I went to see Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder last night at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Florida. Wow, what a fantastic show. These guys were on fire, they’re just there with smiles on their faces and laughing, having a great time and just letting us in on their good time. I just love an all acoustic show and this band is so stinking talented. I honestly believe that you’ll find the best musicians in the world in bluegrass bands like KT and AKUS and the like.
I hung out a little after the show and got to talking with Dennis Parker and he noticed my BanjoBen hat and gave me a hug. He asked if I play banjo and when I answered yes, he asked if was in therapy. We talked about James Taylor and addiction and prison and Jesus, he sure has an interesting story. I chatted with Russ Carson on the stage for a few minutes too about his recent trip to Australia. I lived in Australia for a couple years some time ago so I was happy for him that he got to spend that time with his dad there. And we talked briefly about his recent flight with our favorite host/pilot @BanjoBen.
I noticed the line to see Ricky was down to the last few people so I went on over. I watched that man give each and every person his full attention, a selfie, an autograph, a conversation, a laugh, whatever they needed and as much time as they needed. Two ahead of me was a little girl about 10 or 11 with her mandolin, excited and nervous to meet Ricky and he had her come around the table with him for a pic and he signed her mando and with a shaky voice she told him what an inspiration he was to her and he was so sweet to her and he seemed so touched. The next guy was the house steel player with his banjo to be signed and Ricky was just as pleasant to him.
I was the very last person in line and I’m figuring this man probably just wants to get on the bus so I just told him I don’t need anything from him (I don’t even know how to do a selfie), I just told him I really appreciate what he does and congratulated him on his hall of fame induction and told him I think he is a real class act, which he is. I didn’t really have anything for him to sign except my hat, which when he saw it, exclaimed “Banjo Ben?, aw we love Ben”. So, he signed it and I thanked him and wished him safe travels and turned to head out and he scooted back in his chair a little and kicked his legs out like he wanted to stay awhile. He asked me where I came from and we talked a couple more minutes. It seemed like he actually likes spending time with fans. How 'bout that.