Thanks to John Gellman for including me in his photo series of buskers. Check out his work and the many other Asheville buskers that he’s photographed at jgphoto.com.
In addition to being a semi-retired busker, I advocate for street performers rights (a 1st Amendment constitutional issue) with the Asheville Buskers Collective. The reason I don’t busk often anymore is simple: I’m playing about 200 gigs a year in venues. But I truly value the experience of busking and I think it’s been a major part of my development as an entertainer. I suggest all musicians, no matter the level of your experience, to try street performing at least once. It can be a humbling, thrilling, informative and, many times, even lucrative experience.
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