Saturday, July 17, 2010


You know, every once in a while, a chance comes along that is kind of unbelievable.  Last night was one of those times.  It is homecoming here in New Athens.  That means food, rides, parade, and best of all -- music!  And New Athens is kind of known in the area for hiring good bands.  Not bluegrass, but still pretty good!  Last night's band for the homecoming was the Smash Band.  This is where the fun comes in!

Three of the four girls from The Pickin' Chicks were there for the homecoming, and we just so got the chance to perform onstage while the Smash band took their break.  Johnny Shy, the illustrious sound man, made all the arrangements for us.  Grant Texier, the fiddle player for the band, was kind enough to let me use his guitar.  How cool is that??!!  We decided that we would do Seven Bridges Road because none of the girls had their instruments with them (of course!).  Grant even stayed onstage for almost the entire performance, and then shook hands with each of the girls.

I don't normally perform with the girls, but with one girl missing (Millie was at The Kentucky Opry) and with a borrowed guitar, it only made sense.  I have to admit that I was kind of nervous because I'm not used to doing this song (it's not bluegrass) and I don't practice it with the girls.  The Smash Band and the New Athens crowd loved the girls, and after it was all over, we all decided it was a lot of fun!!!

Here's a video, and you can go to our Facebook page for some pictures.

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