Folks, I'm just back from playing at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival last weekend in St. Augustine, Florida. Chris and I had a 6-piece band including his fiddle-playing girlfriend Jenny, my banjo-picking uncle John Hedgecoth, and our friends Mike Johnson on guitar and Barbara Johnson (no relation) on bass. We played a couple of really enjoyable 1-hour sets.
On Saturday night, we opened for Dr. Ralph Stanley at the Flagler College Auditorium. It has been several years since I'd played on the same bill with Ralph, so I made sure we had some old Stanley Brothers numbers in our show: 'If I Lose' and 'Rolling on Rubber Wheels' were just right for the occasion, along with some of our favorite Bill Monroe tunes ('Stoney Lonesome' and 'Brown County Breakdown') and plenty of our own original songs and tunes such as Chris's 'Boxcar Door', Jenny's 'Flowers' song, and my own tune 'Helton Creek'. In contrast to Murphy and Casey's experiences back home, the soundpersons' work was excellent. The crowd liked us a lot, and we sold lots of CDs.
Our Sunday set was a bit more laid-back, but also lots of fun playing to a great crowd. THANK YOU to all the folks who put on that festival, and to all the folks who came out and heard us play.
Next appearance for Red and Chris and Their All-Star Band: the Florida Folk Festival, May 28-30, at White Springs!