Bluegrass festivals at some point in the weekend take on a life of their own. There's a spirit of excitement, anticipation, and festivity. Despite the fact that a substantial portion of the crowd was distracted by "THE GAME" between Florida and home team Tennessee, the joy of great bluegrass sustained the event. One friend quipped to me, "You don't HAVE to watch SEC football, you could stay home and watch New Hampshire vs. Bucknell." Nevertheless, modern cell phone technology made it possible for diehard fans to both watch the game and glory in the music. I won't mention the outcome. The music contained it all - a showcase band, good regional bands, and a unbelievably fine selection of national bands, each contrasting with the other while maintaining the largely traditional musical emphasis of Dumplin Valley.
Barry & Geraldine Hurst
Chris Davis, Jason Tomlin, Junior Sisk
A Visitor Drops In