“I said, ‘We’re playing not far away, in Virginia Beach, in a couple of weeks and we have a day off after. Would he like a free jam-session concert in the living room?’ She said, ‘You’re kidding me? That would be about the greatest thing you could ever offer.’
“So we brought all the acoustic instruments and set them up in the living room -- just like the Darlings,” he said, referring to the fictional band played on the show by the real-life bluegrass group the Dillards for several years. “We did all the songs he liked -- ‘You Get a Line, I’ll Get a Pole,’ ‘Whoa Mule,’ and he sang and played with us.