Had a great time back in New York and New Jersey last week. Spent some time hanging out with friends, working on the Pioneers film, playing music, and chowing down on some really good eats! Speaking of good food, I stopped off at the Oyster Bar in the basement of Grand Central Station to get my seafood fix and caught a musical performance of dancers in horse costumes prancing around the Station…only in New York! Also took the opportunity to walk through the Botanical Gardens. It’s so beautiful there in springtime, I just had to share this photo with you!
While in Brooklyn, I worked with the production crew to create a trailer for the documentary film “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass.” Check it out under the Pioneers DVD menu on the website. The film is coming along and if we remain on schedule, should be released in June.
And, best of all, I played a couple of venues with the Barnstormers! We sure enjoyed our first time at Bernie’s Hillside Tavern in nearby Chester, NJ. And I was thrilled to spot Trudi Hensley (wife of the late Walter Hensley) in the audience. She had driven 2 hours to catch the performance. It was great to catch up with her, Stephanie Ledgin (noted bluegrass author) and Harry Grant (promoter for Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival). As a special tribute, we played a number of songs that were included on the album I made with Walter (Barons of Bluegrass) which was nominated by IBMA for Recording Event of the Year.
Returning to Jalopy Theatre was like old times. Some places just fit you like a glove and that’s how I feel about Jalopy’s. When owners, Lynette & Geoff Wiley contacted me last July about performing there again, I couldn’t have been happier. This place is an icon in the music scene of NYC and the kitsch is literally off the walls. The vaudeville-like atmosphere just seems to bring out the best in performers who play there and it sure was true when we hit the stage last Saturday night.
Great times, great friends, great music…looking forward to the next trip in May for the Square Dance at Battery Park Conservancy.