R.I.P. Marcus Buckner

Marcus Buckner passed away a few days ago & the world will never be the same. He was a great friend & I will miss him dearly. If you never heard him play bluegrass or saw him perform a jammin set with Earthbound or Looney Mill then check out the links below. They offer only a tiny glimpse of his magical, musical, powers. I always wanted to be in a band & I wrote many songs over the years but I never could take myself seriously because I was surrounded by great musicians like Marcus. I spent many fun evenings hanging out with the Looney Mill crew at the “Looney Bin” & will never forget the countless nights at Bailey’s Pub watching them jam into the wee hours of the morning. Here are some pics & videos from that mythic period in our lives when it was all about friendship, revelry, and the transformative power of music. Marcus Buckner is survived by his wife, son Hartford, parents, & numerous friends & family. We will never forget you Marcus…

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Britt and Andrea jam

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Flip Dan

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The Waco Ramblers feat. Hartford

Campsite Bluegrass Banjo Jam

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Hallway Jam

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Conflict

I spoke in rhymes untold, you listened to the word.
I found no peace to hold and no joy. Thats absurd.
Oh how I long to see you, too bad it isnt now.

But wait, I wonder, why?
Why you… why me… why not?

I see the sight you saw, I cannot change a thing.
I read the book of law, and I began to sing.
I sang for love & joy. I sang for pride and hate.
I held them all above, and they did seperate.
They rose like smoke from fires bright, and slowly left my view.
I saw them then for what they were, but now I can see You.

The “HELL JEEP”

Ok, so i haven’t written anything in almost a year. Its either because I’m really busy these days or I’m terrified of writing…Today I want to share a picture with you that is interesting (& blurry).

A few years back my wife & I spent new years in Gatlinburg, TN. Its a lovely place nestled in the mountains and there are pancake restaurants as far as the eye can see. Its like Heaven.

On our way home we were reminded of the dangers of Hell by none other than…

THE HELL JEEP!

This guy had LED lights streaming scripture on his rear window reminding you that you could die and go to hell. The vehicle also came complete with a custom paint job that even had a “logo” of sorts to symbolize the danger. If you look closely you will see a small stick figure type man screaming because he is surrounded by flames…in hell. I’ve seen some crazy evangelistic techniques in my time but the HELL JEEP beats them all.

Wow… there are no words.

The Emergent “Peace Pipe” is outlawed.

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I am not a cigarette smoker… usually.  However, from time to time I have been known to occasionally enjoy a clove.  But now since the federal government has put a ban on all flavored tobacco (this includes cloves) they are just as illegal as marijuana.  Oh well, its probably for the best, although it is odd that the government is just now stepping in on this decision.  The main reason for this post is to acknowledge how devastated many of my friends will be once they find out the sad news.  For many “emergent” types out there they will now have to part ways with their sacred leaf, unless they can get them on the black market… which brings up a myriad of other questions.  I think I know a shop downtown that still has them in stock.  I may go grab a pack just to say farewell and savor the flavor one last time…