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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   Rural county emergency management director shocked when FedEx delivers $50,000 Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo to his house. Not an ordinary thermos for you   (tampabay.com ) divider line
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2012-09-24 09:30:25 AM  
That's pretty awesome. I'm not even going to post a Deliverance reference, that's how awesome this is.
 
2012-09-24 09:45:40 AM  
Also a good link
 
2012-09-24 10:27:30 AM  
Banjo is an awesome instrument.

Depressingly difficult to play though. :(
 
2012-09-24 10:27:49 AM  
Johnson's life revolves in a realm far removed from his passion.
WTF does that even mean? Is that the same a "revolving around" something or "existing in a realm of" something?
And, more importantly, why is it okay for journalists and their editors to have no idea how to use the language? If I was as illiterate in my field as most of these yay-hoos are, I'd never find work.
 
2012-09-24 10:30:06 AM  
Awesome picture in the article. Too bad those two guys with the hillbilly ukuleles are standing in front of it.
 
2012-09-24 10:32:29 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com

Did it come in brown paper packaging clearly marked "Not Penis Creme"?
 
2012-09-24 10:39:45 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Johnson's life revolves in a realm far removed from his passion.
WTF does that even mean? Is that the same a "revolving around" something or "existing in a realm of" something?
And, more importantly, why is it okay for journalists and their editors to have no idea how to use the language? If I was as illiterate in my field as most of these yay-hoos are, I'd never find work.


You're certainly getting down to the brass wire with your comments.
 
2012-09-24 10:39:47 AM  
But he's always going to be that color.
 
2012-09-24 10:47:23 AM  
Did he get a rear-end thermometer too?
 
2012-09-24 10:49:10 AM  
I grew up a huge Steve Martin fan and in the last couple weeks I've been listening to his autobiography on my way to work, it's changed the way I think about him.

He narrates it which is great, but it's really weird how he'll do old bits but not in his old style. He almost mutters "Excuuuse me" while talking about how that became a catch phrase, and he sounds equally embarrassed saying "I'm a wild and crazy guy!"

But the whole book is about how he was never that guy, that guy was a show that he honed over years and years and how that guy drove him away from stand up forever.

I'm only up to the part where he stars in "The Jerk" which he seems smugly happy people love now, even if his favorite part was him and Bernedette Peters singing on the beach, the part he noted people would use for bathroom breaks.

It's just really interesting to see the person behind the curtain and who they really are.

I think the book was published about 7 years ago so I know i'm going to be disappointed waiting for an explanation for those Pink Panther movies though.
 
2012-09-24 10:49:59 AM  
Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me!
 
2012-09-24 10:50:07 AM  

Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: But he's always going to be that color.


I'd love him even he were the color of a baboon's ass.
 
2012-09-24 10:58:28 AM  
I'm still waiting for my LP of The Nashville Coyote to arrive...
 
2012-09-24 10:59:56 AM  
Screw Steve Martin, that a$$. Wrote him a letter once, asking for advice on banjo playing and I did not even get the mass-printed "Thanks for your concern" letter that one tends to get when writing a celeb... did not care enough to pretend to care. AND I was writing about the banjo (which seems to be his "passion" or some such)... To you I say PHOOEY!!! PHOOEY I say to you Mr Martin.....you Jew hating banjophile... you know the Nazis hung banjo players. Did you know that?

I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.
 
2012-09-24 11:01:24 AM  
"I think the banjo is the one thing that could have saved Nixon: 'I'd like to talk about politics, but first a little Foggy Mountain Breakdown... [Foggy Mountain interlude]' Then he'd go to foreign countries and step off the plane and everyone would say, 'Hey, do Foggy Mountain!' and there you go."

~ Steve Martin
 
2012-09-24 11:06:32 AM  
Dunellon is in a rural county?
 
2012-09-24 11:18:03 AM  
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2012-09-24 11:18:12 AM  

StrikitRich: Dunellon is in a rural county?


When Williston and Ocala are the two biggest towns within decent driving range, oh my yes, you are rural.
 
2012-09-24 11:19:30 AM  
This has got to be a lie. Only the us post office makes mistakes. Almost had me Subby.
 
2012-09-24 11:29:45 AM  

johnryan51: This has got to be a lie. Only the us post office makes mistakes. Almost had me Subby.


RTFA.
 
2012-09-24 11:30:03 AM  

xanadian: That's pretty awesome. I'm not even going to post a Deliverance reference, that's how awesome this is.


I don't see why he won the award. He's not a ramblin' man.
 
2012-09-24 11:35:13 AM  
So he plays a banjo like Jerry Reed played guitar, like forever?
 
2012-09-24 11:51:20 AM  
Eh. It's not the most happening area in central Florida, but it's not like it's out in the sticks, I'm familiar with the area. Ocala isn't exactly a small town...lots of millionaires live there, million dollar horse farms, John Travolta lives about 15 minutes away, and some other celebrities have lived nearby.

Of course, Dunnellon is a bit away from that. Also, as some may remember, home of Jesse "Glock slushie" Slaughter and her dad that died.
 
2012-09-24 11:57:23 AM  

DysphoricMania: Screw Steve Martin, that a$$. Wrote him a letter once, asking for advice on banjo playing and I did not even get the mass-printed "Thanks for your concern" letter that one tends to get when writing a celeb... did not care enough to pretend to care. AND I was writing about the banjo (which seems to be his "passion" or some such)... To you I say PHOOEY!!! PHOOEY I say to you Mr Martin.....you Jew hating banjophile... you know the Nazis hung banjo players. Did you know that?

I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.


Maybe he thought you were an ass?
 
2012-09-24 11:59:39 AM  
You have Dunnellon within the city limits and then you have the mailing address of Dunnellon which is the county. I believe Dunnellon is completely within marion county. However it is a stone's throw from citrus and levy counties.

In other news, Dunnellon (the city) was selected as one of microsofts super fiber to the house test sites. I am not sure how it is going. The city pissed off the people in the suburbs by buying the water (and maybe septic/sewer) processing facilities of some major subdivisions/neighborhoods and jacking the price of them. So they are boycotting the test project internet/cable/phone utility owned by the city.

http://mygreenlightfl.com
http://www.riverlandnews.com/content/residents-push-boycott-greenligh t
 
2012-09-24 12:05:48 PM  
Steve Martin. Bluegrass.
Steve Martin and bluegrass?
Steve Martin, bluegrass, :(.
There, I said it.
 
2012-09-24 12:13:10 PM  

DysphoricMania: I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.


www.hollywoodactorprep.com
 
2012-09-24 12:16:16 PM  

DysphoricMania: Screw Steve Martin, that a$$. Wrote him a letter once, asking for advice on banjo playing and I did not even get the mass-printed "Thanks for your concern" letter that one tends to get when writing a celeb... did not care enough to pretend to care. AND I was writing about the banjo (which seems to be his "passion" or some such)... To you I say PHOOEY!!! PHOOEY I say to you Mr Martin.....you Jew hating banjophile... you know the Nazis hung banjo players. Did you know that?

I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.


You should count yourself as lucky.

I once wrote to Steve Martin, asking him what he thought of young men taking up the banjo in this day and age for fun and profit. At one point in his lengthy and caustic response, he went so far as to refer to me as "an ignorant redneck wannabee" with "tremendous pretentions for the stage of the Grand Ol' Opry" among other things. I think that his main point was that I should stay the f*ck away from his shtick because if he ever heard of me so much as accidentally being shot in the head with an arrow he would sue my ass into the county poorhouse or something like that.
 
2012-09-24 12:39:54 PM  

Old_Chief_Scott: DysphoricMania: Screw Steve Martin, that a$$. Wrote him a letter once, asking for advice on banjo playing and I did not even get the mass-printed "Thanks for your concern" letter that one tends to get when writing a celeb... did not care enough to pretend to care. AND I was writing about the banjo (which seems to be his "passion" or some such)... To you I say PHOOEY!!! PHOOEY I say to you Mr Martin.....you Jew hating banjophile... you know the Nazis hung banjo players. Did you know that?

I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.

You should count yourself as lucky.

I once wrote to Steve Martin, asking him what he thought of young men taking up the banjo in this day and age for fun and profit. At one point in his lengthy and caustic response, he went so far as to refer to me as "an ignorant redneck wannabee" with "tremendous pretentions for the stage of the Grand Ol' Opry" among other things. I think that his main point was that I should stay the f*ck away from his shtick because if he ever heard of me so much as accidentally being shot in the head with an arrow he would sue my ass into the county poorhouse or something like that.


So it went well then.
 
2012-09-24 12:40:52 PM  

DysphoricMania: Screw Steve Martin, that a$$. Wrote him a letter once, asking for advice on banjo playing and I did not even get the mass-printed "Thanks for your concern" letter that one tends to get when writing a celeb... did not care enough to pretend to care. AND I was writing about the banjo (which seems to be his "passion" or some such)... To you I say PHOOEY!!! PHOOEY I say to you Mr Martin.....you Jew hating banjophile... you know the Nazis hung banjo players. Did you know that?

I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.


You know who else posted obligatory photos commenting on your post.....

i281.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 01:10:25 PM  
He is no Don Reno.

This cheapens the art.

But I guess it is good PR.
 
2012-09-24 02:08:46 PM  

ChipNASA: DysphoricMania: Screw Steve Martin, that a$$. Wrote him a letter once, asking for advice on banjo playing and I did not even get the mass-printed "Thanks for your concern" letter that one tends to get when writing a celeb... did not care enough to pretend to care. AND I was writing about the banjo (which seems to be his "passion" or some such)... To you I say PHOOEY!!! PHOOEY I say to you Mr Martin.....you Jew hating banjophile... you know the Nazis hung banjo players. Did you know that?

I find it funny how you drop your affections upon someone I've never met, yet you refuse to answer a piece of fan mail.

You know who else posted obligatory photos commenting on your post.....

[i281.photobucket.com image 300x216]


You know who else missed the joke in there?
 
2012-09-24 02:18:02 PM  

Psylence: Banjo is an awesome instrument.

Depressingly difficult to play though. :(


Come on. That guy's house can do it, you can too. The house even got an award!
 
2012-09-24 02:19:34 PM  

StrikitRich: Dunellon is in a rural county?


Considering it has a population of under 2000, yes, it is rather rural. I also used to live in north-central FL.
 
2012-09-24 02:36:32 PM  
Learn something new every day.....

Though originally drawn to the banjo style made famous by Scruggs, Johnson was steered in a completely different direction by his banjo teacher, Jay Ungar.

I thought Jay just played the fiddle......so here's my CSB/six-degrees story:

My landlord/roommate played the fiddle, and also took lessons from Jay. When I got married, I wanted to find an arrangement of 'Ashokan Farewell' (that song from The Civil War miniseries) that I could give to the string quartet that was playing the wedding.

When I asked my roommate about how to find an arrangement, he said, 'Why do that? I'll just call Jay." So, he did, and gave me Jay's number. I contacted him, and found out that he and wife Molly Mason would play our wedding and reception for not much more than hiring a DJ cost.

Unfortunately, the other parties prevailed on the music choice.....or I would have had my wedding music provided by a Grammy-winning fiddle player for chump change + travel costs.

A DJ playing "Electric Slide" was better than this?
 
2012-09-24 02:43:39 PM  
Anyone else ever notice how unhappy Martin seems?

As for the guy who won: Congrats! WTG with a *golf clap* and a +1.
(posted without snark because I, too, once toyed with learning the banjo...)
 
2012-09-24 04:32:51 PM  
Calling Ghastly.... white courtesy phone for Ghastly.

A farker who deserves the award for the "hubjo" version of banjo playing.
 
2012-09-24 04:35:08 PM  
Is it just me or is it starting to seem like they give this award out every week.
 
2012-09-24 08:01:52 PM  

StrikitRich: Dunellon is in a rural county?


I'd say Levy county is pretty damn rural.
 
2012-09-24 09:03:32 PM  

Confabulat: I grew up a huge Steve Martin fan and in the last couple weeks I've been listening to his autobiography on my way to work, it's changed the way I think about him.

He narrates it which is great, but it's really weird how he'll do old bits but not in his old style. He almost mutters "Excuuuse me" while talking about how that became a catch phrase, and he sounds equally embarrassed saying "I'm a wild and crazy guy!"

But the whole book is about how he was never that guy, that guy was a show that he honed over years and years and how that guy drove him away from stand up forever.

I'm only up to the part where he stars in "The Jerk" which he seems smugly happy people love now, even if his favorite part was him and Bernedette Peters singing on the beach, the part he noted people would use for bathroom breaks.

It's just really interesting to see the person behind the curtain and who they really are.

I think the book was published about 7 years ago so I know i'm going to be disappointed waiting for an explanation for those Pink Panther movies though.


I've heard rumors that he has always only paid cash for everything, ie real estate, vehicles, etc. If this is true, this is awesome. Does he happen to reference this?
 
2012-09-24 09:35:37 PM  

JustinCase: I've heard rumors that he has always only paid cash for everything, ie real estate, vehicles, etc. If this is true, this is awesome. Does he happen to reference this?


He does actually. He says somewhere he has never paid for anything on credit since the late 60s. I believe him.
 
2012-09-24 09:49:47 PM  

Confabulat: JustinCase: I've heard rumors that he has always only paid cash for everything, ie real estate, vehicles, etc. If this is true, this is awesome. Does he happen to reference this?

He does actually. He says somewhere he has never paid for anything on credit since the late 60s. I believe him.


That's awesome. I like money spent old school, don't buy on credit, ever. He just got waaaay sexier!
 
2012-09-24 09:58:38 PM  
Kazooie sadly missing from this thread.
 
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