Like all three of the workshops I dropped in on during the day, Kene Hiatt was teaching, helping, and supporting the people who attended in their search to become better at their instruments. He listened well, gave relevant examples, and demonstrated with clear, simple playing. Along with his band mates, Wayne Taylor and Emory Lester, he gave a first rate workshop. Later in the day both Kimber Ludiker and Ron Stewart did the same with their instruments. Workshops are an important component of good festivals. Fans value the opportunity to learn from and question the workshopper and many musicians truly enjoy teaching as part of their calling.
Wayne Taylor and Emory Lester back up Kene
Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
Amy Gallatin continues to be a valued regional performer while exhibiting a world class voice. She may be better known in Europe than she is in other regions of the United State, and that's too bad. Her clear voice and thoughtful choice of material complimenting her voice is superior. Her partner, Roger Williams, on Dobro is a person people outside New England don't recognize, but whose music many have heard on record. Their singing fits together like a glove (beware of cliches, Ted!). Roger's son J.D. Williams has grown into his role on mandolin and harmony singing, making genuine contributions. Eric Levinson on bass carries the beat and improvises interestingly on his instrument. Kimber Ludiker, when she joins this band helps lift it to the next level.
IIIrd Tyme Out
Kimber Ludiker's Workshop
Now well into the festival season, Dailey & Vincent continue to bring their ninety minute show to festivals, always garnering the largest crowds of the day to thunderous applause. Their carefully written and rehearsed presentation is a crowd pleaser combining their mixture of gospel fervor, fast-paced bluegrass standards, material from their Cracker Barrell hit CD The Music of the Statler Brothers, and a good dose of sometime corny humor. Their tiring schedule never seems to diminish the energy and enthusiasm they bring to each performance.