Sunday afternoon FloydFest notes — Bruce Hornsby with his “country cousin,” Ricky Skaggs, on the main stage
After catching a bit of Darrell Scott at Hill Holler, my worn-out rump trudged out for some iced coffee, food and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers. As I approached, I could hear Hornsby call on his “country cousin, Ricky Skaggs.” As I waited for food, I could hear a funky long jam, with Skaggs sympathetic in the groove. And by the time time I had eaten and made my way within earshot and eyeshot, Hornsby was sitting with a dulcimer, telling the crowd that the next song was about his 20-year-old son’s childhood days of wanting to own everything he saw.
That son is Keith Hornsby, a basketball player at University of North Carolina-Asheville. Read my colleague Robert Anderson’s story about father and son. UPDATE 2:44 p.m. 8.1.12: A commenter is telling me that the song is actually about Keith’s twin, Russell. I can’t find that information on the web. Anyone else want to jump in on this?
Back before the little fellow grew up to his pop’s 6-foot-4 height, he was a shopping addict.
“I’m gonna buy a big red truck/Then a rabbit’s foot for real good luck/Gonna get me some plastic gunga dins/And I’ll buy a big house to put ‘em all in,” Hornsby sang over a laid-back country feel.
Hornsby and crew followed-up with “Valley Road,” the “special FloydFest version,” he told the crowd. In this case, it was acoustic and in 6/8 time, with a cool percussion break and some mean mando picking from Skaggs. Sad to say, Skaggs is just wrapping up his holler stage set now, and I’m bummed. After all, Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, is one of the best bluegrass bands on the planet. As Maxwell Smart would say, missed it by *that* much.