We attended the Tucson Folk Festival Kick-Off party last night at the LaCocina restaurant at Old Town Artisans. It was a wonderful evening starting with The Greg Morton Band, our host. Greg Morton is among the best flat-pickers in the country and he has a band full of virtuoso musicians. Two of his regulars however were missing. But he more than compensated by having former National Champion flat-picker Peter McLaughlin join the team. Peter and Greg together was a stunning exhibition of guitarmanship!
Stephan George played also. I would have to say he’s Tucson’s premier finger-picking guitar player for traditional blues. His gravelly voice delivers such soul, you just want to lean back and resign yourself to the blues.
I was honored to be asked to perform myself. My bride says I did well, even though I felt a bit shaky.
John Coinman played too with his band (that includes Peter McLaughlin and bassist Blair Forward). John writes fantastic songs about life here in the southwest and performs with Kevin Costner’s band “Modern West”. Our friend Jim Lipson, percussionist and President of our Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association (which runs the festival), sat in with John and later with Greg’s band too, showing he can deliver with the best of them.
We would have stayed late, but ran out of steam. I wanted to hear “The Determined Luddites” play but perhaps I’ll catch them during the weekend festival which starts today at noon.
Many friends to see and greet. Loads of great music.