Penny Creek, after a decade of toiling in the fields of pub performing locally, have honed their show, added personnel, and are beginning to emerge as an able regional band providing solid bluegrass music in improving positions in the lineup. Chrisopher Paganoni has been back with the band for a year. He's been joined by Fritz Kramer on mandolin. Paganoni's new song is, in my view, the most sincere and moving tribute to America's military I've heard. Listen to it, below.
The Dixie Echoes have been performing for nearly fifty years with spirited gospel music, resulting in over 70 recorded projects along numerous wins at gospel conventions and competitions. They are a storied and accomplished group. A particularly touching moment in their visit occurred after their performance, when they came forward to join Jan and Larry Ladd's gospel jam, held on Sunday at all Ernie Evans festivals. This simple act suggested a depth of the spirit that exceeds any degree of inspired gospel performance.