The Grascals have been through a rough patch over the past few years after establishing a reputation for both carrying a second generation torch and introducing new, more contemporary sounding music. Thank goodness they're back on track. The addition of John Bryan's tenor lead and fine guitar picking adds the final touch, completing the transition begun with bringing Adam Haynes on board. The current band may be even stronger than the original, formed a dozen years ago growing out of a group of session players getting together at the Station Inn. See them when you can!
Remington Ryde, based in rural McClure, PA half-way between Harrisburg and the home of the band's bluegrass festival in Centre Hall, near State College, has been touring hard for a dozen years. Their performance at Gettysburg was the best I've ever seen, as they rose to the occasion and the quality of the audience. Closing this festival is an unenviable task, as the band must watch chairs being folded and a parade of rigs heading up the exit road. Nevertheless, they sang with enthusiasm, and represented themselves with dignity. A reasonably-sized and enthusiastic group of Gettysburg die-hards stayed to the last encore.