The Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival completed its 32nd annual season on Saturday under warm skies and with an even warmer environment of friendliness, good music, and good fun. Credited with changing the then deteriorating atmosphere of bluegrass festivals of the time from rowdy events not fit as family fare into family friendly events where attendees could count on a clean, safe environment, the festival goes out of its way to create and maintain a varied and fun-filled program. With the exception of an excess of subjecting kids and others to second hand tobacco smoke, it remains so. The festival provides a wide variety of food, instrument, and craft vendors to appeal to a range of tastes. Shopping is a featured event. On Saturday there were pony rides and blow-up slides and such for kids. Cooking at campsites for guests is a specialty of several regulars. Each time we come to this festival, it feels like a family reunion of people we've met here and at other events in North Carolina.
Big Country Bluegrass proudly and unapologetically serves up quality traditional bluegrass featuring the high lonesome sound of vocalist Eddie Gill along with Lynwood Lunsford's Scruggs style banjo. Tommy Sells, on mandolin and vocals leads the band while his wife Theresa adds vocal color.
Little Roy Lewis, having just passed his seventieth birthday and with sixty years on the road, has nothing left to prove about his worth as a musician or entertainer. He continues to tour as the last clown left from the days of minstrelsy, vaudeville, and early bluegrass. He's thoroughly unpredictable, both in his own show and in his surprise appearances on stage with other bands. Ably abetted by Lizzy Long on several instruments and emceeing the whole shebang, the show has changed its focus, increased in energy (if that could be possible), and added a strong dollop of secular bluegrass music. Always fun.
The Williamses at the Merch Table
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Stephanie Dilling Cherryholmes & Daddy
Russell Moore & Edgar Loudermilk