I’m feeling like a doofus tonight for forgetting to set up my recorder at our house concert in Memphis. It’s not that I necessarily wanted to capture me and Butch, but we did something very special at the end with our Australian friend, Adrian Kosky. He had played a few of his own songs at the beginning of the concert, and then we brought him up for the closing number, where we played a super groovy version of “Arkansas Traveler” (there were actually two people there who had traveled from Arkansas to come to our concert!) and then Adrian took it straight into a super soulful rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” That’s a bit of a sentimental one for me, since that’s how we used to end our concerts back in the days of Trailerpark McShank (more on that later). Anyway…. I’m a doof because I failed to record the magic– the whole room was singing along together. We had dulcimer, dulcimer, guitar, and some of the sweetest harmony I’ve heard in a while. Ah! The best musical moments seem to occur when there’s no microphone on.
Well as a consolation prize, I’ve decided to re-share this video Philip made of Adrian last summer on the mound behind our house. So just imagine this very same guy, but instead of a mountain dulcimer he’s playing a guitar, and instead of sitting on a dirt mound in Chattanooga he’s standing in a living room in Memphis, and instead of having the pixie-like Jasmine floating around behind him he’s playing to about a dozen sweet folks who all came out for our house concert tonight and sang along like it was their job.