Friday’s Dispatch from Gettysburg: The one where we learn all about Weston, W Va.

Wikipedia may not be the most authoritative source in the world, but where else are you going to go to find out a little about Weston, W. Va.? There is an official site for this “city” of 4,110 people. But it mostly deals with the local government. Wikipedia, though, tells us a little more about the town. For instance, Weston, which is about an hour south of Morgantown, was founded in 1818. Stonewall Jackson was[…]

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Dispatch from Gettysburg: Only thing better than Thursday’s weather was the music

Seems like it was just last year. Probably because it was. It seemed to rain every weekend in the spring and summer of 2018. We called it “Festival Season,” but truth be told, it was more like monsoon season. Looking back, it seemed like there was only one truly perfect weather day — the Saturday of Grey Fox, when it was bright, sunny, dry, and perfect shirtsleeves weather. It was a Goldilocks day — not[…]

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Five Great Festivals for Tourists Visiting the Metropolitan Northeast Corridor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This travel guide to festivals in the Middle Atlantic States was written with British bluegrass fans in mind who might want a sidetrip to experience American bluegrass in a festival setting while visiting the cities in the NYC-Philly-D.C. corridor. It is not inclusive. There are a plethora of other fine festivals in the region. We looked for larger festivals with artists with names that a fan from across the pond would recognize. I[…]

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Tradition Holds Sway as 77th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Gets Underway

If you want to see a pretty good illustration of the divide between the Flatt Earth Society bluegrass purists and those with a less parochial view of what bluegrass is, Thursday night in Gettysburg would have been a good place to be. The folks who put on the two Gettysburg Bluegrass Festivals each year are hardly purists. While unlike some festivals, you will not find non-bluegrass “folk” acts spicing the menus at some festivals, Rich[…]

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Beautiful Venue, Solid Lineup. Much to Like About NEPA Bluegrass Festival

Editor’s Note: This festival “review” thing is an evolving notion. The “Brewskis” awards idea we trotted out at Gettysburg doesn’t work at places where you cannot see every act. We did sort of a “notebook” with our favorite sets after DelFest. We’re just going to sort of write about our impressions from NEPA Bluegrass Festival here. Eventually we will decide on a preferred style for festival recaps. Or not. If there is such a thing[…]

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And the winner is . . . handing out Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival honors

Thought we’d try a different way of reviewing a festival by handing out some awards following this weekend’s 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The idea is pretty simple — after each festival we cover, we will hand out our best of show honors and at the end of festival season we will bestow Brewskis (or maybe we will come up with a better name) to the bests we experience during festival season. Or maybe we will[…]

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A (slightly) Dissenting View From Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury

We’ve made no secret how we feel about people who yak with their friends while the music is playing. Plain and simple, we think it is rude and disrespectful, both to your fellow show attendees, and to the artists performing. A lot of artists have told us they feel the same. Turns out, though, it doesn’t bother all of them. At least it doesn’t bother IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Famer Del McCoury. Del, who is[…]

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Make a New Year’s resolution to STFU (go ahead, start early!)

Here is what our friend Randi Brent Starrett would call a “pro tip” for those attending live shows this weekend, courtesy of Mr. Bob Weir. Seriously, be kind to your neighbors and respectful of the performers. You would never dream of going to a symphony concert and letting out a whoop when the bassoon player hits a high note. You would not sit through the ballet carrying on a conversation with your buddy next to[…]

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