Bill and Maggie Anderson
Bill and Maggie Anderson opened the afternoon with their pleasant blend of mellow ballads and gospel songs. Bill lays down a strong rhythm guitar (the current one being his own design) while Maggie’s Dobro gives their performance greater complexity and depth. One of their strong songs is “Touch of the Master’s Hand,” and allegory about a fiddle auction in which the master fiddler steps forward to play a worn out looking fiddle, turning it into a virtuoso instrument. Their work provides a good example of the nexus between folk music and bluegrass. They have recently relocated from upstate New York to the Galax area of Virginia and are taking advantage of sending deep roots into their rural locale.
Bluegrass Stagecoach Band
Friday and Saturday’s lineup is really strong. I’ll be posting both days.