Smiles – Live from Red Barn Radio

In the course of coming back home to Kentucky, I had the opportunity to appear twice on the Red Barn Radio program: first on their eighth broadcast of An Appalachian Christmas, where I was privileged to perform with Sarah Kate Morgan, The Local Honeys, and The Sara Holroyd Singers. xProduct()Then it was a thrill to get the invitation to appear on the April 1 broadcast of Red Barn Radio with the Lexington folk duo, One Lane Bridge. Red Barn Radio records its programs live, and so I’m pleased to announce that from those recordings, I am releasing a new live album. My new album, Smiles, was recorded live on the sound stage of Red Barn Radio. Because it’s a live recording, it’s just me and my guitar, warts and all, but I’m very happy with the results. Smiles includes a couple of songs that I’ve not released on earlier albums, like the 1931 song and Toontown theme from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Smile,...
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Thumbpicking Jam at Mountain View

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgmXj4FvtTQ 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....
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The Contest

"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 in the music auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center, I had my first real "What am I doing here?" moment. Listening to Moon, Ben Hall, and Eddie and Martha Adcock, and thinking about the people who had played from that stage over the years, it was a little overwhelming to think that I'd walk out there with Sara, sit in that same spot and play. In case you don't know, Sara is my main go-to guitar. We'd been together for several years before Debbie and I met. However, many of the goals for the trip had been accomplished before ever setting foot on the auditorium stage. I experienced and participated in the musical fellowship in Mountain View. I met other folks who play...
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