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.