Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's All Front Row

I haven't really taken the time to download my 2007 IBMA experience. I still have a folder full of materials I need to read (I think there is a Martin 15 series guitar in our future). Meanwhile I thought I'd just share a few moments.

This is the door to the original Bluegrass Express sponsored by Martha White, a company now owned by Orrville, OH Smuckers. The Bluegrass Express served as the wheels for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, who made an appearance Friday night. I didn't go on the bus, which was open as a museum. I was kind of afraid it might drive off and I'd never see my children again.

Friday night was a first for me. I was thrilled to hear Emmylou Harris. She is quite a presence, and she had in tow some pretty venerable players, including one of my favorite mandolin players, Jimmy Gaudreau. He was a Country Gentleman back in the day. I think his Rhode Island accent is just peachy if a little un-bluegrass. Actually, that bass player was also an Original Country Gentleman but his name escapes me at the moment....

One of my favorite experiences this time around was a show on the Roots and Branches Stage on Saturday afternoon. It was fashioned after the Opry style Barn Dances, and featured IBMA folks from all over the world. Just every day bluegrass teachers, producers, presenters, advocates. It was a well done ton of cantankerous fun.

This was the first opportunity I've had to see Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver changed out with an all new lineup. Jamie Dailey and Terry Baucom are onto solo projects, and he's got a new fiddle and bass player too. All are shockingly talented and very young.

There's more to share, but it's gettin' late. It was a wonderful trip, punctuated throughout by real memorable times with my sister and her family, who are very special to me indeed.


At October 17, 2007 10:31 AM, Blogger My Boring Best said...

Sounds like a great time. People who know how to play good music are always such a thrill.

...and I've always been sweet on Emmylou. :

At October 17, 2007 8:25 PM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Greetings MBB, nice to see you. The IBMA event truly is one of a kind special, where there's not just the music but a real focus on honoring the past and building the future. I'm just there for the better part of a few days, but most of these folks are there all week long, and it's a working meeting (with lots of jam sessions until 5 a.m.). All those committed people are what make the experience. Imagine being at a humanist conference, and then, add instruments. Heaven! I mean, well, you know what I mean.

At October 24, 2007 7:35 PM, Anonymous Fearless Heart said...

I'll never forget being at the Ann Arbor Folk festival a few years ago. They had Buddy and Julie Miller play one of the early sets and someone next to me said "Who's that blond lady?" (Of course, it was Emmy.)

Although, as much as I ADORE Buddy and Julie, I've always loved Emmy in an acoustic string band setting. She's like TimBoB - just won't fit into any pigeonhole, no matter how hard ya try.

BTW, we're covered for Kent, but it's just gonna be me and 'Nita. We wanted to try and get a cabin at Lake Hope and go to the show down on the river but Number One Son is in a play that night.


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