Adrian and I have been taking a few road trips, since being back in the U.S.A. We have been in Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, spreading our dulcimer love wherever we go. We’re hoping to get down in New Orleans, Louisiana, soon! I’ve never been to Louisiana. My fingers are crossed.
We have our Aussie friend and bandmate, Phil McNamara, visiting for three months, as the first guest Artist-in-Residence at The Holy Moly. So, we enjoyed having Phil join us on our trip to Mt. View, Arkansas, recently. While we were there, we visited The Dulcimer Shoppe, and we met the owners, Jim and Betty Woods, along with the Ozark Folk Center’s 2016 Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer 1st Place winner, Irma Reeder, and her husband Scott Reeder. Phil got a good dose of dulcimer world. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw some dulcimer playing in his future!
In May, Adrian and I spent Memorial Day weekend with my parents and other family members in Kentucky. It was great to reunite with relatives and friends I haven’t seen for a few years and to meet the newest members of my family. During a family picnic on a beautiful Kentucky farm, we shared our mix of Memphis-Melbourne-Mississippi Delta original/traditional music (which I cannot even clearly describe here……you have to see it and hear it, to believe it. Believe me!).
We are in Clarksdale now, reflecting on music past, making a bit of new music, and looking forward to all the music to be made. Holy moly! We’re excited about what’s coming up at The Holy Moly!
“It’s good to have fun on a road trip; but, oh, how you have to know how!”* And, I’m wondering where our next road trip will take us. I’m ready to strum on!
*Lyrics by Adrian Kosky, The High Side of the Low End (2006), Track #5″Road Trip.”