Catching up

Trip Start May 22, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Today is Day 7 in the month of Kerr. It's also June 1, 2006.

The wi-fi connection is not working perfectly at the ranch--something about the service not disconnecting ISPs when people sign-off. When it's overloaded, my browser informs me that I have typed the word "google" incorrectly and I might want to check my spelling.

Without being able to upload daily blogs the incentive to stay current gets diverted to "tomorrow". Now that I'm sitting here with the faint hope that the technician is working on the system I'm recharging my battery and giving this a whirl.

Two or three nights ago I met cdovo here and she had just uploaded about 30 photos to It just so happens that I started a Kerrville folk music community at that site about a year ago, uploaded some photos, and then FLICKR began limiting numbers of photos one could upload in a month. She found the community and whoa, the circle is closed. Though I went away and never went back, now, however, I might take a look-see again. I recommended her to and she said she'd check it out.

I have an ear infection from the cold from the first night when I slept out in the open. Alleve has finally gotten the intermittent pain under control. In the interim I have missed two shows I was anticipating with great joy. The main one I missed was the Threadgill show last night with Steven Fromholz as one of the three performers. I am now hearing that this show will probably rank right up there with the top three this year, that Steven is back on track with that wicked fast humor, and has written a bunch of new songs. Damn.

Performers I've really loved this year include Guy Clark. He was singing around Austin the years I was singing there and he often played the Chequered Flag, too. Butch Hancock had a great set but the sound was so bad that it irritated my ears. Steven Fromholz is making a fabulous recovery from his stroke and his wit is razor sharp.

The memorial to Allen Wayne Damron on Memorial Day was a real love fest; most of the songs sung there are the ones that comprised my own folk repertoire for about 20 years. Mike Williams sang "Is There a Heaven for Balloons?" which Allen taught me back in 1967. Most folk had never heard it. The 2-hour tribute was closed out by his singing that. Take it back, there was one more after that. For me, the Balloon song was the ultimate tribute. Allen used to take that 3 minute song and create a whole 30-minute set out of it. He'd set up the song by telling a long drawn-out story about some balloon story and end it with the song. It usually brought the listeners to tears. He was a gentleman, and this was the recurring theme of all those who spoke--he was a true gentleman. His wife Marie has had all his early music, on vinyl and cassettes, made into CDs. I'll be making my purchase at the main stage this Friday night.

Pictures may or may not be uploaded now. I have a bunch but I'm not sure they are ready for upload.

Last night (Day 6) about midnight, we were hanging out at Camp Fork in the Road, when the lead performer from the show we'd seen earlier in the evening wandered down to a few steps from our camp. Before too long, a huge group of amazing performers had congregated and held forth for two hours. I wandered home to my own camp at 2 am and they were still singing away. It was just awesome. The most amazing voices and songs you've every heard. They were passing around guitars, there was a stand-up bass, a mandolin, a gentle drum. I know I'm going to write about this in my blog. Seth (Camp Tranquilo) made a listing of everyone he could think of who was there. It's like a who's who of the 'Americana' (as Hastings catalogs the music genre) performers right now.

Be sure and check out Seth's Trialsrider blog; he's probably covered the shows we've seen in exquisite detail.

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