I just saw you at the Cactus Cafe with Wood and Wire. I was very impressed during your performance when you started singing "scat" along with your banjo riffs. How did you get the idea for that?
well with an instrument like the banjo or mandolin or fiddle, it's possible to play lots of really fast passages that are just scales going up and down. it's not technically music that way in that it doesn't express anything other than.."hey look, i've been practicing my scales!' so, a teacher i had years ago forbid me to play anything i could not sing along with, in order to fix this. in other words, start with the ears and let the fingers follow that. otherwise, what you are playing may be gibberish. if you hear it in your head first, it has a chance of meaning something.
It was a real pleasure to see you at IBMA in Raleigh, NC last week. The jam you were in with Alison Brown and Tom Driessen in the hotel lobby was icing on the cake. What's the name of the tune in the second video below? I like it more each time I listen to it.
I live in Bellingham, WA and heard one of your tunes on our local college station (KUGS- Western Washington University). Great sound!!
To make a long story short, I told my wife that I wanted to see if you might be in this area any time soon. Lo and behold, I see you are scheduled to be in Bellingham in January at a workshop.
I would love to meet you. I was born and raised in Temple, TX. Born at S&W in February 1964. I am a little familiar with bad livers and have attended NWSS in the past.
I look forward to hearing from you and learning how we can connect and I can assist you with any needs that you might have while you are in Bellingham.
Take care and keep me posted. Peace,