The Zolla Boys, Sam and Ben with their father Larry on bass, stepped in to fill the hole left when last year's winning competition band was unable to attend. While admittedly still short of sufficient material to fill a full set, their touring and work throughout the summer has resulted in greater stage presence while their clear, close harmonies continue to impress.
The Railsplitters are a Colorado-based bluegrass band in the midst of an eastern tour which is part of a grueling summer which will take them from coast to coast in the United States as well as a three week tour of Germany this summer. This creative, innovative band finds its own niche within bluegrass offering strong band-written originals and clear, recognizable covers along with close harmonies. They're filled with energy and life. We'll be seeing them again at Delaware Valley on Labor Day weekend, and expect to give them an even closer look. See them on this summer's tour if they're near you.
Music continued for a third day on the Acoustic/Americana stage as small, but avid audiences found their way to the rather remote location to enjoy local progressive bands presenting their material. It would be helpful to find ways to highlight these bands and drive additional potential listeners to the venue.
Rosewood Sound has presented wonderful sound at the last two festivals we've attended. Visit their web site to discover why their unique sound system, designed and built by Mark Fitzgerald is uniquely designed for presenting acoustic music. We hope to see Rosewood at more acoustic festivals soon.
James Reams & the Barnstormers made a welcome return to Podunk after several years' absence. He and his band play old-time bluegrass with a tinge of country in a light, breezy and authentic style. There's lots of energy in their performance and more people need to hear it.
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