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The Sheriff Sessions - Riffs and Licks
The Sheriff Sessions
Sheriff Uncle BobThe Sheriff Sessions this year were a treat, with a wide range of music and tremendous performances. Organized by Sheriff Uncle Bob, the "Sheriff Of Good Times" who was one of the key figures in the resurgence of bluegrass/old-time/traditional country in New York City and harmonica player extraordinaire Trip Henderson, the Sessions are a showcase for American roots music.

Both nights were sold out, with the crowds so thick by the end of the night it was hard to get wait service at the tables in front. But the music was top-notch, with barely enough time to stop shaking your head at the brilliance of one act before the next one was tearing it up onstage. National acts like Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and the Infamous Stringdusters were playing alongside the folks we know and play with at local jams, really underscoring the level of musicianship in the NYC scene.

This year's sessions were also dedicated to the spirit of Lou Giampetruzzi, a friend and mentor to many in the NYC scene. His wife Kate dedicated a gospel song to him each night of the Sessions, and along with singer Tone Johansen, I accompanied her, on harmonica.

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From: laurie_daniels Date: November 7th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad that you got to pay tribute to someone you so obviously admired and loved, Ken. I have very little in the way of faith, but I have no problem imagining the sincerity of memory and affection as an perceptible force. Wherever your faith lies, I hope you, Mrs. Giampetruzzi, and friends were able to hold a space for Lou in whatever form he choose to arrive in.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: November 7th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have any religious faith either, Laurie, but yes, when Kate said she could feel Lou there with us, I totally knew what she meant.

What's interesting is that when you sing harmony, if you really get it right, you do have another voice in the room, since the interaction of your voices creates harmonics. Lou used to talk about that a lot when we sang quartet numbers, and even though I was just playing (not singing) the other night, there was something else there. More than the sum of our parts if that makes sense.

Plus, if not for Lou, a lot of us wouldn't have even been there.
From: laurie_daniels Date: November 9th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's interesting is that when you sing harmony, if you really get it right, you do have another voice in the room, since the interaction of your voices creates harmonics

That's a great way to elevate partnerships of all kinds! In fact, what you wrote about Lou reminds me of Joseph Campbell. It's been a while, of course, and I have no doubt that my fuzzy parroting falls woefully short of the original excerpt, but I remember being touched by the idea that marriage was an entity to be sacrificed to and for. It allowed me to stretch that thought seed out and begin to frame relationships as living and tangible- and, for whatever trouble that interpretation may cause, I still like to think that way.

Lou's idea of harmony producing a sum being falls right in with my own inclinations- and God knows I always like it when someone confirms an ideal! :D I am so pleased to hear that the being produced by the three of you felt very much like the man you all missed so terribly. Life asserts itself beautifully sometimes.
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