Ochlocknee, GA (near Thomasville)
March 21 and 22, 2008
Fortunately, Miller’s co-promoter, North Florida’s Ernie Evans has stepped into the breach and arranged for a festival called “The Great Southern Bluegrass Festival” and held at Picker’s Paradise Park in Ochlocknee, GA (near Thomasville) on March 21 – 22. The headliner will be Grasstowne, a band only a little over a year old, but creating a buzz across the nation at concerts and festivals as well as through its hit CD “The Road Headin’ Home.” The Wilson Family Band, Southern Lite, Pure and Simple Bluegrass, and Southern Lite, as well as other bands to be announced are also on the bill. Of particular note in this schedule will be workshops offered by musical greats Alan Bibey and Phil Leadbetter on Saturday morning. Bibey, mandolin player for Grasstowne, has long been recognized as one of the very finest on his instrument. Chosen by SPBGMA as mandolin player of the year in 2006, Bibey was a founding member of four great bands as well as performing on countless other albums when pure, virtuoso picking is required. Leadbetter is one of only three Dobro players to ever have been awarded IBMA Dobro player of the year (2005) as well as being this year’s SPGMA Dobro player of the year. He is a fine teacher as well. An hour spent at a workshop with either of these masters is worth the price of admission to any festival.
Steve Gulley (Grasstowne)