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Live in Europe once again

Posted by Ryan Cavanaugh on Friday, August 8, 2008

After a successful summer session, teaching at the Creative Strings Workshop in Ohio, I had 2 weeks to rest before hitting the skyways again with Bill Evans and Soulgrass. I've played so many shows this summer that it is hard to recollect where I've been. Last week, after a one-off in Norway, we flew back to the states to play the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, and somewhere in Cleveland. After that, good friend Sam Bush joined us for a few days of hitting the road. Sam has become a great friend and it is good to joke around and get to know him better. Having been a hero of mine for quite some time now, it is cool to sit down with him over a few beers and listen to stories about everyone he knows in the bluegrass world. After a great weekend with Sam, the Bill Evans band jetted back to Norway where we shard the roster with Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, and Vinnie Calouta. I got to meet Herbie for the second time, and I was almost speechless. Just like Bela was into Chick for years, I was into Herbie Hancock! Herbie's show was, hands down, the best live show I have ever witnessed. I almost regret not getting any photos to post, but hanging with him was enough. The memories will last a lifetime, and luckily I got to hear him and Bill, longtime friends and bandmates, talk about what jazz legends talk about.....other jazz legends.

2 comments on “Live in Europe once again”

ldressage Says:
Monday, August 18, 2008 @7:30:28 PM

What a way cool thing to experience.  Do you pinch yourself sometimes?  FYI, I am in a rock band... sometimes playing banjo, and it sounds cool dammit!

Laurence Diehl Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @8:33:06 AM

Ryan, I envy you (in a good way) sounds like you have the coolest gig in the world. Making great music is a wonderful thing, but being around your personal legends pushes it over the top!

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