Posted by dbrooks on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
What a great day!
My wife is recovering steadily from anterior hip replacement just 7 days ago. This new procedure seems to deserve its positive reviews from patients and physical therapists alike.
Also today, Abigail Washburn and her new band gave an in-store concert at ear X-tacy, a Louisville record shop with a national reputation. Abigail is taking major strides down the indie songwriter path with this new group. Kai Welch has co-written many of the tunes and harmonizes well with her. Rayna Gellert has her strong fiddle, Jamie Dick adds just the right percussion, and I regret I can't recall the bass player's first name (last name was Wrocklin). The banjo is still a centerpiece in Abby's music, but it has new voices and new vistas. After the concert, Abby met many of the 60-80 people in attendance. I had a chance to say hello again to her and to her parents, who traveled to Louisville for the concert and for a few days with Abby in Nashville. I had written an interview with Abby in Banjo Newsletter a couple of years ago, and that was a great experience. It was great to renew the friendship.
Later, on my way back from the grocery, I stopped Steilberg String Instruments where we hold a monthly old-time jam and found a little Martin LX1 hanging on the wall. It was a trade-in and just what I had been hoping to find some day. Well, today was the day.
Tonight, I played at the regular Monday night contra dance with the all-volunteer band, and it was just one of those nights when the energy was high and the musicians seemed to blend well. And I made a cool $4 from the Feed the Band bucket.
Back to the grind on Tuesday, but with nice memories of Monday.
Marc Nerenberg Says:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @7:02:19 AM
Boy, I love Abigail Washburn's new album...just like I love her last three albums. Wish I could have been at that concert. I think it's such a delight to hear clawhammer banjo in these settings...I've always wanted to be a rock clawhammer player myself, but have only occasionally had the chance to play in such a setting. And what a great you had! Have some more like that!
Marc Nerenberg Says:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @7:04:17 AM
That should have read: "and what a great day you had! Have some more like that!"
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @4:04:01 PM
You certainly did have a great day! Abigail is coming to the UK in a few days time for the first time (ever?). I've got tickets to see her in London on Jan 31. Looking forward to it.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @5:42:09 PM
Liz, Abigail and all the band members are really pumped about the trip to the UK. They were taking a week or so off before this trip. If you have the chance to say hello or to get her to sign a CD or poster, you should do so. She really enjoys those meet and greets and treats each person like an old friend.
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