Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 41st Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Bob Tedrow and Jason Bailey
performed on this day.
Jason Bailey-Mandolinist, composer, teacher, studio musician, Jason Bailey possesses a range of musicianship of a well-seasoned professional. At the young age of 28, Jason quickly pushed through the Birmingham music scene to become a regional performing musician in a short amount of time. "I was 18 when I got my first mandolin. My Dad came home from a garage sale with it," says Jason. It must have been destiny because the mandolin is now a part of his soul. That year Jason discovered mandolinist David Grisman as well as other great acoustic musicians. "I didn't know music like that existed. I had never heard mandolins, violins and acoustic guitars playing essentially jazz with bluegrass instruments and tempo." While absorbing the diversities of these acoustic musicians he was also inspired to pursue a bachelor's degree in music from Maryville College, in 1999. Jason naturally applied his formal education allowing him to be at home in a wide variety of musical genres, including celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, jam, country and folk. Jason entertains his audiences with a solid wholesome sound, and places himself in the mix of the greatest innovators of the acoustic music scene.
Bob Tedrow-Robert E. Tedrow (born c. 1953 in Fort Collins, Colorado) is the owner of the Homewood Musical Instrument Co. and a luthier, best known for his custom-made concertinas.
Tedrow grew up in a family of musicians and learned how to play a variety of instruments, idolizing his grandmother, Belle Hest, a jazz pianist. He built a banjo at age 15 and took up with the house band at a local Shakey's Pizza. As a teenager he focused on guitar and played in church folk groups during the "folk scare" of the 1960s. He studied occupational therapy at Colorado State University and worked for a while in North Carolina before realizing he was better at working with instruments. He and his wife, Klari, moved to Birmingham in 1986 while she completed a degree at the Cumberland School of Law.
Tedrow opened a workshop behind Fretted Instruments at 2906 Linden Avenue in Homewood. In 1989 he opened his present business, Homewood Musical Instrument Co., at 3027 Central Avenue next door to Nabeel's Café and Market. He drives a 1928 Model A Ford is to work each day.
When Tedrow's prized concertina wore out, he took the time to learn to rebuild it and is now one of only three concertina makers in the United States, with clients around the world.