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  • After 37 appearances at Telluride, Tim O’Brien feels right at home

    12:59 p.m. June 21 at cloudless Telluride Town Park –  For as long as I can remember, Tim O’Brien has been onstage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival every June starting with Boulder’s Ophelia Swing Band, and then Hot Rize/Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, and as a solo artist. He’s played 37 Tellurides. At the moment he’s playing fiddle onstage 25 yards from me with one helluva backup band: award-winning banjoist Noam Pikelny (Punch Bros.), flatpicking guitar savant Bryan Sutton (Hot Rize) […]

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  • Traditional music celebrated at the Telluride Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Soul, Rock Festival

    11:07 a.m. June 21, Telluride Town Park (under cloudless, piercing blue skies) – First, a little history and explanation. This is officially known as the Telluride Bluegrass  and Country Festival and for forty years have played bluegrass and country music on this stage, but it’s never been anything like a conventional, traditional bluegrass festival. Take right now as I type away in the press tent. Lake Street Dive has a funky, bass-driven groove going with trumpet and scat singing. Coming up today […]

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  • Richard Thompson’s acoustic barrage and the beautiful twang of Emmylou and Rodney

    Richard Thompson’s acoustic barrage and the beautiful twang of Emmylou and Rodney

    8;52 p.m. June 20, Telluride Town Park –  Two sorts of soul alternatively moved and soothed the audience this first evening of the 40th Telluride. First there was British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson who strode onstage with a mild swagger proceeded to tear through his catalog of darkly lit songs from “I Misunderstood” to “Valerie.” Toting a single acoustic guitar he gave a graduate seminar in fingerpicking to the hoard of fretboard geeks hanging on his every note. Many in the crowd know Thompson’s […]

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  • Milk Carton Kids ID-ed: Brother harmonies and original 21st century folk music

    Milk Carton Kids ID-ed: Brother harmonies and original 21st century folk music

    2:30 p.m. June 20, Telluride Town Park – Following the Colorado jam excitement of Elephant Revival and their high energy and Of Monsters and Men singing, the folk revival sound of the Milk Carton Kids settled on the Telluride audience like a familiar hug. Think Everly Brothers, Louvin Brothers, the Avett Brothers and the great 60s folk duos. Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale write charming original tunes – personal and full of characters – wrapped in precise harmonies and well-picked acoustic guitars. Milk […]

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  • The running of the tarps opens the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 20. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    Flapping tarps and Bach mandolin launch 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival

    11:50 a.m. June 20, Telluride Town Park – On the longest day of the year under crystalline blue skies, Chris Thile stands lost in the music, playing Bach solo on the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage. The mandolin prodigy came of age here years ago with Nickel Creek and then the Punch Brothers. The first time I saw him play was on the street in Telluride.  “This is like musical Christmas to me,” he says to the assembled Festivarians arrayed on tarps. Only a quiet murmur […]

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  • Second Story Garage: The Lone Bellow

    Second Story Garage:
    The Lone Bellow

    The Lone Bellow perform “You Never Need Nobody” at Second Story Garage. There was a moment during The Lone Bellow’s session at Second Story Garage when a song came to a point of silence, and there was so much tension behind it, so much emotion, that it was one of the most powerful three seconds we’ve experienced in the studio. For all the music we tape in the Garage, an instance of silence stands out as all-time highlight. The Lone […]

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