Out of the Frying Pan

Well, we’re back from our whirlwind tour of New Mexico and the far eastern edge of Colorado. Let me tell you, it’s just as hot there as back here in Arizona!

Albuquerque Concert

Click to hear “Charlotte Breakdown”

And speaking of hot…we really blazed it this past weekend. We were joined by my buddy, Doug Nicolaisen, who plays with James Reams & The Barnstormers back east.  Our regular banjo player, Tyler James, was unable to make the trip so Doug stepped in and lit the fires. Doug is so talented on this instrument, he amazes me every time! But don’t take my word for it, Judy Muldawer was sitting in the front row and captured some outstanding video…check out “Ain’t a Bump in the Road” on YouTube. I even had a long time member of the Southwest Pickers association come up and tell me that our band was the most exciting band they had seen since the concert series started 11 years ago! (And I didn’t even have to pay him to say that!)

Holly sign photoThe Holly Bluegrass Festival was so much fun. I love going to towns where the Bluegrass Festival is THE event of the year. Everywhere we looked there were signs and posters promoting bluegrass. I doubt there was a single soul living any where in the area that didn’t know the Bluegrass Festival was going on that weekend. Playing on the town square while kids and families gather round just takes you back to the roots of bluegrass, this is what it’s all about.

Looking forward to the Palisade Roots and Music Festival and the Aspen Bluegrass Sundays concert next weekend. While the temps might be cooler up in the mountains, but we’re planning to heat it up!