roots and bluegrass music. (See the Music section.)


This recently topped the New York Times bestsellers list:  Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering.  (The first cookbook in the series (Volume 1) was also a bestseller.

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Becoming a Backpack Hunter: A Beginner’s Guide to Hunting the Backcountry

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Cordwood Building: A Comprehensive Guide to the State of the Art – Fully Revised Second Edition

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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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With so many families now homeschooling for the first time, workbooks like these have become very popular: My Phonics Workbook: 101 Games and Activities to Support Reading Skills (My Workbooks)


Definitely worth watching;  Unplanned. (Available on DVD or for free streaming, to folks with Amazon Prime.)

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Where The Red Fern Grows. (Available on DVD or for free streaming, to folks with Amazon Prime.)

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Okay, as long as your kids are cooped, up: Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series [Deluxe Remastered Edition]

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Reader Tim J. suggested this, from the good folks at Survival Dispatch: What Radio Should I Buy? – Budget Tri-Band Ham Radio Setup

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At Valor Ridge: Reid’s Backup Gun Carry Options and Ideas

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Warrior Poet Society: Three Reasons I Ditched My BUG OUT BAG

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Garand Thumb: The Marine Corps’ New Service Pistol, SIG M18


Given the current state lockdowns, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series has transitioned to releasing self-produced home concerts. John Fogerty (of CCR fame) made this one, with his progeny: Fogerty’s Factory – John Fogerty + Family: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Caleb Klauder Country Band – C’est Le Moment (Live on KEXP @Pickathon)

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High Lonesome: The Story Of Bluegrass –soundtrack.  This features a track by Jim and Jesse McReynolds Bluegrass (Pictured.)

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The Fox – The Petersens & Ger O’Donnell

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Foghorn Stringband – Reuben’s Train

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And from deep in the hollers of Norway: Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra – My Heart and Soul (on Love) — Live at John Dee. And here is their rendition of he ever-popular: Shady Grove.

Gear & Grub:

Are you running low on gloves?  I was glad to see that Amazon has these back in stock:  100 PCS Gloves Nitrile Exam Gloves with Textured Fingertips, Thicken 4 mil Latex Free, Powder Free, Disposable, Medium.

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I noticed that CDNN (not one of our advertisers, but a a reputable company) is running a sale on complete Bushmaster M16 profile AR bolt carrier assemblies for $99 each. If you own several ARs, then I recommend keeping at least one spare.

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Stack them deep: Palmetto State Armory (one of our affiliate advertisers), presently has their AR-15 “M4 CARBINE”-marked stripped lower receivers on sale. At their web site, put the SKU  “3012020” in their search box. If you use our link to PSA, then SurvivalBlog will get a little piece of the action. Thanks.

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Happy Belly Almond Butter, 27 Ounce (Amazon Brand)

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Lipton Cold Brew Family Iced Tea Bags Black tea 22 ct (Pack of 3)

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The ultimate comfort foods, for self-isolation? OREO & CHIPS AHOY! Cookies Variety Pack, Family Size, 3 Packs.

Featured Antique Gun of the Week

This week’s featured antique gun of the week is a S&W New Model 3 SA .44 Russian with factory letter.  Like most other pre-1899s, it can be mailed or shipped directly to your doorstep without any paperwork or FFL dealer involvement. (Be sure to check your state and local laws before ordering.) Take a look at the many recently-added guns at the Elk Creek Company store.  Note: We are on hiatus until May 4th, but you can build your Wish List, in the interim.

Make a Suggestion

Want to suggest Recommendations of your own? Then please send them to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) Thanks!


        1. St. Funogas

          You made me crack up today!!
          Thanks for that 🙂
          Remember when the thin mints actually had a layer of white mint cream in them?
          Now THOSE I miss!!

          Have a Rockin great day!!

          1. Mmmm, Thin mints, Peppermint Patties, Reese’s Peanut Buttercups, Oreo cookies, Ring Dings, Chocolate Mousse, Black raspberry and Pistachio ice cream, Key Lime Pies, Pistachio Baklava, Death by Chocolate cake; some of my favorite desserts/snacks. All foods I no longer eat for various reasons: sugar, hydrogenated oils, milk, cream, butter, eggs, chemicals and preservatives! :(. Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I do eat modified versions, of some, though 😉

            May you have a great day.

    1. Hey Marine,

      Thanks for the heads up. I thought I had read all of Bryson’s books, not sure how I missed this one. Looks very interesting.

      Have you read Dandelion Wine? Bryson’s book made me think of it. My all-time favorite book. It all takes place in the summer of 1928, a boy’s summer adventures before video games and helicopter parents were invented. I read it every summer. Not only is the nostalgia good, but the writing itself is just the greatest.


  1. Just a little price gouging on those gloves on Amazon. Shipping is on the high side also. Got to love capitalism!!!

    Thank goodness I planned ahead and don’t have to buy any.

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