Sunday, June 21, 2009

Jenny Brook - Saturday

The Gibson Brothers own the Jenny Brook Festival. They attracted a significant day crowd and filled the performance area for their two outstanding sets. Saturday was pleasantly warm and generally overcast, making it comfortable to be outside in shorts well into the early evening. Even later on, only the least hardy was required to bundle up. Three bands that had not been on the bill before during the weekend appeared. I'll post new pics of some of the others without much text and then concentrate on the three.


Junior Barber
Tom Venne

Julie Hogan

Bingo at Dodge-Gilman
Sponsored by the Shriners

Seth Sawyer Band

Candi Sawyer

Joe Singleton

Richard Underwood

Gary Darling

Freeman Corey

The Next Best Thing
features Sally and Tensel Sandker, students at East Tennessee State University along with a strong supporting group of three young, enthusiastic, and energetic musicians. Fresh out of the box and new on the festival circuit, these two young women are learning their trade and having a great time during their summer break from college. The band largely plays covers of traditional bluegrass songs, as befits a group learning its chops. The sisters are working hard on developing an amusing onstage sibling rivalry as part of their show as well learning how to motivate an audience and provide support and encouragement to their band mates. Brent Burke on Dobro, Colby Lanty on lead and rhythm guitar as well as harmony vocals, and Robert Trapp on banjo all provide strong, able support to the band's leaders. Sally Sandker plays rhythm guitar while Tensel plays bass. The two alternate lead and harmony vocals with quick and easy flow. While still developing as performers, they show promise and should continue to learn and grow.

Sally Sandker

Tensel Sandker

Brent Burke

Colby Laney

Robert Trapp

Sally & Tensel

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show present a program that's bluegrass with a touch of western swing leavening in it. When the old fashioned radio microphone labelled KSBC is placed in center stage and Karl comes in his suit, spats, and derby hat, you know there's going to be interesting entertainment. He has surrounded himself with young, interesting musicians who support the band with enthusiasm and drive. His corny good humor and folksy manner recall the radio programs of the late forties and fifties, while his band's work on the single microphone shows an intricate choreography that keeps the show moving along and every instrument heard cleanly and with precision. Good family fun and music.

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Karl Shiflett
Dillon Scott & Kris Shiflett

David Long

Preston M. Schmidt


Goat & Liz

The Gibson Brothers have been on the road and recording together for about twenty years. During that time they have developed a highly amusing and never nasty sibling byplay that draws their fans in and which they obviously enjoy. This light, and often joyful, interchange complements the wonderful music they produce, much of it their own, the rest chosen very carefully from a range of sources. Their current CD "Ring the Bell" has proven itself to be popular with audiences, thus increasing the problem they encounter. How can they find enough time to introduce their new music while continuing to play the dozens of fan favorites in their song catalog? Wouldn't every band like to have this problem. Saturday's performance at Jenny Brook showed the band at its very best. Eric and Leigh were in fine form, as they ribbed long-time bass standout Mike Barber about his receding hair line. Clayton Campbell's fiddle becomes sweeter and more soaring at once. Joe Walsh is a real find with his fluid mandolin style. Can't say enough.
The Gibson Brothers

Eric Gibson

Leigh Gibson

Mike Barber

Clayton Campbell

Joe Walsh



1 comment:

  1. I've been trying to catch a Karl Shiflett show for a long time now with no luck...just can't get in the same area code at the same time, seems like. I do have their three albums and play them regularly, though. Maybe one day I'll finally get to hear them live. Great pictures, Ted.