"You missed a great Mt. Stage show...with a couple of surprises, too. I didn't know Frank Vignola was playing with Mark O'Connor and I didn't know Mark Cosgrove was going to be there either, so those were two great surprise additions…"
"hey Matt. yea there's definitely not too many pickers on here from WV. have you ever been to the Augusta festival? it's the only festival i really know of your way. i was planning on going to mountain stage this sunday to see mark oconnor…"
"Yea, Augusta is a really amazing festival, it was always an eye opener for me. i've never wrote any songs but i've been messing around with a few ideas recently so i'm pretty excited about that. and i've been looking over his…"
"Hey Jarod! Good to hear from you. This reminds me I need to keep working on the song I'm writing after being inspired by Russ.
I'm still working with his "Exploring the fingerboard" book and it really has been eye opening and…"
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Cold, Frosty Morning
Spider Bit the Baby
pre-war model D-18
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I started off learning how to play banjo in my high school bluegrass band and then switched to guitar because I loved the sound of hearing my friend Matt Poff, who helped instruct guitar, play fiddle tunes and rock tunes and pretty much anything that a guitar can play. My dad had always had a guitar laying around but I guess I never took the hint. So I learned from Matt and my dad to start off with. I started going to festivals around the area with the high school band like Poppy Mountain, Lexington Festival of the Bluegrass, and Augusta Heritage Festival. I now play in a local band named the Grass Stains and play with some really talented people including Matt so I'm always learning.
You missed a great Mt. Stage show...with a couple of surprises, too. I didn't know Frank Vignola was playing with Mark O'Connor and I didn't know Mark Cosgrove was going to be there either, so those were two great surprise additions to an already amazing lineup.
I have been to Augusta, but only to see some performances. I've never taken any classes there, although I'd love to. The day job always gets in the way.
Good to meet you on here, let me know if you are ever up this way, I'm always looking for someone to pick with.
"Hey Craig. Thanks for the kind comment. The credit for this version should really go To Steve Kaufman who's arrangement it is. Good luck with your bluegrass studies, it's wonderful music and great fun to play. I look forward to…"
"Thanks Mike. I have to prove to myself that I can play the material as written but once I've done that I start to allow myself some leeway to have fun and drop in my own bits. There's not too much space to do that in SK's version of…"