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2008 CAAS Review - From the view of the Belmont/Picker's/Tuck Raisor Memorial Room


Guitar League of Central New York helped out in the Room with the superb playing of Loren Barrigar and this fine lad from down under, Mark Mazengarb.
Loren is a top notched player - and, singer. 
Sheridan Bowman and Lyn Clapp provided two of the best sets we had all week. 

Paul Yandell Tribute

Craig Dobbins and Darrell Toney kicked off the Paul Yandell Tribute with "In the Garden" - Pauls first finger style tune.
Richard Smith chimed in with Paul's composition I've Been Lucky.
New performer at CAAS, Mark Hill, from the Maritimes, Canada played Goin' Home for Paul. 
Student of Craig Dobbins, Bill Monk, played Within My Heart for Paul.
After the Tribute Paul took center stage to talk to the packed room about his time with Chet. 
He also spent quite a bit of time talking about  the new Gretsch guitar he was responsible for designing to Chet's specs.
Paul and Palmer.
Ray Espinoza and JD Norman.  Ray is an incredible guitarist - bring a mellow jazz flavor to all of our thumb style tunes.
JD Norman was in quite the demand as an accompanist.  Here's he taken the lead for Jesse Rhodes.
One of my highlights of the 2008 convention was hearing Julian Smith play two selections off Chet's "From Nashville with Love" album - English Leather and Ai Di La - with the Endless Roads strings.  Simply beautiful.  Not a dry eye in the place.
Always one of our favorites at any CASS convention is Rock n Roll Hall of Famer - Nokie Edwards.  Here he is in the lobby showing Edgar Cruz a lick or two.
Paul Moseley and his son Michael on bass closed out the Belmont Room late Saturday afternoon with some fine thumb pickin.  Paul's got the "best thumb" in the business.
And, they let me provide some rhythm guitar.  Oh, I guess I did take a lead on the C verse in Three Little Words...


Thanks, all - this convention was a blast.  And, thanks for coming in our "little slice of heaven" at CAAS.

Joe Payne's very pretty daughter, Janie, and her husband Mark Gayhart.
My new buddy and late night hero, Joe Payne.
We ain't always pretty, folks.  This is me teaching my dad, JD Norman (lol), a couple licks - really late on Saturday night.  I guess you could say - Sunday morning!!!