Just an update. Stephen Bennett indeed stopped in La Veta, did an afternoon fingerpicking workshop, enlightening, as I had assumed that I already knew how to fingerpick), then we all had a potluck dinner, which my daughter Annie basically cooked all of it, (she's a great cook. Even cooked most of the food for her own wedding last summer). So after the workshop and dinner, we crowded about fifty people into David and Annie's living room to watch Stepen Bennett perform what has to be probably the best concert I have ever attended.
This guy obviously has a lot of fun at what he does, and can relly read the audience. He interspersed great versions of old standards, (indirectly directing them to the elderly lady up front), with his own great compositions, like, "Life's too short to be in a bad mood".
My personal favorite was when he stated, "I know when all of you think of fingerstyle guitar, you immediately think of Aretha Franklin", and then proceeded into a Medley of Aretha tunes as I had never heard them before. (Chain chain chain), Absolutely incredible. My old high school buddy, Michael, asked, "Is there anything this guy can't play"?
Stephen stated that this was the most fun he'd had at a small venue for a long time, and would like to return. We are hoping this might just put La Veta on the musical map. Whaat an absolute gas. BlueJay