For those of you who couldn’t make it out to our Guitar and Wine Tasting Event back on August 13th at Big Basin Vineyard, featuring the Bill Nershi and Scott Law duo, here are some great photos from the evening! Some video from that night will be available soon, so keep checking back. Thanks again to Sylvan Music and Big Basin Vineyard for their help with this amazing experience.
And here’s a wonderful recap from our friend from the SCGC forum, Matt S. –
“Fun, fun , fun…
Bill and Scott sounded like Doc Watson and Norman Blake most of the night. The three days they prepared for the evening were well spent. They played many fiddle tunes, trading choruses that became more inventive with each pass.
Imagine a giant wooden yurt with enormous picture windows, stone floors, Turkish and Persian rugs, and beautiful Californians reveling in a perfect summer night.
Wine? Check. Women? Check. Song? Check.
There were ten or more SCGC guitars on stands. 1929 Mahogany 00, Fire Fly,000, OMs, TR, VA, H, RS, a 12 string, FS, I can’t remember them all, but the sounds?
Some of you may have seen or heard Bill Nershi with String Cheese Incident. Darie has, many times. At heart he is a folksong singing bluegrass loving tasty flat picker. No matter which guitar he played, they all sounded the same, magnificent. He has a zen touch: using the least resistance possible with his picking hand, he pulled all the juicy golden tone out of each guitar. His lines flowed without hesitation and it was akin to honey pouring out on buttered powder milk biscuits in early morning sunshine. I have a new guitar hero in Bill.
Scott Law is a more adventurous picker who seems to have soaked up Tony Rice’s propensity for jazzy excursions into uncharted waters. He stayed close to the melodies most of the night, but he went outside a few times to see the green grass on the other side of the fence. His tone was brighter and more percussive. Like Bill, the personality of the player was highlighted in the tone rather than the guitar. This is not a negative; to me it affirms that it is the player more than the instrument. The various Cruz guitars allowed the players’ voices to shine through perfectly, with clarity, intonation, and effortless perfection.
I stepped outside to replenish my wine and the moon and a planet were just setting into a horizon barely burnished in bronze while the Milky Way splayed across the sky like Eliot’s patient etherised on a table. I think I understand the term velvet darkness now.
Scott and Bill played Billy In the Lowground, Friend of the Devil, House of the Rising Sun (on 6 and 12 strings) and many more tunes I knew and didn’t. At the break guitars were made available for fondling, noodling, caressing, and more. Svea chatted up Scott and I grabbed the EIR/Sitka OOO. I always looked down my nose at Sitka. No more. This guitar has all I want or need.
Adi be damned. Begone German spruce. Sitka is all I need to keep me satisfied.
Second set took me back into the stream of consciousness. Why can’t I play like that? Why can’t I sing like that?Why do I even exist? I realized that I chose a different path. Music is neither my muse or mistress. Rather than harsh, she has been good to me. She brought me to SCGC and to hear these two gifted performers share love with their music. It was love with no strings attached, pure and simple, honest and forthright, guileless and genuine.
Urged to an encore, Bill and Scott proved the truth of the maxim, when in doubt, play Beatles.
After shaking hands and hugging Richard, Bill, Scott and many others, Darie, Svea and I drove back through the redwoods and oaks to our cottage, where Svea and I picked until the wee hours.
I don’t know if this night can be equaled anytime soon, but I am willing to try with Richard’s help and the fine guitars from SCGC.
Thanks to Sylvan for providing most of the guitars. Thanks to indexless for filming. That snapping sound I thought was a beer can being opened was some sort of synch sound for the video. Thanks to Big Basin Winery for opening up your home. Thanks to Lizbeth, Joe King, Steven Strahm, and the rest of the crew for making guitars that are head and shoulders above the rest.
The biggest thanks are to Richard, for having a Vision and making it real.”