Harsen’s Island Bluegrass Festival Redux
I’m very pleased and excited to add the 4th Annual Harsen’s Island Bluegrass Festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 24th, to my list of upcoming gigs. Harsen’s Island, Michigan is located at the mouth of the St. Clair River at Lake St. Clair. The all-day festival is put on by the Harsen’s Island Schoolhouse Grill, a restaurant and wine bar housed in an historic building that was once one of Michigan’s only two-room schoolhouses. The festival takes place on the grounds directly behind the grill, and serves as a fundraiser for the Emergency Fund of the Harsen’s Island Lions Club.
I played this event last year (that’s me in the photo by John Bayerl, on the right) and had a marvelous time; in fact, it was a real turning point for me, musically. It was my biggest gig since I’d returned to playing at that point, and while I went to the festival well prepared to perform two solid sets, I wasn’t quite prepared for the reception I received. I was all but overwhelmed by the great reaction of the audience. I also met some people who would become good friends and made some very important music contacts.
If there was one drawback, it was that I literally could have sold dozens of CDs that day, if I’d had any, but I didn’t. That turned out to be something of a blessing in disguise, however, because one of the performers was David Mosher, who is not only an extremely gifted singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, but also provides recording services in his home studio. After my second set, I approached David and inquired about the possibility of doing a CD with him, and from that initial conversation sprang the project that would produce “In My Element.”
Because the Harsen’s Island Fest has such special importance for me personally, it goes without saying that I can’t wait to get back there and play again and, yes, I’ll have lots of CDs to sell! Many thanks to Chad Jeremy, who lines up entertainment for the festival, for including me in the schedule once again this year. Chad is a great bluegrass guitar player and a very fine singer, and added me last year based on one very enjoyable jam that we had some months before. Thanks for believing in me, buddy!