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The podcast for people who play bluegrass music or want to!


Episode 69 - Pickers Paradise

This past weekend I practiced what I preach. My wife and son were off on a year-end 5th grade school field trip and I did what any devout bluegrasser would do. I loaded up and took off to a weekend bluegrass festival.

In this episode I recount my experience, talk a bit about some of the bands I saw and heard, and describe the poor man's teardrop camper that was my humble abode for the weekend.

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Here are links to some of the performers (and the festival venue) I mentioned in this episode. Check 'em out!

Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeffy Autry

The Amanda Cook Band

Great Southern Music Festival at Picker's Paradise

The outro for this episode consists of three goofy 15 second "traffic spots" that I recorded back in the day. Yes. That is me doing the voice of "Mel" the cartoon mushroom guy on the Mellow Mushroom logo.

That's me doing those Tom Slick cartoon style "yay!"s too! Remember how the Thunderbolt Grease Slapper would cross the finish line and the crowd would holler "Yay!". That's what I was trying to recreate. Crazy to think I used to be paid to do such silliness.

I used to record these traffic spots on a Tascam 4 track cassette machine and they were heard by countless stressed-out Atlanta motorists stuck in traffic on 285 or the downtown connector.

Regarding the "poor man's tear drop camper": I wrote an article for Backwoodsman Magazine (in trade for a subscription) describing it in more detail. You can read the article here.

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