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Adams & Staats | October 2019

IRELAND, OCTOBER 12-20, 2019 | Proudly presented by mygrassisblue.com

A gifted, musically agile and versatile duo, Brandon Lee Adams & Johnny Staats embarked on their first tour of Ireland, the 9-gig nationwide tour succeeding in providing them with an array of new and expanded live performance opportunities and experiences, the kind only Ireland can provide.

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Adams & Staats | Ireland 2019, Days 4-6

Three more days, three more gigs, musicial collaborations, and the wild Atlantic west coast. It’s our media-heavy recap of days 4-6 of #AdamsandStaatsIreland2019, our 2019 9-gig nationwide tour of Ireland by flatpicking guitarist Brandon Lee Adams and mandolin maestro Johnny Staats.

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Adams & Staats | Ireland 2019, Days 1-3

Lots of ground covered. From the airport to UPS to Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast to rural Donegal to sleepy Cork. A puncture, a missed radio interview, the first three gigs, and the first three post-gig jams. It’s our media-heavy recap of days 1-3 of #AdamsandStaatsIreland2019, our 2019 9-gig nationwide tour of Ireland by flatpicking guitarist Brandon Lee Adams and mandolin maestro Johnny Staats.

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✝️ DON RENO | OCTOBER 16, 1984 ✝️

Remembering Don Reno… prodigious multi-instrumentalist (the first time he picked up a banjo 🪕, at the age of five, he found that he could play ‘Brown’s Ferry Blues’ and he could play banjo or guitar in any key without a capo)… innovator (pre-empted by Earl Scruggs as the first prominent three-finger banjo player during Reno’s World War II service, he went on to create a distinctively different banjo style featuring single-string and jazzy chordal phrases adapted from the guitar)… pioneer (first prominent flat-picking lead guitarist in bluegrass)… showman (could hold an audience’s attention for every moment of his live performances)... vocalist… songwriter and composer (with approximately 500 songs and instrumentals, the most prolific composer in bluegrass music history who was known to write 10 or 15 songs at a stretch)… and, of course, one-half of the IBMA Hall of Fame partnership Reno & Smiley, who tragically died 58 years young on this day, October 16, in 1984.

"[Snuffy] Jenkins was the man that told me and showed me how to use the third finger on a banjo. He took time out with me when I was very young." – “The Don Reno Story, Part 1: The Early Years,” interview with Bill Vernon, Muleskinner News, June, 1973.

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