Saturday, May 12, 2012

Small Town Festivals

The clouds were as menacing as an unfed pitt bull today. We were scheduled to play a singer/songwriter gig at Art in the Park in Jasper at 1 p.m.
I got up early and went to Walmart to buy a tarp to cover our PA system.
Normally transporting it is not an issue, but Jilda's car is in the shop so all we had was the truck. The tarp would keep our stuff dry.
The sky remained overcast as we unloaded but I had a gut feeling the rain would hold off; and it did.
Even though the sun played hooky, it was a beautiful day for a festival. This is a good one put on by the Walker County Arts Alliance. The artists were exceptional.
Our friend Russell Colvin from Blackwater Forge was there. He's a blacksmith, but he also builds exquisite ironworks. You could hear his hammer ring out as it struck hot iron.
As Jilda and I played today, painted faced kids wandered through the stage area, and most stopped to listen for a while.
I love small town festivals. You can't walk 10 feet without running into an old friend that you haven't seen in ages. The smell of BBQ, and the sound of people laughing.
People sometimes ask if we make any money playing. I don't say it, but sometimes we do. What I usually say is: If you get into this to make money, you're in the wrong business. Sell illegal drugs, or get into banking. We play music because we love it. If we make a little money, great. But even if we don't we come out ahead.


  1. You can't put a price on something you love to do!
    Love the small town life!

  2. Any recordings? Woul love to hear you play! Enjoyed reading about you two things you love!

  3. Sounds like a great festival day. Happy Mothers Day to Jilda. :)

  4. You are a giving guy - who knows the real meaning of life! sandie


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