I know you were all sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to hear what our decision would be for a band name. And, drum roll please, we are NOT changing it! Ha! We did some busking this weekend at the Oregon Country Fair and we learned a few things. First, the name we picked (The Whistlestops) did not feel right (I couldn't remember it when people would ask). Second, finger picking on acoustic instruments without resonators doesn't translate well for busking...especially when the other buskers have seven-piece ensembles! And last, but not least, sucking dust at the OCF does not improve harmonica playing, vocals or the overall mood of the musicians. The fair has never been our thing, but we were bound and determined to give it a try. I don't think Dennis (blues harp) has recovered yet.
We did, however, get to see one of my local favs, The Badmitten Orchestrae. These ladies are just awesome musicianers and fun! They're nice, too! Here they are busking near the Divine Cupcake cart. They were sweet enough to listen to our (very quiet) set and Morgan (fiddle) sat in with us on a couple of tunes.