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Pickin' Party Pictures - August 21st, 2004

Robert Shafer & Johnny Staats

Robert Shafer and Johnny Staats relaxing before their concert in our little "star chamber."
A few of the guys having a cup of coffee and telling a few lies before the concert.
On the right is Oscar Ball, for years one of Ohio's best mandolin players.
Charlie Berwinkle (rear) led off for the Guest Pickers - and, JD Norman helped him out on this one.
Then Robert and Johnny took center stage and commenced to knock our socks off.
Still pictures don't do these guys justice... they were playing some very fast notes.
Polished would be a major understatement.  This guy can flat play guitar, folks.
Johnny tilts his head, partially shuts his eyes - and, becomes part of his mandolin..  He's brilliant, folks.
They may be finger pickers - but, they were really enjoying themselves at this Pickin' Party...
Hey, ladies - couples do come to these Pickin' Parties.
Johnny's finding out that I can "cut-up" as well.
They were mobbed for CD sales and autographs after the concert.
They actually had waiting lines like at the "big" shows.
The crowd was very talkative.
Johnny was quite the comic.  He had everybody laughing all the time..  Except when he was pickin'...
After the concert we form a circle and have a structured club jam.  Here are Chuck Hensley (left) and his buddy Stan Ashley (right) that drove all the way down from Muncie, Indiana for the Party.
JR Smith from near Dayton just relaxing.
They all say that I'm getting better... But, at what - they didn't say. lol
Mark Bidlack is just getting started playing fingerstyle - and, is just working up the courage to take a turn.
Dave Duncan drives 3 hours from Wallingsford, Kentucky - and, enjoys every minute of our pickin'.


I'd like to thank Aliene Duncan and Arnie Alpert for taking these pictures...