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Labor Day blog-September 

Hey ya'll!

Wanted to say a quick hi and share a little of what's been going on and what's ahead. Thanks to Folktography (https://www.facebook.com/Folktography) for this great shot from New Mountain Asheville, a fantastic new music venue in Asheville that hosted Larry Keel last weekend. We enjoyed a great set, and later Jed joined Larry on stage for a rousing and, as expected, lengthy rendition of Reuben Train that also featured occasional Tellico member Jon Stickley. 

It's been a great summer for us, and we… Read more

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