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  • 42nd RockyGrass might bring folks to tears

    42nd RockyGrass might bring folks to tears

    By Quentin Young RockyGrass is on. That’s the good news for Planet Bluegrass, which produces the bluegrass festival at its Lyons ranch and has worked nonstop since the September flooding to repair severe damage throughout the property. It’s also good news for the event’s many fans, who bought up tickets in record speed. Three-day passes sold out within 24 hours and single-day passes were all gone six weeks earlier than ever before, according to Planet Bluegrass spokesman Brian Eyster. But […]

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  • Béla Fleck’s Colorado tour brings sonic diversity

    Béla Fleck’s Colorado tour brings sonic diversity

    By John Lehndorff For Second Story Garage Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck might as well declare the state of Colorado his summer musical home. Since he first visited the state as a member of the seminal rock-tinged bluegrass quartet New Grass Revival, Fleck has returned for annually for multiple visits. But unlike many musicians who love the state, the New York-raised, current Nashville, Tennessee, resident has always chosen new configurations as a performer. He has played solo, as the leader of […]

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  • Bluegrass roots run from Lyons to Kentucky by way of Brooklyn

    Bluegrass roots run from Lyons to Kentucky by way of Brooklyn

    5:15 p.m. July 28, Planet Bluegrass, Lyons – Bluegrass has a lot of ironclad rules. You have to sing around one microphone. You have to wear suits and ties. Only certain instruments are acceptable and that certainly excludes drums. The final rule is that none of the above applies if you love bluegrass, body and soul. Mandolin legend Andy Statman truly loves bluegrass, and has since the early ’60s. He also loves jazz, rock and roll and klezmer. And if all […]

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  • What is the sound of two dobros in the rain?

    What is the sound of two dobros in the rain?

    3:20 p.m. July 28, 2013, Lyons, Colorado (in a steady drizzle) – Following a power outage, drenching rains and double dobros, the Andy Statman Trio is onstage at Rockygrass playing jazzy, klezmer-inflected string band music as the sun pokes through. This is my kind of bluegrass festival. The final day of the festival commenced with a truly rare set by the two top dobroists on the planet: Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. The set was in part a tribute to the late, great Mike […]

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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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