Granny Pam

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    I have found enough energy to hop over here and spruce the joint up a little.

    Papa will be retiring at the end of February, and we may have more adventures to document. Or not. But I wanted to be ready!
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    Southern Ohio Indoor Music festival, November 2010 Edition

    Posted By on December 6, 2010


    Joe Mullins once again presented a wonderful show at the Roberts Centre, Wilmington, Ohio on November 12-13. On Friday, Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie, the Primitive Quartet, IIIrd Tyme Out, the Grascals and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers appeared. Saturday brought James King, Ralph Stanley, Don Rigsby, Charlie Sizemore, Larry Sparks, and a Don Rigsby coordinated Stanley brothers tribute to the stage.

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    Steve Dilling of IIIrd Tyme Out

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    Jayd Raines of Don Rigsby & Midnight Call

    A special treat was seeing Dale Vanderpool appear with Don Rigsby. Dale is still battling cancer, but felt well enough to enjoy the festival and sit in for a few songs. It was wonderful to see Dale and his wife, and visit for a few minutes.

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    Dale Vanderpool

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    Dr. Ralph Stanley

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    Larry Sparks and Joe Mullins combine forces for a Stanley tune during the Stanley Brothers Tribute portion of the evening.

    The remaining photos are in the gallery.

    Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival

    Posted By on December 6, 2010

    We enjoyed attending this fine show in Wilmington, Ohio, November 11-13.

    The Thursday night veterans tribute was an addition to what has been a two day event in the past. The Centerville High School Alternative Strings ensemble joined Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Nothin’ Fancy to pay tribute to both veterans and active service people.

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    Rhonda Vincent

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    The Radio Ramblers

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    Nothin’ Fancy.

    The remaining photographs are in the Gallery.

    The Best Part

    Posted By on September 28, 2010

    The best part of IBMA it the energy of the participants. Now, there are plenty of bluegrass festivals that contain something similar, but this gathering is special.

    We are part of a group of grassroots club members that are here for the music and atmosphere, rather than for the seminars. Although we would qualify for a professional membership, the decision to take that step is still on the table.

    Anyone who earns a living, or a portion of their living in any field connected with music or the arts knows these are tough times. Spending on arts and related activities is one of the first cuts in every budget. I certainly have admiration for those who soldier on. Music and art make my world a much more enjoyable place to live.

    Here is a photo of one of those magic IBMA moments, a jam featuring Michael Cleveland on the fiddle, David Peterson on guitar and vocals, Jon Weisberger on bass, and a mandolin player I don’t know Richard S. Brown of the Reunion Band on mandolin. If you have ever heard David Peterson sing, or Michael Cleveland play the fiddle, you have a small idea how great this was.

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    One more question or comment this afternoon, before we head back down to the convention center. How is it that four people with connections to our little home town of Cadillac, Michigan, were sitting at the same table during the official showcases? Would someone like to explain to me why they think bluegrass is only of interest to people from a certain region? I remember meeting those people a few years ago, right here in Nashville, and thinking it was remarkable that they lived in “my” hometown, and were also attending IBMA.

    All of Papa’s photos from yesterday are on his site.

    Dare To Be Different

    Posted By on September 27, 2010

    We attended Valerie Smith’s showcase in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. This year the beneficiary of the proceeds was the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Val and her band, Liberty Pike, recorded their most recent CD at the Museum. According to Valerie, the band made bluegrass presentations to 23 schools during their week in the Owensburo area.

    Performing during the day and evening were, The Friday Night Orphan Brigade with Becky Buller, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Brad Long & Friends, Common Ground, Jerry Butler & the Blu-J’s, Chicken Dinner Road, and Runaway Freight. Kudos to those musicians who gave their time and talent to benefit the museum. Kitsy Kuykendall and Gabrielle Gray attended the event on behalf of the Museum.

    Our Ohio friend, Jerry Eicher, helped with the sound during the second part of the show. Here are Jerry (L) and Randy Shaffer (R) of the Old Hippie Bluegrass Hour. The show is broadcast on WQTE-FM, Adrian, Michigan.
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    Randy also performed as part of Brad Long & Friends.
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    Some people always look good when a camera is in the neighborhood. Becky Buller is a prime example.
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    I also liked this shot of Daniel Oxen dine of the Blu-J’s:
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    You can see the entire collection in the gallery.

    Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival

    Posted By on September 27, 2010

    The 2010 version of the Vine Grove (Kentucky) Bluegrass Festival has come and gone. It was a fine local festival, featuring a good mix of local and regional bands. We especially enjoyed seeing Big Country Bluegrass, a band that never visits our home state, Michigan.

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    I always try to pick a few favorite photos to post, today my favorites are (Drum Roll, please):
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    Jesse Brock of Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

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    Rachel Brown of Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

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    Mike Fulkerson of Kings Highway.

    The rest of the photographs from the weekend can be seen in the gallery. Artists who appeared may contact us from the link at the bottom of this page for complementary access to a private gallery to download copies of the photos. Complementary photos may be posted on Facebook, MySpace or other internet sites if a photo credit is included.

    Pickin’ On Cystic Fibrosis – September 16-18, 2010

    Posted By on September 14, 2010

    I have written about this before, three times, perhaps more than that. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic lung disease , about which much is known. But there is no cure, and having the disease is a death sentence. I first learned about CF when a CF baby was born to neighborhood family, in 1973, about the same time our second daughter was born. That baby is 37 years old now, and as far as I know is still living. This is quite an accomplishment, and was unheard of at the time of his birth when his life expectancy was more like middle to late teens. You can learn more about Cystic Fibrosis on this site.

    Sixteen years later, our 1973 model daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL. The hospital where the surgery was done was a treatment center for CF patients, and for whatever reason, she was in the same area with those patients. Most of the CF patients were in their late teens and early twenties, and they were mighty sick. Breathing treatments, IV antibiotics, and oxygen were the order of the day, and the night. I remembered back to our neighbor, and realized that he was sixteen now, too. That type of reality can be a little bit overwhelming; suddenly a torn ACL that could be fixed seemed pretty small and insignificant.

    Some years after that we met our friend Jimmy, but it was long after we met him that we learned that one of his sons has Cystic Fibrosis. This weekend, at KC Campground, Milan, Michigan Jimmy is sponsoring his fourth benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Research. Some great musicians, and better friends, are lined up to do what they do best, play and sing great bluegrass music. Jimmy is amazed at the numbers of bands that called him up to volunteer to play at the benefit, and you will be too.

    Profiles of each band have been posted on Pickin’ on CF’s Facebook page, and they are worth a look. Head over and check them out.

    When Jimmy’s desire to give back by raising funds for research took flight, Papa and I wanted to help. We can’t sing (you all know that!), but we have done what we can in the ways that we can. I have helped with the Pickin’ on CF promotions and web presence. Papa had taken photographs at each event, and will be on the job this weekend. He also convinced his employer to make a donation. And we are out here at KC Campground this week to do whatever else we can to help.

    Sometimes it just feels better act, words are not enough. That’s what we have done.

    Now, it is your turn, come on out for the weekend, or for one day. If you are simply unable to attend, send a check. There have been huge advances and CF patients are living longer and longer, with a better quality of life. But a cure has not been found, and that is what Pickin’ on CF is about.

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    KC Campground
    14048 Sherman Rd
    Milan, MI 48160
    Phone: (734) 439-1076

    Thursday September 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
    Friday September 17 noon to 10:30 p.m.
    Saturday September 18 noon to 10:30 p.m.

    Thursday: $10, Friday and Saturday $15 each. Weekend: $30. Children under 16 free with paying adult.
    Camping is extra, but a a reduced rate of $15 Thursday through Saturday.

    Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis has partnered with Hunt for a Cure, a 501(3)(c) organization this year. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation for research to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis checks can be sent to:

    246 N. Dickinson Ave
    Hesperia Mi. 49421

    Your donation is tax deductible if you make your check to “Hunt for a Cure”. Please note “Pickin’ on CF” in the memo line.

    Disclaimer: I am connected with Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis, I have constructed, and I maintain their websites. I also worked on publicity for the event this year. Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis pays for web space and domain name registration, but I do not receive compensation for my time. Papa has photographed previous events and will photograph this weekend’s without compensation. Papa and I have received complementary admission to this weekend’s event in exchange for working this week.

    Milan Bluegrass Festival

    Posted By on August 12, 2010

    The grounds of KC Campground, Milan, Michigan are already filling with campers. There is room for more, but this is as large an early crowd as I have seen. Here is the view to the northeast of our camper at noon, Wednesday.

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    And here this is what it looks like to northwest at the same time.

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    You should all come on out, a great line-up is in store. We expect typical Michigan August weather, hot, humid, and maybe an afternoon showers or two.

    Oakland Community College Bluegrass Series

    Posted By on August 11, 2010

    For many years, the Oakland Community College Bluegrass Series has been a highlight of our dark, Detroit area winters. Last spring Oakland Community College (OCC) announced it was ending support for all performing arts, effectively ending the concerts.

    Tom Laing, who has assisted the College staff with talent selection, was very disappointed. Greg Cahill of Special Consensus has described Tom as, “A great supporter of Bluegrass”, and Tom proved himself as such, springing into action. Tom and wife Barb have collected signatures in support of the series, and started a mailing list of interest people. He also began investigation into other venues in which the series could be presented.

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    Tom Laing receives thanks and a memento of appreciation from OCC’s Velma Jones at the final OCC bluegrass concert on May 14, 2010.

    In a recent communication from Tom, we learn the following concerning the status of the OCC Series and possible alternative locations:

    I met July 27th with Chancellor Dr. Timothy Meyer. I was encouraged by the meeting as he is a bluegrass fan and attended one of our concerts last season. It was a completely pleasant visit.

    He has invited me to meet with one of their chief accountants to review the past six years’ financial data I developed which shows a positive balance sheet.

    Thanks to several members of our bluegrass audience, we are pursuing four other sites as alternates, if necessary. These are located in Royal Oak, Trenton, Taylor, and Waterford.

    I will soon survey each of you by email as to which of these locations you would attend if a move from OCC is required.

    Thank you for your loyalty and continued support. Stay tuned!!

    Tom Laing

    I suggest everyone support Tom in his efforts. If you want to be added to Tom’s list and keep up to date on his progress on this issue, use my contact link to send me your e-mail address, which I will forward to Tom.

    Remembering Dad

    Posted By on July 13, 2010

    I have a bundle of things to do today, but I am barely treading water. The reason is that my father died on July 13, 1979, 31 years ago today. Somehow, that 31 years seems like a long time, but the events seem like they happened yesterday.

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    I remember the blur of the day, but not much more. It was Friday, the first day of a busy weekend at a concession stand I ran. The night before, my stepmother stopped at that very stand, and told me it would be wise to go see Dad. Papa and I went that Friday afternoon, an hour’s drive to a unfamiliar hospital in Traverse City, Michigan.

    It was clear that he was not doing too well, and I do not remember if he was conscious enough to know who we were. What I do remember is the nurse seeing that he had visitors, and that she hurried to find a doctor. That doctor wanted to talk to us, so we stepped out into the hall. He delivered the bad news that there was nothing more that could be done. Although I knew in my heart that that was the case, I did not even know how to react. I remember asking, “How long?”, and the doctor just shrugged his shoulders, and said “A few days, perhaps a week.” We stayed for a while, and when we got up to leave, I said, “Dad, see you in the morning,” and gave him a kiss.

    I had a concession stand to run, so we headed for home. I do not remember who was watching the little girls, but I do remember that our oldest daughter was at camp. When we got home, Papa got out of the car, and I was about to head to town to open my stand when he came back out of the house. The call had come just before we got home, Dad was gone.

    He was fifty-one, and would have been fifty-two on July 20. I was twenty-seven years old, married, and the mother of 3 little girls; my youngest sibling was only fourteen. For twenty-four years, every time I had a birthday, I would wonder if I would make it to fifty-one. Since I turned fifty-one, I wonder how far past that number I may live on every birthday. For many years I was very angry with Dad, because some lifestyle changes might have prevented his early death. Then I just became sad, sad that he missed my daughters growing up, his beautiful great-grandchildren, all the fun times you can only appreciate after your children are grown.

    How can I forgive him for being himself? When I was particularly bitter, or sad, or frustrated one day, one of his sisters pointed out to me that he had good qualities, as well as the undesirable ones I remembered. Lately, as I go through some old photographs, scan them, and file them away in sleeves, I do remember to good qualities, and the young dad who loved babies and small children.

    I just wish I had known him longer.

    Dailey & Vincent at the Ark

    Posted By on July 12, 2010

    We ventured over to Ann Arbor last Thursday, July 8, 2010 to see Dailey & Vincent. As I anticipated, it was a high powered show: powerful vocals, powerful instrumentals, impressive stage presence, a truly great experience for the audience. Attention to detail, in singing and presentation, is the hallmark of a Dailey & Vincent performance. The Cracker Barrel Logo sat atop vertical pedestal displaying the band name, “Dailey & Vincent”; the background color matches the cover of the band’s current CD, available only at Cracker Barrel. Jamie Daily mentioned that the band’s relationship to Cracker Barrel is about to be extended to the bus. Watch for a rolling Cracker Barrel logo at a show near you!

    We took our 11 year old grandson along, and he really enjoyed the show. He especially mentioned the “bass singer”, who could sing “real low”. The last time we saw D&V, Christian Davis was new to the group, and just settling in. He now seems to be a comfortable part of the group, adding a little humor to the act along with his great bass vocals.
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    Christian Davis

    On the other end of the vocal range, Jamie Dailey is a finely tuned performer. Like a batter at the plate, he spreads his feet about shoulder width, stands straight and square, and belts it out. Darrin Vincent is one of the best harmony singer you will see out there, and also sings some great lead. Jeff Parker, and Joe Dean, Jr., add complementary vocals. Jesse Stockman plays the fiddle, Dean the banjo and guitar, Parker the mandolin and guitar. Dailey plays guitar, and played bass on one song, Vincent plays bass, but can play anything stage. He treated us to a tune on the archtop guitar during the show, it was much appreciated. Davis strummed a guitar on some selections, in what appears to the a concession to the bluegrass way. I really noticed no weakness in this group, the song selection, and the presentation.
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    L-R: Jesse Stockman, Jeff Parker, Jamie Dailey, Darrin Vincent, Christian Davis, Joe Dean, Jr.

    I try to pick my favorite of Papa’s photos when I post about a group of photos, and it is always a challenge. Today, it is this one of Joe Dean.
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    You will want to see check out a Dailey and Vincent performance when they are in your area. The rest of Papa’s pictures are in the gallery.