Bluegrass and gospel fans in south Georgia and Florida have enjoyed watching the Wilson Family Band grow and develop through the past five or six years. Now, with older son Clint, soon to be married to Kalyn Hall, heading towards a career as a singer/songwriter/musician that will inevitably take him to Nashville when he finished college and daughter Katie, nearly sixteen, pursuing a variety of other interests, the band is performing less frequently. Still, this band is a pleasure to watch and listen to. With luck, we'll also get to enjoy a few duets from Clint and Kalyn.
Tomorrow's News, from Fort Meade, FL, has described a similar trajectory to the Wilson's with similar results. The band, once primarily a gospel band, has spread its wings into other arenas, including Southern gospel and more progressive bluegrass as the tastes of the young folks in the band have matured. Kalyn's version of the Alison Krauss hit "Oh, Atlanta" is not to be missed.
A new feature of this Fall's Newell Lodge Festival will be an instrument workshops Danny Smith will conduct a guitar workshop. Bring your instrument and learn some new licks or approaches to playing, while also getting a chance to know some top pickers in a more personal way. Schedules will be posted well before the event begins.