Saturday, April 25, 2009

Merlefest 2009 - Friday

Friday was hot and sunny until dinner time, when a very unexpected thunder storm came through, lowering the temperature and putting a temporary halt to nearly everything. People milled around, but the sound board was at risk, so no music. It was a good thing we stayed, though, as Del McCoury came out a laid down a great set. As usual, Merlefest is all about making choices. What you see here represents the ones we make as we navigate the event. I'll post daily. If you're looking for an overview, I'll be writing more next week and posting Merlefest highlights for several weeks. There are way too many good pictures to allow me to post a lot of them just now.
Scythian at the Americana Stage

Circuit Riders at Cabin Stage

Darin and Brooke Aldridge with Circuit Riders

Kruger Brothers at Creekside

Jens Kruger

Uwe Kruger

Little Pickers Tent

Blues at Creekside
Patrick Sweaney

Roy Bookbinder - Host

Doug MacLeod

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Farewell Drifters

Zach Bevell

Mountain Heart at Creekside

Aaron Ramsey

Barry Abernathy

Jason Moore

Jim VanCleve

Josh Shilling

Clay Jones

The Grascal on the Watson Stage
Danny Roberts

Jamie Johnson & Terry Smith

Terry Smith

Terry Eldredge

Jeremy Abshire

Jamie Johnson

Kristin Scott Benson

Missy Raines and the New Hip at Austin Stage

Mike Witcher

Mountain Heart at Watson Stage
with Tony Rice

Tony Rice

Barry Abernathy

Clay Jones

Josh Shilling

Jim Van Cleve

Tony Rice

Brink Brinkman
Chris Austin Songwriting Contest - Gospel

Del McCoury Band at Watson Stage

Del McCoury

Jason Carter

Ronnie & Del

Rob McCoury

As I've been posting these pictures there's been so much I want to say, but I really haven't the time. Come back for extended commentary next week, meanwhile, keep coming for more pics.