It's not often that I have the chance to share the stage with folks who have influenced the way I write and approach my own songs, but this month's ASL features two fellas who are true Colorado music legends, and who have provided me with immeasurable inspiration. I first heard of Dan McCrimmon when he was part of the iconic folk duo Frummox, along with Steve Fromholz, Their first recording, Here to There, inspired the rise of the Texas music scene and the Austin Sound, with McCrimmon's Kansas Legend being one of the finest examples of the "story song" genre. Dan's multiple careers as a singer/songwriter, performer, teacher and luthier have made him one of the most unique performers in Denver's history. It's great to welcome him back to the Pickin' Parlor Stage. Gary McMahan is one of the finest talents in the genres of western music and poetry, period. His nuanced use of western themes infused with equal parts humor and pathos make him an absolute master of western and cowboy music. A fixture in both performance halls and cow camps throughout the West, Gary is one of the subjects of the new documentary film, Everything in the Song is True. I consider his iconic The Old Double Diamond to be the finest western song ever written. So there.
This will be a fine, fine affair, so please give Kit a call at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor and reserve your seat. A wonderful night is guaranteed for all.