Four days of heat in the mid-nineties had left all of us volunteers a bit weary, even though we were still having a great time. On Saturday came the deluge, but not the one we feared. It threatened rain all day long, but the music only had to stop briefly when there was thunder as the front crossed over us and headed east. Seats were wetter than our spirits and as the day wore on we saw plenty of sunlight accompanied by lower humidity. Surprises came along all day long. There was good fun and wonderful music, even if there were still a few drips here and there.
Clay Hess' fine guitar playing and singing brings a contemporary quality along with excellent traditional credentials. His band is balanced and able. Good band to open Saturday's event.
The Gibson Brothers are riding an unparallelled wave of success. Their summer tour has taken them from Maine to California, to the Yukon Territory and Red, White and Bluegrass in North Carolina. Their new CD "They Called it Music" continues to rise in the charts while the reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year are in the second round of the nominating process for this year in numerous categories. Meanwhile they retain the relaxed good humor in their interactions and the intense, electrifying singing and playing that has developed as their signature over the years. The capacity crowd rose to its feet and demanded a true encore as the brothers came to the end of their set. Even the shade tent at the rear was filled with standing, cheering fans. The terrific work ethic which has characterized these upstate New York farm boys for twenty years is paying off.