Jim McKelvey

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GALLERIES

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John Cowan - Darrell Scott - Pat Flynn

Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson & Kenny Malone

Martin Stephenson

Fairport Convention 10.13.04

Eric Andersen 10.23.04

choir 12.12.04

Tim O'Brien, Bruce Molsky, & Riley Baugus

Buddy Miller Band 3.3.05

Rodney Crowell Band 3.25.05

Darrell Scott in Chapel Hill & Southern Pines

For mom...click thumbnail and then hit larger!

D'Gary's World of Madagascar Jazz

Armand Lenchek& Will McFarlane 9.1.05

"Freedom Sings" in Raleigh, NC

Richard and Danny Thompson 11.2.05

Visiting Dad and John in Michigan for Thanksgiving

Christmas week 2005

Darrell Scott Band 1/20/06 in Carrboro, NC

Pack 826 Pinewood Derby 1/21/06

Armand and Will for lunch 2/16/06

Amy Rigby and Marti Jones

Movie sites tour of North Carolina and Detroit

Rod Picott on April Fools Day 2006

Duke Jazz at the Nelson

Church pictures

Duke Garden in the Fog 4.20.06

Merlefest 2006

Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson and Gary Ogan Trio

Tres Chicas - June 17th, 2006 - Hillsborough, NC

Summer Trip to Michigan 2006

Ollabelle @ Cat's Cradle 8.19.06

Todd Snider and Marshall Chapman 8.29.06

Lyle Lovett and his "Large Band"

Will McFarlane @ Cat's Cradle 9.24.06

Richard Thompson 10.27.06 Greensboro, NC

Bo Lozoff & Friends @ ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC

Tony Rice Unit

Sunrise and sunset in Hillsborough, North Carolina

Dave Rawlings Machine 12.5.06

Rod Picott, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

Dave Rawlings Machine 2.11.07

Paul Brady

Altan 2.21.07

Caitlin Cary

Tony and David

Peter Rowan and Tony Rice 3.21.07

Darrell and Wayne Scott in Asheville, NC 4.1.07

Richard Shindell @ the ArtsCenter 4.13.07

Merlefest 2007

Freebo and Will McFarlane @ the Hideaway BBQ

ARMAND & THE GREAT BIG BAND

David Olney with Sergio Webb on 9.15.07 & 5.12.07

Summer In Midland 2007

Pine Knoll Shores 2007

Johnny Griffin @ Duke University Baldwin Aud.

Freebo & Will at the ArtsCenter

Josh Ritter Band @ Cat's Cradle

Toni & Trish House benefit 11/10/07

Toni & Trish Hospice House

Odd clouds in Ohio

2003 Cruise

Moya Brennan at the Cat's Cradle

Jordan Lake and thoughts of Moses

Zoo 1/6/07

3 Girls and their Buddy

Will Kimbrough 1/17/08

Winter weather 1.19.08

Will & Armand 1/25/08

Cayamo "Singer-songwriter" Cruise 2008

Lori McKenna at the ArtsCenter 2.20.08

Boy Scout Troop #9

Bill Frissell "Disfarmer Project" multi-media show 3.1.08

Shelby Lynne 4/10/08

Allison Moorer and Steve Earle 4/16/08

Florida Trip April 2008

Merlefest 2008

Danny, Armand & Will at Southern VIllage

Paddy Keenan & John Walsh @ the Little Lake House

Darrell Scott in Greensboro, NC May 30, 2008

5th Grade GAB field trip to DC

Summer Holiday Tour 2008

2008 Callahan Reunion

Nature

John Doyle house concert July 26, 2008

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

24 Hours At The Beach...

Aimee Mann at the Carolina Theatre

Pierce Pettis at Little Lake Hill 9/13/08

Web Bot Midland Trip Oct. 2008

Toni & Trish House Benefit 2008

D.P.A.C. opening in downtown Durham

Pickin' A Bluegrass All-Star Jam 1/8/09

Girlyman at the ArtsCenter 1/16/09

Up yonder in Boone on MLK day...

J.D. Souther at the ArtsCenter

Will McFarlane and Armand Lenchek house concert 2/8/09

New Merlefest 2009 rental...

Cayamo 2009

Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz on March 22, 2009

Co - Creation Weekend March 27, 28 & 29th

Easter Sunday Duke Gardens 2009

Merlefest 2009

Eno River 5.31.09

Mel Milton and the Wicked Mojos 6/27/09

UNC-G Band Camp 1st week 2009

The Hallelujah Train Oct 10th and 11th, 2009

Loud and Rich 10/15/09

Spooky Maze and Lock-in

Spooky Saturday Night in North Carolina

Alejandro Escovedo 11.13.09

Thanksgiving tour of Florida 2009

Christmas Concert of Adult Choir directed by Allen Bean

Winter 2010 in Midland, MI and Hillsborough, NC

Cayamo 2010

Archives that strike a chord

OCIM Walk and New Puppy

Gillian Welch on Sprouting Grass Moon eve 4/27/10

Merlefest 2010

Josh Ritter and Dawn Landes Durham, NC 5.11.10

Zoo weekend

Swell Season on May 21, 2010

Exploring Umstead Park 5/22/10

Darrell Scott and David Grier May 29, 2010

Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin 6/1/10

Tom Russell and Thad Becker 6.13.10

Fred Eaglesmith at Forty Acres in Durham, NC

July 4th at church

New Hope Church Picnic

Church directory pics

Candles for the world...

John Cowan "jam session" W54th

A boy and his dog

New Puppy Day 9/18/10

Cliff Eberhardt in Chapel Hill, NC 9/18/10

CSN 9/22/10 on the full moon last evening of summer...

American Beauty Project 10/15/10 @ Duke

N.C.S.F. 10.16.10

Sunday morning puppies...

Puppy Hike on the Eno 10/30/10

10/31/10

November in Midland, Michigan

In celebration of Uncle Andy 11.11.10

John Doyle house concert 11/19/10

Hillsborough Christmas Parade 12.4.10

Patty Larkin rockin' the Casbah

Snow storms in North Carolina 2010 and 2011

Abigail Washburn Berkeley Cafe 1/13/11 (plus archival pics)

Landon's 2nd Birthday Party

Robert Plant's Band Of Joy 2/2/11

Cayamo 2011

Richard Thompson on Cayamo

Cayamo cruise excursions 2011

Merlefest 2011

Grandpa's May 2011 visit

Gillian Welch Austin Stage 2002

J.D. Souther in Carrboro, NC

NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC 6/25/11

Sunset Gap "Work Trip"

Cidar Ridge Marching Band 8.26.11

Alaska with Spirit for the "Inside Passage"

Bruce Cockburn at the "new" Cat's Cradle

C.R.H.S. Marching Band 9.9.11

Loudon Wainwright III hometown show 9.16.11

Cedar Ridge Red Wolf Marching Band

Bull Durham With George

Greensboro 10/30/11

Down Memory Lane in Whiteville, NC 11/6/11

CRHS Concert Band 11.10.11

Dad and Dolly visit NC

Hillsborough Christmas Parade

Christmas Time In Michigan 2011

Adventure Birthday Party!

Big weekend in Hillsborough, NC

Cayamo 2012

Cayamo 2012 (part two)

Nature around Duke

DRH

Jesse Winchester 2012 Tour Debut

Amanda Shires

Darrell Scott's SRO ArtsCenter show 3/31/12

Engagement pictures 4/7/12

'round home 4/7/12

Sunday in Hillsborough the last few months

Merlefest 2012

Aladdin @ The Carolina Theatre 5/12/12

Soccer Field #3 on 5/31/12

Wrightsville Beach Area 2012

Remembering Doc Watson

Ellis Chickin' Pickin'

Pool Party 8/4/12

Ellie

Midland Road Trip 9/29/12

Visit with Dave and Carol

Halloween 2012

New Hope Bonfire

Thanksgiving 2012

Wedding and Christmas prep weekend

Cayamo 2013

Elle

Bruce Cockburn at Fletcher 2/27/13

Chewbacca

Youth Sunday 3/3/13

Sunday dinner with the family on 3/3/13

Weekend Photo Warrior

Grease at CRHS

Steel guitar workshop

Birthday weekend

Richard Thompson Trio at DPAC 3/30/13

Merlefest and Friends

Conservators' Center for exotic animal rescue

Well stocked ponds and yards

Durham Bulls and the H.P.C. 6/14/13

Music Academy Of The American South concert 6/15/13

Toni & Trish House fundraiser 6/8/13

June Midland Trip

Sunset Gap 2013 Work Trip

Kenny Roby Band in Duke Gardens

Music Camp at UNC-G

Will Kimbrough NC House Concert 7/26/13

HPC picnic at New Hope

Rocky not having a good day!

Kenta arrives in NC

Labradorite from Madagascar

Save The Date

Won-Buddhism Meditation Temple 9/7/13

Symbolic Weekend at the Beach

Richard Thompson Tropical Studies Benefit Show

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann festival 9/21/13

IBMA

Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin 10/2/13

Free Range Lemurs at the Primate Center

Ben & Lindsay's Wedding at the Barn

Jeanne Jolly House Concert 11/1/13

H.P.C. Bon Fire at Camp New Hope

The Autumn Defense at the Cat's Cradle Back Room

North Carolina In The Fall

Clouds in the North Carolina Sky 11/18/13

Day after Thanksgiving

Hanging of the Greens

Advent Sunday with the McKelvey clan

Mountain Vacation in NC

British guitar virtuoso Richard Smith in Chapel Hill, NC

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott in Raleigh, NC

Trending: Chain smokers on Cayamo

Cayamo Miami to Cozumel to Key West to Tortola 'n back

Cheick Hamala Diabaté 4/7/14 Chapel Hill

Don Vappie and Cheick Hamala Diabaté house concert 4/9/14

Merlefest 2014

Ellie in May

An Ocean Of Fun at Atlantic Beach, NC

Celebration of Doug Yeager's Life

Toni and Trish House

Safari at "The Wilds" in southern Ohio

UNC-G camp week

Chuck Brodsky and Pierce Pettis in Cary, NC

The Campbell Brothers - "A Love Surpreme"

Snake in the grass at twilight

Nelson boys came out to play with Uncle Neil

Farm Aid 2014

Praying Mantis or Mantoids

IBMA 2014 in downtown Raleigh, NC

Visit with Aunt B

Rain on the Web

Good friends, fall colors, harps and cool guitars

Duckbutter in Nashville, TN

Crowded NC Fair on Saturday

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour stop in Raleigh, NC

John Gorka in Winston-Salem, NC

Pressure wash photos

John Doyle 12/13/14 in Raleigh, NC

Merry Christmas to all

Cayamo 2015

Celtic Fiddle Festival in Raleigh, NC

Last few days...

Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Art In Bloom at the NC Museum of Art

Merlefest 2015

HPC

Expedition School end of year party

2015 Family Reunion

Toni and Trish House "Goodbye Party"

Collie Time

Jeanne Jolly at the Crowne in Greensboro, NC

Discolored Edgar Cayce Radiac Device

Flatt Lonesome in Raleigh, NC 8/17/15

Skaggs, White & Cooder in Charlotte, NC

Ho'oponopono Mantra

HPC picnic

Songs of Hope and Justice

The Brothers

Couple of weekends at Moorefields

CRHS

CRHS Images from 10/8/15

Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh

NC Art

Brookgreen Gardens in SC

Myrtle Beach trip

Halloween 2015

Charlie

Pilot Mountain Adventure 12.10.15

Getting ready for a Gatsby Christmas party at Spoonflower

Three Joe's and their buddy

Great Uncle John's Visit from Ireland

Buddy at Sea

John Fulbright on Cayamo 2014 and 2015

A Bowling Birthday Party

NC

NC Zoo 1/30/16

Hillsborough Library Preschool story time

Bubble Day(s) with Ellie

Crystals 2.26.16

Gillian and Dave

Crystals 3.4.16

Duke Faculty Recital: Susan Fancher with pianist Inara Zandmane and saxophonist Branford Marsalis

Exploring Hillsborough

Near the equinox on Pilot Mountain

Fun ideas for reception

Early days of Merlefest

L&S Museum

David Lindley in Greensboro 4/19/15

"Mr. Dave" Lindley at Motorco in downtown Durham, North Carolina

Eric Bachmann and Skylar Gudasz on Record Day 4.16.16

Pilot Mountain - Stoneface Mountain - Mount Pilot - Jomeokee

Pilot Mountain - Stoneface Mountain - Mount Pilot - Jomeokee 5.2.16

Where is Waldo?

Merlefest 2016

Pilot Mountain - Stoneface Mountain - Mount Pilot - Jomeokee 4.26.16

245th Anniversary Battle Reenactment at the Alamance Battleground

The Gloaming (twilight) came early today...

Leyla McCalla, Duke Gardens, June 8th, 2016

H.P.C. Images

Pilot Mountain - Stoneface Mountain - Mount Pilot - Jomeokee 6.17.16

Jim Lauderdale and Jeanne Jolly Solstice Full Moon Eve 6.19.16

Latta Wedding Flower Images

Sierra Hull Trio on July 6, 2016 in Duke Gardens

Chalk Art in the driveway

Missing dogs?

Church 7/17/16

Beautiful afternoon at the H.P.C.

Jason Wilber at Big Bad Wolfe's House Concert Series July 30, 2016

Near Hanging Rock and Moore's Spring area

Michigan Vacation 2016

3rd Annual Bluegrass On The Lawn at Historic Moorefields

Constitution Day event on Lot 98 in the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on 9/17/16

Mike Farris at the Cat's Cradle 9/15/16

Butterfly Bush

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, Red Hat and free street festival 2016

Laurelyn Dossett Performance Images

Piedmont Melody Makers 5/13/16 ArtsCenter

Handmade Puppet Parade downtown Hillsborough 10/15/16

Gerry O'Beirne Little Lake Hill House Concert 10/16/16

Lera Lynn Band, Back Room at the Cat's Cradle Halloween Eve 2016

Week with the grandchildren

OBX weekend

Red Clay Saxophone Quartet 10/30/16 Baldwin Auditorium Durham, NC

First draft for Christmas Card

Remembering dad...

Reading "Lost Horizon" for the first time...

North Carolina Zoo for MLK day

Little Windows in Durham, NC 1/22/17

360 Jazz Initiative at Moeser Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill 3/30/17

Duke Gardens 4/4/17

HPC images 4/23/17

Michigan Trip 2017

PHOTOS

Chris Thile (L) and Sam Bush (R) playing mandolin during "mando mania" at the Creekside Stage during Merlefest 2002.

Charleston's Battery in the rain looking out the window.

Kevin Burke and John Williams playing on the Watson Stage at Merlefest 2002.

John Cowan at Blue Plum Festival shot with a new Nikon 8700 with no flash.

Darrell Scott (songwriter for the Dixie Chicks) before a large crowd at the Blue Plum Festival.

Pat Flynn at a street festival with the new newgrass supergroup Cowan, Scott & Flynn.

Just a great day to be alive and listening to Pat Flynn and John Cowan with the sunset in the background.

John Cowan singing the old Sam Cooke chestnut, "Jesus Gave Me Water."

Darrell Scott, John Cowan and Pat Flynn closing their portion of the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, TN taken from the monitor mix soundboard.

What next? Pat Flynn and Darrell Scott start a wonderful call and response.

Pat Flynn refers to sheet music for Darrell Scott's weaper "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive." Might be only the second time they've played the song together and it was a request from the audience. Great song to hear at sunset. "The sun comes up about ten in the morning..."

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Kenny Malone, Darrell Scott and Danny Thompson

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Darrell Scott and Danny Thompson recording the CD "Live In NC"

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Original is 18 X 14 inches in 300 DPI

Darrell Scott, Kenny Malone and Danny Thompson

B&W

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Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

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Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Fairport Convention at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina

Dave Pegg

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention "Over The Next Hill" tour 2004.

Simon and Dave

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention the evening of the 3rd debate

Fairport

Fairport

Eric Andersen in Durham, North Carolina

Eric Andersen

Eric Andersen at the keyboard.

Patrick Sky

Taken from the back of the wonderful listening room at the Triangle Folk Music Society show.

Eric Andersen

Patrick Sky

Smithsonian Folkways producer Jeff Place introduced the performers Eric Andersen, Cathy & Patrick Sky at the show that was recorded for XM radio.

Choir 12.12.04

Choir 12.12.04

Bruce Molsky opening set at the Community Church Coffee House in Chapel Hill, NC on January 15, 2005.

Tim O'Brien and Bruce Molsky

Tim and Bruce

Tim O'Brien

Riley Baugus, Tim O'Brien and Bruce Molsky (l-r) doing songs from the book "Cold Mountain" before a SRO audience.

Riley Baugus on banjo, Tim O'Brien on fiddle and Bruce Molsky on guitar. Riley Baugus, of course, was in the movie "Cold Mountain."

Buddy Miller at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC on 3.3.05

Used flash on only this one...

Buddy Miller from the side of the stage.

Shot from the back of the dance floor near the railing at the Cat's Cradle.

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller

Rodney Crowell Band

Rodney Crowell Band

Rodney Crowell at the top of his game. What a night!!!

Will Kimbrough opening for Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell Band

Rodney Crowell

Darrell Scott on the terrace of the Johnson Center right off Franklin St for a noon singer-songwriter showcase

Darrell Scott on 4.21.05 in Chapel Hill,NC

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott playing a song that he co-wrote with his father.

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott on the Educational Foundation Terrace of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial just down from SchoolKids Records on Franklin Street. This was taken as the crowd gathered during the soundcheck.

Great one hour pre-Merlefest set by Darrell Scott in Chapel Hill, NC

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Outside the Southern Pines venue

Darrell Scott's guitar

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Birthday dinner at the Holiday Inn in Midland, Michigan. Mom was clearly shocked to see this gang on her birthday.

Evening of May 31st upstairs at sunset.

On the way to the U.P. of Michigan on the full moon. Click "larger" and see the detail. I was standing about 100 feet from the truck and couldn't see the detail the camera brought out.

Munising, MI at sunset...as the fog rolled into town.

Just outside Munising, MI in the hill country...this was taken around 8:30PM but made seven more "sunset" stops on the way up to John's apartment. Still had good "sunset" light at 10:20PM...

Bald Eagle with a moose nearby on Presque Isle. The moose made the front page of the paper as it walked downtown like on the opening credits of "Northern Exposure." Had anyone said a week before this picture was taken that I'd be in Presque Isle on this day I'd have told 'em they were nuts but there I was...as John packed up his stuff the morning after I arrived.

Back porch...John the younger one and John the wise are wearing great shirts, ah?

Back porch music...with John and Deirdra.

Ann Marie checking out the back porch scene...

Howlin' Babes sang a wonderful set of songs for mom...bedside. At mom's request Deirdra sang "Danny Boy" and everyone in the room wiped tears away including mom. Don't think anyone in the room will every forget that evening.

Pre-show gathering downstairs

A very small area at the "John Pratt Mosaic House" in Midland, Michigan just a few inches above the ground on the house.

Camera timer check...

Josh after being up all night with his dear grandmother as her "hospice helper."

Aunt Katee and dad in the living room...

Josh, Deirdra, Mac & Ann Marie trying to figure out how far Josh walked for almost five hours with a map he bought along the way. Think it turned out to be just under twelve miles or so.

Ann Marie and Aunt Katee singing to mom with John on guitar.

Downtime in the living room. Lots of laughs downstairs but lots of tears upstairs during the eleven days of hospice work by the family. Josh is playing the "20 Questions" orb.

Mac up a tree in the backyard. Way, way up a tree to be exact.

Josh in the Dow Gardens

Josh just went across before I could stop him. Really wasn't sure what the big deal was on not crossing here...

Took this picture when Josh and I toured the Alden B. Dow home in Midland. It was interesting talking to Andy about living in one of the first homes Alden B. Dow built. http://www.abdow.org/

Sunset in the U.P. of Michigan going to get my brother's belongings from his apartment just off Lake Superior.

You can see a far piece from here...this is on the way back from Marquette along Lake Superior. Went up and back in 27 hours.

Howlin' Babes put their guitars down for the camp song.

Howlin' Babes

Josh, John & Deirdra at the Whiting Forrest just down from the Dow Gardens.

Out walking after Josh was taken to the Flint airport...

Photos at the foot of mom's bed and the "20 Questions" orb in the lower left corner.

B&W of D'Gary at the Doris Duke Center Terrace/Patio of the Duke Gardens

D'Gary and a persussionist from Madagascar

D'Gary from Madagascar

D'Gary from the pool area in the back.

D'Gary

This was the setting of the D'Gary "World of Jazz" by the amazing Madagascar guitarist. The $5 show was held on the Terrace/Patio of the Doris Duke Center just off the parking lot of the Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina.

D'Gary

D'Gary

Venue from back by the pool area with ducks and water lillies...

Beside the stage at the D'Gary show...

D'Gary at the Doris Duke Center on the terrace/patio near the entrance of the Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina

D'Gary

D'Gary on the Terrace/Patio of the Doris Duke Center at the entrance to the Duke Gardens

Mom on her way...

Mom & Dad

McKelvey family reunion

Mom in the pool...

Charlie & Mom in the pool...

Mom & Mike listening to letters...

One of Mom's classic looks...

Fearrington, NC with dad, mom & Josh

Mom talking with Josh over coffee

One more shot...

Mom in downtown Hillsborough, NC

Watching Charlie playing...

The Dairy

Mom

Sunset after hearing Will and Armand at the Weaver Street Dairy

Will and Armand with their collection guitar case for New Orleans relief effort by the Red Cross.

Will and Armand

Will and Armand

Will and Armand

Will and Armand

Armand and Will

Will, the little girl & Armand

Armand and Will

Really great evening for some blues on the lawn of Weaver Street Dairy with Armand and Will

Will McFarlane at Bright Leaf Square in downtown district of Durham, NC

ARMAND & BLUESOLOGY

ARMAND & BLUESOLOGY

ARMAND & BLUESOLOGY

ARMAND Lenchek & BLUESOLOGY w/ Will McFarlane, Cal Johnson & George Hindenach

Will McFarlane

Will McFarlane

The "banned" song by Neil Young called "Ohio."

"Freedom Sings"

Shonka Dukureh, Jonell Mosser and Joseph Wooten at the "Freedom Sings"

Bill Lloyd, Don Henry, Shonka Dukureh, Jonell Mosser and Joseph Wooten

"Freedom Sings"

Picture taken of "Freedom Sings" from the back of Meymandi Concert Hall (about 40 rows back or so).

Jonell Mosser and Joseph Wooten at the "Freedom Sings"

Bill Lloyd and Don Henry

First Amendment "rights"

Opening of "Freedom Sings"

As people filed in I was able to check out various camera shots from a distance.

"Freedom Sings" is "A music-filled celebration of the First Amendment."

Shonka Dukureh sang "Stange Fruit" at the "Freedom Sings" concert

Richard and Danny Thompson at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC

Richard and Danny Thompson

Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson

Richard and Danny Thompson

Richard and Danny Thompson

Richard and Danny Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

B&W from beside the stage at the Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson show

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Danny Thompson

Simon getting things just right for the SRO

We were at 43,000 feet and this nasty bit of aviation was around 30,000 feet.

Yikes, it is starting to tip...

More chess...

Chess

John thinking about his next chess move...

Charles is about to hit his father at a very high rate of speed but he jumped out of the way just in time at City Forest. Ah, about 14 degrees out which isn't reflected very well in photos.

Where mom and dad were married. Well, ah, the house anyway but it was at a different location.

Wonder how you get a brick out behind the "Midland County - A History"?

Part of the history of Midland from a long, long time ago.

Dad in the main room of the history of Midland.

Charlie in front of the founder of Midland's picture

Dad, Charlie and Jim

Waiting to play chess is the hardest part.

One worn out nine year old...

Resting after a walk in the woods

The woods

This gives you an idea about how cold it was for Thanksgiving this year.

A real good read...

Took this picture in the summer...but it wasn't summer this time.

Is "Art" just a dog on Neil Young's porch?

John & Charles hanging out at the Center For The Arts together.

Familiar site in Lansing, Michigan right around the corner from the Mother Teresa house. Nice article here: http://faithmag.com/issues/jun04.html

Another nice structure near the Mother Teresa house.

Sunset with John, Jan & Charles near the Michigan Christmas tree.

Just another tourest...

It was a little strange laying on my back to get this shot with John. How did your's turn out John? This is a good one to hit the "larger" button in the lower left hand corner below the picture.

Another aviation mystery on the Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Raliegh, NC on 11/26/05. Appears to be a lot of pollution in the midst of commerical airline traffic to me. We were flying around 40,000 to 43,000 feet at the time.

More air pollution in the commerical flight patterns near Chicago, IL

Dad at the Cup-A-Joe reading the NY Times.

Trio at the Cup-A-Joe during the shortest day of the year on the Winter Solstice.

John

At the park off new 86 in rural Hillsborough known as the knarly tree park.

Busy beavers...

Knarly tree to be sure...

Walking into the woods...

In the pines...

Almost Christmas time...

Dad and Charlie relaxing in the Carolina sunshine at the NC Botanical Garden.

Howdy, Hi, How Are You?

Charles and Jim trying to decide where to go next and who to bring back with us next time we come to play large scale chess.

Not sure what the heck this thing is...

Awful cold at night for this little fellow...

Dad reflecting on the beauty in the Gardens...

I know, we shouldn't brag about our weather like this but it sure was a mighty fine day to be in North Carolina.

Charles looking over the big chess board at the NC Botanical Gardens.

Teaching chess to dad...

Pointing with a genuine ancient tool that he found with his Uncle John earlier in the week.

Near the entrance to the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, NC.

Christmas is right around the corner...Rosie is so excited!

Charles

Owl protecting the plants...

Nine year old with attitude...thinks he is almost a teenager.

Charles and Grandpa watching Laura Croft.

Charles talking to his Aunt Ann

Christmas morning waiting at 10:54AM for the "brothers" to show up so we can open our presents.

All the presents and kids...

Hanging out with Grandpa on his 82nd birthday...

This reminds me of Gulf Shores, AL at this time of year...

Charles acting like a "ten-ager" already...but three months early!

Skip those stones...

Watch out for the "happy" troll below the bridge...

Standing stones on a day the earth took a stange "wobble" that is very out of the ordinary...if you are into such things.

Very, very nice poem on the standing stones outside of Carrboro, NC.

Beware of standing stone and sleeping children...

You can never have enough Rumi in your life...

Reading the stones...

Evening has fallen...

The standing stones along old 86 between Hillsborough and Carrboro, NC on the day Chandler's Wobble did some weird things with the spin of the earth's axis.

Old Salem on 12/30/05

Heavy "fire power" in North Carolina.

Waiting for lunch at the Tavern...

More waiting for lunch...

Photography is not welcome at this juncture...

Opening the gates to let the horses out...

Boys school...

Just checking the area out...

Around back in Old Salem...

Real interesting part of "Old Salem"...

Grandpa and Charles on Eno Mountain in Hillsborough, NC on New Year's day.

Sunset on Eno Mountain...

Sunset on the Eno Mountain

Sunset on New Year's day...

Sunset on the mountain...

Grandpa on the mountain...

Pulling into town on the first night of the trip. Dad pull over here...just as a severe storm pulled out of the area with a few tornados.

The next day...with the monks at the former home of Thomas Merton just outside Bardstown, KY.

As you walk into Gethesemani...

Angel at Gethsemani just outside the gate...just outside Bardstown, Kentucky.

Top of the hill...

Just off the street on the way into Gethsemani outside Bardstown, KY.

If you find yourself on the wrong side of the wall you do have a nice bench to sit on waiting for a kind monk to let you into Gethsemani.

On the road about three miles from Gethsemani which we found to be a good omen for the day.

This guy's home really is going to be his castle...just outside Louisville, KY.

Late evening across from Detroit...

Walking man...

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Darrell Scott just two days after finishing the final mix of his new disc, "Hank Williams Ghost."

Darrell Scott Band at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC

Lots of great new songs got their debut here...

Casey taking a fiddle break...awesome stuff all night!

Darrell Scott Band at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC

Matt Mangano

Darrell Scott during a solo set while the band took a break

Darrell & Matt

Untitled

Casey & Darrell

Casey and Darrell

Darrell Scott Band

Darrell Scott Band

Dana Cooper openig for the Darrell Scott Band

Dana Cooper opening for Darrell Scott Band

Dana Cooper

Darrell Scott on banjo

Racing cars...

Set-up for the big race...

The cars...

Pinewood Derby Adjustment Center

Weight and size center check-in...

Team effort...

The start

Sometimes the scout leader needs to appear to have three arms...

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

Serious bidness at the check-in table for weight and size. "Don't touch!"

Will and Armand

Will McFarlane on guitar from Muscle Shoals, AL recording studios.

Will and Armand

Lean into it...

Slide on down...

B&W shot

Will

Will and Armand

Will and Armand

Amy Rigby and Marti Jones on the "Cynical Girls" tour

Marti Jones back on the boards at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC

Amy Rigby

Wreckless Eric joins the "Cynical Girls"

Marti Jones

Amy Rigby

"Cynical Girls"

Amy Rigby and Marti Jones

Amy Rigby and Marti Jones stop at the Cat's Cradle on their "Cynical Girls" tour

"Cynical Girls" with teenagers

Marti Jones on the "Cynical Girls" tour of America

Amy Rigby and Marti Jones

Marti Jones

The "Cynical Girls" tour stop at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC

Field and stream...

Last water fall of the trip...

Dupont State Forest

Dupont State Forest where "Last Of The Mohicans" was filmed.

Four waterfalls in one large area which was a scene in the "Last Of The Mohicans" movie.

One of twenty-two waterfalls in the Dupont State Forest. Each waterfall is at least a 1/4 mile walk in from the road.

View near our hotel suite in Asheville, NC.

Jan & Charlie on a bridge on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Near the "Walled Garden" at the Biltmore Estate.

Outside the room FDR stayed in at the Lake Lure Inn & Spa. It was also the location for a lot of the filming of "Dirty Dancing."

About 4200 feet above sea level.

Tunnel to go up to Chimney Rock in Lake Lure where a lot of "Last Of The Mohicans" was filmed. The locals said the summer they filmed everyone in town got a mohawk to be extras.

Josh told us to go up to the Commnity College at sunset and it was a great tip.

Outside of Boone, NC on the Blueridge Parkway on the way up to see Josh at the start of the trip.

Still some snow toward Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC

Rod Picott

Rod Picott

Rod Picott's 2nd house concert of the year.

Rod Picott with a bit of a glow about him.

Rod Picott playing a really great set of songs from his four discs.

Good crowd into music appreciation for Rod Picott.

Rod Picott's guitar playing just keeps getting better with each new area gig.

Getting set-up for the gig at the Trails in Carrboro, NC.

RODPICOTT.COM is highly recommended.

Interesting sign to see at the start of a walk in the Dupont State Forest...one of twenty-two waterfall sites in the area.

The payoff for going over some pretty rough trails about 1/2 mile into the forest.

Yikes!

You are pretty high up when a loud helicopter is halfway "down" the mountain.

Sunset in Asheville, NC

Site of where many, many scenes for the movie, "Dirty Dancing," were filmed.

On the Blueridge Parkway as we headed home to Hillsborough.

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Shawdows and Light

Duke Jazz

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Churh

Church

Church

Church

Church

church

church

Church

Church

Church

What a view!

Great time!

Has anyone seen my wife and son?

What a great guide, ah?

The Mission!

On the way out of the Garden around 8:00AM

Sunshine!

Flowers in the early morning...

Fog burning off in the Duke Garden...

Duke Garden

Funny duck...

Fog fading away...

Funny duck...

Flowers in the Duke Garden...

Daybreak in Dixie...

Charles arm...

Rory Block on the Austin Stage

Barry, Jorma and Jack. Clearly, if you don't know Jorma, you don't know Jack. Blues for breakfast was a highlight at the Hillside Stage

Angel Band at the Austin Stage early on Sunday afternoon.

Caitlin Cary at the Austin Stage

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings trying to figure out what to do next at the Creekside Stage.

David Rawlings

Tony, Bryan and Jerry at the Hillside Stage

Gillian Welch on the Watson Stage

Darrell Scott packed 'em in on the Hillside Stage with his proud dad watching from the wings.

Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson for a touching set on the Creekside Stage that got me a bit misty eyed.

Avent "brother" on the Hillside Stage. Songs that have a lot of soul presented in a very unique punk bluegrass style.

Sammy Bush

Emmylou and David Rawlings sharing a moment on the Watson Stage

Mike Compton and Joe Craven at the Mando workshop at the Creekside Stage

Darrell Scott on the Hillside Stage with his new CD at the artist's tent...

Pete Seeger during the "Ribbon Of Highway" set on the Watson Stage on Saturday night.

Luke & Casey on twin fiddles...what a pair, ah?

Oh yeah, this set could have gone on for hours as far as I was concerned.

Hillside Stage with the Angel Band

Darrell Scott playing with his dad on the Austin Stage

Rory Block on the Austin Stage for a blues set

Verlon Thompson

Avent Brothers at the Hillside Stage

Are these two having fun? When was the last time you saw Tony Rice almost "giddy." Bless 'em both! Bless 'em both for the joy they brought so many people that Saturday night in April 2006.

Angel

Where have these two been hiding for so long?

Emmylou, Gillian and one happy David being introduced as Alison Krauss' replacement. David starting talking about everyone's shoes at that point.

Thad Cockrell reflecting on the crowd at the Creekside stage for the vocal workshop.

Darrell Scott playing "With A Memory Like Mine" on the Austin Stage with his father watching right next to him.

Caitlin Cary playing the Austin Stage (she asked for a bunch of copies of this)

Thad Cockrell

Jerry Douglas on the Hillside Stage

Vocal workshop with a vocalist from Feufollet

One of the ladies from the Biscuit Burners

Emmylou and Tom

Emmylou Harris on Sunday afternoon on the Watson Stage

Pete Seeger & Slaid

Tony Rice and David Bromberg sharing the stage together.

Sammy Bush and David Rawlings just having a blast during the David Bromberg set.

Gillian and Sarah Lee Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie tribute

David Bromberg with guests Dave Rawlings plus Gillian Welch in the Angel Band.

Emmylou, Gillian and David trio

Gillian Welch, Sarah Lee Guthrie, David Rawlings and Johnny IrIon during the tribute to Woody...

Deadhead thrill...onstage and off.

Pete Seeger at Merlefest during the "Ribbon Of Highway" tribute to Woody Guthrie

What a thrill to see Pete Seeger back on the boards of a stage...

Bob Weir and the Waybacks on the Watson Stage at Merlefest

David Rawlings, Gillian Welch & Bob Weir join the Waybacks for their mainstage set

Could someone turn Tony Rice's guitar up just a tad...

Sam Bush on one side, Jay Unger on the other with David Bromberg in the middle.

Danny Thompson

Darrell Scott in the spotlight

Darrell Scott and Danny Thompson

Darrell Scott and Danny Thompson

Trio

Darrell Scott and Danny Thompson

Darrell Scott and Danny Thompson

Darrell Scott

Danielle Howie opened the show with vocal chops to spare. Amazing vocal control and a great performer. Lots of fun...

Danielle Howie was a great choice to open...

Danielle Howie

Indeed...

Sunset in Hillsborough, NC

Tres Chicas

Lynn Blakey of Tres Chicas

Yep Roc's Tres Chicas

Tonya Lamm and Caitlin Cary of Tres Chicas

Tres Chicas

Tres Chicas

Tres Chicas

Tres Chicas

Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line at the Hillside Stage

Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

Wayne Scott at the Austin Stage

Wayne Scott on the Austin Stage at Merlefest 2006

Darrell Scott and his dad, Wayne Scott

Wayne Scott

Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

Detroit jail where Edgar Cayce was taken in 1935.

Police station where Edgar Cayce and his family were questioned in Detroit in 1935.

Entrance to police station where Edgar Cayce was questioned on the Saturday of his arrest in 1935.

Street in downtown Detroit where the family lived that accused Edgar Cayce of practicing medicine without a license.

Home in downtown Detroit of the family that accused Edgar Cacye of practicing medicine without a license.

Street where Edgar Cayce and his family stayed in downtown Detroit in 1935.

Home where Edgar Cayce and his family stayed in downtown Detroit in 1935.

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In the river above the falls...

The mom around here...

Going across the river...

Do I have to read this sign out loud to everyone?

Love birds...

They caught me...

Charlie overlooking the 50 foot drop at the falls...

Moon on the water near the Mackinac Island...

Mackinac Bridge during boat ride back from the island...

Charlie and Jan on the bike...

Jan and Charlie on the road to the British Landing where we had to great meals.

Hartwick Pines

Hartwick Pines on the way to the bridge...

Small waterpark in Midland near the Tridge (we went to a larger one later int he week)...note Mike and dad in background.

Gold Wing motorcycle light show in downtown Midland...

Grandpa at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland for their 40th...

Josh just can't follow directions...making candles at the Chippewa Nature Center.

3rd candle maker...

Finished second...

First one done with the candle making...

Candle making in Midland...

Ben and his mom...

Playing games in Pentwater...

Thursday night at the bandstand in Pentwater...Aunt Katee and Uncle Andy.

Interesting lawn item...

Charlie and his mom...

Just a tramp'n in the backyard in Pentwater...

On the way to an afternoon on the river...with Cousin Larry.

Love birds...

Mike and Grandpa playing games in Pentwater...hot as all get out that day.

John setting up camp just before a huge storm rolled into Pentwater. He is wearing his land based "Tsunomi Outfit" for any occassion...

At the Meier Garden in Grand Rapids...

Nice garden...

Looking for the code at the Da Vinci Horse

Garden in Toledo...

Garden in Toledo...where is Ben?

Josh in the window for the camera...

Jan in the Garden...

Botanical Garden off I-80 in Toledo, Ohio. Welcome change from the trucks...

Amy Helm

Fiona McBain and Amy Helm singing with Glenn Patscha on keyboards

Fiona McBain and Amy Helm at the Cat's Cradle opening for Tres Chicas

Fiona and Amy of Ollabelle

Real fine dobro solo...

Fiona McBain of Ollabelle

Ollabelle

Amy Helm of Ollabelle

Ollabelle at the Cat's Cradle

Ollabelle

Todd Snider

Todd Snider

Marshall Chapman and Todd Snider onstage together at the Pour House Music Hall

Todd Snider

Todd Snider

Todd Snider

Todd Snider

Todd Snider

Todd Snider

Marshall Chapman

Marshall Chapman

Marshall Chapman did a great 45 minute opening set and joined Todd Snider later in the show for "Easy Money."

Marshall Chapman and Todd Snider

Marshall Chapman and Todd Snider

Todd Snider at the Pour House Music Hall in downtown Raleigh in front of a packed crowd both upstairs and downstairs August 29th, 2006.

Lyle

Lyle

Lyle

Lyle

Lyle

John Hagan and Russell Kunkel

Lyle Lovett and Leland Sklar

B&W of Lyle Lovett

Can we hear an "amen"

John Hagan

Lyle Lovett

More steel guitar...

Lyle in motion

Lyle and Leland Sklar

Due to weather the outdoor show was moved inside to the Millennium center located on 5th and Trade. Fantastic little spot to catch a show.

Will McFarlane

Will McFarlane's family band

Will McFarlane and his family band

Mrs. Will McFarlane

Will McFarlane

Will McFarlane

Tools

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson inside on a heavy night of rain in Greensboro, NC

Richard Thompson B&W

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson in Greensboro, NC at the Carolina Theatre

Heart felt performance by Bo Lozoff and Friends.

Armand and Bo

Bo and friends benefit show

Bo Lozoff

Trio

Bo Lozoff and more friends

Armand and Bo

Bo

Add a little fiddle...

Bo

Bo Lozoff and friends benefit concert for the Human Kindness Foundation at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC

Bo

Bo

Horn Section

Bo

Bo and friends

Bo and the ladies

Bo

Bo & Friends

Armand

Bo & friends

Call and response

Bo Lozoff and friends

Bo Lozoff at the Human Kindness Foundation benefit

Bo Lazoff and Friends

Bo Lozoff and Friends

Bo Lozoff and Friends

Bo Lozoff and friends

Tony Rice Unit

Bryn Davies and Tony Rice

Tony Rice Unit

Tony Rice Unit

Tony Rice Unit

Ricky Simpkins and Bryn Davies

Bryn Davies

Bryn Davies and Tony Rice

Tony Rice Unit

Tony Rice Unit

Opening act Donna Hughes who has an disc coming out next year produced by Tony Rice

Sunrise in Dixie

Hillsborough, NC sunrise

Sunrise

Guitars at the Grey Eagle

Rock and roll

Faces of the "Machine"...

Dave Rawlings Machine

"Call Me The Breeze"

Part of the "Machine"

High energy show from the get go...

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Dave Rawlings Machine at the wonderful Grey Eagle in Asheville, North Carolina

Colorized Dave Rawlings Machine

Dave Rawlings Machine

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Outside just before showtime

Full moon might have had a big effect on the Dave Rawlings Machine. Maybe the Machine should cut records during the full moon like Neil Young does.

Sunset

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Down the road...

Hidden in the fog...

Follow the leader...

Country road...

Fog hidden, whereabouts unknown...

Foggy lake at Eno Mountain...

Lost in the fog of morning...

Like children waiting for the bus...

Red sky at night...

Chris Hillman of the Hillmen, the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brother, Manassas, Souther/Hillman/Furay and Desert Rose Band

Herb Pedersen

The Chris and Herb show...

Herb Pedersen

The duo

Chris & Herb B&W

Chris Hillman

"Eight Miles High" like no other version you've ever heard...

Chris & Herb

Chris & Herb

Rod Picott was a superb choice to open the show and was very, very well rec'd.

Rod Picott

"Tiger Tom Dixon Blues," indeed!

Rod Picott

Rod Picott

CS&F

CS&F

CS&F

CS&F color

Pat Flynn, John Cowan and Darrell Scott at Blue Plum festival

CSF

CSF

CSF (love the sign on the left)

Dave Rawlings Machine

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch

DRM

Blue Light Special...

DRM

DRM

DRM

DRM

Gillian Welch backing Dave Rawlings

Dave Rawlings singing a song he wrote with the Old Crow Medicine Show called "I Hear Them All."

Dave Rawlings Machine playing before a SRO crowd at the legendary Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina

Dave Rawlings Machine

Dave Rawlings Machine

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Dave Rawlings Machine at the Cat's Cradle

"Who's the chick?," a crowd member asked two songs into the show.

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Dave Rawlings Machine

Paul Brady

Paul Brady

Paul Brady

Paul Brady

Paul Brady

Paul Brady on the last night of his tour of the United States.

Paul Brady at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina

Paul Brady

Paul Brady

The full stage at the ArtsCenter for the Paul Brady concert.

Altan

Altan

Altan

Altan

Altan

Altan

Altan at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina in the midst of their tour of the United States

Altan

Altan

Altan

Altan

One of those special moments at an Altan concert.

Altan

Altan

Altan

Dave Rawlings Machine

Caitlin Cary on Sunday morning at Merlefest on the Chris Austin stage.

Tony and David

Tony and David

Tony and David

Tony, Bryan and Jerry

Tony and David

The Dave Rawlings Machine

Bryn, Peter & Tony

Norman, Billie, Peter, Bryn, Cowboy, Tony

Merlefest at the Walker Center

Merlefest

Merlefest

Laughing

Billie & Tony

Merlefest

Merlefest

Merlefest

B&W Merlefest

Pete and Tony @ Merlefest

Creekside at Merlefest

Peter and Tony

Bass solo...

Sharon, Pete and Tony

Pete and Tony

Tony and Peter

Sharon, Pete and Tony

Sharon, Peter and Tony

Sharon, Peter and Tony

Peter and Tony

ArtsCenter

Peter and Tony

Donna Hughes

Donna Hughes

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott looking for his family to help sing happy birthday to an audience member and student at the school

Wayne Scott backed by his son, Darrell Scott, in Asheville, North Carolina

Family duo...

Wayne Scott and Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott at the piano

Darrell Scott debuted many new songs at the benefit concert with his dad.

Lots of discussion of songwriting...

Darrell Scott played some opening numbers before getting his father out onstage to play some tunes with him.

Wayne and Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Art table at the benefit...

Richard Shindell and Sara Milonovich

Sara Milonovich

Richard Shindell did a good bit of "South of Delia" and lots of requests.

Sara Milonovich, Richard Shindell and Greg Anderson

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

Sara Milonovich and Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

The Trio

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

Darrell Scott Band at the Hillside Stage

John Paul Jones and Abigail Washburn at the Dance Tent for the Contra Dance on Sunday afternoon

"The" John Paul Jones tuning up his bass for the Contra Dance

Ruthie Foster playing before one of the largest crowds at the Austin Stage ever.

Red Stick Ramblers Creekside

Mr. John Hammond at the Creekside Stage during the Blues Showcase

Jimmy Bowen and Jim Lauderdale at the Creekside Stage

Robinella pedal steel guitarist at the Americana stage set

Robinella on the Watson Stage

Pat Flynn on the Americana Stage

Peter Rowan at the Americana stage

Darrell Scott and Gary Ogdin on the Watson Stage

Elvis

Spencer Bohren who hails out of New Orleans on the Creekside Stage

Bryon House, Jim Lauderdale and Elvis

Casey and Darrell going toe to toe during "And The River Is Me"

Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck in front of about 200 people in the Lounge on Friday night around 11:15 PM.

Jerry Douglas and Tony Rice during the tribute late on Saturday night

Casey on mandocaster on the Hillside Stage doing a rarely done "And The River Is Me."

Abigail Washburn and surprise guest Bela Fleck at the Lounge on Friday evening

Contra Dance with Uncle Earl with special guests John Paul Jones and Sharon Gilchrist

John Paul Jones from Led Zep on mandolin and Buddy Greene on harmonica during the Doc Jam

Bela Fleck in the Lounge on Friday night at Merlefest

Red Stick Ramblers

Ruthie Foster after the "D" cup button problem with the sound.

AKUS

Luke Bulla at the Pat Flynn and Friends set on the Americana stage

AKUS

Darrell Scott at the Creekside stage

Robinella

Rev. Jones at the Creekside Stage showcase

Robinella on the Watson Stage

Elvis and Larry Campbell on the Watson Stage. This picture was taken from 40 rows back near the soundboard.

Darrell Scott during the after midnight jam in the Lounge on Friday

Dirk Powell Band at the Austin Stage on Sunday afternoon

Darrell Scott at the Lounge

NGR reunion

Darrell Scott

Crooked Still on the Cabin Stage just after the NGR reunion

Uncle Earl with Sharon Gilchrist on bass and John Paul Jones on mandolin

Uncle Earl

Ruthie Foster at the packed Chris Austin Stage at Merlefest 2007.

Darrell Scott rockin' at the Hillside stage

Byron House, Elvis Costello and Larry Campbell on the Watson Stage

Jerry Douglas

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Stage at the Hideaway BBQ in Raleigh just before Will McFarlane and Freebo came out.

ARMAND & THE GREAT BIG BAND

THE FABULOUS BLUESOJETTES

ARMAND & BLUESOLOGY

ARMAND & BLUESOLOGY

ARMAND & BLUESOLOGY

Armand

Armand

Armand and the Great Big Band

Armand and Will

Armand

Armand and Will

David Olney with Sergio Webb

Sergio Webb

David Olney with Sergio Webb

Sergio Webb

David Olney with Sergio Webb

Sergio Webb

David Olney

David Olney with Sergio Webb

David Olney

David Olney with Sergio Webb

David Olney

David Olney with Sergio Webb

Sergio Webb

David Olney with guitarist Sergio Webb

Sergio Webb

Singer-Songwriter David Olney

Sergio Webb

David Olney getting into the blues on harp...

David Olney and Sergio Webb

Grandpa and Charles in Greenfield Village on a real hot afternoon near Detroit

Charles showing off a boat in Greenfield Village

Traveler and Charles at the dog walk near the triage in Midland, MI

Fireworks at the Tridge

I'm sure it was a big deal at the time...

Wondering around at the Dow Diamond...

Walking down Main Street in Midland before the Loonies game

Charles and Traveler in the backyard

Wonder dog at the lake

Life saving wonder dog at Stratford Lake in Midland, Michigan

The actual lab that Thomas Edison used...

Charles and his dad

The actual Wright Brothers shop where they made their airplane

Protest march at Greenfield Village. Grandpa told them to get back in the kitchen which only caused a minor disturbance.

Barbershop singing before the "awesome" Gershwin concert inside...

Charles is thinking about a bike lesson...

Take me out to the ball park...

Charles showing off the boat...

Hanging out in Greenfield Village...

Ford Motor Company headquarters back in the day...

Grandpa and Charles on the 1/2 hour train ride at Greenfield Village

Charles and his Grandpa at the tintype photo spot in a rare color photo there.

Flying away...

Jan reading "Harry Potter"

Mike reading on the beach while the rest of 'em are beaten down by the waves...

Charlie thinking about when would be a good time to get into the ocean without being knocked right down to the ocean floor.

On the sound side at Pine Knoll Shores about 1 1/2 blocks from the house.

Atlantic Beach down the road from Pine Knoll Shores about 7:00 AM.

The whole family out on the water on a really warm morning in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Charles having fun playing the game "Pirate Life" with "the brothers"

David way out on Harkers Island near Lookout Point on the Outer Banks.

Wondering if they want to swim with the crabs and such on the sound side?

Warning sign on the sound side of Pine Knoll Shores.

David and Mike

Big storming coming in...

Relaxing in the living room...

Pretty flowers near Ft. Macon

Morning on the sound of Pine Knoll Shores about 6:20 AM

Playing in the kitchen...

Not a real good dock but the land still sold for 17 million bucks just this week...

Josh and Mike trying to wake up...

The porch at Pine Knoll Shores always had wet clothing that had trouble drying in the heat and humidity.

Driveway at Pine Knoll Shores...

The house at Pine Knoll Shores

International t-shirt that was a gift from David to Charles

"Guitar Hero" game

Crab during dinner!

Looking for crabs about 11:00 PM on the Atlantic side of Pine Knoll Shores

Breakfast

Life at the beach

Charles at the Cape Lookout state park on Harkers Island across the sound from the lighthouse.

Morning on the sound.

On a little 18 seat ferry we caught the wild horses on Shackleford Island

Family of horses on Carrot Island across from Beaufort while David and Jim were in a kayak

Charles on the ferry going as fast as it could go out in the Atlantic near the Outer Banks

Jan, Nicki and Ben on the ferry

David on his fourth day in America

Mike trying to keep his hat on...

Josh with his hair in the breeze...

The place to be on a record setting hot day...

Creepy spot in the midst of downtown Beaufort

Wind blown trees near Beaufort...

The waves were amazing...

Josh getting pounded by the surf...

The waves just better and better with each passing day.

Getting ready to Kayak

Getting ready for a two hour kayak trip near Beaufort

They've got it all in Beaufort

Sunrise at Pine Knoll Shores

Sunrise

There is a bench at Pine Knoll Shores waiting for you!

King of the harmonica...

Steel guitarist Mark "Sergio" Webb and singer-songwriter David Olney

Mark "Sergio" Webb and David Olney

Webb & Olney

David Olney at the "Trails" venue promoted by the Forty Acres House Concert series

Webb and Olney tore it up at the Forty Acres Concert series

Webb and Olney

Steel guitar highlights by Mark "Sergio" Webb at the David Olney show at the Trails outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mark "Sergio" Webb and David Olney

Sunset in North Carolina before the David Olney and Mark "Sergio" Webb show

Sunset in North Carolina

Johnny Griffin at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus.

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Johnny Griffin

Duke Jazz

Johnny Griffin

Duie Jazz

Duke Jazz

Monk tribute

Johnny Griffin

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Johnny Griffin and the Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Duke Jazz

Superb solo!

Duke Jazz

Johnny Griffin and the Duke Jazz Ensemble

Freebo and Will back in the groove together...

Will

Will McFarlane and Freebo

Freebo during a sing-along

Will McFarlane

Will and Freebo

Freebo telling a good story...

Will and Freebo jamming...

Will

Will and Freebo clearly having a great time again...

Freebo playing bass again...

Will

Freebo

Will McFarlane and Freebo at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina for a reunion of sorts.

Josh Ritter doing Springsteen's "The River" unplugged at the front of the stage with the audience singing along...

Josh Ritter Band

Josh Ritter alone at the microphone

Josh Ritter Band

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter Band

Rocking out with Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

Just one more thing about the Roman Empire...

Josh Ritter on fire at the Cat's Cradle

Josh Ritter

John & Deidra walking along the river...

Near the dog run along the banks of the river...

John getting everyones attention before the dinner started...

John speaking to the crowd and asking for a moment of silence...

The crowd

The Band

Dinner is ready...

Dinner

Centerpiece

Volunteer table

"Needs" table

Raffle mania

Getting ready...

The band

Getting things ready...

Setting up on Friday morning for the benefit...

Saturday prep during the afternoon for the evening benefit...

Discussing daily living and washing at the Toni & Trish Hospice House with potential volunteers

Family room next to the kitchen

Kitchen area

Main hallway at the Toni & Trish Hospice House

John giving a tour of the Toni & Trish Hospice House

Odd looking light in the clouds over Ohio seen all the way to Atlanta from Flint, Michigan

Recording equipment and our version of a traveling Gnome for the cruise

Rob Ickes giving a dobro workshop that was amazing...

Tim & Mollie workshop/concert

Tim & Mollie O'Brien unplugged

Darrell Scott just as the Dixie Chicks were discovering him as a songwriter of amazing talent.

Rich Moore and Mollie O'Brien onstage in one of the bars out to sea

Tim & Mollie O'Brien with Mark Schatz during a show out to sea...

Get back to the ship on time...

Killer combo of Casey and Stuart on twin fiddles!!!

Darrell Scott hanging out onshore with all of us...

Grand Cayman public beach for free...

Reflections...

Wild waves were so bad going back the tenders almost had to stop boarding.

Mayan dancers

Tulum Mexico, south of Playa del Carmen and Akumal, which is an amazing Mayan site

Tulum's building for Chandler's wobble so they clearly knew about the 26,000 year procession of...

Tim O'Brien writing a song on the beach in Cozumel.

Wildlife all over the place...

Stuart and Casey during a fiddle workshop out to sea...

Jim and Tim

Sunrise near Cuba...

The Gnome and a guitar onstage

The full band...Casey Driessen, Darrell Scott, Missy Raines, Stuart Duncan and Rob Ickes.

My wife and Mollie O'Brien

Nice spot for a bite to eat in the morning...

Tim O'Brien

Sunset somewhere on the Gulf...

The photographer

Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan and her band

Moya Brennan

Fionán Debarra

Fionán Debarra and Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan and Cormac Debarra

Moya Brennan and her band

Moya and the band

Sinéad Madden and Cormac Debarra

Moya Brennan

Jordan Lake

Charles running along the shore that used to be ten feet below water.

Animal looking driftwood exposed for the first time in decades.

David sitting on what used to be an island but is now part of the shoreline near the middle of the lake.

Ben and little brother Charles...

Spooky looking tree stumps exposed for the first time in decades...

Jan and Mike

Kind of arty looking natural scene...

Checking things out in a little puddle in the middle of what used to be a lake.

Nature prevails...

Getting a little sticky 'round here...

Jesus text messaging Moses for help...

Ben taking it all in...

Josh and the broken tree...

Sunset on Christmas Eve...

Christmas Eve just before we all got together for dinner.

Polar Bears M.I.A. but still looking for 'em...

The Zoo

The Zoo

The Zoo

The zoo

The zoo

the zoo

the zoo

The zoo

The zoo

The zoo

Game at the zoo

Reflecting at the zoo

The zoo

The road

Looking 'round

Charles

Otter

Sunshine

The Zoo

The Zoo

The zoo animals

Watching for it at the zoo

The zoo

The zoo

the zoo

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#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

Buddy Miller's gear...

The stage from above...

Will

Will

Will

Will and Amy

Will

Amy

Winter

Winter

Winter

Winter on the Eno Mountain

Eno Mountain

Eno Mountain

Eno Mountain

Winter

Winter

Winter at dawn...

Winter

Winter at dawn near the Eno Mountain...

Jan

David

Winter

Future beaver dam...

Bridge

Peak-a-boo

Charles and his mom...

Rosie

Jan & Charles

Walkin' the dog...

Out in nature...

Follow the trail...

Would you like to go for a walk out in the cold?

Will & Armand

Armand and the ladies...

Armand

Armand

Trio

Armand

Armand and the ladies...

Watching the horn section take over...

Armand

Will and Armand

Gotta glow about 'em...

Will

Will

Playing the blues...

Will

Will and Armand at the Blue Buyou

Friday night in Hillsborough, North Carolina...

Dunn River Falls in Ocho Rios

Shawn Colvin and Bryan Owings on the Lido deck

Pair of dolphin...

Buddy Miller in front of a huge crowd on the Lido deck who were totally into it!!!

Everglades...

Shawn Mullins the night I lost my flash cards for the camera outside Cozumel.

Turtle farm in Grand Caymans

Gaelic Storm doing a terrific set on the Lido deck. They are very unhappy with the $18 drinks that Jimmy Buffett charges and were showing it in this picture.

Yeah, I didn't dive right in but my wife just didn't care if I melted in the sun...I was going in!

Pat McGee

Lunch at Tulum...

Buddy, Shawn and Brandi guesting on vocals...

No Problem, mon...

Brandi Carlile in the "big room"

Later gator...

Emmylou and part of her new band

Patty Griffin guesting with the Buddy Miller Band on the Lido deck during a perfect sunset...

Shawn Colvin set on the 1st Cayamo

Patty Griffin singing "Summertime" for the first time onstage ever...

Buddy Miller signing a CD cover before his set on the Lido deck

Emmylou Harris was the Queen of the cruise...

Tulum remains a amazing spot in this part of the world on auto-pilot keeping track of time...

Emmylou, Shawn & Patty vocal perfection

Going on a deep dive during the Cayamo cruise...

Church at sea...Brandi, Emmylou, Patty & Buddy near Cuba

Stingray in the Grand Caymans about 45 minutes offshore

You could have heard a pin drop...

Patty Griffin

Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin

End of the hall and two flights up...

It is called a "ship"...

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli

Michael Davey on slide electric guitar

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli getting warmed up for the Trisha Yearwood hockey arena tour

Michael Davey and Lori McKenna

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli close-up

Mark Erelli wonderful opening set...

Blue light special with Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli

Little glow about 'em...

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli

Michael Davey, Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina

Scouts

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Visiting Boy Scout Troop #9

Troop #9

Hike with Boy Scout Troop #9

Hike

Hike

Hike

Hike

Hike

Hike

Hike

HIke

Hike with Boy Scout Troop #9

Hike

Hike

Hike with Boy Scout Troop #9

Hike

Hike

It seemed like everyone just left their seats and headed for the autograph line after the show was over.

Greg Leisz, Viktor Krauss , Jenny Scheinman and Bill Frizzell

Bill Frissell in the midst of a very moving multi-media show called the "Disfarmer Project" (google it for more information and a wonderful story of a long forgotten photographer).

Jenny Scheinman was stunning all evening on violin.

Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project featuring Greg Leisz (on dobro, mandolin and steel guitar), Viktor Krause (on bass) and Jenny Scheinman (on violin). Yes, Viktor is Allison's brother and we talked about the Cayamo cruise after the show when he recognized my photo bag from the cruise!

The "Disfarmer Project"

The "Disfarmer Project" multi-media show.

Greg Leisz was a treasured multi-instrumentalist all evening long who just was amazing doing call and response with Frissell.

The "Disfarmer Project" played in less light than my living room which was a bit of a challage for hand held photography.

Full treatment of the "Disfarmer Project" that is also being displayed in Durham at the Lyndhurst Gallery at Duke University.

Another theme in the "Disfarmer Project" based on photographs from the Studio of Mike Disfarmer, Heber Springs, Arkansas 1939–1946

The "Disfarmer Project"

The Bill Frissell "Disfarmer Project"

Introductions for the amazing muscians who played with Bill Frissell on the "Disfarmer Project."

Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris

Mayan art...

Yep, it's alive!!!

Patty Griffin

Very nice!

Buddy Miller trio

Bryan Owings

Everglades...

Emmylou and the Cayamo gang on the last night of the cruise

Buddy Miller and Shawn Colvin

The "new" trio

Someone mentioned there should be a Buddy Miller "action figure" for sale onboard. When you saw these guitars onstage anywhere on the ship you knew you were in for one hell of a ride...these guitars onstage were the mark of excellence. These guitars are now on the worldwide tour by Robert Plant and Allison Krause.

Turtle farm on the Grand Cayman's just before we went out to see the Sting Rays.

Buddy and Emmylou having some fun in a club again onboard the Victory...

Buddy Miller "songwriter" workshop with guest Emmylou Harris

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne at her tribute to Dusty Springfield

Great band!

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne and John Jackson

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Allison Moorer and Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Allison Moorer and Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Steve Earle doin' a pretty good Pete Seeger

Oh my, Allison Moorer

Allison Moorer

Steve Earle

Allison Moorer

Steve Earle

Allison Moorer

...and never look back.

Steve Earle

Sunset in Tampa

Tampa

Tampa Bay at dusk...

Flying 'round me...

Mom always said don't feed the seagulls...think this is why!

This looks like serious fun...

Where we stayed in Orlando

This looks incredible...

Thanks for the fish!

Mike, Charles and their mom trying to feed a sea lion but the birds would swing down and grab the fish time after time.

Trying to feed the sea lions but look what happens...

Nice...

Sea lion

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Feed me...

Margo, Charles, Mike and Jan

Seaworld

Awesome ride...

Seaworld

Seaworld

Fireworks at EPCOT

Fireworks

Pre-fireworks at Epcot...

Hermans Hermits

Fish & Chips

The "wonder" of it all...

Reflection!

Spaceship Earth

Reflections...

Snow White and the, ah, yeah...the guys!

The "American" theme building at EPCOT

Where in the world is my group?

EPCOT in all it's glory!

Charles and Mike

EPCOT

EPCOT

light...

O'Canada

O'Canada!

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Charles

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Seaworld

The condo

Reflections

South of the Border

The drive down...

Home sweet home away from home...

Sunday breakfast...

Bruce 'n Ricky

Dance tent on a Saturday night with Tim O'Brien and his gang...mighty fine!

The new gal on mandolin...

After the Janet Jackson incident...well...almost.

Jorma on the Austin stage after the rainstorm.

Led Zep II at the Hillside Stage with the Waybacks and guests!!!

Ruthie Foster and her new sidekick who was outstanding just before the storm...

Waifs dude...

The blues...where is Roy Book Binder?

Bone Stone getting ready for his "Fountain Stage" show at Merlefest with his brother's signature Mike Dowling guitar.

Solas reunion...

Levon Helm's midnight ramble that should become just a regular late night event at Merlefest (yeah, it was that good)!!!

Sam Bush and Larry Campbell added so much to the midnight ramble...

This was a moment during the midnight ramble with Levon and his daughter, Amy.

Midnight Ramble late on Saturday night...

Laurie Lewis and Tim O'Brien reunion on the Austin Stage.

Peter Rowan on the Hillside Stage

Waybacks with John Cowan on the Watson Stage

Marty Stewart with the Old Crow closing out on opening night of Merlefest

Jack Lawrence, Marty Stewart and Doc Watson on the Watson Stage

Marty Stewart playing the intro to Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down A Dream" that was simply awesome.

Mike Dowling autograph...

Mike Dowling on the Austin Stage

Ruthie Foster belting it out...

Slide guitar by Mike Dowling...

What a band!!!

Ladies jam on the Watson Stage

Marty Stewart and the gang

Tish Hinajosa on the Cabin Stage

Ollabelle on the Americana stage in the rain...

Led Zep II classic album hour with the Waybacks that was kept secret right up until the first notes of "Whole Lotta Love."

Touch of the blues...with Paul Oscher.

Paul Oscher as part of "the Greatest Blues Show On Earth" on the Austin Stage

Awesome stuff...

Best friend Led Zep ever had...

Huge "wow" factor at the classic album hour with the Waybacks...

Big fun at the Hillside Stage for the classic album hour...

All the great licks from Led Zep II with John Cowan singing lead with the Waybacks and friends...

Bruce playing with Ricky on the Watson Stage

Getting really intense at the classic album hour...

Take a break...

Rain? What rain?

Full court press...

Old Crow Medicine Show on the Watson Stage

Laurie Lewis and Tim O'Brien on the Austin Stage

Old Crow Medicine Show soundcheck...

...and the night fell.

Duo

Danny, Armand and Will

Danny, Armand and Will

Will, Armand and Danny

Danny Gotham, the musical director for the music series on the lawn at Southern Village

Armand during the Sunday Night Music Series on the lawn in Southern VIllage

Danny, Armand and Will

Sunset at Southern Village

Danny, Armand and Will

Duo

Sunset in Southern Village for the "THREE GREAT GUITARISTS" during the Sunday Night Music Series

Pretty good crowd for the 1st Sunday Night Music Series in the midst of a wonderful weekend weatherwise.

"It was casual," as Doc Watson would say.

Wil and his wife as a wonderful singing duo...

Will, Armand and Danny

"THREE GREAT GUITARISTS"

Will McFarlane

Danny Gotham playing a mandola

Danny Gotham, Armand Lenchek and Will McFarlane (in a kilt, no less).

Playing "I Am My Own Grandpa" for the under 10 year old demographic in the crowd.

Three really great guitar players and they're special vocal guest sitting on the brick wall.

Will and Armand

The whole gang at the "Sunday Night Music Series"

The crowd at the Paddy Keenan & John Walsh house concert

Paddy Keenan really is known as 'King of the Pipers' and called 'Jimi Hendrix on Uilleann pipes'

Paddy & John

Interaction with the house concert crowd

Paddy and John

Sharing stories is what makes house concerts so special...

Down the hall...

Darrell Scott at the piano

Darrell Scott testing out a new Cobb amp from Pittsboro, NC

Darrell Scott doing a solo during an electric version of "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"

Crank it up!

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott at the Baby Grand piano

The Gibson Les Paul electric guitar

Interesting product placement...

The stage at Mack & Mack on South Elm in downtown Greensboro, NC

Darrell Scott at the Mack & Mack listening room in Greensboro, NC

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott

Day is done...

Reflecting during the trip...

Our guide got a bad sunburn the second day...

The final load in for the trip at the rest stop...

National Cathedral

National Cathedral

Prayer

National Cathedral

Reflection of light in the National Cathedral

The "landing on the moon" window at the National Cathedral

Riding around in the bus...looks like the cloud is a halo on the way to the National Cathedral

Our bus reflected in downtown DC...

Trying to make a break for it over the wall and away from the group...

Inside the United States National Arboretum

Inside the United States National Arboretum

Inside the United States National Arboretum

Coming out of the US Capitol after the tour...most of the tents on the mall that blew down the day before are back up again this morning.

This spot on the floor is the very center of Washington, DC by design.

The top of the US Capitol

The entrance to the US Capitol tour...after the security checkpoint.

Changing of the guard at the US Capitol. Ah, they just pass the machine gun. Told the guy on the left as he walked away they need to work on clicking their heels but he said it was way too hot for that sort of thing and laughed. This changing of the guard went pretty much unnoticed as you can see.

Where Mr. Floyd pointed we followed...wonderful tour and informative!

Practice line-up for the White House tour! Had to be in alpha order for the White House staff to check us off as we entered.

Our ride back to the hotel in Virginia...

After the huge 3rd storm rolled through Washington, DC on our first day in DC. The wall clouds on the way to dinner made Bus C a little nervous.

Inside the Lincoln Memorial in the midst of the second severe storm of the day but it certainly was a safe location for it.

Pouring rain...

Words I hope our next President lives by...

Just before the second storm...near the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King, Jr gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

Reflecting on the Korean Memorial

At the site of the Korean Memorial

Refections of our group at the Korean Memorial

Between storms at the Korean Memorial

Still having a few sprinkles after the first storm that was the most severe of the day.

Entrance to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Leaving the Wright Brothers portion of the US Air and Space

On the mall just minutes before the severe storm hit the area that caused serious damage to this particular area.

Museum Of Natural History manatee exhibit

Entrance to the Museum Of Natural History

The map of Arlington National Cemetery where over 470,000 service people are buried.

Boxer Joe Louis' grave site at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery where the President sits for functions at the site.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

While during our brief time at Arlington National Cemetery we heard three or four funerals going on.

First picture from the bus of Washington, DC

Changing of the Guards at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in silence and in respect by all the 5th graders.

Near the end of our tour of the National Cathedral deep below the ground floor.

Rest stop coming down from the mountain into North Carolina

This is why they call them the Smokies...

Halfway home...

Every city has one...

This looks so familiar...

Back to a familiar place in our old hometown of Howell, Michgian.

Happy Birthday Margo!

4th of July on Sanford Lake, Michigan

Happy Birthday Kenta!

4th of July on Sanford Lake, Michigan

This is a 4th of July shot...

A 4th of July party on Sanford Lake in Mid-Michigan.

Sunset on the lake...

Mike and Josh taking in the view...

Near the zip line...

Action shot with Josh going over the pond on the zip line...

Watching the sunset and the zip line on the hill...

Charles way down on the zip line...

Mike is next on the zip line...

Josh, Jan and Ben

Long line at the zip line...

Boats started to arrive about 8:30 PM for the 10:00 o'clock 4th of July show. They filled this area by 9:45 PM.

Interesting clouds the morning of the 4th...

Grandpa and Jan in the Butterfly house at Dow Gardens...

Dow Gardens

Dow Gardens

Don't see this in North Carolina much in July...

Bochi Ball in the backyard at Grandpa's condo

A stop in Shelby after leaving Pentwater...

Pentwater map

Pickin' and a grinnin' in Pentwater...

Checking the speed of that fast ball at the Loons game in Midland, Michigan

Lou E.

Charles caught a foul ball early in the game...

Grandpa, Grace, Mike and Jan

Great game right up until the last couple of innings when things fell apart...

Even saw Nemo on the trip...can you see him here?

The whole family got to visit the Toni & Trish house while George and Quita Shier were the volunteers.

Entrance to the Toni and Trish house...

Caught a deer in the lens near the hospital on a walk with Grandpa.

Ben and his Grandpa

Pool clean-up time...

Whole lotta fun...

Is he coming out of the water or going in?

Family reunion discussion of computers...

The cake...

Hanging out...

Ben found Charles...

The whole gang...Cindy and Ross did one heck of a job hosting everyone!

Family Reunion!

Big storm rolled into Midland and later in the week an even bigger storm rolled into Pentwater at 65 mph.

Trying to teach "Traveler" a new trick...

Hanging out at the dog park in Midland...

Skyline of Cider Point...

Ben, Mike and Jan in the next trolley ride...

Snoopy on ice was welcome later in the afternoon when it got hot at Cider Point.

Snoopy!

Snoopy!!!!

Kind of a spooky place even in the middle of the day near one of the roller coasters...

Bad boy!

Jan's hometown on the train...

Where did they come from?

Joe Cool, indeed.

This used to be considered a dead lake...

Yep, the "brothers" took this one, too.

Oops, didn't mean to hit you missy! Sorry, it is my first time driving.

Jan hanging on as we take off...

Another of the 14 roller coasters that the "brothers" rode at Cider Point. We got in an hour early and attendance was light...

Leaving North Carolina and entering Virginia on the trip up...

The tunnel just outside Mayberry, RFD in North Carolina.

Cleaning up the pool...

Too cute...

Sittin' on the back porch...

The little place out back...

Cement burn bummer...

Hangin' out...

Poolside was a blast...

Out on the lawn...

Bring your own towel...

New addition...

Poolside...

Action shot...

Is he going up or down...

Tire inner tube...

Oh boy...

Grandpa and some of his grandson's...

Green team at the Callahan reunion...

The pink team at the Callahan reunion...

Red team at the Callahan reunion...

Blue team at the Callahan reunion...

Yellow team at the Callahan reunion...

Callahan reunion...

Young people at the Callahan reunion...

These used to be the youngin's

Aunt Katee

Cute...

Which one should I pick?

The Callahan reunion

The computer guys...with their mom.

We didn't find a dog on our vacation but did come back to one...

Splash!

Kids through the fence...

Callahan reunion

I think I know that guy in the mirror...

The photographer for some of this...since I am in some of the pictures I didn't take them all.

People showing up for the Callahan reunion...

Oops, they already cut the cake...

The cake...

The Callahan reunion...

Owl at the Raptor Center in Charlotte, NC

John Doyle playing a great Dirk Powell song for Katrina victums

John Doyle playing a rare house concert for his friends in Durham, NC

Duet with our hostess, Julee Glaub, was wonderful.

John Doyle

The casual nature of a concert...

John Doyle

John Doyle

John Doyle

Instruments are ready and tuned...

John Doyle

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Nik Freitas

Nik Freitas and Macey Taylor

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band rockin' the Cradle

Conor Oberst and Nate Walcott

Conor Oberst and Nate Walcott

Conor Oberst and Nate Walcott

Conor Oberst triumphant return to the Cat's Cradle

Flash of brilliance caught...

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Macey Taylor and Conor Oberst dismiss the rest of the band for a duo...

Macey Taylor and Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst singing a song solo

Nik Freitas

Conor Oberst

Nik Freitas

Nik Freitas leading the Mystical Valley Band

Nik Freitas

Charles in charge...

Foamy!

High tide coming in...

Patterns in the filtered sunlight...

Cool sand castle as high tide comes in...

Bummer!

Loner...

Birds

Birds keeping themselves out of the breeze...

Wrightsville Beach sound...

Out in the parking lot...

I don't care about the weather channel...I just want to watch cartoons!

Where are they all going?

It was always that second wave to watch out for in the rough surf...

Is he having fun?

Just when you recover from two small waves you'd have two huge ones come right in after them...

Did that mess up my hair?

In the midst of the surf...

Crashing waves...

This is when Charles would turn and yell, "tsunami"

Sometimes you could jump out of the wave...

Ocean spray with Hurricane Hannah on the way...

Metal school of fish...

Jelly fish

Resting for a moment on a hot day...

31 years together...

Flying fish!

Hmmm, should I program the GPS?

An Evening With Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann and "You Tube" guest...John Galt

Aimee and her band with special guest John Galt.

"Smilers"

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann and the band

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann and the band

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann and the band at the Carolina Theatre in Greensoboro, NC

Set-up before the show...

A balcony view of Aimee Mann and her band...

Between the bus and the truck...

Load-out...

Even stuck around for autographs...

What I found on the porch when I got home...

"Before The Flood"

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis almost in the darkness...

Pierce Pettis came close to lighting the guitar on fire but no guitars were harmed all night...

Beautiful...

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis

More of a suggestion than a set list this night...

Our lovely host, Bett!

Chatting before the show...

Outside the Little Lake Hill house concert...

Pierce Pettis

Atlanta

Atlanta

Clouds in Kentucky

Cloud hidden, unknown location...

Clouds in Midland...

Dad looking over the river in the Nature Center...

Fall reflections...

Home in the woods...

Nature Center

New porch friends...

Family photo!

These guys and gals are really small...

Who you looking at?

Close-up

Jamming on the banjo!

Old time band music...

Blessing the animals...

Traveler just after being blessed with holy water...

John & Travler

Dad, Traveler and John

Traveler getting in the right frame of mind...

Blessing of the animals...

Blessing the animals...

Waiting to be blessed...

...School

...High

...pause

...Midland

Training gear to bike with Ben!

Is this walking the dog or pulling the biker?

Cut glass...

Who is that in the mirror?

Self portrait

Dream catcher

Return of the black sheep to the flock...

Blessed mother and child

Hanging out after a long early morning hike...

Two people waiting for the photographer...

Bridge in the woods...

On the trail...

Bridge to nowhere...

John

In touch...

Where did the ducks go?

Tridge in Midland, MI

On a walk at twilight near the tridge and the shoulder injury site...

Walking man...

Twilight in Midland...

Gail and the band...

Bunch of squares 'round Zinc downtown...first time I've done photography in a public bathroom (hehehe).

Breakfast at Zinc

Zinc at "H"

Table at Zinc...

John at the dog park downtown

Traveler traveling...

Traveler

Traveler

This is Toni Waskevich's granddaughter, Kate, who read the "I Am A Blessing" from the recent newsletter while everyone else had tears in their eyes. Katie O'Mara got so many incredible stories down on video over the two and a half hours she was at the house.

Joe on TV

Tribute area at the Toni & Trish House

John filming the TV interview

...at the Toni & Trish house in Fisherville.

At the kitchen table of the Toni & Trish House...

Katie O'Mara and John in the midst of their portion of the TV interview.

One of the rooms they filmed in for the TV piece on the Toni & Trish house.

At the close of the interview...

Midland

Set-up on the Friday before the benefit...

John 'n Josh helping Joan get the raffle ready which was just as successful this year as it was last year.

Sunset at the dog park...

"Little Jackie" and grandson Josh waiting in the cold for the Santa parade to start near Smith's Flowers on the day of the Toni & Trish House benefit.

Start of the Santa Parade...

The Toni & Trish House float...

Toni & Trish House float

Joe taking the Toni & Trish House float around on the parade route...

Kids on the float...

Santa

Santa giving a "shout out" to Little Jackie that he'd see him tonight at the Toni & Trish House benefit (honest, this really happened).

Sunset at the Armory the night of the Toni & Trish House benefit

Have car and will transport...

Volunteer getting more food...

Great to see young people out in service to others for a good cause...

Gail's "stunning" table setting...

The crowd...

Ticket sales at the entrance...

Crowd

Early in the evening...

Lots of activity going on...

Tim checking out the raffle table with Lee behind the display and Greg way over on the right...

For the Callahan room...

Table

Next benefit after the first of the year...

The band during the dinner hour...

We were pretty darn close...

John giving his talk...

John

It was a pretty big crowd...

Volunteer talk...

Joan Varner

Jammin'

Clean-up 'round midnight...

Snow in the woods near the Midland Hospital...

Time for coffee...

First the mail...then another round of coffee.

Snowing at the dog park...

Cool spot...

Out in the back forty of the dog park...

Coffee and a call...

Deep sadness...at the atomic bomb exhibit at the library.

Center for the Arts at night during a snow storm...

Out in the parking lot with the Center For The Arts in the background...(click the button on the left to go in date order).

Sunset as the benefit started 'round 6:00 PM...

What we have in mind is desert for 500 people...

"Well I've been out walking... I don't do that much talking these days... These days-- These days I seem to think a lot... About the things that I forgot to do... For you... And all the times I had the chance to" ---Jackson Browne

Fall in NC

Fall In NC

A reflection of November in the Eno River

A reflection in the Eno River downtown in Hillsborough, NC

D.P.A.C.

D.P.A.C. stage

D.P.A.C.

All-Star Jam ending...

Jason Carter and Michael Cleveland cut it up on twin fiddles...

All-Star Jam at Meymandi Concert Hall

All-Star Jam

Rob Ickes rips it up on dobro...

All-Star Jam

All-Star Jam

All-Star Jam

All-Star Jam

Full stage shot from the choir loft at Meymandi Concert Hall

All-Star Jam

One of Del's fine boys...

All-Star Jam

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Up near the choir loft...

Great ending to a wonderful evening...

Mike Bub

Encore!

Girlyman instruments

More Banjo!

Great vocal arrangements of Girlyman...

Girlyman

Girlyman

Girlyman

Girlyman

Girlyman

Girlyman

Girlyman from the back of the listening room...

Girlyman

Girlyman

Nice!

Wipeout!

Just having too much fun in the snow!!!

Mother nature is a bit confused by the weather recently...is it spring or winter?

We went to Boone for snow and we got it big time!

Best of both worlds...

Out on an ice covered lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway that didn't look safe the day before when it wasn't covered with snow but we did fine.

Up yonder on the Blue Ridge parkway...

Near Grandfather Mtn...

One side of Grandfather Mtn from 321...

Wanted this one to turn out so held it real steady...

Rays in the storm...

Off the Blue Ridge Parkway

This was a lake that didn't look too safe before the snow...

J.D. Souther

April

J.D. Souther

J.D. Souther

Sunset

Set-up for the house concert about half hour before showtime...

Just a day shy of the full moon...

Soundcheck with the "incredible" Bose sound system...

Will McFarlane and Armand Lencheck house concert last minute prep for the show with the Bose sound ...

When Will McFarlane plays people listen...

Showtime!

Will and Armand

Will and Armand

Blue Ridge home for Merlefest

Top Notch, our Blue Ridge mountain home

Merlefest 2009

Merlefest rental

Merlefest home

Merlefest

The view

Just after an hour interview with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin that had me misty eyed afterward ...

Patty Griffin in the media room talking about her new gospel recording she is doing with Buddy ...

Hanging out with John Hiatt for about 45 minutes in the media room...

Tenders

The stunning Brandi Carlile after an hour interview talking about her new album with the twins.

Charlie and his friend

Nassau, Bahamas

The Dawn at port in the Nassau, Bahamas

Oh yeah, the Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas

Off Rainbow Reef in Nassau, Bahamas just after coming back onboard...

Just coming into port at Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Main dining room at the Dawn for breakfast.

Yes, a table with a view.

Not a bad view for breakfast...

Main lobby from the internet access area above it. That is Glen Phillips on his computer in the ...

St. Thomas

Humpback whales in the bay at the Dominican Republic

Humpback whales

Humpback whale

There she blows...

Humpback whales

The long hallway on deck nine and if you don't know your forward from your aft you can take twice ...

Nassau, Bahamas in style...

Snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands

Port at St. Thomas

Port at St. Thomas

U.S. Virgin Islands

Small island off the coast of the Dominican Republic where we took a break and bought some Larimar

Near the beach where we went for a swim after seeing the Humpback Whales

Spinnaker lounge where we spent many nights on the couch watching incredible acts like Darrell ...

Wild Hogs on I-95

Jan in Savannah, GA

A nightly ritual...

Charles found the hot tub very soon after we boarded the ship on deck 12.

South Beach as we left the Port Of Miami...

At the NC/SC border on I-95

Bill Frisell at the Great Hall in the Carolina Union

Greg Leisz and Bill Frisell

Greg Leisz and Bill Frisell on a Sunday evening in early Spring of 2009

Greg Leisz and Bill Frisell

Greg Leisz and Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

Greg Leisz

Greg Leisz

What a view...

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Grand entrance to a place that really felt more like a home than a facility...and it had a great ...

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"Double click" on this image to see the "Grace B. Wish" fountain...surrounded by the fog.

Had a bit of a bird theme going for the weekend...

Early in the walk could see this place but wasn't sure how to get there because the fog was hiding ...

Felt good near the water falling here...

Fog hidden, whereabouts unknown...

Fog lifting near the lake...

On my third switchback found my way down to the gazebo.

That is fog across the lake but not sure what that is close up...

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View from the 3rd floor porch later in the day as the fog cleared but the rain moved in...

This area was made for you and me...

Reflection on a table top...

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Wildlife in North Carolina

Flowers on Sunday near the Walker Center

Tom outside the old cabin place trying to decide if he is ready for the Fountain Stage show later in...

Amy Helm from Ollabelle. Wonder if her dad Levon Helm taught her mandolin?

David Bromberg at the Hillside Stage with an angel...

David Bromberg at the Americana Stage

A whole set of Ollabelle with David Bromberg guesting at the Hillside Stage

Bu and Missy hanging out beside the Americana Stage as David Bromberg and the Angel Band set-up.

Bu before coffee on the porch at the old cabin place...

Cadillac Sky at the Creekside Stage were incredible...

The first evening at the old cabin on a ridge overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains...

Angel Band

Colors near the Walker Center

Doc Watson and the NBB holding church at the Creekside Stage that was one of the highlights of the...

Douglas and Tritt duo at the Watson Stage...

The Jerry Douglas and Travis Tritt "duo" show at the Watson Stage to close the opening night that...

That new girl from the Duhks sure can sing a tune...

Jim Lauderdale during the Duhks jam

"Wild Horses" during the classic album hour with guest Emmylou Harris and Sam Bush. James Nash...

Faint double rainbow taken from the reserved seats at the Watson Stage Saturday night...

Lost in the WCC garden at Merlefest during a music break...

My old cruise mates the Greencards at the Hillside Stage on Sunday afternoon

After Ollabelle and Bromberg waiting for the classic album hour...

Pro in the old cabin place kitchen sure as hell beats camping...

James Nash at the classic album hour...

Josh at the Creekside Stage during Cadillac Sky as they played a Death Cab For Cutie tune. That...

Jim Lauderdale and David Bromberg guesting with Ollabelle on the Hillside Stage in front of a huge...

Got a new respect for Jim Lauderdale at Merlefest 2009 and this is him guesting with Ollabelle at...

Friday morning Duhks jam on the Watson Stage that was so relaxed and fun to watch. More like the...

Linda Ronstadt onstage with Emmylou Harris sitting a few rows behind me...

Austin Stage

Tim, Bu and Tom watching Martha Scanlan and the twins at the Austin Stage.

Alright, I sort of stalked Martha Scanlan. This is her opening for Linda Ronstadt at the cabin...

Martha Scanlan w/ Ollabelle during a heart wrenching version of "Riverside"...

Blooming good time at Merlefest 2009

Michael Doucet and Beausoleil on the Watson Stage with people dancing all over the place.

Missy Raines and the New Hip were simply awesome. Go to their website now!

Back porch at the old cabin early Saturday morning when the sun was just right...

Mountain Heart on the Watson Stage

O'Brother...the Lovell Sisters are growing up and turning into a superb newgrass band. 'Hey...

Ollabelle up on the Watson Stage for a superb show.

Peter Rowan jamming with the Duhks

"Sticky Fingers" classic album hour at the cabin stage...

Sam Bush riffing on every classic album he could think of while they set-up for the classic album...

The old cabin place rehearsal for the Fountain Stage show

Sun rays capture after the storm on Saturday night near the Americana Stage.

Songs Of My Father band...

Songs Of My Father dancers and band...

Songs Of My Father dancer..,

Songs Of My Father band at the Watson Stage with Linda Ronstadt

Songs Of My Father dancers on Sunday afternoon at the Watson Stage

Pro, Josh and Tom at the Austin Stage for the superb Martha Scanlan and the Twins

Tim and Bu at the Austin Stage

Tony Rice playing with Mountain Heart on the Watson Stage

Talented Duhks

Just checking in on the way to check armbands at the Watson Stage Saturday night...

Creekside with the gang. Where is Waldo?

Anne and Pete Sibley at the Walker Center before a packed house.

My old cruise buddy Maple Byrne getting everything ready on the Watson Stage...

Tony Rice and the new Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band in the Walker Center.

Peter Rowan and his awesome new Bluegrass Band with guest Tony Rice

Tony Rice shined on every stage he played for Merlefest 2009!!!

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with guest George Shuffler

Dailey and Vincent

Jack Lawrence and the Kruger Brothers on the Cabin Stage opening night of Merlefest.

Jerry Douglas getting ready to rip it up on the Watson Stage for the opening night of music...

Anne and Pete Sibley opening up the Walker Center to a packed SRO crowd.

Martha, David and Amy at the Hillside

Matt Flinner with the New Hip on the Hillside Stage.

Missy Raines taking a solo on bass...

Going over the set list on the Hillside Stage...

Martha Scanlan and David Bromberg hitting the note at the Hillside Stage...

Emmylou, James and Sam during "Wild Horses"

Emmylou and James Nash from the Waybacks

Emmylou Harris and old band mate Sam Bush

The Farewell Drifters at the Austin Stage on Sunday.

One of the Lovell Sisters jamming on the rock standard "Hey Joe"

Bromberg's guitar

Zac Brown Band on the Lido Deck

Oakhurst taking the music to the people after a show they did...

Kathleen Edwards and her husband

Joel Guzman

Keith Sewell, Lyle Lovett and Russell Kunkel

Viktor Krause, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett and Russell Kunkel

John Hiatt Band

Glenn Phillips and guests

Kathleen Edwards

Joe Ely and Joel Guzman

Gee, what do these guys all have in common?

Brandi singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

Shawn Colvin and Brandi at the "No Buddies"

Brandi singing Leonard Cohen

Yep, a rather large cabin boy for Patty Griffin per her contract. Some artists like candy but...

Darrell Scott letting Luke Bulla rip it up on fiddle

Joel Guzman and Joe Ely late one night in the Lounge

Brandi having a moment onstage with Indigo Girls (one of her favorite bands)

John Hiatt, Viktor Krause, Lyle Lovett and Russell Kunkel

Lyle Lovett and Russell Kunkel in the Stardust theatre

John Hiatt

John Hiatt Band

Matt Mangano playing with Asyln with cool reflections on the piano top...

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott playing the "No Buddies" show with Matt Mangano from Asyln

Kathleen Edwards and Tift Merritt

Kathleen Edwards and Tift Merritt during "No Buddies"

Joe Ely and Joel Guzman at "No Buddies"

Joe Ely at the "No Buddies" show for Buddy Miller

"No Buddies" show in the Stardust

Brandi

Patty Griffin

Darrell Scott and Luke Bulla

A Greencard playing to the sea...

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Mel Milton

Check-in for band camp right after we parked on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.

Charles and his new roommate Will...outside the college dorm complex.

Entrance for the dining area that was huge!

Charles and Will coming back from the dining area the first day.

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Will in the middle...

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"Kodak Moment" for many in the audience but I used an Olympus.

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This was the major landmark for the dining hall and practice area.

Chris Thomas, Daniel Lanois and Greg Leisz

Talk about a guy who could command a room...

Daniel Lanois

Buddy Miller was really moved during each show and afterward went around saying how much he...

Yeah, the 35 person choir really got into it.

Buddy Miller and Brady Blade, Jr. in front of the choir

Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. just loved Greg Leisz whenever he played and made a big deal about the...

Daniel Lanois doing "The Maker" as the final song of the first night...

The Blade Brothers

The amazing Blade Brothers and the Zion Baptist Church Choir all the way from Shreveport, LA

Daniel Lanois and Greg Leisz talking before church on Sunday morning

Really nice stained glass work in almost every window of the Hyati Heritage Center.

Window inside the Hayti Heritage Center

Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. with Daneil Lanois and Greg Leisz looking on with the Zion Baptist Church...

Chris Thomas

Brady Blade, Jr.

Brian Blade

Horn player next to drummer Brian Blade

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Greg Leisz and Ms. Ada Small who brought the house down with her tunes!!!

Richard Thompson at the Loud and Rich show in Greensboro, NC

Richard Thompson at the Loud and Rich show

Richard Thompson

Deep in the moment with Richard Thompson...

Rich and Loud at the Loud and Rich show

Richard Thompson playing "I Feel So Good"

Loudin Wainwright III doing Charlie Poole songs

Loudon Wainwright III

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David Pulkingham, Hector Munoz, Alejandro Escovedo and Bobby Daniels

David Pulkingham and Alejandro Escovedo

David Pulkingham and Alejandro Escovedo

David Pulkingham and Alejandro Escovedo

David Pulkingham and Alejandro Escovedo

David Pulkingham and Alejandro Escovedo

David Pulkingham and Alejandro Escovedo

Michael (far left) and Josh next to him on the first roller coaster ride of the trip.

Josh getting a 360 view of Seaworld at it's finest.

Pair of dolpine side by side.

Pair of dolphin with the sun reflecting off their backs...

Incredible light for this series of dolphin pictures who seemed like they were playing with me...

The whole family watching killer whales at Seaworld

Ben and Charles after a long day walking around Seaworld

Sunset on a very off and on stormy day at Busch Gardens..

Long bridge across lake right outside the door at the condo in Orlando.

From the bridge this is the second pool at the other end of the lake.

Happy hippo at Busch Gardens near where we had lunch...

This was as cool as it looks...

On the lookout for lightning...

Can't tell if this is color or b&w...

Tough getting out of bed with all the walking and your brother on your chest.

Josh in computer nook next to our condo porch...

12 second timer photo in Great Aunt Margo's living room on Thanksgiving...

Waterfall pool right around the corner from our condo

True all over Busch Gardens in Tampa...

Treetop sky ride for Charles early in the day...

Really loud cat fight...

Waiting for a table overlooking the animals for lunch...

Oh lord, Charlie won the ring toss early in the afternoon.

Ben in the back with Charlie in the front for the waterslide...

Very wet twilight ride for Ben and Charles...

Charlie took this photo of his mom and dad.

Waiting for the Busch Garden bus...

Twilight

Great meal from Great Aunt Margo...

This was just before a thunderstorm and they got closer with every clap.

Josh and Charles playing in the cold water in Clearwater.

Yuri on the beach resting after working all week...

Sunset at Great Aunt Margo's place in Clearwater.

A very large tree in Clearwater behind Great Aunt Margo's condo.

Dancing light on the water...

Hidden on the side...

Incoming dolphins!

Ben and Jan watching Charles way above their heads...

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Darrell Scott and special guest multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz on the last night of the Cayamo...

A rockin' set by Hoots and Hellmouth on the pool deck.

Lots of talk onboard about the shoes these two were wearing...double click picture for better view.

My son was mistaken for the singer in Hoots and Hellmouth often.

Tickets to a whole lot of fun...

Luke Bulla and the drummer of W.P.A.

Buddy Miller made it for 2010!

Steve Earle as a guest of the Buddy Miller and Friends show

Buddy Miller

Darrell and Greg playing "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"

Darrell Scott playing his new electric guitar with the legendary Greg Leisz on Cayamo

Darrell Scott and Greg Leisz duo show...

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt during an afternoon performance in the Starlight Lounge.

Lyle Lovett during his duo show with John Hiatt that was a pleasure start to finish.

World Cafe NPR program with Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris recorded onboard for April airing.

Just a real nice casual interview for the World Cafe on NPR onboard the ship.

Brandi Carlile

Is that a UFO over Glen Phillips head during the W.P.A. set?

About four or five feet long way up a tree...

What a croc...

The whole family in Belize at the Altun Ha Mayan ruin that Steve Earle visited, too.

W.P.A. playing the pool deck...

"The Brothers" at Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Mexico

Had to crane my neck to get this shot...

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Mexico

These Mayan sites have some roots to 'em.

Spider monkey up a tree in Mexico...on the impressive site of the Mayan ruins.

Buddy Miller's new band with guest Sara Watkins on fiddle

Star bar for the artists...

More weird towels...

Strange looking towel...

Mayan stone just off the dock in Mexico

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

"The Brothers" with Bubba...in Mexico.

Monkey hanging from the balcony curtain after seeing howler monkey's in Belize in the wild.

12 foot waves outside the fourth deck pub onboard.

Rough waves on the Gulf...

Star Bar where all the artists hung out at a "private function"

Got our own private dining room at the haunted "The Pirate's House" in Savannah, GA on the way back...

Don't want to see a flag like these when you are out to sea these days.

Haunted private room that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island."

Didn't even question this sign in Savannah.

See!

Aboard the Peacemaker ship in the harbor of Savannah, GA.

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Steve Earle was in the group ahead of us in Belize at the Mayan ruins Altun Ha.

Steve Earle showing his sunburn from his Belize excursion to Altun Ha.

Emmylou and Steve Earle on the dock getting ready to go on the musician excursion with Cayamo gang.

...and Kappy and Michael got mixed up a lot, too.

Hey, we were on a ship and this is what you do on a ship, ah?

All four McKelvey brothers in Mexico for the 1st time. Even Steve Earle got off the ship here.

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Friends Kevin and Clare in Belize surrounded by the McKelvey "brothers."

Russell Kunkel's daughter singing with Lyle Lovett sounding a lot like her mom Nicolette Larson

Daughter of Russell Kunkel and the late Nicolette Larson with Arnold

John Hiatt's guitar was on fire for the duo early afternoon show with Lyle Lovett

Brandi Carlile's first song for the 6:00 PM show.

Brandi Carlile acoustic in front of the microphones.

"Wish You Well" with Katie Herzig and Brandi Carlile with one of the twins in the background at the...

John Hagan after a stunning cello solo for "Can't Resist It."

Great 9:30 PM set by Luke and Melissa in the Spinnaker Lounge

Sean and Sara Watkins with some of W.P.A. backing and Buddy Miller with the hat in the far side on...

Late night/morning set by Steve Earle in the Stardust Lounge on the 23rd

John Hiatt at the 6:00 PM show on the 24th as we shoved off from Costa Maya, Mexico into the 30 foot...

Lissie playing Cayamo on the day she had a song on "Gray's Anatomy"

Buddy Miller's guitar

Buddy Miller back in fine form for the cruise!

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Darrell and Greg at the last show on the cruise for the Spinnaker Lounge

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"Snickers"

Snickers was born 3/6/10 in Garner, NC

OCIM Walk

Even puppies need to rest sometimes...

Had been in full-tilt puppy all day...

Dave Rawlings

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings back as a duo for 2010 on the eve of a full moon.

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Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

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Gillian Welch pic taken from the back wall of the Cat's Cradle

Late night picking on the top of a mountain...

Giving the guitar a workout after midnight...

Late Friday night after being lost in downtown Wilkesboro, NC

Superb set by W.P.A.

Tim has the best seat in the festival for Peter Rowan

Tom and Tim Stone onstage for Tony Rice

The ever changing Tony Rice Unit

Maple Burn runs a tight ship just like on Cayamo...

Abby Road with Elvis, Jerry Douglas and the Waybacks on the Hillside stage

Steve Martin

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Stuart, Douglas and Compton onstage with Elvis

Elvis with Jim Lauderdale in the shadows...

Elvis

Red Molly on the Austin Stage

Red Molly debut on the Austin Stage

Just an incredible set by Shannon Whitworth!

Shannon Whitworth Band

Yep!

Mountain view to be sure...

Breakfast time in our little mountain cabin home...

The gang!

Relaxing after the festival on Sunday night at the top of the mountain...

Mighty fine "Cosmic American Music" as Gram Parsons would say...

Shannon Whitworth on the Hillside Stage Sunday morning...

Red Molly on the cabin stage before W.P.A.

Luke Bulla and Glen Phillips of W.P.A.

Cruise mates W.P.A. on Sunday afternoon...

Luke Bulla

Jimmy, Timmer and Josh closer to the creek than the Creekside stage

Great songs by Anne and Pete Sibley

Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band

Little nap in the shade in the front row of the Watson Stage between acts.

Crowd for the Hillside classic album hour...

Second time I've seen Jerry Douglas sing...

Stuart Duncan and a delighted Jerry Douglas

My cruise mate Stuart Duncan on fiddle with Jerry Douglas on dobro

Church on Sunday morning with Doc Watson and the NBB

Jimmy and Pete Sibley catching Red Molly together in a huge crowd.

Portion of the huge crowd for Red Molly on the Austin Stage

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Abby Road

Way up the hill for the classic album hour...

Hula hoop and the powered wheelchair on the Hillside Stage caught my eye...

Abby Road by the Beatles

In the shade on the Hillside stage area...

Cup of Joe in the morning on the back deck...

Backyard of the cabin...

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Over an hour before showtime...

Lots of songs from the new "A Crooked Road" double CD...

Darrell Scott of Band Of Joy

Darrell Scott of the Band Of Joy!

Joked he'd start on piano since David Grier played guitar so well...

David Grier

Didn't appear to have a plan for this...

The long version of "Banjo Clark"

Darrell Scott and David Grier

More mighty fine jammin'...

Jammin' guitars!

B&W of Darrell Scott and David Grier

Darrell Scott and David Grier

David Grier had everyone laughing the whole night...

Darrell's kind of town...

Love the street signs in Asheville...

View from near the Grey Eagle

Outside the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC

Wonderful mall downtown with a piano player under the flag...

Yep!

Buddy Miller opening for Patty Griffin with her band

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Patty Griffin of Band Of Joy

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Flying Squirrels stuff before the show started...

Really cool upstairs just before Fred took the stage...

View of Fred Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels from above, so to speak.

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Fred Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels

Fred Eaglesmith and a Flying Squirrel

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Fred Eaglesmith

Fred Eaglesmith going solo and giving the Flying Squirrels a break...

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Checkers

Cards

Choices

Yep!

Waiting

Fun

Yep

Cold water...

I'm not getting out...

Back of the building...

Cookies!!!

Farewell

Football practice...

Shallow water

Relaxing

Pool monster...

Play

In the moment...

Fellowship

Twilight

Don't leave home without it...

Great throw...

Got it...

Floating

Lightness here and there...

Dancing light on the water...

Long Goodbye

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Night of the big ice storm...

Luke Bulla, John Cowan and Jeff Autry

John Cowan and his good buddy Jeff Autry

Shot from the side of the stage...

More soaring vocals...

Guest Tony Williamson on mandolin and Luke Bulla on fiddle for the John Cowan free show at W54th

Soaring vocals during a superb second set...

The old Sam Cooke hit, "Jesus Gave Me Water"

Kind of captures the feel of the night...

Banjo player from the audience was superb...

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Charles foot, Chewbacca and Slinky

Worn out Chewbacca but still keeping track of everything around him.

Slinky checking out Chewbacca up close...

Josh (first born son), Slinky (black & tan) and Chewbacca (dapple)

Chewbacca is just a little guy...

Chewbacca worn out from puppy play...

Chewbacca and his curious eyes...

Chewbacca acting casual with his paws crossed in front of him.

Chewbacca cocked his head when a cell phone picture was taken in front of him.

Chewbacca in the shade...

Chewbacca on his first day away from his brothers and sisters.

Chewbacca on his first day with us wondering...

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Stills at lip of the stage during a solo...

Graham Nash

David Crosby and his son, James Raymond

Ready, set and go...

Stephen Stills and Joe Vitale on drums

Stills and Nash

Guitar solo by Stills...

CSN in the "covers" set

CSN sings Dylan

David Crosby singing "What Are There Names" as a powerful hymn

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Acoustic "covers" set playing the Who, Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers & Dylan

Seats were so close didn't see the Jumbotron TV screens on either side of the stage.

CSN with Bob Glaub (l) and James Raymond (r) in the background

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Stills, Glaub (background), Nash & Crosby

Stills, Glaub, Nash, Crosby and Raymond

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Stills watching Crosby & Nash from the side of the stage...

Graham Nash & David Crosby

Graham Nash and David Crosby vocals soared for "Guinevere"

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Graham Nash

David Crosby

Stephen Stills playing some Buffalo Springfield to prep for the 2010 reunion

Bob Glaub and Graham Nash

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Stephen Stills and Graham Nash

So many standing ovations...

...from the back of the venue

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Mr. David Mansfield

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Looks like we've got some weather on the way...

Last last night with a blue filter added...

Chewbacca in front of Slinky

Slinky and Chewbacca

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Chewbacca and Slinky

Slinky

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We love this time of year...

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Interesting ring around the sun here that doesn't show up as well as seeing it.

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Bowing the electric guitar...

Shades of Led Zep at the Patty Larkin show...

Darn good crowd for a Thursday in Durham...

Big full moon on the rise in the background...

Great setting, lights and sound at the Casbah

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Patty Larkin in B&W

Flashing hands of Patty Larkin...

Patty Larkin

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Rockin' side of Patty Larkin at the Casbah

Patty Larkin and Peter Mulvey at the Casbah

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Patty Larkin at the Casbah

Peter Mulvey at the Casbah

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Patty Larkin and Peter Mulvey for their 1st show of 2011.

Patty Larkin and Peter Mulvey at the Casbah in Durham, NC.

Patty Larkin and Peter Mulvey at the Casbah

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Jan, Charlie and Landon on December 4th after the parade.

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Christmas night to remember 2010...

Morning after Christmas on the porch in the backyard...

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Home, sweet, home! Taken on December 27th...

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Between yards on 12/27/2010

Day after Christmas 2010...

Chewbacca can "whip my hair" like the best of 'em. Taken on 1/8/2011.

Chewbacca on the back porch in a snow shower (he's an 8 lb. miniature dachshund) on 1/7/2011.

Cleaning the car in the snow January 8th...

Forecast for sunshine all day didn't work out so well January 8th.

Early in the morning 12/27/2010

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Too much ice on the driveway to walk the dogs there...photo taken on 1/11/11.

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Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck playing the 200 seat lounge at Merlefest 2007.

Abby and her husband Bela just before Darrell Scott played at midnight

Bela and Abby

They all took their shoes off...what a cut up!

John Paul Jones (Led Zep dude) and Abby cutting up before a Contra Dance

A contra dance band I'll never forget...

Band huddle before the contra dance. Never thought I'd hear JPJ for an hour at a contra dance...

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Uncle Earl with Sharon Gilchrist on bass and John Paul Jones guesting on bass and mandolin in 2007...

The "real" Uncle John talking to Abigail about doing a hospice benefit.

My 87 yr/old dad in the front row (center) for Abby & Bela just before Darrell Scott at midnight.

Great dancers! The band loved watching 'em.

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Brandi Carlile sort of became an Indigo Girl for the week at each of their shows.

Brandi onstage with the Indigo Girls

Brandi seemed to know "all" of the Indigo Girls songs...

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Darrell Scott

Darrell and Patty in the Band of Joy, indeed!

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BAND OF JOY

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Patty Griffin

Band of Joy

Byron House and Buddy Miller

Two day 2011 World Tour for the Buddy Miller Band

Buddy Miller late, late show...I like the four faces on this one.

Buddy Miller Band two days after they all were introduced to each other...

The beloved Joel Guzman playing on Cayamo with Buddy Miller this time...

Brandi Carlile and John Prine during "Angel From Montgomery"

Richard Thompson and Buddy Miller playing "Keep Your Distance"

Pool deck back to normal on the last morning...

28 Baby Gators in this spot...about 10 inches long.

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

1st concert of Cayamo (out of 124 shows) with a rockin' Shawn Mullins' Band

Present from Cayamo and our last towel animal

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer after a day at the beach...

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Call and response at the Loud and Rich show...

Buddy Miller and Steve Earle with Chris Donahue playing "Poison Love," dear.

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Lots of nautical humor from Richard Thompson...

Nothing like seeing Richard Thompson in a 300 seat hall who sounds like three guitars at once.

Indigo Girls with guest Brandi Carlile

Indigo Girls with Brandi Carlile guesting on vocals

Songwriter/actor Loudon Wainwright III from the old M.A.S.H.TV series and the film "Knocked Up"

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Allison Moorer, Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin in the songwriter round

What the heck?

Cookout for 2100 people happened more than once on the cruise...

Big chess game on the first afternoon of the cruise...

Unless you are a tad late for your 8:00 PM show...

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Larkin-Poe late one evening on the pool deck as the water sloshed in the pool...

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Keith Sewell

Kentucky Thunder reunion without Ricky

Keith Sewell from Lyle Lovett's band

That is the plan...

Insect rabbit

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St. Croix beach scene...on the other side of the island from the ship.

Water, no ice, ah?

St. Croix on the way back to the ship...

Bar City venue on the Pearl

Patty Griffin's opening song at the 8:00 PM show

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Patty Griffin played lots of rare songs during her set from what she called the dust bin...

Patty Griffin's guitar player...

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Larkin-Poe wowed 'em on the pool deck...

Lucy Wainwright Roche with a couple of friends

Steep Canyon Rangers

Late night with the Steep Canyon Rangers

Lucy Wainwright Roche singing with her dad

Colin Hay from Men At Work singing "Who Can It Be Now"

Richard during the Loud and Rich set that had the duo onstage together for an hour. The entire set...

Richard during the Loud and Rich show recorded by World Cafe

Loud and Rich last night of the cruise after Loudon spent a day on the beach and waterslide

B&W of Richard and Buddy Miller for Richard's last song on the cruise, "Keep Your Distance" at the...

Richard and Buddy Miller for Richard's last song on the cruise, "Keep Your Distance" at the ten...

Richard and Buddy Miller for Richard's last song on the cruise, "Keep Your Distance" at the ten...

Richard and Buddy Miller for Richard's last song on the cruise, "Keep Your Distance" at the ten...

Loud & Rich set at 6:00 PM in the Stardust Theatre the last night of the cruise

Hour long duo show by Loud & Rich set at 6:00 PM in the Stardust Theatre the last night of the...

Loud & Rich set at 6:00 PM in the Stardust Theatre the last night of the cruise

Richard in the 4:30 SRO Spinnaker show

Richard in the 4:30 SRO Spinnaker show

Richard in the 4:30 SRO Spinnaker solo show

Richard at the 4:30 SRO show in the Spinnaker

Richard onstage and Simon behind the board doing a hell of a good job!

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Richard Thompson during SRO solo show in the Spinnaker

RT was concerned we needed sails for more speed to reach land...hoist the Spinnaker!

Richard Thompson at the SRO Spinnaker show at 4:30

Richard Thompson at the SRO Spinnaker set in the afternoon

Brandi "the Queen Of Cayamo" Carlile

Brandi Carlile Band

Sing a long with Brandi Carlile and the Twins

A far cry from her folk duo on Cayamo 2008

Twins doing "SoundS of Silence" during the Brandi Carlile show spooky good.

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Coral Castle

Charlie on the far wall of the coral castle...

Coral Castle

If I had a boat, I'd go out on the ocean...

Putting Miami in the rear view mirror...

Tortola park just before going out on a swim at the "caves" and "sisters" area of BVI...

Lunch at Pirates in the British Virgin Islands

Great spot to snorkel in BVI

Back to the ship after five hours of snorkeling in the BVI

They had a drill when we were off snorkeling

Very old St. Croix lighthouse...

Went to sleep late and up early for an excursion...

Charlie really liked this part of the cruise...

Chocolate for what seems like miles...

Monkey bidness..

Took the first tender on the last day of the cruise for a great spot...

ALL WET!

Charlie going down the water slide with Loudon Wainwright III right behind him.

Charles on the left heads back to the tender to go to the ship...

Last excursion...

Mouse was the last towel animal we got...

Mom gator watching over the young...in the Everglades

Very young gators...during Everglades excursion.

St. Croix, indeed!

Great snorkel area between the two rock formations...tons of fish!

Heading into Florida asleep...

Unusual clouds in Florida taken at 70 mph from the back seat...

Just outside Miami at sunset...

Coral Castle

Charles studies his next move against his mom...

Lunch with an ocean view...

Sunset rays on the water...

Humpback whales in the distance at sunset...

Other side of the island from the ship on St. Croix

Charlie and Jan in the old part of St. Croix

Park in St. Croix near the ship in the late afternoon...

Bar City between shows...scene of late night off menu jams by the bluegrass all-stars.

Big chess near South Beach...

Lots of choices...

Lost an hour in the first time change...

Historic Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

This is where some of the coral came from for the Coral Castle

One of Ed's coral quarries...

Deep pool...

Soup with an ocean view for lunch...

Late lunch...

Dar Williams

Dar Williams during afternoon songwriters in the round

Allison Moorer "Dancing Barefoot"

Mr. Joel Guzman

Joel and Buddy toe to toe

Joel Guzman and Buddy Miller late, late show!

Mr. Joel Guzman

Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin at the late, late show...

Last ringing note of Buddy Miller's incredible late show on Cayamo

I just want to light you up. Light you up like a fire.

Loud and Rich finale in the Stardust

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No land in sight in any direction...

These go from buds to full bloom during the cruise...

Brought to you by "butter"

Everglades water level was very, very low...

It's just the motion, too. Taken 25 seconds later on 2/17/11 notice the ocean.

It's just the motion. Taken at 5:00 PM 2/17/11.

Taken from the back window with full 20x optical zoom...

Piano is to the right of the third pole on the left...

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This is such a sad picture of the former Austin Stage during Merlefest 2011.

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Peter Rowan at the Bill Monroe reunion

Tom & Tim in the cheap seats at the Americana stage

My cruise buddy, Viktor Krause

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Sonny on the screen...

Midnight Jam

Midnight Jam

Relaxing after three days of fun & music

John Hartford String Band with Mark Schatz on bass from the O'Boys

John Hartford string band member

Lyle and the Acoustic All-Stars

Sunday morning on the porch...

"The Old Home Place" early Sunday morning...

Doc Watson Creekside on Sunday morning

Midnight Jammed out on Sunday morning Creekside

Bryan Sutton

Peter Rowan, Tony Rice & Bobby Hicks

Wailin Jennys from Canada were superb!

Kruger Brothers' string section in the Walker Center

Family room with grandpa on a bright sunny day...

Outside the train station...

Leaf drop...

A leaf drop in the wind...lots of fun!

Air cannon signature...

Wish the military only had air cannons like these to use...

Charles

Sailing by remote control...

Lemur in the distance...

Couple of Lemurs watching a third one in the distance...

Lemur relaxing...

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Frog on a lillie pad...

Huge turtle from another direction...

Pretty big snake if you look close...

What is that "click" sound?

Wolf getting a little sip of water...

Really big turtles...

Water pressure and sand...

This was funny to watch...

Two black bears playing...

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The brothers!

Family shot...

Wait for me!

World class Life & Science center in Durham...

This went on for 15 minutes or so...

This was very loud and intense...

Wow!

Sermon topic that was very well rec'd...

Charles giving the Sunday sermon with his grandpa there to witness...

McKelvey clan

Whole family at Eno River park with Grandpa

Charles wishing his dad would put the camera down at the band concert...

Spring concert

Ian and Charlie

Double click for really big close-up of spud bloom...

Blooming spuds is a good sign for what is going on below the earth...

Spud blooms...

Golden spuds blooms...

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Easter Lillies planted in memory of our parents that have gone on ahead...

He was very good about all this but enough was enough...

Everyone had to grab a shot of this...

Charles near the Easter Lillies in the yard...

Charles ready to leave for 1st "social" at school...

In memory each year of beloved parents...

In memory of parents who gone on up ahead of us...

Twilight on the Easter Lillies

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Red clay halo...

Bunkhouse tent for directions...

African pavilion

Really relaxed...

Think the little one in the corner wanted a bite, too.

Very last picture of the day walking out to the car over a bridge...foot long turtle.

Asheboro, North Carolina

Ancient seabed lava...

Escape artist who has made the newspapers more than once...

Don't mess around with this guy...

Speechless...

Too cute! Like almost all these pictures only had three seconds to capture it.

More blooming good fun...

Got my eye on you!

These two were a hoot banging their heads and neck on each other...

Feeding time at the zoo!

Should I sit?

Little mist on a hot summer day at the zoo...

This is nice!

...or just lay down?

Reflection...

Water catcher plant...

Cool use of a tree trunk...

Flowers everywhere!

Blooming good time...

At times it felt like we had the place to ourselves...

Had three seconds to catch this...

Water to keep you cool in the shade...

Lunch is on the way...

Strollers and kids aplenty!

All aboard?

Train ride!!!

On the hunt for food...

Very still frog...

Sleeping beauty...

Really big!

Watermelon time at the zoo for mom and child...

Red clay bath anyone?

Just a quick bite, ah?

Outstanding in it's field! Curvature of the earth in this picture, too.

Sunset Gap work trip 7/3/11

Lunch before the long drive into the mountains

Two new "first year" sherpas for the Sunset Gap work trip

Quilt symbol that helped fund the work trip...

Well...almost all packed up.

Sunset Gap work trip 7/2/11

You will be in Dr. Bob's van...

Packed up!

More room over here!

Ready, set and go! Keep 'em in your prayers!

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Sunset on the Spirit was wonderful every night...

11:00 PM comedy was like seeing a show at 3:00 AM our time.

Waterfall near the glacier

Blue, blue & more blue in a sea of green water

Jan agreed to this cruise in the twinkling of an eye.

Really tall icebergs that have 80% of mass under water

Big time!

Pretty big ships right in front of the glacier

Small excursion boat between our ship and Disney

Disney ship still about a mile away from the glacier. They got only 1/4 mile away...

Iceberg dead ahead! Near all glaciers the water looks green, too.

Really loud waterfall near the glacier

More study of the five course menu

Incredible view for dinner each night out the window

Fog moving in and we used the fog horn on the ship all night long. It got like pea soup but in...

Twilight on the way to Juneau

Sunset on the way to somewhere, ah? Fog rollin' in...

Took a four hour bus ride out to the Yukon and this train back along gold rush route.

Right under the railroad tracks on the way to the Yukon out of Skagway where 3000 horses died during...

Not sure we should have pulled over right here in the Yukon where they get 40 feet of snow?

Don't think the snow at 14,000 feet will melt this summer in the Yukon.

Had just been reading about vitamin K2 when I noticed the "K" was missing in Yukon.

Leaves were changing already in the Yukon at about 8,000 feet or so

Green tea anyone?

Go you huskies! They barked until they weren't picked and then it was quiet.

Suited up for fog, hard rain and white water rafting

Christopher and Jan getting the raft ready for serious white water rafting

View just before white water rafting trip...

Rained hard right after white water rafting trip near the glacier

Ravin on aft portion of the Lido deck

Reading Wilcock's "Source Field Investigations" during the "Inward Passage" trip was interesting.

Lee (hat) and Linda (red vest) in the far blue kayak amongst the whales near Orca Beach

No snow falling on cedars at this location today but it might tomorrow with gales of 75 mph...

Rainforest excursion at Orca Beach

Bubble net feeding whales with picture taken from shore of Orca Beach

Very difficult photography to get a picture of a whale since they are only on the surface a moment

Interesting whale tail

This whale gave the sea kayakers a start just off Orca Beach

Whale of a tail

Would have loved an "Inward Passage" t-shirt but just made it on time to sail.

"Catch a chicken" according to some on the ship.

This free picture would be $19.95 on the ship (but I took it from the dock)

Dolphin keeping pace with the ship at 20 mph on the way to Victoria, B.C.

Table for the fourteen in our group

Had to study the five course menu a bit each night with the desert being the tough choice...

Best view of 14,400 foot Mt. Rainier (150 miles away here) the whole trip from Victoria, B.C.

Jan points out Mt. Rainer way in the distance from Victoria, B.C. on a rare clear day

Entrance to Victoria, B.C. with little tiny people getting splashed

Jan and cousin George at the 30 yr/old bubble gum wall in Seattle near Pike's Market

Got a thumbs up with no expression change for giving him a couple of bucks in Seattle on Pike...

Sunset the first evening in Seattle at a wonderful resturant with George and Mavis

Bold bird feeding on the ferry to Bainbridge Island

Taking this ship to St. Barts early in the new year

Jim, Jan, George and Mavis at a great lunch spot on Bainbridge Island

Great lunch on Bainbridge Island Uncle Rob picked out

Driftwood everywhere for Jim & Rob

Big hunk of driftwood on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island beach

Seattle from the ferry coming back from Bainbridge Island after fog cleared

Seattle from the marina where we had the best dinner near the port.

Three humpback whales "bubble net feeding"

Ferry to Bainbridge Island in the morning fog

Brisk 45 mph breeze for sunset...

Wind farm in the middle of the country

Spent most of the 3rd day on the balcony

Relaxing after checking our position on a great map of the "Inward Passage"

Looking for whales,seals and dolphin

Howdy neighbor! Looking at icebergs and thinking of the Titanic...

Pikes Market

Home of the "flying fish"

Bald Eagle way up a tree during whale watching

Big driftwood on Bainbridge Island

Double rainbow almost was a circle

Double rainbow the 1st day in the "inward passage" we took as a good sign

Canada req'd one ton of stuff for the gold rush. Only 150 out of 100,000 who came made money.

Seattle just after we touched down...

Carnival Spirit Lido deck

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Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche in Durham, NC

Loud and Lucy together for what turned out to be the show closer...

Great family harmonies...

Great setting for a songwriter show...

Lawn chairs far as the eye could see...

Loudon Wainwright III a few miles from the hospital he was born at...

Pouring rain brought an end to the show...electrified performance, indeed.

Guess you could call the stage a watering hole...

Lots of stories about North Carolina and his parents

"Dead Skunk" sing along from 1971 or so

Loudon (aka Dr. Howard), who played a gynecologist for Katherine Heigl, in the movie "Knocked Up."

Wind picked up before the showers...

Loud and Lucy

A funny moment onstage...

Loud and Lucy

Loud and Lucy

Loudon and Lucy as the sprinkles turned to showers...

Loudon & Lucy doing a superb version of "Love Hurts"

Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche

Unexpected standing ovation for "My Meds" from the males in the audience...

"High, Wide and Handsome" from the Charlie Poole collection

Some real good guitar breaks...

Sprinkled in some Charlie Poole tunes for the NC crowd...

Loudon Wainwright III on a cool and cloudy day...

Great set by Loudon Wainwright III had the crowd laughing...

Loudon of the duo Loud and Rich

Loudon Wainwright III back home in the town he was born...

Date night at the American Tobacco's "Music On The Lawn" Concert Series

Lucy Wainwright Roche introduces her dad in the background...

Lucy Wainwright Roche opens for her dad

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George, Jan, Josh & Jim in downtown Durham, NC

Which way do we want to go?

Alright, we'll go that away...

Burt's Bees headquarters in downtown Durham in a restored building

Doorway into Burt's Bees

Words to live by...or at least a little longer anyway.

Lucky Strike from the old days down here...

Josh, George and Jan

Fast running streams of water everywhere...

Wondering around inside looking at the art on the walls...

Even Durham has an "underground"

Maybe we should have looked at this first instead of on the way out...

Model of the area we visited

Entrance to Durham Bulls

George checking out the field at the Durham Bulls ballpark

Sorry George, I don't have a key to the ballpark...

Well, the smoke usually comes out the nose when you hit a home run...

Good spot to take it all in at the Durham Bulls ballpark

After season view of the ballpark

George, Jan and Dave on the steps into Duke Chapel

Jan, George, and Dave visit Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel in the late afternoon sun

George, Jim and Dave in the shadow of Duke Chapel

George and Dave visit Duke Gardens

George, Jim and Dave at the pond in Duke Gardens

George and Dave on the bridge with Jim

George and Dave at Duke Gardens

Miracle worker in the kitchen to be sure...

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Big turtle trying to get out of the canal...

Ducks in a canal with lots of algae in Lake Waccamaw

With the click of the DSLR camera it flew off after the 1st picture...

Fall along the Lake Waccamaw canal with birds, gators and turtles

More Spanish Moss on Lake Waccamaw

Late afternoon on Lake Waccamaw

Always liked this little spot on Lake Waccamaw with the Spanish Moss

Didn't notice the "no parking" sign till we were ready to leave...oops!

Lake Waccamaw on the way to the lake...

Pierce & Co Hardware Store

Circle around the Columbus County Courthouse

Coming into town from Lumberton, NC

Great end to a day thinking of relatives that have gone ahead...feeling watched over to be sure.

Flowers as far as the eye could see...

They really keep the markers cleaned up but we still did a little touch up...

Jan tending the grave site of her parents

Grave site for Charles and Gloria in Whiteville, NC

Park where the kids played each visit with their grandparents...

City park near the two city lots they owned...

Lots of memories here...

Lot of memories at this church...

Home is now an office with a big addition in the front...

Columbus County Hospital

Office now looks like a home...

Plenty of wildlife at every turn...

Crane on canal in Lake Waccamaw

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Blocks are hours of fun...

Drummer and guitar player in the making...

Josh, Dolly, Charlie and Dad at the entrance of Duke Gardens

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Charles on a rock in the duck pond.

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Show me the bread?

Fall colors in the water on the duck pond.

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Dolly and dad over the terrace at Duke Gardens

Did Charles jump or was he pushed?

Goldfish pond

Big lillie pads in the pond

Goldfish pond at Duke Gardens

Goldfish in the new improved pond...

Goldfish pond area of Duke Gardens where many wedding have taken place.

Well, half the family anyway...

Lindsay and Ben on the bridge she designed for Duke Gardens

Brand new bridge built around mill stones and designed by Lindsay

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NC section of Duke Gardens

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Three late afternoon weddings going on at Duke Gardens filmed from all sides.

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I'll huff and I'll puff and blow the blocks down...

Landon loves trains...

Even sounded like a real jackass. Really...

Landon I'm sure is wondering if they are "happy" pigs?

Sleeping owl in the shade

More great looking metal...

Great metal butterfly

Really big bug that is also really fake.

These aren't real but they are pretty on the side of the butterfly building

Shadows and light

Nice "hoop" ear ring...

Interesting fake "eye" toward back of wing for protection

Misty

Light hit this just right in the butterfly house

Sunbathers...

Wow, looks like a monster butterfly

Really good pollen collector

Looks like the seat of the soul...

They brought out butterfly's for 1st flight and Landon helped select them.

Museum of Life and Science in Durham

Said very slowly, "eye and nose"

Safe in Ben's arms...

Landon is "roaring"

Lemur

Lemurs at the Museum of Life and Science

End of the day...

Late day sun at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham

Incredible day at the Museum of Life and Science

Landon was allowed to sit on the engine of the train

Too cloudy to launch today...

American Tobacco warehouse district in downtown Durham across from the DPAC

Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham

Monday morning in Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham

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Brilliant "silver glow" in the woods behind our house.

Reading the real story on the "nine" Magi

John talking about the Magi in the Christmas story.

Really nice evening back at the condo.

Cleaning up our last big meal in Midland...

The salmon cook checking something on his phone...

Reading with a cup of coffee where ever we went.

With a foot of lake effect snow in Canton on the way we just stayed the night.

Back at the Hampton Inn suite in Canton on our way home.

Everybody liked the trains!

Little tiny trains all over the place.

Landin is thinking how do we get this in the car?

There is a dragon in the tunnel near the railroad tracks.

Lots of interesting little "bits."

Last picture at Crossroads Village

Turn-of-the-century Davison Depot originally served the Grand Trunk and Western Railroad.

"All Aboard" the Huckleberry Railroad for a forty minute ride at sunset.

Carousel features 36 jumping horses, 4 baby horses, and 2 chariots.

Carousel built in Kansas in 1912 and operated in Riverside, California.

Look ma, no hands!

Josh gives a thumbs up!

Super fast "winter" ferris wheel.

Built in 1910, this is the last existing Superior Wheel built by Charles W. Parker.

Lights off main street at Huckleberry Railroad

Huge Christmas tree near the old one room schoolhouse just like Poseyville.

Fancy Queen Anne barn now sells roasted almonds.

Lights near downtown area of Huckleberry Railroad.

Really big magic tree of lights...

Model train area reminded us of Uncle Ed's train set in the basement.

This reminded us all of mom and Gulf Shores, AL.

Played "Phase Ten" all afternoon by the pool and had a blast.

Working print shop from the 1800's now but was a dry goods store, bakery and ice cream parlor.

Entering Huckleberry Railroad around 4:00 PM as it opened for the evening.

Church was built in 1898 for the Cohoctah Evangelical Church in Livingston County where we lived for...

Old time type set page.

Inside the print shop we got the grand tour!

Got a half pound of roasted almonds here for the train ride.

Magic tree just a dusk before we boarded the railroad train.

Lots of light shows outside the foggy train windows.

Part of the long train going around a turn.

Ben, Lindsey and Landon on the 1921 era Pere Marquette caboose.

Fixing the shower doors...good grandkids! Pulled carpet at the Toni and Trish house, too.

Frosty the Snowman down near the old courthouse in Midland.

Landon gets the brother thing!

Peak inside Santa's workshop!

Oops, we went too far...

Tridge from shore.

Walking up to the tridge with a brisk wind made the windchill about 10.

Middle of the tridge

Wet snow turned crunchy on the tridge the next day.

You betcha!

Some of the crew was still trying to decide what they wanted in the background.

Hot chocolate, too.

Some good coffee

Outside the coffee shop where Jenny used to work.

Pool party all afternoon!

Indoor/Outdoor hot tub when it was about 20 degrees outside with a brisk wind.

Good book and coffee made Josh "happy."

Aunt Margo's flowers arrived just after noon...

Pilot Mountain as we left North Carolina up 77.

Tunnel ahead...

"Falling Rock" signs along the route through WV.

Yep, Charlie took this one...

Golden in the late afternoon...

"Up Time" with Landin

I can still see you!

"Cheese"

I've said "cheese" enough already!

After driving 400 miles this was a nice dinner to arrive at...

The Gravy master...

Happy cook!

Let's go to a party!

I just got done with my bath so I'll say "cheese"

Lots of fun comments from the birthday crowd...

Birthday party at Cafe American with friends and family.

Cutting the cake...

Cindy and Ross

Picture of picture taker...

Landon said, "cheese."

Heading back home to the condo in the snow after the party at Cafe American.

Heavy wet snow greeted us for dad's birthday!

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Sunrise in Hillsborough at 7:15 AM

Sunrise in Hillsborough on Friday

Mom and her youngest son getting ready for a formal at high school.

Anna and Charles

Anna and Charles before the formal at high school.

Jan is working on session again as an elder.

Fake birthday candle and real presents!

Birthday man!

Four new people elected to session.

Lyle Lovett at the 8:00 pm show in the Stardust

Richard Thompson power trio at the 1:00 pm show

Keb' Mo' got Cayamo and was so in the moment for his shows!

Early evening show by Loudon Wainwright III with guest Greg Leisz

Sloan and Loudon Wainwright III in the Stardust

Shannon McNally in Mangum's

Almost the whole gang here for the pool deck "sail away"

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Buddy, Jim & Richard getting ready to go on for the pool deck show

Pool deck backstage area with Buddy Miller and Sara Watkins

Our Captain Andy introduces the acoustic pool deck musicians

Every space on the pool deck was filled for the "sail away" show

Sunshine version of the songwriters in the round from last year

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Buddy, Sara and Richard onstage on the pool deck

Willie Watson's great solo set in the Spinnaker with Greg Leisz

Early evening duet with David Ryan Harris and Sarah Dugas

Fantastic set by Lucinda WIlliams for her 8:00 pm show

Jim Lauderdale's great duet with Lucinda Williams at her 8:00 pm show

Pals Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller at the 6:00 pm show in the Stardust

Greg Leisz and Shannon McNally in the Atrium

James McMurtry on the pool deck

James McMurtry on the pool deck

Miss Regina McCrary

Buddy Miller's last official set on the ship at 10:00 pm but he would pop up later.

My "dream line-up" of Joel Guzman, Richard Thompson & Buddy Miller

Midnight solo acoustic set by RT in the Stardust

Brady Blade was a joy to watch on drums for various artists onboard.

Chuck Cannon filled the pool deck for his day at sea show

"A Heart Needs A Home" duet during Loud & Rich

End of the superb Loud & Rich set - they should take this set on the road!!!

Loud & Rich

Should have gotten this for the four person cabin we were in...

Sunrise the day we set sail out of Miami...

Lots of great music in this room...

Maho Beach area

Famous Maho Beach in St. Maarten

Front door of church in St. Barth's

Calm seas even with the wind...this is the wake of the ship near the bow at sunrise.

Sunrise the last morning on the ship in the Port of Miami

Keb' Mo' was incredible for all three shows we caught him...

Glen Phillips and Sean Watkins from WPA in the Spinnaker

Sara Watkins guested with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt the 1st night out to sea.

Greg Leisz was the MVP for Cayamo cruise

You can't help getting a grin on your face watching these two in action.

Buddy Miller played four very different sets on the cruise.

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Mr. Joel Guzman

Regina and Brady

Dream band! Really wanted to see Joel Guzman and Richard Thompson play together.

Richard Thompson at the "solo" midnight show in the Stardust

Call and response...

Shawn Mullins in the Stardust with a superb rock and roll band.

Chuck Cannon and Shawn Mullins in the "packed" Stardust

Sort of ready to go...Andy just needs to book some musicians and we're off!!!

Just a quick tender ride back to the ship from the beach...

Charlie and Mike at the 1st beach on the cruise...

The gang having breakfast on the back open air deck...

Hanging out on the bow of the ship looking for flying fish...

There were signs like this at all the beaches, too.

Shell Beach all afternoon at St. Barth's shortly after Steve Martin was there.

Shell Beach on St. Barth's

Sunset near St. Barth's as we headed for Miami

Calm seas but these waves were made by the wake of the ship traveling about 17 mph on two engines to...

There is a gator on my bed!

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We just saw island hoppers but the big jets were to arrive about an hour after we were there.

Buddy Miller and Doug Pettibone go toe to toe on Lucinda Williams "Joy"

Jim Lauderdale teaching Tai Chi in the basketball court aft because it was such a windy day.

Jan, Mike and Charlie watching the Willie Watson show in the Spinnaker.

Friends watching the Willie Watson solo show at the Spinnaker

Long hallway to the cabin

Seating just before the Richard Thompson trio show

7th deck shuffle board area was great for reading

7th deck shuffle board area was great for reading

Cayamo "Awards" dinner

Cayamo "Awards" dinner

Cayamo "awards" dinner on the last evening of the cruise.

Ready to go at a moment notice...

Bus Tour of NASA

Birds near the launch pad...

Bit of a glow about him...

All day at the Kennedy Space Center

After flight transport vehicle for the shuttle...

John Prine's "Space Monkey"?

Baby pigs on the tracks at the Kennedy Space Center

Leaving the Kennedy Space Center at sunset...

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Snorkel queen getting prep'd for Cayo Levantado

Cayo Levantado

Nice spot on Cayo Levantado

Friends on their 1st Cayamo

Usually a good snorkel area but not this time...

Ship vs. beach?

Another animal on the bed...

12th deck breakfast area

Carbs aplenty...

Bravo!

Morning fruit

Maho Beach on St. Maartin

Maho Beach

Surf was up at Maho Beach on St. Maartins

Lots of weekly stories about people who didn't read this sign.

Thumbs up from the brothers!

Famous Maho Beach on St. Maartins has lots of Youtube videos from this very spot.

Entering the French side of the island

"Wild Horses" gate in St. Maartins

French Pastry shop on St. Maartins

French Pastry shop in St. Maartins

French Pastry shop in St. Maartins

Catch of the day in St. Maartins

St. Maartins

Yikes!

St. Maartins beach in the evening...

Portal view of St. Barth's

Port of St. Barth's

Ancient church on St. Barth's

Snorkel adventure at Shell Beach in St. Barths

The whole gang at Shell Beach in St. Barths

Inside the Stardust Theatre

Kennedy Space Center

Launch pad in distance near the VIP viewing for Cape Canaveral

Lots of big gators at Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral

Ft. Lauderdale the morning we set sail...

Waiting for a tender ride from the ship to the beach...

1st stop of the cruise at Cayo Levantado

Pulling into St. Maartins around 10:30 am

St. Maarten's shoreline about 15 miles from St. Barths

Maho Beach on St. Maartin

Maho Beach

Shell Beach in St. Barths

Reflection of million dollar ships in St. Barths port...

Nice boat in St. Baths port...

Different animal every night...

Jogging deck like no other...

Sunset with friends...

Sunset leaving St. Maartins

Self leveling bowling alley onboard the ship...

Our cabin location...

Wake of the ship were the only big waves of the week...

Deck entrance to the Stardust Theatre

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, FL

Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

John Hiatt's last set on Cayamo 2012

Sara Watkins as Lyle Lovett's guest the 1st night in the Stardust

Richard Thompson afternoon Trio set in the Stardust

Lucinda Williams Band with guest Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller playing with Lucinda Williams

"Daddy & Them" theme song with Iris Dement and John Prine was a highlight.

Iris Dement with Brady Blade on drums behind her...

Loudon Wainwright III down from the exclusive 14th deck playing piano for those in steerage...

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The Watkins Family Hour

Greg Leisz midnight set with Shannon McNally in Mangums

'round midnight with Greg Leisz and Shannon McNally

Superb set by Greg Leisz and Shannon McNally

Greg Leisz and Shannon McNally

Shannon McNally

Loved hearing Steve Young's "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" during the midnight show

Buddy Miller Band at the 6:00 P.M. show in the Stardust

"In Spite Of Ourselves" duet by John Prine and Iris Dement was a highlight

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W.P.A. played while we were still in the port of Miami

John Hiatt just off the coast of Miami

Lyle and John

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Go-Blue-In-The-Great-Green-Swamp

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Man-And-Nature-on-Eno-River

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Old-And-New-Perspective

Pair-of-Dolphins

Reflections-In-Duke-Gardens

Safe-On-The-Ledge

Watching

Wild-Horses-On-The-Coast

Windy-Day-On-Eno-Mountain-

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Jesse Winchester

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Opening night of the 2012 tour for Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester's face here is really a reflection of what the audience looked like listening.

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"Hank and Lefty" was superb by Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester stands shoulder to shoulder with Joni, Neil, James and Elton.

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Thought Jesse Winchester knocked it out of the park this night...

"Talk Memphis"

Heart and soul in the songs...

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Set the mood and the attitude early in the show then just ran with it.

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Jesse Winchester is a true "Gentleman Of Leisure"

Songsmith with some great stories to go along with the songs...

Yep, someone got him to do "Seeds & Stems" for the 1st time in decades...

Nope, no set list on the floor for this show. Just a pause...

Felt comfortable enough to play some new material at the show...

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Our vinyl woodpecker around the house...

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The Deep Dark Woods were the perfect Merlefest opener and they were wonderful!

"Billie Jean" by Casey Driessen during his solo show on the Hillside stage was great!

Fantastic "international" jam with Jens Kruger, James Nash and Kym Warner at the Hillside Stage

Greencards on the new improved Americana Stage

Luke Bulla on fiddle with the Simmons, Cowan and Scott band

Darrell Scott fit right in with Patrick Simmons and John Cowan

Patrick Simmons' Friday evening set was a highlight of Merlefest 2012

Mr. Wooten on lead bass was a thrill to watch...

Futureman proved to also be a great singer...who knew?

Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Air Force really took off in the Trad Tent.

Nina Gerber goes at it with Peter Rowan in the Traditional Tent. Guess Buddy Holly is trad...

Happy Traum took a break from hosting the Pit to playing the blues stage with a superb set!!!

A real professor of the blues came over from England named Michael Roach

Stefan Grossman was a delight on the new blues stage

Sarah brought her brother Christian Dugas out for a duet at the end of her set.

Jim Lauderdale brought a classic country band with him that rocked...

"Are You Experienced?" for the classic album hour

James Nash on guitar and Kym Warner on mandolin battle it out

Sam Bush, Warren Hood, Christian Dugas and Sarah Dugas at Merlefest

Twin fiddles of Sam Bush & Warren Hood with John Cowan and James Nash

Susan Tedeschi and James Nash during classic album hour

Jim Lauderdale and James Nash at Merlefest's classic album hour.

Sarah Dugas and Jim Lauderdale at Merlefest during the classic album hour.

Might be Doc Watson's last show at Merlefest playing with the NBB.

Kenny Vaughan and Marty Stuart at Merlefest

What are you looking at?

New daddy...

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Everybody likes our bird feeder...

Firecracker flower beaten down by all the rain recently.

Waiting their turn to fly down to the bird feeder.

"It's casual, can't help it," as Doc Watson used to say.

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In flight capture...

After all these years now I'm a fan of Donna the Buffalo...great show!

Roy Book Binder in the Pit with Sally Flower

"International Jam"

Riley Baugus in the Trad Tent for the Tera Nevins all-star set

"Classic songs hour" with Simmons, Cowan and Scott

Simmons, Cowan & Scott trio at Merlefest 2012

Flecktones plus Casey as a guest...

New blues stage in the Lounge on a dark and cloudy afternoon...

Tera Nevins was a guest with Jim Lauderdale's band.

Lots of buddies up in the front row for the "Are You Experienced?" classic album hour..

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Momma out and about...

Evening hop around at 7:30 PM...

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Stefan Grossman brought it to Merlefest. Master blues player, damn!

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Photon Belt issues manifesting in maple leafs?

Very confused maple tree in the front yard...

Watering herb garden in the front yard...

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Friday noon deer that Josh captured...so to speak.

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An Easter Lily in memory of luminous parents who've gone on ahead of us...

Just laying around together guarding front door...

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Sunday at noon on a very cloudy day...

Box turtle passing through the yard...

Box turtle not happy it was moved...

Outer band of tropical storm Beryl about 15 miles away...coming this way!

More blooming...

The colors on the leaves are six months (!) early and the red bud is two months (!) late.

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Looks like a new tail...

Come for a chat or just a bite to eat?

First week the babies are out on their own eating.

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T. Michael Coleman talking about when Doc drove after a gig while everyone was in the back seat!

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Deep River Rising with Jeff Little and Wayne Henderson sittin' in and Joe Wilson watching.

Sound was superb and live filming was done for the overflow crowd. David Holt also filmed...

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In the 107 degree heat this was the introduction to the main concert...

Superb band!

After they got warmed up things really got hot onstage!!! Amazing bunch of musicians...

Now, this was unusual...

Bryan Sutton from Asheville, NC

Had never seen Bryan Sutton play banjo and he was pretty dang good at it.

Easy to see why Doc hired T. Michael on the basis of just one song. They never rehearsed after...

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David Holt with T. Michael Coleman smiling about a Doc story he was telling.

Deep River Rising mainly stuck to Doc & Merle Watson's signature tunes.

Deep River Rising with Jeff Little and Wayne Henderson

Retired owner of Sugar Hill Records, Barry Poss, had some good tales to tell.

Joan Baez at Doc's place but people were not happy she went barefoot through Boone, NC later in the...

Everyone turned around to look at Doc eating with Pete Seeger

This is the album that changed Doc & Merle's life. Doc almost didn't do it.

Musician and guitar maker Wayne Henderson who is the subject of "Clapton's Guitar"

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T. Michael Coleman who played for years with Doc & Merle

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Deep River Rising performed mainly Doc Watson's signature tunes

Joe Wilson recently retired executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts

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David Holt's guitar

Lot of good humor at the Doc Symposium

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Joe Wilson told wonderful informed stories about his friend, Doc Watson

Doc Watson Symposium at the Art Museum in Raleigh, NC

That is David Holt on the far left..

Slideshow put together by David Holt at the Doc Symposium

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Doc's younger brother, David Watson, at the Doc Symposium

Doc's 1st Banjo held by his nephew

David Holt's instruments at the Doc Symposium

David Holt's instruments at the Doc Symposium

Doc's 1st banjo and the story of the family cat who passed away.

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Enough dogs, fixin's and desert for everyone...

Great spot for a bonfire!!!

The bring your own chair "early seating" crowd for dinner.

The 'boy scout way' building the firewood into a pyramid.

Nobody was injured in the taking of this picture although it appears so...

Lot of people with a dog in this fight for space 'round the fire!

Team work! You take your two dogs out, you put your two dogs in...

Can't tell if he is a satisfied customer or not?

Fixin' the cooked dogs...

Cooking the dogs!

Lots of discussions around the bonfire...

All sorts of styles cookin' the dogs...

Wanted his bun warmed, too!

Oh yeah, crackling fire for the dogs' provides extra seasoning...

Now were cookin'

Cookin' desert...

Time for s'mores!

Sunset was upon is at this point...

Keeping the picnic table straightened up during the bonfire

Real low light here...

Good time around the bonfire...

More cracklin' fire...

Fixin' s'mores in the low light...

Bench warmers around the fire...

Low light guitar playing and photography.

Nice work on the acoustic guitar...by our own Pierre.

Think they call this low light photography where you need a steady hand...

Jan in low light...

By the glow of the fire light...

Nice glow about the place...and people!

Time to sit back and digest...

The weather has changed a bit to a cooler trend and Charlie is ready.

Dad and baby

Elle all dressed up for Thanksgiving keeping an eye on everything.

To heck with cell phones...

Dinner time?

Chewy after his haircut

Mother and child

Tough grouping to get together for this photographer.

Not the best spot for an after Thanksgiving dinner nap...

Teaching chess to a new generation...

Keeping an eye on Elle...

Baby sign language with her left hand?

Asked him to sound out the letters he was reading...

Charlie seated on a stone in the middle of the Eno.

Even with more water tough spot to canoe...

Enough pictures!

Lowest I've seen the Eno River in a while...

Choices!

Sharing grandma wisdom through humor...

The sun comes up about ten in the morning, the sun goes down about three everyday...

Oops, that limb isn't attached...

Past peak for leaves but at the magic time of the day for photography about an hour before sunset.

Sunset on the river with the little guys' uncle.

Got kind of wet coming back across the Eno river.

So happy together!

Think I might need to rest now...

Power to the babies!

Did you steal my nose?

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It got much colder sunday here waiting for Ben's car to round the corner.

Magic time at sunset near Eno Mountain...

On top of Eno Mountain just minutes from home at sunset Sunday evening.

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Sunset near Tortola from the pool deck on the Pearl.

My wife Jan and Joan Osborne hanging out together in the food line at the Luau on the pool deck.

Michelle Malone, Brandi Carlile, Joan Osborne, Karin Bergquist, Joe Purdy, Buddy, Richard & Jim...

Wylie Gelber of the Dawes, Joan Osborne, Buddy Miller, Brandi Carlile & Joe Purdy for Levon.

10-20 foot breakers hitting the beach at San Juan near the fort.

The whole gang with the Pearl in the background in San Juan.

Mike and Jan in for a swim in Antigua last week that faced the clearly active volcano nearby...

On the way to the beach on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands that got an ovation on the bus.

Got this picture with the legendary Kappy as we boarded the Pearl in Miami. Lot of double takes...

Jimmy Buffet likes his cheeseburgers but we opted for a smoothie in paradise on Tortola.

We came across a lot of local wildlife on the shore but this one was the wildest of the wildlife. ...

After a long solo Rodney would nod as the ovation rolled in & then he'd nod to let Jedd go...

Just amazing sets by the Buddy Miller Band

Really a shame so many Buddy fans have never experienced a show with Joel Guzman & Buddy Miller..

Mr. Joel Guzman

Buddy Miller and Teresa Williams

The 2013 edition of the Buddy Miller Band

Johnnie & Jack, oops, I mean Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Joan Osborne wanted to know how to get booked back on the ship for next year.

Byron House from Band Of Joy

This was one "hot band" early in the week...

You'll be raving too if you catch this guy on the Rodney/Emmylou tour soon..."Jedd Hughes"

"Lyle Presents" from the 2nd row in the Stardust Theatre

Was thinking "please don't move" taking this picture of Sean Watkins

Sean and Sara Watkins

"Lyle Presents"

Lili Hiatt, Justin Townes Earl, Shawn Colvin, Luke Bulla and Maple Byrne

"Lyle Presents"

"Lyle Presents" Shawn Colvin, Luke Bulla and Maple Byrne

Bet Buddy found the spot on the ship that has the "good" coffee...

Husband and wife...

Yes, the Buddy & Jim XM radio show gets a little goofy at times...

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams are just so "alive" it is wonderful to be in the room with them.

Buddy & Jim XM radio with Larry Campbell and Shawn Colvin

Teaching a new chorus to the crowd...

Joe Purdy backed by the Milk Carton Kids on Cayamo 2013.

Pretty sure Shawn Colvin just said yes to every musical suggestion that came across the desk...

Levon Helm Tribute on the pool deck

Yep, Richard taking another guitar solo and singing lead on "Rag Mama Rag."

So many good songs from Dirt Farmer and the Band catalog.

Brandi Carlile, Joe Purdy, Karin from Over the Rhine, RT and Sara Watkins on Cayamo 2013...

Are you happy? Brandi sure looks happy!

This song with Joan Osborne and Richard Thompson got me a little misty eyed...

Maple Byrne brought on the big garbage can for the "all request" show.

Joel Guzman and Richard Thompson

Jedd Hughes, Rodney Crowell and Byron House just rocked the ship, big time!

Rodney would just give a nod to Jedd Hughes and he'd be on fire!

Josh and clearly Mike in the fort at San Juan that was a big slice of heaven for this photographer.

Little fuzzy on this but I think it was Lyle's song, "North Dakota."

Luke, Shawn and Lyle

Russell Kunkel, Lyle Lovett and the always amazing John Hagan.

We took the scenic route to this beach on Tortola and hung out with the musicians here.

Dime a dozen on this cruise.

Amazing compound touring the BVI area.

Kids/wife wanted the photographer to get a"Hurry Up To Go Relax" t-shirt.

Coffee on the balcony of the cabin with this view wasn't too shabby.

"Stars on the water," as Rodney Crowell would say.

Looking at the port from the Pearl in Tortola...

View of Tortola from the top of the mountain ain't half bad here...

Bit of a jack ass right off the road in Tortola.

In the salt marshes near Tybee Island

Jan arranged this Tybee Island kayak adventure as the finale of the cruise.

Last excursion of the cruise on Tybee Island near Savannah, GA.

Yes, I was really happy here...natural beauty.

The Atlantic Ocean gives and it takes away, too.

Little sandbar in the salt water marshes of Savannah, GA by kayak.

View of the Atlantic on Tybee Island in Georgia.

Didn't have to turn around for the sunset with the Devil Makes Three playing.

Doesn't get much better than this with a Joan Osborne & Keb' Mo' duet.

Our new Cayamo gal, Joan Osborne, who took to Cayamo like a duck to water.

Jim Lauderdale's songwriter round on Saturday night was the last show in the Stardust.

Kudos to the best host of the songwriters round ever on Cayamo the last night (imho).

Keb' Mo' said he just followed Shawn Colvin around since she played with everyone.

On Cayamo we take time for desert at the songwriter in the round shows!

Of course, a little coffee after the desert!

The now "legendary" Jim Bianco on his third Cayamo cruise.

Shawn Mullins at maybe the best songwriter round ever in the Stardust the last night.

Reminded me of the "Late For The Sky" album cover...

Last breakfast at the Great Outdoors cafe on the back of the ship back at port..

Last morning standing right where the pool stage used to sit above this pool.

No worries mon, this was the Everglades after the cruise.

Really should send this picture to the mom...

Baby gator in the Everglades about eight or nine inches long.

This is kind of a road in the Everglades if you have a boat.

This one got a little too close to the camera for my taste...in the Everglades.

Just hanging around in the Everglades...

This was in the Everglades and not really a worry on the cruise...anywhere.

Short life for chicks in the Everglades.

Brandi Carlile working with the Stardust choir...

Twins in the Stardust with Brandi Carlile

8:00 PM show on Sunday with Brandi Carlile

Lyle Lovett set at 8:00 PM

Buddy and Shawn at the all request show.

Yep, Florida is on fire again but looked like a control burn from what we could tell going by...

Checking out the balcony when we first got on the ship in the noon day sun.

Kind of looked prehistoric as it flew by my balcony on Cayamo in San Juan as we pulled into port.

Sailboats in the distance in Tortola

Rodney Crowell Band on Cayamo 2013

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Chewbacca sitting for his photo...but not really enjoying it.

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Wouldn't close her eyes because she didn't want to miss anything at 11:30 PM.

Day is done...

Her brother can get her to cackle more than anyone else time and time again.

Responding to her brother in her face...

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That is "Jake" on the left...

This guy, Jake, stops traffic and is outstanding in his field. Also likes carrots so I'll bring...

Sprinkles started about four hours later...

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Outstanding in the field!

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Safe in dad's arms...

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Catching raindrops with a bird on a wire.

World of wonder everywhere you look...

I'm going to Merlefest!!!

Ellie wanted to make sure her name was on the calendar for Merlefest, too. She'd like a crib...

A little Mayan calendar study by Ellie in grandmother's arms. 5th world baby!

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It's a birthday party!

Birthday boy!

Playing with wireless birthday present games...

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The lava flow against the wind to the left there was a concern swimming across the bay from it...

Yes, that is a venting volcano!

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Happy Birthday boy!

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My Uncle Josh...

Feels safe enough with Uncle Josh just to fall right back...

This picture makes her look older than she really is...

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She is up to something but just not sure what...

She usually saves looks like this for her brother...

Doves as the red bud season starts...

Josh saw them out the front door...

They just hang out under the bird feeder now instead of trying to attack it.

These are about to fall so wanted to grab a shot to remember them from the winter.

Hey, what ya got in these seeds?

The Lone Ranger with the shed in the background.

Bu passed my audition for the Dirt Band and thought he should be flown in...

Where is Tom and John?

Guitar, guitar owner and the guitar maker seemingly looking for inspiration.

This one might be a bit "too much" but you be the judge. Guitar was made by Tim for Jen.

Paying our respects to Doc at the Creekside stage Sunday morning.

Big smile on everyones faces in the pouring rain for this one...Pokey rules!

Pokey in the pouring rain on the Hillside.

Pokey got soul like Leon Redbone and Tom Waits does...

Mike in blue outstanding in the rain...for Pokey.

Locking the gate at the old home place as the fog rolled in Sunday evening.

T-Bone goofing in front of the fire place back at the old home place.

David Holt tuning up...what, I don't know?

Black Lillies had it all...

1st class Americana with the Black Lillies on the Hillside Stage

Ain't nothin' finer than sunset on the Blue Ridge...

Thanks Terry for the idea for this reflection shot...

Checking the Merlefest schedule...

Claudia should have had her arms out like the justice scales...

You could hear a pin drop...last time I saw them was near Cuba offshore.

Hell of a Greencards show in the Walker Center and one of the highpoints of the weekend.

Nice reflection upon reflecting on the reflection.

Mike Farris with the Waybacks, some of the Greencards and Krugers

Really superb version of "Stairway To Heaven"

Doc Scott playing the guitar "Crabby" for the luthier in the background...

Great song Doc Scott pitched to Bruce Hornesby

Doc Scott and the guitar "Crabby"

Thin strings compared to the dog house bass...

Kind of a shy "hi" with her hands...

She likes her grandpa without the camera...

This is how it starts...have you seen any hoop snakes?

Tim looking like his dad I'm told...

Josh & Pro looking at a map with Mike in the background

Perfect guitar to use at the Fountain Stage show...

Might be the first song of the festival...

Hats were the order of the day at the Watson Stage...

Catching up on new acts in the schedule for Merlefest with a sunny warm afternoon breeze...

Great vocals...

Clearly, the cool of the evening had set in early...

My buddy, Pat Flynn, with Leon Russell's band was superb.

Away from us for now on their long journey home...

Yep, Leon asked Johnny Cowan out for a song...

Now we got Tim doing it!

Stand-up bass had to be involved in this story...

T-Bone Stone checking out his creation, Crabby, in the Wayne Henderson style.

Yep, I'm looking at you...dobro for Dehlia Low out of Asheville, NC

Great opener for the festival at 3:00 PM...Dehlia Low

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent

One happy fiddler player with Rhonda Vincent

Reservered seat owners seemed to be coming in late Thursday...

Sweet fiddle break with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Leon's back-up band...

Leon "Hank" Russell

Leon Russell with the legendary Pat Flynn on lead electric guitar.

T-Bone Stone preps for the Fountain Stage performance that was rained out sadly...

Crabby was always within reach of all the guitar players at the cabin...

This guitar named Crabby was built by Tim Stone and is a work of art plus plays like a dream...

One more cup of coffee for the road...

Red Molly pulled in huge crowds whereever they played and wowed 'em.

Watched this guy since he was a pup in Kentucky Thunder. Bryan Sutton, MVP of the festival...

Interesting and unique guitar style that was amazing. Taste, tone and flair...

Greencards were among the hottest acts of the festival at the Walker Center...

Peter Rowan back in traditional mode...can you see the dancer over Pete's shoulder?

Peter Rowan's "hot band" in the Walker Center

Hour and a half before the album hour started hard to find a good seat...

Brand new daddy...

So many good discussions all weekend on all sorts of topics...

Might be last night for Peter Rowan and the Nashville Bluegrass Band on Sunday morning Creekside

Pokey when it was raining buckets...

This is what we do when she gets fussy...

Terry in front of the fire place

Enter The Haggis who I last saw off the coast of St. Barth's

Black Lillies in all their glory on the Hillside Stage

Black Lillies cosmic Americana music

Black Lillies on the Hillside Stage

Porch swing talks...there should be a radio show...yeah.

Terry kicking back on couch...

Reflection

Huge ovation for the Greencards' guitar player

Kim from the Greencards

Original Greencards' duet

Just a touch more in the monitors...

Dancer in the dark during Rowan's set like no one was watching. 26,000 iso looks this...

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Our granddaugher looking back at you at Durham Bulls Ballpark

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Spooner just a couple of days after his 70th birthday.

Jim Lauderdale, the Amigos Band plus Spooner Oldham and David Hood

Really special set by Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn

Really great ending to a wonderful day in Winston-Salem.

These guys just fall into grooves...

The duo was joined by David Hood later in the set.

Kruger Brothers did the entire "Appalachian Concerto" to open the show.

Jim Lauderdale

David Hood on bass who is Patterson Hood's dad.

Later Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn did a wonderful show across the street.

Packed Q&A about the doc on Muscle Shoals and the Swampers band.

Q&A after the amazing Muscle Shoals doc by Greg "Freddy" Carnalier

Dan Penn telling some really great stories...

Jim Lauderdale, David Hood, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn

String Quartet was wonderful on some of the other Kruger songs, too.

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Sam talking about "firsts" on the trip...

Dr. Bob reading a letter from Sunset Gap

Joe talking about Sunset Gap

One more thing...

A newbie to Sunset Gap work trip...

Popular shirt design...

Proud of this young man...

Charlie was home for 24 hours and then off to music camp in Greensboro for the week.

Chats about the week in Sunset Gap...

Couple of stories running around on teenage injuries...

Back from Sunset Gap

Different set of pictures from the trip on a laptop at the front of the church.

Kids time with the teenagers going to Sunset Gap

Group getting ready to leave for Sunset Gap

Sam and Joe had gone ahead to Sunset Gap the night before...

Everyone just about to head out from the parking lot across the street from HPC.

Bye!

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Last minute family discussions before leaving for Sunset Gap

Lead van ready to roll...

Back home again just before a big rain storm hit town...

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Rabid or just having a bad day?

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Jennifer Curtis

Much respect from the crowd to the incredible musicians playing with such joy.

It is a real standing ovation when people get up from matts!

View of the room from outside the temple looking back in...

Outside the Won-Buddhism Meditation Temple on old 86 outside Chapel Hill

Profoundly beautiful stone and woodwork at the entrance of the Meditation Temple.

Last chance to rehearse the material...

Reflection of the front of the Won-Buddhism Meditation Temple in the window looking outside.

Rehearsal from a different point of view...

Instruments on beautiful stone ready for an incredible evening of music.

Clearly, with some joy, on her way to get more chairs due to the size of the crowd.

Rev. WonGong So lead us all to raise our "chi" before the show...

The musicians came to the front of the hall from all four corners.

My wife Jan and our exchange student Kenta are in the second row nearest the camera.

Introduction for the cello solo...

Amazing bass solo in the middle of the concert.

Julliard School trained Jennifer Curtis is so gifted on violin in several musical styles.

John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery"

The musicians put on a powerful program with ease...

Sound with the high wooden ceiling was amazing.

Really nice mix of singer-songwriter material, bluegrass and classical songs.

Jon Hill from the Big Fat Gap Band proved to be much more than a bluegrass player this night.

Instruments ready to be picked up and played.

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Jennifer Curtis

Long time Chapel Hill native Jennifer Curtis on violin did a ten minute solo that was transcendent.

As beautiful as this temple is it is also maybe the best listening room in the triangle.

The focus was all over the room for the start of the concert with the musicians coming out of the...

Another mandolin with a better view of the stonework...

Mandolin on the beautiful stone...

A symbolic weekend...

Salt Water Marsh on the sound side of Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina

Waves were forecast for 1-3 feet but turned out to be much larger

It is a great gift to be able to create your own reality

There were three huge oak tress in this meadow...

Had to stand a football field away to get the whole tree in view finder

Great meditation symbol in the fresh water lake

Beautiful fresh water wet lands near the salt water marshes.

Path to a fountain that is a symbol of things I've been thinking about...

Angelic looking swan...

Maybe even more angelic looking swan...

Beautiful butterfly amongst the bokeh surroundings...

Symbol of the faces looking opposite direction is duality and middle unity.

Another fountain near the entrance with all sorts of symbols on it...

Sort of the universal Star Trek code...

Full bloom...

Waves projected on a wall in constant movement...

Some crowd interaction during the show but this was Richard's show and not a stump the band deal.

One of the banners at the show for more information on this "save the planet" issue.

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Richard Thompson...time for some solo live releases like the 2nd night at the Birchmere!

Richard Thompson benefit for the Tropical Studies program in Costa Rica

Richard Thompson show produced by Frank Heath at the Cat's Cradle. Great job!

A magical evening at a great theatre...kudos to Simon at the board who was rockin' out.

All too soon it was over but then there was a bit more...

The end of three shows in a row for the photographer...

The director of the program with Nancy Covey at the booth in the lobby.

Richard Thompson benefit for the Tropical Studies program at Duke University

Caught an orb in the picture here...1.8 f/stop lets in a lot of light.

Richard Thompson's "Pharaoh" was amazing and more true today than ever...

Respectful crowd waited till the last ringing note was heard before applause...

More than a few extended "edge of your seat" guitar breaks.

Good bit of "Electric" trio stuff done "Acoustic" solo...

Real good run of shows between this one and the two at the Birchmere

Some pretty darn intense bits during the course of the show, indeed!

Brilliant show!

Time machine show back to the 60's and 70's at points...

Introduction to the benefit by the director of Tropical Studies

Clearly, a cause he believes in since he went down and visited it in Costa Rica.

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Corners turned into stages and crowds gathered if they were good...and often were.

As you entered the convention center in downtown Raleigh...

Large banner at the convention center entrance...

Bluegrass take over complete...

Meet and greet outside the convention center...

Ricky Skaggs outside the IBMA at the convention center

This woman facing the camera is also very familiar but couldn't place here.

Pretty sure this was Doyle Lawson

NC native Tony Williamson in the convention center

Tony Williamson and Laurie Lewis in the booth area of the convention center

Really not sure what this was about but good photo op...

Della Mae at the IBMA award banquet where they won

Jim Lauderdale and Della Mae on the red carpet at the IBMA awards banquet

Peter Rowan at the IBMA awards banquet

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Moore Brothers being interviewed in front of the Memorial Hall at the IBMA awards show.

Compass Records at the IBMA

Lots of posing of pictures out in front of the Memorial Hall at the IBMA awards

Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother and banjo player Alison Brown

Ricky Skaggs walking into the awards show with his f-i-l Buck White

Ricky Skaggs in very low light outside Memorial Hall

Adam Steffey of the Boxcars and Union Station at the IBMA awards banquet

This guy got a lot of attention but have no idea who he is?

Mark Schatz pulls out the banjo for a number

Rob Ickes

Noam Pikelny

Barry Bales in the background on bass with Ronnie McCoury on mandolin

Bryan, Barry & Ronnie in the convention hall

Big Fat Gap Band

Big Fat Gap bluegrass band

Bryan Sutton at the Martin Stage in the late afternoon of a perfect weekend weatherwise

Little banjo styling by the guitar master

Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn getting ready to introduce the Del McCoury Band

Guess we really have two Abigail Washburn's here

First time I tried Abigial Washburn with Del & the boys as bokeh...turned out kind of cool.

Del McCoury Band at the Red Hat outdoor theatre

Clearly downtown Raleigh with the Del McCoury band

Family harmonies with the Del McCoury Band

Tony Williamson with a sunset bokeh at the Martin Stage

Banjo player from the Williamson Brothers band with sweet sunset bokeh

Chris Thile with the Punch Brothers

Mighty fine vocal blend with this trio...

Michael Cleveland is a flat out genius on fiddle who was given about 20 seconds to prepare for the...

1st female NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall sat next to me for Rowan and...

Jim Lauderdale Band

Rare time John Jorgenson picked up a guitar during his set at the Center stage

John Jorgenson

Rowan let Charli Robertson sing a song during his set...

This guy looks familiar in Peter Rowan's jam band

The midnight jam continues with Peter Rowan Saturday afternoon

Steve Young's "Lonesome, On'ry & Mean" by the Travelin' McCourys

Peter Rowan's fiddle jamboree at the IBMA featuring Michael Cleveland

Charlie and Pete

Charlie at the Peter Rowan fiddle jamboree

Charli Robertson in the Peter Rowan jam band

Uwe Kruger during the soundcheck pretty much in the dark...

Jon Randall, John Jorgenson and Herb Pederson

Abigail Washburn's intro Bill Monore style was the Jonas Brothers, she meant Punch Brothers

Jens Kruger is having a very, very good year...

John Jorgenson played mandolin for most of his set Center Stage

Jon Randall from the Nash Ramblers

Oh yeah, John Jorgenson tore it up...

Sunset turned to darkness for the John Jorgenson set Center Stage

John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson at the IBMA in Raleigh, NC

Jim Lauderdale and Della Mae at the IBMA awards banquet

Jim Lauderdale and Della Mae on the red carpet at the IBMA awards banquet

A ticket and a backstage pass to the IBMA award show...

Peter Rowan before the awards banquet at the IBMA

Claire Lynch Band

Claire Lynch Band featuring bassist, banjoist, mandolinist, and clogger Mark Schatz

Really tight band...

Blue Highway featuring master dobro player Rob Ickes

Rob Ickes in the shadows during the Blue Highway set

Bryan Sutton and IBMA key note speaker Noam Pikelny

Award winning guitarist Bryan Sutton and banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny

Lots and lots of discussion about Noam Pikelny Keynote speech at IBMA 2013

Lead guitar player Courtney Hartman at the Martin Stage (street, not the guitar)

IBMA award winning guitarist Bryan Sutton with Courtney Hartman of Della Mae

Little change of pace after the guitars really got a workout...

Mighty fine super group in the style of CSNY

Bryan Sutton, Barry Bales & Ronnie McCoury are onto something like CSNY did

Barry Bales from Union Station helping out Bryan Sutton at the convention center show.

Bryan Sutton and lead guitar player Courtney Hartman for Della Mae

Courtney Hartman went toe to toe with her producer Bryan Sutton

Jim Lauderdale was in rare form with Della Mae as the back-up band

Celia Woodsmith, Jim Lauderdale and bassist Amanda Kowalski

Mandolinist Jenni Lynn Gardner from Della Mae

Jim Lauderdale backed by Della Mae for a one off event at the IBMA

Bela Fleck's wife, Abigail Washburn, did a fine job as MC.

Steve Martin and Jens Kruger at the IBMA show in the convention center

Steve Martin sitting next to Jens Kruger

Steve Martin and Jens Kruger at the IBMA show in the convention center

Steve Martin and Jens Kruger at the IBMA show in the convention center

Moving from an indoor show to the outdoor one later in the evening...

Kruger Brothers on the Center Stage at the IBMA festival

Jens Kruger, winner of the $50,000 Steve Martin prize for bluegrass banjo

Introduction of the "The Appalachian Concerto"

Jens Kruger and his introduction to the "The Appalachian Concerto"

Might be the 1st time a string quartet has been used at the IBMA

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Charlie was the liturgist for the 8:30 and 11:00 services today.

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Kenta at the Biltmore estate where the movie "Being There" was filmed.

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Dupont State Forest near Brevard, NC where they filmed "Last Of The Mohicans."

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"Ribbon Of Highway" tribute to Woody at Merlefest 2006. RIP my pen pal Pete!

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Bad trend on Cayamo 2014 on the pool deck since it is now a very popular venue.

Three girls jumping off the back of our lunch spot for the afternoon...

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Mike took to the snorkel like a duck to water...

Snorkel expert!

In the midst of swallowing a fish just had to sit and pose.

This bald eagle came right at the car windshield and then seemed to pose here on Merritt Island.

Max Gomez and John Fulbright were two amazing newbies to Cayamo

Katherine "Kat" Edmonson and Jamie Cullum on guitar

Kris Kristofferson and Brandi Carlile

Della Mae

Ricky Skaggs

Mike is standing on glass to sight the dock when in port about 14 floors above the surface of the...

Taking over the ship on the bridge was a little overwhelming at first...

Best coffee machine turns out to be on the bridge of the ship...

Luke Bulla, Sam Grisman and Cody Kilby

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Bulla with Sam Grisman on bass

Mayan ruin in the center of Cozumel for fertility...

Singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson

Blow holes on the Gulf side of Cozumel where there is no power or cell phones

Joe Purdy steps up to the mic...

Our friends the Guzman family on XM radio show with Larry Campbell sitting in...

Joel Guzman, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Larry Campbell for XM taping

Wow, the Lone Bellow vocals were sweet as honey...

Between cruises document that didn't mean much to anyone...

Superb and amazingly talented Carolina Chocolate Drops

Superb and amazingly talented Carolina Chocolate Drops

Expanded unlikely quartet in the Stardust on the last night of the cruise

"Last Man Standing" show in the Atrium...

Sunset in Key West really is everything people talk about...

Sunset as we pushed off from Key West to go to Miami

Symbolic "OK" spoken in snorkel talk...

Just sort of hung in the wind above me for a moment...

Birding paradise...

Hadn't seen a pelican all trip and then there were 50 in half an hour...

Free range beach chicken on Tortola

Great dinner with friends and family...

Mutual admiration society...

Foggy morning in the wet lands of Merritt Island

Still a tad foggy at a gathering spot on Merritt Island near Cape Caniveral...

Just as the heavy fog lifted...

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

St. Paul and the Broken Bones noted that another cruise ship had people on the rail listening

St. Paul and the Broken Bones with a ghost in the fog

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones "soul review" on the pool deck

David Grisman

David and Samson Grissman with Jim Hurst on lead guitar

Chain smoker?

Joe Purdy and his friends for the Folk Festival set

Joe Purdy and Kris Kristofferson at the close of the folk festival at sea...

Mariachi Band

Superb folk festival as a sort of tribute to Pete Seeger on the pool deck late in the evening but so...

Spent the afternoon next to this ship in Cozumel...

Taping of the Buddy & Jim XM radio show onboard the Pearl...

Guess the Key Lime maker can also throw at the bus driver...

Mountain Song At Sea took over Rick's in Key West for the afternoon

Near the "famous" cave on Norman Island said to inspire "Treasure Island"

Amazing amount of fish at every location we would stop for seven hours...

Reef in the Tortola area is really coming back to life...

Maybe should have given this barracuda a little more distance after reading more about them.

Fantastic travel buddies...

Dinner in the Summer Palace near the back of the ship...

Ten choices each night for dinner on the menu...

Coming into Tortola around dawn...

Luke Bulla and his amazing all-star band on the pool deck

Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson

Kind of says it all for Cayamo in a picture.

David Bromberg and Larry Campbell in the intimate Spinnaker lounge

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams with Mr. and Mrs. Bromberg as guests

David Bromberg and Larry Campbell tore it up all week...

Just a beautiful healthy pelican overhead on Tortola

Pelican

High flying pelican on the West End of Tortola

Good friends in Melbourne on the way down to Miami by car.

Not sure what this was...

Mike took a turn at the wheel of the Pearl cruise ship looking like he is having fun.

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Looks like a copperhead but might be a diamondback rattlesnake in the yard at twilight.

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Delta Rae "wild child" who created a bit of a scene at the Farm Aid eve party, too.

Real shame Neil Young didn't come out during this set...

Fantastic lead guitarist with a band that keeps up with him...

When this guy plays people listen...

Gary Clark, Jr. was nothing short of thrilling...

String bender...

All that stuff behind him was working and part of the show...

Jack White and my friend Fats Kaplan from the Birmingham days

They only had an hour so didn't waste any time getting it going...

Stage went kind of blue with Jack White...

Lukas Nelson's bass player getting into it...

These guys laid down a groove...

Took a walk into New Orleans with these boys who came out later with John Mellencamp.

K Row Gang from Ohio who were fantastic concert buddies...

Dave and Neil cutting up before the start of the press conference...

Oh crap, I've been spotted...

These guys do not give up...it isn't in their nature.

Lukas Nelson and Neil Young go toe to toe...

Rather haunting eyes on the wooden Indian over looking Mikah Nelson...

Purple bokeh for the audience heads was interesting...

The Nelson boys were having fun with their dad's good friend, Neil Young.

Had the entire crowd on their feet as they were "Rockin' In The Free World"

Neil and the Nelson boys tore it up!

One of the highlights of the evening...

Neil bringing Willie to the stage and then he headed out on his bus, Zuma.

Father and son

Going celtic with David Amram on pipes...

These two are the heart and soul of Farm Aid

Willie starting things out by singing the "Lord's Prayer"

Todd Snider was superb...

Huge ovation that really should have gotten him an encore...

Real nice set by Carlene Carter and her husband...

Jamey Johnson Band

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Lukas Nelson Band

Jack White's new band

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews

Came back onstage to help out John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp Band

John Mellencamp Band

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp Band

...and the hits just keep comin'

Solo section of John Mellencamp's set at Farm Aid

John Mellencamp

Was looking for a friend down from DC up to the right there...

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Neil Young on pipe organ and guest Mickey Raphael on harmonica

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Neil Young's Farm Aid speech for 2014

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson and Trigger

All sorts of access to Farm Aid 2014...

Willie Nelson getting things started at the impressive Farm Aid for 2014

Milo Gonzalez, Jeff Smith, Tony Peluso, Micah Nelson, Nikita Sorokin of Insects vs. Robots

Was mighty impressed with J. Micah Nelson of the psych-punk-orchestra Insects & Robots

Neil Young checking out the huge crowd for Farm Aid 2014 during Jamey Johnson's set

Neil Young checking out the Jamey Johnson Band from the left side of the stage

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Special guest of the Jamey Johnson Band

Jamey Johnson Band

Special guest of the Jamey Johnson Band

Carlene Carter really seems to be back in a big way after "Heartbreaker" troubles...

Tough to get 20,000 people's attention but Carlene Carter pulled it off...

Bit of a show boater this John Breen but a lot of fun, too, "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light"...

Looking fit and healthy Carlene Carter's set was warmly received by the SRO crowd.

Impressive set by Carlene Carter who will be opening act for John Mellencamp's 80 city tour in...

Carlene Cash sang a heart felt song for her late sister on the piano

Carlene Carter with her "roadie with benefits" husband Joseph Breen were a wonderful duo

Webmaster of the best Neil Young site on the internet, 'Thrasher's Wheat," keeping up between...

"You can't conceive of the pleasure in my smile," by Neil Young fits Willie Nelson to a T...

Neil Young of the Farm Aid Board Of Directors

Neil Young listening to a North Carolina farmer tell his heart felt story...

Yep, that is "the" Elliott Roberts who helped me time and again with my writing career

Dave Matthews of the Farm Aid Board Of Directors

John Mellencamp of the Farm Aid Board Of Directors

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Early morning sunrise in Charlevoix,MI was "photo of the day" for 10/30/14 on photo.net

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Best show I've ever heard the Kruger Brothers do was this set on MSAS.

The magnificent Kruger Brothers with the "Ranger" guest on the high seas.

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Caught playing with the presents...

Fish face...

Playing with her brother's Leapfrog programs...

Making animal sounds that go with the images of the animals on the pages all around her...

This is what Ellie is trying to grab...

Ellie would really like a candy cane...

Stowaway show after midnight was full of long tall tales...

The sounds Steuart gets out of that little guitar...

Joe Purdy and friends in the Spinnaker

Great booth in the Spinnaker

Steuart Smith

Steuart Smith in the Spinnaker with Shawn Colvin

Superb Shawn Colvin set in the Spinnaker with Viktor Krause and Stueart Smith

Another of many early bird dinners at 5:00 pm

My people on the cruise...

Waiting to see her second Todd Snider show of the cruise...

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Todd Snider and Elizabeth Cook - get the youtube with Elizabeth on Letterman!!!

Captain Todd Snider on the pool deck with some classic Jerry Jeff Walker tunes like "Sea Cruise"

Richard Thompson doing "When The Spell Is Broken"

Richard Thompson doing a Sandy Denny tune "Who Knows Where The Time Goes"

Richard Thompson's "electric" Trio

Lucinda Williams and her drummer in the breeze on the pool deck...

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Great electric set by Shawn Mullins on the last day at sea...

Shawn Mullins has a lot of friends...

Pin drop moment at the lip of the stage without mics...

Early bird dinner at 5:00 pm

Buddy Miller recording Jill Andrews for the upcoming Cayamo CD (6,400 ISO for camera buffs)

Buddy Miller recording Lucinda Williams for a CD release on New West Records

Steuart Smith, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller fresh from recording Lucinda Williams

Shawn Colvin and Richard Thompson doing "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place."

St. Paul & The Broken Bones in the Stardust

St. Paul & The Broken Bones in the Stardust

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Stage is set for the Rodney Crowell and Friends show in the 350 seat Spinnaker

Getting the sing-a-long going...

We are having some fun now...

Sing-A-Long time on "Like A Rolling Stone"

David Bromberg, Keith Sewell & Steuart Smith playing Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone."

Keith Sewell, Steuart Smith & Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell and his friends Jim Lauderdale and Luke Bulla

Pretty area near Beaufort, SC

Outside of Beaufort, SC on one of the little islands in the low country...

Baby gator in the low country...

Was thinking about a shark and then a dolphin came by looking for fish...

Near Beaufort, SC in the low country

Jim Lauderdale

Holly Williams telling a good story...

The four closed with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in the wee hours of the morning

Heck of a lot of talent for a guitar pull...

Buddy Miller Band

Street musician Doug Seegers with Barbara Lamb on fiddle

Skyline Motel

Skyline Motel recording for XM radio

John Fulbright Band in the Stardust with Terry "Buffalo" Ware playing lead on slide

John Fulbright Band in the Stardust with Terry "Buffalo" Ware on lead guitar

Steuart Smith (lead guitar for the Eagles) playing with Shawn Colvin

Way after midnight in the Stardust...

Guitar pull with Brandi Carlile, Joe Purdy and Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain was superb and he did a special show for just the crew onboard

Just hanging outside the balcony window...

Flying fish collector...

New guitar hero song by Richard Thompson his guitar tech Bobby Eichorn

Rodney Crowell Trio in the Stardust

John Prine at the Blind Faith show with Kasey Musgraves

XM taping with Jim Lauderdale and the Buddy Miller Band

Said to be the Mariah Carrey compound on St. Barts

Old church on St. Barts on the way to Shell Beach

75 Euros for a game?

Shell Beach

Shell Beach on St. Barts

Maybe this is why they call it Shell Beach?

Shimmering water at Shell Beach was great snorkeling

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Took a tender back and forth to St. Barts in pretty calm seas

David Bromberg Band jam session with John Fulbright and Luke Bulla

Brandi Carlile sings "In Spite Of Ourselves" with John Prine

A giddy Joe Purdy singing with his hero John Prine

Nice towel animal from our great steward "Super" Nova

Lyle Lovett with Mr. & Mrs. Keith Sewell

These were all over the beach...

Jan in the rocks near shore looking for fish on St. Croix

Jan saying "hi" in St. Croix

Lyle heading home in St. Croix

Sunset near St. Barts on the way to St. Croix

Warming up at the side of the stage the legendary Davis Causey on Cayamo 2015

Brandi Carlile and the Twins

Guest Luke Bulla on fiddle...

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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Sunrise at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Sunrise on Merritt Island...

Sunrise on Merritt Island

Merritt Island on the way to Cayamo

Sunrise at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Sunrise at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Sunset at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Evening sun on Merritt Island

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Sunset at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Heads down in the water for the good fishing...

Good fishing spot I guess...

Had just said we hadn't seen any armadillos and this one walked into my life...

What a week of nature and music...the stuff that dreams are made of indeed.

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Flying Fish in flight

Coral

Richard Thompson Trio in a swell on the ocean

Richard Thompson Trio in the Stardust

Michael Jerome was incredible on drums in the Richard Thompson Trio

"Where are the men that I used to sport with?"

David Bromberg playing in the big room on the Pearl to a packed crowd hanging on every word...

Amazing fiddle work by these two gents...

David Bromberg Band with guest from the John Fulbright, Terry "Buffalo" Ware and Luke Bulla

Superb horn section of St. Paul & The Broken Bones on the pool deck

St. Paul and the Broken Bones on the pool deck fo r the sailaway show.

Lyle Lovett and Viktor Krause

Thanks for doing my request of "Simple Song" as the last song you performed on the cruise.

Lyle Lovett gave his band plenty of room to solo

Buddy Miller Band

Street musician busker Doug Seegers has a wonderful story on youtube about his discovery

Holly Williams, Joe Purdy, old Joe on saxophone and the amazing Seth Glier kicking it...

Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Nicholas Quéméner (Angers, France)

Fiddler Kevin Burke (Ireland) and guitarist Nicholas Quéméner

Fiddler André Brunet (Quebec, Canada) closed the opening set

Celtic Fiddle Festival drew well over two hundred people to the event.

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Interesting mesh of different styles of fiddle playing together...

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Nice atmosphere in the sanctuary...

Celtic Fiddle Festival in Raleigh, NC

André Brunet (Quebec, Canada) and Kevin Burke (Ireland)

Fiddler André Brunet (Quebec, Canada)

Bit of joking around at the Celtic Fiddle Festival

Mark and Christian

Fiddler André Brunet (Quebec, Canada)

A master open-tuning guitarist Nicholas Quéméner was amazing

Celtic Fiddle Festival since 1992

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Superb keyboard playing guesting with the Waybacks and on the Classic Album Hour

Waybacks

He's got the moves...

Waybacks playing beyond the frets...

You can almost see Top Notch from here if it weren't for the trees...

About 1200 feet higher than Pilot Mountain and a great view of the surrounding area.

Superb breakfast joint to the left of Uncle John 'n Doc

Right where Doc Watson used to busk in Boone, North Carolina, USA

Doc and I worn out after a week at Merlefest...

Oh yeah!

Standing ovation at the sunset jam by the Kruger Brothers and special guests

The less said about the Marshall Tucker Band the better...

Sam Bush in some spooky blue light in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Some stayed at a campsite nearby...

Last song by the Top Notch Pickers for 2015...

Sunday morning with Uncle John and my family...

Black Lillies early on a Sunday morning in the land of Dixie...

Black Lillies

The delightful Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

REK

Great dobro player!

Kym Warner from the Greencards playing with REK

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. with special guest Peter Rowan all dabber!

Black Lillies!!!

The gang!

That little bass is amazing!

Photo bomb, indeed!

They call this the high country and couldn't this be an album cover?

Claudia and Alan at the Linville Falls

Claudia and Tim at the tip top of Linville Falls that is one hell of a climb.

Just getting settled on Monday afternoon...

Rain didn't last long nor did the rainbow...

Tom & Bob picking up instruments just after their early morning coffee...

What song shall the Top Notch Pickers do next?

Limber Timber Stone

John and Tim

What is my brother saying to that "huge" raccoon?

R&R tent at the back of the Watson Stage seating area...

Lee Ann Womack

Mighty fine Hot Rize!!!

Perfect sound from right at this spot after twenty-three years of looking festival to festival

"Top Notch Pickers," indeed.

Pro holding the Hank Williams songbook amongst the "Top Notch Pickers"

Wayne Henderson guitar...

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band doin' "old time" stuff...

One of the highlights of the festival with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

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Great Austin, Texas duo!

Doc Watson's younger brother, David and his wife, on the Watson State during the sunset jam.

Little Sammy Bush at the sunset jam...

Uwe of the "international" Kruger Brothers

Uwe and Jerry during the banjo solo...

Uwe & Jerry!

Everyone was smiling at the sunset jam...

Jens Kruger

Jens Kruger and Jerry Douglas

Uwe Kruger and Jerry Douglas trading licks

Uwe Kruger and Jerry Douglas trading licks...back and forth.

Uwe Kruger at the amazing sunset jam on the Hillside Stage

My brother in the seat catching Willie Watson

Tom and John up front...

Willie Watson is the new Woody Guthrie (imho)...

Maybe shouldn't park on the grass here...

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I'm having fun in my new sneakers...

Jan and Jarin

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Pals

Somebody other than family I know at this event!

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Want a little ice?

A good friend...

Share and share alike I guess...

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Lots of games to play with friends...

LIttle piece of shade...

Wonder if Jarin is thinking about going home after nine months here...

Wearing the tie-dye shirt he made at school...

Ben

Happy even though it is over 90 outside...

Jan and Landin

Nice cool breeze in the shade...

Grandma

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Tree of Life in the midst of happy campers in Pentwater, Michigan

Pentwater, Michigan

Deep Water

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Check out the frets on the guitar...

Mighty fine show!

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Mighty fine sounding 8-String guitar that Chris uses...

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner doing Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" that brought the house down!

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

Jeanne Jolly's producer Chris Boerner

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Jeanne Jolly just belting out a tune at the Fringe Concert series at the Crowne in Greensboro, NC

Jeanne Jolly and Chris Boerner

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PineCone's Executive Director, William Lewis, with the people

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Flatt Lonesome on the Red Carpet at the IBMA 2014 Awards

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Transcending duality into unity consciousness jewelry in Washington, D.C..

We are free now so we should act like it...

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Jens Kruger meeting fans after the debut of the concerto "Lucid Dreamer" that really touched...

The four brothers, Mike, Ben, Charlie and Josh

Durham Bulls game

Ben and his family with Charlie

Ellie

Ellie's birthday party

Ellie at her 3rd birthday party last weekend

Granddaughter Ellie and Jarin

Jarin, are exchange student from Bangladesh last year seeing snow for first time

Kenta, our exchange student from Japan two years ago

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Fantastic showcase at the IBMA by Front Country

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Front Country at the IBMA showcase

Front Country

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Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

Lomax Project

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project on the Hargett Street Stage, WOB 2015, James McKelvey Kelv Images

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project was the sleeper hit of the festival, WOB 2015, James McKelvey Kelv...

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Ben, Landin, Ellie and Lindsay in Wilmington

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Nice evening view of the area...

Jan doesn't like heights...

Great view!

Worn out!

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We can fit three from NC for every one from SC in this chair...

70 degrees and almost the whole beach to ourselves from the pier...

For some reason almost all photographers fall for this shot...

Waiting her turn for the slide...

Crabby kind of place...

Ellie and Landin in the Vistor Center at the State Park...

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Bird realizes it is too close and jumps up straight in the air flapping away from the alligator

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Eyes open wide very aware of its surroundings

Alligator slowly going for position but these birds were well aware of the actions.

Just happened to see the start of this alligator vs. eel in this image...

Shot two: The eel got away from the first alligator

Shot three: Eel continues to speed away from the first alligator

Shot four: Trouble looms ahead for the eel

Shot five: Eel continues only the second alligator is getting ready for it.

Shot seven: Alligator really chomps down on it

Shot six: Alligator snags the eel

Shot eight: the alligator is in no rush and sort of plays with the eel

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Shot nine: Eel is a goner...

This was in the state park across from Brookgreen Gardens...

Gators freaked out the fish so it was easy pickings for the birds...

Keep your eye on the ball, right?

Ellie isn't sure she likes put-put but Landin, her brother, sure does!

Free put-put across the street from the condo we stayed at...

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Steel Wheels at the IBMA showcase

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Pilot Mountain is a quartzite monadnock (isolated mountain) that eroded over a 1 billion year...

This is an image of the Big Pinnacle which is part of the Sauratown Mountains.

Just wonderful trails throughout the Pilot Mountain State Park...

Wondering how far I should go...

Still smiling at the end of the walk...

Quartz in the rocks and on the trails, too.

Odd looking stuff on the rock looks almost like a map of the area...

Looks like water erosion to me...

The pine treeline caught my eye here...

Another spooky face...and a reminder of the Cathar's, too.

Reminded me of the Cathar "dove" memorial in stone near Minerve, France.

Wind or water erosion?

Look for the eyes and the rest will follow...Pilot Mountain was called Stoneface Mountain

Another large overhang...

More burned trees...

Really low shoulder here off the trail down about 1400 feet...

Another hiker named Willy and I got spooked when this happened out of the blue, so to speak.

As I approached the Ravens went nuts about one hundred feet above me...

The view goes on forever...

This is way bigger than it looks here...

Interesting colony of plants growing on the shady side of the Big Pinnacle

Mountains way off in the distance...

This is a mixture of quartz and sand that looked very unusual...

Entering the sunny side of the Big Pinnacle trail...

Face, arms and legs with another face in front of the other one...incredible!

Seem to have two faces on the far left here...top one looks like a guard.

The "green" shady side again...

Good deal of steep stairs but usually a bench at the top to rest.

After you see a face shape for the 15th time you wonder if someone carved here long ago?

Did a meditation near here and when I came around this blue hue was there that I didn't see...

Lots of overhangs like this with very unusual quartz running through the stone above here...

This was on the shadow side of the Big Pinnacle right up close...

Really felt like "stone" Ents from the Lord Of The Rings.

This is about 2100 feet above sea level and it is a 1400 foot drop from the trail.

One billion years ago this was under an ocean...

Part of the area that burned several years ago...

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Some interesting man made stuff on the trail...

Entrance to the trail that goes to the Big Pinnacle at Pilot Mountain

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Caroling with friends...

Jingle Bells "all the way"

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Went to a couple of nursing homes caroling...

John, Mike and Jan before our walk in the woods...

Great view of the Eno River at the top of the mountain...

Great view but says it is very dangerous there and death can result...

Tons of birds in the sky above...

This was a lot of work on the Riverwalk in downtown Hillsborough along the Eno River...

Ran into a friend of ours on the trail who took this for us...

Beautiful evening out in nature...

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Weird weather has everything green again...

Ellie and her Teletubbies...

Great Uncle John working on his lantern...

Lindsay, granddaughter Ellie and Ben making a lantern for the Riverwalk...

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Sister Ellie and brother Landin watch John & Charlie in a chess grudge match...

Oldest son Josh with some of the lanterns they made...

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Everybody except Charlie who had to work...

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Serious flooding a couple of days later in the same spot...

Severe El Nino

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Never too late for desert on Cayamo...even in the middle of a gig.

Kat Edmonson backed by John Fulbright during the songwriter round in the Stardust

Unlikely songwriter round with Jim Lauderdale, Max Gomez and John Fulbright

John Fulbright opened solo in the Stardust before bringing out the band on Cayamo

Sliding away during the John Fulbright Band show at the Stardust

Bass solo during the John Fulbright Band show in the Stardust on Cayamo

John Fulbright Band in the Stardust on Cayamo

John Fulbright Band in the Stardust on Cayamo way out to sea...

John Fulbright Band featured in the Stardust

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David Bromberg Band with John Fulbright and Luke Bulla guesting...

Great solo caught the attention of the entire David Bromberg Band

David Bromberg Band jamming with Luke Bulla and behind them John Fulbright

David Bromberg Band with John Fulbright and Luke Bulla sitting in during the Stardust show.

Max Gomez and John Fulbright playing together during a songwriter circle in the Stardust in 2014

Most of the Steep Canyon Rangers with Carl Jackson on the red carpet at the IBMA Awards.

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Thank you, Lucinda!

Buddy fixing the vocal mic for Lucinda Williams while recording "Hickory Wind."

Buddy Miller and Doug Seegers

Belting it out on Cayamo in the Stardust theater...

Buddy Miller and Friends doing a Bee Gee's tune...

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Over The Rhine during the Band tribute set put together by Larry Campbell

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Light glare over top portion on left and right.

Royal looking at the top facing to the left...

The Christ Austin Stage in 2002...

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Mipso at the Convention Center Room 304, WOB 2014, James McKelvey Kelv Images

Mipso in Room 304 from outside in the rain, WOB 2015, James McKelvey Kelv Images

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There seems to be large squared boulders like this in all four directions as you walk around Pilot...

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See the face(s) that with soft eyes looks bird like or someone with a mask on?

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Two serpent like faces one on top of the other...Serpent Mound in Ohio?

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This is the side that didn't burn a few years ago...

About 1600 feet down to the right...

Great view...

You can see 30-40 miles in any direction on a day like this...

Double click to see rock climbing gear on the stone face...

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Pete and Limber Timber in the 3rd row at Merlefest in 1995 or so at the Watson Stage.

Dave and Gillian 1993 Chris Austin Tent

Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Ron McCoury and Mike Bubb on Chris Austin Stage

Guy Clark and Steve Earle duo set maybe in 1998 on Chris Austin Stage

Superb set by Peter Rowan, Guy Clark and Ramblin' Jack Elliott Chris Austin Stage 1997(?)

Guy Clark and Darrell Scott on the Chris Austin Stage 1997

Roy Huskey, Jr. and debut of Darrell Scott at the Chris Austin Stage 1997

Travis and Guy Clark with Darrell Scott Chris Austin stage 1997

Yes, there is a story to go along with this picture...

Sorry Pete, gave your seat to Mark O'Connor to watch B/D/M

Notch in rock just beyond picnic area going away from the parking lot...

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Dave Rawlings in the Chris Austin Tent at Merlefest around 1995 or so.

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Over the course of the show he introduced all his instruments to the audience.

Mr. Dave in Greensboro was SRO on a rainy evening in Greensboro at Revolution Mill.

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Some sort of move by David Lindley onstage at Motorco.

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Setting up as a good sized crowd formed for the Skylar Gudasz Band

The two in front were dancing and having a grand time!

Mighty fine set!

Skylar Gudasz Band in front of School Kids Records in Brightleaf Square

Yeah, would have been a bit nicer a little more toward twilight...

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Skylar is a fabulous keyboard player...

So glad this band caught the killer vibe of the new record...

Last caught Skylar opening for David Bromberg with her producer Chris Stamey

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Eric Bachmann who later in the evening played the Cats Cradle with Skylar Gudasz as his guest

Well, Eric Bachmann between two people...

Eric Bachmann of Archers of Loaf fame...

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Skylar Gudesz and Eric Bachmann at Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham, NC

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Eric Bachmann Band playing Record Day at School Kids Records in Durham, NC

Mighty fine Skylar Gudasz Band set that really captured the vibe of her debut CD

Cracking up to the "wee people" dancing for her...

Some new fans...

Something like this faces each direction above or below the trail.

This guards the trail going up and is huge. There is one of these facing in each direction.

Like the Mars face this one owes a lot to the shadows at that time of day to bring it out...

Look for the eyes...

Just beautiful...

Couple of big faces here...

Ravens playing in the thermals at about 1600 feet above the ground...

Tree blocks the interesting part here...

Wide view of the same elongated head...top, middle and center of picture.

Elongated head like in ancient Mayan and Egyptian art...

Cave?

This is one of the really big faces...

Serpent looking at about 7 o'clock from the cloud...

Just like the way this looks...want to play the game Jenga?

Large face from previous image but this shows the trail...

Large face...

Will be looking for small cave entrances next time but won't be going in since I've read the...

This is about four or five stories high...

Interesting...up close of the previous picture.

Was using my wide lens so will bring my tele next time to get a detailed in focus image of this...

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These "lines" on the left look like the lines near the Ley line just past the picnic area...

You can walk right under the chin of this "stoneface" that sort of has a royal mystical quality.

Easier to look for the mouth but then you'll see the eyes in this image.

Face of a Gray alien wrapped up in a big blanket?

You'll see the nose and mouth first but then it all comes into focus...

Craggy trees always catch my attention...

Think this is one of the guards that I think faces east...

Right behind the bathroom area at the parking lot.

Going north on 52 @ scenic look-out with Big Pinnacle and to the left Small Pinnacle rock.

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Cloudy view of an old favorite...

Looks like a sculptor had been here but didn't finish...

Lots going on in this picture with angels, birds, little people crowded together (relax eyes)...

Interesting face unlike the others...

Snake or gator...

Reptilian?

Really large face...

Interesting shadow that looks like a dancing or leaning wizard right on a limb...

Two smaller faces or one really big one...

Face in the middle of the screen and maybe above it or that might be a hat of some sort...

More faces...

Cave entrance?

Couple of faces...

Eyes, mouth and neck...

View of Little Pinnacle from Big Pinnacle (also known as the Knob)...

Another fish like creature on top of the whale from the side...

Whale?

This used to be under the Iapetus Ocean (grandfather to Atlantic Ocean) and looks like a whale...

Burn area from a fire that got out of control...

View near the ley line...

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Wow, this is like a crowded party of faces...

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Wider view of the Easter Island type face...

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Two faces one on top of the other...

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Wet rock brought out the colors...

Good growth near the burn area...

Calming shadows and light at a rest stop caught my eye...

This was an interesting face hidden behind the brush...

Rest stop that seemed very calm to me...

Face near top of stone but maybe others here, too.

Same image of silhouette but with more stone detail...

Silhouette of face in the late day sun...

Burn area looking southwest...

Burn area looking south...

Elder statesman of the stone faces with smaller faces below...

Elder statesman of the stone faces with an impressive nose...

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Within yards of the City Ley Line...

Vortex at the City Ley line made the camera go a bit goofy the only time on this day.

Stairway to a face...

Another image of a face in the center of the picture brought out by the rain.

Top third has a really cool face in this image...

Looking south over the 800 acre burn area from 2012...

Large step on the trail that looked ancient...

Some of the oldest stone on the planet...

Wet stones from the evening rain under a ledge...

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Face looking south on the Ledge Trail...

Looking south on the ledge trail...toward Winston-Salem.

Raven area to the left in this image...

Big Pinnacle from the ledge trail around the Little Pinnacle.

Merlefest Album Hour on the Hillside Stage

Big Pinnacle at Pilot Mountain image taken from Little Pinnacle. See the stone faces?

New TBONE guitar in action...

Top Notch tunes back at the Blue Ridge home...

Jim Lauderdale with Donna The Buffalo

Jim Lauderdale and Peter Rowan on the Watson Stage...

Steep Canyon Rangers

Shannon Whitworth on the Cabin Stage...

John Prine opening night of Merlefest...

John Prine Band with guest Jim Lauderdale

Doc Watson tribute in the Walker Center...

"The" Kenny Smith who has won two IBMA best guitar awards.

James Nash of the Waybacks with Mike Farris...

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What a great band for Mike Farris...

"Purple Rain" guest James Nash with Mike Farris...

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Soul man Mike Farris on the Watson Stage...

Great set by Peter Rowan in the Trad Tent...

Traditional tunes with Peter Rowan at the Trad Tent...

Tommy Emmanuel at the Hillside Stage...

Shinyribs at the Americana stage...

Whole lotta fun in the 9th row for Mike Farris with the gang...

Family and friends at the Hillsdie Stage for the album hour...

Nicki Bluhm with the Waybacks indoors at the Walker Center doing "Somebody To Love"!!!

Way up high on Stone Mountain a day before Merlefest...

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See the face?

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Pilot Mountain might be the oldest mountain on earth next to the oldest river.

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The Cherokee named it Jomeokee or Great Guide for the spirit that lives within the mountain.

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Easter Island kind of head at Pilot Mountain on the Ledge Trail under the parking area.

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Stand back, indeed!

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They had sippy cups back then didn't they?

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Hauling stuff...

Almost time for lunch...

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Kind of casual...

Regulator camp at the Alamance Battleground...

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Loud demonstration...

Regulators from Hillsborough walked twenty miles to Burlington...

Reenactment at its finest...

Really seemed like he knew what he was talking about...

Support troops...

Anyone say "picnic" before battle?

Camp site is already for a battle...

Something is wrong with my musket...

Town crier making a statement about the battle...

You have to walk to the battle...

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Wrong side of history...

It will be much safer about one hundred yards over there away from the canon fire...

Pen and paper...

Much needed rest after a long walk in the hot sun...

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Using all of the 300 mm tele on my camera lens from about 50 miles away from Pilot Mountain.

Pilot Mountain is slightly off center on the horizon here as the "Great Guide" for travelers.

Crowd for the Waybacks and Friends "Album Hour" in the mist...

Superb blues start to Sunday at Merlefest with Brothers Landreth

Doug Seegers Band

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Jim Hurst guitar workshop on the ship on a bright sunny calm day.

Casey, Mark and Missy tearing it up!

Fantastic Jim Hurst guitar workshop in Cozumel on the beach.

Several jam sessions on the beach were recorded...

This was when the waves were hitting hard and Darrell Scott was a tad sea sick...

Fun times!

Jam session toward the end of the cruise.

Missy Raines giving a bass lesson.

Tim notices our Gnome onstage for the first time with Mark Shatz on bass.

We saw fish in that portal on the way back to Miami in 35 foot waves on the 4th deck.

Just unpacking after hanging out in South Beach most of the morning...

Our favorite place to eat with all the musicians around us...

Wild banjo solo...

Clearly a multi-instrumentalist...

Leyla is so comfortable onstage it sort of makes the audience feel like they are part of the band.

Some pretty intense interplay between Leyla and Free

Has that John Hagan (from Lyle Lovett's band) cello sound down!

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About 75 degrees and low humidity made for a magical evening of entertainment

Daniel Tremblay on a pretty sweet sounding Gibson Sunburst guitar

Leyla McCalla drew one of the biggest crowds at the Duke Gardens in recent memory

Leyla McCalla and Free

Really some complex music from these three and they listen closely to each other.

Daniel Tremblay and Leyla McCalla swapped instruments for a few songs.

Thumbs up, indeed!

...and that was it.

Hailing from Louisiana the band has local ties with a record company and the Carolina Chocolate...

Amazing sound these three can make had everyone up and dancing.

Daniel Tremblay, Leyla McCalla and Free had the crowd on their feet toward the end of the set.

Kids, babies, parents and couples all enjoyed the set...

Wow!

Path to the various trails in Duke Gardens beside the stage.

Just feet away from the stage at Duke Gardens.

Bursting with color at twilight in Duke Gardens after the show ended.

Twilight in Duke Gardens after the show.

Just a few feet away from the stage several people took a walk after the show.

Patterns...

The set and setting of Duke Gardens for a show is magical

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From one side it looks very military...

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This guy is so funny...

Oh yeah!

Jim Lauderdale

Right at home in his former hometown...

Pretty good sized crowd for a Sunday "game" night

Wondered which musical Jim Lauderdale we'd get and it turned out we got almost all of 'em.

Singer-songwriter, swampy soul, country-western, Americana and even some "herd" rock tonight.

Jeanne Jolly came out to guest with Jim Lauderdale during his set, too.

They have got to do more of this...

Cheers, indeed!

Couldn't hear what was going on but think she got the song requested...

She really wanted to hear a song...

She played three or four new tunes for her next CD at the show.

Jeanne Jolly just doesn't hold back on her vocals...wow!

At the merch table people were buying all three of her albums at once after the show.

D.C. had Eva Cassidy and the Triangle has Jeanne Jolly which is high praise, indeed.

They did three duets together and now I'd like a whole set of 'em.

Found in the yard right outside the car door standing up in the grass Father's Day eve.

...but from this side almost looks like an Easter Island face.

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Big & little Pinnacle with some of the Ledge Trail on the left looking north.

Southern side of Big Pinnacle

Southern side of Big Pinnacle

Eastern view of Big Pinnacle at Pilot Mountain with 200 mm lens about three miles away.

They seem to have set up camp somewhere nearby...

Few mornings after visiting Pilot Mountain.

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Sierra Hull Trio featuring Ethan Jodziewicz on bass & Justin Moses on banjo, dobro and mandolin

Justin Moses is a road warrior with Kentucky Thunder for four years.

Really impressive mandolin playing by Sierra Hull all evening.

Getting set-up for a mandolin duet

Justin Moses and Sierra Hull during a mandolin duet

Edgar Meyer recommended Ethan Jodziewicz to Bela and Sierra for her new record/tour.

Well deserved standing ovation...

Sierra Hull Trio coming back for an encore...

SIerra Hull telling a story about instruments touring in different climates.

Justin and Sierra doing a mandolin duet

Justin Moses is a former member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Ethan Jodziewicz on bass

Sierra Hull Trio in the Duke Gardens at Duke University

Justin Moses sort of floated in and out of the set.

Ethan Jodziewicz on bass

Amazing night of music with the Sierra Hull Trio in Duke Gardens!

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Ellie and Landin drawing a snake

Ellie in the humid air

Ellie needs a bath'

Ellie the art dancer

Ellie very happy dancing in the art

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Landin and Ellie at the end of the chalk art project

Landin and Ellie making a butterfly

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Landin and the spider

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They have collars but they do not want to get close to me so called Animal Control.

Taken after they'd been in the yard an hour around 8:00 AM July 12th, 2016

Barking as they run at me made me sort of nervous for young children in the area.

One of four trumpet flowers and this was standing straight up in the yard before I mowed past it.

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Must say most of the times I've seen Jason Wilber I'm swaying on the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf.

Joel Wolf hosted and introduced Jason Wilber with some good history of Jason in the area.

Jason's own "Ghost Light" was haunting through and through.

Jason Wilber is just a natural for house concerts and his personality is well suited to it.

Just a superb version of Joni's "Edith And The Kingpin" with a great arrangement!!!

Huge thunderstorm outside didn't hardly phase anyone and the food was safe in the garage.

Jason is a very friendly chap that everyone enjoyed talking with before and after the show.

Reflection shot of the merch table and although it was hot outside it was nice in cool indoors.

Wish I would have discovered what Joel & his lovely wife have been doing here years ago.

The wood and stonework in the great room is a wonderful setting for a show.

The backdrop for the stage is signed by Cayamo alumni Michelle Malone, Callaghan and Trish.

Jason Wilber opener of Leon Russell's "A Song For You" was wonderful.

Lots of good road tales about traveling with John Prine for 20 years and Prine's "Paradise" was...

Jason Wilber got all kinds of sounds out of that little guitar all night.

David Bowie's "Oh You Pretty Things" from the new CD "Echoes" was superb.

While the arrangements of songs were faithful there was also an in the moment feel to them.

Great view from all the seats...

Perfectly paced early and late sets was a treat...

Clearly, this is the home of artists and the great room is well suited for shows of this nature.

After the ceremony looking down the gulley with energy I felt on my skin.

Air, earth, fire and water with crystals on the four directions, too.

Rose quartz (E), Amethyst (S), Lapis Lazure (W) and clear quartz crystal (N).

As we approached the area there was a bit of a glow at the spot seemingly from the ground.

The glow now retreated and was from a house over the ridge on the left side of the image.

Green ground vegatation where we worked but beyond just leaves on the ground

The Ley Line connected with the other mineral springs came up this gulley

Setting up the elements for the ceremony in the four directions.

Our first stop with relatives in Michigan seeing Aunt Katee.

Leaving Aunt Katee's place on Sunday evening on the second day of the trip.

"Seven Generations" museum in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The Wilds

Between Ludington and Pentwater in Michigan

Head and Foot card game in Pentwater.

Charlie in Pentwater...

A few moments before the sizzle...

Sunset on the beach in Pentwater.

Incredible trumpet vine on the sidewalk in Pentwater.

John playing the "Celt" guitar in Pentwater that Tim Stone made him.

Front porch at Aunt Katee's home in Pentwater.

Third game of Head and Foot Margo lowered the boom!

Impressive new home...

Cousin Larry's backyard in Michigan

Jan, Charlie and Josh at sunset in Pentwater.

Charlie playing on his computer...in Pentwater.

Pentwater

Downtown Pentwater, Michigan

New game but a lot of fun in Pentwater.

Such polite dinners...in Pentwater.

After a fantastic Whitefish dinner in Pentwater...thinking about dear Uncle Andy.

Aunt Katee's beautiful home in Pentwater with her rock garden in front of the porch.

This has been going on for years and years...

No harm done to either party here...

Charlie was run down by his oldest brother...

This sunset got sustained applause from the crowd at the water and beside me.

Three brothers at sunset in Pentwater...

One of three incredible sunsets we caught in Pentwater...

Large military vehicle outside the bar in downtown Pentwater the meteor night.

Early morning at Northwood Inst. in Midland, Michigan.

Three person team basketball in downtown Midland, Michigan.

It rained in this area for days near Toledo, Ohio on the way back.

So many rare views of wild animals at the Wilds.

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Vocal and kind of loud...

So happy together...

Rare wild horses at the Wilds

Rare sighting at the Wilds.

This rare species of deer hadn't been seen for months at the Wilds.

Charlie on the zip line...

Lazy day at the Wilds for this one...

The Wilds in Ohio

Kind of stared each other down here...

Sort of looking right at me using a tele converter that made my 300 mm lens a 600 mm lens.

Pretty funny warning...

Seeing feathers a lot this summer...

Up at the top of a ridge pretty far away using a 300 mm lens.

Kind of close to the bus but ignoring us, too.

Out standing in their field at the Wilds in Ohio.

The Wilds

The Wilds in Cambridge, Ohio.

Means business at the Wilds in Ohio.

Something you don't see everyday in a field in Ohio.

Native species at the Wilds...

Across the lake is where the zip line ends at The Wilds.

Looking over where Josh & Charlie did a zip line over the animals.

Storms pop up all around us on the way back...

West Virginia or Virginia?

Irish Gaelic. Blond Mary Chinidh, whose mother is a mermaid, swims Lake Erne forever.

My three sons at Pilot Mountain

Heck of a view at Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain

The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio looking at the fish...

The Wilds in Ohio and they say the Catfish are as big as humans.

Pentwater

The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio

Transportation at The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio

The Wilds in Ohio

South face of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina

"Seven Generations" at the Ziibiwing Museum in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

"Head and Foot" cards in Pentwater

Cousin Larry's backyard in Montague, Michigan

Pilot Mountain in North Carolina

Pilot Mountain in North Carolina

Finding some shade was the trick to a good time at Bluegrass On the Lawn at Historic Moorefields on...

Good times with family and friends at the Bluegrass at Moorefields on 9.10.16

Great crowd filled all the shady spots at the Bluegrass at Moorefields show on 9.10.16

MC gave away free CD's during the set changes at Bluegrass OnThe Lawn At Moorefields on 9.10.16

Multi-generational event was a success at the 3rd Annual Bluegrass on the lawn at Historic...

Nixon, Blevins and Gage at 3rd Annual Bluegrass at Moorefields on Saturday 9.10.16

Vintage Blue around five in the afternoon during Bluegrass at the Moorefields

Vintage Blue on the front porch during the Bluegrass at Moorefields show on 9.10.16

Amazing community support for the Moorefields fund raiser!

Between acts allowed plenty of time to socialize with new and old friends

Great afternoon for a bluegrass festival on historic Moorefield's lawn

Vintage Blue on the historic Moorefield porch

Lost Boys, Fetch Hot Dog Co. & Thyme2Eat were represented Food trucks

Sunny area made for a great place to dance for the kids later in the day

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Kodiak Farm Boys at the Moorefield's Bluegrass On the Lawn

Obstructed view of the Moorefield porch during a bluegrass afternoon

Some mighty fine bluegrass from Vintage Blue on a perfect late summer afternoon

Rows of trees almost like fences in the back garden at Moorefields

A little shady grove under the trees at historic Moorefield's

Beautiful atmosphere as we left the Constitution Day event in Hillsborough at Lot 98

Dr. Aaron Keck wrote his dissertation on Early American Political Thought talking at Constitution...

Dr. Aaron Keck, Dr. W.A. Merritt, Dr. Brooks Graebner and Reverend Dr. Bob Brizendine who were all...

Dr. Brooks Graebner speech for Constitution Day was How Our Constitution changed the Relationship...

Dr. W.A. Merritt speaking on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at Constitution Day

Dr. W.A. Merritt taking questions at Constitution Day

Lisa Flinn, who along with Candace Midgett, developed the Constitution Day program

Lots of questions for all four speakers from the audience at Constitution Day

North Carolina ratified the constitution on this spot, lot 98, in 1788

Reverend Dr. Bob Brizendine shares historical notes on Hillsborough Presbyterian's 200 years on Lot...

Beautiful atmosphere as we left the Constitution Day event in Hillsborough at Lot 98

Dr Aaron Keck explains the electoral college and its role in the coming election

Dr. Aaron Keck wrote his dissertation on Early American Political Thought talking at Constitution...

Dr. Aaron Keck, Dr. W.A. Merritt, Dr. Brooks Graebner and Reverend Dr. Bob Brizendine who were all...

Dr. Brooks Graebner speech for Constitution Day was How Our Constitution changed the Relationship...

Dr. W.A. Merritt during his closing remarks at the Constitution Day event held on Lot 98 in...

Dr. W.A. Merritt speaking on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at Constitution Day

Dr. W.A. Merritt taking questions at Constitution Da

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Lisa Flinn, who along with Candace Midgett, developed the Constitution Day program

Lots of questions for all four speakers from the audience at Constitution Day

North Carolina ratified the constitution on this spot, lot 98, in 1788

Dr Aaron Keck talked about the electoral college and its role in the coming election

Dr. W.A. Merritt

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The mother church for bluegrass this week at the IBMA. WOB14. James McKelvey

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Barefoot Movement at the Vintage Church

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All star jam for Laurie Lewis' birthday 'round midnight at the IBMA

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John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Laurelyn Dossett and Friends at the Roosters Wife suite in the Marriott

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Laurelyn Dossett invited us up to a jam at the Roosters Wife suite in the Marriott

Molly Tuttle Band's showcase show at the Bluegrass Ramble

Our wonderful host Janet Kenworthy at the Roosters Wife suite with Laurelyn Dossett and friends

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Chatted with Peter Rowan and Darol Anger backstage at the Red Hat WOB 2016

Peter Rowan Band at the Red Hat during WOB 2016

Peter Rowan Band featuring Jamie Oldacre (W.A.R., Clapton & JJ Cale) on percussion at WOB 2016

Canadian band at the Roosters Wife Suite in the Marriott Hotel

The new soundboard seen all over the festival works on the house sound for the audience and monitor...

Asheville's Tellico at the Master Stage in the Convention Center during IBMA week.

Beyond the frets on the mandolin solo by John Jorgenson

Lil' Smokies at the Lincoln showcase

Some of the crowd at the Roostes Wife suite in the Marriott Hotel

Tim checking the schedule for the next stop on the Bluegrass Ramble

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Piedmont Melody Makers set list at the ArtsCenter 10.13

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Albino behind glass but I looked for them often in the wild IMG_1193

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Happy Birthday Al...

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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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Earlier in the day before the snow started looking out the family room window.

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Bradford Marsalis and Uwe Kruger at the IBMA, WOB 2015, James McKelvey Kelv Images_1

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