A Remarkable Man . . and Details About This Week’s Airing:
By Helen ~ October 23, 2012
This week’s special re-broadcast/podcast is understandably a bit bittersweet for me. It features our friend, Warren Hellman, who passed away a few months after this show first aired. It’s got me thinking about him, and missing him.
Warren was a remarkable man, who led a remarkable life. He was a study in contrast: A lifelong Republican who supported labor unions; a successful investment banker (at age 26, he became the youngest partner at Lehman Brothers, way back when it was a respected and reputable company); a businessman who passionately loved performing the songs of the working class; and, like Warren Buffett, he was a billionaire who believed he should pay more taxes.
Warren Hellman was a real sweetheart, humble, funny (he was well known by those of us who loved him for his politically incorrect sense of humor!) and he was generous as can be; just one example of that is the fact that, for years, he funded a free, eventually multi-day music festival, called Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, for his fellow San Francisco residents; when he died, it was stipulated that the festival continue to be funded for several more years, so that the music he loved would continue to delight his community, in his name.
Warren was also a straight shooter who did not suffer fools; nor did he tolerate phonies or posers. He personified the saying ‘What you see is what you get,’ and he was a really lovely soul who is sorely missed by so many of us in the music industry.
This week we dedicate this rebroadcast to this fine man, who appears on the show with his band, The Wronglers, along with his friend Jimmie Dale Gilmore. And talented, lovely, banjo-playing Abigail Washburn (she’s also a buddy of ours, as is her husband Bela Fleck who is one of THE nicest guys I know) joins us as well, with Kai Welch and Brittany Hass, two gifted artists in their own right.
There’s of course a moving E-Chievement Award story for you, too. I hope you’ll tune in this week; or podcast later. I really think you’re going to like this one.
Thanks to everyone who came to our recent eTown Hall Open House!
More about that soon.
My very best to you always,