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Sep 18

September 18, 2006

Lots of miles lots of smiles....Fox Valley Festival was good. Enjoyed spending some time with my old Pal, Paul Geremia who is as brilliant as ever! Paul seems to be doing well and his spirits were high.

Stayed with friends Lynn and Bill, where I was able to park for the week I went home and during the festival. Great vegetarian meals and lots of cool 'old time music'. Did get to see my old friend Sandy Sylva, who I first met at The Gaslight Cafe when I played my first 'hootanany' in 1967. Sandy is now a successful, full time, "story teller". She has a colorful past including a historic appearance on the GONG SHOW!

The Rev.Gary Davis weekend at the FUR PEACE RANCH was fantastic and successful. Ernie & Jorma were both brilliant and fun to hang with. The students were very enthusiastic and there were some very good 'pickers' among them! I have been booked for 3 sessions at "The Ranch" next year! So do check their website and sign up for one of my classes if you want to get some guitar lessons. I guarantee you will never be the same after a weekend at "Jorma Land".

Ernie showed up with our Italian friend and benefactor, Bruno Pianta, who brought us to Ponte Cafarro last Winter for a Folk Music conference and Festival. Bruno was headed to North Carolina, so I talked him into doing a road trip with 'The Book' as I was headed in that direction.

We had a grand little tour, stopping in Saltsville Va., the home of legendary old time fiddler, guitarist and banjo player Hobart Smith. He has passed away, but we got the lowdown from relatives who ran the local Museum. Great fun. Also stopped at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, where The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers recorded back in 1927...or was it 1928?

Left Bruno with Ginny & David Holt in Ashville where we had a nice visit and an unbelievable dinner.(thank you Ginny) Bruno was really looking forward to his meeting with Doc Watson which David was kind enough to arrange for him. Also planned was a stop at the County Fair which I am sure will be a memorable experience for our Italian Friend.

Had 3 gigs last weekend, Union Grove is so much fun. My buddies Lynn Michael & Bob Carlin showed up with very cool guitars to show me...If you are ever nearby, stop in and visit Pal & Miles for some down home cookin' and music at THE COOK SHACK. Next was THE DOWN HOME in Johnson City. I have been playing there for 30 years! Great to see the old gang as usual. On to Saluda for a show at the FRONT PORCH COFFEE BAR (best esspresso in the mountains!))where the stage is attached to an old caboose! Great fun, great audience and a nice visit with Frank & Amy who book the shows.

Had to climb up and down the same mountains all weekend...ended up at BAND VILLAGE headquarters. Peter my webmaster runs his operation up there in Leister, NC. where he distributes independent artists. If you interested in hearing any genre of music that is 'off the radar' check out

Band Village has just issued a double cd collection (SNAKE DANCIN' THRU GOD'S BARNYARD) which honors my late Brother-In-Law, ROCK BOTTOM. This CD is a greatest "misses" album and has quite a few un-released tracks as well. I highly recomend this for anyone who loves the blues. There are many great guest artists on this tribute including Me! I believe Ronnie Earle, Diz Watson and Vidar Busk are among the other players...

Spent the day today trying to get a gas leak by my generator repaired and finally did (I hope) in Seveirville TN. near Dollywood. So now I am catching my breath at a Flying J Truckstop where I will spend the night. Dissapointed that I didn't get to visit my luthier & Pal John Arnold, but I was real nervous about the gasoline leak and had to get it taken care of.

So, I am headed for Little Rock and Texas this week with a stop in Memphis where Nancy will visit for a few days. I am looking forward to seeing her and also to our Winter together which will be here before We know it...

CHECK OUT NEW 'GREEN' BLUES MAGAZINE on my links page....2 issue Rev. Davis Story...

Bye For Now

'The Book'