Singer/Songwriter Robert Wilson
The Tomorrow's News Festival was the second festival promoted in Florida this weekend by the team of Keith Bass and Victor Hall, and the first one in which they had the luxury of putting together the entire lineup. The choices they made for this festival and the names Darlene has shared with me for the upcoming festivals next year suggest some generalizations that can be made about this team. While having a commitment to providing traditional bluegrass music to an audience that prefers tradition, Bass & Hall will still be willing to be forward looking in their choice of bands and to take some chances on importing bands to Florida that have not yet become household names. Both the Ken Scoggins band, from Rock Hill, SC and The Hagar's Mountain Boys from Roxboro, NC suggest this. The strong positive response received by The Hagar's Mountain Boys suggests that the risks can pay off strongly. For next year, the new band fronted by Adam Steffey called The Boxcars will be appearing at both Bass & Hall festivals. Bands featuring young people, like Tomorrow's News and The Wilson Family Band will inevitably showcase music appealing to a younger generation of pickers and fans while still reaching out to the traditional bluegrass base. Look to both YeeHaw Junction and the Tomorrow's News Festival to be providing leadership in Florida bluegrass circles in 2011.