Spring was just springing and the band was just starting to get tight with Mara in her new role. Yeah she was still pretty “green” but boy could could sing. Her Dad, who had come to every practice and gig with her since day one, had become comfortable enough with us to let her come alone. That was a huge thing in our minds—we felt “approved”. Plus it seemed to allow Mara to “loosen up” a bit with regards to her singing. We didn’t have Dad looking over our collective shoulders.
Then we get an email from Dave with “Please Sit Down” in the title block. To make a long story short Dave put his house up for sale because he and his wife decided they needed to move back to New England to be closer to family. They had been in Asheville for ten years and lets face it; life happens. Parents age, brothers and sisters have children who have children of their own and you are hundreds of miles away and the only time you see the family is when you go for a week long visit a couple of times a year. That ain’t easy. Well, they never expected to sell the house in 4 days but the housing market in Asheville has rebounded nicely and was pretty hot so how can you turn that down.
So there goes Dave, a great bass player but a better friend and now we have a month to find a new bass player to fill his shoes……stay tuned cause the hits just keep on coming.