The Wilson family has been friends of ours since we first saw them at Live Oak seven years ago. We've watched Clint and Katie grow up at festivals and at home. Now, with Clint married to Kalyn Hall Wilson and about ready to graduate from Valdosta State and move, perhaps to Nashville, on to some role in the music industry and Katie pursuing other interests while Robert and Melissa have added goat ranching to their business and personal lives, the band performs seldom. They remain, however, a favorite of the local crowd despite being a little rusty. I'll cover Clint's new band later.
Some Day is the youth band of the North Florida Bluegrass Association. Such bands are an important effort that deserves support at every bluegrass festival in the country. Where else will our young pickers be helped and encouraged to continue the tradition and add to it?
It's been a delight to see the brother-sister duo of Zeb and Samantha Snyder move from being a novelty for their youth and relative accomplishment to a level of absolute excellence which many much more experienced and mature musicians can only aspire to. They are not cute or "good for kids" any more. They're just plain excellent. Beyond that, they're just plain great kids, too, unassuming, thoughtful, hard working, and fun to be around. Their parents, Bud and Laine have kept their musicianship in perspective, while nurturing their ability and helping prepare them for a larger and more complicated world. Meanwhile, precocious young Owen, age 7, is delighting audiences with his smile and his observations on the world he inhabits.
Brand New Strings
Tim Shelton is in the midst of removing himself from bluegrass and charting a new career in music which heads in other directions. His lack of interest in continuing with bluegrass was evident on Saturday as he pretty much mailed it in despite the backing of a capable band in support of his wonderful singing voice.