Mike IversonMusic, clawhammer banjo, and more...

Music, clawhammer banjo, and more...

Master Artist... Steve Johnson

Last night I had the pleasure of providing some background music for one of the venues featured in the First Fridays Art Stroll held in downtown Ogden.

The Timberlodge Collection (2214 Washington Boulevard) managed to get hold of a significant number of master artist Steve Johnson’s paintings to hang for the “stroll” and had asked Steve for some ideas for music; my name came up...

During the course of the night, a number of old friends dropped by. At one point in the evening I spotted Dale Pendleton, who will soon be ninety, dancing with one of his granddaughters! He’d stopped by to give me a CD he’d recorded. As a young man, Dale had learned a number of his dad’s fiddle tunes exactly as his father played them; double stops and all. This is a real treasure as it’s the equivalent of having a tape player running a hundred years ago at a dance up in Wanship or Coalville. I’m hoping Heather will learn some (if not all) of these tunes just as Dale’s father played them.

A very nice evening spent with good folks and with great art showcased in the perfect setting. If you’re not familiar with Steve Johnson’s work visit his website, or better yet, drop by the Timberlodge while Steve’s art is still hanging and see it for yourself!