Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Caving With The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The many expressions of one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were shown by 68 year old John McEuen.  You can tell after 48 years of performing with this crew he still enjoys what he does.  

Bluegrass Undergound,Bob Carpenter, Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen
Listen to those acoustics.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
So there!!!

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Well Done!

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Cracks me up every time.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Is that a bat I just saw?

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Can you name that tune?

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Oh yeah…

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
It doesn't get any better than this.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Dancing fingers

Another founding member was 67 year old lead singer Jeff Hanna.  He told of traveling with the likes of Willie Nelson while breathing in all the "Willie Air" HA,HA, HA.  

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
This was the first time for Jeff Hanna along with the other members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to play at Bluegrass Underground.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
The easy tones of Jeff Hanna that carried so well deep in the cave.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jeff Hanna makes his singing seem so effortless.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,


Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,


Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jeff Hanna with Jimmie Fadden

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jimmie Fadden and Jeff Hanna

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Matraca Berg, Wife of Jeff Hanna, sing a duo.

68 year old keyboard player Bob Carpenter still knew how to make those fingers move.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jimmie Fadden accompanies Bob Carpenter.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jimmie Fadden was unconstrained as he played the drums.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jimmie Fadden 

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jeff Hanna along with Jimmie Fadden

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
At age 66, Jimmie Fadden is still rocking the harmonica.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Jimmie Fadden could play the drums while at the same time play the harmonica and suddenly bust out singing.  Talk about savvy.  Incredible.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band live from the Volcano Room at Bluegrass Underground which takes place at the Cumberland Caverns.

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,
A three-quarter ton crystal chandelier hanging from the high ceiling of the Volcano Room.

Prior to arriving to the concert, there was this car that Stone and I matched .  Just had to have a picture.

We arrived early at Bluegrass Underground in order to have a picnic.  Friends, Shannon and Sid along with Stone and I packed numerous goodies to munch on prior to going into the cave.  We began with a variety of cheeses and crackers, I haven't met a cheese I didn't like, and Shannon picked out some really good ones.  I made Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls that are perfect for a picnic. They are easy to make, really flavorful and travel well.  We ended our meal with Shannon's Nannerpuddin, and yes, I had two servings!

Blue Grass Underground, Bob Carpenter., Cumberland Caverns, Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Matraca Berg, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.John McEuen,

Ham & Swiss Cheese Rolls

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients: 
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1  1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons dried, minced onion
2 (12-count) Hawaiian rolls
1 pound deli ham, thinly sliced
1/2 pound Swiss Cheese, sliced

Directions:
Place butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, poppy seeds, and onion in a saucepan.  Heat until butter is melted, remove from heat.
Slice individual rolls in half.  Make sandwiches using rolls, ham, and cheese.
Place sandwiches on an ungreased 15"X10" jelly-roll pan.  Spoon butter mixture over sandwiches.  Bake, uncovered, at 350' for 15 minutes.   Recipe adapted from: http://www2.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/recipe.nsf/55e548eeef8c89b9852568d4004c5ffe/A9F096214D78193D8525784F006C917F
I froze, unbaked, what I didn't need for today and baked the rest in the oven safe tray the rolls came in.

Sid as we begin our picnic.