Friday, May 6, 2011

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver BGF - Denton, NC - Thursday

The Campground

The Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival opened on Thursday for a three day run at the Denton Farmpark near Denton, NC on Thursday.  With a very strong national lineup, regional and national attendance, lots of vendors, a comfortable and spacious music shed with a large, well-lighted stage and excellent sound by Madison Gibson, this festival ranks as a very popular draw. The FarmPark's facilities are not stretched by this event, but offer many amenities at reasonable cost.  This one is worth coming to.

Donna Hughes

Donna Hughes, the talented and attractive singer/songwriter from Lexington, NC, opened the show supported by an excellent scratch band.  She sand a series of her own very good bluegrass songs, many of which have been recorded by other artists.  Her performance was well-received by the audience.

Donna Hughes

Aaron Ramsey

 Trevor Watson

Zach McLamb

 Colby Laney

 Bobby Franklin - Emcee

The Josh Williams Band

Josh Williams showed how much he has developed and matured as a band leader in his Thursday performance.  Josh has been a well-recognized guitar player since he was quite young.  A disciple of Tony Rice and a member of the Tony Rice Unit, Josh has been named IBMA guitar player of the year for the past two years as well as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2010.  He has steadily improved as a singer with excellent range and emotional force in his voice.  Yesterday, confronted with an event that a couple of years ago would have seriously un-nerved him, Josh responded with poise, wit, humor, and grace as a young bird fluttered down and perched on his guitar in the middle of his singing "Mordecai." It was a moment none who saw it will soon forget.  
Josh Williams

Randy Barnes

Nick Keen

Terry Baucom (subbing for Jason McHendree)

 Cindy Baucom

The Mashville Brigade

The Mashville Brigade is a pick-up band of bluegrass stars that irregularly appears at The Station Inn in Nashville and occasionally appears on festival dates, when they can be brought together. The membership is somewhat flexible, but always lively and appealing.  As a band committed to playing covers of bluegrass standards and some other music as well as parodies of certain country singers, they offer a highly charged, energetic performance that's worth seeking out.  

Darrell Webb

Terry Baucom

Ashby Frank

Steve Thomas
Randy Barnes

Barbecue at the Dillings

Josh Williams & Linda Dilling

IIIrd Tyme Out

There's little new to say about this hugely entertaining and fun-loving band.  Over the years iiird Tyme Out has received numerous well-deserved awards as a musical organization and as entertainers.  Lead singer Russell Moore was named IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the third time this year. He's been recognized three times over an eighteen year period, a remarkable time span for any singer.  The band has been quite stable; their tightness and obvious enjoyment in making music together is one of the genuine strengths.

Russell Moore

Steve Dilling

Wayne Benson

Justin Haynes

Edgar Loudermilk

Darrin Vincent Pays a Visit

Irene Thrown under the Bus - Helping the Dillings

Dailey & Vincent

Dailey & Vincent have been the most rewarded new show band in bluegrass music almost since hitting the ground four years ago.  Drawing together fast-paced bluegrass, heart felt southern gospel, and the country sounds of the Statler Brothers, they reach out to a variety of audiences at festivals, concert halls, and performing arts centers.  They have introduced bluegrass music to tens of thousands of people who had never before been exposed to the music.  Their ninety minute set is fast paced, carefully rehearsed and written, and both vocally and instrumentally strong.  They continue to develop their program, adjusting it to fit the specific audiences before whom they appear.

Jamie Dailey

Darren Vincent

Jeff Parker

Joe Dean

Christian Davis

Christian Davis

Jesse Stockman

The Acapella Quartet

It was an enjoyable opening day for what will prove to be an excellent festival. More to come....