Some days I don’t know whether I’m coming or going! Just got back from the Benson, AZ Bluegrass in the Park festival this past weekend. It was so nice to meet all the people that make this great event possible like Bob Nilson, the event coordinator, who’s great sense of humor kept us all in stitches. Getting to play along with 80-something Glen Wilburn in the jam session on Saturday brought back lots of great memories as he knew all the old songs that got this music (and me!) started. And speaking of getting started, Annie Beach of JamPak led a workshop that introduced some of the youngest in the crowd to bluegrass. They even put on a performance later!
The smile on my face was genuine and big as a barn as I walked out on stage. And it wasn’t just because of Bob’s stories! We played our hearts out and the crowd responded in kind by giving us theirs. It’s wonderful to be so well received in my new home state of Arizona. It’s been just about a year now that I’ve been playing bluegrass out here and I have to say that I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve met some wonderful folks in the bluegrass world out west and am making new friends, it’s such a thrill to be here. I even bought a pair of boots…but more on that story later!
Catch us as we headline the Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival in Arcosanti (Cordes Junction exit off of I-17 North) this weekend for another round of foot stompin’, knee slappin’ bluegrass!