Sez and I have recently
returned from an unforgettable trip to "Pickin' Land."
We saw and heard some wonderful pickin' in Nashville; got
to meet David Grier, a phenomenal flat picker who hails from
Nashville. We frequented many of the pubs; such as Tootsie's,
the Blue Bird Café and the world-famous Station Inn;
and listened to some of the hottest pickers around. It's a
tough business and if you budding South African players think
you've got it tough, these guys just play for drinks and tips!
Guys, there is still hope!
Sez had organised appointments
to meet some of his pedal steel guitar heroes and we had the
great pleasure of meeting Bobbe Seymour, a great player who
worked with many of the top country artists and worked with
Elvis; and Lloyd Green, who has worked with many of the top
country stars and has worked with Sir Paul McCartney. Both
Bobbe and Lloyd are thoroughly nice chaps who made us welcome
in their homes. Please Bobbe and Lloyd come and visit us.
Sez Adamson attended
a wonderful Dobro workshop, hosted by Rob Ickes, one of the
up-and-coming dobro players; who is yapping at the heels of
the great Jerry Douglas. I attended a flat pick guitar workshop
with Jack Lawrence (Doc Watson's guitar buddy) and Uwe Kruger,
a Swiss Bluegrass guitar player who just blew me away! Also
in attendance was Irish flat picker John Doyle. Learnt some
great stuff from some down-to-earth, lovely guys!
The festival was fantastic;
the music incredible and the crowd a record 81 000! Have booked
my slot for next year; it's really not to be missed! Here
are some pics to go through...