Tuesday, February 28, 2006

more fun with the scanner--a quiz


Who is in this photo, circa 1994? Okay, you probably have a good guess who the squinting, frizzy-haired person is on the left (I had just had a bad perm!) So I'll give one hint for the guy on the right: he's one of my all time heroes (besides The Hermit, of course).

No guesses yet? One more hint: He plays an instrument that I play. And he plays it a lot better than I do.

And the winner is...Troutgrrrl, followed by Dan, who correctly identified Sam Bush, mandolinist extraordinaire. This photo was taken at the 1994 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where Sam is the undisputed "King of Telluride". The Hermit and I were editing the newsletter of a Minnesota bluegrass organization at the time, and we managed to get press passes to Telluride. One day we were hanging out in the press area to the side of the stage and out comes Sam. He's really nice and down-to-earth, like most of the bluegrass/acoustic musicians I've met. We even got to do an interview with him, where I think I managed to articulate a somewhat intelligent-sounding question about where the style of music was going. But really all I could think was "I'm sitting here talking with Sam Bush!" I wish I'd had my mandolin with me so I could have had him play it, but then I wouldn't have wanted to change strings ever again.

7 comments:

LauraHinNJ said...

Sam somebody?

(I cheated and looked at your photo URL!)

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Does he play the mandolin?

Deb said...

Yes, his name is Sam, and he plays the mandolin. A couple more clues: this photo was taken at Telluride, Colorado, and his last name happens to be that of someone I didn't vote for. Dan, where are you? You would know!

TroutGrrrl said...

WOW! SAM BUSH! He's incredible. Details, details.....?

I'm bowing toward your magnificent musical presence to my west....

Dan Trabue said...

Yah, sorry. troutgrrl beat me to it. What'd she win?

I'd say this trumps (but only barely) my photo of me playing Bill Monroe's
childhood mandolin
.

pablo said...

I don't see how anyone could have guessed who that man on the right is. He's so far away and walking away from the camera. You can only see a little bit of his face. But if you say it's Sam Bass, it must be so!

Deb said...

Very funny Pablo! But it's not Sam Bass, I think it's Ernest T. Bass. Or maybe Billy Bass.

Okay, to give sticklers for detail another chance, I'm reopening the quiz. SECOND from the right!