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Virginia stories and pictures 

Great trip to Virginia for a few shows, one in Bedford and the other in Blacksburg. When we were loading up to leave Asheville, Jed was stringing up an A-style mandolin as a "homecoming" since it was apparently made in Bedford. In the mid-80s his uncle had bought a mandolin/octave mandolin pair from luthier James Jones. Incidentally, Stig had borrowed this same  mandolin later to write the song "Buffalo to Washington." Jed displayed this instrument during the performance and toward the end played a song on… Read more

Japanese Banjo Pickers Descend on Asheville 

An amazing thing happened today. A delightful delegation of some of the best and nicest banjo pickers you could ever hope to meet converged in Asheville all the way from Japan. Had a chance to see picking buddyKoji Onoda and the legendary Bluegrass 45 co-founderToshio Watanabe and his son Hideyuki Watanabe in addition to other Kansai area pickers at Roger Howell's fiddle shop on Banjo Branch, which was a real highlight for these city boys from Osaka/Kyoto, especially the outhouse! Thanks so much BrookeRead more

Tellico helps ring in RyePA 

We were thrilled to be some of the first tasters of New Belgium’s new RyePA that uses rye grown in North Carolina and floor malted by Riverbend Malt House. We played at the RyePA National Release Party February 21 at the malthouse, owned by Brent Manning and Brian Simpson, to celebrate this collaboration between this local malthouse and the New Belgium company, slated to open a large brewery in Asheville in the coming years. Floor malted is pretty much like what it sounds like…there was a lot of roasted rye… Read more