Of all the months of the year and all the years I've been composing fiddle music, October has been the most prolific. From 1989 (as far back as I can find any of my old fiddle compositions, although I composed many before that year) up to the present, there have been many tunes, such as: Knob Lock Brook, Dive Right In, The Rue Castle, No Work Today, Sweet Berries, Braw Birks, Elibridge Balsam, Reuben Sanford's Still, The Twin Pond Reel, Mary's O'er to See Her Nephews, and The Wells Hill Boar. I think after the bustle of the summer fades away and I get a few moments to sit within the beauty of the autumn colors out in the woods, my mind quiets down and I'm able to hear what is presented and then able to transpose what I hear to paper. The Fall has always been my favorite time of year.
Much to our surprise and delight, Mr. Eric Larkey and his two children Sarah Grace (age 10) and Adam (age 15) showed up and performed at the Rock Creek Opry Place in Erwin on Sunday afternoon. Also present and a member of the band was Tim Decker on the banjo. Terry Tester (missing in the photo) was already here picking with Ron Duncan, Bob Van Horn, Eddy Ray, Ed Dance and yours truly, so he played bass for the Larkey family while they performed. The children are absolutely wonderful and SO talented. It's a real treat to watch them.
Lately, I've added a few more pages to the site. The band "String Fever" now has it's own page. I've been playing as a temporary fill-in member for some time now and I'm busy enough with them to include them as one of the Tennessee bands I'm playing with. It's my pleasure to pick with this fine group of musicians. Please stop by and visit their page. I'll add new photos as they become available.
I've also created a new page titled "Bluegrass Country Pictures, Page 2" to make it a little easier to view photos. There are so many photos on the original "Bluegrass Country Pictures" page that the page loads a little slower than it should. As time permits, I may relocate some of the photos on this page to the new page.
"Rural Route Bluegrass Band" now has its own page, too. I'll be able to add some pictures to this page as soon as I perform with them and Mary is able to take photos of the band in action. My first gig with them will be Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in Jonesborough at The Farmer's Market and again in the afternoon at Limestone, TN, at the Davy Crockett Park from 2:20 - 3:50 p.m.
I've also added a new page titled "Bluegrass Quiz". Stop by and take the test.
Also, I've added a "Autumn 2011 by Mary" page to show some of the beautiful autumn pictures captured by Mary's photo "eye".
As always, "Thanks" goes out to all the people who visit this website and enjoy her photos.
I've added a new photo page titled "Autumn 2011 By Mary" and loaded in some of the many photos she took yesterday when she and I and Ron and Sherry went over the 12 mile gravel road across the Unaka Wilderness Area. It was a perfect autumn day with temps in the high 70's and a clear blue sky. Over 300,000 acres of totally undisturbed wilderness save for a gravel road spanning the tops of the mountains alongside the Appalachian Trail on the border line between Tennessee and North Carolina. This area is as beautiful as one could even imagine. Yesterday we could see the Upper Unaka, Smoky Mountain and Lower Unaka Wilderness Areas all in one long (over 100 miles) view. What a wonderful day!