April Verch opened the program, as she did last year. She is an able and fun fiddler who comes from the
Amy Gallatine and Stillwaters followed for their single set.
Gallatin sang a couple of cowboy songs and I wrote a note that I’d like to hear more northeastern bands take on themes like logging, whaling, and the lives of mill workers in their singing when Gallatin broke into a song called “Immigrant Eyes,” which talks about looking into the eyes of the singer’s grandfather and seeing the hope that coming to America inspires. The song says, “Don’t take it for granted say grandfather’s immigrant eyes.” Amy later told us this song had been written by Guy Clark and she was convinced he had been inspired by a face in a film shown at
The thunderstorm interrupts matters and we return to our trailer where I write and we watch TV. Irene decides to go to bed, but I head back to the amphitheater to see the Greencards and am happy I did. This genre busting group arrived from
As I walked back to our trailer, I reminded myself of my own advice not to judge too quickly before I write. I had enjoyed each of the bands we heard while each was also a departure from what might be called bluegrass; each band deserves to perform at an eclectic bluegrass festival. And I didn't miss the banjo...much. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.