As some of you all know, my love for bluegrass began early in the small coal-mining mountain town of Cedar Bluff, Virginia where my dad was pastoring his first church (sounds like a great movie intro, huh?!). With K-mart as the big town attraction, there wasn't much to do besides going to the local library on the weekends for some good ol' bluegrass concerts. The only ones I vaguely remember were going to hear John McCutcheon and dancing around with Callie to "Rubber Blubber Whale". But like most of you all, those early memories stick with you and later on in your life something reminds you of those carefree times being a kid and you can't help but migrate towards them. For me, that's bluegrass music. For you it might be smelling homemade cookies like the one's your mom made or smelling fresh-cut grass and remembering Saturday morning tee-ball games. One of my favorite groups is Old Crow Medicine Show since they've got the authentic, old-timey sound down...unlike some of the more "refined bluegrass" out these days. I always try to hunt down their show, but they usually stick in the southern part of the country. But this weekend they'll brave the north and head up to our own Philly! Just in case you're in our area, I thought I'd pass on the news. They'll be doing a free concert at the World Cafe studio at noon tomorrow (3/18) and a regular concert Sunday night (3/20) at 7:30pm at the World Cafe theater. That one's $15 if you buy the tickets in advance. You can find them here
. We'd love to see any of you all there! They're seriously great in concert. Breaking fiddle strings, going through packs of guitar strings, definitely getting into the craziness of the music. If you're not into bluegrass...they'll get you into it :0) Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone!