It was the third weekend in May, and so I was back at the Ozark Folk Center for Thumbpicking Weekend. Jam sessions with the weekend’s featured artists are all part of the fun.
I can’t tell you how much fun it was to pick and sing Shanty in Old Shanty Town and I Am a Pilgrim with these fine folks.
At Saturday’s jam, I met a 12-year-old picker who I think will make a name for himself some day.
Then the emcee said, “The winner of the 2012 National Thumbpicking Guitar Contest comes from Greenwood, Indiana.” With that introduction he called my name as this year’s national thumbpicking champion.
“It’s Merle Travis weekend,” I overheard from the breakfast table next to mine. “They have a contest out at the Folk Center today.” And there I was. The night before, while listening to Comer “Moon” Mullins play from the stage … Continue reading
The Otterbein Community Concert Series is a folk- and family-friendly concert series hosted by Otterbein United Methodist Church, near Greenfield, Ind. The series is in its second year, and a big tip o’ the hat goes to Rick Garrett, who … Continue reading