January 1st, 2013
Jay had the honor of being one of the few folks to sit in on the Willie Nelson on air CD release for his new album "Heroes" (pictured with Willie & Meredith Ochs to right). It was a great day for Jay at Sirius XM in New York City. Willie's sons, harmonica player Mickey Raphael, and his sister, Bobbie, played with him in studio. Willie's wife and two of his close friends, one being Turk Pipkin who helped him write The Tao of Willie, Meredith Ochs and Jay were the only audience, with DJ Rigrocker and Dallas Wayne interviewing him.  An all-star cast called in including Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Vedder, Merle Haggard & Billy Joe Shaver. Getting to meet Willie and be there up close and personal on such an important day will be a memory Jay will cherish for his lifetime.
Well, it is strange to look back and realize all the folks you have come across in your travels as a musician but here is a real good one.  About 10 years or so ago, Mike was doing some work in Nashville, Tennessee. He came upon a group of musicians who were hanging out in the area he was staying. Mike became friendly with them, jammed with them a few times, and even gave them some cash because they were on the street just trying to survive at the time - they were relatively unknown and Mike being a musician did what he could to help out. After jamming one day, they gave him a CD to thank him, called Greetings from Wawa. Not until recently, upon joining CBR and covering Wagon Wheel, did Mike think about those musicians, but something reminded him of them when he listened to the original recording of Wagon Wheel. He then searched through his collection of CDs and realized it was The Old Crow Medicine Show he had come upon so many years ago!
Doug Gray, the original singer of The Marshall Tucker Band, and one of Southern Rock's finest voices, invited Jay up to sing "Can't You See" with Marshall Tucker at the Sold Out Newton Theater show in New Jersey.  CBR had opened the show for Tucker both Friday in South Jersey & Saturday in North Jersey.  Doug introduced Jay to the audience by saying that when he first saw Zac Brown perform, he knew he would be in the music business for a long time, and he felt the same about Jay.  After the show Doug grabbed Jay and  said "this is just the beginning for us". 
(Below Linda, Shay & Loran with Pat Elwood of MTB)