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Never skipped a beat

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Where have I been lately?  For any of you who are curious I have been away for most of a year and a half.  That's ever since a horrible wildfire burned up my community along with 76,000 acres around here on Cobb Mountain, California.  My own house actually survived but only along with 19 others out of 195!- 2 people died in my neighborhood.   1,300 homes burned up during the "Valley Fire"... So, it has been quite a disruption to everyone's lives around here.  Turns out it was the 3rd worst wildfire in California history!

Musically though, I really haven't skipped a beat.  I am still playing the fiddle and banjo.  Visit my old time string band's website and say hello if you like.... www.cobbstompers.com.

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www.cobbstompers.com
Interests:
[Teaching] [Jamming]

Occupation: High School Teacher

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
1) Bart Reiter Regent #3201
2) Bart Reiter Standard Fretless #2904
3) Chuck Lee Custom 12" Wood Rim #616

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Right now I am diggin' vintage Foghorn Stringband, Bucking Mules, Camp Creek Boys, Tom, Brad, & Alice, Bruce Molsky, Clawdan, Sammy Lind, John Salyer, Norman Edmonds, Tommy Jarrell, Bob Carlin, Wade Ward, Fred Cockerham, Dock Boggs.

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My banjo music is inspired by the sounds that have been heard for generations in a place where the corners of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia merge...? But, I am a born-and-raised Northern Californian! Embarrassing to admit, I started playing banjo after seeing the movie "Deliverance". I took a few bluegrass lessons and after a very long and determined couple of months I could play a recognizable “Cripple Creek”. Later, attending UC Davis, my "Banjo Hangout" was in the library where there was an amazing music archives listening room. I would make recordings of the weirdest stuff (mostly County Records)! I tried to wrap my head around the bluesy sounds of fellers like Dock Boggs. I would listen to them dang tapes over and over and over and over in my old ford pick-up truck (they kind of went together). Hey, I have played off and on for a pretty long time. But, I have really been playing a lot lately, especially after somehow several years ago I talked my wife into playing the fiddle with me. You see, she is a serious pianist, and local symphony flute player, has degree in music. Playing old time music with her banjo playing husband seemed unlikely until, … at some point, I think my wife thought old-time music might be an antidote to being a little too serious about music, it might be a fun family thing, and she was sick of my nagging. Well, I couldn’t believe how easy it was for her to pick up the fiddle out of the blue. She just started sawing out some dancing tunes just like that- those music majors! It was no time till we had a band! We got a little girl ten years old who is already dang good on the fiddle.

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