It rained on Thursday night, in fact it poured just a little while after the show ended. On Friday morning we woke up to puddles on the ground and the chairs wet and soggy. Despite the fact that the forecast was for several inches of rain and possibly severe thundershowers, we didn't see rain during the day again until a slight sprinkle on Sunday afternoon, late. People started moving around, the Sugar Shack began serving breakfast, and Monadnock took the stage at 10:00 A.M. as scheduled.
Monadnock is a New Hampshire based band which first appeared at Blistered Fingers in an open stage event in 2003 and have appeared regionally since then. They offered a pleasant opening set of traditional bluegrass covers starting off the day in fine fettle.
The Lonesome River Band has a uniquely identifiable sound and characteristic vibe that's nearly unmistakable. Driven by banjo master Sammy Shelor's strong and tasteful picking, the band has toured hard for over thirty years with Shelor at its head for twenty-two. Influenced by rock & roll while still clearly remaining well under the bluegrass umbrella, they're always a welcome band at festivals and often a good band to end the night on a Friday or Saturday. Brandon Rickman brings one of the best country voices in bluegrass along with his very fine song writing to the band. Randy Jones on mandolin has a strong tenor voice to go with his good mandolin work. Barry Reed's solos on the bass are as strong as any bass player in the business, while Mike Hartgrove brings taste and experience to his just right fiddle. When a band is known by its initials, you know they're doing something right.