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Posted by vt picker on Monday, October 8, 2007

Our week at IBMA (there are photos in the album that relate to the blog)

So, our week started with a mere 14 ½ hour drive to Hyden KY to meet up with Obe; and there we got to pick on the front porch with Obe, Boots (his roommate) and Curtis Burch.  

Photo album shows  the porch w/ Bruce and obe, next is Curtis, Obe and Boots (who plays dobro, but is holding my bass).  There was a forest fire in the area, so the whole place was a little smoky. 

From there, we went to the BG school that Obe is attending and hung out with Curtis and Bob Osborne 

Next, it was off to Frank Neat’s in Russell Springs KY.  He makes excellent banjos, has put most of the necks onto the priceless prewar flat heads worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He and his sons run the place, Ricky does all of the inlay cutting by hand with a saw “about the size of your har” (insert kentucky accent for hair)

 Bill Evans was at a booth and we saw him again (he and his wife Kathy had just stayed with us the previous weekend).  Bill’s Banjo for Dummies book is doing well; he left early to play at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Cali 

We met up with Mike Auldridge again, he won a distinguished achievement award and played onstage at fanfest with Emmylou.  He’s as nice as ever.

 Tony Trischka was there of course; he swept the awards, banjo player, instrumental album, etc.  Tony Rice won guitar player of the year, Rob Ikes for dobro, Sam Bush mandolin player, Michael Cleveland fiddle, and Missy Raines bass.  We were first row balcony, right across from Mark Schatz and his wife.

Earl made a surprise visit to the fanfest stage, which was cool.

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