September 20, 2013 – Nashville – AMA Festival
John Platania & I were part of two amazing events – more about that later. Just want to pay tribute to a friend and his family first.
The best of what Americana represents is warm interaction with common people based on heartfelt music. At a previous Americana fest, I bonded with a great guy, Joel Teague and his “bastard” brothers. That memory is such a powerful one to me. We lost Joel this year. But his spirit was certainly there throughout the week. Condolences to Warren, Kerry & the young guys, Luke, and Graham. Good seeing you all, with great memories of Joel. He was certainly “there” with me at the following events:
– The main Americana or “roots” force in Scandinavia.. one of the best in the world for that matter – is Rootsy.nu. Rootsy’s second annual AMA party was held on Thursday evening. Hosted by music guru Hakan Olsson, this was an amazing event featuring awesome Swedish up-and-coming acts Basko Believe, Ellen Sundberg, and Slow Fox, along with brilliant American artists Will Kimbrough and Chet O’Keefe.
John Platania & I closed this show with Will and the rest of the great Rootsy “house” band featuring Ron Eoff on bass & Paul Griffin on drums. We LOVED this! What an awesome audience! Just a very special night!
– a Friday afternoon panel/show tribute to the 30 year anniversary of Mountain Stage, one of radio’s best music shows ever. Hosted by MT Stage producer Adam Harris and long time great host Larry Groce – and joined on stage by music legends Tim O’Brien & Kim Richey (what an absolutely beautiful voice!) and me – with John Platania joining in with some brilliant guitar playing here and there. The tribute included lot of back and forth about memories of Mt Stage shows including thoughts about the great Mt Stage house band and the show’s consistent down-home warmth.
It’s been such a blessing for me to part of the MT Stage family over the years – every time I’m booked on the show, it always feels like THE highlight event of a tour. First, it always feels like I’m going to see a bunch of friends – and then there’s that great Mt Stage band. Ron, Michael, Bob, Ahmed. Steve (now Ryan on bass) are so ‘there”.. you just show up and they are totally ready for yoy – every time!
I was so proud to be part of this tribute – a bunch of great talk, some good music and a very appreciative audience! What a great afternoon!
PS .. thanks for the special words from a warm, kind guy in the audience, who said my music helped him through a certain tragedy – God bless.