Maura O'Connell, Andy and Nathan Smith - Listening.

Studio Update

 What an amazing week in the studio! Calling in the supporting vocalists – always a lot of fun! Unfortunately, we didn’t get photos of everybody, but here’s a good taste: Maura O’Connell, Brittany Allyn, Joanie Keller Johnson, Odessa Settles, and Bruce MacKay. Then, the legendary Curtis McPeake dropped by and added his banjo to a song. Thanks to all! 

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Allan Block: Fiddler, Poet, Sandal-maker

My friend, Allan Block, was a colorful person – very much an individual. He was a great fiddler, a fine musician, and a wonderful poet and leather craftsman. His sandal-making shop was an established part of New York City’s West Village for many years. And on Saturday afternoons, it became the meeting place for one of the best Old-Time Music jam sessions in the Northeast USA. Allan had high standards when it came to his music. But he was also kindhearted, which meant that younger players like me and my friend Kenny Kosek could find a place in the mix of players at his shop on Saturday afternoons and, as Bill Monroe might have said, “be part of something.”

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Rick Lee – The Passing of a Friend

August 27, 2014

With the passing of Rick Lee this week, I have lost a great friend, and our world has lost a great singer, player, and advocate for the power and beauty of music in life. His musical genius informed and influenced me since we first met in the 1960’s. We were buddies, jammers, hikers, carousers, band mates, and collaborators on so many musical projects.

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Wynn Fay-Andy May-c.1980

Wynn Fay

Wynn was the REAL deal: soulful, musical, knowledgeable, kindhearted, and humble. I performed many a show with him. And, once you were asked to be a Ridgerunner, you were a Ridgerunner for life – and also a member of Wynn’s musical family. Ask other former Ridgerunners like Jim Rooney, Bill Kieth, Jim Heffernan, or Jeff Greenwood (who married Wynn’s daughter Zoe!) or many, many others, and you will hear them all agree.

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Andy May: Retroflections

Walnut Valley Festival: “Retroflections” by Andy May

…An impressive number of well-written songs…. “Retroflections” has a folk almost pop sound that I found very enjoyable. All of the songs tell a story…. Pick up a copy of Andy May’s “Retroflections” and enjoy the journey!

Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS.

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