Pat Guidera called me up in the Spring of 2015 to play bass in The Cabin Fever Band for that year’s Radway Festival of Stars. The band has been in existence for at least 12 years and originated as the local bluegrass club’s house band. It was such a blast playing a mix of bluegrass tunes and canadiana at various Alberta events like the Perogies and Jam in Vegreville, The Callingwood Farmer’s Market, local senior centres, the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society, and again in Radway in 2016 and 2017.
I played my last gig with Pat, Dodie, Frank and Ian at the 2017 Shady Grove Festival in Nanton, AB. It was sweet singing and playing with this talented and kind-hearted bunch. Many local bluegrass players have been a part of the band’s legacy over the years and I am happy to add my name to that list. As a send-off, the band presented me with a card and a bottle of Patron tequila which was passed around along with songs in a warm-hearted bluegrass jam!