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Favorite Flatpickers
Kenny Smith, Tim May, Dan Tyminski, David Grier, Tony Rice, Tim Stafford, Cody Kilby, Jeff White, Russ Barenberg, Ron Block, Robert Bowlin, John Moore, Doc Watson, Clarence White.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Too many
Favorite Guitars
Kennyy Smith's Martin 1934 D-18, Tony, Jeff White and Dan Tyminski's D-28s, most Bourgeois guitars I've heard
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I'm a Christian & a musician who loves the sound of stringed instruments, good melody, good lyrics, musicianship, tone and quality singing and songwriting. Tastes range from Antonio Carlos Jobim to John Williams and Christopher Parkening Texas swing to Hank Williams to Bach & Brahms; The Louvin Bros., Everly Bros,Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline & Merle, Joe Nichols, to Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, Ricky Scaggs, Blue Highway, IIIrd TYME OUT, The Cox Family, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Osborne Bros., Tony Rice, Tim O'Brien. I sang lead vocals and was lead guitarist professionally for 6 years from 1967 to 1973. Studied Classical Piano & Music Theory & Composition at Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. I sing and pick Bluegrass & Country and play Piano, Guitar and mandolin.

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At 9:47pm on May 24, 2009, Jerry Scribner said…
Don, welcome to the site. I play a Merrill and live in Richmond Tx. Where is Lago Vista?
At 4:38pm on May 31, 2009, Steven said…
Hi Don,
Thanks for contacting me. I was wondering what happen to you.
Learn some tunes where you can sing and play and I'll meet you at Artz some Sunday to jam. I've got some good picking friends we can hook up with.
Last weekend in Austin was a Corpus reunion put on by Tony Merswah(?). I saw Annette Adams,Sid Sanchez,Gary Mcahaney,Mike Gershman,Jeff Burke, Chris Stevenson,Max Hudson, and others. You would have loved it.
Still in NSA but we only played once last year and twice this year. I've been jamming with Gershman on my 5 string electric bass that I customized and refinisned black cherry red. Play funk stuff. I love to slap and pop and practice new techniques. I still jam reg. on bass and guitar at bluegrass jams. Went to bay area bluegrass festival a few weeks ago and saw Micheal Cleveland and Flamekeepers with Jesse Brock.
I bought a Clarence White d-18 a few years back which is my main squeeze. I had stainless steel frets put on it which I love -no wear after a year and a half of playing. I still have my hd-28v which I love but I am trying to sell on craig's list cuz I never play it. The d-18 has the wider 1 3/4 neck and that works better with my bass fingers. Still have the capo you gave me and it works great. I worked for Elliot capos here in Brenham for 4 months but it was too hard on my hands. Pam, my wife and I built a house on 3 acres near Washington-on-the-Brazos state park about 2 years ago and I love living in the country. Need to find a part time job to make about 500.00 a month then I would be in good shape. I come to Austin a couple times a month, let's meet up at Artz. your friend, Steven ( or Shreba as Mike and Chris still call me)
At 4:43pm on May 31, 2009, Steven said…
Don,
My two daughters live in Denton just north of Dallas. We go up there. Let me know when you go I would love to see J.D.
I know some jammers up there also.
At 5:23pm on May 31, 2009, Jerry Scribner said…
Don, maybe we have picked together before. Steve is a great guy and a great musician. Where is Lago Vista? Jerry
At 5:00pm on June 3, 2009, Jerry Scribner said…
Don, I saw a couple of shows at Artz. One was with a 40's swing type of band with a girl I graduated with from high school in Michigan. Good music. I'm looking for someone in your area for my business. I'm in the de-regulated energy market. The person I'm looking for would be a good leader type. do you know anyone that might fit that description? Jerry
At 5:01am on June 7, 2009, Jerry Scribner said…
Don, thank you. Maybe we can pick real soon!!
At 2:09pm on June 9, 2009, Steven said…
Hey Don,
My banjo playing friend Dave and I are going to the bluegrass festival in Overton, Texas this Fri. and Sat. It is just east of Tyler. The headliner is Lonesome River band and Sammy Shelor is giving a banjo workshop at 6pm Sat. We are spending Fri. night in Kilgore at a motel 6.
Maybe you guys want to come over and check it out. I've never been to this one but I have been told it is good. Go to Overton Bluegrass website and check it out.
Steven

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