Thursday, November 28, 2013
Yes, it's been months since I last posted anything of substance. In fact, anything at all. Sorry about that. The demands of my job and my problem with fatigue really left me with no energy to do much of anything at all. I admit I wondered if it was time to walk away from the blog given my lack of energy but like so many other times my interest in the blog seems to return and so I will let time tell that story for a while longer. Most people go through periods of change and I am no different. When I began this blog it was an effort to help educate myself and others to what we had here in the heartland with Old Time music. John Hartford was the one that ignited my passion for Ozark style fiddle tunes and I am still grateful for his influence in my musical life. When I started this blog I noticed that many of the noted fiddlers of the previous generation were already gone and only a handful remained to carry on the music. What I discovered was a significant number of people who were keeping the music alive and well and were going to be around a long long time. Two noted bands called it quits this year. In fact, these were my two most favorite bands here in the heartland.Prairie Acre and Mountain Boomers String Band. I sure hated to see it happen but people and circumstances change. Tricia Spencer became engaged to a texas fiddler Howard Rains and the demands of love made them a duo while her tie to Prairie Acre had to end. Tricia is my favorite living fiddler and I have to remind myself she is not dead, just moving on. The Mountain Boomers String Band was a real treat to hear but alas it was only on YouTube and other recorded media that I heard them on, and not live. They were based in Northern Arkansas and I had not been able to go see them there. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and that you are enjoying the company of good
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I realize I have all but abandoned the blog this past month or two. The demands of my job are pretty serious and my stress and fatigue levels have left me with nothing left at days end. I hope to return to posting pretty soon but I want it to be worth your time as well as mine. I hope I can do something sunday. My goals for the blog have just not come close to what I had hoped but I will have to see what transpires this fall. I will say that I can see some real life out there compared to what I saw two years ago.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Summer is now over and it's time to look at restarting the Old Time jam. I'm thinking a couple weeks or so. I will send out emails soon. I'm inviting anyone in our area to join us. So far this has been a real nice jam with some real nice folks. No matter your skill level, you are invited to join in the fun.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Last sunday was the annual Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships in Lawrence Kansas. As always, it was very hot out and as always, it was sunny and beautiful. The crowd turnout was about normal. There did not seem to be as many food vendors this year. For me it was noticeable that there was no ice cream to be had. Leo Posch was there in spite of having been seriously injured from a bicycle accident. It was good to see him there. There was a jam going on at his area that was pretty good. A lot of folks care about Leo and are pulling for his complete recovery. Leo makes some of the very best guitars anywhere and I'm not exaggerating. He's also one of the nicest guys around. The sound system at the South stage was terrible this year. I had to struggle to hear the flatpickers this year and missed about half of what was played. They need more speakers and they need to turn it UP! This event really made me feel good about living in Kansas. Lawrence is still a small town and the crowd was made up of folks across N.E. Kansas (mostly) that are heartland down home types. I love kansas and it's people. Good people and the land is beautiful. The music was pretty good this year too. I missed some of the contests as I left a couple hours earlier than planned due to the heat. The Jams were really good this year. There seemed to be more of them and there was some real fine playing. I was really glad to see that and I hope that continues next year. I might well join in. All in all it was yet another good year and I want to express my appreciation to all those folks who work so hard at putting this on. Thanks! Check out the photos
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Not to forget but we need to resume our jamming seeing that the summer is over and vacations are behind us. Let me invite you to our jam in Mission/Prairie Village Ks if you live close enough. I hope we can resume it in a couple weeks or so. We need new members but remember...it's an Old Time Fiddle Tunes jam.
I have a new post that should be up this week. Sorry I've been so slow here. Serious fatigue issues but they are improving. I just bought a really good camera and hope to provide some videos and photos and not completely depend on others. Last sunday was the Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships and I will post some picture and comments pretty soon.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Tricia plays Spotted Pony. Does a great job of it. I've been really busy at work and a recent bout of insomnia made posting impossible but I'm doing better so I hope to start posting more regularly. The Kansas State Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin championships are coming up and I will post as much as I can about it. meanwhile...
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ben Dunham contacted me late last year and wanted to know where he could jam with other OT musicians here in KC. Well, things led to things and we started a jam with the first session at Ben and Liz's home near KU Medical Center. We had some really fine jams there and at our other homes. Sadly, Liz has completed her training course here in Kansas City and they have moved far away to the west. On behalf of the other Jam members, we wish them God speed and a safe journey. We will all miss them a great deal.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Howard Marshall recently published book, "Play Me Something Quick And Devilish" is a must read, must have book for those interested in Old Time music here in the heart land. Whether you live in Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas or Missouri you will find this to be an irreplacable resource for understanding the song list you have been playing and the musicians you look back at. Go buy that book! Here, Marshall plays "Millers Reel". The demands of work are hard on this old boy and it means I have not been posting much. Or playing even. I hope that improves soon.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Scott Knickerbocker wrote to ask if there were any jams or folks interested in playing with him this week in Lawrence while he is here for a literature conference. Scott plays in the OT band, HoKum Hi-Flyers based in Boise Id. His bands facebook page is Hokum Hi-Flyers. You can contact him through that or I can pass things on to him via email if you wish.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I have not posted any Norman in a long long time. He remains my overall favorite picker. Here is an Arkansas related tune for your listening pleasure. I plan on doing some picking this afternoon myself. Got some sleep last night. Much needed rest for these weary old bones that have been working much too hard. Oh well, the Germans say, "Work makes life sweet". Having been unemployed for over two years back in 09-10, I can tell you it's true! At least at bill time!
Friday, May 17, 2013
I had to change jobs this month and have been exhausted. I have been neglecting the blog and to get me started back I decided to share this. Tricia Spencer is just wonderful. Nice playing here. Enjoy and I hope to be back soon.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
It's long past the time a little levity was brought into the blog. Jeremy is a fiddler out of SW Mo. I like his playing here.