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Should I Get a Banjo?


Mike’s taking me to a Bluegrass festival…THIS WEEKEND!  The Oil City Bluegrass Festival.

I’m pretty excited.  You see, for two years now, I’ve wanted a banjo.  I always talk myself out of it, though, because I think, “I have no musical talent.  I probably can’t learn to pluck.”

But every time I hear a banjo, I want to do it again.  So Mike and I are going to go listen to some banjos and have some beers (well, probably Mike will have some beers…I don’t feel like it since my cousin’s bachelorette party).

The point is that I am super excited.  Just me and my baby listenin’ to some bluegrass.  If you’re in the area, let me know!

But before I go…do you think I should get a banjo?

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Daily Happenings


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Punch Brothers – Finding My Love for Music Again

I know I told you that I would show you pictures of my Valentine’s Day today (HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, by the way), but the truth is that I have been sick and sounding like a man, and last night, all I did was clear out my Hulu queue from the quiet solitude underneath my blankets.  Oh, and I ate four cups of green beans because hell, I couldn’t taste anything anyway (read: I LOVE GREEN BEANS).

Whoa.  Ramble.

That said.  I did not upload my pictures yet.  But you all responded awesomely to my post yesterday about Mike Blair and the Stonewalls, and I hope that some of you bought the album.  It’s so worth it.  And I’ll make Mike Blair handwrite you a thank you.  😉

Let me tell you a little about my Valentine’s Day weekend.  When I got to Mike’s on Friday, he had dinner ready and waiting…by candlelight.  🙂  What a man, right?  Tuna steaks, shrimp, and vegetables, I was in heaven.  So I drank wine and he drank some sort of man concoction.  After that, we were playing on his computer and talking about music.  After looking at some shows in Cleveland and showing each other what we had been listening to of late, we talked about “Melissa” by the Allman Brothers.

We love it LIVE.

When we were downtown in Wilmington back when we were dating, we stood outside of the Reel Cafe against the brick fence.  The canvas tent was covering the patio area and we were wrapped up in each other’s arms.  The band inside was playing “Melissa” and we were a hot mess.  Every time I hear Melissa, I think about how exciting it felt to feel his arm hair brushing up against mine for the first time and the way his red t-shirt looked in the yellow lights.  The humidity couldn’t even hang between us that night.

So on Friday when we started listening to that together, my whole music conundrum disappeared.  I felt music again.


Fast forward to today.  The new Punch Brothers was released today–Who’s Feeling Young Now–and my friend Tom who gave me the amazing vintage ad collection was kind enough to send it my way.

Ho. Lee. Seamonkeys!  It is INCREDIBLE!

I am so thankful that I have a boyfriend and friends who can cure music illness.  Please ya’ll, listen to the new Punch Brothers.  And then come to Appy Up with me in June to see them.  😉


Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Daily Happenings


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Mike Blair & the Stonewalls

I know you’re dying to hear about my Valentine’s Day weekend (har har har), but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I haven’t had a chance to upload the pictures.  But it’ll be quite a saga, don’t you worry.

However, today, I want to introduce to you (maybe reintroduce for some of you?) my friends and a really great band called Mike Blair & the Stonewalls.

When I was living in North Carolina, one of my favorite escapes was to go downtown to 16 Taps and listen to these guys on open mic night.  I don’t know all the new members of the band, but I do know Mike Blair, his sister Sarah Blair, and resident hardass David Graham (yeah, he’s the one in the sunglasses who isn’t smiling).

Sarah Blair, David Graham, Mike Blair, and the ones I don't necessarily know...

I smoked many ‘a cigarettes and drank many ‘a beer listening to them play.  In fact, I’m in a bootleg recording yelling, “God I need that song!”  No, I will not share it with you.  But I can say this about the three members of the band that I do know:  Mike, Sarah, and David were there for me a lot.

For my birthday, they got me coffee and peanut butter cookies because I came to their show.  Mike offered to come over to my creepy house in the hood multiple times when I heard scary stuff going on and the helicopter was looking with a spotlight through my neighborhood.  Sarah was always there for giggling and talking.  And David gave me Slippery When Wet on vinyl before I left.

Not only that, but the band learned to play Mike’s and my song, and they did it for a lot of Mondays in a row when I was missing Mike.  They’re great people, and great musicians.

The point is this:  They.  Are.  Awesome.  They just released an album and you can buy it on iTunes or on Amazon.  It’s WELL worth the $5.  I promise.

And you can always preview the music…but beware, you’ll want it after that.

See the band’s profile at reverbnation and at bandcamp, and like their Facebook page.


Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Daily Happenings


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The Appalachian Uprising: Who’s Going With Me?!

Okay, so I don’t normally plan this far ahead…but I’m super excited about this.  May 31st-June1nd is the 2012 Appalachian Uprising.  And I.  Want.  To.  Go.  NOW.

Appalachian Uprising 2012

It’s in Scottown, Ohio (near where Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky meet) and the line-up sounds awesome:

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Punch Brothers
The Infamous Stringdusters
Mountain Heart
Don Rigsby and Midnight Call
The Dave Mayfield Parade
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain
Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys
Chris Jones and The Nightdrivers
The Vespers
Cumberland River Band
Sasha Colette and The Magnolias
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Atomic Duo
Billy Two Shoes
Tyler Childers

Three days of bluegrass music and dancing and whiskey!  It downright makes me miss Jenny, Lacey, and Sam.  And the Punch Brothers!  I’m so excited to see them again.  My favorite part may be, though, this:  3-Day pass AU 2012. Ticket price includes free camping, showerhouse, and parking. Kids under 12 admitted FREE with paid adult.

Free camping, free showerhouse, and free parking.  I’m sorry, but anything that offers all of that for free this day in age, I wanna go.

Now here is the dilemma:  I want to go with Mike.  I want to camp with Mike under the stars and listen to music and drink whiskey and cuddle to keep warm.  It sounds glorious.  But as Mike continues to try to get to Ohio so that we can be together, we’ve realized this:  If we purchase the tickets and he gets a new job and is unable to take time off, I’m pretty much flying solo from Thursday morning to Friday night.  😦

So I have a proposition for you.  Do not feel like you are #2 to me (you kind of are compared to Mike), but if we buy these tickets and Mike can’t go, who can buy the ticket and go with me?  Anyone?  Anyone?

Harden, Lacey, want to come up from NC?  Jenny, come from CO!  COME ON FRIENDS!

On another note, you’re all more than welcome to join us (me?) one way or another.  It’d be an honor to bluegrass with all of you.


Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Daily Happenings


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