The Birchmere is a legendary music hall in Alexandria, Virginia. It presents top-notch bluegrass, country, folk, and jazz performers.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Washington Post asked some of the artists who know the club best to share their recollections. All of the responses are worth checking out, but Power Line readers may be most interested in that of 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs. He says, in part:
Every January I play my first shows of the year there with Kentucky Thunder. We work on new songs to see how they fly, and that helps us set the tone for the rest of the year. The Birchmere has a great crowd that’s willing to let us showcase new things.
Sadly, it will never be the same without Justice Scalia. He came to see us at the Birchmere all the time, including this past January. That’s why it was so heartbreaking when he passed right after that. He loved classical music and bluegrass, and playing the Birchmere without him in the audience will certainly be a change.
Yet another dimension of this giant.