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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.

James King: Still More Stories to Tell

  What a sad story, being a musician can be a dangerous occupation with many temptations and life on the road can take it's toll. He shared a lot of emotion in his music.

Jim 

Thanks so much for this wonderful article, Ted. When I interviewed him for the now-defunct Engine 145, he told me: "when I sing a song, I'm gonna make you cry." One the most memorable lines from an interview. And now we're crying, even as we celebrate his life. Thank you.

Thanks, Henry. Now you have me leaking, too.

Here's a story Dudley Connell, James' bandmate in Longview, the lead singer and founder of the Johnson Mountain Boys, and current lead singer with The Seldom Scene, posted on Facebook this morning:

James King story..... James came up and spent the night at my home in Maryland and the next morning we were driving together in his van to a recording session at Bias in Springfield, Virginia. As I got into James' van, I noticed that there were newspapers and empty food containers all over the floor. As we backed out of my driveway James said, "Dudley, you might want to pick your feet up a little. There's a family of mice down there and I can't get 'em out." Nice!