A few years ago I wrote a note to Frank Hamilton, who I barely knew and said, “Hi. You don’t know so much about me, but I’m super-inspired by your work. Can I come sleep on your floor and ask you a bunch of questions?”
I was so honored that he, and this wife Mary gave me an enthusiastic, “Yes!”
Over the years Frank and Mary have become good friends, and they’ve continued to be mentors and champions of me and my work.
It makes me feel a little awkward in parts, but I am still so proud of this video that we made on their front porch. It’s message rings truer and truer to me every day. I hope you enjoy it.
And, I hope you’ll come out to the Old Town School of Folk Music tonight to sing and play with me, Mary, Frank, the Young Stracke All-Stars, and so many wonderful musicians and friends from the Old Town School of Folk Music. We’ll be celebrating a mentor to us all, Pete Seeger.