Cobden

Clockwise from bottom: Rob Ickes, Sandra Block, Ron Block, Yours Truly (with 2-tone socks), Sally Jones, Ben Jones.

Clockwise from bottom: Rob Ickes, Sandra Block, Ron Block, Yours Truly (with 2-tone socks), Sally Jones, Ben Jones.

Hello friends,

Very quickly since I’m due to run out the door and head to Cobden, IL any second now. We’re recording a live album tonight and tomorrow at The Old Feed Store in Cobden, which is in the Carbondale, IL area. It’s one of our favorite places to play. There are some tickets left, but I’d act pretty quickly and go to their site. Tomorrow night The Bankesters will play a set too. My wife Sally Jones and Emily and Alysha Bankester will be sitting in with us on harmony vocals and select songs both nights.

Also, don’t tell my band members, but I’m going to have a special presentation for them. Mark Stoffel has played in the band over 5 years, and I never presented him with a 5-year gift (the last pickers to go 5 years received a lovely used T-shirt). Meanwhile Ned Luberecki and Jon Weisberger are now in their 1oth year as Night Drivers. They’ll have to get something really special (2 used T-shirts?).

Our new single, “Lonely Comes Easy” debuted this morning (Friday) on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction. It will be released to radio later this month, with the full CD going out to DJs in early August.

This week’s Bluegrass Today column is the first in a series on MC work. Join me for Truegrass this afternoon at 3:00 PM eastern on Bluegrass Junction. I’ll attempt to answer a listener’s question about whether John Hartford is truly bluegrass. The answer: No. Will I keep playing old John Hartford music on the show? Yes.

On a personal note, this has been a wonderful summer for spending some time with family and friends I don’t get to see in northern Alberta. Above is a picture of a musical get-together which even included my brother Ben playing fiddle, just visiting from Albuquerque.

Bye for now.
Chris