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Playing Since: 2007
Experience Level: Just Startin'
Occupation: Ink-Stained Wretch
"Lorena" (Gibson RB3W). "Maggie" (Deering Vega No. 2). "Fannie" (Goldstar GF100W). My other little friends: "Big Ma" (Martin D35), "Woody" (Guild D35), "Rambo" - aka "Banjo Eater" (Martin D-28 Marquis), "Annie" (Martin HD28VC)
Too numerous to mention. Oh, what the heck. Earl Scruggs, Earl Scruggs Revue, Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends, Flatt and Scruggs, Country Gentlemen, Seldom Scene, Carolina Star, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Eric Weissberg, Jim Mills, Ricky Scaggs, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Susie Burke and David Surette, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Tom Gray and whatever band he's playing in at the moment, Lou Reid and whatever band he's playing in at the moment, Kate and Anna McGarrigle,Carolina Chocolate Drops, Townes Van Zandt, The Chieftans, Mary Black, Robin & Linda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent, Mike & Pete Seeger, Ian & Sylvia, The Carter Family, Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Chad Mitchell Trio, Whiskey Hill Singers, Tommy Makem, The Clancy Bros., Alex Beaton, North Sea Gas, The Corries, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Old Crow Medicine Show, Crooked Still, Uncle Earl, Chatham County Line, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Woodshedders, John Stewart, Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotten, Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Howling Wolf, Bukka White, B.B. King, Dewey Balfour, Michael Doucet, and Beausoleil. Oh, and Clifton Chenier. And a few more I can't think of right now.
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Saturday, January 19, 2013 @8:53:34 PM
My wife and I just got back from a three-day road trip into the north woods of Maine. It felt more like the Arctic up there than anything I've seen to date in Maine, including around our place on a lake in Camden. Not ungodly cold (yet), but cold enough, lots of deep snow everywhere, beautiful forests of tall pine and bone-white birch. And just that Arctic feeling - something about the people and the towns and what I could see of the culture. Presque Isle and Fort Kent, right on the Canadian border, reminded me of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories - basically frontier towns, though they are incorporated cities. Allagash is barely a bump in the road, but the area has its own charm and is the northern terminus for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Edith, a very nice lady in her golden years with whom we visited while she was tagging furs at Allagash Outfitters (do not think Cabela's here), will drive you a few miles upriver so you can come down back down in your canoe.
Ice fishing is in full throttle on the lakes up there now. We've seen a few hardy souls on the lake in front of our house, and probably will see more as the winter goes on, but what I've seen around midcoast looks like the minor leagues now that I have something to compare. Up there it's the NFL. Lots of ice shacks, and numerous holes containing sticks, some with little flags fluttering around at the top. And gray, savory smoke billowing up from grills set up on the ice. (They're rarely eating fish. A lot of what they do is catch-and-release. Many hot dogs though.) Oh, and a little beer-drinking going on too.
I've never spent much time thinking about ice-fishing, and when I did, I figured it was just something some marginal old throwbacks did in on the outskirts of civilization where there wasn't that much else to do. There may be some truth to the latter, but I saw people of all ages out there on the ice. And then, by coincidence, the night after we got back, Maine public TV ran a superb documentary entitled "Hardwater." By the end of the show, I was thinking maybe I need to go out and buy an augur and a trap or two myself. Hmmm. Wonder if they sell ice shacks at the Home Depot up here.
This is the trailer for "Hardwater." Some nice banjo music in the film.
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