I like Bresh. Great picker. Good man.
Sent him a copy of 'Thunder Thieves' a few years ago, which he dug, also a rare copy of Mose Rager playing at the kitchen table. Mose was a huge influence on Tom's dad's picking. Merle used to follow Mose and Ike Everly around,to the dances and jams in Western Kentucky. There's a lick on the tape that Mose attributes to Kennedy Jones, which everyone thinks Travis came up with on Cannonball Rag. I love those Kentucky thumbpickers, and had the privilege of going to a Mose Rager appreciation day in Drakesboro in Mulhenburg Country, in a firehall/community center, pop: maybe 300 ? Eddie Pennington and Paul Yandell were there. Some serious archtop performance.
There's a monument across the street (which is named Mose Rager Blvd), right near Chet Atkins Ave. dedicated to Mose, Merle, Chet and Ike. This all happened cuz I hooked up with JT Oglesby here on Mudcat a few years ago, and I had gas money ! Anyway JT used to hang out at Rager's house, as did Travis, Atkins, Lenny Breau and Jerry Reed to name a few. Credit where it's due. I've been working on an instrumental called 'Drakesboro Rake' for 3 yrs. now. It's about ready to record. I'll make sure Mr. Tom gets a copy. Thanks LH.
A subject close to my heart and fingers