I'm extremely proud to call Akira a genuine friend.
Over the last year, we talked a lot as he created the entire history of Bluegrass 45's
an instructor for the Bluegrass Academy for Kids.
I never met him before that, but photographed him
Akira and I have been sharing our love for not only the music, but for its history,
He also the co-produced the John Duffey tribute project "Epilogue"
He co-wrote the included 38-page booklet with Katey Daley, Dudley Connell, and Jeff Place.
I had the pleasure of recording the Epilogue workshop at Grey Fox in 2018, with stories by
and Akira let me hold it (although I only knew chord!)
Akira, kudos for your accomplishments & recognition,