...And Here's One From Bill Monroe

....seems like every band of the festival said that at least once or twice during each set. Apparently the rules of a bluegrass band are that 1) you can only have stringed instruments, 2) you must have a mandolin, a banjo, a guitar, and a bass, fiddle is desirable, but not necessary, 3) sing glorious harmonies, 4) you must play a song by Bill Monroe, father of bluegrass music. Not one band broke these rules the whole weekend.

LOVE the guitarist's expression!

Seriously serious banjo

IIIrd Generation--These guys have the best stage banter ever. We laughed ourselves silly after each song. 

The evenings are filled with little campfires (wood provided by the festival), where musicians sit around and jam together. There are all-you-can-eat breakfasts and evening dances and quilting shows. I laughed to see that a vendor had left all his CD's out in the open all night--he knew no one would bother stealing them!

Sunshine and bluegrass. I heard more gospel music today than I've heard in my whole life. We saw some great bands that we've never seen before, in particular Blue Canyon Boys, Monroe Crossing, and Copper Mountain. Three full days of camping and music for $70/each--I'd do it again next year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a great time - thanks for sharing. Hey, I hear that the difference between a banjo and a chain saw is that the chain saw has a greater dynamic range.