Saturday, May 1, 2010

Merlefest 2010 - Friday

How can there be anything but good music on a sunny, warm day that began with the Snyder family playing at the gate as well as a touch of Doc Watson in the Traditional tent and ended, for us, with a Sam Busy set as good as any he's played in several years?  With the exception of one tasteless country duo on the Cabin Stage in the evening, the day was filled with fine music and  happy reunions.  Again, I'll post pictures to try to provide an overview, without too much text or analysis.  Enjoy the experience and we'll all try to process it in the weeks and months to come.

At the Gate

The Snyder Family Band

The audience packed the Traditional Tent for a Doc Watson set.  They spilled out of the tent and onto the lawn at every entrance.  Doc's still a Watson Stage attraction at any time of day.
The Traditional Tent for Doc Watson

Doc Watson with David Holt and Josh Goforth
The Sculpture Progresses

Ann and Pete Sibley at Americana

Missy Raines and the New Hip at Watson
Missy Raines

The Gibson Brothers at Walker Center

Joe Walsh and Mike Barber
Clayton Campbell

Tut Taylor Hosts the Plaza Stage
Tut at 87

Banjo Workshop at the Mayes Pit
Jens Kruger, Laura Boosinger, Pete Wernick, and Leanard Podolack

The Gibson Brothers at Creekside

The Kruger Brothers at the Cabin Stage

Daily and Vincent on Watson Stage
Darrin Vincent

Jamie Dailey
Jeff Parker

Dierks Bentley and the Travelin' McCourys with Sam

This bluegrass-country fusion is extremely pleasing.  Bentley's voice, while clearly developed in the direction of country music fits very well with Ron McCoury who sounds increasingly like his father.  Their set was first rate, and I'm eager to see their show.
Dierks Bentley

Ron McCoury

Rob McCoury

Jason Carter

Joey and Rory

In the years we've been coming to Merlefest we've never been assaulted by the combination of tasteless obscenity and profanity offered by this group.  They might work fine in a Texas honky-tonk, but pushed the envelope way to far to be an appropriate Merlefest act.  Let's keep Merlefest classy.

Sam Bush

Byron House

Chris Brown

Stephen Mougin

Scott Vestal

Dierks Bentley & Brian Simpson Watching Sam