December 16th, 2003


Kickin Grass Review

Sunday evening, I headed out to Chapel Hill for the 1st Annual Kickin Grass Bluegrass and Holiday Show. It was loads and loads of fun. With the "wintery mix" weather we were experiencing in Greensboro, I wasn't sure if the show would be cancelled or not. A little bit of investigating showed that the weather wasn't as bad in Chapel Hill as it was in Greensboro, so I was pretty sure that the show would be on.

When I got to Chapel Hill, I had a bear of a time finding a parking space. I ended up parking in a metered spot on Franklin Street and walking the block and a half to the theater. I was a bit early, so I just hung out a bit before the show started. When the show was about to start, I was joined by sonria, who made the trek out for the show, too. The theater was only about 1/3 full, which was a shame -- it was a pretty cool theater to see a show in and the show was lots of fun. They even had a huge tree that they tried to give away at the end of the show.

The first part of the show was full of traditional songs and originals off of their album Backroads. I was in heaven. They had one microphone stand with two microphones -- one to pick up vocals and one to pick up instrumentals. The band members would cycle to the microphone when it was their turn to be a featured soloist, which was pretty cool. There was only one hiccup when the bass player almost didn't make it back to the mic after a mandolin solo. The musicianship was great. For example, I don't know about such things, but sonria said that the fiddling contained "some truly amazing double-string work." All I know is that it sounded great.

Kickin Grass definitely solidified me as a fan with their show. I picked up a copy of their CD and have already listened to it a couple of times. It's great stuff and I really hope things turn out well for them as a group. During the show, they mentioned that "Backroads" has been getting some national attention, so that's great. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on their calendar for upcoming show dates.

And for the extra-cool factor, today I received an email from the fiddler's mother. She said "Thanks for publishing your comments re: the band Kickin grass.  I was web surfing and found your site." If my little blog can help get these guys some attention, I'm more than happy to help -- they are a great, tight bluegrass group. If you ever get a chance to catch them, do it.

Now Playing: Delia's Gone - Johnny Cash (American Recordings)

An Upcoming Visit From ccohoon, Shooting on Sunday

Earlier this evening, I got confirmation today that ccohoon is coming to visit Mrs. Mellow and me this weekend. That's way cool. He's bringing his banjo. I guess I should practice my guitar before this weekend. We'll be able to polish off a few duets that we can play when we go to visit our family for Christmas. That'll be loads of fun.

The other thing that we'll do when ccohoon is here is go break some clays, weather permitting. It looks like Sunday afternoon will be the best time for us to go out, so that's when it'll be. We're planning on getting to Shane's when they open at about one o'clock. If anyone in the area would like to join us, let me know so we can be expecting you. If you don't have a shotgun, you can borrow mine.

Now playing: Bill Monroe - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (America's Country - Country Legends)