Blake , Grier , Rice , Bromberg, Josh Williams , Crittaar Eldridge , Andy Falco , the Master "Doc" , Mark Cosgrove , and others
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Uncle Hermans Hornpipe, WBB, Salt Creek, Kristophers Waltz
My 73 Dove and my D28Cw... # 243 and whatever Griers playin. I really liked Warrens 18 A.. A superb Guitar !
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I'm chasin a dream.
I spent over 30 years as a Union Ironworker in Northern Ill. Local 444.
Following the footsteps of my father, uncles and cousins. It was fun for 20 yrs or so, then I spent alot of time wishin I had stayed in school.
An injury took that from me, so I decided to indulge my passion for guitar. Started SimpleFolk Productions to allow me to pursue a dream .
Marilyn and I have been married over 30 yrs. We have a 25 yr old son and a 27 yr old daughter. and 1 grand daughter.
I love my dogs, and have been known to have a killer garden.
We have a house in Will County , Ill, and a place on the Huzzah Creek in Dent County , Missouri.
I am also passionate about politics, so dont get me started..lol.
Bill, Your festival was fantastic--just like having all the great flat-pickers in the world show up and play in the living room. All of your hours of work, countless phone calls and stressful moments paid off in spades and everyone who attended owes you a tremendous thank you. I have marked my calendar for next year, Dave
What a great festival. I could not have been more tickled to be part of it. We'll play Uncle Herman's Hornpipe. This I promise! Mo sends her love to you and Marilyn. I hope we get to see you guys soon.
Best always, Mark Cosgrove
I cant say enough how great the festival was. I have been going around telling everyone I know about it so that they come down there next year. Sorry I had to get out of there so fast, I planned on hanging around for a while on Sunday to tell everyone goodbye before I left but it started raining Saturday night and I was missing the rainfly on my tent, so I just packed it all up and headed out pretty late Sat night. Seriously though, I can't thank you enough for putting on such a great show and such a great place. I never did get to play that Clarence White model guitar of yours either! Make sure you give me a heads up whenever you are gonna be down in St. Louis! I am sure I will talk to you soon.
Thanks again, Mickey.
Bill, Thanks again for facilitating a lot of great interaction and inspiration for me down at Peaceful Bend. I am recharged, working on improved technique and learning new material. Music is a very powerful force! Dave
I'm doing fine, but two of my sons have had major crises this spring. One needed to change schools, the other has important health issues. Looks like a wonderful event. I'm truly sorry to have missed it.
Good to hear from you. Hope all is well with you. I've been playing with 3 other guys for about 5 months now...lots of nursing homes and a small coffee shop. They need a mando player so its been a crash course but lots of fun.
Yeah I just jammed with david Bromberg and he's on the program again. I also want to through my hat in the ring again for your Peaceful Valley Festival in the future. I've seen lots of pics and video from last year and want to participate. I really enjoyed my first time there. Steve Kilby
Hi Bill, Actually Dan Miller took a picture specfically for my page, etc, but I can't remember my sign on, so I can't get it included! Thanks for the invitation to the Peaceful Bendites----where the motto is "The world economy may end, but life is still good at Peaceful Bend" Count me in for 2009! Merry Chrstmas and Happy New Year, David
Bob Applegate here. Thanks for your comments. The guitar shop you were in was mine and the band and album you had were as well. The record albums were recorded just before Mitch Corbin joined the band in 1980. We had a great time. Good to hear from you.
"I have a left handed Blue Chip TAD 3R 40 pick and I find it a great pick to use, no scraping and quick on the strings. The only problem is that the tone is quite bass-y which is great for lead picking or Mandolin but not so good for rhythm…"
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