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

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

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 … 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

Rockygrass ’16: Guitar gods and Colorado bluegrass, next gen-style
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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, two … 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

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