Congratulations Moker Jarrett!
You never know what's going to happen when you come to a Durango Songwriters Expo. Just ask Jacksonville, Florida's Moker Jarrett. At his second Expo event (Park City, Utah in October of 2006), Moker bought a couple of raffle tickets for the Saturday night drawing to win a donated Yamaha DW30 acoustic guitar. As luck would have it, MOKER WON! But that was just the beginning of a series of events, recounted below, that left Moker shaking his head and saying, "You Neva Know."
"Well there was no case with the guitar I won, so I checked my hard-case Takamine and carried the Yamaha with me, no case...I had a 2 hour layover in Dallas/Fort Worth so I spent the time over in a little spot I found and wrote a song using an alternate tuning...I had seen so much of it in Park City, I said "Hey, I can do that...."
"A little before my flight was to board, here comes an obvious Rock-n-Roller. "Hey whatcha got there?" After some small talk I learned he's Randall Hall, from Lynyrd Skynyrd. We're from the same hometown -- he was on his way back from a gig in Minneapolis.
"Randall is currently booking his act, World Classic Rockers, through the William Morris Agency. They do corporate and festival gigs. He's got a guy from Santana, one from Steppenwolf, the drummer from Journey, and they all head back home after every gig...
"As fate would have it, our seats on the plane were right next to each other and we talked shop all the way back home. We've played with some of the same guys in groups over the years and we knew who each other were but had never met...
"Turns out he's interested in co-writing some stuff with me for the country market so when schedules permit I hope to follow through and make the crosstown trek to his studio and see if it's a fit...
"Anyway thanks for the guitar and this just goes to show you, You Neva Know...
"Thanks again to whoever pulled me as the Lucky number...My band is called Moker Jarrett with Lucky Stiff. Just trying to live up to my name!!" —Moker Jarrett
PS. "I've attached a picture of me with the guitar that I won...I've written a number of tunes with it...it happens to sound better than my Takamine when I'm using a capo...."
Listen to Moker at Soundclick.com.