Mary and I are very busy preparing for our southern musical odyssey; a wandering journey that will take us first to visit friends in Maryland, then on to North Carolina, first in the New Bern area, then on to the Asheville area where we have several "Bluegrass Friends" scattered around Canton, Maggie Valley, Brevard, Franklin, Maryville and Hendersonville. We may be there for a month or more, making the rounds, or we may settle in the area around Afton, TN, or even up in Maynardville, TN, where Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins were born. Then, we'll swing over to Greeneville, Tennessee to see another longtime friend, then it's up to Kentucky, first to Rosine, the birthplace of Bill Monroe, and then to Renfro Valley. After these stops, we're going to Cartersville, Georgia for a couple of weeks, or so, and then to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for a few days before stopping in Zephyrhills, Florida, to visit a few very dear friends who we also met through "Bluegrass" music. Then, after some fun and serious pickin' with them, we'll likely return to Afton or Maynardville for the Winter months.
We're very much looking forward to the change of pace and environment; to meeting our new friends face-to-face and to renewing our "old" friendships. I've been privileged to meet so many wonderfully talented people through this website and now we're finally ready to spend some quality time with many of these wonderful musicians. It's a dream come true. Now, I'll finally get a taste of Bluegrass Music as it's played in the south where it was born. I've hoped for a chance to pick "Bluegrass" in the south for my entire musical life.
Because we'll be traveling so much on the road, it's very likely that I'll be taking this website down in the first couple of weeks of May. We plan to embark at the end of May. Please feel welcome to copy and paste pictures and music that are of interest to you before then.
I'll be back online before leaving, at which time I'll be sure to give a proper "Thanks" to all my Friends and Fans who have made this website such an industrious place. Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.........not too bad for a couple of little country bumpkins like Mary and me!