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Woodyfest 2010 Saturday and Sunday

July 23, 2010

I didn’t get to Okemah until around noon… I was dragging my feet a bit. When I find a good place to park and made my way toward Lou’s Rocky Road, I heard what I guessed was Mockingbird. It’s the group that Dan’s son Jeff has joined and they were tearing it up… I got there in time to hear their last song.

Jeff Clanton giving a copy of the Mockingbird CD to Jack Hardy (he liked them, so did I!)

After Mockingbird, our friend Jay Sea Campbell took the stage and I had sorta promised him I’d be there to catch his set. Jay Sea is a kerrvert from way back and along with skyman were our gracious hosts for our trip to the Kerrville work weekend. I sat in the crowd with Peggy digging it! We’re gonna pick one of his songs we can harmonize on when we do the next work weekend.

Jay Sea Campbell

Bob Dupree is the guy that hosts the open mic at Lou’s (along with the right Rev. Scott Taylor who has been among the missing for a couple of years, but who assures me via FB he’ll be back). Bob fills in when there’s a gap in the open mic lineup and does a great job. He’s got a bunch of great tunes!

Dan and Bob Dupree

Lou has dedicated a parking place in front of the Rocky Road for Joel Rafael, but she has also reserved the swing in the patio for Jack Hardy. Here she is sharing a few moments with Jack on the swing.

Jack Hardy and Lou

Jack Hardy and Lou

What would Woodyfest be without Lou? not near what it is, I’ll guarantee!! I got word that Joel Rafael would be doing a set and Jonathan Byrd would be doing a set so I decided it was about time to spend a significant amount of time hanging out in the patio. I missed some great acts at the Brick and the Crystal, but you can only be one place at a time so I found a measure of peace with that philosophy and settled in.

Carolyn Davis sharing Jack's swing

Joel Rafael

Tom took this picture and a few more for me when someone parked in front of me and I couldn’t get a good view. Tom is from Alaska and was a familiar face. It turned out he works security at KFF usually on the dance floor stage right. I KNEW I recognized that face from somewhere!!

Tom from Alaska and KFF's Dance floor security team

It was good to see Jerry. I can’t remember his last name, or if he’s an Irishman from Scotland, or a Scotsman from Ireland (I think that’s correct), but if my memory serves, he has been at every single Woodyfest since it’s inception!

Jerry - here again from across the big pond

Randy (KFF bud), Jonathan Byrd, Chick (KFF bud) Tom, and half of Bruce Boldt watching and listening on the patio

Bob Dupree sharing a song in between open mic sets while Jonathan tunes up in the parking lot

Jonathan Byrd at Lou's - Damn! he's good!

Jonathan wowed us with three great songs!

Carolyn and Jack Hardy on the swing digging the tunes.

Robin - one of the kewlest people on the planet.... really!

Brooks and ( I forgot his name) on the patio at Lou's

Jerry Cope ("old fart") and Betty Ryan - Everybody loves this "Old Fart" and so do I!

What an afternoon… after Jonathan Byrd, we get Jack Hardy (with Cameron Snyder of Broken Wing Routine).

Jack Hardy and Cameron Snyder

Jack Hardy and Cameron Snyder

When I was talking to Jack after his set and I mentioned that he made me cry again… he said “That’s in my job description” –ย  yup, I guess so…

Bob - taking it all in while running open mic on the patio at Lou's Rocky Road Tavern

All right… we get to Saturday night in the Pastures of Plenty and the opening set was handled by Steppin’ In It. I really enjoy turning people on to this amazing group, and even if I don’t have anybody to spring them on, I always love these guys!! So much talent, so much fun!

Steppin' In It

After Steppin’ In It, Dan and I went backstage for supper and just sorta stayed there. We caught Joel Rafael’s set from there as well as Red Molly and Jimmy LaFave.

Jon Inmon, Joel Rafael and Terry Ware from backstage

Jon Inmon scattin' - just awesome!!

When Jimmy issued the call for all the artists to come up on stage for the grand finale, we were still back there and although in years past, we were absent, we thought…. “why not?” So there we were up on stage left with most of Stonehoney, Steppin’ In It, and Jon Inmon singing harmony on Seven Bridges Road, I’ll Fly Away, Oklahoma Hills, and finally This Land is Your Land.ย  We got some positive feedback from Dave and Nick so we knew we were hitting the harmonies well enough to belong up there… Our new friend, Candy, who we met Friday, just happened to be in the crowd and spotted us and took several pictures to send us and for that, we’ll be forever grateful!!

Mainstage - the finale - Dave and Shawn from Stone Honey, 75% of Steppin' In It, Dan, Doug and ?

I can’t quite describe how great if feels to feel like we belong in this group of entertainers that we respect and admire but maybe it feels a bit like when we play a gig and get back on the road and look at each other and say (as if we just pulled off a successful bank job) “we got away with another one, didn’t we?”ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well I guess that’s it for Woodyfest 2010… I stopped in at the Hoot for Huntington’s on Sunday, but by the time I got there, the list was waaaayyy loooonnnng and I felt like I needed to get on the road so I didn’t sign up. I failed to take any pix, but I got to hear Jack Hardy do “Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a Woman ” and Jonathan Byrd do “Father’s Day” wow!!ย  That was a pretty good close in my book, so I hit the road.

Looking forward to the next time….


Woodyfest 2010 Friday

July 22, 2010

I got a good night’s rest Thursday after we practiced til about 11pm. Motored on back to Okemah around 10:30am. We (Happenstance) acted as hosts all day Friday at the Brick Street Cafe. We were blessed with a great lineup. The Burns Sisters kicked it off at 11am and it just kept getting better all day long.

Andrew Hardin warming up and tuning

Burns Sisters with Rad, and Andrew Hardin

Radoslav Yorkovik and Andrew Hardin backed up the Burns Sisters quite well of course. They did a great set! Betty Soo was next up and I really do like her and her songs, but Jack Hardy was down at the Crystal in place of Andre Duvekot and I had promised him I’d show up. I think Jack Hardy is “DA BOMB!”

Jack Hardy with Abbie and Cameron backing...Abbie Gardner from Red Molly on Dobro and Cameron Snyder from Broken Wing Routine on bass provided Jack with accompaniment.

Jack Hardy at the Crystal

I talked to Jack later in the day and he said that his goal was not to repeat any songs for the entire festival. He stuck to that except for one song someone requested for him to do at the Hoot on Sunday (Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a Woman) but he did one from Rye Grass that I’d never heard (Now and Then). Awesome song… here are the lyrics:
Now and then is just the difference between
Two points in time, now and then
Now and then could be a lifetime ago
Or could just be today, now and then
And here where we watch that river day after day
You’d think that it is never changing
But change is the just the silence between why and when
That fills the space ‘tween now and then

Now and then people try to write about where they’re going
And where they’ve been, now and then
Or they write endless verse ’bout how things stay the same
To shield themselves from any kind of change
But here where the river flows both ways with the tide
You always know there are two ways to decide things
Now and then you have to put down your pen
And just live in the space ‘tween now and then

Now and then is not the same as before and after
Or the here-after-noon of what you said
What you say and do either rings true
Or dies in the silence ‘tween now and then
I hear there are those who don’t know how to forgive
And cannot live but drown in that river of now and then
I love you now, I loved you then
And I’ll love you in the space ‘tween now and then
I’ll love you in the silence ‘tween now and then

I’m downloading the CD from CDBaby – I gotta have it.

Just before Jack’s set ended I hot footed it back to the Brick to introduce Randy Weeks. Randy had about half of Stonehoney as his backup band, including Phil Hurley on lead guitar, Nick Randolph and Dave Phenicie as well as a girl named Jess… (I should have got a last name – she’s got a great voice). They all knew each other and have been based out of Austin for the recent past. Randy has a suitcase full of great songs, and they rocked!!

Randy Weeks had pretty good back up - Dave, Nick, Phil (from Stonehoney) with Jess

Randy Weeks had pretty good back up - Dave, Nick, Phil (from Stonehoney) with Jess

Emily Kaitz followed and was her usual great self… dry humor and great songs. We stepped out the back door to do some last minute rehearsal so I didn’t get the chance to get any pix of the set. She had the Monotones for backup. Lotsa fun! Then it was time for our set. A lady we met took a few pictures of us and so did Jeannie and Larry from Corpus, who came all the way up here, JUST TO SEE US!! We were floored. Also in attendance was Dana Swift and Bev as well as Staci and Chrissy and a few more campground buddies.

Happenstance at The Brick (taken by Jeannie)

We did 5 new ones to go with our traditional opening three, but we didn’t open with them. We opened with a trilogy – first was a totally acapella version of Stephen Foster’s Hard Times followed by Tom Russel’s American Hotel (about Stephen Foster) and Woody’s Aint a gonna be treated this a way. Then we did a new one from Dan (Missin’ You In Memphis) and one from Brooks (Hole in my Heart) I had a new one too, but it was a bit too complicated to work up in the short term… then we did our opening three and closed with Willin’

Happenstance at the Brick taken by Candy

Then Butch Morgan was up and it was his first official appearance at Woodyfest. He was there last year backing up several folks and hanging out. He managed to put together quite a good back up group…. Sonia and Jonathan Byrd!!! Outstanding!

Butch Morgan with Sonia and Byrd - not a bad backup group!!!

After Butch it was time for Oklahoma’s own, legendary, Randy Crouch… I will not attempt to explain to you what it’s like to be there for a Randy Crouch set, but if you’ve ever experienced, it you know what I mean. If you haven’t, you need to experience it.ย  The way I like to explain it is that Randy gets from A to Z when you don’t think there’s a way in hell he can get there… He’s a (insert appropriate expletive here) GENIUS!

Randy Crouch tearin' it up at The Brick with David Amram and Don on bass - Dean is hiding back there on the drums.

Randy Crouch tearin' it up at The Brick with David Amram and Don Morris on bass - Dean Brown is hiding back there on the drums.

Then we headed out to the Pastures of Plenty for the evening. We were backstage eating during Butch Hancock’s set, but went out front for Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines and Stonehoney.

Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix - Great Set!!

I guess I didn’t take any pictures of Stonehoney… I guess I was just listening. They were awesome as expected. I took a lot of pix at KFF if you just gotta see them, here’s one:

Stonehoney with Phil Hurley on the right

Missed Ellis Paul’s set… I don’t remember why… I do like him. I must have received some “let’s go” pressure from some other Happenstance person…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay… time to go to bed or maybe not… hung around and listened to a partial version of Mockingbird (Jeff Clanton is playing with them) then faded a bit and headed to the Super 8 in Henryetta.

I’ll post Saturday tomorrow….

Woodyfest 2010 Wednesday and Thursday

July 21, 2010

Okemah's old water towers

Okay, I’ve had a couple or three days of down-time. I guess it’s time for me to organize my thoughts and post some pix!

Posting daily to the blog or to Facebook was not an option for me since our room was in Henryetta and by the time I got back to it daily, I was ready to lay down, and then the next morning there was just time to get a shower and head back to Okemah.

Although it was a little on the warm side, it was a great year at Woodyfest for Happenstance and for me as well. We played at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Seminole on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. Happenstance arrived at Okemah in separate vehicles at different times and finally all got in sync about 10 minutes before 2pm in the nursing home lobby!! I won’t say who was the last to arrive – but some of you might guess. Traci is always such a gracious hostess and we had a lot of fun playing and talking to the residents. We had ice cream after that and we went back to the campgrounds with a huge box of beautiful and delicious cookies. They lasted maybe a day and a half.

Got through artist check in when we got back to Okemah, then it was off to the campgrounds for some jammin’ and some re-acquaintin’ and some meeting new friends. Brooks and Susie had the largest timeย  on Wednesday nite thru Thursday morning, and spent Thursday afternoon recovering…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That gave us time on Thursday nite to actually build a set list and rehearse a couple of things we needed a little more confidence on.

Spent Thursday afternoon at Joe Hill’s.

Robin, Bob, Joe Baxter, Jamie and Louis

Louis, Joe Hill and TZ Wright

Marcus? and Robin

Thursday nite on main stage, we just caught Sonia’s set and made it back to the campgrounds to practice.


Sonia again

Sonia again

She is quite the performer… and a sweetheart to boot!

I’ll post Friday and Saturday a little later today… hopefully…. ๐Ÿ˜‰