The First Annual Sweet Grass Music Festival presented an all-star lineup in a relatively secluded glade on the edge of the Patriot's Point Naval & Marine Museum in Mt. Pleasant, SC across the majestic Ravenal Bridge from Charleston. Promoter Mike Murrell put together a well-organized affair with open space, plenty of quality vendors, clean porta-potties, and a world class lineup for a one day festival. A young and enthusiastic audience joined the more ordinary older crowd often found at bluegrass festivals to enjoy the day. Children ran, danced, and played. Beer was served while people acted like adults. Despite a brisk breeze and low humidity which cooled the site quickly after the sun set, the festival was a booming artistic success.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have been a standout band over a period of twenty years, but it hasn't all been gravy, as they hit a low point about a decade ago that took them several years to climb out of. Today, they're once again at the top of the heap, to the satisfaction of many, many fans. Russell Moore, once again the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year has been suffering from laryngitis for several weeks, not only unable to sing, but not allowed to talk, either. Last night he was once again in good voice, to his very obvious relief and joy. He's still not taking all his singing chores, but it sure is nice to see and hear him again.
Irene pointed out to me that the bus I had been seeing all day but not noticing was, in fact, a complete recording studio for kids. I went over to it and Sam Epstein told me the remarkable story of their program to challenge disadvantaged kids with the opportunity to use computers and the recording studio in the bus to make recordings. For more information about this inventive and interesting program, look here and here. The program is partially supported by the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation , Student Transportation of America and other community oriented companies.
Irene Shooting Video
Promoter Mike Murrell