This summer we were treated to another wonderful house concert through the efforts of Tim and Lori Blix at Cabin Concerts. Over the years they have brought an amazing line up of musicians like Ellis Paul, Richard Shindell and Lori McKenna to our living room stage along with hundreds of music listeners. In August we had the pleasure of welcoming singer-songwriter Slaid Cleeves, and we asked Tim and Lori if they would share some thoughts about the experience. Here’s what they had to say:
Well we’ve been pretty negligent in noting our West Mountain Inn activities on this blog in the past, but we felt like we had to make note of our visits at the Inn this year. We think these were our seventh and eighth events with the Inn!
We have organized a number of musical weekends at Inns and self catering places literally all over the world. Just over ten years ago we found the West Mountain and knew we had found the PERFECT venue for what we like to do. Our events bring together an entire Inn full of people and at least one very talented singer/songwriter. Past events at the Inn have featured the talents of Ellis Paul, Richard Shindell, and on one super weekend Mark Erelli, Tracy Grammer, and the co-author of this year’s Grammy for Best Country Song, Lori McKenna. The idea for our events is that the artist does three shows exclusively for those of us staying at the Inn, and the kicker is that they cannot repeat ANY songs during the three night run! Not many can do three nights of shows with no repeats, and fewer still can do three nights of the kind of caliber songs these artists have given us in the past.
This year brought us a West Mountain first timer, and a true favorite of the acoustic singer/songwriter crowd, Slaid Cleaves! Slaid hails from southwestern Maine but has called Texas home for many years now. His immense talents have brought him fans from all over the world, and his first set of shows this year (Slaid did two separate sold out sets of three nights in August) was reason enough for one couple to travel all the way from Australia to hear some great music amidst the mountains of Vermont! We have had fans travel from England for previous events, but Australia kind of shattered our long distance travel record!
Every one of our events at the Inn has been special in its’ own unique way. The Inn is the absolute perfect setting for what we do and literally everyone who’s ever joined us has loved the Inn and these very unique opportunities to see their favorite artists up close and personal. To date everyone of our events have sold out and we look forward to being back at the Inn with another talented singer again very soon.
-Tim & Lori Blixt
If you attended the Slaid Cleeves house concert or others at the Inn, we’d love to see your photos and hear your memories!