The Grass Cats is a North Carolina based band which has been around for nearly twenty years, mostly staying pretty close to home, while often flirting with national notice because of their quality musicianship, song choice, a enjoyable personality. In addition to remarkably good covers of first generation classics, they add their own more recently crafted songs written within the band to their mix. It's always a pleasure to see them, and they'll be a major presence at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in September.
Larry Sparks has been a road warrior for over fifty years, establishing a reputation for fine singing of songs that reach into the heart and memory. Many people who might have otherwise stayed up in the campground jamming and visiting found their way down to the stage to give Sparks a warm and well-deserved welcome and hearing.
D & Larry Sparks
This Missouri-based band is on the cutting edge of bluegrass music featuring instrumentalists schooled in Alan Munde's program in Texas and influenced by rock music and grand opera. The result is an interesting bluegrass mix which surprises as it pleases. Here at Gettysburg they had unfortunate program placements that meant too few people heard them. They'll be at Strawberry Park in two weeks, and I hope to give them fuller coverage there.
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