My father was a banjo and guitar player. He got his first banjo when he was just a child. The story goes, that there was a man that lived across the street from my grandparents that did not have a garage for his car. My grandfather at the time had a garage but no car. My grandfather offered his garage or large barn to the neighbor to store his car in winter. To return the favor, the neighbor gave my grandfather an old banjo. My father started taking lessons and the rest is history. He played that banjo very well and all over the state of Maine and beyond. He owned a Les Paul guitar as well that he played very well. My house was full of music growing up. My mother didn’t play an instrument but she sang and sounded like Sophie Tucker. She would belt out old tunes like Bill Bailey and Five Foot Two and Alabama Jubilee. It was magical! I miss them so much. I play a little guitar myself but never really got very good at it….I just have enough knowledge to play a few songs for myself.
One of my brothers plays very well. He had a band in high school and beyond. He taught both his sons (my nephews) how to play and they become incredible guitar players. My nephew Adam moved to Nashville several years ago, as did his brother Joe and my brother and his wife. Adam married a girl named Carey who is an incredible singer who sometimes reminds me of my mother when she sings bluesy type songs the way my mom did! The band they are in is called the Sways. They write their own music and songs and are both a wonderfully talented duo!! I am going to drop in a video of the two of them if I can at the end of this blog. It is a promo and also some of their music done live at a place in Nashville called The Basement. I am so proud of both of them. Let me know what you think? If you like them….let them know. In the promo, Adam gives some ways of contacting them.