Birth of Spring

A sure sign of spring in Galax, Virginia: baby calves. Five were born in the last two weeks for a total of twelve so far. More should be coming in the next few days. Seeing lots of “white” this year, which I call “chrome!” ha!

This is my cow, Saird Luckett, and her new heifer calf.



This is a bull calf that was born a few days ago – a Panda!


The two newest “cousins” love playing together!



These babes are a few weeks old:


We raise Simmental’s and have pretty much switched over to black but we still have a few red cows who have occasional red calves (a red cow can have a black calf too if bred to a black bull.)


It’s going to be in the high 70’s today with a chance of setting a record, but back to freezing temps for the weekend! I think most of us are experiencing these crazy highs and lows this year.

I’m headed out tonight for the Homesteaders on the Prairie Antique Show in Arthur, Illinois! Five great shows at seven venues in the area this weekend! Come out and see me!

Friday Night Gig

The Earls of Leicester were performing in the Historic Earle Theater in Mount Airy, N.C and I was fortunate enough to be in the house!


Ya’ll already know how much I love the Earls – I’ve posted about them before. They are the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Assoc. Entertainers of the Year. The founder of the group, Jerry Douglas, is the IBMA Dobro player of the year, Barry Bales is the IBMA Bass player of the year, and my dear friend Charlie Cushman is the IBMA BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR! A much deserved accolade. As you know, Charlie is the banjo player on our Simple Life CD – “Out of These Mountains.”  He also played guitar and bass for us, and although he is a master banjer picker – he plays guitar on all the old “Sacred” songs for the Earls too.


The Earls will be performing in my hometown of Galax, Virginia at Houstonfest, June 9th and 10th.  They will also be at Homecoming this year at the Museum of Appalachia in October.  If they are performing anywhere near you – make the trip to go and see them, and tell Charlie I said Hey!



Recent Travel Photos

Good Evening! I wanted to drop you a line and reassure you that I’m still going to post photos from my recent travels and upcoming magazine sneak peeks! I feared you might just quit me, thinking you have to see my mug being silly on video for the rest of your lives! ha! Naw …. while that is a fun way to communicate when I’m on the road, I can still be serious too, and give you lots of eye candy to look at, book recommendations,  and links to music and other fun things you might enjoy.

SO – while I was in PA, Lynne and I made a quick trip over to Washington’s Winter Headquarters in Valley Forge. What incredible hallowed ground that is. The home he stayed in was built in the 1760’s for Issac Potts.


General Washington was encamped here with the Continental Army during the winter and spring of 1777-1778.

Some of his army stayed in various cabins on the farm. If you’re ever in the area, this is a much needed visit.


This past Monday while on my trip to Michigan I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Jane Reed and photographing her incredible home. Last summer, Cheryl had been there photographing her gardens and she will be featured in the upcoming Summer issue of A Simple Life.




I had to share a photo of the wonderful spring basket of flowers that were waiting for me when I got home from Michigan. My dear friend Ginny Curry sent them from Ohio to surprise me. What a heartfelt blessing they were to receive! I love you Ginny! I’m not sure I have ever smelled anything so heavenly!


On a separate subject, I’d like to share a video link with my fellow Ralph Stanley fans. It’s about an hour long, so get settled in your chair when you have time and enjoy this wonderful tale of Ralph’s life. I think you will love it as much as I do!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit with me! I’m so fortunate to have such awesome friends to share my journey down life’s road with!  Until next time ….


Come along on my PA trip

Hello from PA tonight!  I had a real easy 8 hour drive today –  alone with my thoughts and music. I sometimes crave solitude so I can work out whatever is rolling around in my head or heart. I’m here setting up at the Market Square Wholesale show,  which is always a great time to see old friends and make new ones A lot of our shop owners have been with me for over 10 years so I know them well,  know their families, and it’s a great time to catch up.

SO, I’m trying something a little different today – I don’t want ya’ll getting bored and leaving me. So I’ve got a video report for you.

Thanks for traveling along!