The Best of Bluegrass

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Friday night my grandson J.R., his friend Christine, and I traveled the hour’s ride to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, to participate in the 38th Home Craft Days Festival, specifically to attend a concert starring several prominent groups, including Robin and Linda Williams and the person I went to hear — Doc Watson.

Tennessee has a rich heritage in country and blue grass music. Close to our region is the home of the famous Carters and other performers of folk songs, ballads, and hymns. Although Doc Watson is from North Carolina, he frequently appears in Tennessee and Virginia. I had heard him several times in North Carolina and in Tennessee and am always amazed at his prowess with the acoustic guitar and his unique, sweet voice. In his eighties, he walks onto the stage like an old man, picks up his guitar, and is transformed into an energetic, magical performer. With him was his sidekick Richard and a pianist, Jeff Little, who tears up the piano, all but standing on the keys. It was incredible!

Although I do not produce a clear, accurate song, in my mind I am harmonizing with Doc on Summer Time, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? and Sweet Georgia Brown. It’s all good!!

“Enjoying a brisk day on the lake with J.R. and Christine”

5 Responses to “The Best of Bluegrass”

  1. got2reply Says:

    "I would rather be remembered as a likable person than for any phase of my picking. Don't misunderstand me; I really appreciate people's love of what I do with the guitar. That's an achievement as far as I'm concerned, and I'm proud of it. But I'd rather people remember me as a decent human being than as a flashy guitar player. That's the way I feel about it."
    -Doc Watson on how he would like to be remembered.


  2. Tom Schulz Says:

    Great quote, Pollye. Very appropriate. When I think about my Mother's achievements and the profound impact that she has had on so many lives, I am so amazed. But I remember her as the young mother willing to don a swimsuit and jump into the jerry rigged swimming pool on a hot summer day. I think of her snuggling up with my kids watching "Golden Girls", and remind myself that being fun to be with is a marvelous and (perhaps) underrated talent. Jane has a graduate degree in being fun.

  3. Daniel de Wit Says:

    Sounds like a nice trip. I've been playing a couple Doc Watson covers with my band: Curly Headed Baby and a version of Shady Grove. It's a lot of fun.

  4. dekiehicks Says:

    Learning that there's such a thing as a graduate degree in fun makes me want to go back to school! Do I have to take the GRE again?

  5. Jane Schulz Says:

    Pollye, this quote was exemplified when Doc talked about his wife, their 62 year marriage, her poor health. He asked us to pray for her.

    Dekie, you already have your degree.

    Tom, you make me cry with joy.

    Daniel, I really wanted you and Mary to be at the concert. I look forward to hearing your rendition of Shady Grove.

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