Monday, January 16, 2012

A New CD Coming Soon??

While perusing the various posts on Facebook this afternoon I came across a post by our friend, Jimbo Whaley, who was seeking suggestions for some songs for a new Bluegrass Favorites cd. I know that lots of Greenbrier fans will be happy to see a new cd with some new "old" material on it. There are plenty of good old bluegrass tunes that could use some fresh air and exposure. There were several good suggestions although many were for some of their previously recorded songs. However, I believe the intention is to create a new cd with tunes other than those previously recorded by Greenbrier. I know they will do a great job and we look with great anticipation to the finished product.
On a completely unrelated note...............we have a couple of friends celebrating birthdays today - Gene LeGrand and W.A. Pate. Gene is the friendly face you see when you arrive at the ticket gate for all of our festivals. And many of you know W.A. as the host of his "headquarters" over in the campground. He's easy to spot as he always wears a spiffy pair of overalls when attending the festivals....and he attends a lot of them. I think he and Rhonda must have set a record last year for bluegrass festival attendance......Bravo!
Today is a holiday and I hope that you are enjoying your day off if you are fortunate to be off. I know that some of our bluegrass friends are traveling south at this time. We wish them safe travels and look forward to seeing them and hearing all about their trips when they return. Have a grand day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012


After having spent the biggest part of this day cleaning out a closet, I'm inspired to post a few random photos rather than actually blogging. Interesting......the things you find in your grown children's closets. It was a walk down memory lane from elementary school through grad school and all points in between plus a wedding. Found lots of photos I had forgotten about including one of Joe which I think she fetch me a bunch of favors from him for not posting it on facebook. ha ha I also know now what happened to the old Nintendo system purchased eons ago. I wonder how many of you still have old cassettes and 45's laying around on a dusty old shelf somewhere. I found a few that actually belonged to me as a that's really old! Hopefully, they will not warp before our grandbaby can enjoy them. And if you are, they are not bluegrass related. We didn't get into that until Wes was in college in the late 90's. Too bad we didn't discover it earlier and start a collection of those vinyl recordings. And if we had they surely would have found their way into a closet, too. Cleaning out closets are quite a chore but also an experience that will open a window into the past if there is much more than clothing in there. The closet we cleared out today had gone from clothing to a depository of books, toys, memorabilia, etc. due to the moving in and out of home, apts., dorms, etc. so it held quite a variety. Almost done. Now we're on to another project. Posting random photos again. Enjoy............

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's A Nice Day For Random Photos

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Friday the 13th

Hi and thanks for stopping by the blog today. Until I heard a big announcement on tv this morning, I had no idea that today was..........(imagine creepy music here)....Friday The 13th! At that point I felt compelled to consider the possibility of bad luck today but I have decided this will be a good day. Heck! It already is a good day...........consider this..........we woke up to a beautiful dusting of snow in the valley; Audrey's tumor is shrinking; Bobby Gault is celebrating his birthday today; our friend, Mike Kelly is volunteering at the Extreme Makeover Home project in spite of the cold; and last but certainly not least we have a precious little grandbaby this year. TGIF! So.............again I say - Thanks for stopping by my blog today - It's nice to know someone has thought about me today. I'm posting some random photos today so I hope you will enjoy them and have a good day yourself!

Friday the 13th

Not having paid any attention to the date this morning I was blissfully unaware that today was.......(imagine creepy music here)..............Friday the 13th! And then I heard this news on tv so I was forced to actually consider the date - not that I'm superstitous or anything - but when someone "announces" that today is Friday the 13th, I have to think about it. Anyway, I have decided it will be a good day. After all, our friend, Bobby Gault, has a birthday today; we got a beautiful "little" snow in the wee hours; our friend, Mike Kelley, is volunteering today at the Extreme Makeover house in spite of the cold weather; Audrey's tumor is shrinking; and last, but certainly not least................we have a precious grandbaby this year. So, I don't think the first Friday the 13th of 2012 is an issue. Maybe it will even turn out to be a lucky day for everyone. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoy my little "bragbook" photos of my baby girl :) and have a Happy Fri/13th!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Hello 2012

I cannot believe that it has been so long since I did any blogging. Looking at the date of the last installment, I realize that it was shortly before Joe and I had the incredible experience of becoming grandparents for the first time. And I must admit that I have been ever so slightly consumed with getting acquainted with our little Eliza Jewell. Her due date fell during the week of last year's festival so I headed to Colorado for her arrival which was early enough to allow me to return to Kodak in time for Joe's birthday and our wonderful festival. So glad I came home for a few days as I got to spend time with so many of our friends whom we only get to see during our event. It was especially poignant this year as I was able to spend a few days with Gene Daniell who has since made his journey to Heaven.
We have great plans for 2012. Since last year's pickin'/camping weekend was so much fun in May, we are planning to do it again this year. It will be the weekend of May 18-19 which is also the same weekend that the city of Sevierville will be having their Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass event. Hopefully, you will consider coming to Sevier County that weekend and see what kind of bluegrass we can offer you. There will be no "shows" as such here in the campground. But there will be all kinds of jamming/picking/eating/visiting all weekend. Last year there were several people who came for the whole week. Reservations are being made now so if you want to come, please let us know as soon as you can. The only charge is the regular overnight camping fee/night. We had a ball last year since Joe and I were not under the obligation of the regular festival duties and were able to participate/socialize with everyone.
13th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival September 13-14-15
We are happy to announce that the following bands/musicians/artists will be joining us in September for some fantastic shows:
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; Lonesome River Band; Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; Monroeville; The Gibson Brothers; The Little Roy & Lizzy Show; Jerry Butler & The Blu-J's; Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier; Balsam Range; Paul Williams & The Victory Trio; as well as a few that have not been confirmed yet.
Hopefully, we will have our website up really soon and you will be able to get the info you need to make plans.
Ah....................with all that said, I will leave you today with some photos of some happenings around here since my last effort at blogging. And since I probably won't be running into a lot of you at the grocery store or the mall or post office or church or anywhere, please humor me as I post a few photos of my sweet little Eliza :).
Here it is January 12, 2012 and we are hunkered down this evening in anticipation of a little snow with lots of wind howling outside. I hope that wherever you are, you are snug and warm. .......until next time............m