P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Long-time THP veterans mourned the loss last August of Amarillo, Texas musician/songwriter/silversmith/chilehead Erin Mason, known to us here on the boards as P. Dreadie. Erin was an enigma, one of the most interesting and creative, yet gentle and loving guys I ever knew. Many of us may be unaware that he played harmonica in one of the original Austin, Texas bands of the early 1970s "Cosmic Cowboy" era, Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys. When Erin decided to step off of Alvin's perpetually-touring bus and return to Amarillo, he travelled to Jamaica, fell in love with the Reggae beat, collected the best Scotch Bonnet fruit he could find, and his alter-ego Papa Dreadie was born.
 
In 2013 Erin sent me a few pods of the Scotch Bonnets he had been breeding, carefully selected descendants of the original fruit he brought back from the Caribbean all those years ago. I harvested every single seed from those pods, and stored them away, as I focused increasing attention on other varieties. When his wife Liz gave us the news last August that Erin had passed, I knew what I had to do with those seeds: a community grow in his memory. I have already shared about half of them, and I will continue to share them with experienced growers of the Scotch Bonnet until they are gone.
 
Papa Dreadie Scotch Bonnet Select, grown by Erin in 2013:
 
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Lifetime memories posted by Liz Mason on Erin's FB page. Liz is an extremely talented professional photographer:
 
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The legendary bus:
 
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Jamison said:
High grade lol! I love it! Brings me back to Jamaica! That Orange Hill high grade was where it's at! They call me Jamerican. Can't wait till I can go back!
 
Thanks for checking that out, Jamison. I don't know if it's just because I knew Erin, but his music is really great to me. It's all so perfectly done, with his trademark sense of humor in every song….Every single tune sticks in my head!
 
JoynersHotPeppers said:
Seeds arrived 10 minutes ago and already in cheater tank! Started with 2.
 
Thanks again!
 
Awesome! Thanks Chris!
 
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