Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

Rockygrass ’16: Rambling from Canada to Appalachia to New York

2016-07-30 12.54.55By 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.

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