The Oct. 1 Sinners Circle 14 was a perfect storm of soulful, music-making sinners and a circle of ardent, attentive listeners.

With some finger-picking ballads at the ready, I was thrilled to be able to hear a pin drop as I played and then to get that warm rolling soft thunder of appreciative applause. My words had been heard.

Marco Frucht knocked some funny, rocking tunes out of the park, Vince Tuckwood put his fine touch on some powerful narratives and Jake Carpenter delivered his special sound and some of his dad Jim’s work deftly and articulately, with that modest, direct look at the audience.

Bean & Leaf is a wonderfully comfortable, homey place to play. And how often can you perform out and really be heard?

I feel privileged to have been included in the circle.

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