Helpful Festival Tips! And This Week’s Airing Info:
By Helen ~ June 17, 2013
Hey, first of all, our sincere best wishes to Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons for a fast and solid recovery. Scary stuff, especially for one so young; all of us at eTown are so glad he’s doing well and out of danger. Mumford & Sons were on the show a few years back, and it was such a treat to meet and spend a little time with all of those guys, they are so nice, just great people. So we’re all relieved that things are turning out OK with Ted.
Speaking of Telluride, congratulations to those of you who were lucky enough to score tickets to the sold-out 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Out there in Telluride’s town park, the festival goes on for four days (back when I was a part of it as a co-owner/producer it was first a two and then a three day event; my goodness, how it’s evolved and grown!). I have so many fond memories of the town where I spent so many of my adult ‘formative’ years (from age 22 to 37).
A few words of advice if you’re a first-time attendee:
Don’t forget, it gets dang cold there at night – can be 80 degrees and bright sun during the day, but when that sun goes behind those mountains around dusk, look out. Bring your down vest, warm shoes/socks AND your fleece jacket! Also, for you newcomers, it’s high altitude, easy to get dehydrated, so drink lots of water (and watch your alcohol intake; bear in mind that each beer is like two would be at sea level – it can definitely sneak up on you. And fyi it generally takes two weeks to fully adjust to the altitude, as a rule).
Have a TON of fun. Bring your sunscreen. And try to leave time for a hike up Bear Creek (my favorite route for that sort of thing when I lived there)!
Btw: Here’s the word on this week’s eTown program on the air:
We welcome back Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Dave Alvin for this show. Aside from his career as a solo artist, Dave is known for his work with bands such as X, The Blasters and The Knitters. He’s worn multiple hats over his long career as a songwriter, producer, session musician (and even as an actor, in television shows and movies . . he talks about that with Nick). Rolling Stone magazine has called him “an under recognized guitar hero,” which is totally true. He’s one of our favorite people on the planet, too. And you know as soon as you hear him speak or sing that its him; one of THE most distinctive, delicious voices in the industry. And he’s a damn good songwriter, too.
Also joining us, up-and-coming musician Max Gomez. The son of an artisanal furniture craftsman, Max grew up watching his father and brothers using the tools of the trade; he also learned guitar and got interested in singing and writing songs at an early age. He chats with Nick about all that and other stuff, too, including a great story about how an early gig got him going in the music business as a performer. He’s a phenomenal musician with a really great voice; and his songwriting reflects a talent level and an emotional depth well beyond his years (he’s only 25, sort of mind blowing). He brings with him talented musician and producer Jeff Trott to accompany him. And Nick and I have lots of fun backing up both Max and Dave this week.
I think you’re going to like this one! The award story is phenomenal too, really inspiring couple of guys.
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