Posted by pick1 on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday nights, for the past couple of years, Chuck, Sam and I have been getting together to jam and discuss topics of world interest and Sam's teenage exploits. We grew up together and have known each other as long as we can remember. This week we talked about the old guys, those local musicians who were legends in this area when we were children and what they would think of the music we play on our Monday night jams. I can remember being in pure awe of these guys. They seemed to show up at most community functions, probably uninvited but always welcomed and enjoyed.
We shared a few glasses of my Christmas present and a lot of memories of some great musicians that inspired us enough to continue. All these names have passed on but its good to know that in one small circle they still live and continue to inspire. Fred and Linda Foster, Slim and Maybelle Bowman, Jerry Bray and those others that I can't remember, thank you.
Thursday, January 22, 2009 @1:06:06 PM
It's always good to remember our roots or raising and those that influenced us. I still remember my first fiddling influence. Our family would go visit this older couple. No matter how short the visit, our would come the fiddle for a few tunes as my dad loved fiddle music too. Anyway, the older gentleman would sit there in the chair with his spittoon next too him playing tunes that danced on the strings of his fiddle. He passed away when I was in high school but he had an influence on me that I still carry with me.
Thursday, January 22, 2009 @6:58:06 PM
My down the country road neighbor, Thelma Burns, taught me to play the guitar. I remember learning You Are My Sunshine. Her husband Ralph was ran a junk yard on their property including their front yard. Mr Burns had to be the friendliest man I ever met besides my own grandfather, Vernon Hankins. Papaw paid Mrs Burns for my lessons, but I cannot remember how much.
Saturday, January 24, 2009 @3:00:40 PM
You guys sound like you're pretty young. I'll guess low 20s. I think it's absolutely great that young folks are getting turned on to this music. I wasn't as lucky to have grown up in such proximity to the old masters.
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