When Thursday proved to be too damp for an uncovered opening evening of bluegrass, the Carters arranged for cover to be provided for the opening evening and for Friday, but the chill wet weather proved to much to draw many people to the performances. Nevertheless, the bands played on and those who came out did their best to enjoy themselves. Late Friday afternoon the skies began to clear. and by Saturday the sun shone brightly, although truly warm weather was still a day away. Too many people cancelled after weeks of attending events in the rain. They missed willing bands and the efforts of the entire Newell Lodge staff and seven bands to assure a good time for all.
Big Cypress Bluegrass comes from the Tallahassee area in northwest Florida, and is familiar to local and regional bluegrass residents. We last saw them at the festival in Perry a few years ago.
Fontana Sunset is a fixture at festivals in the deep Southeast. Frances Mooney, one of the original Daughters of Bluegrass, leads this band with her singing and emcee work. They are a reliable bluegrass group with lots of seasoning and experience.
This western North Carolina band, fronted by the fine singer Eddie Rose, represents a style of mountain singing that, I guess, should be called Maggie Valley style. With all its members except one coming from the mountains of North Carolina, and with Eddie's high tenor voice, the band features a distinctive traditional sound beloved by many bluegrass fans.
PSA - If W.a. Pate can Stop Smoking
So Can You!
Ralph Stanley II
Singer/Songwriter/Sound Man Clint Wilson
Kaylyn & Clint Wilson