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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Carl Jackson: A Boy and His Banjo, Reunited

    Well, Ted, great story. I have always loved Carl Jackson, his singing and playing are special, He just draws you to him when he sings. Just such a warm person. What a great history, playing with Glen Campbell. He is the same age I am. Love the version of "Gentle On My Mind" with Ashley Campbell.

         Best, Jim 

Thanks, Jim. You got it! One story that isn't in the piece simply because I didn't have room has to do with my personal and professional debt to Carl. I first met him at Musicians Against Childhood Cancer in Columbus, OH, some years ago. He became aware of my photography and my blog and invited me to be his backstage photographer at IBMA's Fan Fest in Nashville. Carl was the producer of this start-studded tribute to bluegrass music which served as a fund raiser for the Bluegrass Foundation. My sole job was to be sure to capture a picture of Carl with each band appearing on stage for his personal collection. Beyond that, I had the run of the "green room" and was also able to roam the building to take photos for my blog. The access that work gave me to the big guns of bluegrass as well as the country artists Carl brought to the IBMA stage (Vince Gill, Joey & Rory, Daryl Waldrip and others) enabled me to get to know the folks in bluegrass as a fellow professional doing a different job instead of a "mere" fan. In many ways he was crucial in legitimizing the work I had been doing. This is just one small story of the kind of mentorship Carl has engaged in that often goes unnoticed. 

Excellent article Ted...I guess you have to be an instrument collector to completely appreciate that story, but I loved it...truthfully, I wouldn't want my first guitar back for anything other than the sentiemental value for it was truly a piece of crap...but I still learned a few chords on it...

Carl is a very talented man, and has travelled a long road in music...it was a sweet thing that he made and produced one last record with Glen..."Adios" was a fine way to go out, and likely wouldn't have been what it was without Carl directing the process...

Genuinely good guy, and great player...