Pop Quiz

Posted by on Thursday, May 17th, 2007

1. A friend asks "Would you like two free tickets to see Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Allison Krauss, Dan Tymynski, Ron Block, and Barry Bales play tonight?" What is the appropriate answer?
a.  Hot damn!
b.  Sheewwww Doggie!
c.  Good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise
d.  Do they sell beer there?
e.  All of the above

The last time we saw Tony Rice play he didn’t speak at all on stage.  It was a couple of years after he developed dysphonia.  Tony Rice was touring with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and several other bluegrass luminaries.  It was a great show, but I really missed hearing Tony’s voice.  This time around, he spoke a bit and had Allison and Dan sing his songs.   It was great to hear him chat with the band mates and introduce some of his tunes–there’s something spooky to me about musicians who don’t speak on stage.  Folk music is supposed to be, well, folky and open and relaxed.  I would still love to hear Tony Rice sing live one day, but I won’t complain about my good fortune–not many people get a chance to see that sort of musicianship even once in their lives.    Dan and Allyson were both in good voice, and hot damn, Barry Bales can play some slap bass.  Good show all around. 

Thanks Mike and Tara, and thanks to your buddies who bailed on the show!  We had a great time. 

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5 Responses to “Pop Quiz”

  1. rachelon 17 May 2007 at 10:44 am 1

    I love Dan Tymynski. And Alison Krauss plays a mean fiddle, though I’m not generally a big fan of her voice or song repertoire–she does a few too many ho-hum ballads in my opinion. But that sounds like an amazing concert.

    Totally tangential comment, because I am prone to them, I was reading No Depression the other day and there was an article about Uncle Earl, and one of the band members (I forget who) complained about always being called bluegrass, and if they were bluegrass then they were the worst bluegrass musicians in history. I turned the page, and there was a Borders ad featuring Uncle Earl and the text said, “May Is Bluegrass Month.” Cracked me up.

  2. Taraon 17 May 2007 at 5:54 pm 2

    You’re very welcome! I’m glad you two were able to come out on such short notice. What a super show. And Rachel, I loved your tangential comment above… pretty funny. Love those g’earls!

  3. minnieon 17 May 2007 at 10:21 pm 3

    you lucky stiff! i’m so jealous!

  4. lellaon 19 May 2007 at 12:08 am 4

    Yes, Jealousy sums it up pretty well. But there is also great celebration for you as well!

    Hmmm? Why not bluegrass? heehee. =o) Are the origins that mysterious to Uncle Earl?

    I’m troubled, I’m troubled, I’m troubled in my mind,

    And if trouble doesn’t kill me, I’ll live a long, long time. Bye now…..

  5. Annieon 20 May 2007 at 10:53 am 5

    I’m so jealous!!

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