Sealed with about 500 pieces of scotch tape


Deliver the letter, the sooner the better

A letter of intent

That’s one cheap, unlickable envelope. It took three pieces of scotch tape to close that thing up.

Addressed and stamped twice because stamp prices change faster than gas prices these days. What’s it up to, now, like $5 a stamp? Licked, taped, and stamped in doubles and triples because I want to make sure this letter gets all the way up there to Echo Mountain Recorders in Asheville.

This little envelope with enclosed check and hand-written letter reserves a studio spot in early May at Echo Mountain for Molly McGinn & the Buster Dillys. The Asheville-based studio, built inside an old church, is yet another one of North Carolina’s best kept secrets. For its quality technology and archive of ancient instruments that no software or plug-in could ever duplicate, an impressive list of musicians have made Echo mountain a short-term home for recording proejcts.

Among the list of musicians who have fiddled with the studio’s antique instruments and amps:

The Avett Brothers
Lo-Fi Breakdown
Smashing Pumpkins
Amy Ray

Now I’m wondering. Should I have stamped it four times? Just in case?

A whole bunch of Buster Dillys


Sunday afternoon at the Pour House for the Original Music Showcase. Seemed like a perfect opportunity to get a few Buster Dillys on stage. So on the last song, Deep Ellum Blues, I watched as one-by-one folks jumped up, grabbed their gear, and wailed.

At the end, when everybody got real quiet, then kicked up, I thought I’d about sail off that stage and never come back again.

There is no greater feeling than instantaneous improvisation and collaboration. Original Music is back in Greensboro.