Friday, April 26, 2013

Claire: "How do you like my band?"
and before heading to Alabama and Florida for their tour of Southern states, the CLAIRE LYNCH
BAND pulled in at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN, on Thursday, April 25, 2013. The tiny spot in what is now known as The Gulch, is located at 402 12th Avenue South, just off Broad Street. Fans in and around Nashville know and love Claire Lynch and her incredible band. They were ready and waiting to hear the band. We discovered a line of 30 people standing outside the Station Inn an hour before the door opened at 7:00 PM.
       Protocol says that the listener enters the building, pays the cover, picks out his favorite seat in the house, goes to the counter to order a pizza and something cold to drink, and prepares himself for a great night of music. Chances are that he knows several people there in the room. Owner J.T. GRAY and his sidekicks ANN SOYARS and LIN BARBER make sure that everyone is comfortable and set for the night. It works out well for everybody.
Claire: "Buttermilk Road, guys!"
Claire:"Check , M-m-m, Hello, Ah-h-h"
       The band comes in early to check the sound and to work out last-minute details of their show. By 9:00 PM, it's time for the band to kick! And the Claire Lynch Band can kick! Award-winners all, the Claire Lynch Band is a bluegrass force to be reckoned with! BRYAN McDOWELL handles fiddle and mandolin duties, along with vocal harmony. MARK SCHATZ is the cut-up in the group, as he shows what he can do with old-time clawhammer banjo, upright bass (with or without bow), "body" and vocals. That body thing? He can slap and make music with every part of his body, including his feet. He slaps, he clogs, he sings, and he is such a treat to watch.   MATT WINGATE is a world-class guitarist! He plays acoustic guitar, archtop, mandolin, bouzouki, and probably many more instruments. An accomplished singer, Matt harmonizes with Claire, Bryan, and Mark, to give the band their unique sound. CLAIRE LYNCH? The very mention of her name calls to mind 35+ years of running the road, refining her craft, and having the experience of being one of the best who plays with some of the best. An award-winning singer-songwriter and IBMA Female Vocalist of the year in 2010, Claire is known and loved all over the world. If you've been meaning to catch the band, visit the Claire Lynch website to see the band's extensive schedule. 
Wall-to-wall mandolins on Birdland Breakdown
       We will show you their song list and some photos from the wonderful evening with the Claire Lynch Band at the Station Inn in Nashville.
Mark: "I'll just use this sign for my clogging!"
Song List: Crazy Over You, Thibodeaux, Jealousy, Hummingbird, Leavin' on that Evenin' Train, Dear Sister (title cut of CD soon to be released), One More Night, Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Doing Time, Buttermilk Road/Stay All Night, Be All Right Tomorrow, Everybody Knows I've Been Crying, Katy Hill, Paul and Peter Walked, Barbed Wire Boys, Birdland Breakdown, Widow's Weeds, Sailing to Philadelphia, Wabash Cannonball, [Standing Ovation], Encore: Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring 
Mark: "Watch this, y'all!"
Blogger: "This band sends chills up my back!"

Check out theClaire Lynch Band!

Friday, April 12, 2013


 That's about enough! We've been indoors now just about long enough! The weather's perfect and we're heading for the Collierville, TN, Historic Town Square for the next six months! See you there at about 6:30-ish CDT (really, it's Bluegrass Standard Time). Bring your instruments and lawn chairs. May be chilly when the sun goes down tonight, so bring your favorite afghan or throw!

We're warming up at home with some glorious Skaggs & Rice, J.D.Crowe & the New South, and a bucket-load of Tony Rice (Cold on the Shoulder, Manzanita, and Church Street Blues). Powerful stuff!

We hope you're planning to go to Sevierville, TN, in May for Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Album Band will perform a free concert for the event. This is one of the finest bluegrass bands ever put together, and this tour is likely to be their last. Now, there's a bummer! Catch 'em before they go! 

Back to TR and "John Hardy"!

Pick away!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR, Spring-Summer Music Events

The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR, has some mighty fine music events scheduled for the spring and summer of 2013. Check the Ozark Folk Center website for more details on each event.

April 20   "Old Time Saturday Night" with Brad and Brandon, the Apple Brothers. The Apple Brothers will play the entire second set on April 20 and the following dates: May 11, June 22, July 20, August 24, September 14, and October 12.

April 25-27   36th Dulcimer Jamboree with instructors Bing Futch, Joe Collins, Steve Eulberg, Aubrey Atwater, Judy Klinkhammer, and Russell Cook.

May 17-18   Thumb-picking Weekend

June 1   Tribute to Johnny Cash

June 6-8   Auto Harp Workshop

June 14-15   Irish Music and Dance with St. Louis Irish Arts

June 29   Rhonda Vincent & The Rage   (*Note: Performance includes entire band, not just Rhonda as indicated earlier by the Ozark Folk Center) 

July 18-20   Clogging Weekend

July 25-27   Mountain Dulcimer Workshop with Linda Brockington and Jeff Hames

August 1-3   Hammered Dulcimer Workshop with Rick Thum and Linda Thomas

August 23-24   Jamming 101: A Traditional Music Event (old time and string band style)

August 30-31   Tribute to Grandpa Jones with Ramona Jones and the Family Band

September 6-8   Folk Dance Days

September 20-21   Arkansas State Fiddle Championships

September 28   Red Stegall in Concert 

Pick away!



Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Fond Farewell and a Big Hello!

 After six months in the perfect indoor setting at the Collierville (TN) United Methodist Church and their Common Cup Coffee Shop, we will play for one more night on April 5, 2013, and then head outdoors on April 12, 2013, to the Historic Town Square for six months of pickin' and fellowship under the trees, at the gazebo, by the town clock, near the old train depot, or along the sidewalks that line the square! The spring of the year shows off the magnificent plantings and lush green that are ours to enjoy! May we say that we love and enjoy both locations and we feel so blessed to have those locations!

We even count among our bluegrass friends that young couple at The Rusty Propeller Antique Store in Rossville, TN. Owners Geoff and Jessica and their children have made us feel right at home on special occasions. The great news is that on Friday nights when it is rainy and/or cold at the square, we can have our pickin' at the antique store! Fantastic for us! The weather is unpredictable, especially early in the season, so we're always glad to have a Plan B. It's just across the street from The Wolf River Cafe, too, where Susan and her crew wait to serve you some of the finest catfish, hush puppies, and green tomato pickles to be found anywhere! Oh, and unforgettable good ol' sweet tea! Yummmm!  

We anticipate that the weather will be close to perfect when we return to the town square on April 12, 2013. Hose off the lawn chairs, grab a bite of dinner at home or at one of the fine restaurants on the square, load up the vehicle, and join us!

We even expect that group of hibernating pickers to come out from wherever it is that they go during the winter! Come on out to the square, y'all! It's time to pick!

This smiling bunch of bluegrass jammers is more than ready for some pickin'on the square! Join 'em for some fast tunes, slow tunes, and even some tunes you may not even know yet. You can always learn a new tune or two! Dust off that ol' fiddle, loosen up your fingers, and let 'er rip!

Yonder's Frank, Pete, Gerald, Coley, Arn, Joe, James, Cecil, and Bobby! There are groups pickin' all over the square on any typical Friday evening. We just took a picture of those with the happiest faces at that moment!

We look forward to a great spring, summer and early fall at the beautiful  Historic Town Square! All we need is YOU! You and your family and friends make this event so successful! Welcome to our 14th glorious season at the square!

Pick away!