Author: Bartlett, Regina


Often times on Harmony Road folks gather together to give recognition of each other for the talents shared, the hard work given and the blessings of kindred spirits. This happened earlier this month at the beautiful memorial service of Ingrid Marie-Claude David-Horgan. Bluegrass musicians from far and wide gathered together at the Moss Landing Marine Lab. Bean Creak, Sidesaddle, and Diana Donnelly. Friends and family shared stories of Ingrid and Rob Horgan played his banjo and said how lucky he was to be married to Ingrid. The folks gathered were who’s who of bluegrass musicians and I was really touched by the love folks had for Ingrid. Ingrid had planned her memorial and it was full of love and it was beautiful. We sang:

Dear Friends there will be no sad farewells,
There will be no tear dimmed eyes.
Where all is peace and joy and love
And the soul never dies.

The day before this was the First Poppy Farm Fair & Bluegrass Jubilee at the Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. The line-up was Bean Creek, Beer Wine & Turpentine, Jean Butterfield, & Jayme Kelly Curtis. The show ran from 10:00am-5:00pm. I went late but really enjoyed the location (near my home) and the plants and crafts.

Bean Creek gave 2 shows and I was so delighted and amazed with their performances, particularly Rob Horgan’s banjo playing. He was incredible and played really well.

This new little festival was very sweet and I look forward to another one …perhaps in the Spring.

The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will return to the Costanoa Lodge near Pescadero for a winter festival December 13-14, 2013. Make your reservations.

Thanks to KPIG Radio, Last week I won 2 tickets to the Sunset Center in Carmel for the Turtle Island String Quartet with Nellie McKay. The Turtle Island String Quartet can play anything and Nellie played Billie Holiday songs and jazz standards. The acoustics are incredible at the Sunset Center. I had never been there before, but I sure look forward to attending more performances there.

Thanks to KPIG Radio again, this week I won 2 tickets for Don Quixote’s Sunday matinee performance of The 2nd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza with starring Tony Trischka, Sammy Shelor and Bill Evans with John Reischman, Sharon Gilchrist, Jim Nunally and Chad Manning. Oh Boy!! Hope to see some of you there!

Thanks to Melissa Blas, I plan to pick with some friends this Saturday at a jamming party that she’s set up. Melissa knows how to play the bass and have fun and loves Bluegrass music and Bluegrass people. Rumor has it that she had Mike Compton at her house last month!! There are photos to prove it too!!

I’m gonna just tell you what I think about the CMA Awards show:
Thank God George Strait won as entertainer of the year! I loved the Alan Jackson and George Strait tribute to George Jones…there could and should have been more songs . And I have to wonder when did Country music become Pop/Rock music? Larry Cordle was right, Murder was committed down on Music Row.

Frankly, when Taylor Swift had backup vocals by Vince Gill, Allison Kraus, Sam Bush and Edgar Meyer on bass, and some guy beating on a wooden box and sang Re-eh-eh-eh-ed over and over it pushed my patience limits oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ver the brink. Just sayin’ it ain’t part of nothin’!

Murder on Music Row
by Larry Cordle

Nobody saw them running
From 16th Avenue
They never found the fingerprints
Or the weapon that was used
But someone killed country music
Cut out its heart and soul
They got away with murder
Down on music row

The almighty dollar
And the lust for worldwide fame
Slowly killed tradition
And for that, someone should hang ("Ahh, you tell 'em ")
They all say "Not Guilty!"
But the evidence will show
That murder was committed
Down on music row

For the steel guitars no longer cry
And the fiddles barely play
But drums and rock 'n' roll guitars
Are mixed up in your face
Ol' Hank wouldn't have a chance
On today's radio
Since they committed murder
Down on music row

They thought no one would miss it
Once it was dead and gone
They said no one would buy them ol'
Drinkin' and cheatin' songs ("Oh, but I still buy 'em")
Well there ain't no justice in it
And the hard facts are cold
Murder's been committed
Down on music row

For the steel guitars no longer cry
And you can't hear fiddles play
With drums and rock 'n' roll guitars
Mixed right up in your face
Why the Hag wouldn't have a chance
On today's radio
Since they committed murder
Down on music row

Why they'd even tell the Possum
To pack up and go back home
There's been an awful murder
Down on music row

So, I’ve been writing Harmony Road for two years now. I never know if folks like it or not, but I try each month to do my column a little better. I write about the people, places and music that I hear and see on my journey on Harmony Road. I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to write my column on the website for the California Bluegrass Association.

I wish you a harvest of blessings and
Bluegrass music and love on your Harmony Road this Thanksgiving.
Let’s all count our many blessings!
Posted:  11/15/2013

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