Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song
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Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Last weekend’s Folks festival in Lyons CO (bluegrass.com/folks/lineup.html provided dozens of examples of how folk/songwriter-driven music has evolved but it made no attempt to define it. I couldn’t be there for the entire weekend but I was lucky to hear some songs and performances that have stuck with me and my brain since. … Continue reading

Folks ’16: Songwriters reveal how to write your first real song
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Folks ’16: Songwriters reveal how to write your first real song

By JOHN LEHNDORFF This year’s Folks Festival is Aug. 19–21 in Lyons has sets set for Mavis Staples and a host of singer-songwriters (bluegrass.com/folks). I love talking to songwriters about how they came to write songs. The following is from the printed program from the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, August 16-18, 2013, in Lyons, CO. … Continue reading

Folks ’16: A festival built for those of us who love to listen to the words
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Folks ’16: A festival built for those of us who love to listen to the words

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (8/12/16)   As a writer, this is my favorite musical event of the year.  The Folks Festival is a great gathering of like-minded people who really care about lyrics, the beauty of words and the human voice and the power of words to address the human connection, to make us feel something. As … 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 NOT bluegrass part
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Rockygrass ’16: The NOT bluegrass part

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (9:15 P.m.7/29/16 Lyons CO) – While the Steep  Canyon Rangers are onstage I’m backstage thinking about the last, rare set  by Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Edgar Meyer. I’ve seen these guys play for 30 plus years delivering their virtuoso instrumental music that bears only a passing relationship to the stuff Bill Monroe … Continue reading

2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals
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2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Pondering the glut of must-go summer gatherings this summer across the state and trying to schedule a calendar and itinerary could require an app, not mention a calculator. From music festivals that include paddleboarding to barbecue competitions and Shakespeare under the stars, there seems to be a destination right for hipsters, families, … Continue reading