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BANJO TRAVELS: From Pickin' Parlors to the Ryman

Posted by myork1 on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pretty cool week of Banjo Days for me. Decided to take my new/old Gibson on a trip back to my hometown in Tennessee to visit the family. While there I found out about a cool spot in Ethridge, TN called Sue's Bluegrass Koffee Korner and Pickin' Parlor and on Saturday night’s it’s jumping with lots of grassers and cloggers eating out and loving the music provided by locals (and visiting pickers) getting together in a sort of organized jam. I got to sit in on 2 sessions and had a blast.

On my return trip I took a day and dropped in downtown Nashville on that little section of Broadway that lets you walk from Ryman to Gruhn’s Guitar (and LOTS of banjos) to some great live-music-lunch places that get even better at night. I made it back to Charlotte just in time to meet up with Terry and Cindy Baucom along with “Fast Eddie” Lowe to talk banjos and the upcoming Boone festival where Terry has a banjo camp and Cindy is serving as emcee.

Looking forward to continuing my banjo travels after what has been a really fun time this summer (Some of the pictures from this trip are posted in my BANJO TRAVELS photo album). On my list for next summer is to make some of the BLUEGRASS NIGHTS at the Ryman. What a great idea...sorry I missed out on that one this year.

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