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Old 01-29-2012, 08:38 PM   #15
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Nothing beats dueling banjos! Huntsville, Alabama has a great bluegrass scene. I have been thinking about trying to organize a small rally at the campground at the US Space and Rocket Center, where Space Camp is. they have eir own campground, and best of all, in the museum they have an Apollo Airstream Mobile Quaratine Facility used by the astronauts! Anyone interested in a bluegrass and space program rally?
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:22 PM   #16
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Speaking of Banjos and Banjo players...

Steve Martin is an active Tweeter, and posted some pics from a recent vacation in the Caribbean... my favorite's below - A palm tree is blocking his view of the ocean...!

Some of his recent tweets - gives one a chuckle during the day...

Steve Martin quotes...

"Trickle down theory supported by America's Urologists."

"The cops have put a tail on my dog."

"My vow: if I can't think up anything interesting to say, I will say it on Twitter"
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:59 PM   #17
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Yep, wife unit is switching from guitar to mandolin ...
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:58 AM   #18
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Would love to get to MerleFest but the timing won't work for us.

We are thinkin' we're going to be able to get to Alumina in late March---anyone coming to that?

Would so love to listen and learn from experienced string-ers.


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Old 01-31-2012, 08:12 AM   #19
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Steve Martin performs about 50 shows a year with my favorite bluegrass group, the Steep Canyon Rangers. Check them out here:

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #20
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This thread gets more interesting with every post. Our first trip in our updated baby A/S will be the Crooked Road, with a side trek into the Smokies to see the synchronous flashing fireflies if it is the right time of year. I just can't decide what time of year would put me in line for maximum festival attending.I think Chris Thile is a genius. I am also very partial to the instrumental album of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Jim Mills is a banjo wizard and their fiddler (who looks very young, can't remember his name) is one of the best I have ever heard. Favourite song; Dawg's Breath. Can't get enough, a little bluegrass, a little Django, a little Grisman.... definitely a desert island pick.
I am going to follow this thread closely and take notes!
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:38 PM   #21
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Dan thanks for posting the link to the Steep Canyon Rangers...if that doesn't get your toes tapping I don't know what will. Leonie where in the Smokies are the synchronous flashing fireflies? Do they flash to bluegrass music? Your favorite bluegrass players are mine also. Jim Mills is just incredible on banjo. It sure would be nice to have a Airstream Bluegrass Rally somewhere in the "mountains". Thanks for the posts!

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Old 02-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #22
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Floydfest would be a great one. It is the last weekend in July. It is at mm170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here is the link to the lineup:

Performers @ FloydFest

I camp at Rocky Knob campground about 5 miles from the festival.

Festival parking can be a problem unless you have a handicap sticker (which I have).

It sold out last year (15,000), so it is best to pre- register early for $150.

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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, also Punch Brothers will be there along with lots of other great groups.

Pm me if anyone is interested. It will be a great festival.

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Old 02-02-2012, 10:08 AM   #23
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We were in Floyd last May and if I remember right they had Bluegrass every Saturday night at the General Store. Unfortunatly, I missed it due to a blown out knee.
There is also Bluegrass every Saturday evening at White Oak Campground in Strasburg, Pa. Not that far for the OP. Sal.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:31 AM   #24
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My banjo comes on all RV trips with us - I try to lay it quietly and not too late into the evening!

I'm not into bluegrass so much though - not that I dislike it - I just prefer the older
"Clawhammer" style playing, and particularly like tunes of the Civil War era!

I'm still very much a learner - only started a couple of years ago. I picked up my current banjo from the Goldtone factory in Titusville Fla. Where the owner was kind enough to spend a couple of hours with me to help pick the model best suited to my needs - he also gave us a brief tour of the place!

I'm sure I paid for his time in the price of the banjo though!

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:57 PM   #25
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Dan thanks for posting the link to the Steep Canyon Rangers...if that doesn't get your toes tapping I don't know what will. Leonie where in the Smokies are the synchronous flashing fireflies? Do they flash to bluegrass music? Your favorite bluegrass players are mine also. Jim Mills is just incredible on banjo. It sure would be nice to have a Airstream Bluegrass Rally somewhere in the "mountains". Thanks for the posts!

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Hey Bob, AirsDream let me know about them, U.S. Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Elkmont. I knew about the ones in India but I did not know about the ones on this continent. Too cool. Flash to bluegrass.....I think it would exhaust them. He also sent me a link;
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Synchronous Fireflies (U.S. National Park Service)
I am part of a study on fireflies with the Museum of Science Boston even though I live in Canada.
Anyone can join, but it's better if you actually have fireflies to study here is the link;
https://www.mos.org/fireflywatch/
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:10 PM   #26
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My banjo comes on all RV trips with us - I try to lay it quietly and not too late into the evening!

I'm not into bluegrass so much though - not that I dislike it - I just prefer the older
"Clawhammer" style playing, and particularly like tunes of the Civil War era!


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Hi Brian,
I love all roots music, my niece's boyfriend plays a mean clawhammer. I think my attraction is to any music that has a genuine feel, by the people, for the people. Not; by the machine, for the money. I also like to hear an actual melody, and a little musical skill, unaffected by-and not catering to- the popular culture masses. Meant to be enjoyed live and locally.
As a Scot I am also cheered that the great Celtic tradition has wholeheartedly embraced the banjo. If you listen, Banjo is everywhere!
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I bought my Airstream specifically for bluegrass festivals. I recently went to an Airstream rally and I was the only picker there.. It was weird because at a bluegrass festivals there is picking going on at every campsite.
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No stringed instruments for me (yet) but I have a set of bones that I would be glad to add to any bluegrass noise goin' on next door! I would be ALL FOR a bluegrass airstream meetup!
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