Monday, December 16, 2013

Looking Back at 2013 (3) - The Summer in the (mostly) Northeast

The Sky Over Gettysburg

Our first festival after we cross the Mason - Dixon Line heading home is Gettysburg. The festival held here twice a year is one of the fabled bluegrass festivals tracing it's history back to the early eighties.  The lineup is always strong, featuring a combination of tried-and-true headliners with new bands or ones we haven't run across too often. A few years ago, promoter Rich Winkleman built a lovely new stage, increasing the quality of the musical experience exponentially. The Granite Hill Campground is a lovely setting with a natural amphitheater and a swimming pool set where you can spend part of the day in the water listening to the music. 

R.B. Powell

Bridget Powell

R.B. and Bridget Powell are bluegrass afficianodos, jammers, and lovers who attend festivals, help bluegrass newbies and old-timers in many ways, and are a joy to be with as friends and all-around good guys.

Pete Wernick's Gettysburg Jam Camp

Nora Jane Strothers - Nora Jane Strothers & the Party Line

 Jesse Cobb - Subbing with the Gibson Brothers

Amanda Smith

Kenny Smith

Eric & Leigh Gibson - Song Writer's Workshop

Mike Munford - 2013 IBMA  Banjo Player of the Year
Ronnie Bowman, Jason Moore, Aaron Ramsey - Backstage

Scott Vestal with the Ramblin' Rooks

Linda Lay - Springfield Exit

David Lay - Springfield Exit

 Jimmy Rea - The Hillbenders

Nolan Lawrence - The Hillbenders

Seth Taylor & Aaron Ramsey

Rhonda Vincent

Blogging is Hard Work

Pete Wernick - Hot Rize

Slade - Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers

 Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers

Ira Gitlin

Bryan Sutton - 2013 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year

 Jamie Dailey

Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp - The Steel Wheels

Jamie Dailey - Dailey & Vincent

Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival - Preston, CT

Strawberry Park, held the last weekend in May each year at the Strawberry Park Camping Resort in Preston, CT operated last year after been in receivership for the two years previous. Attendance was down and the future of the festival remains in jeopardy, but good, imaginative management providing a first rate experience can still rescue it. Here's a look at last year.

 Dale Ann Bradley

Steve Gulley - Dale Ann Bradley

Adam Haynes - Grasstowne

Alan Bibey - Grasstowne

 Bruce Stockwell - Hot Mustard

Kelly Stockwell - Hot Mustard

 Dave "Tex" Orlomoski & Robin Orlomoski

Amy Gallatin - Amy Gallatin & Stillwater

Roger Williams

 Chad Graves - The Hillbenders

 Kathy & James Ward

 Kym Warner - the Greencards
subbing for the Gibson Brothers

Eric Gibson - The Gibson Brothers

Carol Young - The Greencards

Josh Richards - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Danny Russell - Dry Branch Fire Squad

Kym Warner, Roger Moss (Podunk Music Festival) & Carol Young

Michael Cleveland - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Ben Eldridge - Seldom Scene

Gary Nichols - The Steeldrivers

Kim Cyr (now Ford) & Barry Ford

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival - Tunbridge, VT

Through careful, planned growth, a widened selection of bands, and thoughtful development through innovation, Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival has moved from being a small, local festival to a regional powerhouse that was nominated for IBMA Event of the Year in 2013.  By moving to the Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds, promoters Candi and Seth Sawyer have clearly shown that they know how to run a festival.

Pre-Festival Pot Luck & Barn Dance
Eric Gibson - Clem Hawkins Revival Band 

Junior Barber - Clem Hawkins Revival Barn

Michelle Canning & Aaron Foster

Julie Hogan - Clem Hawkins Revival Band

Joe Mullins - Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Russell Moore - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Tony Holt - Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys

Audie Blaylock - Audie Blaylock & Redline

Barry Reid - Lonesome River Band

Jesse Brock - The Gibson Brothers
The End of the Search 

Erica Brown & Steve Roy - Erica Brown & the Bluegrass Connection

James King - The James King Band

Ronnie Simpkins - The Seldom Scene

Smokey Greene

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer - Columbus, OH

A four day all-star extravaganza in steamy Columbus, OH late in July, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer is a benefit event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Famous for its "Only at the MACC" assemblages of musicians, many of whom have never appeared together on the stage before, The MACC is one of those events that bluegrass fans need to attend and support.

 Kristin Scott Benson - The Grascals

Hunter Berry - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Barry Crabtree

Chris Hill - Feller & Hill 

Justen Haines - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Josh Williams - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Marty Raybon - Marty Raybon & Full Circle

Rhonda Vincent - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

 Sierra Hull

Colby Laney - The Larry Stephenson Band

Larry Stephenson - The Larry Stephenson Band

Lauren & Leanna Price

Jamie Johnson & Terry Smith - The Grascals

Tami Rogers - The SteelDrivers

Singer/Songwriter Mark "Brink" Brinkman

Tom Feller - Feller & Hill

Feller & Hill

Jim Hurst

Christie Reid - Lou Reid & Carolina

Larry Sparks

The Centerville Ohio Acoustic Strings

 Doyle Lawson & Larry Sparks
50 Years in the Business - First Time Together

Irl Hees

Terry Baucom

Larry Cordle - Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

Singer/Songwriter Jerry Salley

Don Rigsby

J.D. Crowe

A Bluegrass Wedding
Kim Cyr & Barry Ford

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival

For years we have been unable to attend the marvelous Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival because of a schedule conflict. This year the conflict disappeared, and we were introduced to this wonderful event in a near perfect venue in eastern New Hampshire. The lineup included a very strong representation of regional bands and enough national bands to give it increased strength. We were only able, to our loss, to attend for one day, but this year we're going for the whole week. We're already scheduled to attend this very fine event in 2014.

Russ Carson - Audie Blaylock & Redline

Mike Barber & Jesse Brock - The Gibson Brothers

 Andrea Norcross (now Barber) Dancing

Leigh Gibson wearing Moth Memorial Badge

Michelle Canning's Debut as an Emcee

It was a busy and productive summer, which for us means fewer festivals, less music, and more home and family. We left early to attend our friend Bob Cook's 80th birthday party in Wilmington, NC followed by a busy fall schedule. More coming.....