This will be my 5th year going to Merlefest. I have been going as a volunteer from day one and working as a stage hand. THis allows you to get in free each day that you work a four hour shift. I have seen some incredible acts in the past 5 years and have worked 7 different times when Doc played.
Many great mandolin stories that could be told including Chris THile, Sam Bush, Mike Compton, Mike Marshall, etc. One quick one...I worked the stage last year for an act that included Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck and Sam Bush...got some great pictures from about 10' away.
I don't know very many of you guys by face...I'll wear my Mandolin Cafe t-shirt and maybe get to meet up with you at the pickin tents.
Merlefest...Highlight of my year!
2004 Weber Yellowstone Custom Mandolin
1976 Alvarez "The Alvarez" F Style Mandolin
1998 Guild D-40AB Westerly
1997 Martin D-35
1982 Takamine EF-400SC 12 String
1976 Takamine F-360SD Sunburst
1977 Fender F-65