Greetings from Nashville. I’ve just recently returned here in time for our Station Inn album release party this Wednesday, September 11. We’ll have all the Night Drivers there, plus a special guest or two. We plan to perform all of the songs from the album, give away some door prizes of questionable value, and just generally have a good time on 12th Avenue South, in the Music City. We received a critic’s pick from The Scene in Nashville, so it should be a good night. We’ll start at 9:00 PM.
We had a great weekend recently in Mammoth Lakes, California at a new bluegrass festival being held there. I want to thank Dan Lehman for having us, and for putting on the event; it’s one that clearly has great potential. As is often the case with new events like this, it could have stood a few more attendees. Considering that this one had to contend with Yosemite wildfires close enough to discourage travel to the area, I think they did pretty well. We had a long, winding, beautiful, and at times smoky drive to and from Sacramento (see the video), where we had flown in and out. Peter Rowan and Ricky Skaggs were headliners of the event, and I got some good interviews of both, which have already aired on my Bluegrass Junction show, but they’ll re-air at some point in the near future.
As mentioned last week,”Lonely Comes Easy,” our current single, and the title cut of our new album debuted on Bluegrass Today’s weekly chart at #5. We’re expecting good news when the new chart comes out Friday. If that’s the case, I’ll update you then. Reviews have been really good, so we’re very pleased with how it’s going so far. I’ll be an interview guest on Cindy Baucom’s “Knee Deep in Bluegrass” syndicated show coming up soon, and I have a few different phone interviews going on this week, including for the Banjo Hangout (Ned Luberecki sat me down for a brief tutoring session on how to speak banjo, because apparently there’s no Rosetta Stone course for it).
Friday is Bill Monroe’s birthday, and we’re going to celebrate it on my Truegrass show (SiriusXM 61, Friday, 3PM eastern). The first hour will be devoted entirely to songs by Bill, and Monroe covers, especially from former Blue Grass Boys.
Bye for now. We hope to see you Wednesday night at The Station Inn.