I Just got back a bit ago from the Rivercity Bluegrass Festival. I started out with the David Grisman advanced mandolin workshop and David Grier showed up then Ronnie McCoury showed up. Imagine sitting 15 feet from them and hearing the stuff they can produce.
# I then went and listened to one of my favorites, John Reischman & the Jaybirds. Heck I even have their Salt Spring as my ringtone. Anyway I met John a few years ago at the Alberta Street Public house and he played one of my F styles and I got to play his Loar. Even Greg Spatz played my mandolin...was a great time for me for sure.
#I wasn't sure I was gonna like the Darol Anger & the Republic of strings group but After an hour I was standing and wanting one more tune.
# #Bryan Bowers was a joy and he had Jake Jolliff sit in for more then half the time, what a great mix. Bryan has had some heart problems and had stents put in in 2007, I really liked what he did when I was in High School, the thought of him having medical issues is distressing because I grew up listing to and watching him at festivals.
#The next band I have not seen and they were Dry Branch Fire Squad. I was not prepared to like them but the dry humour of Ron Thomason was great. Music was fantastic and when Ron ended it on a tune about soldiers, death and homecoming I could not keep a dry eye since my son just finished serving in Iraq.
#Rhonda Vincent was as good as she has always been and a ton of energy.
#Dan Tyminski's new band rocked...Adam Sheffey is my new favorite. I have not seen him in person before but wow I loved the playing. I felt That Dans new band had the best energy of the night. I'm gonna buy the cd that comes out in a few months from them.
Anyway I missed a lot of acts. I got tired and went home, I didn't catch Marty Stuart or Del but I have seen Del McCoury many times.
#Anyway was fun times and wish I could see and do it all again next week. I missed Tim O'Briens band which played on Friday and regret that. Tony Furtado played some interludes between bands which was very cool.
Anyway this weekend was very fun and I didn't even see the second half