MOUNTAIN VIEW, ARKANSAS
AND MUCH MORE
MARCH 20-21, 2015
|Spring arrives at Country Oaks BnB in Mountain View, AR|
|Flatwoods MB Church|
|Irl Hees, Pam Setser, Gary Rounds|
Pam, Gary and Irl performed the following set for those who attended the benefit: Keep on the Sunny Side, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, Walkin' in Jerusalem, Crooked Ridge, Darcy Farrow, Consider the Lilies, Amazing Grace (upright bass solo, Irl Hees), Last Letter Home (Rose in a Spanish Garden), You've Got a Friend, When You Say Nothing At All, Way Downtown, The Lighthouse, Beulah Land, and I'll Fly Away.
Saturdays in Mountain View offer a treasure trove of just roaming and knocking around for a few hours before the evening Parlor Pickin'. At Country Oaks, we met some great new friends--the Canada's and the Canady's, who have experienced US Post Office mail problems back home due to their similar names. We also got reacquainted with our friends Frank and Mary Nell Thompson. We hit the square with some more new-found friends from the BnB, Chad and Tacie Johnson. We found youngsters at the Mountain View Music Store who are part of the Music Roots program headed by the amazing Shay Pool. Young kids with instruments can embarrass older pickers in a hurry. Bluegrass music training begins early in the hills of Arkansas. Several youngsters had auditioned and made the cut for appearances at the Ozark Folk Center. Boys and girls from ages eight or nine up to fifteen were wearing out banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, and basses! We can report that bluegrass music is alive and well and in good young hands!
|Music Store, Missile Silo and Possum Smoker|
|Jimmy Driftwood Barn near Ozark Folk Center|
|Ozark Folk Center atop a very steep hill|
After working so hard at watching the kids perform, we felt duty-bound to hit JoJo's Catfish House down by the White River. It was our duty, since Chad and Tacie had never been to JoJo's. The food was just as good as ever--catfish, killer hushpuppies, green tomato pickles, beans, and good ol' iced tea made the afternoon complete. The sweet potato fries are to die for!
The long-awaited Parlor Pickin' was next. Guests of the BnB and some from around town gathered in the parlor at Country Oaks at 7:00 PM to welcome Brad Apple (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Pam Setser (dulcimer, spoons, vocals), Gary Rounds (guitar, vocals), Tim Crouch (fiddle, mandolin), and Irl Hees (upright bass, vocals).
|Brad Apple (guitar), |
Pam Setser (dulcimer),
Gary Rounds (guitar)
|Tim Crouch (fiddle),|
Irl Hees (upright bass),
|Tim Crouch (fiddle), |
Irl Hees (upright bass)
|Tim Crouch and Brad Apple|
perform "Liberty" on twin
mandolins, Irl Hees on bass
We are so grateful to our hosts and the amazing artists who entertained us with music and their humorous stories! It was so good to meet new friends, too! Thanks, Y'all!
|Tim Crouch's hands, Brad Apple, Pam Setser, Gary Rounds|
Parlor Pickin; March 21, 2015