In this excerpt from the podcast, Tarrance Paschall and Johnny Lewis talk about their experience performing at the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 2003. [2:50]
Johnny Lewis: Lowell was outstanding.
Terrence Paschall: That was our first one with the NCTA, National Council for the Traditional Arts. There's a guy, Joe Wilson, I think was his name.
Johnny Lewis: Yes, Mr. Wilson.
Terrence Paschall: And they got us there, and it was like they sent you a technical rider and all of that. We didn't know anything about all that stuff. You know, they treated us well, and we had different representations at different times. And they had us on big stages, too, and we just were tickled pink. But we enjoyed ourselves, the people, the camaraderie. What got me, if I may say, the lady came and bought a CD, and asked me to sign the CD. And they say, you all got CD signings, and I'm like, what in the world is a CD signing?
Johnny Lewis: Yeah, see, we were very inexperienced.
Terrence Paschall: Well, you sit down and sign the CD. I said, if they buy the CD, I'll sign it twice. You know, it was like a tour, about a two or three day tour. But we did things, and we hobnobbed with the people, we ate funnel cakes and hotdogs.
Johnny Lewis: And we visited the city. It was so different.
Terrence Paschall: Oh man.
Johnny Lewis: The atmosphere, I mean, it's a great thing when people have no idea who you are, but still have the heart to treat you as if they know you very well. And that's what they gave us. I mean, they made us at home. It's like giving us the key to the city that particular weekend.
Terrence Paschall: Really.
Johnny Lewis: And we accepted it, we look forward to seeing them again. Lowell was one of the best experiences I've ever had. They didn't want us to stop singing.
Terrence Paschall: We thank God for that experience.
Johnny Lewis: We had a ball.