Friday, May 11, 2012
DL&Q Bluegrass Festival - Denton, NC - Thursday
Thursday turned increasingly pleasant as the temperature rose, the sky cleared from last nights strong rain, and the crowds came in steadily. By mid-afternoon the performance shed was nearly filled with enthusiastic fans as others visited the vendors and each other. The Denton Farmpark provides a wonderful venue for large events. The wooded area behind the stage is filled with campers, many of them jamming. The selection and variety of vendors is excellent. One of my favorites, which I didn't get to on Thursday, is the fried pies, but there are plenty of other excellent ones, too. As usual, during a festival, I'll have more photos than commentary. I've used black and white for the Dailey & Vincent set because the lighting is so red it's impossible for me to correct to good color. Probably more of that for Friday.
The Cumberland Highlanders
Best known for their performances on RFD-TV and their association with the fine festival at Jerusalem Ridge in the fall, the Cumberland Highlanders performed with an unusual eight people on the stage offering a solid selection of traditional bluegrass covers.
Jon Rigsby and Wayne Lewis
Stacy York Isaacs
Bobby Franklin - Emcee
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, composed of two Sirius/XM on air personalities, a noted Nashville song writer, journalist, and musician, and an immigrant mandolin player from Germany might seem a somewhat odd combination. On the contrary, they're emerging as a top performing group featuring a combination of warm and witty originals combined with carefully chosen traditional songs. This is a group whose charm and natural humor will attract any bluegrass audience.
Ned Luberecki Preparing Broadcast
for Sirius/XM Radio
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
Joe Mullins, long well-known in bluegrass and country radio in southern Ohio and as a fine picker in the super band Longview, has emerged as a very strong leader in his own band offering up a distinctive sound with clear roots in classic bluegrass along with first rate gospel music, much of it written within the band, which is instrumentally and vocally strong.
Clam Chowder & Hush Puppies
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Veteran Audie Blaylock and his band have stepped up to another level. Song selection, arrangements, and personnel have come together to provide a high energy, tuneful and very enjoyable bluegrass experience. The addition of Jesse Brock to the mix brings renewed energy as well as one of the best mandolin players in the business to Audie's excellent singing and leadership.
Audie Blaylock & Jesse Brock
Irene & Jesse Brock
Audience Outside the Shed
Dailey & Vincent
Concluding the evening with their signature ninety minute set, Dailey & Vincent continue to energize and excite audiences with their high energy program of gospel and bluegrass music. Still at the top of their game with first rate music and humor, the band is consistently entertaining. The addition of Jesse Baker to the mix complements B.J. Cherryholmes on the other end of the line.
It's time for the show to start. More tomorrow.