Posted by fiddledan on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Greetings from Lawrence, Kansas! Well, I left Yuma just about a week ago and 1500 miles and two flat trailer tires later I arrived in Lawrence, Kansas Yep, been here a week. You may wonder what there is to do in Kansas for a whole week, but believe me it has been busy and great.
My first stop after settling in was a trip over to Mike Richwine’s (our Fiddle Hangout’s own Woodwiz) and WOW. Got the works. Great shop(s), wonderful meals (got to have lunch AND supper with the Wiz) and top notch work on my fiddles. I was there the entire day and while the short version is he tweaked my Hardesty fiddles into life AND worked wonders with my new Carl Oliver fiddle (last one Carl built), the long version would take pages. Suffice it to say that the Oliver really needed some attention starting with a tailpiece and sound post THEN the set up work that took a while but was well worth the time and money it cost to have it done, AND the company of Michael while he worked.
Then the House Concert in Lawrence Friday to a full house (literally) and workshops in Fiddle and Old Time Banjo on Saturday at the Americanna Music School courtesy of hostess with the most-est, FiddlerDi. Great musician and wonderful person as well. We got to jam some, talk some and work some.
Got to see old friends there also including music and repair guru Steve Mason. Musician, craftsman, composer – you name it.
Monday was my Happy Birthday and it was very! Work was done and a trip to the local cigar shop – Centro Cigars – earlier in the week found me meeting and enjoying the company of the manager Umut and her – wait for it – Clawhammer playin husband Brian. They put together the most awesome birthday cigar care package ever! SO, time for a special birthday smoke. Combined with a trip to the food co-op here and a nap, the only thing that could have been better would have been having Miss Jennifer here to share it with me. Ah well, new times, she had to work but she catches up with me later in July in Ohio for Clawcamp (still a couple spots left) and the ride west including Acoustic Music Camp in Dallas, TX. All in all a great week.
Tomorrow it is south to Mountain View, Arkansas to play Saturday on the Ozark Folk Center Stage then teach a workshop (back up old time guitar) during string band week there. Looking forward to meeting MD there. SO, off for now. Early start tomorrow.
Till next time.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @3:43:05 PM
Sent you an e-mail. Holler at me when you get to town to-morrow.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @4:39:47 PM
Dan your like a touring rock star! : )
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @5:18:54 PM
15 years and counting! (over 20 if you include the boiled buzzards but that was only part time.)
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @7:34:13 PM
Safe travels, Dan, and hope you stop by here before your final leg home to Yuma. The monsoon seems to be knocking at our door. The humidity went way up, and yesterday we had just a few drops on the window--right on time. When you swing by maybe I'll let you play with my new iPhone. ;^)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @7:44:23 AM
It was great to meet you, Dan, and thanks very much for the kind words. Hope we can spend some more time together. Interesting how fiddles "come alive", isn't it?
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @11:17:32 AM
It was a great time hanging out with Dan. He's a great player, conversationalist, and handyman....fixed the lock on the back door at the Americana. He tells me I play too much like a classical/bluegrass musician when I try to play his oldtime tunes...so I am working away to get better at some old time. It was wonderful to meet him and I loved sitting and listening to him play some of the tunes off the "Traveling Home" CD. Dans a good singer too. A good teacher and I learned a lot from watching him teach.
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'Squeaks and scratches' 2 hrs
'Pre WW2 Fiddle' 8 hrs
'Flash jams?' 9 hrs
'Strad Copy' 1 day