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. 🙂
Heartfelt Thanks to Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. This fest is truly one of a kind. We spent a weekend enjoying the San Juans and the amazing folks of this region.
It was an honor to be joined by talented fiddler Becky Buller, who inspired everyone with her great playing, singing, songs, and laughter. It was also a joy to spend some time with old friends like Aaron & Erin Youngberg, Rich Zimmerman, Greg Cahill, Dustin Benson, and new friends like Darin and Tim of Balsam Range.
It was a hoot to teach the guitar workshop and jam with old pal Jon Stickley. He’s a monster!
We were sad to leave the San Juans, but we’ll be back in June! Hurrah! 🙂
Colorado style bluegrass hang on ‘Grass for that Ass Thursday’ night. It was just the right scene for our snowy arrival in mid-April. Loved Lil’ Smokies and Jon Stickley Trio.
Fun news for springtime! Virtuoso Isaac Eicher has come onboard to delight festival audiences with his genre-bending mandolin mastery. Originally from Tulsa, Isaac is known for winning the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS and for winning the Colorado Championships at Rockygrass (Mandolin, Guitar). He began his early career in the bluegrass world, and he’s since incorporated other musical languages, such as gypsy jazz, bebop, and latin jazz. Welcome, Isaac!
March 20-22 was a special weekend in St. Louis. Great students, great pickers and singers, and a fun concert on Saturday evening with Stephen Mougin, Bull Harman & Bullseye, and Harpers. Thanks to Tammy, Bull, and Wyatt for putting it all together and inviting me to teach and perform!
Happy Holiday wishes! Here’s our version of “O Holy Night” with John Frazier on mandolin. Thanks for a wonderful year.
Here was our first trip up to Lake Erie and the haunted Kent Stage, where we performed for 400 happy fans of Hot Rize. A special treat was the fiddle trio with Royal, Christian, & John. Royal then turned 23 years old partyin’ on the Hot Rize tour bus. Fantastic evening!!