The weather for Thursday at the MACC was just wonderful, ending this year without a drop of rain during the four days of the festival as well as warm, but not blazing hot days and pleasant, warm nights. Good crowds came out to enjoy the music, the sense of being a part of something bigger than they were, and the lovely weather. I'm late getting this up, so I'll reduce text and maximize pictures. Enjoy this year's MACC with its diversity of bluegrass and country music, great singing and picking, a few surprises, and lots of fun.
Junior Sisk and Friend
Marshall Wilborn & Dudley Connell
Sally Love Connell
MACC Children's Band
Breaking Grass, another Mississippi-based band, made its second appearance at The MACC and, once again, put on a high energy show with plenty of original material as well as some fine covers of both Newgrass Revival and a selection of particularly well-grassed popular rocky songs. This band clearly respects its roots while continuing to explore ways to update and refresh itself.
As far as I know, this combination of singer/songwriter/performers was first brought together a few years ago on the MACC stage. Since then they have become a popular attraction as a trio, often with the addition of Val Storey, at festivals aroumd the country. They have also morphed into a band appearing at the Station Inn as New Monday performing classic country songs. They always deliver.
For the finale of this year's Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Josh Williams hosted a large group of musicians, many of whom had been on stage all evening long, to sing some of the great materials played by J.D. Crowe & the New South during their heyday in the 1980's and 90's. Josh wisely chose some more obscure songs from this great catalog as well as many Tony Rice standards, in which he excels. Some of the show was backed by the Centerville Alternative Strings, too. A fine ending to another fine MACC.