Me man and I enjoyed the outdoors this weekend while camping in Moravian Falls, NC – about 4 miles from Wilkesboro, NC, home of Merlefest. In honor of Merle Watson, Doc Watson’s son who died in a tractor accident back in 1985, Merlefest has been bringing “traditional plus” music to Wilkesboro ever since.
During our visit, we were lucky enough to see some amazing music. Here’s the line-up:
Levon Helm Band
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby
Hot Buttered Rum
Allison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven
Donna the Buffalo with Jim Lauderdale and Tim O’Brien
The Avett Brothers
Peter Rowan + Tony Rice
Sam Bush Band
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Donna the Buffalo
The Infamous Stringdusters with Tim O’Brien
Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain Boys
Pretty sweet, huh?
Many thoughts become clear while camping, people watching, and ingesting art at this level. Among them came forth these random ponderings…
I need to learn to play the Bass. Guitar or stand-up is the question.
Where can I get me one of them there washboards? Seriously…
Um, where’s the Beer? Wine? Spirits?
Is it feasible to take a year, or 6 months, or 3 months – even, and go travel. Right now, Chile, Argentina, and Patagonia (with a “quick” sidetrip to Easter Island via Santiago) is the first big trip on my list. Second is maybe Paris and the South of France. Third is New Zealand or Ireland and Scotland. Damn it…I’ll go anywhere, really.
Oh, how I love my indoor plumbing and running water. Especially in the middle of the night when I invariably have to pee. And I’m naked. DOH!
Why is everyone so attracted to Evangelicalism? Don’t they find it highly oppressive?
It takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. Keep an open heart.