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I made my 'stage' debut

Monday, September 20, 2010

After years of being a 'closet picker,' not being to find a jam I can fit into (most are way beyond me, or with guitarists who don't want to play much BG), I finally played my first time in front of an audience.

I was persuaded by our church youth choir director, real hottie that I just happened to be married to, to join them and come up with some kind of arrangement for Gimme Oil in My Lamp. I used the melody from the Parking Lot Pickers book, and wrapped some rolls, pull offs and pinches around it. This is something I would not have thought I could have done even just 3 months ago.

It was fun. I made a lot of mistakes, and I'm sure my timing was bad and my backup (just vamping) had all kinds of holes in it, as I know I missed some notes and at least one chord change.

But I want to do it again. And I think I'll get the chance soon.

Thanks to all who read this blog, which is not done regularly ... I appreciate the support.



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Playing Since: 2007
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Occupation: writer/English professor

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Age: 54

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Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Jim Mills, JD Crowe, David Petersen & 1946, Grascals, Kenny Ingram, Johnny Cash, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Jim Lauderdale, Infamous Stringdusters, Aaron McDaris, Ron Stewart, Steel Drivers, Larry Cordle, Balsam Range, Darrell Webb, Boxcars, Dierks Bentley

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I used to be a professional photographer and now I'm a college English professor. I write for Bluegrass Unlimited and for Fiddler Magazine. Took quite a bit of time off, first for graduate school, and then had to have a liver transplant.

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