Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wall Doxey hosts bluegrass group
By SUE WATSON
Forty-nine musicians and singers of bluegrass music gathered at Wall Doxey State Park November 2 for its fall festival, which included playing and singing, eating, talking, and walking the five dogs in attendance.
People of all occupations are members of the association - pilots, policemen, financial advisors, doctors, preachers and salesmen, said enthusiast Charlotte Albright. She plays harmonica, violin, and guitar and leads singing when called on. Albright and her husband Clift, are members of the “Gone South” bluegrass band. Other members of the band are Bob Barnett, Wayne Walker and Chuck Clark. “Gone South” plays the tri-state area - Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama - but have played as far away as Colorado.
“You gotta have a job to play bluegrass,” she quipped after naming a few of the professions of the association's membership. “It’s a responsible music.”
Bert Stegall, who was in a rock band and claims to have “sat with Willie,” is a member of the association, although a retired musician and roofing company owner from Memphis. Stegall, who lives at Piney Point on Sardis Lake, still works as a musician at times for extra income. He said he didn’t realize when he retired that he was going to need to go back to work.
Karen Hudson of Mid-Town in Memphis, is the virtuoso of the group, according to Steve Craig, who plays the upright base, also known as the bull fiddle or dog house base. Hudson and Craig are members of the Single Tree Bluegrass Band of Memphis.
“We’ve been doing this - coming by here - a couple of years,” Craig said. “We’re trying to make something out of it and get a yearly thing going (at Wall Doxey).”
Also joining the group was Pastor Gary Adams who played a mean violin and worked the guitar. Adams and his wife Lorena, dropped by to join the fun after the Ole Miss vs. Auburn game. While there they visited with friends Edward and Gean McBride from Charleston, where he once pastored a church.
The McBrides are the proud parents of Charlotte Albright and they are known to go to Mountain View, Arkansas, a couple of times a year to enjoy the bluegrass that grows naturally there.
Don Peters and the late Gary Williams started the bluegrass group in Memphis, according to the McBrides.
Other players included Lea Talley, Jason Hayes, Bob Barrett, and Larry Hyme.
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