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Friday, May 4th, 2012

the Full Moon Pickin Party
The Full Moon Pickin Party: starting - every spring on the full moons
Percy Warner Park
Nashville, Tennessee
you ess aye
at full moon time
Price: 20 bucks but only 5 if you bring an instrument, and you get 4 draft beer tickets and free soft drinks

Because I go to all the pickin parties, and end up playin to open for Bands on the main stage, I would like to show you all what a hoot this event is.  I dream about it in the off season, and am truly absorbed in contentment wondering around the grounds listening and breathing in the sights, sounds and smells on these enchanted evenings. 

My Husband's cousin's daughter Maggie Odle is hired to put them on in the beautiful percy warner Park for the metro parks department.  It is at a horse farm next to the steeple chase.

So i end up opening for acts and we bring the whole family, even smiley the dog. Maggie is a strong advocate for so many wonderful causes, that many celebrities have rallied in support of her.  She has donated a staggering amount of time to these causes, one of them being Animal protection. Since she has taken on this job as coordinator of the Full moon pickin parties, attendance has exploded.  there were 1700 people one night last year...cuz its just so dam much fun.. here is maggie odle:




















Here is a description I could share..with pics..

There are tons of old A team session players; many of Nashville’s best from her glory days of the Grand ol Opry

 and those monumental studio sessions that gave Nashville it’s name..

There are plenty of new up and comers too, all gathered around that wonderful old Norman Rockwell barn, and they spontaneously form into

 little groups just out of earshot from each other, whippin up a mess of tunes with all kinds of instruments--

Pretty soon stirring authentic roots music is wafting in and out of the barn rafters and willowing out into the tranquil starry night sky..

 with the scissor-tail barn-swallows diving in and out, bails of hay, picnic tables and park benches seat contented lovers of the celticly crafted, folky or appalation styled Americana music. Still, distant memories of the Old Country  can  always be heard in the notes and the lyrics are permeated with deep longings for a simpler time past.  Families on picnic blankets spread out in front of the main stage..

 Up front  the little toddlers are dancin up a storm on the grass in front of the band. 

 Good burgs or bbq cookin on the outside grill, mingled with the irresistable aroma of gourmet popcorn,

 with draft beer and all you can drink soda etc..not to mention those old 400 year old trees; hackberries, maples, giant oaks and cedars..just beautiful. 


And that big ol full moon is always perched up top the barn lighting the setting.




 heres me and Doug Beal, and Michael Shellard (who came to help me with the recording and even writing of the Life and Times album.  Michael and I wrote for his One Horse Blue chart successes, and our friendship has lasted decades, so has Douggie with us as well.  Doug has been my bass player writer friend with all of us in the Canadian West and Produces Videos in Nashville, as well as engineering sessions for Brian Ahearn of Emmy Lou etc.










Some memorable acts I've seen at the pickin party, who went on to stardom or were derived as an offshoot of it, were, among others, The Farewell Drifters and Tin Cup Gypsy.

The Farewell drifters were a bunch of college kids doing their own stuff as well as beatles songs etc. made folky or bluegrassy.  They simply blew my mind.  Such fresh material, that lifted you skyward in a little blissful hum.  something about those boys was innocent and sweet, yet penetrating to the core.  And i have never seen a better guitar player than this one..i may have seen his equal..not even sure about that.  But his playing is well up into another dimension that most of us can only marvel at cuz it makes us feel so good.  The tastiest licks that a song could call for is what he instinctively puts in there.  It made their originals stand up in the crowd like no other tunes out there.  since i've seen them play the pickin party, they have acheived a huge national success.

the farewell drifters







Tin Cup Gypsy were similarly very engaging, and so tasteful.  They would do fleetwood mac songs folkified or old 60's pop tunes done with a bluegrassy flair mixed in with well crafted originals.  And they were an offshoot of Sara Mclachlan's stage band..say no more!  they still play at the pickin party and you can buy their cd's, talk to them etc.


tin cup gypsy













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Monday, March 14th, 2011

the day gig - all year long

well, aside from playing at the full moon pickin parties at percy warner park throughout the summers in Nashville, i pretty much just play once in awhile with Douggie Beal at Alexanders, or play in the den with my zoom recorder.


i've been emailing tracks with my brother Aaron (we're the roons; a and shaye). uncle bruce and cousin todd (york) pitch in, and we send stuff over the wire to each other and to andrais schuld in vancouver too.  he can make a silk purse out of a sows ear..

i'll be trading tracks with bow (bowmeister; gary bowman)  michael shellard and rocko (one horse blue) gaye delorme and miles jackson hopefully some more, and of course george bradfute at the tone chapparal studio in madison tn -- the house jim reeves used to live in.  how neat is that..

and  when cris cuddy comes to town, then we're generally onto something.

otherwise i'm a bookblock editor every day at ingram/lightning source  and a wife and mom of 2 teens any other time.  so i may not be coming to your town..

then again    i might


Sharon and Ollies's book "Between the Twilight and the Rim" is now available as an ebook online.


 Also, the Audio companion  free mp3 download can be accessed above under the audiobooks tab. (This features Sharon reading the book out loud. Ouite inspiring with the gentle music of Swami Kriyananda in the background)  And, Ollie's little characters illustrated in the book,ebook, or youtube video, are not to be missed also!


Music video and commentary slideshows at




see a super album review in the Jan. COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS.. SEE PRESS/REVIEWS PAGE!!

on amazon or cdbaby  

"the bottom line" album mp3 download, and       "Life and times" albums or downloads are available  "bringing it home" also available as mp3 downloads



The official Sharon website is

designed by Webster extrordinaire;

Raymond Vandermeys

 This one is mostly my memories and musings, and you are always welcome here too..

Recent news: Sharon Anderson Life and Times has been pressed and you can click the  LIFE AND TIMES FACTS page above for info on the whole 24 song album.  There's also a RADIO page above that features an interview and radio play on the singles, etc.


NEW SINGLE folks (March 2012)  see Radio Page -and it's The Video on the lower left (Home page view)  "I Got Love" written by Dobro great Chas Williams and myself.  Chas produced, engineered and played most of the instruments on this cut.  You can see more videos at under SharonLenoreAnderson.

see new movie video on Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda under the Spiritual Endeavors page


  as some of you know, i have a large library

of songs, and have done some recording with Capitol, Curb, and Royalty.   i've also written some books that i hope will be available soon. i'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of you  who have been supportive of the music i've been a part of all these years.I started writing and recording again with producer/engineer/musician George Bradfute in Madison, just outside of Nashville and have also been writing and working at Chas Williams studio.

The youtube page and the cdbaby links here and at my main website feature some of my new material for download etc.  I'll try to keep you up to date.

love you best                                   S