Baseball and bluegrass… Two of the best reasons I know to get up again each morning, and why the long winter months seem so dark and dreary without them.
And of course the two of them have been intrinsically linked since the earliest days of our music, when Bill Monroe used the game to help drum up interest for his tent shows, fielding a team made up of his Blue Grass Boys to compete against local talent wherever he went.
We don’t see so much of that these days, sad to say, though surely part of the appeal of both baseball and bluegrass lies in their call to a simpler time in America, and things we remember from our youth.
And so the folks who host the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival in Murfreesboro, TN have organized a series of concerts, using bluegrass music to help raise money for the Central Magnet School baseball team. You can help the kids afford their uniforms and equipment, and enjoy some fine pickin’ and sangin’ at the same time.
The first Baseball & Bluegrass show will feature Lonesome River Band on December 10, followed by another concert on February 9 with Flatt Lonesome. Both will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the school in Murfreesboro.
Tickets can be purchased online.