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  • Saint Albans, WV
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Favorite Flatpickers
(Updated List... Alphabetical order) Brandon Bentley, David Grier, Doug Hepler, Karl Hepler, Wayne Henderson, Robin Kessinger, Cody Kilby, Steve Lewis, Greg Morton, Tony Rice, Robert Shafer, Bryan Sutton, Doc Watson, Clarence White. I'm happy to know several of these guys as my friends!
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Drowsy Maggie, Spotted Pony, Congress Reel, Turkey Knob, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Cripple Creek, Over the Waterfall, Eleanore, White Face, Jerusalem Ridge, The Tamlin (good to play when you're feeling intense!!), Yellow Barber, and all kinds of obscure tunes I learned from Robin K. like Planxty George Brabazon, Possum up a Gum Stump, and Flannery's Dream
Favorite Guitars
2008 Bob Thompson Honduran Rosewood Dreadnought

Favorite Guitars

1975 Martin D-35

This guitar is special not because of tone, action, or any of that business - it's special because it belonged to my Grandfather. I heard it played a million times before I ever even started learning to play. Had to have a lot of work done to it when I first got it, but it was worth the effort - this one is a "keeper"!

2008 Bob Thompson Dreadnought

I picked this up in July 2008 - Honduran Rosewood, Adirondack Spruce, curly maple binding, sounds and plays terrific! Bob is a local West Virginia guitar maker - Robin Kessinger and Robert Shafer both play his guitars now, and spoke very highly of them - so that was good enough for me!

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2008 Vandalia Flatpick Contest video

I have uploaded a video from this year's Vandalia Gathering flatpick contest. This is Adam Hager playing "Cottage Hill" and "Temptation Rag", 2 tunes I had not heard until this year. I didn't hear them announce the winner of the flatpick contest, but I was told that Adam won it this year, so that's the story I'm sticking with - he did a great job on these tunes! Here's the… Continue

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

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At 7:08pm on May 30, 2008, Terry said…
How you doing?Running through some names on this page seen you are from St.Albans I live back east of you in Ironton OH been up you way many times on 64.Had a D-35 great guitar sold it wish I hadn't guitars are high anymore.Keep on pickin'.
At 7:18am on August 10, 2008, Howard Band said…

How are you? Lucy (my wife) and I are going to be in Elkins for a couple of weeks in mid September. Wonder if you and yours (wife, kids,...I think we'll draw the line after first cousins), might want to come by for a visit. Guitar would be required. Maybe a barbeque or something. You could even spend the night if you wanted to. Lucy's folks are going to be with us for part of the time but even then, we'll still have an extra bedroom for you. Anyway...watcha thank? We can talk about the details of if you think you can make it.

Otherwise...hope all is well...

At 7:24am on January 21, 2009, Karl Hepler said…
At 7:24am on January 21, 2009, Karl Hepler said…
Look at us on this site. We arrrrrrrrrrrrgh best of frieeeeeends! You are quite frieeeeeeeeeeendly! Thanks for being my frieeeeeeeeeeeeend!
At 7:34am on January 21, 2009, Karl Hepler said…
Wow. Jay. I can't get over it. We're such good friends. What memories we share, yes? Do you remember that time (I believe it was Jan 21, 2009 at 7:24am) when I said that stuff to you? Remember how I sealed our friendship with such words as "Look at us" and "arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh"? Oh yes. I do. What wonderful memories.
At 7:37am on January 21, 2009, Karl Hepler said…
NOOOO!!!! Those memories are all lies! It was 10:24am when I left those messages for you! This site is in some weird time warp! What is real? What isn't real? What is reel? What isn't reel? A jig isn't reel.
At 8:17am on January 21, 2009, Jay Gill said…
Believe me, Karl, I will treasure those memories for at least the next 3 hours, at which time the time will catch up with them!
At 9:13am on February 2, 2009, Karl Hepler said…
I want that guitar, Jay! I want that Thompson. I hear that the Kessinger model is a bit tougher to play than the Shafer model. What do you think? (***how much did it cost?****)
At 12:42pm on February 6, 2009, Greg Morton said…
Hi Jay,
Thanks for the email. Great hearing from you! I have a New CD out now
Greg Morton When Pigs Fly . You can hear clips at CDBaby.com Greg Morton. Thanks for listening to the Solo Guitar, I really appreciate your kindness!
At 12:31pm on February 9, 2009, Karl Hepler said…
That's right... I'm an official Staff Musician at Augusta's Guitar week this year. I've never been, but I'm sure I'll have a lot of fun. I hope to see you there! Maybe I'll see you at Vandalia?

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