The harmonica workshop at Old Settler's Music Festival 2001. The band backing me is the High Stakes Rollers [Eddie Collins -banjo; Clayton Elliot -bass; Wes Green -mandolin/fiddle (beyond left edge of picture)]. [Photo by Jim Dirden.]
Overall instrument workshop at the CTBA bluegrass festival in Round Rock (2001). Left to right: Rod Moag (the Pickin' and Singin' Professor), Chris Teague (guitar), and me. Heaven knows what prank had been pulled at that time to make me laugh like that. [photo by Trish Taylor]
Manchaca Allstars (2000) (the house band for the Manchaca Volunteer Fire Department Kitchen, aka. the Manchaca Firehall). We have been playing regularly at the Firehall since 1983 and are still the favorite band there, though other bands get their chance at the audiences every month, as well. In back: George Smith (fiddle), Ben Buchanan (country and bluegrass vocalist extraordinaire). In the middle: Buck Buchanan (bluegrass vocalist), me, Dave Seeman. In front: Gloria Buchanan. [photo by Trish Taylor]
Manchaca Allstars at the CTBA bluegrass festival in Round Rock (2001). Rolf Sieker is another regular banjo player for the group. Rolf is the Texas State Banjo Champion for 2001. [photo by Trish Taylor]
Bluegrass Harmonica workshop on the Armadillo Stage at the 2002 Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, Tx. I am one of a few folks who do things the way I do, and this little workshop has been helpful in providing me an opportunity to demonstrate in detail the style and techniques that got me the "Texas International Harmonica Championship" title in 1999. My helpers were Kevin Willet (guitar, banjo, and mandolin) and Mary Hattersley (Sweet Mary) (fiddle). They excellently demonstrated the other instruments in bluegrass so that I might show how the harmonica might play and apply the same tunes and "licks". [photo by Jim Dirden, staff photographer for the festival]
Answering questions after the harmonica workshop at the 2002 Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, Tx. Apparently the only way to shut my mouth is to put a harmonica in it!
[photo by Jim Dirden, staff photographer for the festival]
Sitting in with the blues band "Larry" during the 2002 Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, Tx. Here Larry's harmonica player and I are taking turns at some pretty adventurous breaks. These guys were great fun, and real gutsy. They have become a mainstay at the festival's Bluebonnet Stage. [photo by Trish Taylor]
The Blazing Bows drew the largest Saturday crowd at the 2002 Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, Tx. These kids range from the age of 4 to 18 and study both Suzuki method violin and fiddle simultaneously -- giving them a solid grounding in the music of the instrument which delights audiences young and old. The Blazing Bows are accompanied by Bill Branch's guitar school (affectionately called the "Blazing Bozos"). I guess I am an honorary Bozo, I guess, since I backed the whole mess up on the upright bass. The kids perform shows all year 'round at festivals and nursing homes/charities alike. (Kids learn a lot from performance experience gained early.) [photo by Jim Dirden, staff photographer for the festival]
The Blazing Bows pose with K. R. Wood and the "Gone to Texas Band" (and "Frontier Three") after their performance at the rededication of Davy Crockett's vest to the museum at the Alamo. We and our coonskin caps were gearing up for a weekend long celebration of Davy Crockett's birthday (August 16th, 2002).
K. R. Wood and the "Gone to Texas Band" play music for Davy Crockett (hero, statesman, and fiddler) at the Alamo. Davy's vest had deteriorated so much over time that it had needed to be preserved. This was the rededication ceremony for the vest's new presence at the museum in the Alamo (San Antonio) which occurred the day before Davy's big birthday party at the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin. The band is joined by a variety of Texas Revolutionary re-enactors -- some of whom also provided the live narration as we performed live the material on the "Crockett Chronicles CD".
Davy Crockett's big birthday party whingding at the Bob Bullock Museum. The Bob Bullock Museum was displaying a one of a kind Davy Crockett exhibit at the time and threw a big birthday bash in Davy's honor (August 17th, 2002).