I would not have met Russell Moore without Kimberly and Blake Williams. Blake Williams had been on Up On the Mountain and after he was on the show Kimberly, Blake, and I kept in touch. I got a call one day from Kimberly inviting me to a special show that Russell was doing for SirusXM Bluegrass Junction. I jumped at the chance to go to this special event. Not only did Kimberly invite me to the event, she also set up an interview with Russell to be aired on Up On the Mountain. The interview with Russell Moore provided me with a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.
I arrived at the SirusXM Bluegrass Junction studios in Nashville, TN and upon arrival I was handed a press pass for the Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out concert that was about to ensue in the Bluegrass Junction Studios. This concert was the start of the band’s Tyme for 25 tour to celebrate 25 years in bluegrass music.
As I waited in the lobby with about 75 other people I was nervous. I guess I felt that way because I had never been to anything like this and I was slated to interview Russell after the show so to say I was excited is an understatement.
The time had come to be seated for the show. We were led into a studio that looked more like a movie theatre than a radio station studio. Inside were plush comfortable seats that looked onto a small stage. Behind the stage was a huge window with a view of downtown Nashville. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out put on an incredible show but the fun does not end there.
After the show there was a meet and greet with the band as well as refreshments made by Brenda Ware. After the meet and greet was over it was time for the interview with Russell. We needed a quiet place to do the interview and Kimberly suggested that we go into the studio where the concert was held. As Russell and I walked into the studio we took seats in the front row and I proceeded to get my tape recorder out of my pocket. I was nervous but the nerves quickly faded away as Russell and I talked. Russell is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and it felt like we had known each other all of our lives even though in reality we had just met hours ago.
As Russell and I talked I noticed something that I had not noticed before. Right across the street was the famous Ryman Auditorium. As I listened to Russell talk I now could feel the Ryman and all of its history watching over us as we created history of our own.
This is a moment and a day that I will never forget and it all happened thanks to the kindness of Kimberly and Blake Williams.
You can hear the Russell Moore interview here: