Breaking Grass, a Mississippi-based bluegrass band made its debut at The MACC this year, but hopefully will be there for years into the future. This young, vibrant band plays third generation bluegrass covers, adaptations of country music to bluegrass, and singer/songwriter Cody Farrar's very good original material with both enthusiasm and skill. They provided a rousing opening for Saturday.
Don Rigsby was all over The MACC this weekend, playing with various combinations and bands as both a member (The Ramblin Rooks) and a guest artist. In every case, he adds his distinctive high tenor and great love for traditional bluegrass (especially Monroe and the Stanley Brothers) as well as his versatility, seen in his early membership in the Lonesome River Band. His version of the Kentucky Waltz has become a bluegrass standard. With his own band, Midnight Call, he concentrates on the traditional, bringing fresh interpretations and huge enthusiasm to the enterprise. The band itself shows strengthened personnel both in members' own highlight performances and in providing strong support for their leader.
Japanese surgeon and mandolin player Hironobu Oda journeyed to The MACC this year. He has been a frequent host to bluegrass bands traveling to Japan, arranging tours for them. He sat in with Lost & Found on Saturday,
Bradley Walker & Friends
Carl Jackson & Robin Arnold
Larry Cordle & Jerry Salley
Brad Albin & Chris Walters
Val Storey & Carl Jackson
Winner of the Todd Sams Raffle Guitar
Winner of the Jim Reed Memorial Mandolin
w/Jim Reed's Family