I first saw Piano Truck parked outside a restaurant last summer. I asked everyone I knew who it was and where I could find them again. Then, this spring when the Saturday Market started up again, I saw buskers galore - not just bums with guitars, but bona fide street performers. It reminded me of walking the streets of Seattle or New Orleans (albeit on a much smaller scale).
I did a little research, talked with three very talented men, and put this piece together for the Eugene Weekly.
At the top of my summer reading list as a result? Passing the Hat by Patricia J. Campbell. Two out of three buskers recommend.