Fruit Stand Picking

Red Henry

Last night, we picked at the fruit stand. That's Linda's Mercantile in Winchester Virginia. The proprietors are well-known bluegrass performers Linda and David Lay, and they host local musicians for a couple of hours of music each Thursday evening from 7 to 9.

On this occasion, the usual schedule was interrupted for an excellent square dance exhibition: after we'd played music for twenty minutes or so, Murphy and her square-dance friends put on a set of mighty fine dancing for the folks.

The crowd really liked the dancing, but when it was over, all the energy had gone out of the picking. Quite a few of the musicians had departed, and most of the others didn't seem to want to play. So Murphy and her student Zack and I started playing to get things going, kicking it off with "Cripple Creek" and then the old Lester Flatt favorite, "Will You Be Loving Another Man." Sure enough, musicians started playing along: guitar players, fiddle players, and a bass and dobro. Now the music was shaping up. We kept it up with "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Wabash Cannonball," and other old favorites. Soon the jam was rolling along. We went for an hour or so, and then Murphy and I finished up our own part of the show and headed for home. But by that time, we left a dozen or so pickers carrying on.

When a jam is falling apart, sometimes you've just got to put some energy in there. Often as not it'll be contagious, and you'll have plenty of company soon!


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About Red Henry

Began playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo in 1967-69. I married Murphy in 1974. We led the Red & Murphy bluegrass band, playing professionally, from 1975-87. Since then I've handled the technical side of Murphy Method cassette, videotape, and DVD production. When you call I usually answer the phone, and I'm normally the one who sends out the orders.

4 thoughts on “Fruit Stand Picking

  1. Kathy

    Great jam session thats for sure. One of the best so far since we have been going there. Zac was very pleased with the end result. He loves playing his banjo and loves when the jam session is good

    great fun with the square dancers being there as well.

  2. Casey

    Did you really do “Will you Be Loving Another Man” and “Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms” right in a row? Was that on purpose? Because they’re practically the same song…

  3. Kathy

    No they were not done in a row. One was towards the beginning and the other closer to the end.

    I will have to say that Zac was very surprised when he asked Murphy to teach him “Will You Be Loving Another Man” and she told him you already know it because its the same as “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” so he was surprised and happy at the sametime.

  4. Josh

    This is why I need to start going every week, you never know what you’re going to miss! Sounds like it was a good one.

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