[quote=“UncleLar, post:1, topic:1174”]Check out the shirt in the background
Yup. A Penn State wrestling shirt (and yes the girl is Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks)
The guitarist is Martin Strayer. The group is the newly formed Court Yard Hounds which is basically two Dixie Chicks (Emily and her sister Martie Maguire) and a bunch of studio musicians, including Strayer, who co wrote most of the songs on their debut album. Strayer’s father is Marty Strayer, an All American wrestler at Penn State in the sixties, hence the shirt connection.
I can’t embed the video link here but it is up on Happy Valley Half Nelson[/quote]
Small world sometimes.
I was with a bunch of friends at the Nittany Lion Inn after the wrestling match on Sunday when I saw a friend of mine and former PSU wrestler, George Edwards, standing off to the side with a guy I didn’t recognize. I walk over to chat with George and he introduces me to his friend, Marty, saying “I used to wrestle here with his dad Marty Strayer”. I dropped a couple of compliments about how great it was to watch his dad and George wrestle at Rec Hall (Marty Sr was a two time EIWA champ and George never lost a bout at Rec Hall), then caught him off guard when I said “and I enjoy your music too”.
Marty asked how I knew about his music. I told him that I had spotted the PSU wrestling shirt in the Court Yard Hounds video and had posted it in my Happy Valley Half Nelson wrestling website. Strayer said he knew about the website because his manager had called him a couple of days after I posted the video and said that they were starting to get a lot of traffic from wrestling fans through the HVHN site. He then thanked me for embedding the video. That just seemed so backward to me. Here was this musician/artist, thanking me, a fan, for doing something trivial. It really helped point out the power of the internet to connect people.
Marty and George joined our little group and we got to talk about wrestling and music for probably 45 minutes. Turns out that Marty wrestled at Wilkes College and catches as many PSU meets as he can (even though he lives in Austin). He even dragged one of the Chicks/Hounds, Emily Robison, to a match a few weeks ago. I missed that match but I hear she made quite a splash.