Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have a history of longevity and continuity few bands can equal. It is said that there are no second chances. This wonderfully musical band daily proves that the saying is not true. In the nineties and beyond they were seven time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year while Russell Moore was twice named male vocalist of the year, then after more than a decade, he has won three more consecutive male vocalist awards. This band is not only remarkably consistent, it remains entertaining, even when seen quite frequently. Steve Dilling's always warm and friendly emcee work helps keep moving the show along with dispatch and skill. I expect to see Wayne Benson, on mandolin, garnering several nominations this year.
The Central Vermont Maple Sugar Producers sponsor a Sugar Shack where they sell a variety of maple products as well as wonderful breakfasts. It has become traditional for a band to lead a large group jam in the evening after the final show. On Thursday night, Hot Mustard held forth with a good turnout of both jammers and spectators. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and join in playing with the pros. It looks like an enjoyable experience for both.