Sure enough, after weâ€™d finished our set and were walking past the table on our way to Ronâ€™s pickup, a line began forming at the card table. This little blue-haired lady walked up to the table. â€œThese the guys that were just playing?â€ She asked.
Debi nodded. The woman picked up a CD and flipped it over. â€œThis the stuff they were playing?â€
Debi paused, because this is a difficult question to answer. â€œAutumn Bluesâ€ was a recording of all original tunes. But when we play live, we tend to mix our originals with more traditional tunes. So if you interpret the womanâ€™s question to mean, â€œare these the songs they were playing,â€ then the answer would be â€œno.â€
Fortunately, thereâ€™s a second way to interpret the question: â€œis this the same sort of music they were playing?â€ But this is also a tricky question. Yes, â€œAutumn Bluesâ€ was bluegrass, but weâ€™d recorded it four years before, at a time when weâ€™d all logged more hours wood shedding than performing. And as most musicians will tell you, jamming with J.D. Crowe and Sam Bush on your walkman is one thing; playing live in front of an audience is quite another. So in the four years since weâ€™d recorded â€œAutumn Blues,â€ our playing had changed in at least two ways. First of all, it had become tighter; because we were all comfortable with each other, we could lock in together as a solid unit of musicians. Second, it was looser; our increased comfort meant we could branch out and take chances, play music that wasnâ€™t just technically correct, but also emotionally engaging.
Debi looked at Kerry and winced. The little blue-haired lady frowned, set our CD back on the card table, and wandered off to buy a corndog. Scenes like this can only happen about a hundred times before you decide to rethink your strategy. Thus, the CD you are contemplating buying is our attempt to capture the sound weâ€™ve developed over the last few years. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed playing them.
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1. Weary Day
2. Think of What You've Done
3. Head Over Heels
4. Sally Goodin'
5. You Don't Know My Mind
6. This Heart of Mine
7. Somehow Tonight
8. Whistle Cry
9. The Gold Rush
10. A Little At a Time
11. Last Goodbye
12. White Freightliner Blues