Ride with Me, which contained mostly original material, was getting good reviews, and I was determined that my future performances would feature a lot more of the material I was writing. So now, with the prospect of booking actual concert dates, I put a band together of some of my favorite players , and “Atlantic Express” was born. ⇨ Read more
Tabby and I started out as friends who liked a lot of the same music and that was the attitude and blend of music that we presented to our audience. We mixed songs that were popular at the time with timeless country classics, blues, Old-Timey Southern fiddle tunes, bluegrass standards and New England traditional dance tunes. ⇨ Read more
Allan 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. ⇨ Read more
Wynn was the REAL deal: soulful, musical, knowledgeable, kindhearted, and humble. I performed many a show with him as a member of his band, the Ridgerunners. And, once you became 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 many, many others – they will all agree. ⇨ Read more
I had heard through the music grapevine that a fellow had showed up in the Amherst area straight from being a member of a popular country rock band in Texas called “Medicine Wheel.” Folks said he could play pedal steel guitar, banjo, guitar and fiddle and was looking for work. ⇨ Read more
John Bollard, one of my picking buddies, was a fine banjo player who also happened to be a linguist working for Webster’s Dictionary. One day, he told me that he had been assigned the job of writing the first definition of the word “bluegrass” (as in music) for the Webster dictionary.
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There was a strong interest in traditional American country dance music in New England when I arrived in the 1970’s. There were wonderful old social clubs and community halls throughout the region where dances were held, great callers, friendly dancers, and some fine old-time players…. I was lucky enough to play in some of these groups for a number of years. ⇨ Read more