Howdy from Brenlou’s Bluegrass Road! And I’ve been travelling down that bluegrass road since I last typed to ya’ll. It all started last Thursday night when I attended a special church service in Colfax, Iowa. It was a special thing called “Bar None Cowboy Church.” I didn’t know what to expect, just knew that Bluegrass Addiction would be there doing some gospel music for this. And Bill Melton, a friend, songwriter & musician from Des Moines played fiddle & mandolin for them. Another friend, Mike Carter, from Indianola, IA joined them on banjo. This whole affair was held at the fairgrounds in Colfax, Iowa. It was advertised as “non-denominational, nontraditional and come as you are”. So my cousin Faye and I donned our cowgirl hats and went on over.
It was an excellent service! The music was fantastic and Pastor Cowboy Dave made everyone feel right at home the moment you stepped in the door. There were over 100 people in attendance and we learned that some Thursday nights there are around 300 people. So this was the first part of the Bluegrass journey last week. It was a very inspirational evening with some great music. Pastor Dave delivers a spiritual, short message each week with a musical group filling up the rest of the time. What a fantastic way to worship the Lord!!
I followed this up by attending a bluegrass jam in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday held at “The Coffee Connection”. My sister-cousin, Susan Miller, hosted this one and had some great musicians show up to pick. The wonderful thing about holding a jam is that you never know who might walk through the door. Or what instruments they will bring to add to the mix! There were some mighty fine musicians and fun was had by all. And the food at the coffee shop was another plus!
I traveled right on from there to my own jam on Sunday, held at the Simpson Barn in Johnston, Iowa. The weather again was perfect and music and harmony filled up the walls of the old Barn. I had 20 musicians sitting in the circle sharing songs with each other. Good times, good friends and good music! What more could a girl want, right?
And now Thanksgiving is upon us. And here’s what this Bluegrass Gal is thankful for. I’m so thankful I have a gift the Lord gave me and that’s the gift of music. I’m a fifth generation musician following in my Mom’s footsteps by sharing my musical ability with everyone I know. I’m also thankful for all my loving friends and of course my family. They have supported me all these years in my musical journeys, wherever that road has taken me. Now I’m teaching my grandchildren to play music and am thankful they are willing to learn this gift from their Nanny! Peace & Happy Turkey Day to all of You!