Rockygrass 2017: Classical bluegrass or bluesy chamber music? You decide
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Rockygrass 2017: Classical bluegrass or bluesy chamber music? You decide

  The Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet, 7/29/17 Rockygrass Festival (Lehndorff) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (7/28/17) I was raised on string quartets and folk troubadours and listened to Pete Seeger combine classical and folk music in the early days of public TV, so it seems normal. The Swiss-born Kruger Brothers charm classical snobs into appreciating twang and the bluegrass … Continue reading

Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future
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Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future

Infamous Stringdusters, Rockygrass, 7/28/17  (John Lehndorff) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (2:30 p.m., July 29, 2017 Lyons CO) First there was a reverent celebration of bluegrass’ seminal band, Flatt & Scruggs, in the form of Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester. It was followed Friday night at the 2017 Rockygrass Festival by tour de force envelope-pushing demonstration … Continue reading

Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’ through the years
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Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’ through the years

By JOHN LEHNDORFF June 17, 2017 – The 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival is this weekend in southwestern Colorado. Listen to a live stream of the festival: radiorethink.com/tuner/index.cfm?stationCode=koto My first was the Fourth Annual Telluride. For more than 30 years I covered the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals for various publications including the Boulder Daily Camera, Rocky Mountain News and Aurora … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland
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Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland

https://johnlehndorff.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/rockygrass-16-guitar-gods-and-colorado-bluegrass-next-gen-style/ By John Lehndorff (7/29/16: 2 p.m. Lyons CO) – First there was Hot Rize. They took Colorado bluegrass values to  a national audience. It was very good, and Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, each bending Bill Monroe’s mashup of styles their own harmonic twist. The Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass, … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: The Family Fleck and a  stringed strength in numbers finale
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Rockygrass ’16: The Family Fleck and a stringed strength in numbers finale

By JOHN LLEHNDORFF (2:05 p.m 7/31/16 Lyons CO/ overcast with a chance a brilliance) – Saturday’s sets at the  44th annual Rockygrass Festival featured the return of many of the leading lights of this progressive bluegrass tradition fostered at Rockygrass over the past two decades. I first talked to Mark O’Connor backstage at Telluride when … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: After the yoga, drum-driven fusion and iconic twang
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Rockygrass ’16: After the yoga, drum-driven fusion and iconic twang

JOHN LEHNDORFF (3:07 p.m. 7/30/16 Lyons CO / Sunny with  a chance of more sun) – I missed the yoga session at 8 a.m. The fans on the field at the Rockygrass Festival pretty much knew when they wheeled the drum riser onto the stage that Tony Trischka and his band (above) probably weren’t going … Continue reading

Twang spoken here: Bill Monroe fathered Colorado’s bluegrass boom
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Twang spoken here: Bill Monroe fathered Colorado’s bluegrass boom

BY JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature appears in the current issue of Colorado AAA Encompass magazine – plus additional information) It’s not a native tongue, but the bluegrass ballads, waltzes and breakdowns full of stories about mournful death, deep valleys, lonesome train whistles, heartbreak, outlaws and wide creeks resonate in the Rockies as clearly as they … Continue reading

Acousticity: Hot licks and tuneful torches passed at a Rockygrass to remember
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Acousticity: Hot licks and tuneful torches passed at a Rockygrass to remember

By John Lehndorff (August  2015) – I have attended and written about Colorado’s Rockygrass Festival at least 20 times over the years at various rural county fairground sites and the last 16 in Lyons. That’s approximately a billion notes (pick, plucked, strummed and bowed) under the bridge and down the creek along with innumerable versions … Continue reading

Acousticity: It’s almost sunset for Telluride’s Fred Shellman Memorial Stage
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Acousticity: It’s almost sunset for Telluride’s Fred Shellman Memorial Stage

Phases and stages: After 42 years of Festivation it’s time for a new stage for Telluride’s Town Park By John Lehndorff (This story will appear in the Festival Guide at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival with archival photos) Sometime this autumn after the final festival of the year in Telluride, theFred Shellman Memorial Stage in Town … Continue reading