It's been a whirlwind 2 weeks! I didn't post last Monday because all I'd been doing was getting ready for this past weekend and it was a full time job! My husband is president of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society and we host the annual convention in Nashville. This year was our 30th convention at the Sheraton Music City. We kind of take over the hotel with 1300 people attending which includes about 70 performers and workshop leaders. It's a massive undertaking that I couldn't do without the help of the people shown below, my crew! These couples come from as far as Texas, Florida and Canada to help me each year. We take care of all the registration. Alot of people do register ahead of time but we have many that just show up and pay at the door.
I do make time to hear DH's set each year (if I remember!) This year he was on stage 2 with his friends performing songs they worked on after arriving. Jim's from California. Zach's in Utah now and Mike and Mark are from Knoxville. Doesn't matter that they live so far apart. When they get together the music flows.
Scottie Moore was a backup player for Elvis and toured the world with one special guitar. It was a guitar that he kind of bartered with Chet to get. Actually, Chet liked one of his mikes that he had on his desk at one point and Scottie gave it to him. A couple of weeks later Chet sent over a guitar. This guitar is the one. Scottie decided that instead of having it in a museum, he wanted it to be played to encourage young players. So Mark brought it on stage to talk about and show everyone.
In keeping with that, Meagan is Chet's great niece. She plays with Jason who is Floyd Cramer's grandson. However, the big hit that evening was when she brought up her young daughter to join her in a song. The next generation is starting with Chet's great great niece beginning to perform. She stood on a chair to do it and everyone loved it! She was awfully tired by then. It was after 9pm before they came on stage but she did it great!
So it's back to work. I've got boxes of convention stuff to go through, organize and store for the next year. Alot of guys went home determined to practice like crazy this year so they can play at open mike next year and a bunch of them were bemoaning the fact that it was 361 days til we did it all again! I am glad for the break!
This week is another hectic one because by Wednesday I'm in Asheville setting up for my show. I'm heading for bed early tonight!!
Hope you get to weave this week!