Sam Bush’s DelFest memory: Seeking shelter from the storm

Sam Bush won’t be making it to DelFest this year. The mandolin monster is recuperating from abdominal surgery and had to bow out. Before that happened, though, we had a chance to talk with Sam for another pre-DelFest preview. We were talking about DelFest memories when he shared this story. It was headed for the written equivalent of the cutting room floor when a friend made a Facebook post reminding people not to be overly[…]

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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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Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Cook Up a Smoking Hot Sunday Roast

FSDK delivers jammy set as they celebrate 10 years as a band with a two-day live recording run in Westminster, Md. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen had just finished Lena (Leah By Permission), a song off of the new album, “If You Can’t Stand the Heat,” when bass player Jeremy Middletown launched into the very familiar bass riff of “Whipping Post.” The crowd, there for Solivan’s bluegrass stylings, thought it was a joke. Why not?[…]

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Mile Twelve, Sam Bush, Earls of Leicester, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Among Bluegrass Acts in Intitial MerleFest Lineup

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release.  For Immediate Release: Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Announced for MerleFest 2019 Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 13th WILKESBORO, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2018) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2019, which will be held April 25-28.[…]

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Despite Venue Change, Philly Bluegrass Revival Was a Great Day of Fine Music

We were not quite sure what to expect when we rolled down the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday morning heading to what had once been one of the most highly anticipated events of festival season. When it was announced, the Philly Bluegrass Revival sounded like a very special event. Back then, folks talked about this as the possible start of something big. Comparisons were made to Baltimore and the wonderful Charm City Bluegrass Festival, which grew from[…]

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Special Moments In Abundance at 2018 Celebration of Cornstock

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the account of how Serene Green’s tribute to Anthony Hannigan came about. We have never had this happen before. Matter of fact, we are certain it has not actually happened now. Never have we, in 20+ years of reporting on everything from presidential campaigns to Little League baseball, come home from covering an event and not been able to find our notebook. There have been times[…]

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Music and more on tap this weekend as Northeast Pa. celebrates Cornstock

You would think after six years of holding a festival at the same location, you’d have the preparation part of things would be pretty much routine by now. It’s not. At least not for Anthony Hannigan as he scrambles to get everything in place for this weekend’s Sixth Annual Cornstock Folk Festival at Lazy Brook Park, near Tunkhannock, Pa. “We though that would be the case, but we have learned there is no cookie cutter.[…]

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Travelin’ McCourys DELight the Friday night crowd at the Gettysburg Bluegrass festival

It might have been around 11 p.m. Or it might have been later. Or earlier. Probably later. The Travelin’ McCourys were supposed to take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. But when Russell Moore ran late in an earlier slot, then did an encore, too, things got backed up. So it was definitely later than 10 when they started. But why haggle over silly things like exact times. Let’s just[…]

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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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