Sunday, November 4, 2018

Collierville, TN
                                                     November 1, 2018
     THE QUONSET IN COLLIERVILLE, just off the Historic Town Square on South Main Street, once the home of the manufacture of the child's rocking horse called The Wonder Horse, has had a complete makeover and is now a lovely hall for meetings, receptions, and even musical groups.
     On November 1, 2018, the Quonset hosted violinist-vocalist Alice Hasen and her band with Carlos Gonzalez (guitar) and Walt Busby (bass and vocals). We look forward to seeing and hearing them again soon.
     The trio's set was as follows:  Wonderful Fall, Queen, Spider J, Brendan's Jam, Memphis Sand, and an amazing solo fiddle version of Amazing Grace. Alice fiddled the hairs right off that bow!
     Jim Hurst followed Alice and her band. He is known all over the world as a guitarist-singer-songwriter who defies description. He sits in the rare air of the best guitarists one can find anywhere. Hurst has played in bands that you well know, and with artists like Trisha Yearwood, Missy Raines, and Claire Lynch. He even heads up the JHT (Jim Hurst Trio), and their work is also tops! There's Jim and then there's most everybody else. What he does on guitar astounds his audiences. It is hard to imagine, but there is one other world-class guitarist who stumps him: Jerry Reed! Jerry had his goofy songs, but when it came to guitar work, he was one among many. Jim Hurst confessed recently that he still hasn't figured out some of Jerry Reed's finger work on guitar. We have noticed that Jim's vocals and the tuning on his Gallagher Guitar and perfectly in sync. The result is a comfortable, warm and mellow, very listenable sound. Jim's not at all 'preachy,' but he gives his Lord the credit for what he has accomplished in this life.
     Jim Hurst's program for the evening was as follows:  You're the Reason Why, I Picked the Wildwood Flower, Cold Hard Business, Through the Country, Vaya Con Dios, The Preacher and the Bear, Deep River Blues, Underneath That Golden Moon (using what Jim calls The Carter Scratch; his mother wrote it in 1963 and collected a whopping $44.50 from BMI), This Waltz Is for You (by the JHT; from Mom to Jim and then from Jim to Mom), Swamp Reed, Papa's Knee, Wheel Hoss, Not the Man I Was, You Got a Lock on Me, and Same Old Moon.
      Find Jim Hurst on Facebook or at his website: E-mail  He has selections that you can download for free. He has CDs, too.
     Watch for Jim in "Bluegrass and Beyond" in Nashville, TN, on November 10, 2018, at 12:30p CT at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
     We appreciate Len and Susan Lawhon for arranging the activities for Alice Hasen and Jim Hurst at the Quonset. Furthermore, Len snagged Jim for a fine two-day workshop in Olive Branch, MS. Jim worked with a small group on guitar technique and also on vocal harmony. Thanks, Len, Susan, Jim,  Alice, and each attendee for your hard work! Special thanks for including this writer in the weekend's activities!
NOVEMBER 2-3, 2018  



  1. Great weekend with some great friends and one of the best guitar pickers on the planet! Susan and I are looking forward to having more music clinics in the near future.

  2. It's great to be welcomed into such an enthusiastic group of musicians even though I don't play a note. I just write about you and your notes. It works for me! Thanks to all in the bluegrass and old-time music community for letting me hang around.