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Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30:22 AM
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2732 posts since 11/15/2003

Hello Fellow Worms.

Sorry i've been absence from the threads, but my life is in a uproar to say the least.

I will be relocating in the next couple of months but i am in good health and will resume my regular posting when i get settled.

Thanks to all who have inquired about me, i am just taking a pause due to lack of internet and getting my life together and ready for the big changes i have coming up.

Thanks for your thoughts, and i will talk to all of you soon!

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:30:54 AM
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7816 posts since 8/20/2016

Nice to hear from the King Worm...good luck relocating and pop in when you can. You know how much you amuse me.

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:01:33 AM

2503 posts since 2/16/2017

Thanks for the update. I was getting a bit concerned!

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:44:02 AM

3250 posts since 9/12/2016

we will be here Kevin,play some five

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:44:36 AM
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56493 posts since 12/14/2005

"No,Mr. Scott, I will NOT authorize Overtime Pay for you to fix ANYTHING.

I have recently seen an Official Report that WARPDRIVE is JUST FINE."

-James T. Kirk-


"In that case, Cap'n, I'll just finish m' lunch, and see if Spock wants to duel the banjos again.

"ANY time, ANY class M planet, feathermocker!"

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:06:20 PM



4931 posts since 11/14/2006

Look at the size of them Vulcan hands!!

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:43:44 AM



1453 posts since 11/3/2016

Spock is pondering ---" I don't think I like this Fiberskin head for BG " -----HELP ME WARP !

Edited by - heavy5 on 08/12/2018 07:45:48

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:32:17 AM

6173 posts since 9/5/2006

good luck with your move warp. i was wondering about you the other day.
hope all goes well .....

terry m

Aug 19, 2018 - 4:08:49 AM

1523 posts since 11/27/2005


What state is the new location?


Aug 19, 2018 - 11:26:30 AM

2732 posts since 11/15/2003

Can't reveal that just yet,
wit sac says wait till I'm settled!

You know what they say,"easier to settle down in a new town, than to settle up in an old one!

all will be reviled by late October, but my journey starts in a couple of weeks!

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:23:09 AM

2517 posts since 1/16/2013

Kevin, If you end up this way, we've got to do coffee....

Sep 9, 2018 - 9:21:03 AM
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2732 posts since 11/15/2003

Ok guys,
the first leg of my re-location is over!
I am at my staging area, me and my dogs.
Just visited the local music store and changed the strings on my banjo, and man they needed it!
Still don't want to let the cat out of the bag as too my final destination, but hopefully i won't smell any "tar and feathers" where i am headed, not like as i did leaving Cincinnati!

Still don't have full time internet, am sitting in front of the local library , finally got a break in the rain and humidity, so me and the dogs loaded up and took a drive in the country, temps in the upper 60's, nice cloudy day, i love it!

Unless something unforeseen arise's, i won't get to my new home until the mid to late October, but me and the dogs are doing well, and i am knocking the rust off my picking every day.

Will check in from time to time, y'all behave yourselves!


Sep 9, 2018 - 9:44:12 AM

5787 posts since 10/13/2007

Warp I was looking forward to getting with you sometime in the future. Hope you are not moving too far. good luck with everything and make those new strings earn their keep!

Sep 9, 2018 - 11:11:12 AM

380 posts since 3/31/2013

Good luck, Warp. I wish you well.

Sep 9, 2018 - 11:42:02 AM
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7816 posts since 8/20/2016

Since you have been absent here on the BHO, whenever I have a hard choice to make about the banjo, I find myself thinking - WWWD?...what would Warp do?

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:46:20 AM

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Good luck Kevin .... hope all goes well during your relocation!

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:05:01 AM
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Witness protection program????

Stay away from the hurricane...

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:22:27 PM
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2732 posts since 11/15/2003

Just a quick blurb,
i was in a local music store yesterday(still won't say where)
and they had a local for sale baldwin gold d, a 79 model.

It was clean enough and played well, and of course, i'm not in the market right now, but the seller was asking 4k for it.

Me thinks that is way high, unless it was Bobby Thompson's old banjo, and it wasn't!

he'd make sure he didn't have to leave another town before they ran him out!

More from the dark side later!

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:02:14 PM



2857 posts since 10/23/2004

It's been a month now, Warp...

...the suspense is building rapidly.

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:24:36 PM

5787 posts since 10/13/2007

A blur was seen over southern indiana skies tonight passing at warp speed. It was so fast that it appeared to be going in multiple directions at the same time.

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:38:57 AM
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2732 posts since 11/15/2003

patience is crucial my feathered friends of the 5 string.

I should make my final move on or about the 29th. but i can tell you this..............

if i have my way about it, this movement is just going to be temporary, and i want to end up back in Cincinnati,
this movement was necessary, and as to why i had to move, i may or may not ever reveal, but my winter headquarters may or may not come as a surprise to anybody that knows my history.

thanks for your interest in my warfare and where a bouts.

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:51:21 PM



23863 posts since 7/22/2007

Hey there Kevin - - - 4 grand for a '79 Ode D is about $1,500 too much (imo).  I bought my '72 Baldwin/ Ode D (that has both the banner and the ODE in the peghead) for a little over 2,500 and it was in PRISTINE condition.  Granted this was 3 or 4 years ago, but even so I think that it is more of a "buyer's market" now than ever before when It comes to banjos.

Good luck on your move, and any upcoming "life situations". 
Here's hoping you emerge unscathed from them.  

P.S.  Last I heard - - Rolf Sieker has Bobby's Baldwin.  If that's so - - it's down in Texas,
and you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar that one will probably never be up for sale.

Edited by - dmiller on 10/16/2018 18:00:36

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:30:43 PM
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56493 posts since 12/14/2005

Originally posted by warpdrive

patience is crucial my feathered friends of the 5 string.

I should make my final move on or about the 29th. but i can tell you this..............

if i have my way about it, this movement is just going to be temporary, and i want to end up back in Cincinnati,
this movement was necessary, and as to why i had to move, i may or may not ever reveal, but my winter headquarters may or may not come as a surprise to anybody that knows my history.

thanks for your interest in my warfare and where a bouts.

Who you calling "FEATHERED"???

Those are GAUZE!

Nov 4, 2018 - 1:58 PM
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2732 posts since 11/15/2003

Ok, Fellars,
Without revealing to many personal, deplorable things about my life, here is the "Whats What" in a one Kevin Hendrix "alias" Warpdrive's ! Life.

I have landed in Mt View Arkansas, and am going to try and stay a few month, maybe the winter at my moms, "FOR SALE" WhiteWater RV Park.

Now this is something that happened to come available as i am awaiting my SSI disability hearing, and make no mistake about it, i did not want to leave Cincinnati, but was run out of where i was at, and that is another story for another time, and i do intend to go back to Cincinnati, i love it there, and my nearest and dearest friends are there, and most importantly, i am established "medically "there, and i have to many medical issues that must be regularly checked to go to long without out them, and in this place, Mt View, they still bleed you with leeches for fever, and a hammer doubles as anesthesia!

I got here last Tuesday afternoon and by 7 pm, it was raining "pitchforks and hammer handles " and i had already been exposed to a norvo virus that my mom had contracted and gave to my sister and nephew and i thought i was in the clear of "praying to porcelain Jesus" till about 5 o'clock wednesday night and it hit.
The next 24 hrs were spent seething and hurling and cussing all things in existence and my final dry heave, i swear i seen dead relatives .

Through all this my kids (Bernidine, the english bulldog, and Andy, the begel bassett mix, they have been rocks, and i could not have made it life with out them, they are my nearest and dearest loved ones, "bet that is something y'all didn't know about ole warp?

Friday brought just a hint of sun shine and i started feeling a bit more normal, at least normal for me, i did manage to shower and de funk myself, and go to the store for basics, but there isn't much for me here in this place. I know not a soul, and i can't afford cable or internet, as a matter of fact, I'm at hardees right now.

The rv park sit down in a hole, and the 9.00 antenna i bought at walmart, gives me all 4 of the local PBS Channels one of the channels being PBS kids, and the others consisting of "Sewing with Nancy" and Sit and be fit"!
If i wasn't mentally going mad before, i will be soon, i swear, a network channel would be like a visit from a pretty girl!
One bright side is i have 2 short wave receiver radios that are old mulitband Sony's and such and i can pick up WLW in cincinnati and saturday night, i got a good reception of the Grand Old Opry!

Speaking of satuday, i had to go down the mountain to Batesville to the Kroger and get me and the dogs preciptions filled, that is were we are established and Batesville is the closest Kroger to Mt View and yes, they are that much cheaper than filling locally, in fact, one of the dogs meds, the locals have never even heard of, but, this is a bit isolated and off the beaten path!

Saturday afternoon, it got half way nice and sunny, and mid after noon, i got bored, and needed to stretch a bit, and i was going to look for some boots i will be needing in the future as mine are worn out, and so i headed up to the square, not suspecting that there would be any jamming going on, after all, the season ended in mt view last week, so i was looking for a half empty town, "Boy did i ever not read that correct"! the square was covered with people, eating ice cream, drinking pop, and it looked like by my count at least 4 or 5 different jam sessions, not to mention the "Looky Lous" going in and out of Scott Pools music store," myself included!
I went in and bought 3 thumb picks and then proceeded to "sniff out" the jams!

I didn't have my banjo with me in the car, but it takes all of 30 seconds to drive from the square back to the rv park so i was not worried about being defenseless!

There were some of the regulars, nothing i was interested in, and then there was a group of young kids, and by there level of playing, none of them were beyond a few years, they were full of excitement for what they were doing, and they had parental on lookers, cheering them on, but from my view, they still need a lot of guidance in the realm of Bluegrass, and could stand some professional lessons with correct instruction on notation and fingering, but hey, that is just my opinion!

i wondered around behind the Po Folks Bar B Q shack, and found a nice group jamming, that could play well, and there harmonies were good and timing was spot on.
They had a bass, mando, guitar, and dobro, but no banjo, which was sorely needed to round out the sound, and they had 20 or so, sitting in lawn chairs, and it was a good sound and crowd response.

I ambled up to them, and watched intently, not saying anything, just listening and critiquing them to myself, i formed the opinion real quick," if i was going to break the fast of not having played with anybody in 6 months, i would not get a better opportunity than this.
I asked questions about them and there group, there banjo player was working on banjos ( he does inlay work for Greg Rich, as it turns out) today and could not make it, and they play around the region, and a couple of them, had chewed the same dirt as me, but we had just never crossed paths before, basically, they are semi pro, like me, but more active than me right now.
I did not reveal anything about my skill level to them, or even much of anything at all, i just said i knew the music well, and i liked there timing and vocals and found them very pleasing to my ears!

I left the square, and returned to the rv park, and ate some leftover Catfish and hushpuppies and fries, and fed the babies and walked them, but my mind was on those jammers, that jam session. It needed a banjo, and i found something in me was itching, and when i itch, i gots to scratch.


I walked around behind the sitting lawn chair crowd, and got the attention of the band, and i motioned to my banjo case and did the "air banjo move like i was picking with my right hand" to see if they approved, and i got a nod from the guitar player, so i found a spot on the back porch of the restaurant to uncase, and i tuned up, and away i went!

For what ever reasons, i was nevous!
For one, i haven't played in 6 months, and these guys were local regulars and a touring area band.
Second, i'm getting up there in years and i have real issues of not being able to cut it anymore, but still, there are times when one must "stand up and be measured, not only against yourself but others, and that is what was intimidating me the most i think!
Third, the dreaded "what if's"!
what if i fail, what if they think i suck, what if i really do suck, what if i just can't hack it anymore............ here we go, lets find out!

I asked them to take it easy on me, and that i was rusty and nervous, so they suggested sitting on top of the world as a starter, we were in a and i kicked it off at somewhere in the neighborhood of 135- 150 bpm, conservatively.........

I could feel myself sigh a bit and relax as i watch the guitar players eyes light up and he starts smiling at the other band members and i set the drive pace for the song.


This turned out to be a real good jam and show for the crowd that quickly grew from 20 or so, to at times 50 or more standing and pointing, and i was so glad that i got out and did this. Oh yeah!

These guys are called "Highway 36" and they have invited me to play with them anytime there regular banjo picker can't make it, and i got several invites to some local gatherings and jams and picking parties,........ 'AND I AM GRATEFUL "!

I don't know what the future holds for me guys, i sorely miss my friends in Cincinnati and that is my home, that is all there is too it, and that is what i want to get back to, not just for my peace of mind, but most importantly, my health! But...........

I will try to make the most of a not so great situation here in Mt view Arkansas, probably for the winter months anyway.

That's it for now, i will check in with y'all later this week........
for now, From the Ozarks of Mt View Arkansas

Nov 4, 2018 - 5:23:57 PM
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5787 posts since 10/13/2007

What a great story. thanks for the update. You might come out of this winter picking in top shape. Very happy to hear of that great jam experience.  I hope you look up those kids with all the enthusiasm and do some sharing with them. It might be a great stroke of fate for you to be there for them and might make a heck of a difference to them and what they do.

If you are looking for boots, try this place. ( ) It is Sierra Trading post and their prices are good. I am hoping you get a lot of sunny winter days while in the Ozarks and that everything important progresses good for you.

Thanks for the great newsletter.


Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 11/04/2018 17:25:57

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