I was nineteen when John McEuen showed me “open D” tuning on the banjo. I liked learning new tunings; it’s like getting a new exciting friend. Open D lends itself to these lilting melodies, with the open (unfretted) strings ringing along in the background. I love the old Irish fiddle tunes, and this represents that influence. By the way, there is no Freddie, unless we get a new dog, or cat, or kid.