By John Lehndorff
(1:49 p.m. July 30, 2016: Lyons CO/ 88 degrees, cloudy, chance of twang) – The gates of Rockygrass swung open at Planet Bluegrass for the second day of the 44th annual gathering. The first one I attended was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Hot Rize was there. Today’s array started with instrumental finalists and the Slocum Ramblers, above, a surprising semi-traditional bluegrass band from Canada. They thought nobody would take them seriously if they were the Toronto Ramblers. Very talented, followed by Nick Forster (of Hot Rize/E-town fame) in a different duo with songwriter/instrumentalist Danny Barnes.
Next up: One of my banjo heroes: bebop bluegrass great Tony Trischka followed by fiddler Mark O’Connor.
KGNU is streaming the festival at kgnu.org.