This question would be a lot easier if it were 5 albums to choose, but my answer for today would be Django Reinhardt: Intégrale and the Bluegrass Album Band.
Not that I haven’t seen a decent concert since, but the greatest concert I ever attended and truly was “great” was Richie Havens in 2008.
My Stelling Red Fox banjo.
Most memorable would be something in the last 24 hours, but most meaningful was seeing Earl Scruggs perform in Golden Gate Park.
When it gives you the chills.
Be prepared to be constantly humbled. Don’t think of it as a contest, but something where you will get better and get more enjoyment from if you stick with it. That’s the biggest key – stick with it.
I like to cycle, go on walks with my wife, read about music and musicians, and play with my cat.
Bluegrass Country Soul
The West Coast