Sep 25, 2023 - Music

How an Axios reporter scored Brandi Carlile's guitar pick

A photo of Brandi Carlile

Jason and his hubby stood for about four hours to keep their spots near the stage before Brandi Carlile played. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

👋 Jason here. I'm back in Des Moines this week after spending four fantastic days at the Bourbon & Beyond music festival in Louisville, KY.

  • A highlight was taking home one of Brandi Carlile's guitar picks.

Zoom in: Carlile tossed a few picks into the audience during her concert.

  • One bounced off someone and the crowd scrambled for it before I realized it was at my feet.
  • I stepped on it and waited until the commotion ended before quietly picking up the pick without attention or a fight from those around me.

🎸 The bottom line: Sometimes it pays to be a cool cucumber.

A photo of Brandi Carlile's guitar pick.
This little gem is already in Jason's jar of tickets. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Editor's note: This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter.


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