Festival season is underway and we were pleased to kick off the summer with a trip to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Thanks for hosting us in Abingdon, Doug Beatty, at Bone Fire Smokehouse!
Friday brought us to the renowned Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, VA. It was such a treat to hear some of our favorite bands crushing some ‘grass and see old & new pals again like Balsam Range and Randy Cook (and my mom, Dixie!)
Saturday we experienced the glory of Mountain Lake Lodge, where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed. We stayed in a woodsy cabin and headlined the BrewRidge Music Festival which featured our favorite regional craft beers (Devil’s Backbone–my personal fave!) This was incredible afternoon of sunshine, scenery, tasty beer, and warm vibes all around. See you next time, Virginia!
‘Born in East Virginia’ has been out of print now for 10 years. When a few folks showed up at shows across the country recently with old copies for me to sign, I was amazed that the music had lived on. This record, originally released in 2001, features ‘grass & jazz classics as played and sung by 23-year-old me and masters like Todd Phillips (bass), Darol Anger (fiddle), Joe Craven (percussion), Bill Evans (banjo). We are expecting a re-release date of June 2.
This weekend in Virginia, we’ll be joined by old friend and fiddle virtuoso John Mailander who hails from San Diego, CA. I met him in California 4 years ago, and he helped me debut my new guitar tune, Clifftop! John has been busy touring with Alison Brown Quartet, Christopher Guest, Victor Wooten, Tim O’Brien, and for Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s musical, as well as his duo with Molly Tuttle. Thanks for taking the time to play with us, John! www.johnmailander.com
Excited to announce the fantastic talented Mike Sumner is taking over banjo duties with Hit & Run. Mike is a 2-time National Banjo Champion, Rockygrass & Merlefest Banjo Champion, and all around cool dude. He’s toured with Jim Lauderdale, Dale Ann Bradley, Randy Kohrs, and many others. Please join us in welcoming Mike to the party. 🙂