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A Stellar Jam

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @9:07:31 AM

All our jams in Easton are very good, but every now and again the right combination of players shows up and the jam transcends the usual "very good" and becomes GREAT!

Last night's jam was like that. The players who showed were among my favorites. The guitarists all knew almost all the chords! We had two great clawhammer players. And four fiddlers, two of whom were incredibly good. Beth Hunter and I managed to hold our own fiddling, but when Rick Carlson and Carl Baron got going things really took off into high gear.

Apparently everyone felt the energy. Even the folks who normally head out early due to work the next day ended up staying later than usual. And I didn't get home until after 11, and since the jam starts at 7, that's saying something!

We played a lot of our fave tunes, and learned a few new ones from Carl. I know it's a distance for him, but I do hope Carl does show up once in awhile, it was really fun having him join us. It was his first time visiting Easton.

John Ridge made the drive up from his new digs in South Jersey too. John is, without a doubt, the one guitarist I love having in my right ear. And peeking over at him, with that staring-off-into-space and I'm-in-Nirvana-for-sure grin of his is always a treat. I wish he hadn't moved so far away, but it seems he misses us too if he'd drive a hundred miles to come play with us again. Apparently he's just bought a house and will be at least 30 miles closer, so maybe he'll be able to come up and visit at least once in awhile.

John Updike and Neil Morris made the trip down from Stroudsburg too. Having John and Drew on clawhammer to my left was wonderful. Neil's another one who gets a funny grin on his face when he's playing, and I love his guitar work. Mike Kuzma and John Ridge both added tasty mando licks.

It's nights like this that make me realize what a lucky gal I am. I am so blessed with great musical friends!

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