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  • When Del met Sam: ‘The Monroe Brothers of new millenium’

    When Del met Sam: ‘The Monroe Brothers of new millenium’

    7:45 p.m. July 27, Planet Bluegrass, Lyons – It was one of those cool Rockygrass moments. Del McCoury, the greatest tenor voice bluegrass has ever produced, was onstage in a rare duet set with mandolin king Sam Bush. McCoury was once a member of the Bluegrass Boys, bluegrass dad Bill Monroe’s legendary band which gave its name to the genre. He introduced a Monroe song noting that he had learned it from a subsequent Bluegrass Boy vocalist, Peter Rowan, who was […]

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  • Cellist Rashad Eggleston performing Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" with Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky in the Old-Time Kosmik Trio July 27 at Rockygrass. Photo by John Lehndorff)

    Americana? Folk? Old-timey? Bluegrass? It’s all rock-n-roll to me

    4 p.m. July 27, Lyons – It was an old-timey Americana  afternoon at Rockygrass although not a traditional one. “Old timey” is both the “country” music that preceded bluegrass and a genre that co-exists in that string band universe. The hypnotic clipclop of the clawhammer (versus the Scruggs-style five string) separates old-timey from bluegrass. First up today was I Draw Slow, a jaw-dropping Irish band with an unmitigated reverence for Appalachian music inflected with the Celtic music that immigrants brought from […]

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  • The Rockygrass "office" of the Camera's correspondent comes with live background music on July 27 in Lyons. The band includes Tim O'Brien (bass), David Grier (guitar), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Shad Cobb (fiddle). (Photo by John Lehndorff)

    Another day at the office, Rockygrass-style

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  • Front Country performs July 27 at the Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado. (Photo by John Lehndorff)

    At Rockygrass, the same old instruments yield brave new sounds

    High Noon July 27, Lyons – Standard bluegrass instrumentation, band to band, at the 41st Rockygrass Festival, is virtually identical: guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo and fiddle with an occasional dobro. That’s the way bluegrass deity Bill Monroe said it had to be. You – meaning non-bluegrass geeks – would think it would get incredibly boring to hear set after set. It isn’t, at least here in Lyons. Take the band playing right now on the main stage. The Deadly Gentleman are a fine, youthful progressive […]

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  • What British singer ‘Ay Dell’ and the Steeldrivers have in common

    What British singer ‘Ay Dell’ and the Steeldrivers have in common

    6:45 p.m. July 26, Lyons CO – British musicians have always taken a fancy to American roots music from the Rolling Stones to the bluegrass-loving Mumford & Sons, but it was still a bit shocking when Grammy-winning pop singer Adele starting doing a cover version of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love,” a spooky, bluesy tune from the Steeldrivers. When the band hit the stage on the opening day of the Rockygrass Festival, they talked about that singer “Ay Dell” and then covered […]

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  • David Grier picks past ‘fast’ on his way to virtuoso

    David Grier picks past ‘fast’ on his way to virtuoso

    3;40 P.M. July 26, Lyons CO – “Not human.” That’s what a veteran bluegrass fan muttered to me after listening to David Grier flatpick one lightning-fast guitar solo after another. He was playing with Helen Highwater, another new/occasional super-ensemble also featuring bassist Missy Raines and mandolin whiz Mike Compton. He was right. Grier does a sort of finger ballet on the frets – he’s really, really fast, but there are a lot of fast licks guitarists. Grier’s a freak, an artist with a […]

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