Wil Shade Grave Stone Ceremony
Wil Shade Grave Stone Ceremony.


When I sold his house in Montana I purchased a weber mandolin that I really didn’t know how to play that well.  I sort of roamed around the country and then while visiting myfamily in Chicago I ran into an old friend who told me about a Folk and Roots Festival one weekend and learned about the old town school of folk music.

Of course back then I wasn’t planning on staying in Chicago that long but the next thing I knew I was signing up for classes at the Old Town school of Folk.  The cool thing about the OTSF is they teach you how to play by ear and most importantly how to play music with other people.

Over the years I’ve bounced around from Jug Band blues to Mandolin Orchestra and have since learned how to play by ear.  One of my favorite things to do now is picking and drinking pints at folk and blues jams.

Here are some pictures from of events I’ve gotten to play over the years.

This is the original Will Shade grave stone we has dedicated for Will Shade.  it has since been replaced after this one was damaged.

Original Grave Stone


This is the brass note we he dedicated for Will Shade and the Memphis jug band.   We actually got to play on Beale street in Memphis which was really cool.

Brass Note Memphis Jug Band

Memphis Minnie

This Pic is from the Battle of the Jug Bands
Battle of the Jug Bands

Arlo Leach and Me playing at Tampa Reds Grave site:  (Arlo takes Me to all sorts of grave sites to play the blues.)

Tampa Red's Grave with Arlo

This is a Logo I had made when he was branding myself as a lazy comic.

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