Watch the beautiful drone composite produced by Gordy Eglantine, a friend of Adam Sawyer's, of the entire Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds as they looked on Saturday afternoon. Lots of cars in overflow parking, the new camping area opened across the river on the left side of the screen, the crowd assembled at the main stage, and more. Thanks so much to Gordy for taking this video and allowing me to share it with you.
Nine time IBMA Entertainer of the Year, The Del McCoury Band has four members, each of whom has been recognized by the profession as the top of his specialty. Del has been Male Vocalist of the Year four times, Ronnie McCoury has been named Mandolin Player of the Year eight times, Jason Carter on the fiddle five times, and banjoist Rob McCoury once. Del, at age 77, Del seems to be having as much fun as ever. The band plays for fifteen or twenty minutes of planned material, then Del asks for the audience to request songs. He "hears" requests coming from the audience, and then plays what he wants to play anyway, playing with the audience. He has won two Grammy Awards and is a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.Beyond all the acclaim and awards, beyond the recognition and recording history, above all - Del McCoury is simply a great entertainer! He continues to display the effortless high lonesome sound he had when he was with Bill Monroe as a Blue Grass Boy, while constantly expanding his repertoire and performing with groups you might think are outside his reach.
Aaron Foster, now finishing his senior year at East Tennessee State University, with a new CD coming out, and a band available to perform, assumed reins of the Kids Academy five years ago and has rebuilt it to the point where they now overflow the stage. The Kids sang and played well. It's interesting to watch the kids begin as small and scared, then develop confidence and skills through the years. Just like Aaron did.
And do it comes to a close, but, as we leave the three potent symbols that became increasingly obvious to me as the weekend progressed, remain...waiting for all of us to return next year.