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  • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform June 19 at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    Top 10 musical moments from Telluride Bluegrass 2013

      4 p.m. Boulder CO – Looking back at four days and more than 40 hours of music I experienced last weekend at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, I still get a pleasant chill up the spine thinking about some of the stellar moments. Since I’ve been writing about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival since 1980 these moments not only compete with each other but also with great sets at past events. In general, the 2013 event ranks up there among […]

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  • Second Story Garage: Head for the Hills

    Second Story Garage: Head for the Hills

    Head for the Hills perform “Never Does” at Second Story Garage. We thought cool Colorado bluegrass bands that hadn’t given into the urge to add drums might all have been run out of town. Then we found Head for the Hills. The Fort Collins quartet makes it work with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and, well, that’s all they need. They also sing, of course, and the overall package is a reaffirmation of how rhythm depends on feel, not the instruments […]

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  • Head for the Hills perform ‘Blue Ruin’

    Head for the Hills perform ‘Blue Ruin’

    Head for the Hills perform “Blue Ruin” at Second Story Garage. We thought cool Colorado bluegrass bands that hadn’t given into the urge to add drums might all have been run out of town. Then we found Head for the Hills. The Fort Collins quartet makes it work with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and, well, that’s all they need. They also sing, of course, and the overall package is a reaffirmation of how rhythm depends on feel, not the instruments […]

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  • Head for the Hills perform ‘Take Me Back’

    Head for the Hills perform ‘Take Me Back’

    Head for the Hills perform “Take Me Back” at Second Story Garage. We thought cool Colorado bluegrass bands that hadn’t given into the urge to add drums might all have been run out of town. Then we found Head for the Hills. The Fort Collins quartet makes it work with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and, well, that’s all they need. They also sing, of course, and the overall package is a reaffirmation of how rhythm depends on feel, not the […]

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  • The Snow Lion of the Drepung Monks greeted the crowd June 23 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    Communing with Earl, Doc, Bill, Fred and the spirits of Telluride

    1:23 p.m. June 23, Telluride Town Park under happily overcast skies – Sunday at the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival has served up a feast for the eyes and ears. Town Park elevated approximately one foot off the ground as the Drepung Monks sang, chanted and danced. It got grounded as miracle worker Bela Fleck talked of his newborn son, Juno Fleck, and played a virtuoso rendition of the entire second side of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” on solo banjo. The […]

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    At Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’, grinnin’ and Intense Encounters of the Third Degree

    10:49 a.m. June 24, Telluride Town Park under meditative partly cloudy skies – Resonant guttural baritone chants are echoing through the box canyon around Telluride Town Park as the fourth and final day of the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival begins. This is the fourth time I’ve seen the Drepung monks from Tibet present their ceremonies. They just performed Intense Encounters of the Third Degree and a dance featuring two monks in skeleton costumes. A snow lion came to say “hi” to me. […]

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