Hooked on Bluegrass
I had brothers and a cousin who got interested in bluegrass when I was still playing electric, and they certainly influenced me. But the moment I really decided I wanted to play acoustic guitar and bluegrass music, was my first time at a bluegrass festival.
I was playing electric, and doing a gig in up-state New York near the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. My brother was up at the festival and said, "You are doing a gig nearby, so why don’t you come by the festival and hang out?" I said Ok. I went up for my gig a day early and went to hang out and see a bluegrass festival for the first time. I checked out the night scene, and listened to some music, and that was cool.
The next day, I had some time to kill, and saw there was a guitar workshop. I had never seen anything like that before, so I decided to go check it out. The workshop was led by Jack Lawrence. At the time, I was not into this kind of music and did not know much about Jack. Turned out Jack brought Doc Watson with him to the workshop. I knew of Doc Watson, but did not know much about him. Seeing Doc and Jack playing up close like that was the moment that I knew I wanted to play that kind of music. Within a month after that festival, I bought a Martin guitar, started trying to play, and I’m still trying!
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