We all arrived in Austin today for the Folk Alliance conference. Day 1 was filled with checking in, searching for our boxes and getting started with workshops and showcases. Jim Blum and Chris has an exciting journey and arrived just in time to grab some Mongolian Barbacue before the showcases really kicked into gear (Jim missed singer/songwriter/model/heartbreaker Carla Bruni as she presented the Italian flag during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics – but he had enough on his mind).
I’m making it an early night so I can set up our booth first thing tomorrow. Already I’ve seen performances by Marshall Crenshaw, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, and the Yellow Room Gang (David Tamulevich, Jim Bizer, Jan Krist, Matt Watroba and Annie & Rod Capps). I also rode the elevator with a very tan Jonathan Edwards. Other meet-ups: Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen, Jeff Black, David Elias, and the large Cleveland contigient. On to day two!