Gate to Sabal Palm RV Resort & Campground
The James King Band
James King has been named SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year (traditional) so many times most people have lost count. He and his band closed Thursday and opened Friday, making it possible for him to make a quick exit for a show in Arizona and, probably because of weather and timing, depriving many of those attending an opportunity to hear his characteristic performance. The addition of Ron Spears to his band on mandolin has yielded a significant improvement. Greg Moore on fiddle has shown steady improvement and is making a real contribution to the band.
Smoking at Festivals
The Wildwood Valley Boys have been recently re-built. They have a deep connection to the early days of bluegrass through Tony Holt's father Aubrey, a veteran of the Boys from Indiana. Their lineup appears to be rather fluid, as several of the pickers on this trip to Florida are not featured on the band's web site, but their music was a solid mix of traditional bluegrass music. Aubrey Holt, who must be nearing eighty, has a fine tenor voice to complement Tony's good lead. Brandon Godman on fiddle and the mandolin player, Jake Brown, added excellent instrumental work. Their performances feature many songs written by members of the Holt family.
Pure & Simple Bluegrass
In addition to his chores as mandolin picker with Pure & Simple, Ronnie Rutherford has also begun building cigar box guitars. Built with a plug-in for a small amplifier, this four string, two-note guitar is a novelty that can be used for practically nothing, but has a pleasant bluesy sound for someone willing to give it a try.
Promoter and sound man Charlie Basford provided for a series of well-attended and very well taught workshops on Saturday. Members of Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike as well as banjoist Bobby Martin held workshops.
Vallerie Smith & Liberty Pike