One of the biggest stories in Maine these days is the arrest and trial of Christopher Knight, known more generically as the North Pond Hermit. Police in Rome captured him earlier this month breaking in to a camp for the disabled. In custody, Knight has claimed to have been living alone in the woods for 27 years, during which time he avoided all human contact, and confessed to as many as 1,000 burglaries.
The sheer oddness of the story has captivated the imagination of people in the northeast, and around the world. But what does this have to do with bluegrass, you may be asking?
The answer comes in the form of a new song (and video) from Stan Keach, a bluegrass songwriter from the very town in Maine where the hermit lived. Stan’s previous songs have been recorded by Audie Blaylock (All I Can Do is Pretend), James King (Whispering Waters), Danny Paisley (Drowning Sailor), and Special Consensus (Get Up Peter) among others.
But in this new one, Keach tackles the biggest story of the day in his south-central part of the state. Here’s the video, with Stan on guitar and vocal, with Dan Simon on mandolin.