In a Sentimental Mood

Patrick Crouch shares a new tune

LENOIR, N.C. — Regular readers of the Appalachian Chronicle know that we love to feature musicians, in particular from music-rich Western North Carolina. One of my dear friends and a Caldwell County treasure, Patrick Crouch helps connect me to those musicians — and the music I love. Patrick’s work tops the list, and that’s why I share the following from Patrick, sent out to his email list on June 13. In it, he shares a new tune he wrote, “The Mastertone and the Mandolin.” (To hear it, click here or the link below. The link to the song is at the top of the page).

Howdy Folks Howdy,

I have been asked many times over the years why I spend such a huge amount of time playing music for so little pay. I truly believe that things of intrinsic worth cannot be bought or sold. We need music just as we need water, air, and love. Music addresses every human condition and every human emotion in a universal language. My life is better because of the musicians I have known and the folks with whom I have shared music.

I wrote this song the other morning when I was packing the Chevy van for a gig. Thinking of my typical day in the music business led me to a deeper understanding of why I do what I do and why I cherish folks I meet along the way.

“It’s one way to make a livin’, ain’t sayin’ it’s the best, it’s my favorite of all the rest.”

Thank you for supporting live music!

Keep ‘em in tune boys and girls,



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