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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
MACC 2010 - Saturday
Every bluegrass festival has it's own vibe - a feel, a spirit, an ambiance, a special unique being.MACC, probably because of the cause it supports especially has this sense. As the event builds from Wednesday to Saturday, there's an increasing sense of community, a community joined together annually to accomplish great things through music and fellowship. It was HOT on Saturday. There's no denying it. The music started at 11:30 and continued all day and into the night, closing out sometime around midnight. The excitement level rose all through the day, climaxing with the MACC Opry, a musical experience not to be missed. Here's the story.
MACC Children's Band
This year the children's band had fewer participants than in the past couple of years but made up for the lack of number in the quality of their performance. Ranging in age from 2 - 18, the kids did a wonderful job representing the future of bluegrass. Anyone worrying that the music is dying needs to see these kids.
The Winner of the Raffle Guitar
I've posted an extensive collection of MACC Children's Band pictures as a Picasa Web Album. Here's the key:
Parents, friends, and anyone else interested in seeing more of these great kids is welcome to view the album and download the picturesenjoy their beauty and enthusiasm.
The Snyder Family Band
Young Zeb and Samantha Snyder, from North Carolina, have been attracting lots of attention in the past couple of years as their musical accomplishments and personal warmth have received increasing attention. They're not just good for their age, they're flat out good!
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Joe Mullins plays and supports traditional bluegrass music with the best of them. He's been a national figure in bluegrass for many years as a performer, promoter, and owner of some radio stations in southern Ohio that play lots of bluegrass. He's returned to performing in the past few years. Good thing, too.
From his early days with Lost & Found and The Lonesome River Band, Ronnie Bowman has been a star. As a performer and a song writer in both bluegrass and country music, Bowman has been continually recognized for his work. He's a consistently dynamic performer who's not to be missed if you can see him. His song "Here I Am," sung in the voice of the Evil One, is perhaps the scariest and most arresting song I know.
Garnet Imes Bowman
Chris Harris and Greg Martin
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Chris Harris (Yes...He's Everywhere)
Jim Reed and Darrel Adkins
Randy Kohrs Band
Pasi Leppikangas & Gage Boecker
Dr. Tom Bibey author of The Mandolin Case
Lonesome River Band
Sammy Shelor's dynamic banjo work and the rock tinged sound of The Lonesome River Band have been exciting fans for nearly a generation. Through a range of changes, they've continued to lead the way, bringing audiences screaming to their feet in venues throughout the country and the world. They continue to energize audiences wherever they perform.
Brandon Rickman Changes a String on the Fly
Newlywed Mike Anglin
Theresa Anglin holding Briar Rickman with Amy Rickman
Carl Jackson, Bradley Walker & Val Story Rehearsing
Brandon Rickman & Briar (Better than a Dog)
When the SteelDrivers lost their lead singer, there was a lot of concern about the future of this popular contemporary band. Not to worry! Singer/Songwriter Gary Nichols has stepped in with a fine voice that blends perfectly with the band's vibe and brought some new songs with him as well. The band is, if anything, improved by the change.
Tammy Rogers, Mike Fleming, Gary Rogers
Bradley Walker & Brandon Rickman
Grand Finale - The MACC Opry
Each year at The MACC, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Jerry Salley lead and coordinate a group of the best singers available anywhere all on stage at once to sing and celebrate together. This finale always packs a huge emotional wallop and this year was no exception. This year the finale began with a procession of veterans coming to the stage and then saluting the flags as the Jackson, Cordle, and Salley sang the national anthem with beauty and fervor. It would have taken a heart of stone not to be moved by this brief ceremony.
For the next ninety minutes the Opry musicians sang selections from the catalogs of the three principals as well as other favorites of the participants. This was truly a magical period for everyone concerned, so emotionally loaded it's difficult to describe. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. The evening ended with the singing of the new Dale Pyatt song, "Life Goes On," which has been chosen as the title song for the new MACC album, soon to be released to help continue the fund raising activities for St. Jude Children's Reasearch Hospital year round.
Ashley Brown & Randy Kohrs
Mike Anglin and Chris Harris
And so it ended..... I want to write about the spirit of MACC in a little more detail and will post that in the next few days. See you next year.