OK, I'll try to explain this miracle, so please bear with me...
...saw my Fincastle 1966 photo of Bill Monroe...
...and thought the young man behind Monroe was Andy Statman.
Marty showed it to Marc Horowitz, who currently plays with Andy Statman...
(Tim Kiah-bass, Gene Yellin-guitar in their recent concert)
At Marty's "nudzhing", Marc showed it to Andy and assured me it was Andy...
...and Andy's "mind was blown"!
My small-world, serendipitous good fortune connections have now spanned five decades!!!
BIG Thanks to my friends Marc and Marty!
..here at Tex Logan's Memorial Jam Session...with some other guy in the middle ;-)
And to Andy for being there! But why wasn't he in this group?;-)
Edited by - robbif on 12/19/2018 07:16:20
This isn't bluegrass, but I figured I'd share a little goosebump music for me.
A couple days ago I was in the mall doing my last-minute Christmas shopping.
I discovered the same organ setup that thrilled me last year. I only had my
little point-and-shoot with the scratched lens, and shot this...
Two days later I was at the dentist for a cracked implant crown and, planning ahead
(a miracle in itself), I brought my GoPro and stopped by the mall just to hear some
more organ music...
I hope it brings you a little joy, and maybe even some goosebumps, like me!
Edited by - robbif on 12/21/2018 15:45:33
Two days ago, on his birthday, I paid tribute to Bill Keith, whom we lost three years ago.
But another conversation reminded me to highlight the stunning Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival tribute by Béla Fleck, Tony Trischka, Marc Horowitz, Noam Pikelny, Ryan Cavanaugh, Eric Weissberg, Mike Munford, and Mike Kropp...
I'm proud to announce, music, photos, and memories, from Georgia to Germany (and some extras)...
Edited by - robbif on 01/11/2019 08:48:44
Redwood Hill made their first appearance at the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association and I suspect it won't
be their last. Now you can enjoy the first part of some wonderful Country Gentlemen picking and singing.
Edited by - robbif on 01/15/2019 09:07:42
Finally the second installment of beautifully-played Country Gentlemen songs by Redwood Hill...
Looking back at my years of volunteering at Grey Fox, I zeroed in at one of my major pleasures, capturing a 24/7 happening, the Campsite Jams...
I was looking back and came upon a long throwback of mine - a tribute to some greats by a group of greats.
Edited by - robbif on 03/21/2019 16:36:52
P.S. BANJO: Mike Munford, Noam Pikelny, Sammy Shelor, Pete Wernick, Ira Gitlin, Zack Mongan, Ryan Cavanaugh; GUITAR: Tim O'Brien, Chris Luquette; MANDOLIN: Frank Solivan; FIDDLE: Brian Wicklund, Mike Barnett; BASS: Danny Booth, Ira Gitlin; VOCALS: Aoife O'Donovan
Edited by - robbif on 03/21/2019 17:06:22
What a thrill to record one of the alltime greats!
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen - Oldtone Roots 2018
Edited by - robbif on 03/28/2019 15:27:57
Thank you, Fred! I haven't had a chance to listen yet but will later today.
We all sure appreciate your sharing this remarkable stuff with us!
Fantastic Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association concert by Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Mike Bub! Here are some photos with videos to follow in the future...
Edited by - robbif on 05/02/2019 17:02:34
Some more sweet picking and singing by Chris Brashear, Matt Flinner, and Peter McLaughlin at the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association...
Edited by - robbif on 05/06/2019 19:14:21
If you'd like a very safe, (legal), extremely fun overdose of great mandolin picking*, this is for you.
I'm biased since all the mando pickers are my very good friends. But if you don't know a single one,
you'll know why after watching.
*Guitar, banjo and fiddle, too
Here's your first dose...
Special Guests: Marty Cutler on banjo, David Chernack on fiddle
Edited by - robbif on 06/17/2019 11:28:45
As promised, here is your second overdose of great picking & singing from the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association,
thanks to Wayne Fugate, Mike Sassano, Korey Brodsky, Barry Mitterhoff, Jim Whitney-bass, and special guests Marty Cutler-banjo, David Chernack & Austin Scelzo-fiddle, Tom Polizzi-mando
One bright note in this terrible time is that I've had time to start editing and share one of the last videos I shot here at the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. And it was a joyous time from one of the warmest and most genuine talents with band members to match.
Here's my first installment,which I hope finds you healthy and "hanging in there" like the rest of us, and brings you some well-needed distraction.
Recently I was editing my video of Jesse Brock & Streamliner's second set at my Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, and came upon this beautiful song. I wanted to share it with you in these terrible times.
Thanks to band members Ellie Hakanson, Nico Laroche-Humby, and Greg Blake. Other members of the band are Jesse D. Brock and Mark Delaney.
I haven't been on here very much recently. I wanted to share with a little bit of good luck.
Two of my photos were included in Ken Burns' Country Music series on PBS.
More catch-up: Historic photos of Berkshire 1981 thanks to Dave Tex Orlomoski
Dave Tex keeps posting so many historic photos on Facebook that I had to reorganize and add to his
still-growing collection that needs to be shared.
It's still a work in progress.
Finally I've been able to edit and share Jesse Brock & Streamliner's Set 2 at my Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association.
As Jesse said, it was the first performance of this configuration and, as you may guess, the last in-person video
I will be able to shoot or share for a long time.This was a warm and relaxed show with Jesse on mandolin, easily one of the best in the world, as well as being one of the most genuinely humble human beings I've met. As you will see and hear, the rest of the members are easily at his level of musicianship:
Ellie Hakanson, Nico Laroche-Humby, Mark Delaney, and Greg Blake.
Oops. Forgive me. I forgot to post this a long time ago...
The historic photos were a treat! Thanks.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival July 16-19, 2020 Streaming Free - SCHEDULE IS OUT!
'National “Circle 8” picks' 37 min
'5 Star head - medium crown' 44 min
'Mike Ramsey 12' 1 hr
'Almost a banjo' 2 hrs