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Thread #85069   Message #1581330
Posted By: GUEST,George Welling
11-Oct-05 - 05:59 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Sean Blackburn (Sept 2005)
Subject: RE: Obit: Sean Blackburn (Sept 05)
I think it's been 16 years since I met Liz at Augusta. I remember how excited she was when she told me she'd gotten this seasoned professional to record with her. I met Sean exactly one year later, and we've been friends since. I'm grateful to Liz for the energy and enthusiasm that brought their "Cowboy Ricky and Lucy" show into the lives of fans all over the country. I'm also grateful that we have so many recordings of those two great voices applied to the timeless music of the West.

Anyone who saw Sean perform will remember his talent and humor. Folks who hiked or rode with him know his love for the wild, lonely, beautiful places in our country. I'm glad our old dear road-warrior's last trip ended in the lovely field Liz described to me. It's kinda fitting that his last maverick act on this earth was to go thru a fence to get to it.

Over the years we had hung out, played music and drank coffee at music camps, gigs or whenever one of us was in the other's town. I'm a little jealous of you folks who knew Sean so much longer, and got to spend so many more hours with him.

Maybe because we always met on the road, I always cherished our time together, knowing it might be a good while before we saw each other again. Now of course, those hours are even more precious to me.

So long old pal. We'll miss you. - George