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The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL

GUEST 24 Feb 12 - 10:16 AM
GUEST,laura docy 03 May 08 - 02:33 PM
GUEST,FloridaBob 11 Sep 05 - 12:53 PM
GUEST,Bob in Alberta 03 Sep 04 - 01:07 AM
GUEST,Blessed Be 24 Aug 04 - 07:31 PM
Banjer 17 Apr 04 - 10:02 PM
Bobo 16 Apr 04 - 11:01 PM
GUEST,Banjer (at work, goofing off) 09 Apr 04 - 03:18 PM
Bobo 09 Apr 04 - 02:26 PM
Bobo 05 Apr 04 - 10:26 AM
Gern 02 Apr 04 - 08:41 PM
Bobo 02 Apr 04 - 03:40 PM
GUEST,Banjer (at work goofing off) 02 Apr 04 - 03:31 PM
Bobo 02 Apr 04 - 01:24 PM
GUEST 30 Mar 04 - 04:20 PM
Banjer 29 Mar 04 - 05:45 PM
GUEST 29 Mar 04 - 03:11 PM
Banjer 28 Mar 04 - 07:01 AM
Gern 25 Mar 04 - 11:57 AM
GUEST 25 Mar 04 - 11:49 AM
GUEST 25 Mar 04 - 10:25 AM
Banjer 24 Mar 04 - 04:48 PM
Gern 24 Mar 04 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,Banjer 24 Mar 04 - 10:51 AM
Gern 24 Mar 04 - 09:17 AM
Banjer 24 Mar 04 - 05:57 AM
GUEST 23 Mar 04 - 01:40 PM
Gern 23 Mar 04 - 12:14 PM
GUEST 23 Mar 04 - 11:57 AM
GUEST 23 Mar 04 - 11:41 AM
Gern 23 Mar 04 - 10:34 AM
GUEST 23 Mar 04 - 10:11 AM
Gern 23 Mar 04 - 09:23 AM
Banjer 23 Mar 04 - 06:39 AM
GUEST 22 Mar 04 - 04:00 PM
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Banjer 20 Mar 04 - 12:12 PM
Gern 20 Mar 04 - 09:26 AM
Banjer 20 Mar 04 - 04:10 AM
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Gern 16 Mar 04 - 10:59 AM
GUEST 15 Mar 04 - 11:36 AM
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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 10:16 AM

Please help me. I have a collection of about 500 casssettes that are Bluegrass and Country. I'm trying to find a home for this collection. Contact me at wjs@tampabay.rr.com.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST,laura docy
Date: 03 May 08 - 02:33 PM

Hello, I am looking for a docy mandoline. james docy is my grandfather. and he has recently passes away. i have always wanted on. And my mother always seemed to prevent it. Maybe just maybe you know where i can get one. Thankyou, for any help you may have.
Laura richlexington@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST,FloridaBob
Date: 11 Sep 05 - 12:53 PM

Christian has a new custom made mando and is not playing the Docy much anymore. We have a Docy that my wife played for a while before going to fiddle. Can't beat the price and value. Mr. Docy died last year at 94. Built them right up to the end.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST,Bob in Alberta
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 01:07 AM

Elson told me about a fellow by the name of Christian Davis, that plays a Docy Mandolin. Does anyone know how I might contact him. I want to get his views/feelings on the mandolin. The phone number I have doesn't work. Or anyone else that plays a DOCY mandolin, I would be interested in chatting with. I am thinking of getting one and would like some feed back. The fellow that is selling them is not a player and so can't give an objective opinion. Thanks all and keep picking down south and hoep all is well on the storm front.


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Subject: Magnoliafest Tickets
From: GUEST,Blessed Be
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 07:31 PM

Anyone interested in Magfest tickets in Live Oak, FL?
Two for sale on ebay at :
cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2264986493


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 17 Apr 04 - 10:02 PM

Yes, it was a full house! I was glad to see that Big Jim was back amongst us....unfortunately I had a bunch of things going on that caused me to be in and out a lot. Hopefully next weekend wil be more tame!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Bobo
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 11:01 PM

Tomorrow ought to be a full house. We will be there and next week, too. The following is Merlefest time. Can't wait! See y'all tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST,Banjer (at work, goofing off)
Date: 09 Apr 04 - 03:18 PM

Yes, that is probably true!! It's a shame some of his talent didn't rub off or trickle down to me! See you Saturday?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Bobo
Date: 09 Apr 04 - 02:26 PM

Banjer, that Jim Eanes can't be related to you. He has talent.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Bobo
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 10:26 AM

Frank P. told us that he read about a man that lived to be 114. (The man was a Floridian). When asked his secret for long life, he said, "Whenever I can, I sit instead of standing. And, I lie down instead of sitting."


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 02 Apr 04 - 08:41 PM

Tell himn I'm sorry we missed the chance to sing happy birthday to his mom. Anyone who lives to 100 should get anything she wants.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Bobo
Date: 02 Apr 04 - 03:40 PM

Saw him last Wednesday and he said you emailed him and missed him.   That was a nice gesture. He is one of my favorite people.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST,Banjer (at work goofing off)
Date: 02 Apr 04 - 03:31 PM

Yes, I have a feeling Saturday will be a good day also. I am putting brakes on the truck Saturday morning and hope to be all back together in time to get there early. Look forward to seeing Big Jim again!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Bobo
Date: 02 Apr 04 - 01:24 PM

And, once again I reset my password. Me not Guest... me bobo.

Jam tomorrow should be fun. Big Jim says he is coming, even with the Spring break traffic. He misses us. Should be a full house.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 04:20 PM

Ed didn't move away, but has been out of town, mainly in North Carolina looking for a job. He still has his family in Clearwater. I hear from him occasionally and will pass everyone's regards. Now, if Buddy Holly DID show up, I'd rather have been at the shop. But, since you were on drugs or herbs (apparently), maybe it was Buddy Moody, eh? If Fred and Rick were at Springfest, we never ran into them, but it was a huge crowd. Guessing 30,000 based on what we have seen in prior years. Packed! Did see Charlie Hamrick and we had dinner in his camper Friday night... Hamrick-style BBQ Ribs! Saw Wayne Sweeney and Bronna there, too.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 05:45 PM

Yes, you are the resident Dobro I was referring to and I just re-read my earlier post...mia culpa....not Holly, but Moody!! Buddy Moody!
What happened to Ed, the bass player? Did he indeed move away from here as has been reported?
I think Fred Smith and Rick were up there as well....or at one of those festivals...


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 03:11 PM

Actually, if I am "resident dobro," we were at Springfest up yonder in Live Oak. Saw Tony Rice, Del McCoury, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, Guy Clark and others. Got some great recordings. We got home late yesterday (Sunday), whooped and needing to get back to work and get some rest.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 28 Mar 04 - 07:01 AM

Hi guys, had a real good session yesterday...Bob and Pete were both gone to a benefit and I guess our resident dobro and Walter's mando went with them. Buddy Holly was pretty much center stage after he got there and the new fellow, Don (with the red cap) was also a font of good music, lots of old timey stuff and other lesser known songs thrown into the mix. There is a move afoot from what I gathered to try to put together a seprate session for this type of music....let's see where if anywhere it goes! Missed you guys!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 11:57 AM

Merely part of what I've been bitching about. But he's right. You can play on the boundary of the group, loud enough to know when you're right and when you're not. I've been working on the fiddle since January, and believe me it needs work. When it's ready, I'll do the same thing. Meanwhile, joining along with a recording works too. Lots of them hillbillies play in G and A only. You only legitimately distract a group when you are 1)Wrong and 2)Loud when doing so. Somebody gave everybody else the chance to learn; now it's yours (and mine and others) I believe that Elson wants us there too.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 11:49 AM

It's not the case of being afraid of screwing up that bothers me...I know everyuone will, sooner or later, but the way the main crowd reacts to it. I have seen them in action before when others much better than I have messed up..the resulting remarks...like...'Boy, if he shows up here again I am not going to come again,' etc....There seems to be no tolerance for foul ups. I can list examples if needed!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:25 AM

My thought, which I apparently did not convey worth crap, is to pull out your banjo and try to follow along with the main jam. You can stay back in the shadows, which is what I did for years, which is what Laurie is doing now, but try to follow along. That is the way to learn the chord changes and timings. If you leave the banjo in the case, it won't work. Play lightly if you feel like (a) You are interfering, or (b) afraid to make a mistake. You gotta get over the fear of screwing up, if that's the case. Trust me.

Gern?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 04:48 PM

You mean play and think at the same time...yeah right!! I have trouble walking and chewing gum simultaneously!

But seriously, there is the point...I have no expereinced players to gather with. I also need to bone up on theory and develop am ear..none of which can be accomplished by oneself.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 11:32 AM

Your lead rushed the chord changes. instead of waiting for the G chord to come around, you came right in. As I said, absolutely everybody does this at first. The best cure is to count 1-2-3-4 with the beats. A lead player will simjply noodle around a bit until the change happens. Others, like the guy on my left during Sundays jam, changes whenever the mood strikes him. I could tell you heard the chord changes, you just rushed them a bit. Practice with a tape player helps, or better still, with live musicians. But as we can all see, this is hard ta arrange sometimes. Does this make any sense?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST,Banjer
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 10:51 AM

How can this be done?

I would think that gathering at a different palce and time could cure part of the problem.

Counting chord changes??? Tell me more....


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 09:17 AM

"Purists" be damned: if they had had their way, there'd be no Bill Monroe, no Jimmie Rodgers, no Doc Watson, no Ralph Stanley, no other innovators who have enriched our traditions. You done fine Banjer; all we have to do is get you to count off the chord changes to comer in at the right time. Everyone struggles with this at first, and a conscious counting will soon become instinctive. Yes there should be a place for those of varying abilities, and I could use this as well. How can it be done?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 05:57 AM

I just wish that there could be some way worked out that those of us that have limited talents could get together and practice amongst ourselves. It would help me immensely if I could work on some songs with others, as I have no one to practice with but myself when not at the shop, and we all know that 'playing with yourself' doesn't produce good results. :-)

I do hope that the jams continue as they have been and if possible even grow, and that I may grow with them...of course that would mean a second jam developing at another time or even annother place, because I know that my style will never mix with the purists.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 01:40 PM

You really are well liked, really. Although I can't figure out why. The keys are determined by the singer, right? So, there is a new guy from Kentucky that came in named Don. Wears a red ball cap. He wants to sing in B, Bb, D, C, G, E & F. We do itm in his key of choice. Now since when does that differ from "open?" How can you say, "OK... do 'Why Do You Wander,' but don't do it in B... do it in G?" You'd get a weird look. Which you are probably used to. I am.

You are right about several songs where harmonies are allocated, and keys are dictated though. That is their standard play list. But, kinda like Mike Godwin and me doing "Reuben" yesterday for 10 minutes... it's gotten to be our song dammit, and we do it in D. However, I will give you a break if you want one. John Richard took a break on fiddle. Doug DeMaire took one on banjo.

Age will wreck your illusion of omnipotence, too. I am now convinced that I will never be great on dobro. Not enough time left on Earth. I will settle for "...he does OK," or something.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 12:14 PM

Nice to hear. I've honestly doubted that 99% figure, and still do. But I'll gladly accept any positive feedback I can get. No denying my ego problem is written all over this issue, but it's really not just me. And the band practice point is legit: it dictates much of the song selection, keys performed in, harmonies and leads alotted. That's very different from a free and open jam session, after all. Two groups are definitely better than one in terms of clutter; too bad it isn't practical. My hearing issues make me useless in the big band settings. I have trouble accepting that, just as I have trouble accepting musical and other limitations. It wrecks my illusion of omnipotence.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 11:57 AM

I relinquish the balance of my time, and space on this board, to someone else.

See ya.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 11:41 AM

I am not looking for suggestions, just wonder why there is such an attitude toward the bluegrass "big boys." And, yes, maybe I am not watching. You are probably right. But, the "old timey" group doesn't show up every week, and before you take offense to that too... yes, I know you can't do it. But how can that group establish a time if it's there one week, not the next? The core group are 99% always there. If you think the jams are a band practice, then please explain how that works. Bob & Pete are in a band. I'm not. Big Jim is not. Doug is not. Walter plays with them once and a while.

I will not apologize for bad manners of anyone insulting you. If I want to do that, I will do it myself! Some people are just rude and that is a shame. But, before you identify rude people, there are some others there with a grudge and constantly criticize and undermine anything done by this group. I refuse to identify them. Not worth the heartache, but we all know who they are and just deal with it.

Sunday, I played under the pavilion. You guys stayed out in a separate group. That was cool. Instead of having 36 instruments in one mud pit where nobody can hear anybody.

By the way, my suggestion on "practice" was not for you. But, if someone can't keep up, there is nothing that will fix it other than practice... with a group... hiding in the shadows and figuring it out. Right? Reality: A beginner cannot hop in and take a break on a song that is 200 mph. Although you were not there on day one, you have been an incredible addition to the color of the group and I can say 99% appreciate your attendance.

Your turn...

By the way, Banjer. You get an A+ on your report. Thanks! We will be missing Saturday due to Springfest... up seeing Del McCoury, Tony Rice, etc.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 10:34 AM

So why did you suggest that I "practice?" /what's that supposed to mean? You want suggestions? Don't ask me. I'm the one that "sings too loud," that "plays songs that ain't bluegrass." When one of your big guns was asked to back off on one of my songs, he answered "Well, I don't like his style anyway." Another plays his boombox while I'm singing. Our group is immediately interrupted when the stars arrive. I don't deny that this is a good opportunity for some, but others have gone home hurt. If you haven't noticed this, than you aren't watching. If you want to assume that this is all some fantasy generated by my alleged ego/attitude, then go ahead. I played music Sunday with a bunch of people of varied abilities who enjoyed themselves and didn't seem to find a place with the other group. Some of them said so, at least, without the prompting of my ego. They seem to sense that our "open jam" becomes merely a showcase/practice session for a rehearsing band, instead of an open exchange where all are equal. But since I wasn't there on opening day, I should just shut up and let them go. OK, I can do that.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 10:11 AM

Now that's my boy, Gern. Knew I could count on you for a good sparring match. Hope you take this as an open conversation, and not bitter comments from me. But, I hate to see this intrigue continue.

Answer: I know the ones that popularized the jam because Wayne Sweeney, Laurie, Elson and I were the first jam. Wayne helped Elson drag in the display cases. Since day 1, I have done all of his fliers and logo, donated merchandise for him to stock the shelves, many times without reimbursement, etc. Being from a marketing world, we wanted a jam to get local musicians to discover the shop. Laurie said, "Let's just do it... starting this Saturday." We just did it. That was 2 years ago. It was a long time since that first day before we saw you and lots of others, and by that point Bob, Pete, Harvey and others had been invited, attended and loved it. That is when the attendance skyrocketed. Ask Elson.

Reality: This core group wants to play bluegrass. Only bluegrass, although they do tolerate cowboy and country music as an occasional song. Attitudes? Yes. Egos? Yes. Now, tell me you ain't packing one of each, too.

Clarification: I am not implying you resent those with superior ability, nor am I suggesting you are of inferior ability. If you are taking my comments that way, then you are off base but I apologize. But, I do have a question... what would make you and the "veterans" who are complaining happy? Frankly, I have not heard anyone complain, so it must be way off to the side. If you or anyone feels alienated, what do you suggest to fix it?

Opportunity: I cannot imagine a better learning environment to learn bluegras than playing with real bluegrass die hards. I've said it, I say it again, and will continue to say it. Playing alone at home on the couch don't cut it.

Similar situation and attitude came up at the American Legion not long ago. After bickering and arguing for a couple of weeks, the solution was for the core bluegrass group to withdraw from the Legion and practice at private jams, by invitation only.

This is the same core group that offend you, apparently. I promise to refrain from responding to subsequent comments about the "big boys," et al. Only makes me seem narrow minded. Maybe I am.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 09:23 AM

The horse is still stinking, I would have to say. When even veterans of the jam complain of a lack of openness and an excess of arrogance, then something is wrong. To suggest I can counter this frustration by "practicing" seems to blame my lack of ability for this problem. Bullshit. Those rules were commonsense, yes, but pandering in tone and utterly unnecessary. And the ones who "popularize" the jam--how do you know who that was? I do not resent those with superior ability, as you seem to imply. In fact, I spend my time at these jams trying to ecourage others who seem to need it, as I do. Can all participants say the same? Yes I do know this stuff, and have long-running jam experience, as others do in our group(s). I've been in groups where no one feels alienated, where no one is put down and where the contributions of all are accepted without censorship or smugness. Sorry my complaints sound like old news to you. I guess that means that we can't or shouldn't do better. No, I don't agree.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 06:39 AM

If I knew where your desk was you would have your report on it! Failing that, I will enter my report here!

I have no problem with the "big guns", I enjoy their playing. I think my continued presence at the jams supports that. I wouldn't spend time somewhere that I did not feel comfortable.

What I would like to see is a small group of less than "big guns", "little pistols" if you will, be able to get together and practice together, so that one day we too may become big guns. I had an opportunity to play at the Picnic/Jam with Gern and a few others...I even took a lead for one of the songs we played! That built my confidence immensely...but I KNOW that I cannot keep up with some of the bigger guns, yet. Maybe one day, maybe my version of "Old Time" will NEVER blend with what we hear at the Bluegrass Shop, but what is important to me is that I have fun doing what I do.

As for a specific answer to all your points:

1. Being able to play with the "big boys" is an opportunity.
YES, It is...just some of us 'Ain't quite ready for prime time'.
2. Don't agree? Then try to find another group like we have with these big guns.
Exactly right, the group is unlike any other I have ever seen or heard.
3. It is an open jam. Always was. But the thing that built the popularity was having the "big guys" hop in.
Yes, the BIG GUYS did popularize the jam and keeping in mind that one of the reasons for the jams is to promote business for the shop, this is a good thing!
4. The rules, I think you refer to (?), are common courtesy for jams.
I would agree that there needs to be an observed 'ettiquette' for keeping some sense of order.
5. The fish fry was 50% organized by the "big guys."
Didn't know that!!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 04:00 PM

Banjer, you are required to read this. I want a report on my desk by tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:58 PM

This is always a fun conversation here. But, boys... this stinking horse died a while back.

1. Being able to play with the "big boys" is an opportunity.
2. Don't agree? Then try to find another group like we have with these big guns.
3. It is an open jam. Always was. But the thing that built the popularity was having the "big guys" hop in.   
4. The rules, I think you refer to (?), are common courtesy for jams.
5. The fish fry was 50% organized by the "big guys."

Now, dang it Gern, you know this stuff. Go over to Auburndale or Zephyrhills, or even Tom Henderson's in Tampa to an open jam and guess what you find:

1. People who feel comfortable playing with each other, playing with each other.
2. Same rules of courtesy.
3. People that feel surpassed keep their axe in the case.

So, there. Go ahead and fire it up. I can take it... sort of.

Take the top 10 players away from the jams and what do you have? 10 more that can play better than the next 10, etc.

Practice.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 12:12 PM

What happened at the fish fry was that I observed one fellow taking his banjo and guitar back to his car. I asked why he wasn't playing and he told me he couldn't keep up with those big guys. I told him that I had heard that some of our top guns would be at Auburndale next weekend and asked him to come on over.

We might look at the possibility of workshops for the less than able, (like me) to help get us up to speed so we won't feel insecure when we get around the top guns!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 09:26 AM

Be glad to lead the counter-group. Sad that we can only entice open participation by advertising who won't be there. Has it really come to this? Are we still an open group when some are allowed to intimidate others, without of course intending to. When an elite is permitted to dominate, even post "rules" for others to abide by. "Rules" that permit them to censor??? What have we created here? Let's tell EVERYONE that they are welcome and their contributions are appreciated.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 04:10 AM

Oh oh....I told several folks at last weeks Roberts Park Fish Fry and Bluegrass extravaganza that the big guns would not be there...so they could play...well we will just have to split off in to different groups again. Maybe Gern could head up the group for old time and slow players...I would join that one! Maybe he could show me some of his frailing technigue and I might finally get it! See you all there!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 04 - 04:10 PM

NEWS FLASH! They are coming to the shop and the picnic. The Auburndale gig is cancelled. Come play anyways.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 16 Mar 04 - 10:59 AM

Does this mean I can play with the big kids?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 11:36 AM

Pete told me yesterday that he, Bob and Walter will be playing a gig next Sunday and will miss the BG Shop picnic.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Mar 04 - 10:25 AM

Alas, I am now known as B5... Bionic Ball Bearing Butt Bobby. Healing quite well and guilty of trying to overdo it. But, the Doc is happy with progress. We go for hip #2 (left) in June.

Full of anticipation, I picked up Laurie's fiddle and tried to play it. Sounded like an ambulance or perhaps a small creature being tortured. Horrible. Maybe after hip #2? Meanwhile I will keep butchering dobro music. Yes, will be at the Picnic on the 21st. This coming Saturday, Bob & Pete are likely not to be there. Come on over.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 07 Mar 04 - 09:03 AM

So Bobo, how's it going? Are you now hip? Half-hipped? Half-witted? Half-assed? Hope all is going well, and that you asked the doctor "Will I be able to play fiddle after this is over?" if so, maybe I'll try the operation. See you at the picnic next week?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 04 - 06:22 AM

That explains a lot. How 'bout a Tic Tac?


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 18 Feb 04 - 04:20 PM

You guys still don't get it do you?? It's not the hardtack youeat, that breaks your teeth! What you do is place the hardtack in a frying pan over the fire...wait for the bugs to evacuate and catch and eat them...then you put the hardtack back in its storage box to draw more bugs! It's a never ending food source that way!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 17 Feb 04 - 11:40 AM

I don't know about those things--it's a Hewlett Packard, with zooms and buttons and horns and whistles. She's thrilled of course, liking the instant gratification of digital. she takes pictures of everything that moves these days, which usually leaves me quite safe. I may just haul out the ol' banjo for Ft. De Soto if the weather agrees. Just don't try to feed me no hardtack.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Banjer
Date: 17 Feb 04 - 06:28 AM

Hi Gern...we are our own unit, the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, D Battery. We will be somewhere in front of the fort, you can't miss the camps. Once there, just ask anyone for directions to our camp. All know us!

Here is a link to our website: 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, D Battery

What kind of "digi" did she get?

Bring a banjo and you can do some Civil War era 'Old Time' stuff (or I will have one there you can use, open G tuning)...folks will love it!

I will also introduce you to at least one of the 97th Regimentalk String Badn...don't know if any of teh others will attend, but I know Rick will be there.

Look forward to your visit!!


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 11:04 PM

I heard they will be called "Battlefield Cemetery" and "Hostages." Easy to find.


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Subject: RE: The Bluegrass Shop, St Petersburg FL
From: Gern
Date: 10 Feb 04 - 11:56 AM

Hey, we might just do that. My wife just got a digital camera, and she's busy taking pictures of everything that moves. She'll like to see you guys in action. What unit are you with, and where will you be?


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