Let me say this first. I think Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are just about the finest folks on the planet. Rhonda and family are so warm and caring about their fans!!! I will always be a Rager no matter where I go in life.
That said, I want to pay a little homage to how I became a bluegrass fan. It's a wild convoluted ride so fasten your seat belts. First I want you all to know that I 'came of age' so to speak as a gypsy soul lost from family in the 'Bay Area' of California. The time frame was the late 1960s early 1980s. While the crowd I ran with were listening mainly to bands like The Jimmy Hendrix Experience, Jefferson Airplane, The Tubes and such. I was more comfortable with Jesse Colin Young, Jerry Garcia (away from The Grateful Dead), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Joan Beaz and such. While there was a lot of protest and teenage angst in music, I longed for for lighter soul cleansing music. I found those in songs like 'Chestnut Mare', 'Misbehavin', 'Jesus is Just Alright With Me' and other lighter almost folk type songs. What a time I had in 1972 being a long haired 'hippie' trying to find traditional Bluegrass music in and around San Fransico. So I followed the cloest road available 'Jug Bands' and project experiments like New Riders of the Purple sage, Flaying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Dirt Band etc etc etc. So while I love where the music has come to, I do not want to forget how I (personally) got here. Thank You for letting me be a part of such a loving joy filled world!
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