Whew! What a month! I wrapped up September with a weekend full of shows. It began in Berea, KY where I played eight shows in one day for around 900 fourth graders who were all taking part in the Berea Arts Council's Walk for the Arts. It is a very cool event where the students get exposed to a variety of arts in a beautiful park setting.
I then came back to Knoxville to do my live Kidstuff radio show with my special guest Michelle Porter. I remember Michelle when she was a young girl, perhaps 8 or 9, playing mandolin with grown-ups in bluegrass bands. She played beyond her years then and is spectacular now. She recently started a band with some other young folks calling themselves the Drop Dead Darlings.
Then it was off to the Louie Bluie Festival in LaFollette, TN. This is a wonderful festival held in honor of one of the most talented and unique individuals from East Tennessee, Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, a black fiddle and mandolin player. I was honored to be invited back to this festival with The Lonetones. For more about this, check out The Lonetones website.
After that, Steph and I took our pop-up camper and three kids and headed to the Jammin' At Hippie Jack's Americana Music Festival in middle Tennessee. It was beautiful weather for camping and we got to hear some great music Saturday evening. We woke up Sunday to do a Kidstuff show at 11AM. Forgetting that there was a time change, we showed up an hour early wondering where everybody was.
As part of the Kidstuff show (which I hope to air on WDVX soon) I featured the Pinklets (two eleven-year-olds and a nine-year-old) who just happened to be camping with us. As usual, they were a big hit playing their own instruments and doing their original material.