A few weeks back I was at the Folk Alliance in Memphis with Houston Jones, and saw some great new (to me) acts that are sure to be coming your way soon. The Wyos, Luminescent Orchestri, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops to name a few faves. All great players, all very young, and all very good looking. The fresh crowd coming in is a great thing for the audiences, and the continuous morphing of genres is having amazing results. Fortunately for the grizzled veterans, lasik surgery, viagra, botox, and a quality toupe' helps to keep us in contention. About the only thing we couldn't compete with was the nightly 4:30am "Running of the Accordions". This was pretty much dominated by the 20-something steroids n' whiskey crowd, although a few crafty graybeards managed to finish with only a few cuts and bruises. In any case, the future of acoustic roots music is in very capable and talented hands.
Coming up -
I'm doing a run of shows with Billy Bright, one of my favorite mandolin pickers. Billy has worked as part of Peter Rowan's Texas Trio, and the Peter Rowan / Tony Rice Quartet configurations, and currently plays with the Two High String Band out of Austin. We met a few years back, and have since collaborated on some projects that have been great fun, and incredibly lucrative. I have managed to purchase two homes on Maui, a Ferrari, and three biotech companies as a result ....oh wait, sorry.... that was somebody else.....we're broke and a lot of fun... so please do come on out, and support mandolin music, old folks, and the American way of life.