Johnson and Lester shoot for Sarasota paper

Mark Johnson, Vicki Dean, Kene Hyatt, and Emory Lester in Sarasota Herald-Tribune newsroom (10/23/15)Recently the newsroom at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune welcomed guests Mark Johnson and Emory Lester, along with bassist Kene Hyatt, for an impromptu concert in their on-site video studio. The guys stopped by ahead of an October 23 concert in nearby Fogartyville and offered the staff, and the paper’s online readers, a taste of their Clawgrass sound.

They played a number of familiar bluegrass/old time tunes like Angeline The Baker and Fisher’s Hornpipe, plus an instrumental version of John Wilkes Booth which Tony Rice had recorded.

Herald-Tribune writer Vicki Dean, who reports regularly on bluegrass and acoustic music for the paper, sent along this video of their newsroom show, along with an invitation for any other traveling artists passing through the central part of Florida’s western coast to stop in and play for them as well.


Video was captured by Herald-Tribune Photo Editor Mike Lang and digital journalist Rachel S. O’Hara.

Vicki asks any other performers who might be interested in stopping by for a video visit to contact her by email. They promise to give it a good social media pump, certain to improve visibility for a show in their area, which also includes Tampa and St. Pete’s.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.