Located in the country-side just beyond the far reaches of nearby Charlotte's suburban sprawl, Big Lick retains its country feel and informal quality. As usual, we like to arrive early to settle in, get our bearings, and enjoy watching as the rest of the regional bluegrass community, augmented by visitors from as far away as Vermont, rolls in.
The surprise band of the weekend was the Catawba Riverkings, recently assembled at Davidson College. The band competed last month at RenoFest, achieving third place in the prestigious band contest. We look forward to seeing this promising band in the future.
The Wood Family Tradition is a third generation family band following in the footsteps of family patriarch Al Wood, who performed with his Smoky Mountain Boys, and now fronted by his son, Mike. Wilkesboro's Eric Ellis, one of North Carolina's finest Scruggs style banjoists, played with the band this weekend. Singer Mackenzie Wood shows that marrying into a bluegrass family helps add to the family band's quality.