The iPod Shuffle pre-loaded with my entire Rounder catalog goes to Corrina Logston from Red Bud, IL who submitted our winning contest entry:
Action, adventure, romance - my Hollywood life.
I loved the punchy quality of this bio, and the way it could just as easily be serious or tongue-in-cheek.
I'm amazed at how clever you all are! And it was hard to give just one prize away. So I've decided to award five "Honorable Mentions". The authors of these "mentions" will receive a CD of their choice from my on-line store. Here are these "lovelies":
Maintain yard. Never been to prison.
Jack Tolan, Rex, GA
An amateur 'ologist of many subjects.
Jimmy Wells, Cullman, AL
Irish poet self-published with refrigerator magnets.
Shannon Sanford, Seymour, CT
Sunrise tea / sunset song / simple pleasures.
Ramona Ault, Vista, CA
In my life, I love dogs.
Hannah Menson, (age 9), Roswell, GA
Hannah was the youngest entrant in our contest, but we all know adults who will identify with her bio. Another great "doggy" bio came from William Talbot of Marietta, GA: "Only my dog knows the truth." I especially love the contrast between Corrinna's "Hollywood" image and Jack Tolan's invocation of the more mundane aspects of life represented by our regular chores - and the accomplishment of staying out of prison!
A few others I can't resist sharing: Chris Stuart, who wrote one of the most requested songs in my repertoire, "Thibodoux", submitted this clever pair: "Why Life Is Like Six Words: Six words go by so fast." Jim Gallagher of Staunton, VA submitted this poignant sextet of "-mony" words: "Patrimony, harmony, matrimony, acrimony, testimony, alimony." Many entries involved bluegrass music; this clever one is from Glen Hayes of Powder Springs, GA: "Pickin' bug bit, live with sting." David Dennie of Norfolk, VA came up with this interesting sum-up of his life: "45 LP 8-track cassette CD MP3". Nancy Cardwell of Nashville sent one many of us can identify with: "Drink strong espresso, make a list." And one of my favorites, from John Jeter of Greenville, SC, is this gem: "On Fate's interstate, I U-turned".
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the contest. I hope you had fun in the creative process. Because so many more wonderful entries came in than we have room for here, we'll be posting a page with about 70 of the choicest bios on my website within the next few weeks. Watch for it! Meanwhile, as Nick Orciuoli of Ruidoso, NM wrote, "Life's a trip . . . I gotta go."
CLB had two wonderful sets at MerleFest this year. this year. Thank God the rain held off for us -- otherwise it would have put out the fire that Jim, Jason and Mark were "smokin' 'em" with!
Then on Saturday evening, the Girls for Merle took the stage. As one writer put it, "imagine Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Laurie Lewis, Rhonda Vincent, Missy Raines, Claire Lynch, and Sally Van Meter appearing on stage at the same time . . . and enjoying each other. During their delightful set, each of these luminaries provided solid and delightful performances without a hint of competition. Just plain wonderful stuff."
Radio Interview on Country 106.9:
I had a great interview in Savannah GA recently with a bona fide country radio station - sort of a rare occurrence in bluegrass! In addition to the regular radio airwaves, my featured spot will be one of the first podcasts that WGZR 106.9 makes available to the public from their website.
"The Day that Lester Died" #6 on Bluegrass Charts
I'm happy to report that the song I wrote in tribute to Lester Flatt (track 2 on "Crowd Favorites") has moved up to #6 on the National Bluegrass Survey (Bluegrass Unlimited), with 6 months on the chart, and is also #6 on BMP's June Top 20 Hot Singles.
And a "Mom" Report:"
On a personal note, I'd like to congratulate my daughter, Christy, for her accomplishments at Lee University in Cleveland TN. She made the Dean's List for Spring 2008!
CLB is Slammin'!
From Texas to Atlanta, we've been hitting clubs and festivals. The band is getting oh-so-tight. One presenter described a recent CLB set as "electric". We loved it, in our unplugged way!
Check out our upcoming road trips on the Schedule page, and please come out and see us if you can!